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    Thread: 1st-gen Caravan / Voyager

    1. 10-12-2012 10:22 AM #51
      Quote Originally Posted by turbo_nine View Post
      Seriously. I had a '90 turbo manual. Was quite disappointed that it didn't have a third row seat just because of the time I spent in my aunt's Caravan back when they were new.
      I had one of the other ES Turbo manuals out there, and mine had the 3rd row.

      The seats combined weighed about 250 lbs. It was a huge amount of weight that you could really feel when you removed them.
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      10-12-2012 11:20 AM #52
      We had an '84 with the Mitsu 2.6 liter for 8 years till my dad bought a brand new '94 Plymouth Grand Voyager with the 3.8. this thing had overhaed console and the back windows opened with a switch. i was mind blown.

      I remember my dad burried the needle on the 84 once...he was like lets see if we can do this...i remember looking at that needle for a long time until it finally hit 140 (km/hr) until my dad and I cheered. Yeah...the 80's rocked!
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      10-12-2012 11:59 AM #53
      Quote Originally Posted by Volvo_D View Post
      all i know is i had a black matchbox one WITH A SLIDING DOOR. i thought that was pretty cool...then of course i smashed it years later.
      I did too. The sliding door was pretty sweet.
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      10-12-2012 12:28 PM #54
      I hung around with a girl in the early 90s that drove her parents Caravan around...many good times were had in the back of that thing... Party machine.

      My first job out of college was for a company that supported two way radios, towers and pagers for Fire/Cops/EMT/etc...My field service van was a crappy Caravan (89?). I was depressed when I saw it.
      I was low man on the totem pole, so I got the CV...other guys had the newer Astros.

      The first time I fired it up I heard a low whistle....interesting....got it out on the road and floored it...
      grrrrrrrrrr....WHOOOOSH! Turbo time! I was happy after that. Best service van ever.
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      10-12-2012 01:49 PM #55
      Quote Originally Posted by choochoo View Post
      Good question...
      That reminds me of a more modern version of this, the car and driver Mazdaspeed5

      http://www.caranddriver.com/features/boss-wagon-vi
      http://www.caranddriver.com/features...n-mazdaspeed-5

      I still REALLY want to do this when my brother in law flips his MS3... toss that right into the wife's Mazda5

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      10-24-2012 08:49 PM #56
      Quote Originally Posted by Omnilith View Post
      I know this is a second gen, but it is the same vehicle in a mildly revised wrapper.

      This factory five speed 2.5L was purchased for $100:



      I love Caravans/Voyagers. Every time I spot an SWB van, I shout "race car!!!"
      That is pretty damn awesome.
      I do not like the 2nd-gen styling as much, but there are definately many more still on the road (or at least on CL)

      Per Wiki, 3 of the 4 engines were V6 (I only drive 4-cyls, tho the 6s might haul), but a manual was still available, as was AWD. Wonder how hard those are to locate.
      Last edited by Troike; 10-24-2012 at 08:55 PM.
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    7. 10-24-2012 09:46 PM #57
      For the second gen, I don't think the AWD option (or even the V6) was available with the manual transmission. But I've already been wrong in this thread once.

      I drove a manual 2nd gen with accessibility fittings for driver's ed. Pretty sure it was a four. Also pretty sure I got some awful bruises from those fittings.
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      10-24-2012 09:51 PM #58
      Got to drive one as a company car ... yay .... not particularly exciting, the one I drove broke down and left me on the side of the road because my employer didn't give a crap about it.

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      10-24-2012 10:59 PM #59
      Here's a nice '84 found on Flickr:



      I would call that a classic by now, in that condition. The early two-tiered front end looks so odd.

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      10-25-2012 05:35 AM #60
      Mom bought one when they first came out. '84 Caravan with the middle trim package and the 4 cylinder.

      Looked just like this.

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      11-01-2012 12:36 AM #61
      Damn, here is a clean turbo van for $1500. Too bad I owe property tax next week.
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      11-01-2012 12:57 AM #62
      I know its the wrong generation, but here is a 3rd gen with a srt4 swap.




    13. 11-01-2012 06:30 PM #63
      Very cool tread! My parents used to have a 1990 Grand Caravan LE, 3.3L, 4speed automatic. Great van with unique decals. Sadly rust claimed it.

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      11-01-2012 06:34 PM #64
      Quote Originally Posted by 21v00 View Post
      Very cool tread! My parents used to have a 1990 Grand Caravan LE, 3.3L, 4speed automatic. Great van with unique decals. Sadly rust claimed it.
      I think that's one of the only drawbacks to these, besides only having 1 sliding door
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