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Chrysler Town and Country, Dodge Grand Caravan, Van
#100 of 1446 badgerfan: YES, 2nd row and 3rd row seats are comfortable
Feb 17, 2004 (8:31 am)
2nd row 2005 GC SXT seats MORE comfortable than my son's 2002 GC Sport 2nd row bucket seats. I think my other son's 2001 Ody EX 2nd row seats are a little more comfortable than either Grand Caravan. Front seats of all 3 are equally comfortable but 3rd row seats of 2005 GC SXT are more comfortable than the 3rd row seats of the 2002 GC Sport or the 3rd row 1 piece Ody EX "Magic Seat".
IF DC reliability has improved as much as it appears, the 2005 GC SXT would be my choice over either the Sienna LE or Odyssey EX. After 26 years, it is time for me to forget about the ugly experience I had with my 1970 Dodge van. After all, the 1976 VW Bus that replaced the Dodge van was traded off for a 1980 Chevy van when it was not much more reliable than the 1970 Dodge van.
Toyota vehicles have been the most reliable for me but my Ford F-150 and Chevy Blazer have been remarkably reliable too. I am not brand loyal and I got the vehicle I felt best when I needed another one.
Feb 17, 2004 (8:33 am)
Since 2005 models appear to be hitting the dealers, maybe this discussion could now be cross listed in the Vans category? It might then get more posters.
#102 of 1446 Re How Come? by backy
Feb 17, 2004 (11:58 am)
We're not talking about Noble Prizes here.
Who cares who invented what?
I just want the best period.
Sure, that's great that Chrysler "invented" folding seats.
Why don't they invent better reliability and more cool features so that some of us can have some fun driving minivans instead of getting stuck with boring interior looks and "Oh-My-God-Wow" folding seats. Oooooooooooh. How exciting.
What have you done for me, lately?
That's what I'm talking about.
I don't buy Toyota or Honda just because they are so-called "Japanese". Heck, they're made right here in the USA by Americans just like Chrysler is. The only difference is that Toyota and Honda try to be more than just practical.
I mean, practical is good. But these day, you gotta have everything, man. You gotta have all the high-tech and you gotta have the awesome looks that will put Toyota and Honda to shame.
There's nothing wrong with copying something if it's great.
Toyota and Honda copied Chrysler with the folding seats because it's great. That's all that matters.
Chrysler needs to copy Toyota and Honda with their looks and features and copy Kia with their 10yr/100K miles warranty.
Forget about who invented what.
All everyone cares about is who has the best features, looks, reliability, and warranty.
Feb 17, 2004 (12:11 pm)
Not everyone defines the best features, looks, reliability and warranty the same way you do.
Fold away second and third row seats that fold easily completely flush are a feature I will argue most minivan buyers will rate highly, more than NAV systems, and vehicle skid control, variable valve OHC engines, etc.
Also, many people have price as a major feature. You want to pay for all those bells and whistles? Good, go buy your fully loaded Sienna or Odyssey for a price in the upper $30K range. You want a choice of wheelbases and vans that start under $20K MSRP, go DC.
That's why its good to have choices, right?
PS My opinion, but the DC minivans have always been the best looking minivans on the market, and still are. Best warranty right now too, or does Kia have it with a 10 year 100k limited warranty?
Feb 17, 2004 (1:43 pm)
Keep this forum as it now is. DC bashers can find it just as well here.
Feb 17, 2004 (1:44 pm)
Is to keep it a separate subject in the Vans section, as there is enough difference in the 2005 models to differentiate it.
If this creates one more too many discussions, you could rename the Chrysler Town and Country to include the Dodge Grand Caravan, as most of the new features are on the long wheel base versions.
Feb 17, 2004 (2:43 pm)
Truckin' on over to the Vans board with this discussion - steve's your new host, so be good to him
#108 of 1446 Feature Confirmation, please
Feb 17, 2004 (2:49 pm)
Could anyone who has seen a 2005 T&C or Grand Caravan please confirm:
1) Are side curtain airbags optional on all models? Standard on any?
2) Is stability control optional or standard on any model?
3) Are all versions 7-passenger, or are there 8 or 9 passenger version, too?
4) Do all seating positions have an adjustable head restraint?
5) Do all seating positions have shoulder belts?
6) How many seating positions have LATCH lower anchors for child seats?
7) Do the shoulder belts in any of the rear seats have height adjusters or guides?
Feb 17, 2004 (3:06 pm)
Welcome to Vans. At some point I'll move the '05 to the end of the title and put a + on there, but we'll keep this discussion separate.
Hi Caviller; haven't seen you around lately!