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Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan: Automotive Excellence Awards 2008

There are 43 comments on the Popular Mechanics story from Nov 6, 2007, titled Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan: Automotive Excellence Awards 2008. In it, Popular Mechanics reports that:

Minivans have a perception problem. But as boring and boxy as they may be, minivans provide more room and utility for a large family than just about any other vehicle. via Popular Mechanics

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United States

#26 Jan 27, 2008
Bush wrote:
<quoted text>Hows it feel to have your job go to mexico?Rite.
Hey bush, I'm not going to work and still getting paid $700+ a week. Meanwhile, my wife makes more then your entire families combined income.

Sorry this makes you so bitter!


United States

#28 Jan 28, 2008
Bush wrote:
<quoted text>Well theres a stupid comment if i ever heard one!Just how long do you believe a company can stay in business & continue to pay people to do nothing?.Maybe thats why the little three are where they are at!.
I'm not doing "nothing". I'm taking pilot training.

Don't be bitter.
Dodge Owner

Hayden, ID

#30 Jan 30, 2008
Glad to see idiots have a place to rant. I thought the intent of this forum was to encourage open discussion of problems to foster resolution.

The 2 of you should move your mindless banter to Myspace with the rest of the aimless youth.

United States

#31 Jan 30, 2008
Bush wrote:
<quoted text>Good for you dipshit dont let it drop over 60 knots across the fence.
Helicopters can hover "dipshit".

Mexico, Mexico

#32 Jan 31, 2008
I also have the same sliding door problem, please post in

Everybody is waiting for a solution on this.
ex gm guy

Calgary, Canada

#33 Feb 1, 2008
i worked for gm for 14 years and i now own a 2003 dodge grand caravan es ,3.8 liter ,it seems when i am passing and i step on it it revs ok but seems to have a lag before it starts to pick up speed ,does not seem like trans is slipping ,does not miss ,just seems to kick down into passing gear and does not rev higher or accellerate for a second or so then it seems like it hit a power band and starts to accel, by the way i love this van ,has power doors and liftgate ,great job by chrysler and the assembly workers ,cudos,anyone not happy with the grand caravan should try a pontiac montana or uplander if they want some problems ,why does a guy that worked for gm own chrysler products?I would not purchase a gm van and the ford windstar/freestar seemed very cheap ,interior is full of budget grade plastic and the exterior appearance still leaves a lot to be desired .1 more question how is the 3.8 liter engine for durability ? i have owned 3.3 liter engine in the past and they seem to be bulletproof.

Saint Louis, MO

#34 Feb 5, 2008
Anybody know if the factory is working on a solution to the doors reopening problem. I hope so, mine did it again this morning.


#35 Feb 5, 2008
thats ok gm guy, i work for chrysler and wanted a suv and didnt like the durango or aspen so i bought a tahoe. great vehicle!

Rochester, NY

#37 Dec 21, 2008
I have a 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT with Remote Start that will not work. I also have the problem with the right door not functioning correctly. Has anyone had succecess in resolving this problem. Thanks jjacks

United States

#38 Dec 21, 2008
jjacks i'm sorry for your problems. our plant in st.louis has been closed. now minivans are made in canada. hopefully they will respond. i hope your vehicle last forever.


#39 Dec 23, 2008
jjacks wrote:
I have a 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT with Remote Start that will not work. I also have the problem with the right door not functioning correctly. Has anyone had succecess in resolving this problem. Thanks jjacks
Check out this thread. They seem to have found the problem about midway through 2008.
Capt Don


#40 Dec 23, 2008
What the hell is this post doing in a motorcycle thread column??? Never had a Chrysler product that was worth shit anywAY!!

Greenville, NC

#41 Jan 22, 2009
I am having a problem with my 2008 signature van T&C. When I open the left side door from the over head button it will open,when I try to close it from the side panel button it will not. Any idea?My car has about 5000 miles on it. When we did get it I took it in because I could hear a popping sound,now I am wondering if this popping sound had something to do with the lock. They were unable to deteremine what was causing the sound and that now I think about it I have not heard it lately.
Thanks for any help you might be able to offer.

Saint Cloud, FL

#42 Jan 22, 2009
Mary, your van was built in Canada. In Canada, they prefer to ship junk out the door and let the dealers or customers deal with it. Buy a Toyota or Honda next time. They're at least built in the USA.

Toronto, Canada

#43 Jan 22, 2009
Mary, georgia lost his job..He's bitter and has nothing better to do then come on this site and cause trouble..Your van may have been built in Canada, but georgia may have built it too..
Every vehicle brand has bugs to iron out. l regret that you happen to have one of the few with a problem..l'm sure they'll figure it out and fix it for you.

United States

#44 Jul 20, 2009
antioch,il dodge dealer on rt 173 said they have no problems with this. i found that water gets in weather stripping and freeze.
robert Lewis

United States

#45 Feb 9, 2011
Have a 2007 T&C mini-van. < 30,000 miles Problem recently with rear hatch door closing by itself. This has happened four times. Conflicting response from local dealer. One service writer says no problem..The other said it needed to be re-programmed??????? Unfortunately elderly person has been hurt twice. Any help out there/

Port Reading, NJ

#46 May 15, 2012
So aggervated. I bought my town and country touring out of the show room four and a half years ago. Only 33,0000 miles on it at this time. Problem after problem. I to am having issues with the left sliding door self returning to close but when it does the wipers and dash lights all go on. I am currently pushing for another recall on these doors since there one recall was about wires being improperly routed and the bracket can make contact with it and wear the insulation and wire. Obviously what they did was not enough. Please write if you are experiencing the same issue with the doors. I believe this issue to be a safety issue especially since the door comes back on it's own. I have children that use that door! Chrysler needs to fix these problems along with the list of many other things wrong. Sorry I ever bought a chrysler i will never do it again.

Colorado Springs, CO

#47 Oct 25, 2012
frustrated mom wrote:
2008 grand caravan sliding doors freeze when temps drop below 1c. Anyone have the same problems? Not power doors. Have had rental vehicle since dec 5. Chrysler says they have never heard of this problem. Dealership useless
I have a 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan and live at 10,000 ft in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Both y manual slidin door freeze at 32 degrees and below which is about 3/4 of the year. The only way to get in when this happens is to crawl through the cargo or front and push on the door or kick it whie someone else tries to open it from the back. Hard to do with a baby in a busy parking lot!

Sonora, CA

#48 Jan 23, 2015
Have a 2011 town and country. Tonight while at a restaurant the passenger sliding door opened on its own. After reading the above it seems Chrysler should have been able to fix the problem after six years of complaints. This is craziness.

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