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  • odd1odd1 Posts: 226
    Thanks for the correction.
  • shaker58shaker58 Posts: 120
    dealer wants 150 for ft pads anybody know a cheaper place plus labor
  • orahovatsorahovats Posts: 7
    Well this weekend the transmission of my new 2001 ES AWD/ with autostick and 18000 miles /Dodge broke down. Initially it locked into 3rd after hearing a loud clunk. We pulled over luckily in a gas station while we could still move. Once we stopped no other movement was possible. We were towed.
    The service department went out of their way on a Saturday afternoon to help.
    Today they told me the whole transmission needs to be replaced.
    Sad weekend...
  • 4aodge4aodge Posts: 288
    that really is unfortunate that your trany keeps acting up in your new gc es awd. i would be willing to bet that if you called or wrote chrysler about your problems, they would be more than willing to help. especially with their new leadership and "quality commitment" that is now being put into action. also, your van isnt even out of warranty yet.

    if i were you, i would ask for a new van. plain and simple. while this many seem impossible and unrealistic, who knows!? chrysler could do anything, including replacing your obviously defective minivan.

    hope this helps. good luck in the future!

    -adam (16/m/ca)
    00 town and country lx
  • scleggsclegg Posts: 1
    My 2001 Chrysler Voyager mini van is only 5 months old and has already had the transmission replaced. It still seems to be bad, making slipping sounds, slow to take off and has occasional sounds like something hitting the underside. It has had the rear wiper motor and air bag clock spring replaced. There has also been a recall of a door latch completed on it. The service folks have been making and honest effort at fixing the problems, but I no longer trust the van. I feel I have purchased a LEMON and would like it replaced.
  • palmerpalmer Posts: 33
    I am new to this forum. My apologies if my question is answered in previous posts. I am looking to buy a 2001 LXi with 2U (includes leather) and 29U (includes 3.8L engine) packages. For those that have bought this model, wanted to see what are the prices you paid or if anyone knows if there are good internet sites to buy these vehicles at the best prices.
  • cgaydoscgaydos Posts: 116
    Suggest you read the past 6 or so months of history in the T&C news group first, then post your question there.
  • drew_drew_ Posts: 3,382
    Palmer, the Chrysler Town & Country discussion topic can be found by clicking here.

    Happy posting!

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  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 39,993
    "On balance, Phil felt the Dodge compared favorably to the Honda Odyssey in most categories except the cost."

    The Long-Term Road Test has been updated in the past couple of days. The link is in the Additional Resources box on the left navigation bar.

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  • carleton1carleton1 Posts: 560
    Buy the GC EX for about the same price as the Ody EX...and get more Horsepower and Torque in a bigger engine. Compare the options and notice all the extra, nice comfort and convenience items.
    However, since many of Edmund's editors are overwelmed by the "Magic Seat" of the Odyssey, many of them do not notice the VERY nice comfort of the separately controlled air temperature for the driver and front passenger. They also do not notice the very nice complete overhead console with Compass and Outside Temperature. (I think DC should have the Trip Computer feature optional on EVERY DC minivan...it is on our 99 GC SE).
    I will be driving my sister's 2001 Ody EX today to take their houseguests to the airport. I will then drive it on the Interstate where speed limit is 75 MPH to see how it is at highway speed.
    (I asked for and got permission to do the road test).
    The 2001 DC minivan seats in the lowest price level are much improved over the 96-00 years and are now as comfortable as the better trim level seats were in those years and now also as comfortable as the Odyssey and Sienna seats.
    If DC will put the complete overhead console option in all DC minivans, we might get a 2002 DC and sell our outstanding 99 GC SE to our oldest daughter and her husband. After owning a 1988 Voyager LE, my sister would love to once more have a DC minivan.
  • cgaydoscgaydos Posts: 116
    Sigh. Why is it reviewers insist on judging vehicle cost by MSRP? I pointed out in the T&C forum a month or so ago that the carsdirect.com quote for a T&C Ltd was LESS than the carsdirect.com quote for an Odyssey EX/Nav, even though the MSRP for the T&C was $7500 more.

    The GC in your long term test is, in street-price terms, comparable to the Odyssey EX. At least it is so in S. Cal, where Edmunds bought it.
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 39,993
    Not only that, you'd think the editors here would be using the True Market Value for the numbers.

    Here's another link for you : Send a Letter to the Editors.

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  • cgaydoscgaydos Posts: 116
    I DID sent a letter to the editors on this topic in mid-June. Didn't get published. I put a copy of the letter on the T&C board (or might have been one of the other van boards, but without cross-board searching capability I can't easily tell).

    Thanks anyway for the suggestion. Maybe you can ask why the letter didn't get published.
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 39,993
    Oh yeah, I sorta remember that. I think you're too nice - I guess you're gonna have to get sarcastic or abusive in your letter to get someone's attention. Don't tell 'em I sent you. :-)

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  • drew_drew_ Posts: 3,382
    I think they use MSRP because that is the only way that they can make a fair comparison that applies across the entire country. Since there are different incentives or prices in different markets, it's quite difficult to give a below MSRP figure other. Other auto magazines also use MSRP as a comparison, even Consumer Reports.


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  • cgaydoscgaydos Posts: 116
    I understand your point. MSRP is the only "objective" price. Not only do prices vary regionally, but even at the same dealership the price can vary by thousands on the identical car depending on how well the customer negotiates.

    Nevertheless, I believe reviewers should be aware of typical selling prices and include that information when making comments regarding cost. Accuracy counts.
  • carleton1carleton1 Posts: 560
    Isn't TMV supposed to be the price people are paying for a vehicle?
    My sister and brother in law recently bought a NEW Taffeta White Odyssey EX for $26,660 (MSRP $26,840 less $180). On the date they bought it, Edmunds had a TMV $28,120 for a NEW 2001 Odyssey EX in our zip code.
    Although Edmunds is providing us with a great service in the Town Hall, it appears that Edmund's TMV is not reliable and very misleading.
  • carleton1carleton1 Posts: 560
    Surprisingly it was a plain SE with only one option: Rear Defroster $195. MSRP of this 2002 Caravan SE is $19,155 + $195 Rear Def + $640 Destination = $19,990.
    2002 Caravan SE MSRP of $19,155 is $5 LESS than the 2001 Caravan SE.
    I would not want a 2.4L 4 cyl in a minivan but there are many who want a 7 passenger minivan with air conditioning, automatic, PS, PB, etc. and have a limited budget. DaimlerChrysler has not forgotten these less affluent people.
  • bostnwhalrbostnwhalr Posts: 128
    I read in the Boston Globe on Saturday that the 2002 Odyssey will come standard with 240 hp and a 5 speed automatic transmission among other improvements. Supposedly, the 2002's are will be available this month, but September sounds more reasonable. In addition, Honda has a new plant on line that will eventually produce an additional 120,000 Odyssey's per year.

    Having said that, I would expect that rebates are going to increase for competing models. If you're thinking of buying a Chrysler minivan and you don't need one right now, I'd wait til late Fall. You may get a good deal.

    Carlton1, I agree about the base SE models. I think it is great that Chrysler makes a basic version. $25k - $30k for a minivan is alot of money for many folks. Considering that the base SE if often discounted, you might be able to get one for $16k, about the price for a decent compact car.
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