This is the basic model (Base), and I bought it new in February 2000. It has a large 4-cylinder engine, which allows for pleasantly surprising acceleration, yet 22 miles-per-gallon performance over all. However, I did have to pay to add cruise control and a roof rack. It does have an automatic transmission, which I also prefer.Everything else is manual (windows, door locks, etc.), but that is what I prefer. Aside from what I mentioned in suggested improvements, performance and function have been reliable and pleasing. At 70k miles, the brake pads have had to be replaced once and as well as the battery (at 10 years). I do try to keep it serviced regularly with 5 quarts of synthetic oil.
The drive is comfortable and smooth, with surprising acceleration for a 4 cylinder.
This is like driving a small room, though it parks comfortably in a compact space.
It has plenty of cup holders, both front and rear,
as well as storage compartments for both.
The middle seat (and rearmost) are removable for individual preferences and ride.
The armrests on both front seats can be swiveled up parallel to the seat for accessibility.
The air filter could have been located in a more accessible place.
The parking brake became stuck in wet weather (like suction cups) and had to have an automotive service repair.
It would have been nice if the front seats could recline.
The visors are somewhat flimsy, and one has had to be replaced.
The heat and air condition are fine in the front, but somewhat lacking for rear passengers.
We purchased two used Chryslers during the same year. The 3.0 without 4 speed - overdrive got worse mileage than the 3.3 with overdrive in all conditions. The 3.0 never gets out of second gear until reaching 40 MPH. So, driving in the city is not efficient. The 3.3 has LOTS of power and gets 16-city and 23.5 HWY. Now, I am always looking for a low mileage V6 Caravan or Chrysler van but MUST HAVE 4 SPEED TRANSMISSION. I do not like the newer 09-10 ones with the lower front suspension.
Tinted glass, high seating position, firm suspension is comfortable - not sloppy as many cars are. VG AC ! Like the many engine and options offered. Overdrive transmission is a must.
No suggestions but for wider body side moldings to protect body from dents from close parking lots.
Bought new in Mar 2000. I own the base 2.4 L auto with no options. I have never done less than 20 mpg. Average 24 and have don 29 mpg on highway. It's simple, do a service on the auto tans every 30k miles. Do Not shift abusive, use the trans. gently. Also, that's how to maximize the MPG. I live in the very congested SF Bay area and still achieve these real MPG as stated. This is not an exciting vehicle to drive. But when I realize that I've not even replaced the orig battery, that the orig tires went to 65K miles, and not a single light bulb has even been replaced. How can a vehicle be more reliable than that? It did have a rear brake job and all sched maint. done on-time. A++ van!
simple reliable vehicle. easy to drive in traffic, amazing visibility. large cargo capacity. hauls anything. great MPG
I bought mine with over 200,000 and it now has over 250,000 miles. It still runs great but I needed to replace some parts. Water pump, fuel pump, radiator, thermostat, and tires. Engine, transmission, and body are still in great shape, but crossing my fingers. Brought it for $1,000.00. Best car I ever brought for the money. Previous owner took very good care of it.
Roominess for my children. Factory stereo sounds great and rides smooth. Good pick up, but crossing my fingers.
The van has done exactly what we needed it to do. Performed well, great acceleration for a van, carts kids well, had few non wear and tear mechanical problems. At 114K it still looks and drives well. We have had to replace all the expected parts, such as tires, shocks, platinum plugs. I think that we can drive the van for another 10 years.
Great view of the road. My wife loves the openness.
Power steering lines tended to leak early on, but aftermarket corrected the problem.