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I want to again, welcome all ( new and old) to this fantastic forum that Glen has set up for us. I know that there is a lot discussed in here and I hope that we all learn something each day from here.
One thing I have noticed and I hope that we can change it. I know we get alot of new members posting for thier first and second and third time with a question on a problem with thier van. They come in and ask a question. Many on here try to post a reply to help them. I would like to ask a few things of all of you ( new and old alike).

PLEASE Post the model, year, engine and miles on the vehicle you are asking about. The second and very important thing to me is -- AFTER you get all the answers from the members -- PLEASE come back and let us know how it is going and if the replies helped you. I see so many threads just dropped and no idea if we helped them or not. If we didn't, PLEASE don't be afraid to let us know. We may come up with other ideas and/or someone new may come in and they might have the answer. Alot of times, a KISS answer is the best one to start with and then we can go deeper if needed. Besides, if it helped you , we can know for future postings and problems.

We are not looking for a thank you from you, (although not necessary, that would be nice) only a confirmation that we helped you out or that we didn't and ( instead of being disheartened and leaving us) we needed to dig deeper to get to the problem.

Thank You for your attention and go on back to having fun. :w00t
 

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Well said DSMLVR,

I suggest that everyone should include the name, year and engine size in their signature. That way, it will be handy just incase ya forget to include the model and engine in question..

Thanks!

Have fun! :)
 

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I suggest that everyone should include the name, year and engine size in their signature. That way, it will be handy just incase ya forget to include the model and engine in question..
Great Idea, however most who do this are NEW members and they don't know thier way around here yet. They also are only on here to ask a question and then disappear. You would not believe how many times I see these same EXACT question on 2-3 other forums by the same people. I don't mean to say that everyone is doing this, but some do.

Changing my sig now. :tup
 

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Hi everybody, I'm a new member with a 1996 Chrysler T&C LXi. I had an explorer and decided I needed more room for kids. I researched around and found that the 96-98 T&C's were excellent luxury minivans and were relatively cheap. So I had to have one and the only one I could find that was privately owned was purple. So about three years ago I became the proud owner of a purple Minivan. Love it!! I bought a 2000 T&C(red, more manly) but didn't like the way it drove. It seemed heavier and more ponderous to drive. It had heated seats and I felt as if I was seating on the seats instead of in them. So away it went. I've had a few problems, ECU, front hub, brake cyclinder, door lock modules, the usual, nothing that I would say is excessive. I just bought a 98 Volvo v70 T-5(high pressure turbo wagon) to replace my van and realized I still really, really like my van. So now I'm thinking of doing some maintance on it. Its got 125k and I need to do the waterpump, but I was thinking of changing the trans fluid. The trans has been working fine exceept two or three times its gotten hung in second. I parked it and it worked fine and hasn't done it in 18 mons or so. Do you guys think its worth doing? I know to change the filter and was going to get aftermarket ATF +3. Thanks for any imput and am glad to be a part of your forum.
 

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Yes, it is worth changing the fluid. Aftermarket ATF+3 should be fine.
 

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Good, because I went and got some parts from my Dealer and he said ATF went from 5 bucks to almost 9 bucks a quart. Thanks for the vote of confidence.
 

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DSMLVR said:
One thing I have noticed and I hope that we can change it. I know we get alot of new members posting for thier first and second and third time with a question on a problem with thier van. They come in and ask a question. Many on here try to post a reply to help them. I would like to ask a few things of all of you ( new and old alike).

PLEASE Post the model, year, engine and miles on the vehicle you are asking about. The second and very important thing to me is -- AFTER you get all the answers from the members -- PLEASE come back and let us know how it is going and if the replies helped you. I see so many threads just dropped and no idea if we helped them or not. If we didn't, PLEASE don't be afraid to let us know. We may come up with other ideas and/or someone new may come in and they might have the answer. Alot of times, a KISS answer is the best one to start with and then we can go deeper if needed. Besides, if it helped you , we can know for future postings and problems.

We are not looking for a thank you from you, (although not necessary, that would be nice) only a confirmation that we helped you out or that we didn't and ( instead of being disheartened and leaving us) we needed to dig deeper to get to the problem.

Thank You for your attention and go on back to having fun
well said DSMLVR, well said :thumbsup:.

It's a rpet peave of mine to follow the whole thread with a problem and get to the end and then thats the end :mad:It's like reading a book and the last 10 pages are gone.

I would love to see this happen as well.

Rob/HBT :wave:
 

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Hi.

I'm new here and let me say I own a wonderfull 1989 Dodge Caravan with 258k mile and stile going strong. Thinking of buying a new engine for my baby when it gets 300k miles. I im working on posting pictures of my minivan for you guys can see him. "Buy for now"
 

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Welcome to the forum mini-89.

Thinking of buying a new engine for my baby when it gets 300k miles.
NEGATIVE THINKING. :jpshakehe Drive and enjoy your 89 mini. IF you have engine problems by 300k , then decide what you are going to do. Think positive and enjoy your mini. :thumb:
 

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Hello all. New member here from Raleigh, NC Just bought 2000Dodge Grand LE caravan....102+K miles....now I'm the 4th owner. Has all options that I care about and then some. 3.8 auto, power everything. I need an owners manual and would like to find the smll net that mounts between the front chairs.I'm 69...just retired from Time Warner Cable and WRAL-TV (newsman) and am looking forward to some trips with the eife and our dog Duffy. Guess he's the real reason I bought the van! Also have 99 Toyo Tacoma and a 2000 Buick Century which I wil lsell as we don't need 3 vehicles. I had the LE checked out by a shop which I trust and they said it's in good shape...will soon need front pads and one of the valve covers is seeping some oil. I've read a lot about window regulators....are they a weak point with these vans? Formwer owner also had AC completely re-done....seems to work fine. Look forward to hearing from you folks....let me know if you have a front seat net you want to sell. Best, Tom Lawrence tom lawetal
 

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Hey Ya'll! I have a 2000 Chrysler Town and Country I bought from some friends. I have a 66 Chevy Pickup that I have owned for 23+ years and have pretty much redone it all. I participate in "Chevy Talk" quite a bit so I was very happy to find this site. When I was a kid in the 50' we always had MoPar's, my old man loved them. We had a 51 Chysler that had the "Automatic" three speed on the column and that was the care learned to drive as we drove back and forth from Chicago to LA on 66! I have already posted a question and got a reply so, thanks!
 

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...just retired from Time Warner Cable and WRAL-TV (newsman)
Welcome! We watch you all most every night. Love "the Fish" and his geeky plays on words! :thumb:
 

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Introducing myself.

Hi!

I'm Slow Sam. I own a 1990 Caravan, Base model, 7 passenger, 2.5 liter turbo with a 5-speed transmission. I bought it about 10 years ago with 120,000 miles on it. It now has about 275,000 miles. Needs some work, but still runs pretty well.

I do most of my own mechanical work, which helps with the Caravan.

Got to go now and finish buttoning up after replacing a headlight switch. More on that later.

Slow Sam
 

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hello

First posting to any forum. Owner of a 1997 T&c lxi AWD. Am looking for advice/experiences with replacing rear nivomat shocks. Trusted mech said "naw" just replace with good gas charge light truck shocks same thing. 6 Mths later and watching 3rd row person bouncing of the headliner in the mirror was wondering if anyone has used the sachs replacement units. And being Canadian have you imported them from US vs local purchase. Love the van and want to use for as long as economical (gas $$$$)
 

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First posting to any forum. Owner of a 1997 T&c lxi AWD. Am looking for advice/experiences with replacing rear nivomat shocks. Trusted mech said "naw" just replace with good gas charge light truck shocks same thing. 6 Mths later and watching 3rd row person bouncing of the headliner in the mirror was wondering if anyone has used the sachs replacement units. And being Canadian have you imported them from US vs local purchase. Love the van and want to use for as long as economical (gas $$$$)
Welcome! :beerchug:

To say that your mechanic misinformed you is an understatement. Your van (which apparently has the towing package) actually has lighter rear springs than the standard vans, and absolutely, positively needs the Nivomats to be safely operated.

Regarding the Sachs replacement units, I've heard generally good things about them and they can be safely used as direct plug-n-play replacement parts.

Keep us posted.
 

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New to this site and forums in general. Just became the proud owner of a 1994 Grand Caravan 3.0 and am looking for some knowledgeable companions. 176,000 miles and no complaints at the moment; slight oil leak from pan gasket and the radio (factory) is not functioning (no indication of juice) but the price was right. Looking forward to conversation and wise counsel.

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I am new and have been finding some great information on this site. Thanks for taking the time to help.

I have a problem with my 2003 Grand Caravan with the radio and AC going on and off. When they are off, the windows don't work either. I replaced the accessory relay but that did not help. I switched relays and the problem still exists. Could it be the main control modul or a breaker of some sort?
 

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Hi I'm Kimbo and I'm a newbie. I have a recently purchased '93 Caravan to replace my aging 84 Cutlass diesel. It has a 2.5 4 cylinder and 144xxx miles. The dealership I work at was good enough to sell it to me instead of wholesaling it out :thumb:
I'm a single mom :help_wsig , and although it's not considered cool to have a minivan, I'll probably buy a newer one when I can afford it.
 

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Don't worry Kimbo. I'm a single mom also. Hated the idea of needing a minivan after T-bug was born. After a couple of adventures and bumper stickers, I've grown quite attached to my "Lucy". And as far as cool... I was thinking of adding undercarriage lighting someday. :biggrin: Just be happy you have enough room for kids and groceries. Now if they'd only start putting in the limo dividers to separate the driving mom from the kids.....:ninja:

Hi I'm Kimbo and I'm a newbie. I have a recently purchased '93 Caravan to replace my aging 84 Cutlass diesel. It has a 2.5 4 cylinder and 144xxx miles. The dealership I work at was good enough to sell it to me instead of wholesaling it out :thumb:
I'm a single mom :help_wsig , and although it's not considered cool to have a minivan, I'll probably buy a newer one when I can afford it.
 
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