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2001 Chrysler Town & Country Van

4dr Limited AWD

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2001 Chrysler Town & Country

Source: The Car Connection

Limited in name only.

by Marty Padgett

OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss.

It’s hour eleven of a thirteen-hour road trip. Six other passengers are stowed safely in back, all but one asleep. A light’s on in back in case one wakes up; a bottle of water sits patiently in a cupholder for another. And as Tropical Storm Barry slaps water at the windshield in gallon waves, the Town and Country needles effortlessly through the darkness.

It’s here, somewhere between New Orleans and the panhandle of Florida, that I realize the essential goodness of the minivan and Chrysler’s mastery of it. Only a minivan could handle a duty like this. And even if every family doesn’t always need seven-passenger capabilities, it’s the special occasions like vacation shuttling that makes the minivan the hands-down winner in utility and driveability.

And when it comes to the Town and Country, you can add luxury to the list of superlatives. It is the ne plus ultra of minivans, if the prosaic machines ever needed a foreign description. And while Honda may be stealing some of Chrysler’s innovation thunder, what with its gymnastic foldaway back seat, Chrysler has undoubtedly the most luxurious one on the market, all $35,185 of it.

All-access pass

Minivans are about access – getting people and things inside, stowing them properly for safe and secure travel, and disgorging them without the limb-mangling antics required of a fewer-doored vehicle. The Chrysler vans have enough doors and power feature to ensure that’s never an issue: two sliding side doors can be powered, as can the tailgate. And though you might deem both a frilly unnecessary accessory, try closing them all during a blinding tropical rainstorm from a dry condo. The only downside is the school-bus-like beeping the tailgate emits before it closes — reinforcing the notion that minivan drivers are also qualified to pilot public transportation.

Minivans are secondly about safety, and if protective equipment were a fetish the T&C would be in therapy. There are four airbags, anti-lock brakes, and traction control. Chrysler just missed five-star safety ratings from the government (it received four for frontal crash safety, five for side-impact safety), but it’s hard to judge if the Chrysler’s more nimble feel would be safer in the end over the five-star Ford Windstar’s portly handling. Also, Chrysler calls 50-percent larger headlamps a safety advance. We’d call them long overdue and finally here.

We didn’t test the all-wheel drive model, which adds weight and cost, but for the extremely road-squeamish, it’s worth considering. After all, can you name one Subaru that holds seven?

As for seats, the T&C has seven-passenger seating, and even the back bench is reasonably comfortable for adults. The middle-position buckets are a boon when traveling with four adults, too. While focusing on preservation, Chrysler missed the flip-fold seat wave that now graces the Honda Odyssey and the Mazda MPV. You might fault Chrysler for not looking forward: their seats do a 50-50 fold and roll out, but clearly the wave of the future lies in hiding the seats within, not parking them on the garage floor.

Elsewhere inside, there are plenty of bins, cupholders, and a removable center console. In back, a nifty cargo organizer that lifts like a clothes-drying rack and notches into place like a cargo cover, creating a lower storage area for suitcases or sodas, and either a flat loading surface or three bins for miscellaneous toys, groceries and such. The body-color roof rack creates a virtual jungle gym for luggage and carry-ons upstairs.

Restructuring

What you need to know about the T&C’s handling and performance can be summed up in a word: “invisible.” The mark of a good minivan (until someone builds an AMG or M or Type R version) is lack of concern if you’re going to tip, or be too slow to merge.

The drivetrain is noticeably more refined than the previous generation of vans. The engine is a distant hum, even at the top of the rev range. The transmission shifts utterly unobtrusively. In a sports sedan you’d curse the lack of feedback, but here it’s a minimal offense. A 3.5-liter V-6 with 230 hp will be available soon, and may be a mild refinement on the 215-hp, 3.8-liter’s slight groan.

Dynamically, the T&C is pretty wonderful for a vehicle about the dimensions of a standard bathroom. It hustles unobtrusively down the highway, and steers with a precision that SUV drivers would shoot their fictional horse for.

The styling may not have made a great leap forward, but then the Chrysler vans already were the handsomest family transportation with five doors. Our T&C sported some snazzy side strakes that telegraphed the organic, pleasingly rounded style of the vehicle. Better yet, the materials inside are hugely finer than the last generation of van; of course, in a $36,000 vehicle you’d expect real wood, but that’s a lonely gripe amidst the four-disc in-dash CD changer, leather seating and triple-zone air conditioning.

You’d never substitute a minivan for an enthusiastic driving experience. And you’d be forgiven if you forgo the Chryslers and flip for the Honda and Mazda minivans. But if you’re looking for luxury and skip over the Town and Country, it’s time to put yourself behind the wheel and reconsider.

 

2001 Chrysler Town & Country Limited

Price: $35,185; as tested, $36,490
Engine: 3.8-liter V-6, 215 hp
Transmission: Four-speed automatic, front-wheel drive
Wheelbase: 119.3 in
Length: 200.5 in
Width: 78.6 in
Height: 68.9 in
Curb Weight: 4488 lb
EPA (city/hwy): 17/24 mpg
Safety equipment: Dual front airbags, side airbags, anti-lock brakes
Major standard features: Air conditioning, power windows/locks/mirrors, 10-speaker Infinity sound system with CD player, Homelink garage door opener
Major options: Power side sliding doors, cargo organizer, four-disc in-dash CD changer
Warranty: Three years/36,000 miles

 

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std

Road Visibility

Daytime Running Lights Opt
Fog Lamps Std
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Std
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

Security

Alarm Std
Anti-theft System Std
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

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Chrysler Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

7-Years/100,000-Miles (whichever comes first). Powertrain Limited Warranty runs from the date vehicle was sold as new.

3-Month/3,000-Mile Maximum Care Warranty. Starts on the date of the CPOV sale, or at the expiration of the remaining 3/36 Basic New Vehicle Warranty.

A deductible may apply. See dealer for details or call 1-800-677-5782
Age/Mileage Eligibility 5 years / 75,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 125 point
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $100

Learn more about certified pre-owned vehicles

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