Hard Drivin' - 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan Long-Term Road Test

2008 Dodge Grand Caravan Long Term Road Test

2008 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT: Hard Drivin'

April 25, 2008

To a certain segment of the reading population there are more important elapsed time figures than those accompanying a 1/4-mile acceleration test. One such figure is the elapsed time it takes to transfer music from a CD to the Caravan's MyGIG 20-gig hard drive. When it comes to living with a minivan, I think they might be right.

The first time we transferred music from disc to HDD, it seemed to take forever... So we decided this morning to put a clock to it. Our test disc was Radiohead's newest, In Rainbows. Its 10 songs add up to 42.6 minutes of playing time and take up 431 MB. This took a not-too-painful eight minutes to transfer, which included probably half a minute or so of my fumbling with the system's less-than-intuitive menu system. True, it took only three minutes to import the contents of the disc to my laptop through iTunes. But eight minutes is in keeping with Chrysler's estimate of a 12-minute import time for an hour of music.

Great right? Well, except that MyGIG is supposed to automatically use Gracenote database to identify artist, album and track names. It didn't work. A brief scan of the forums turned up numerous similar complaints. Close as I can figure, the databasemust be updated frequently to include newer releases. Chrysler says we should visit our dealer for an update.Ug. --Daniel Pund, Senior Editor, Detroit @ 1,310 miles

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