Last post on Mar 09, 2008 at 6:03 AM
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#20 of 29 Re: 2008 Town and Country 3rd row Auto Seats, gas mileage [xwesx]
Nov 28, 2007 (10:17 pm)
There is only about 300 miles on the van. We have an appointment tomorrow to look into the third row auto seat. We had been told by a few people that there were problems with the auto seat, but now they insist the problems were fixed with all newer cars made the last couple of months. Obviously there is still a problem, and if there was any way to manually move the seats when the auto doesn't work, it would not be that bid of a problem. Auto seats were not an option we really wanted, but unfortunately, to get a van with some of the other options we wanted, they all had the power seats, 3rd row. We were also told that with the newer engines we did not need to 'break' in the engine the first 1000 miles (not going over 55 or fast accelerations etc.) Whether this really makes a difference, were not sure. I do have to say, everything else is great!! What an incredable nav system, entertainment system, safety, lighting and conveniance additions really make for an overall great vehicle. Thanks for your advice
#21 of 29 Re: 2008 Town and Country 3rd row Auto Seats, gas mileage [luvrealhorses]
Nov 29, 2007 (1:34 pm)
The auto third row in my T&C was doing odd things one day.Upon closer inspection, it appeared that a plastic sheet from a wrapper had gotten into the floor anchor that the seat was trying to grab. I removed the sheet and all was well. I was determined to buy a van with manual third row, solely because of the "the auto mechanism is more likely to break" thought - but changed my mind at the last minute and bought the auto one. I guess it is possible that the manual one could break too...right? One big concern I have is that the belt buckles get pressed hard against the leather seats when the seats are folded. I feel it is likely the seats will tear over the long term. For this reason, I use the third row in the seating position.
I get between 17 and 24.3 MPG...along the lines that have been advertised.
#22 of 29 Re: 2008 Town and Country 3rd row Auto Seats, gas mileage [luvrealhorses]
Dec 03, 2007 (4:17 pm)
The problems may well be fixed in the vehicles made during the last couple months, but what is the actual date of manufacture on your van? I purchased a "new" car in early October, but it was manufactured in March! Just because you purchased it today does not mean it was made last week.
As for the mileage, give it a couple thousand miles to see if it increases dramatically. After 300 miles, that is just the first tank! All the moving the van does before it gets to you is extremely low mileage jaunts, and that can drag down the rest of the average for the tank.
#23 of 29 Re: 2008 Town and Country 3rd row Auto Seats, gas mileage [luvrealhorses]
Dec 10, 2007 (9:41 pm)
We are on our 2nd 2008 T&C (25L-Swivel-n-go), long story in another thread - first one was a lemon that we returned. Before you take it back make sure you have a couple of months to wait for the dealer to replace it through impartial services. Its a nightmare. Take it back for a refund if you are not happy and start from scratch with a new card and a new deal.
We are getting roughly 25 mpg local driving with a little highway, finger crossed we have 500 miles with no issues or electrical failures so far.
#24 of 29 Re: 2008 Town and Country 3rd row Auto Seats, gas mileage [luvrealhorses]
Dec 13, 2007 (6:09 pm)
I just purchased a 2008 T & C Limited van in late November. I don't have the third row power seat so I can't comment on that issue. We filled up the van with 60 miles on the odometer and drove about 150 miles not exceeding 60 mph. As you know, this van has the 4.0 engine. We got 23.5 mpg. Although I've not checked the mileage around town, on the mpg fuel read out, I don't remember the m.p.g. at any time dropping below 14.5 so I expect the in town short trip mileage should be close to the window sticker 16 mpg. So far, I'm delighted with this van compared to the 05 T&C Limited van we traded. Thus far, I can say the ride, interior noise level, and handling to name a few attributes of this van, far exceed the 05' model. I read the recent Consumer Report article concerning the new Chrysler vans and wondered where they were coming from....handling and petty criticism of the quality of the storage compartment between the seats. I 've ridden in a 2005 and 2006 Honda Odssey and wasn't overly impressed and for that reason didn't consider a 2007 or 08 Honda Odssey. Hope your gas mileage improves.
#26 of 29 Grand Caravan - possible to replace bench with buckets?
Jan 17, 2008 (9:00 am)
We've been looking at late model mini-vans and have found one well priced with everything we want except the stow&go 2nd row bucket seats.
I know where I can get some decent OEM bucket seats. Does anyone know if its possible to replace the bench with buckets in a 07 Grand Caravan and what it takes to get it done?
#28 of 29 Town & Country 2003 BackRow SeatBelt Issues?
Jan 28, 2008 (12:22 pm)
I just noticed this about my van after moving my daughter out of her latched child seat and into a big kid booster seat.
The belt does not lock when I give it a quick tug. It works in the front seats but not the back 2 rows. This did not make me feel comfortable. Needless to say I put back the original car seat and called the dealer.
I was told the seat will lock after I apply the breaks which I will test tonight.
Anyone else go through this? I'm not too confident about the brake test. Are seatbelts a lifetime warranty thing? Any thoughts would be appreciated.
#29 of 29 2008 t&c nav stopped working
Mar 09, 2008 (6:03 am)
I have 1000 miles on my brand new van. My daughter wanted to download her ipod songs and after we tried this the nav went out! It says acquiring nav like before but it doesn't ever come up. Also the phone doesn't come on. Does anyone know if I disconnect the battery if it will reset? I will call the dealership Monday but I am really disappointed that something so simple as attaching an ipod could mess everything up. Thanks,