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Minivans - Domestic or Foreign

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  • sebring95sebring95 Posts: 3,231
    There's a lot of "what ifs" to the noise issue. Road type, weather, etc. will make a big difference. My mother has owned several T&C's, latest is an '04 and I've been in more rental Caravans than I can count. IMHO, the Ody (in stock form) is more noisy in certain situations. The difference is that Ody has a lot of road/tire noise and the Chrysler vans have more wind/engine noise. This is not comparing the newest Chrysler vans as I've yet to have cockpit time in them. Tire noise is the killer on the Ody and those OEM Michelins are horrible, especially if you drive a lot of concrete roads. On Asphault they're not nearly as bad. I ditched the OEM Michelin's awhile back for a better touring tire and the road noise was drastically reduced on concrete highways. Still more noisy than other vehicles, particularly going over bumps. But for me, the Ody was still the best choice even with a little more noise. Never had anyone really complain, grandkids sleep fine, I can talk to folks in the 3rd row.
  • mfletou1mfletou1 Posts: 508
    Yeah they have an 06 SXT with Stow n Go.

    Of course, their application is different--they rarely carry people, just things (besides our toddler). My dad does use the stow n go frequently and hauls stuff around. He calls the DGC his work truck, and he says that if he was buying a passenger vehicle, he'd get what I have, but for his application, the DGC works great. I think that makes sense.

    Yeah, the Ody noise is tire related, the DGC is wind and engine.
  • bobber1bobber1 Posts: 217
    That's good to know that when you switched out of the OEM Michelins that helped. I agree with your assessment. Cement roads are the worst for the Honda. Don't notice much over bumps however. Love the van other then that one issue. Will research tires closely when I wear the current ones out.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I've seen close-to-new pricing for both the Ody and Sienna, also.

    To be fair, you would only expect the drop in resale values to happen once these new 2008s hit the used car market, so it's perhaps too soon to tell.
  • mfletou1mfletou1 Posts: 508
    I suppose, but for Honda 2007s were heavily discounted, too.

    I would also note that I have not seen abnormal depreciation on the previous-gen Accord, either, which starting in early 2006 started to get big discounts on new models.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    My timing was bad, I suppose. 2007s were not being discounted much in May of 07. Toyota had much better pricing at the time.
  • We are looking for any advice on what we should purchase. We have looked at a 2004 Nissan Quest V6, with 38,000 miles for $14,999, and a 2006 Dodge Caravan 4 cylinder with 21,000 miles for $10,998 we are a family of six with four kids ages 3 weeks, 3, 6, 7 years old. Please help us!!!
  • bobber1bobber1 Posts: 217
    I'm no expert on the Chrysler 4 cylinder, but if you feel it has adequate power why not buy the Chrysler? Nearly 1/2 the miles of the Nissan and 26% less in price. Mileage will probably be about the same between the two. You can check Consumer Reports, but I don't think the Nissans score any better in reliability.
  • hansiennahansienna Posts: 2,312
    The 2006 Caravan 4 cylinder engine would NOT have satisfactory power. :cry:
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    If you're trying to go 0-75mph on a short uphill ramp, then it may be inadequate, but for an in-town driver with a light foot, it may be perfectly fine.

    I'd suggest driving it on your daily commute (merging, passing, etc) to get an idea of how it will perform. Load it with people on your test drive, if that is a typical setup for you.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    The 4 cylinder Dodge is the short-wheelbase, I believe. The long-wheelbase models came standard with the V6. Double-check but I'm pretty sure about that.

    There is no way I'd get a shorty minivan with a family that size. You definitely need the stretched one.

    I'd keep looking.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    Good call, I wasn't even thinking about that (too small for the family).

    Great deals should still be available on LWB Dodge vans, and they would have the more adequate 3.3L 180hp engine; still slow compared to the Nissan, but not dangerously so.
  • hansiennahansienna Posts: 2,312
    Agree 100 %. We could take our daughter, son-in-law, and kids ages 10 and 7 with all luggage in our 2002 T&C LX....but we are not as crowded now they are 13 and 10 years old since our 2006 Sienna LE has more than double the cargo space the T&C LX had.

    The plain, shorter Caravan would not have enough cargo space for a couple with 4 children and the 4 cylinder engine would be overworked. :cry:
  • jpfjpf Posts: 496
    We purchased a base 2006 Dodge Caravan in Sept. 2006 with the 4 cylinder engine. With 29,000+ miles, no problems to report. Acceleration is leisurely at best. However, with the size of your family I suggest you look at a 2006 or 2007 Grand Caravan. There are lots around for under $15,000 or $16,000 with low mileage. All come with either a 3.3 or 3.8 V6. Good luck.
  • dvsuttondvsutton Posts: 48
    Hard to swallow? You bet it is. I paid more for the imports and got less in the way of quality and reliability. The truth comes out. Imports are Overrated and under performing.
  • dvsuttondvsutton Posts: 48
    You must of got the one bad Chrysler. All I can say is you wouldn't be surprised by all of the people I see show up in the waiting room at Honda with red faces from yelling at the top of their lungs at Honda service advisiors who cannot, or will not, fix their Hondas. Here is a tip. Getting your Honda in for service, get there eary. It fills up fast and there are never enough chairs or rentals.
  • dvsuttondvsutton Posts: 48
    Sliding door fell off of my wifes Honda Oyssey minivan onto my sons foot. Looks like Honda needs to address its quality issues with a recall, wait...Honda only has service bullitens not recalls to keep fooling the media, on the door issue.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Sure it did.
  • Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,020
    A reporter with a large national newspaper is interested in talking with owners who had considered purchasing a Chrysler Town & Country or Dodge Caravan. If you had considered one of these vehicles and purchased another one instead, please contact Chintan Talati at ctalati@edmunds.com no later than Friday, May 9.

    Community Manager If you have any questions or concerns about the Forums, send me an email, karen@edmunds.com, or click on my screen name to send a personal message.

  • Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,020
    A reporter from a large local newspaper is looking to speak to recent minivan buyers and minivan shoppers that ended up purchasing an SUV or crossover. If you’re interested in speaking to the reporter, please contact Jonathan Wahl at jwahl@edmunds.com with your daytime contact information no later than July 3 2008.

    Community Manager If you have any questions or concerns about the Forums, send me an email, karen@edmunds.com, or click on my screen name to send a personal message.

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