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#993 of 1446 2006 Grand Caravan SXT
Nov 13, 2005 (9:37 pm)
Just purchased a new 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT for my dad. He and my mom are retirees who like the flexibility of a minivan. He owned a 1997 Grand Caravan that was up 108,000 miles (he purchased it used in 2002 when it had 58,000). It had some problems, mostly electrical. Still, he loved it and it was trouble free up until around 90k.
Anyway, we shopped for months, including during the employee pricing period. I actually think we got a better deal now than was around then.
His is a Midnight Blue SXT with a 6 disc CD changer and a center console added.
MSRP was 28225
We paid 21172, including freight (but not taxes and tags).
Build date 10/05.
There is a $3500 rebate, plus another $3500 in dealer discounts. We bought from Fitzpatrick Dodge in Frederick Maryland...they have over 100 in stock and said they needed to move some. This is a no-haggle dealer--usually I'm not a big fan as I feel like I can do better, but the big DC area dealers didn't come close to that price.
We did get a lowball offer on the 97 for a trade, so we declined and today sold it to Carmax for $800 more.
All in all, it was a great transaction, they were a good dealer to work with and a Grand Caravan SXT for $21172 seems like a great deal.
#994 of 1446 Re: 2006 Grand Caravan SXT [mfletou1]
Nov 14, 2005 (6:01 am)
Congrats on the purchase of a new van. i am sure your Father will enjoy the van.
#995 of 1446 Re: 2006 Grand Caravan SXT [mfletou1]
Nov 14, 2005 (6:33 am)
I hate to admit this...
All my friends have SUVs. I have one friend who desperately needed a Jeep to get to work in the winter. He lives 2 miles from his office....2 minutes away via a flat, 6 line road!!!
I'm not close to retirement (age wise) but can't think of a more perfect vehicle for anyone.
I have a 2005 DCG SXT.....not a single issue, good gas mileage, nice quiet ride, space and a fantastic price.
#996 of 1446 Re: EXCESSIVE BRAKE DUST [boesman1]
Nov 14, 2005 (6:37 am)
I purchased my 05 SXT in APril and I have 9000 miles on it
My tires are absolutely filthy with brake dust. It's awful. I can't make it one day with shiny silver wheels. I never had the problem on my '96 or '99 GC sports I owned.
#997 of 1446 '05 transmission issues
Nov 14, 2005 (6:44 am)
I have an '05 SXT with 9000 miles / 6 months old. It is the third Chrysler minivan I owned and the transmission is really bothersome. I drive it daily and my husband on evenings/weekends and trips. We both notice this issue when we drive the vehichle.
When you accelerate it feels like you are on driving on gravel. It vibrates a little, seems to skip, then seems to kick in/grab. I had the dealership check it out in July and they told me after checking it that "Chrysler was aware of the problem and that it was a software issue!" (The service manager even told the family in front of me who was picking up their car from service the same thing!)
Fast forward 4 months, still doing it, increasingly so.
Dealer has had my car for 4 days and wants my husband & I to do a ride along, because there is nothing wrong with our transmission. They don't notice what we are describing.
Has anyone had similiar experience please?? I have never had this on my other vans (and I assume I'm driving the same way) nor is it on the T&C loaner I was given.
#998 of 1446 Re: Difference between 2005 and 2006 DGC SXT?
Nov 15, 2005 (1:53 pm)
I appreciate your input on the comparisons between 2005 and 2006 SXT. Based on the replies, I'm going to find a low mileage used 2005 SXT. My wife and I test drove the van in March and liked it a lot, especially the stow and go seats. My target price for a '05 SXT is 17-18k out the door including tax and a bumper to bumper 7/100k warranty. The Dodge certified used vans come with a 8/80k powertrain warranty, so I don't think it would be too much more for the upgrade. Is my target price too low? When I go to cars.com I see 05 SXT's for almost around the same price as a new one (20-21k). Thanks again for your time. I've enjoyed reading your replies.
#999 of 1446 Re: 2006 Grand Caravan SXT [mfletou1]
Nov 15, 2005 (2:01 pm)
21k is a great deal. Back in March we could not go lower than 23k on a 28k msrp 05 sxt van. Congrats on your purchase!
#1000 of 1446 Re: Difference between 2005 and 2006 DGC SXT? [mikev_co]
Nov 15, 2005 (3:20 pm)
MAKE sure the used GC SXT is Dodge Certified and not just a used GC SXT sold by a Dodge or Chrysler dealer.
Most used GC SXT, GC SE, and T&C sold in the Salt Lake City area do NOT have the 7 year 70,000 warranty as they were rentals purchased by original leasing or renting agency WITHOUT the longer warranty.
#1001 of 1446 Re: Difference between 2005 and 2006 DGC SXT? [hansienna]
Nov 15, 2005 (9:03 pm)
Thanks for the tip. I'll make sure it's Dodge Certified first before I look into it.
It's incredible one of the first things the sales people say when talking about the price. "This is a no-haggle, internet only pricing. Make sure you bring in the flyer because it's way cheaper than retail!"
Ugh... I have a feeling this is going to take a while.
#1002 of 1446 Re: Difference between 2005 and 2006 / Warranty? [dm3]
Nov 16, 2005 (7:56 am)
What you're writing about the warranty is NOT TRUE. Toyota and Honda both provide 3/36 bumper to bumper (as far as I know), same as other manufacturers. But Ford & GM also include roadside assistance, not available at Toyota and DCX - altohgh the last one offer towing service only. For the others you have to pay extra for these services. And on many GM models, the tires are included in the warranty as well, something you won't find elsewhere.
Sorry for getting slightly off topic, but I just wanted to correct you. (And please correct me if I'm wrong...!)