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A Beginners Needle
A Beginners Needle  Friend of PR
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Date: 3/2/12 1:55 PM

So the insurance totaled out the car that DH was driving, so we need to get a new car. We had a SUV, but since we have a little one, we're thinking it might be better to get a minivan instead.

DH would like to get a car from an American manufacturer, so we're looking at the Dodge. We'll probably go test drive it tomorrow and might try renting one for the week. Anyone here have one and love it? hate it?

Any other minivan that is a must avoid or a great buy? Love some feedback on what you all drive.



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Date: 3/2/12 2:13 PM

We rented a Chrysler Town n Country for a road trip. I thought the seats were very small and hard..not very comfortable. My husband said the transmission shifted funny. Like there was a timing issue. I have not tried any other minivans. I drive a Jeep Liberty and love it.

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Date: 3/2/12 2:19 PM

Our first van was a Dodge Caravan -- was not a big fan.

We then had a TransSport which we put 275,000 km on and it was purchased used.

Now we are driving a Pontiac Montana and I absolutely love it. When we had to replace the TransSport we didn't even look at Dodge products.

I need a van for business purposes so even though there's only the 2 of us, a van is our vehicle of choice.

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Date: 3/2/12 4:59 PM

I'm on my third Town and Country Dodge minivan, and love it. The automatic doors are so nice, along with the heated seats in winter... Drives nice, gets about 20 or 21 mpg.

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Date: 3/2/12 6:01 PM

Have an old Toyota minivan... LOVE it.
Toyota revamped their minivan, last year or 2010 & I test drove it... it's AWESOME. It's 5 inches wider inside & altho that doesn't sound like much but it's alot roomier than the old style that I have.
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Date: 3/2/12 6:19 PM

We had a Plymouth Voyager, which I think was basically the same car as the Caravan and had to get rid of it--it had so many problems. We got a Toyota Sienna and it's going on 10 years old nearly problem free.

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Date: 3/2/12 6:26 PM

I have a Honda Odyssey which I love, love, LOVE. It's 12 years old, has 150k on it and still rides like a dream. I think I'll get at least another 100k out of it. Can't recommend it enough
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Date: 3/2/12 6:44 PM

we had a 2005 dodge grand caravan that we traded in last January for a 2011 Jeep Patriot.

While I love the patriot (have always wanted a Jeep, and this actually made top 5 in safety and gas mileage on the Edmund's reviews), I so totally miss my caravan!!!

Not only was it spacious enough when we had family visit, but we could take the rear seat out and could fit luggage and the dog for weekend trips, AND I could do my 3-month shopping spree in one trip and have room to spare!!!

So yes, if I had found another one and it was ranked high on the lists, I would have gotten another one.....

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Date: 3/2/12 6:51 PM

We had an 89 Plymouth Voyager, at the time the fancier version of the Caravan. It was a 4 cylinder turbo, got great mileage and had lots of spunk when driving uphill and passing the slow pokes.

I loved it. We bought it used with about 100,000Km (60K miles) and drive it to death (over 300K km) when we got rid of it.

Our next van was a Mazda MPV. Was not so in love with it, but the price was right and we got over 300k km on it too before it died. It was a 6 cylinder and we really noticed the difference in mileage.

I would buy a new Caravan if we have the funds.

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In reply to A Beginners Needle

Date: 3/2/12 9:58 PM

Newest Cosummers Report on cars is out. Received our copy today.

No Chrysler or GM products made the cut, except for a pick-up truck.

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