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Pros: Stow and Go Seating
Cons: I'm 6'4'. Car Seat still doesn't fit behind me.
Advice: Go w/ the Grand Caravan to get the Stow and Go seatingWe always said we wouldn't buy a a mini van, but we love this vehicle. V6 gives good power. Grand Caravan is long, but still very maneuverable. I recommend the Grand Caravan (long wheel base) w/ the SXT pkg. You get so many features included, the value is terrific. I cannot say enough about the Stow and Go Seats. The flexibilty of space they offer w/o having to wrestle with your vehicle, make the Grand Caravan a MUST have since Stow and Go is not offered in the short wheel base. We love our Grand Caravan SXT.
Pros: Stow 'N Go seats
Cons: Flimsy plastic floor cover between second row bucket seats
Advice: Be sure to research and compare any potential vehicle purchase to the competitionSecond and third row seats do sacrifice size, appearance, and perhaps comfort to allow the stowable feature. Floor cover between second row bucket seats is flimsy and uncarpeted. Third row outside seats have limited foot room; toes cannot extend under the second row seats. Despite these initial observations, we are very impressed with Dodge's exterior styling, the Stow 'n Go functionality, the 3.8 L V6 performance, and the interior finish. Convinced this is a much better value than the competition; very pleased with our purchase.
Pros: Disc Brakes
Cons: Poor mileage, Poor, poor resale value, High cost of maintenance at dealer,
Advice: Resale value is terrible on these Chrysler vans. Honda and Toyota are worth 50% more at resale or trade in time.Handles firmly and corners well. Four wheel disc brakes work very well. Seats are heavy and do not fold into floor. Should have bought the Odyssey because it would have been worth $8K more with 60K miles; would have cost me only $2K more at the time of purchase.
Pros: Comfort, tri-zone climate control.
Cons: Quality and reliability of the car.
Advice: Either get extended warranty, know for sure that your dealership has a good service department, or don't buy this car.Drives well, has enough power. Vehicle constantly has problems (factory recall on steering, hoses, etc.). Turn signal signals in the wrong direction (left instead of right)...one dealership did not have parts, the other dealership cannot find problem and refuses to fix it. Also makes some squealing noises during summer, but dealership cannot find problem either. Called Dodge corporate, and they cannot do anything except refer to the same dealers that cannot solve the problem.
Pros: The room I have when the back seat is removed
Cons: Chrysler knowing the transmission in the 3.3 liter engines are JUNK, but unwilling to recall and fix the problem
Advice: If it's a Caravan you want don't go with the 3.3 liter engine pay the extra money and go the next one up.Thank goodness you get a 7 year/70,000 mile warrenty on the power train. At 20,000 miles while driving home from a trip without any warning the van grabbed and jerked while slowing down to 28 MPH scaring the heck out of me. It turned out to a pump inside the transmission. All the oil leaked out causing the van to grab and jerk when dropping down from 4th gear into 3rd. Chrysler is aware of this problem (the 3.3 liter engines), but does not have a recall on it. I was informed by the Dodge dealership that fixed the transmission...Chrysler DOES NOT consider this a safety issue. In the winter I have a whistling sound coming from either one of the side sliding doors or the back door. Service can't find the problem so I have to live with it when it gets cold out. Chrylser says the Grand Caravan can tow up to 3,500 lbs. Don't believe it. My popup is around 3,000 lbs and I have to drive at a snails pace for several miles on the highway before I can go from 3rd to Drive and stay with the flow of traffic.
Pros: Stow and Go
Advice: We looked at several other minivansI have owned 5 minivans since 1985, three of them Dodge, my 2005 appears to be the best of all
Pros: Stow n Go
Advice: Better thatn anything else offeredComfortable, RELIABLE, great product.