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2008 Chrysler Town & Country Van

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  • $36,575 original MSRP
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2008 Chrysler Town & Country Van

Benefits of Driving a 2008 Chrysler Town & Country Van

Chrysler's minivans continue to have some of the most innovative features, and the all-new 2008 models especially stand out for their interior features 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 optional 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 Town & Country, including ambient lighting, heated second-row seats and sunshades, are yet unavailable on much of the competition.

What's new for 2008?

Chrysler's minivans, long at the forefront of the market segment, have been completely redesigned for 2008. There's an all-new look inside and out for the Town & Country, 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
  • optional entertainment systems.

Model Review

The new 2008 Chrysler Town & Country is available in three different models--LX, Touring, and Limited--and each one corresponds to a specific powertrain in addition to a level of standard equipment. The LX is powered by a 170-horsepower, 3.3L V6 engine that can also run on E85, and it is mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission. The Touring gets a 198-horsepower, 3.8L V6 and new 6-speed automatic transmission, and the top Limited comes with a new 240-horsepower, 4.0L V6 and 6-speed automatic.

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Review: Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country

Source: MSN Autos

Back in the early 1980s there weren't a lot of choices for hauling a family. There was the stalwart family sedan, or "land yacht" as some used to call it; the venerable station wagon with its popular rear-facing third seat; or a number of truck-based SUVs or full-size vans. Americans didn't even know what they were missing until Chrysler pulled the wraps off its newest invention, the minivan.

This new vehicle provided easy access for passengers and cargo, a car-like ride and better handling than the current offerings. It was the perfect compromise among sedans, station wagons and big SUVs.

Since that time Chrysler has sold almost 12 million minivans under both the Chrysler and Dodge brands, and in the process created a vehicle segment joined by just about every major automaker at one time or another. Even with the increased competition, Chrysler has consistently had the best-selling minivans in America.

However, in the past few years minivans have fallen out of favor. They became the stereotypical "soccer mom" car, and while they were much more logical as people movers, American car buyers began to embrace SUVs for the freedom, security and ruggedness they were marketed to represent. Understandably, many people didn't want to be seen driving minivans-if only to avoid being labeled and stereotyped.

Although Ford and General Motors have discontinued their minivan offerings, Chrysler has once again strayed from the herd and introduced a completely redesigned vehicle in hopes of luring back some of those SUV buyers.

Innovations in People Moving
From its inception the minivan was known as the ultimate family hauler, but Chrysler minivans have come a long way since their introduction in 1983. During the ensuing 20-plus years, the automaker claims 60 "minivan firsts," including "Quad Command" seats (second-row bucket seats), integrated child safety seats, the first luxury minivan, ABS in a minivan, wireless headphones for an entertainment system, a driver's side sliding door and the first airbags in a minivan.

Just a few years ago, Chrysler introduced the innovative "Stow 'n Go" seating system that allows the second and third row to be folded into the floor for a flat load surface. And with the 2008 model, the innovation continues.

Building on "Stow 'n Go" seating, Chrysler now offers "Swivel 'n Go." The second-row bucket seats can be spun 180° to face the third row, and then a removable table can be placed between the two rows providing a place for working, eating or playing. The table stows in one of the covered storage bins in the floor. Although a little tricky to install and remove at first, the table should become a snap to use with practice and eventually be another feather in Chrysler's cap of "firsts."

Another useful aspect of the swiveling seats: They can be turned to face the doors, making it easier for adults to secure small children, or better for passengers who have difficulty climbing into vans. The second-row bucket seats will also be available with integrated child booster seats.

Of course to be called the ultimate family mobile, a minivan has to offer options to keep those kids in back happy. Chrysler handles this daunting task with an industry-first SIRIUS Backseat TV, which currently offers the Disney Channel, Nickelodeon and the Cartoon Network. In less than five minutes my nine-year-old daughter was wearing wireless headphones watching "SpongeBob SquarePants," after figuring out the system all on her own.

There are plenty of other entertainment goodies, including a power outlet and input jacks for an Xbox or Playstation; a dual DVD media entertainment system; and a CD/DVD/MP3/Satellite radio system with a touch-screen that can display navigation as well as real-time traffic. The Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country are also available with Chrysler's new MyGIG system, which provides a 20-gigabyte hard drive used for navigation as well as storage for photos and music downloaded from CD, DVD, HDD, MP3 or USB memory devices.

So with a table, leather armchairs, large windows, a television and a great stereo, minivan owners can now enjoy all the comforts of home-away from home.

Power and Safety
Granted, not everyone gets to ride in back and enjoy the swiveling video smorgasbord-someone still has to drive. So Chrysler remembered to make their new minivans a better experience for the pilot.

Unlike the original Caravan that was only available with 2.2-liter 96-horsepower 4-cylinder engine and a 3-speed automatic transmission, the 2008 Dodge Caravan / Chrysler Town & Country offers a choice of three different engines with two different transmissions. The top-spec mill is an all-new 251-horsepower 4.0-liter V6 teamed with a 6-speed automatic transmission; not enough power to break any land speed records, but it does get the vehicle moving pretty quickly.

If budget considerations eliminate the top-level Grand Caravan or Chrysler Town & Country-which are required in order to get the largest engine-there are still other choices.

The standard engine on both Dodge and Chrysler vans is a 3.3-liter flex-fuel V6 producing 175 horsepower, teamed with a 4-speed automatic transmission. A 197-horsepower 3.8-liter V6 also has the 4-speed automatic. Fuel economy is rated at 17/24 and 16/23, respectively. Fuel economy for the 4.0-liter powerplant also charts at 16/23.

Sufficient for most driving situations, the 3.3 liter struggles a bit on hills or places where strong acceleration is needed. Both larger engines are up to the task of motivating this 4,500-pound people mover.

The new van handles well for its size, feeling more like a car than a truck even though the driver's position is up high and it's a long way to the rear window. A smooth ride and comfortable seats make extended time behind the wheel much more tolerable. Visibility is excellent, contributing to increased confidence and better maneuverability. An available ParkSense system alerts the driver to stationary objects behind the car before reversing. For additional assistance, the ParkView rearview camera provides a clear look behind the vehicle via the navigation screen.

All 2008 Chrysler minivans come with anti-lock brakes and an Electronic Stability Program (ESP) with traction control and brake assist to help handling during emergency situations. Chrysler chose to discontinue an all-wheel-drive version since not many people ordered it, and the extra AWD components interfered with the Stow 'n Go underfloor storage.

Occupants are well-protected with standard multistage front airbags as well as side-curtain airbags for all three rows. High-strength steel and a reinforced roof keep the passenger compartment intact in case of a rollover.

Availability
Both the Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country are offered in a number of different trims, depending on the level of luxury and convenience needed.

The Grand Caravan SE is the least expensive Dodge minivan, with a base price of $22,470 (including destination charge). This SE includes an AM/FM/CD audio system, power windows and door locks, air conditioning and the safety equipment previously listed.

At the other end of the scale, a fully loaded Chrysler Town & Country Limited with the dual DVD entertainment system, 3-Zone Climate Control, Bluetooth communications interface, Sirius Backseat TV, 17-inch alloy wheels, heated first- and second-row seats, power sliding doors and liftgate, and the 4.0-liter engine will set you back around $42,000.

While these new minivans are considerably more advanced than that first Dodge Caravan introduced almost 25 years ago, the Grand Caravan and Town & Country haven't strayed far from that original concept of providing an excellent family hauler that hits the sweet spot among sedans, wagons and SUVs.

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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

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

Accident Prevention

Back-Up Camera Std
Handsfree Wireless Opt

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.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain Unlimited Years/Unlimited Miles
Corrosion 5 Years/100,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance 3 Years/36,000 Miles

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

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