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Dodge Caravan/Chrysler Voyager

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  • Why isn't that model on the dodge website? They show SE, Sport, Grand SE, EL, Sport, EX, and ES but no SXT? Hum....
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,695
    Many automakers' web sites are handled by third parties and are not kept up to date very well; e.g., Kia's U.S. site doesn't have most of their 2003 models on it yet, and Hyundai's just updated their site with info on 2003 models a few days ago.
  • I've looked around dealers websites and cannot find anything on what the SXT has feature-wise. What exactly does the package contain as compared with the current lineup of models?
  • badgerfanbadgerfan Posts: 1,564
    I have seen a few generic-not dealer newspaper print adds for short wheel base Caravan SXT in SE Wisconsin. Looks like they have really packaged all the desirable features most people want without packing a lot of frill extras. Ads listed following: 3.3 V-6, sixteen inch alloy wheels, quad seats, remote locks for just under $20K. Might have been a few other options, but I'm doing this from memory. With additional bargaining at dealers, it looks like this is a real winner option package for a reasonable price.

    If we were in the market for a new one, the SXT package would about perfectly meet our needs. However, our '96 short wheelbase Caravan Sport should still have quite a few years left. At 63k miles it has been great except for the AC which failed last summer.
  • klm90klm90 Posts: 1
    I have a 7 day old SXT in my driveway! I absolutely love it. Every feature that I wanted was standard - Quad seating, remote keyless, V-6
    I was told that it is being test marketed and not available everywhere. Maybe that is why you can't find it???
  • olizerolizer Posts: 38
    Ah, finally someone else has the same problem. I also have a 96 T&C. It begins to vibrate at 65 mph and gets worse as it goes higher. What I've done in the last year and a half---new frt shks, NEW half shafts, new tires, took off wheel covers, new rotors, balance 4 times, alignment, frt hub bearings, put tires from a friends GC on and drove - same vibration - dealer has given up; extended warranty just ran out; the only thing left to do is rear hub bearings ($200 each, for just parts). By the way, does kdh stand for Kill Devil Hills? Let me know if you get anywhere with your problem.
  • We have a 2001 dodge caravan sport. Can somebody explain what the fuel tank leak is about and whats being done and who is affected.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,695
    It's time to re-tire my '99 GCS. It still has the original Michelins with 36,000 miles, and the tread is worn enough that I don't want to go through another Minnesota winter with them. The Michelins have been good tires, but replacements are pricey. I did some research on the Web and found many positive comments from owners of Goodyear Regatta 2's, including some DC minivan owners. I can get these (215/65-16) for $75 each plus balancing and old tire disposal. Anyone have these tires? What do you think of them?
  • royallenroyallen Posts: 224
    I would suggest what I do in Denver. Warm months, Pirelli P400. Snow months good studded snow tires. It costs an extra $400 or so up front, (over half comes back in delay to next tire purchase) and is less than my deductable for a winter icy accident. I also justified buying a Sears compressor last summer so I could change tires more easily (+ blow out my sprinkler). Roy
  • Hi,
    Anyone know who sells grill guards for Chrysler MiniVans? Thanks in advance.
  • badgerfanbadgerfan Posts: 1,564
    Studded snow tires are not an option in some (maybe many?) states. They were banned here in Wisconsin many years ago due to the large amounts of wear they caused on the roads-ruts were actually getting rapidly worn into highly travelled roads, even if they were concrete.

    I am not sure if Minnesota followed suit. I have gotten by with all season radials for many years. Our highway crews are geared up for heavy snows. They plow a lot and use a lot of salt. Of course
    it also shows up on our tax rates here in Taxeconsin!
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,209
    Handy, I guess you talking about "bull bars" that stick out from the front? Never seen any on a minivan, but you may want to look at the Bumper Guards for NYC Street Parking discussion for some links.


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  • I'm looking to get some snow tires from the Tire Rack. Their web site and sales person insist that the 2002 Dodge Caravan Sport (short wheel base) comes with 16-inch wheels. I'm looking at the van, and while I haven't measured the wheel, the tire sidewalls clearly state 215/70-R15 as does the van's content sheet. Can I get 215/70-R15 snows on 15-inch steel wheels?

    This is a huge deal because the Tire Rack doesn't sell 16-inch steel wheels, which forces me to get 16-inch alloy wheels for the snows. I think that's a waste. If I'm going to get alloys, I'd put my summer tires on the alloys.

    Thanks!
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,695
    Studded tires are banned in Minnesota, also.
  • vchengvcheng Posts: 1,284
    Miata94: But Tire rack does sell new and take off 16 inch wheels for all models of the ChryCo minivans. I got a set of 16 inch steel wheels with Blizzak WS50 tires for around 625 dollars a few weeks ago, for my 99 GCS.
  • royallenroyallen Posts: 224
    David: Sorry for the bum steer on studded tires. Of ten states that ban studs, two are in the snow belt, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Consumer Reports Nov '01 rates the Goodyear Regatta 2 tops (red circles) for both snow and ice. The only other all season tire with this dual red circle rating was the Bridgestone SF-402. However these tires were both only average on dry and wet pavement so you might want a better all around tire like the BFGoodrich Control T/A M65 or Kelly Navigator Gold. You might want see the rating tables from your library copy. I like the report since it shows head to head test results from the CR test facility.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,695
    I just got a new set of Regatta 2s for my '99 GCS after seeing many rave reports on them on the Web. So far I haven't had to try them on snow or ice (it was 50 today in the Twin Cities), but dry handling has been fine--at least as good as the OEM Michelins, maybe just a tad firmer. They'll get a good workout on a trip to Texas over the holidays.
  • rdve80rdve80 Posts: 139
    Can anyone tell me what torque I should use on the stock, steel wheels on the Voyager. I just put on new disc brake pads and the lug nuts were on pretty tight. The owners manual is no help, they tell you about tire rotation, but nothing about how tight to set the lug nuts. Thanks for any help.
  • olizerolizer Posts: 38
    If the size on the tire on your vehicle says -215/70-R15 - then the 15 stands for the diameter of your rim. You can ONLY use 15 inch tires on that rim. It may be possible to use 16" wheels on your vehicle if the corresponding height and cross section of the tire you will put on the 16" rim is close to the existing 15" rims.
  • vchengvcheng Posts: 1,284
    ..... is 76 to 80 ft-lbs.
  • Thanks to olizer and vcheng for responding. I'm not looking to put 16-inch snows on the stock 15-inch steel wheels. I'm looking to get a set of 215/70-R15 snows mounted on their own 15-inch steel wheels. I would be interested in 215/65-R16s if anyone knows where I can find 16-inch steel wheels. Apparently, the Tire Rack is running low on all kinds of snow-related stock even this early in the season.

    I'm also thinking about forgoing dedicated snows and just getting a set of really good all-season tires with decent snow traction. I keep hearing about Regatta 2's being very decent in the snows. Please verify if you have first-hand experience.
  • vchengvcheng Posts: 1,284
    First of all, a really good set of all seasons, will not match snow tire when you need it the most in snow and ice. If you want to go this route, I think Nokian has a new all seasons tire out that is w-rated, and has a 400 treadwear rating, and is siped like snow tires. I do not know about these tires firsthand but you may want to look further into them.

    I think you are on the right track, and I assumed correctly when I thought that of course you know the difference between 15 and 16 tires and which rims to use.

    Also try tires.com, they compete with tirerack.com and may have what you are looking for.
  • Vcheng, I agree. A nice set of snows is incredible in the snow. I would never drive my Miata in the snow on anything but snow tires. I have taken my Miata up Trail ridge road in December twice (to show relatives the Rockies). However, I thought that the front drive Caravan would have a much easier time in the snow on just all season or light-duty snow tires (such as Firestone Winterfire or Kumho I'zen). My search continues. I had no idea that things get sold out this early.
  • vchengvcheng Posts: 1,284
    ... like Sam's club/Costco and Bj's club are alternatives that some of my friends have tried with good results, but I think they do not sell wheels.
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,209
    Back when I lived in a "winter" climate, I had two sets of snow tires/rims for a couple of cars (including an '89 Voyager). I always had good luck finding rims at salvage yards, but I don't know if 16" ones will be easy to find. You may want to look around eBay too.

    I always had a full-sized spare, so I'd just get 3 additional rims and mount the 4th snow tire in place of the spare. That could save you a few bucks.

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  • badgerfanbadgerfan Posts: 1,564
    Saw and ad in Milwaukee Sunday paper for a new Dodge Caravan SXT for just under $19K. Who knows if one bargained more, you might even get a few hundred more off.
  • No luck securing snow tires. I'm going with Regatta 2's for this years. I'll make sure I shop early next year.

    BTW, what does the SXT have, quad captains, 3.3 V-6? I wish that the SXT is being marketed in Philly. I would have bought that instead of the used Sport.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,695
    Yes, and yes. Also alloys and other goodies.
  • My sister is looking at a new minivan. The dodge seems to be her favorite. She does frequently drive in less then ideal conditions like snow and ice and she is wondering if she really needs the all wheel drive? Her current Durango gets slim gas mileage with the 5.9 liter V8. She does however need the extra room which is why she is going to a minivan. And after her ordeal with the "gas pig Durango" she wants to get something that wont need fill-ups quite so often. A front wheel drive caravan with the 3.3 V6 gets much better fuel economy than a 5.9 V8 Durango. But the elements might cause her to switch to a 3.8 V6 caravan with all wheel drive which gets a few less miles per gallon than the front wheel drive version. Also the front-wheel drive version has a better ride and doesn't cost so much!

    Is all-wheel drive worth it?
  • jsiesjsies Posts: 26
    I have a 97 Caravan and would like to pickup 4 grey headrests (2 for the middle seat and 2 for the rear seat). The inserts are there, but the headrests must have been an option that wasn't included in the previous owners purchase. Any clue as to where I can find these at a reasonable cost? Salvage yards are not working out, as they prefer to sell the whole seat. Thanks.
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