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Pros: ride, room
Advice: get dealer to comit to break life and ABSI've had my Caravan 3 years with a total of 47000kms. I'm now having my 3rd set of breaks installed. 1st set went at 20000kms and dealer tried to tell me this is normal wear. My Nissan van went over 50000kms before 1st break job. What should I expect? This is a very sore point with me and plan not to purchase Dodge again for this reason. I own a Miata (great) Nissan Stanza(great) SusukiSK(Great) Dodge Caravan (NOT GREAT) Nick in Vancouver
Pros: RWD pushes you instead of pulling you
Cons: No dealer was willing to negotiate but I bought and SXT for $19,500 -leather 3.5L
Advice: SXT 3.5Lis so fast...I can't imagine the R/T! This can be a very very dangerous ride if you are not careful!Even the SXT 3.5HO is Powerful! Spins out on every acceleration. Every single detail is included in this car. It took me a month to figure it all out. I'm still finding out new things like puncture proof tires.
Pros: Quad seating
Cons: road noise
Advice: very reliableAll went very smooth
Pros: Dual Climate Control
Cons: 12 mpg. Stated is supposed to be 19-26mpg.
Advice: Don't buy if you want great gas mileage.We had a 2002 Explorer 4x4 ($551 per month financed) that got 16-18mpg and needed something with better gas mileage for our out-of-town trips. We bought a 2006 Caravan SXT for $25,035 ($588 per month plus $45 more per month in insurance) because with the mpg on the Caravan it should save us money in the long run. Exactly ONE week after buying this BRAND NEW vehicle, it gets 12.006 mpg and is currently in the shop getting looked at. The dealer (DodgeLand of Columbia) doesn't have a loaner vehicle even though the vehicle they sold me has problems, so I am without a car for the first time in 7 years. The inside is roomy and my 2 children love the van, they sit in a different seat each time we get in. But overall, I'm very disappointed in the purchase. I should have stuck with Ford!
Pros: DVD Player, sliding doors on both sides of vehicle, awesome A/C
Cons: no rear defroster
Advice: do your homework and research vans, be careful who you do business withUp to now we have driven a 94 Voyager SE and an 86 Volvo. We were not looking for a sports car, we wanted a family car. We compared several different models such as KIA, Toyota, Honda, Ford, Chevy. Toyotas and Hondas are priced crazy. Kias were the only other cost effective van. I did not like the Kia as much because of the tray in the middle of the front seats. I felt after a few kicks from my three year old, that tray would be broken. The Caravan was cost effective. I wanted a basic model with radio and A/C. No other features would change our like or dislike for the vehicle. This one came with a Entertainment package (DVD player, earphones not included), a roof rack, and pearl gold paint. The sticker price was $20,446. We took advantage of the $4000 rebates and got a great deal for $17,446 when all was said and done. The car is worth over $18,000. So I feel like we got a great deal. It's a step up for us.
Cons: no tv
Advice: their wonderful vehicles crash wiseI would purchase another caravan in a heart beat . their excellent vehicles
Pros: All the storage room and I get the rated mpg in city and highway driving
Cons: Horsepower could be stronger and the turning diameter tighter
Advice: If you don't need all the storage, Honda or Toyota may be better for youMy 2003 Chevy Trailblazer just did not have enough room for packing all our stuff (just my wife and myself) on our 3-4 week vacations. So after this summer's vacation with the incentives so large, we bought the Grand Caravan SXT with Sto-N-Go. The vehicle rides very smooth, has comfortable front seats, middle seats are good, but the rear seat is tight with the legroom for adults. However, the concept of Sto-N-Go is just what we needed. I store things in the floor where the second seats will be stored. You can buy a durable plastic storage container with lid at Target or Wal-Mart that fits in the storage well perfectly. We did get the optional power liftgate and side curtain airbags. It would have been nice if Dodge included power windows in the slider doors, backlit headlight knob, a light in the glove compartment and under the hood.