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You are in the Chrysler Town & Country/Dodge Grand Caravan
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Chrysler Town and Country, Dodge Caravan
#246 of 554 Re: Still Shopping [odymomma]
May 02, 2008 (6:34 pm)
After our comparisons, we were sure it was going to be the Town and Country, but ended up with the Grand Caravan. They happened to have one of each that were basically identical. The only differences were the T&C had remote start and the Grand Caravan had Automatic Climate Control. Town and Country was about $800 more. The real kicker in the end was my wife prefered the dash on the Grand Caravan over the T&C.. That is, until we were driving home and she realized that on the Dodge she couldn't see the speedometer from the passenger seat.......... Hee Hee Hee
Right now we are getting 20.4 mpg doing about 60/40 short highway/city driving.
It is very close to our 2003 Grand Caravan with the 3.3.
By the way... After the comparisons, if the Chrysler twins had not existed we would have "settled" for the Hyundai.
Order of finish in our tests were:
1. Dodge/Chrysler (finish order here is really just visual and trim preferences )
#247 of 554 Exhaust Ping
May 02, 2008 (7:57 pm)
Any one else experience a rather loud and annoying exhaust ping after driving your 08 GC and parking it. Goes for a good 5 min until it cools down. Is this normal?
#248 of 554 Re: Exhaust Ping [sean9]
May 02, 2008 (8:32 pm)
Goes for a good 5 min until it cools down. Is this normal?
Yes. I noticed my Sebring doing that when it was new. It still does it a little after 7,000 miles but it doesn't seem as loud as it did at first.
#249 of 554 Re: Exhaust Ping [sean9]
May 02, 2008 (8:40 pm)
Mine pings a bit for a couple minutes after it's parked. The only time I really notice it is when it's inside the garage though.. I think it is coming from the exhaust heat shields around the catalytic converter. They heat up and expand while driving, then ping a bit while cooling down. I have heard a lot of cars do it. The loudest one I ever owned was a 97 Ford Explorer.
#250 of 554 Re: Still Shopping [odymomma]
May 03, 2008 (5:20 am)
I must question your claim of very poor mileage with an Odyssey. My 2006 Odyssey EX-L now has 45,000 very mixed use miles. The van has averaged 20+ mpg since Day One. The lowest mpg I have experienced is 19 in stop and go and extended idling usage. I average 25 mpg on the highway at 70 mph.
Yes, we have to doubt reviews by publications accepting advertising dollars from the same manufacturers whose product is being reviewed. It is for that reason I read Consumer Reports but even then I I try to get as much other independent information before making a purchasing decision. These forums are an excellent source of real owner data.
#251 of 554 Re: Still Shopping [artgpo]
May 03, 2008 (2:25 pm)
...odymomma...I have an 06 Ody with only about 20k miles. I have to say that it's just recently started to get good mileage. Most of my driving is in town, and that remains in the mid-teens, while highway mileage has just started to reach 22 mpg.
If a Dodge or Chrysler gets better than that from day one, I'd like it just swell. My lease is up in October, so I'm exlporing the possibilities of the GC.
#252 of 554 Re: Exhaust Ping [scoutll]
May 04, 2008 (6:00 pm)
I asked my dealer/service proffesional about the exhaust ping, I also thought something is wrong, since my recent Dodge van did not do this. But he stated it is perfectly normal. But I feel that this should not happen... Overall, I think Chrysler still needs to improve in the powertrain dept. and driving dynamics - improve NVH is the most important, fuel effecincy next, and the handling also needs big improvement.
Chrysler is promising some interesting updates for the '09 model year (built-in Wi-Fi?), but I would beg them to take care of the basics first. More comfortable seats in rear. Quieter engines. I would also love to see the glove boxes lighted.
And please, PLEASE!! bring back the wiper de-icer. And redesign the HVAC controls so it should be more simple, especially the Automatic.
#253 of 554 Turning
May 04, 2008 (6:33 pm)
Also one other thing I notice about my 08GC van is when turning, (could be left or right) once in a while I get a short metal scraping sound. Hard to explain a sound but kind of like the spring is grinding, or adjusts incorrectly. The sound is very brief less than 1 sec, and only seems to occur if the van is turning at slow speed perhaps on an unever surface? I plan on brining it is for service the week, just curious if anyone else experiences this.
#254 of 554 Re: Turning [sean9]
May 05, 2008 (3:38 am)
On my van, it took 2 trips to identify the source of the low speed noise. It was a problem with a c-clip on the left front axle nut, which was binding on something, then being released in slow left turns.
#255 of 554 Re: Turning [asdrew1]
May 05, 2008 (5:16 pm)
thanks I will be informing the dealership when i bring it in, this information is very helpful