2008 Dodge Grand Caravan Long Term Road Test


2008 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT: Where Did I Put Those Memory Seats?

April 22, 2008

Our long-term Grand Caravan has a whopping $12,665 in optional equipment. So when I couldn't find the buttons for the memory mirrors and seat, I assumed that, like virtually everything that's come into my possession,Ihad just misplaced them.

So for a week, I'd go to hop into the van crank my knees on the lower dash, compress my thighs on the lower portion of the steering wheel and curse the size differential of my wife who, it can be revealed, is petite,and your author, a descendentofovergrown Black Forest-dwelling oafs. Reluctantly, I checked the owner's manual...

And there it was on page 157, an illustration of the Driver Memory Seat Switch (with a handy black arrow pinpointing its location on the door panel just aft of the door handle).

How did I not see tha...er, wait.There's no buttons on my door panel. It's just an uninterrupted expanse of cheapish plastic. I consulted the optionssheets. Nope, no mention ofmemory seatsin any of the Premium Interior Groupsor the omnibus Customer Preferred Packages.

This is because, although the vehicle is available with a power-folding third row seat, second-row seats that swivel 180 degrees, a hard drive as large as that of my antiquated iPod and various other doo-dads that I haven't figured out yet, the Dodge Caravan is not available with memory seats. Confirmation of this comes from a public relations professional in Auburn Hills, MI. He noted that it is available on the Chrysler Town & Country and will be offered on the VW version of the van, both of which are built in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. All Caravans are built in St. Louis and our PR man reckons that the option's unavailability is to reduce build complexity in that plant. Hmmm. He was sure to clearly state that the option was not available for "'08." Oh, so it'll be added for '09? "I can't say that," came the response.Um, okay.

Seen above are the memory buttons from the much less-expensive Kia Sedona minivan that I callously called ugly a post or two ago. Sorry Kia.

Daniel Pund, Senior Editor, Detroit @ 1,248 miles

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