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2008 Chrysler Town & Country/Dodge Grand Caravan

I am interested in the new 2008 Chrysler Town & Country/Dodge Grand Caravan that were shown at the recent Detroit Auto Show. I just read on a Chrysler site that the target introduction in June/July 2007 as early 2008s.

Since I have no interest in the current Chrysler Town & Country/Dodge Grand Caravan models I believe that a dedicated 2008 forum is merited.
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  • The attached link has some decent photos of the 2008 T&C. I am sure there are even better sites but this set is straight from Chrysler.

    http://www.autoblog.com/photos/2008-chrysler-town-and-country-1/
  • jboehmjboehm Posts: 44
    I talked to my local dealership last week and they told me that they were expecting 2008 vans in late April/early May.
  • drjcldrjcl Posts: 4
    Where are you located? When will the 2008 be on the lots with the new Swivel N Go seating arrangement?
  • My wife and I own a 97 Chrysler Town and Country SX with the 3.3l v6. The van has served us well since we purchased it in 2004. The vehicle only has 75,000 miles on it now. We tow a small pop up trailer in the summer for camping. We are looking forward to the new model being released. I can't wait to acutally get to sit in one and drive it. I would like the long wheel base with the swivel and go and also the large v6. I have been disappointed with the 2004-2007 models of minivans. The foreign models were powerful, but the interiors felt too industrial and rather uncomfortable in the seats. The gm vans are now history, leaving us with the town and country/grand caravan for the american offerings.
  • gmhellman -

    I am also interested in sitting in and driving them. Like you I am only interested in the 4.0 liter V6 with the new 6-speed automatic transmission.

    I actually would go with the Stow-n-Go rather than the swivel seating since I have to be able to fold the seats into the floor for my dog and cargo. From the pictures and press release with the Detroit Auto Show I got the impression that the Stow-n-Go and the Swivel seating can not be ordered together.
  • carcom2carcom2 Posts: 212
    That is correct. The Swivel 'n Go do not stow. But I believe they fold and I know they can be removed - they have wheels. They are probably more comfortable than the Stow 'n Go seats - more padding & bigger cushion.

    Here is a good link:
    http://www.allpar.com/model/m/2008-minivans.html.

    My question is according to that link which gives different dimensions for head room with a sunroof (which makes sense), will a sunroof really be offered? What then happens to the optional dual screen and the nice overhead lighting that comes with it? It's hard to tell from the pics, but it doesn't look like a sunroof can fit with the overhead display. I hope it can - the Nissan Quest has room for a sunroof & their dual screen/ overhead lighting system.
  • carcom2carcom2 Posts: 212
    check out Chrysler.com for more new minivan info.
  • timothyftimothyf Posts: 40
    Does anyone have any information on the reliability of the 4L engine going into DCX's 2008 minivan?
  • Does anyone know if Dodge will offer grand caravan cargo version in the new body style? Some years they did not offer these.

    We have a 2002 DGC Sport and I've not driven a 2003-2007 model. Our 2002 drives perfectly and has had very few problems. It has the 3.3L with 4-speed, quad seats, rear air, and some other options, but the seats do not fold into the floor. I guess it improves our marriage to both remove and install the rear bench seat...

    The newer features are certainly popular, but not necessary. The only thing I saw on Dodge's site that I did not liek about the 2008 offerings is that you do not appear to get cruise control on the lower level vans without an expensive option package.
  • allcarsrcoolallcarsrcool Posts: 113
    I love the fact that another manufacturer is adding the swiveling seat. I grew up in a minivan that had that feature and it was always so much fun to have a limo-like atmosphere in a minivan. The truth is that it is not an "Industry First" as chrysler and dodge say it is. The toyota previa had swiveling seats. And if the toyota previa was a minivan as I believe it was, the swiveling seats are not an industry first they are an industry second. They can't take all the credit, but nice job bringing that feature back.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,276
    Swiveling seats are a very nice feature. I have swiveling seats in my 1969 Ford Econoline and, while they are rarely used these days, they were a handy feature in my childhood days.

    Disappointing that Chrysler went with such bland styling for the new model, but I have always preferred function over form so I hope that it is a robust and functional van.
  • jpfjpf Posts: 496
    I believe this engine is the same one used in the Pacifica. You may want to check that forum for any issues dealing with this particular engine.
  • Wow... i didn't know the feature was that old!... So why then does chrysler call it an industry first? I guess because the Econoline was a "van" not a "minivan" but then what about the previa... it was a "minivan"
  • This car is coming out in October? I wonder why it hasn't been made accessible to the press. Most cars introduced at the spring car shows have been reviewed. Wonder what the problem is.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,276
    I should clarify that the seats in my van, while old (they came out of a 1971 Econoline my father purchased new), are aftermarket seats - he purchased a cargo conversion van. Original factory seats from that era did not even have headrests on them, let alone tilt or swivel! Happily, the captain's chairs in his van had all of those features and are very comfortable seats.

    The Previa was a very well thought van: especially for the era. My father almost replaced his 1985 Camry with one until he remembered that he was buying it for himself, not his kids, so he went with a '92 Camry instead.

    I tell you, though, the most revolutionary feature added to the minivan was the advent of the left side sliding door in addition to the door on the right. I bet every manufacturer out there let out a collective "duh!" when that was introduced. Sure did not take them long to jump on the bandwagon! :D

    I really like my '69 Econoline but, for versatility of use, it cannot compare to the dual-door equipped '98 Caravan. Hauling passengers is such a breeze with those double doors. I told my wife we should sell the Caravan and beef up the Econoline instead (overall, it is a far more reliable and simple to maintain vehicle). She just laughed at me. I get that reaction quite often from her.... :blush:
  • Wow. [non-permissible content removed] and ye shall receive. The next day the first drive is posted on Insideline. Man, I didn't realize I had such clout.

    Heh..heh.
  • Karen@EdmundsKaren@Edmunds Posts: 5,023
    I knew yesterday that the First Drive would be released today. When I saw your whine, I thought you must be psychic! :blush:

    You can post your thoughts about the article here.

    Karen-Edmunds Community Manager

  • I loved riding in the previa... It was so much fun, especially when my cousins were in the car. It became a real party wagon. Unfortunately the previa died when a huge tree limb came down in a storm and landed on the roof... shattering the windsheild and damaging the overhead air conditioning unit... The car wasn't quite the same after that. I still miss it... my father replaced it with a chevrolet suburban...
  • Dodge will offer a Grand Caravan cargo version in the new body style.
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