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2008 Dodge Grand Caravan Van

4dr Wgn SXT

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Benefits of Driving a 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan Van

As before, the Dodge Grand Caravan--along with the mechanically identical but cosmetically different Chrysler Town & Country--continues to have some of the most innovative features, and the all-new 2008 model stands out for its rethought interior and the new Swivel 'n Go arrangement. Chrysler claims that its minivans are still the only ones to offer a seating system like its Stow 'n Go, which allows both the second- and third-row seats to fold fully into the floor. The automaker also says that the available DVD entertainment system, which can play different media at the same time, is a minivan first. Many of the other features now available on the Grand Caravan, including ambient lighting, heated second-row seats, and sunshades, are yet unavailable on much of the competition.

What's new for 2008?

For 2008, the shorter-length Dodge Caravan has been dropped from the lineup, leaving the longer Grand Caravan model, which has been completely redesigned for 2008. The Grand Caravan has an all-new look inside and out, more powerful engines, an innovative Swivel 'n Go seating system, and new entertainment features.

Model Strengths

  • Innovative Swivel 'n Go interior arrangement
  • interior versatility
  • available convenience features
  • available entertainment systems.

Model Review

Two Grand Caravan models are offered for 2008, SE and SXT. The SE is powered by a 3.3L V6 that makes 175 horsepower and 205 pound-feet of torque and is mated to a four-speed automatic transmission, while the SE comes with a 3.8L V6 making 197 horsepower and 230 lb-ft. At the top of the engine range is the 4.0L V6, making 251 horsepower and 259 lb-ft.

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Source: Carlist.com

CARSLBAD, Calif. - Chrysler has squared up. But that's a good thing.

The automaker has dumped the jellybean shape of minivans which it pioneered and moved to straight lines and perpendicular angles that have created a squared silhouette for its 2008 all new minivans. But most important is that the new design cues create more interior space.

However, Chrysler's new minivans are anything but square in the lame sense of the word. We spent the better part of two- days driving models of the Chrysler Town & Country and the Dodge Caravan in Southern California and the only real quibble we had with the motoring characteristics of the vehicles is that all three engines seemed loud to us under hard acceleration.

It handled well on the two lane roads through mountainous terrain here. And during a day- long trip to Los Angeles, our minivan handled the clogged lanes and high speeds of the I- 405 and the heavy street traffic of Gardena, Inglewood and the Wilshire District well. But we'll reserve our opinions on its driving characteristics until we can get a test vehicle on urban streets and in the parking lots for a week.

Still, when it comes to minivans it's about functionality, build quality, durability and features. The only vehicle where these attribute might come more into play is a working pickup truck.

Chrysler plans to increase its already segment leading share of the minivan market now that Ford and General Motors have bowed out and offerings from Honda and Toyota have grown long in the tooth. And Chrysler has created a lineup of minivans that are more than capable of doing the job. As one of our colleagues said, Chrysler has raised the bar considerably when it comes to the attributes of a minivan.

First, there are two nameplates, the Dodge Caravan and the Chrysler Town & Country that account for five different models - two for Dodge and three for Chrysler. That's a total of five models that can be equipped with either of three different V6 engines with horsepower ratings of 175 horsepower, 197 horsepower and 251 horsepower. The engines can be mated to either a four- speed automatic transmission or a first ever in this segment six- speed gear box that is reserved for the largest two power plants.

We drove four of the five models and found them comfortable and spacious. The interior materials were good, fit & finish was tight and the instrument lay out had that much needed ambience of quality that can envelop an entire vehicle.

Build combinations have been reduced from the 11,000 variants of the last generation. Still, consumers can choose from 1,300 variations of Chrysler minivans. There's simply too much equipment to cover in this space so we'll try to stick to several of the most significant improvements.

Seating is awesome. There are three different configurations but the most significant is Swivel n Go. The second row seat can be turned to face the third row. There's a small table that creates a room- like atmosphere. Also, the third row of Chrysler minivans can be outfitted with power seats that fold flat into the floor. And even with the third row deployed, there is plenty of room behind it for storage.

Most significant in the entertainment category is that Chrysler minivans can be equipped with satellite TV that has three channels. The feature kept a really rambunctious one- year old quiet. DVD screens for the second and third rows can play separate movies and the front- seat navigation screen can also play a film when the vehicle is parked.

Thoughtful conveniences abound. They include a conversational mirror that lets the driver keep an eye on passengers in the backseat, a spacious dual glove box and a center console that has cup holders and multiple storage compartments. It can also slide 21- inches rearward to serve second row passengers, or it can be removed entirely.

A premium audio system is powered by 506 watts and the minivans have an optional 20 gigabyte hard drive that can hold multiple movies or 1,200 songs.

Each of the five models has more equipment than the model it replaces but prices has been reduced. Stickers range from $22,470 for a Dodge Grand Caravan to $36,400 for a Chrysler Town & Country Limited.

As was said, Chrysler sells more minivans than anybody else. Now, it has an all- new minivan that promises to boost sales even more. The Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Caravan are in dealer showrooms now.

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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
Traction/Stability Control Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Rear Head side Air Bag Std

Road Visibility

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

Accident Prevention

Rear Parking Aid Opt
Back-Up Camera Opt
Handsfree Wireless Opt

Security

Alarm Opt
Anti-theft System Std
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Dodge 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
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $100

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