After owning pretty much nothing but stationwagons I got a minivan, '03 Chyrsler Grand Voyager.
Got rid of it due to concerns of expensive failures pending, and got bent right out of shape on the trade for the Rav4 that replaced it. Seriously thinking about getting another minivan. REALLY miss it.
I've owned several Caravans. My first was a 94 T&C with 176k on it, then when I sold it, I went to a 95 Caravan sport with 267k! Sold that and bought a 97 T&C. I dearly love these vans. All of mine had the 3.8 V6. It got reasonable mileage (22-25) on the highway, was super comfy and they freakin' rocked in the snow! Wonderful, would certainly buy again. My 97's trans bit the dust soon after I bought it, and $1400 I had a rebuilt unit with a warranty.
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I JUST had a Dodge Grand Caravan SE a week or so ago as a rental. It wasn't that bad! The V6 had ok power. Build quality seemed good and it wasn't all bad to drive.
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I remember learning to drive with our '94 Aerostar XLT Sport extended length with 4.0L and RWD... that thing seriously hauled, and did crazy burnouts, but going around corners proved difficult .
I really liked minivans as a kid growing up, with my favourites being the 2nd gen Dodge Grand Caravan ES, and the Chevy Astro Extended LT
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I've lost count of how many Caravans my mom has had. Tons.
The previous one she bought was periwinkle, and I remember it because it was right before Stow'n'Go came out. S'n'G was under total embargo - I'd known about it for months because of work, and half of Detroit knew about it, but we couldn't say a thing to the public. So there is my mom, carrying on about how she is going to buy a new van, it's not going to be red (so my dad would quit getting flagged for speeding), and I'm begging and pleading with her to wait for another week or month until I know when the embargo will lift. It lifted the day the first vans rolled off the line - literally vans shipped from Windsor and the dealers weren't sure what they were getting if they weren't in the loop. I called her that day, and told her to go to the dealer and ask for a S'n'G van. They just stared at her like "what?" Called her up two days later and told her to come in, they got one and it was hers if she was willing to drive a purple car.
I know there was one woody-paneled dark cherry GenI, I think a light blue GenII (still boxy), then at least one more blue one and a beige one. Current one is black with a wheelchair conversion for my dad. We call it Darth Vanner.
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I'll just say this:
I rented a 2011 Grand Caravan and hauled 4 people and luggage and got ~30mpg. I then rented a 2011 Focus 4-door and carried 2 people and luggage and got 27mpg. What the hell?
Originally Posted by 16volt
When I worked in Stereos and Alarms a guy came in and told me that he was in his and stopped at a rest area and a guy came up and said "nice minivan, how many miles on it?" He told him (I think like 90k) and the guy said "Im an ex engineer for Chrysler, please sell it before it hits 100k. The trans will go then, mark my words" The guy said he didnt care... Then at 100k it went.
I told the story to my aunt- didnt buy it. 100k on the way to my GM funeral, BOOM (literally) locked up in traffic
I tell everyone that...
I’m 30, so needless to say I grew up in one and as a teenager, I hated it. Then, some years later, my parents gave me their aging Grand Voyager as I needed a winter car badly. Yep, I loved it. I removed one backseat and never worried if ‘this will fit’ again. A 4X8 sheet did fit, but not w/out scraping the interior panels (’94 model). I think they fixed it later.
It was slow, it was boring, the trans refused to downshift when it was time to and it was a bit expensive on gas (3.3 V6), but it was practical and comfy. Oh, and the upside of being slow: road rage on my part was not an issue…
Edit: I just wonder why they don't make an Outback/Allroad version of it. Add a Westphalia top and a rubber-lined passenger/cargo area (à la Element) and you have the perfect vehicle for outdoorsy people.
Last edited by Bakounine; 12-21-2011 at 06:10 PM.