The Doors...They're Magic! - 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT Long-Term Road Test
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2008 Dodge Grand Caravan: The Doors...They're Magic!

April 04, 2008

For the time being, I possess infinite powers--powers to delight and confound.You see, with our new 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan (referred to as "the big, red truck" in our household), I have the seemingly telekinetic power to command doors to open and close without ever touching them! This blows my two-year-old daughter's mind. "Magic door!" she squeals each time I surreptitiously give a double-press to the door buttons on the Caravan's key fob. Those power-sliding doors are high on the list of cool things in her world--right up there with multicolored popsicles and video-on-demand cartoons...

They're good by me too. I used to think they were frivolous. Remotely operated power doors were a gimmick andan emblem of one's extreme laziness. Then I had two kids and now I can't imagine why every door in my world can't be remotely power operated. Also, any opportunity to make my kids believe that I am something greater than human for at least a couple more weeks is priceless.

Soon enough she'll see the plastic chain that yanks the sliding door back and forth or she'll catch me fumbling with the key fob and the jig willbe up.

That is when I will begin tryingto convince her that I can change the radio volume with my mind (while pressing the volume switch on the pack of the steering-wheel spoke). Magic!--Daniel Pund, Senior Editor, Detroit @ 1002 miles

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