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#465 of 1446 Has anyone seen a 2005 Grand Caravan SE with "J" package?
Feb 11, 2005 (9:42 am)
Dodge web site lists a Grand Caravan SE with "J" package that includes 60/40 Split 3rd row and has a standard 2nd row bench. There is an optional 2nd-Row Buckets with rear 60/40 Split Bench Seating for $745 or optional Dlx Bench Seats w/2 Child, Rear 60/40 Stow'N Go for $225.
None of the Window Stickers for the 2005 GC SE minivans in Dodge dealer inventory listings show a 2005 GC SE with this configuration...nor does Edmunds.
This is a Grand Caravan SE and is not to be confused with the Grand Caravan SE Plus.
#466 of 1446 3rd row storage bin/table
Feb 11, 2005 (1:21 pm)
Just FYI guys....
I picked up the 3rd storage bin/table combo. I'm a huge camper and table will come in handy, and the bin will protect the hole when I throw firewood etc...in there!
One comment....I thought it was a bit pricey$$$ $250 total, but the table is very well constructed with metal braces etc...
#467 of 1446 Removable Center Console.
Feb 12, 2005 (12:38 pm)
For those of you that don't have a front center console. Pep Boys is selling them to fit Chrysler type mini vans for around $45.00. They have a big center storage compartment, with a sliding lockable lid. A place to put four drinking cups, two for front and two for the second row.Slots front and back for tissues, pens & etc. Also has a open storage bin on top for coins,pins, ect. It can be screwed to the floor if you want, or just sit between the seats. It come in a two tone grey and black. Great price and very nice console. Costs way less than factory console.
#468 of 1446 Minivan Shopping Experience
Feb 12, 2005 (6:30 pm)
After a lot of research and test-driving 5 different minivans, I ended up buying an '05 T & C Touring with no options. That seemed like the best value to me. I test-drove a Dodge SXT, but that seemed noisier inside to me than the Chrysler, but I can't prove it. I looked hard at at Toyota Sienna XLE, and it did have a smoother, more responsive engine,but I couldn't see that the Sienna was worth the extra $5-6,000. The $3500. rebates made the difference for me.
#469 of 1446 Unhappy with transmission on '05 T&C
Feb 12, 2005 (6:46 pm)
I've had my new '05 T & C Touring for 4 days now, and I'm pleasantly surprised how well everything works. Cars are sure much improved over cars of yesteryear. I have only one complaint with the vehicle, and that's the transmission, which tends to shift too soon under light throttle. (my typical driving pattern) This makes the car seem less powerful than it really is. It goes into 2nd gear at only 10 mph. The big problem is it goes into 3rd gear at 25, then in just 2 seconds, it slides into 4th gear at only 28 mph. Then it lugs and grunts briefly until speed gets above 30. With more leadfoot driving, the shift points seem more appropriate. I heard about how the computers in today's cars learn your driving patterns and make adjustments to the transmission and throttle with time. There may be some truth to this.The first couple days, the car seemed slightly hesitant getting off the line, but the past 2 days, it's much better in that regard. Have the rest of you had problems like mine, or is it a non-issue? I doubt if a dealer will help me, or can they?
#470 of 1446 Re: Unhappy with transmission on '05 T&C [mapper1]
Feb 12, 2005 (7:23 pm)
It is an adaptive transmission. There is nothing wrong with early up-shifts under light throttle on level roads. Think of the better fuel economy you're getting. As you stated, it will shift later with spirited driving, so there's nothing wrong with your transmission.
Feb 14, 2005 (5:00 am)
I have the same tranny in my '05 DGC SXT. Put the boot to the throttle. Break it in a bit and it will feel fine. The engine will gain power through the break-in process as well.
#472 of 1446 Speaking of Break In...
Feb 14, 2005 (5:07 am)
I have about 2300 on my new DGC SXT....had oil changed once etc...even though dealer says new cars don't have break in etc...
Any other suggestions? What is considered broken in??? Thanks!!!
#473 of 1446 Re: Speaking of Break In... [dennisctc]
Feb 14, 2005 (11:26 am)
I have about the same mileage on mine. Have you noticed a increase in power? I definitely feel more power now that it's got some miles on it. I am waiting until 3K for the 1st oil change.
#474 of 1446 Re: Speaking of Break In... [1997montez34]
Feb 15, 2005 (3:49 pm)
Has everyone read the manual on how they want you to break in your engine on the 2005? It also takes a different grade oil.