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Pros: auto sliding doors, auto real tailgate, interior layout and room
Cons: mechanical failures
Advice: be prepared for frequent mechanical problemsMy first grand caravan's transmission went just 6,000 miles out of warranty. After replacing first caravan's transmission--I knew enough to purchase the extended warranty. 2nd caravan's transmission went just 8,000 miles out of warranty. Car handles well and is very comfortable for long travel w/family and friends. Opt for touring pkg -- gives a nice smooth ride. Lots of small computer problem w/sliding doors, engine and seatbelt lights going on, etc. Make sure you have a good service dept. Car is functionally superb for my family--but not worth the downtime in mechanical problems.
Pros: Lots of window area, you can see all around the van
Cons: Mine does not have power sliding doors
Advice: Buy itOverall a great ride and value for the money. I bought used and got a great deal from a dealer on ebay. Very sporty styling and looks great when detailed out. CD was not standard on this model year, wish it had one. Overall it is a great vehicle for the money and am pleased with it so far.
Pros: Sto N Go
Cons: Noisy interior
Advice: Live without Sto N Go and you'll get a quieter vehicle.Engine is a bit noisy - probably normal but due to poor sound insulation it's quite audible. Outside sounds seem to penetrate the cabin and the large hollow Sto n Go seat wells tend to amplify outside sound. The under carriage is reconfigured for the Sto n Go feature so the exhaust and spare tire changes have revised the underbody layout adversely resulting in more noise inside the vehicle. The SE Plus package offers cheap plastic looking interior doors that also lack sound deadening. Overall, I am dissatisfied with the interior noise level and corner cutting to save cost.
Pros: Remote rear hatch opening and closing.
Cons: cup holders on rear seats.
Advice: Can get great deals on this vechicle. Got mine for $8500 off list.Excellent storage space, all seats fold down easily and love the way remote doors open as well as back hatch. Radio controls on steering wheel come in handy on trips. Like it very much. 4th Chrsler Van I have owned. This is by far the best.
Pros: Sto-N-Go Seating
Cons: You have to move the front seats all the way up to sto the 2nd row seats.
Advice: Get the DVD playerThe stow-n-go seating is the best feature. The 3.8 L six has enough power to do the job(hello, it's a minivan not a Mustang).
Cons: gas mileage sketchy / rear windows don't open like front ones
Advice: I am actually a potential buyer and I think it is a definite sale for me!Drove smooth!
Pros: STOW & GO
Cons: TRANSMISSION PROBLEMS
Advice: LOOKS GOOD, TOO MANY PROBLEMS FOR A NEW CAR!!!!!WE BOUGHT OUR 2005 GRAND CARAVAN IN NOVEMBER,AND LOVED IT AT FIRST; AFTER 1 MONTH I HAD TO HAVE A NEW STEERING RACK PUT IN BECAUSE OF SOMETHING WITH THE POWER STEERING COOLING; AFTER 3 MONTHS, I HAVE PROBLEMS WITH THE TRANSMISSION, THE DEALERSHIP IS GREAT AND MAKING GOOD FOR IT, BUT IT IS SLIPPING A-G-A-I-N!! IF YOUR PURCHASING THIS AS A NEW VEHICLE AND EXPECTING A DEPENDABLE CAR LIKE I DID, THINK AGAIN!!! I HAVE MORE PROBLEMS WITH THIS THAN I DID ANY PRE-OWNED VEHICLE I OWNED PRIOR!!!