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Chrysler Town and Country, Dodge Caravan
Jun 25, 2007 (5:58 pm)
Does anyone know if Dodge will offer grand caravan cargo version in the new body style? Some years they did not offer these.
We have a 2002 DGC Sport and I've not driven a 2003-2007 model. Our 2002 drives perfectly and has had very few problems. It has the 3.3L with 4-speed, quad seats, rear air, and some other options, but the seats do not fold into the floor. I guess it improves our marriage to both remove and install the rear bench seat...
The newer features are certainly popular, but not necessary. The only thing I saw on Dodge's site that I did not liek about the 2008 offerings is that you do not appear to get cruise control on the lower level vans without an expensive option package.
#12 of 554 Not an Industry First
Jun 27, 2007 (7:36 am)
I love the fact that another manufacturer is adding the swiveling seat. I grew up in a minivan that had that feature and it was always so much fun to have a limo-like atmosphere in a minivan. The truth is that it is not an "Industry First" as chrysler and dodge say it is. The toyota previa had swiveling seats. And if the toyota previa was a minivan as I believe it was, the swiveling seats are not an industry first they are an industry second. They can't take all the credit, but nice job bringing that feature back.
#13 of 554 Re: Not an Industry First [allcarsrcool]
Jun 27, 2007 (9:26 am)
Swiveling seats are a very nice feature. I have swiveling seats in my 1969 Ford Econoline and, while they are rarely used these days, they were a handy feature in my childhood days.
Disappointing that Chrysler went with such bland styling for the new model, but I have always preferred function over form so I hope that it is a robust and functional van.
#14 of 554 Re: 4L engine [timothyf]
Jun 28, 2007 (6:27 am)
I believe this engine is the same one used in the Pacifica. You may want to check that forum for any issues dealing with this particular engine.
#15 of 554 Re: Not an Industry First [xwesx]
Aug 02, 2007 (2:13 pm)
Wow... i didn't know the feature was that old!... So why then does chrysler call it an industry first? I guess because the Econoline was a "van" not a "minivan" but then what about the previa... it was a "minivan"
#16 of 554 Where are the reviews?
Aug 02, 2007 (3:58 pm)
This car is coming out in October? I wonder why it hasn't been made accessible to the press. Most cars introduced at the spring car shows have been reviewed. Wonder what the problem is.
#17 of 554 Re: Not an Industry First [allcarsrcool]
Aug 02, 2007 (4:05 pm)
I should clarify that the seats in my van, while old (they came out of a 1971 Econoline my father purchased new), are aftermarket seats - he purchased a cargo conversion van. Original factory seats from that era did not even have headrests on them, let alone tilt or swivel! Happily, the captain's chairs in his van had all of those features and are very comfortable seats.
The Previa was a very well thought van: especially for the era. My father almost replaced his 1985 Camry with one until he remembered that he was buying it for himself, not his kids, so he went with a '92 Camry instead.
I tell you, though, the most revolutionary feature added to the minivan was the advent of the left side sliding door in addition to the door on the right. I bet every manufacturer out there let out a collective "duh!" when that was introduced. Sure did not take them long to jump on the bandwagon!
I really like my '69 Econoline but, for versatility of use, it cannot compare to the dual-door equipped '98 Caravan. Hauling passengers is such a breeze with those double doors. I told my wife we should sell the Caravan and beef up the Econoline instead (overall, it is a far more reliable and simple to maintain vehicle). She just laughed at me. I get that reaction quite often from her....
#18 of 554 Re: Where are the reviews? [redundant]
Aug 03, 2007 (7:44 am)
Wow. Bitch and ye shall receive. The next day the first drive is posted on Insideline. Man, I didn't realize I had such clout.
#19 of 554 Re: Where are the reviews? [redundant]
by Karen@Edmunds HOST
Aug 03, 2007 (7:59 am)
I knew yesterday that the First Drive would be released today. When I saw your whine, I thought you must be psychic!
You can post your thoughts about the article here.
#20 of 554 Re: Not an Industry First [xwesx]
Aug 03, 2007 (5:43 pm)
I loved riding in the previa... It was so much fun, especially when my cousins were in the car. It became a real party wagon. Unfortunately the previa died when a huge tree limb came down in a storm and landed on the roof... shattering the windsheild and damaging the overhead air conditioning unit... The car wasn't quite the same after that. I still miss it... my father replaced it with a chevrolet suburban...