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Chrysler Voyager/Dodge Caravan Prices Paid and Buying Experience 2003-2007

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  • 3mtae3mtae Posts: 2
    My sister purchased a new 2006 Grand Caravan SXT, through her friends contact at the dealer, but now thinks she got messed up on the final price calculation. Felt somewhat pressued to finalize the deal in June due to the rebates.

    Here are the details:

    MSRP 28,655
    "Savings" = (2,930)
    Rebates = (4,750)
    "Adjusted Sales Price" = 20,975
    Net Sale Price (including tax, docs,etc.) = 22,906
    Put 14,000 down and financed 8,906 for 4 yrs as they had the price at 25,725 (28,955-2930) + taxes, etc.
    Then deducted the 4,740 rebates (4,000 + 750 chrylser owner loyality.)
    Did she do ok?
  • badgerfanbadgerfan Posts: 1,564
    Sounds like she got a good deal. Discount and rebate of $2930+$4750=$7680.

    In comparison, I just bought Grand Caravan SE with some options, MSRP was $26640 and discount+rebate was $2434+$4750=$7184. So she got about $500 more off MSRP on a vehicle that had a MSRP at about $2000 more than mine.

    It is typical for sales taxes to be figured on the price before rebates, I believe most states require the calculation to be done this way.
  • 3mtae3mtae Posts: 2
    Thanks for the reply. I think she was nervous because the discount was off msrp and not relative to dealer price paid. OTD price was just about TMV price, before taxes and TTL. Good luck with yours.
  • shakes67shakes67 Posts: 9
    I just purchased a Town&Country touring from T&C in Levittown NY. The sales reps were not pushy, the prices were in the ballpark,and the 0/cashback special made it an easy decision over the honda odessey. I highly recommend purchasing from them.
  • luvmycar4luvmycar4 Posts: 1
    Greetings CarLuvERs,

    I have to replace one of my 2nd row seats and found some left and right Stow and Go seats on the Internet. Will these seats work for a Dodge Caravan SE 2003?
    Cheers,
  • badgerfanbadgerfan Posts: 1,564
    No, you don't have any pocket in the floor for them to stow into.
  • peaches4peaches4 Posts: 1
    Is this a good deal? or should we try to negotiate further?

    2006 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT
    MSRP - 29,625
    includes side air bags in all 3 rows, tow package and rear parking assist

    We were quoted 24,226 (this includes a 2,500 rebate and employee pricing).

    Also has anyone heard if the rebate will be changing next month?

    Thanks in advance for your input!
  • badgerfanbadgerfan Posts: 1,564
    I would think you could do better than that. In June before the July employee pricing I purchased a GC SE that MSRP'd for $26,640 for $19555, more than $7K off.

    However, rebates were actually better in June than July, so I can't say if you could hit that now. I got employee pricing in June+$4000 rebate+$750 owner loyalty rebate for already owning a 1996 Caravan.

    If you are willing to wait even closer to the end of the model year, the prices on remaining 2006's are likely to get better, but with less choices on the lots.
  • jehannyjehanny Posts: 1
    do you still have a copy of this letter? what model years did this apply to? I have an 01 that is having compressor issues..... :(
  • hansiennahansienna Posts: 2,312
    The Madison Wisconsin Dodge dealer ALWAYS has an excellent inventory of Caravan and Grand Caravan and seems to make THE BEST deals of almost any dealer of any make.
    If I lived in Madison, I would have dumped my 2006 Sienna LE on a trade for a 2006 GC SXT. :shades:
  • badgerfanbadgerfan Posts: 1,564
    I don't live in Madison, but near Milwaukee. However, there is plenty of inventory, and additionally my dealer willingly brought one in from a Chicago area dealer, as that dealer had specific model, color and options we wanted.

    I don't think I could have done much better at any other dealer, $19,555 before TTL for a GC Caravan SE that with some options that MSRP was $26,640.

    I see my previous post was in error by $99, which was a somewhat questionable fee they added, but even then it amounted to a good deal, so I did not protest much about it.
  • ol06ol06 Posts: 9
    Model Info: 2000 Chrysler Town & Country LXi with All-Wheel-Drive (includes 3.8 liter V-6 engine and 4-wheel disc brakes), 29Y Package (includes leather interior, power seats, Infinity stereo system, alarm, 16” aluminum wheels, roof rack, various convenience groups, etc.), Heated Front Seats and Trailer Tow Group.

    Price paid in March 2000: $32,276 + fees and tax.

    Edmund’s trade-in value in August 2006: $ 4,000 (almost 90% depreciation over 6 years).

    Strengths: Slightly “upscale” interior (compared to other minivans), room to comfortably seat seven adult passengers.

    Weaknesses: POOR RELIABILITY, UNDERPOWERED (3.8L V6 engine), POOR FUEL ECONOMY (13.4 MPG observed over 6 years of driving).

    Summary: My wife has driven this minivan for 99,000 miles and it’s literally falling apart. The exhaust manifold cracked and needed expensive replacement at just over 70,000 miles. The car leaked transmission fluid for almost 2 years (never properly diagnosed or repaired by the dealer). The engine currently sounds like a poorly-made sewing machine. This vehicle has been in the shop 8 times in the past 6 years (for other than routine maintenance). In contrast, my 2000 BMW has only been in the shop 3 times (for minor repairs) over the same 6-year period. My wife is currently looking for a new vehicle and we haven’t even considered buying another Chrysler product. We expected much more from a vehicle that costs over $30K. We’ll probably end up purchasing a much more reliable Japanese brand holds its value longer.

    I hope “Dr. Z” is improving the reliability of his newer vehicles!
  • hansiennahansienna Posts: 2,312
    Sorry to read of your bad experience with a T&C.
    If you buy a Japanese brand, you will get fewer nice features and pay more money than for a T&C or GC. My lowly 2002 T&C LX had more nice comfort items and was quieter on the highway than my 2006 Sienna LE.
    DEPRECIATION ? My 2006 Sienna LE had MSRP of over $ 27,000 and trade in value 4 months later with only 3000 miles had dropped to $ 19,000 which is almost 30 % in just a few months. I would have dumped the Sienna had the resale value not dropped so drastically. :sick:
    My daughter has a 1999 GC SE that has over 90,000 miles and all it has required is routine maintenance. My 2002 T&C LX had to have the driver's side power window fixed when it was almost 4 years old but that is all except routine maintenance.
  • fish8fish8 Posts: 2,282
    Sounds like you paid MSRP for that van.
  • ol06ol06 Posts: 9
    The MSRP/Invoice of the 2000 T&C LXi AWD minivan with the various options I listed was: $35,140/$31,686 (in March 2000).

    The customer incentives offered at that time were a cash rebate OR 0.9% financing for 60 months.

    Chrysler seems to be offering better deals now... Maybe they're not getting many repeat customers.
  • hansiennahansienna Posts: 2,312
    My sister is a repeat buyer. My friend just got a 2006 GC SXT and traded in his 2000 GC LE and has now owned 4 DC minivans that also included a 1996 GC SE, and a 1988 Grand Voyager SE.
    A neighbor has a 1999 GC SE and owned 2 GC before that (I do not recall the years). Many people keep buying DC minivans after owning 2 or 3 earlier.
    I do NOT like my 2006 Sienna LE as well as my 2002 T&C LX even though the Sienna has more power and gets slightly better gas mileage.
  • fish8fish8 Posts: 2,282
    Well, since these vans are the highest selling vans on the road going as far back as I can remember, I would guess many of those buyers are repeat customers.
  • badgerfanbadgerfan Posts: 1,564
    We are on our third: a 1985 Caravan, 1996 Caravan, and now a 2006 Grand Caravan. Long intervals, but we keep coming back as reliability has been pretty good, except for A-C. Both the first and second had expensive A-C repairs after about 6 years or so.
  • I just got a quote from an internet dealer in Kellogg ID. for a new SE Grand Caravan that was about 7,000 under MSRP, cash price. I don't really need this car until late Jan but the 0% 72month intrigues me. I had originally considered a 2005 (rental) certified used, especially since they have 70,000 drivetrain warranty but now I'm wondering? Should I wait till Jan and try to buy used or buy new now and take advantage of the 0% 72 mo. What kind of price or selection am I likely to find in Jan , especially in the Denver or Kansas City areas where I would be shopping? Also, Has anyone gotten this kind of price discount AND the 0%. Your comments on this would be appreciated!
  • badgerfanbadgerfan Posts: 1,564
    You are not going to get that discount plus 0% financing. It is an either-or choice.

    You also will likely find few if any 2006 models left by January, though occasionally it does occur. Back in March 1997 we bought a left over brand new 1996, but that is a bit unusual.

    The $7000 under MSRP is in the ballpark. I got about $7100 off MSRP in June for a Grand Caravan SE, when the rebates were $4000 + another $750 owner loyalty for owning the 1996.
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