Last post on Aug 12, 2009 at 4:00 PM
You are in the Chrysler Town & Country/Dodge Grand Caravan
What is this discussion about?
Chrysler Grand Voyager, Dodge Grand Caravan, Chrysler Town and Country, Van
#11 of 20 Re: Grand Voyager/Caravan mpg wrong on wwwfueleconomy.gov for Cash for [pragmatist1]
Jul 28, 2009 (7:40 am)
I basically given up. I will continue to drive my Grand Voyager.
#12 of 20 Re: Grand Voyager/Caravan mpg wrong on wwwfueleconomy.gov for Cash for [pragmatist1]
Aug 05, 2009 (5:03 pm)
I think I have a solution to the 19 mpg problem for the Voyager/Caravan family. When I was checking to see if my 1995 Voyager with the 3.0 engine qualified it originally did at 18mpg. But after July 24th the EPA said it was 19 mpg. Boy if I only bought the 3.3 engine it would qualify. This was based on just two vehicle estimates. One of them stated it got 21 mpg the other said 18. The two average out about 19.5. When I went back this weekend I saw there now were three estimates. So I did some more checking. I found I could input my own estimate, which is 17.1. So if more Voyager/Caravan owners input their estimates we all may qualify.
Here is where I inputted my info. Go to http://www.fueleconomy.gov/, click on “Find your car’s energy impact score”, on the blue line at the top of the page click on Your MPG. On the next screen you have to register and you can then enter your calculated mpg. After that you will get an e-mail you have to respond to and it should get inputted to the estimates within a few days. I just responded tonight and will be watching to see if my numbers show up soon. I’m thinking, the more people who input data to the site the sooner the Voyager/Caravan family will get qualified. Please give it a try, we could all benefit from this. $4500 is better then sitting on a clunker that doesn’t qualify.
#13 of 20 Re: Grand Voyager/Caravan mpg wrong on wwwfueleconomy.gov for Cash for [tomb508]
Aug 05, 2009 (6:32 pm)
I like your perseverence, but give it up. In the final rule it says they have gotten a lot of MPG "issues" but that they would only use the EPA ratings. Think about it if they don't draw the line, where does it stop? Best of luck.
#14 of 20 Re: Grand Voyager/Caravan mpg wrong on wwwfueleconomy.gov for Cash for [cashforclunk]
Aug 05, 2009 (8:32 pm)
The fundamental problem originates From Chrysler's submission to the EPA of ERRONEOUS MPG info. Fueleconomy,gov admitted to me in an e-mail that Chrysler was allowed to combine the regular Voyager/Caravan data 19MPG with the Grands (which they know are 18MPG like their twin, the Town & Country) and report the Grands 19MPG. They know it is wrong, but they have not done anything about it to date. I've written e-mails, sent certified mailings and called the EPA, Chrysler, fueleconomy.gov, the CARS people, my congressmen, the White House, and the NHTSA. So far I've received only limited response usually consisting of, "we are looking into it". If anyone has any suggestions, let me know. Maybe contacting local or national news outlets for a "consumer interest story" might help expose this injustice.
#15 of 20 Re: Grand Voyager/Caravan mpg wrong on wwwfueleconomy.gov for Cash for [rocky53]
Aug 05, 2009 (11:58 pm)
Is this just for FWD vans? I can see that; I have driven 45,000 miles on my van, an AWD, and my total fuel economy is ~18.5 during that time based on calculated mileage and fuel. Any FWD should be able to beat that; especially in warmer climates where your winter economy (for six months!) is not hammered by sub-zero temperatures. In January, my monthly economy is usually in the 13-14 range! I live in Fairbanks, Alaska.
I looked up my '98 DGC with AWD (3.8L), and it is listed as qualified. Tempting, considering I have 213,000 miles on it, but I just dumped $1000 into extensive maintenance three months ago and, considering there are essentially no manufacturer rebates to be had right now due to this program, I can likely make out better on a new car through a private sale combined with rebates from manufacturers, etc., sometime down the road.
Clunker or not, I sure love not having car payments.
#16 of 20 Re: Grand Voyager/Caravan mpg wrong on wwwfueleconomy.gov for Cash for [xwe
Aug 06, 2009 (4:58 am)
xwesx--this is concernng the 6 cyl 3.3L engine FWD Grand Caravans from the yr 2000. All other 3.3 L FWD Gr Caras qualify because they are shown at 18 mpg. 3.8 L Gr Caras qualify because they have larger engines and tested at 18 mpg.
The 1996-2000 minivans (within their engine sizes) are all twins of each other (except for minor tweaks in options, colors etc), being the "third generation." So if the 3.3 L engine got 18 mpg from 1966-1999, the same engine, same wt, same length minivan from 2000 should also show 18 mpg.
As mentioned above, for the 2000 model year, Chrysler apparently fudged the numbers and got away with it. The EPA refuses to fix the acknowledged error on their site, and Chrysler has no incentive to fess up because they now "own" all owners of 3.3L 2000 Gr Caravans. Their own C4C program accepts all vehicles whether or not qualifying on the EPA list. If you want a $3500-4500 rebate, you have to go to a Chrysler dealership & endure a push to buy a Caliber.
#17 of 20 Re: Grand Voyager/Caravan mpg wrong on wwwfueleconomy.gov for Cash for [xwe [ofionnachta]
Aug 06, 2009 (10:41 pm)
you have to go to a Chrysler dealership & endure a push to buy a Caliber.
Oh, my. That is horrific! As if ownership of the original vehicle was not torture enough!
Thank you,ofionnachta, for setting me straight... admittedly I merely skimmed this discussion and missed the specifics you cited above.
#18 of 20 It's about the rebate, xwesx
Aug 07, 2009 (2:46 am)
Um, if you don't read the discussion, don't make remarks to the discussers. I said "If you want a $4500 rebate" you are unlike owners of all other Gr Caravans of the third generation; you can only buy a Chrysler.
If you think every car Chrysler makes is wonderful, then this situation with the 2000 Gr Caravans won't bother you. Unfortunately, not everybody wants the smaller more fuel efficient car they plan to get with the C4C tradein to be a Chrysler. The owners of all the other eligible Caravans can use C4C like everybody else and go wherever they want for their next car. Yr 2000 Gr Caravan owners cannot.
It doesn't only effect the Caravan owners. The program was meant to get inefficient gas guzzlers off the road sooner, not just to goose auto sales. Chrysler dealers will clean up these vans and resell them--they can't get the rebate from the NHTSA. The cars traded under C4C will be destroyed immediately & their owners will be driving more efficient cars. The 2000 Gr Caravans will stay on the road drinking gas, and emitting CO2, either with their current owners or with their new ones. Cleaner cars do mean cleaner air---that's why California has all those extra laws about emissions; their smog kills elderly and schoolkids.
#19 of 20 Re: It's about the rebate, xwesx [ofionnachta]
Aug 07, 2009 (3:19 pm)
Hah; okay, well, if you cannot interpret what other posters write with relative accuracy, then don't respond to them! I understood what you meant and agreed wholeheartedly. Apparently, that level of understanding was not reciprocal. You must be very worked up by this....
#20 of 20 Got to get it into the news
Aug 12, 2009 (4:00 pm)
I think the only way we're going to get any response is through the media. I emailed CNN yesterday (there's a guy at CNN money who's written most of the C4C articles), no response yet.