By on October 29, 2009

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21 Comments on “Anything To Forget You’re In A Chrysler...”


  • avatar
    OldandSlow

    I’m wondering that as a brand – how long can the Chrysler name tread water?

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    Buddha Belly

    “Anything to forget you’re in a Chrysler.”

    Edward…Why this level of nastiness? A bit harsh and over the top even for us, don’t you think?

    Scheesch!

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    psarhjinian

    You know, the Caravan is actually a really good car, if you can avoid the 3.3L/Middle Bench version that just stinks of cheap.

    Unlike just about everything else they make, a) it shows a lot of thoughtful design touches and features and b) you can compare it to a Honda or Toyota and not be laughed it.

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    Buddha Belly: Maybe a bit… but when your cars are as bad as Chrysler’s are, why get all gushy over gizmos that ultimately serve to distract passengers from their environment?

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    pgcooldad

    If this would have been offered on a Toyota or Honda, it would be the next best thing since sliced bread.
    Pleasezzzz, my wife’s grandparents are on their 3rd Chrysler Minivan they like it so much. My mother-in-law and her friends all love it for their antiquing and estate-sale trips on weekends.

    By the way, they are all millionaires and can afford any vehicle they want but prefer to always have a Chrysler minivan!

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    SherbornSean

    Ed’s right. While most automakers do all they can to improve the driving experience, Chrysler focuses its innovation on distractions. I don’t foresee a lot of Odyssey and Sienna owners rushing to the local Dodge dealer to get live TV.

    Besides, little Chloe, Maya and baby Irving all want to watch something different — much easier and cheaper to give them each their own DVD player/gameboy/iPod touch.

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    Ion

    I don’t know if I’d opt for this over a standard DVD player if I was in the market, especially with only 20 channels, but it’s a start. If there’s one thing Chyrsler does good it’s their mini-vans.

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    SpikedLemon

    Chrysler’s iron lung is the minivan… They’re cheap and practical so the people buy them – not because most of them want a minivan of course but because they want space for transporting a fleet of kids. The driver would like nothing more than for the fleet of kids to be quiet; and this may sell another dozen minivans for them.

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    amarks

    @psarhjinian: Unfortunately, the key phrase of your comment is “unlike anything else they make”. And besides, the Caravan has its share of blunders, like Volkswagen badging.

  • avatar
    dmrdano

    Amazing. All you have to do is say “Chrysler” or “Dodge” and the predictable cutsie responses start. It is quite entertaining.

    I have owned Caravans for years. No car is perfect. These are pretty darn good for the miles/dollar.

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    folkdancer

    $9 a month! Can I get that TV service for my home?

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    Brendon from Canada

    Problem seems to be with the tech on this one; a quick google search shows a dozen channels and a limit of 20 – 30 miles from a given broadcast tower. Licensed by the cell companies, so if existing equipment is re-useable (ie the broadcast equipment) it could theoretically ramp pretty quickly; if not, it sounds dead in the water compared to ATSC M/H….

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    James2

    And besides, the Caravan has its share of blunders, like Volkswagen badging.

    The Routan is hardly Chrysler’s fault. It’s Brooke Shields’! :)

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    I will always be proud to say I OWN A CHRYSLER 300.

    Just like I will always be proud to say my first car was a BIG, HEAVY, POOR HANDLING, GAS GUZZLING FORX EXPEDITION 2002 and my current car is a 2007 Mercedes Benz S550 (even though many people think S-classes have poor reliability).

    My Chrysler 300 offers
    HUGE INTERIOR SPACE
    MORE POWER THAN MOST OTHER CARS OF THE SAME PRICE
    BETTER LOOKS ON THE OUTSIDE THAN MANY OTHER CARS OF THE SAME PRICE.
    An EASY TO USE NAVIGATION SYSTEM
    COMFORTABLE SEATS

    Everyone I know with a Chrysler loves their car and every single one of them who purchased it new hasn’t had a single problem yet. Sebrings and Pacificas and Town&Country’s included.

    are there better cars out there ? YES.

    Do I think Chrysler needs to die eventually? YES

    But to say that the extra features offered are to blind us from the nameplate is just FLAMING.

    People are still buying Chrysler’s now and they know the problems the company is having. They buy cause they like what it offers.

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    ———Chrysler’s iron lung is the minivan… They’re cheap and practical so the people buy them – not because most of them want a minivan of course but because they want space for transporting a fleet of kids. The driver would like nothing more than for the fleet of kids to be quiet; and this may sell another dozen minivans for them.
    ———–

    Lets not forget the retirees who cart around their grandma with bad knees.

    Last summer my friend’s mom asked me to help her shop for a minivan and she got a brand new town & Country.

    Damn thing had EVERYTHING including a card table and 180 degree rotating seats.

    I wouldn’t be caught DEAD in a minivan, but, if I ever needed one, I’d take a T&C over a goddamned Toyota or Honda.

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    iNeon

    Today I spent the day with my suburban mommy Sister in her suburban mommy wagon: a 2003 Town & Country. Whilst driving this oft-damned isolation chamber from Ballet training with 48 cupcakes, to Old Navy for wardrobe enhancement, to the Jacks for a quick bite and then off to soccer practice I realized: this is how God intended all his children to travel.

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    mcs

    I rented an 09 Caravan and I couldn’t believe the the rattles and squeaks in the thing. I thought that maybe a seat wasn’t fully latched down or something might have been left in one of the bins, but I couldn’t find the problem. I’d never own one. I’ve had nothing but problems with the Ford, GM, and Chrysler products I’ve owned and no problems with the Toyotas and Hondas.

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    Via Nocturna

    Flashpoint:

    Lets not forget the retirees who cart around their grandma with bad knees.

    Last summer my friend’s mom asked me to help her shop for a minivan and she got a brand new town & Country.

    Damn thing had EVERYTHING including a card table and 180 degree rotating seats.

    I wouldn’t be caught DEAD in a minivan, but, if I ever needed one, I’d take a T&C over a goddamned Toyota or Honda.

    The correct answer is none of the above. Mazda5, please.

  • avatar
    dmrdano

    Mazda5 is too small. For older folks, smaller doors are harder to get in and out of. Caravans have grab handles everywhere, easy to reach seat belts, and a seat height close to that of a kitchen chair. These are things people my mom care about (and I am catching up). There are other vans out there that are similar, but none offer what the Caravan does at the price point.

    Squeeks and rattles? Sorry, I have rented them several times and not picked up on that, although the bone-stock vans that are usually offered will certainly pick up more road noise. In general, there are quieter rides in some other vans, but that is not the only thing that I care about in buying one.

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    Mazdas are cool but they are WAY too small for me. And they are definitely too sporty for old people with bad knees. too low to the ground for them.

    Minivans will ALWAYS serve a purporse for the very young or the very old. Especially since they can be equipped with handicappable accessories easier than many SUV’s can.

    The trick is, to make a good minivan that people want to drive. Chrysler should make a Town and Country SRT8 lol limited edition. I’d almost consider that when I reach senior citizen status.

  • avatar
    psarhjinian

    The correct answer is none of the above. Mazda5, please.

    The Mazda really is very small; the Kia Rondo is a better fit in this class, excepting the lack of sliding doors, and even the Rondo is small for family truckster duty.. For the record:
    * the Mazda’s trunk space is notional at best. Four cubic feet versus the 35-45 in most minivans, if the rear seat is up. It’s strictly passengers _or_ cargo, not both. When you consider that cargo could include a stroller, it’s game over for the little Mazda
    * You cannot fit a rear-facing car seat behind a tall driver or front passenger
    * There are issues fitting more than one carseat, or certain front-facing seats, in the third row.

    I don’t normally agree with Flashpoint on his take on what fits tall folks, mostly because I’m taller than he is and seem to fit fine in most cars, but the Mazda5′s front-seat knee room really is cramped. The height of the vehicle is fine, but it needs an extra three inches of rearward seat travel. Again, this is not a problem with any other van, or with the Rondo.

    I do think that, if you are going to spend money on a minivan, that the top-trim Chrysler is not a good choice: the Oddy and Sienna are somewhat more nicely appointed, better-engined and the Sienna rides much better than either. Now, the Stow-N-Go or Bench Caravans with the base engines are solid values: they’re not fast, and they’re not nice inside, but by god, if you have to move a lot of people they’re as cheap as it gets and they’re reasonably well-appointed, too.


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