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Easy to get in and out of. There were 2 prerequisites that I told the salesman I needed, other than a reliable vehicle of course. 1) I needed the seats to be at butt level, making it easy to slide in and out of. 2) I didn't want a threshold that I had to raise my legs over to get in and out. This was perfect on both ends.
I just purchased this vehicle 4 months ago and LOVE it! It purrs like a kitten... standing outside when the mechanic was done, it was so quiet, I didn't even hear it running. It drives very smoothly, and I LOVE the sliding side doors on BOTH sides. I did have an issue with the back hatch not wanting to stay open when I purchased it, with it immediately closing as soon as it was opened, and once it even slammed shut by itself... which was very scary. The fuse allowing the door locks to work has had to be removed for a minute and re-inserted in order for the locks to work, 3 times so far. The ABS Brakes quit working and was told it's extremely expensive to repair. The mechanic explained its purpose, and since I live down south, I decided it wasn't really necessary, so I removed the fuse and the have to deal with the ABS and Brake lights on all the time. There's a slow leak in the A/C system, which the mechanic put some dye in to determine the path of where it's coming from and going to. I previously bought a GM minivan which rode like a truck... very rough and no driver side back door, and definitely no slider door on the passenger side. My favorite car has always been a Lincoln, mostly due to it feeling like I was riding on a cloud. This Chrysler Town & Country is very comparable to my previously Lincolns. However, I now have medical issues and it's too hard to get into a low-riding car. The Chrysler T&C seats are situated so I can just slide right in and out of it, and I love the fact that it doesn't have the threshold to need to raise my legs over, as my legs are my main medical issue. My passengers don't like the fact that it doesn't have a grab bar to assist getting in and out with. But, overall, I love the van and would love to buy a new one the next time if I could afford it.
A Perfectly Acceptable Vehicle
This vehicle is very old, so some problems are due to age rather than manufacturing. Those problems will not be the focus. The ongoing issues, not related to age include frequent brake problems. A variety of mechanics have tried to install and properly adjust brakes but they always wear very quickly. That is the only mechanical issue that reaches back to the day I got it. All others have occurred after 150,000 miles. These include air conditioning failure, and some interesting electrical failures, such as the rear door opening then immediately shutting itself, which made loading and unloading difficult if not dangerous. The heating/cooling fan developed a loud screaming noise that may or may not stop while the vehicle is in operation. Performance is as expected of any lower end model, which is adequate. Reliability has been fantastic. As far as comfort, it has the same issues that all vehicles have, which are seats that bend driver and other occupants into an unnatural hunched-over position. This is extremely uncomfortable, especially on long trips. Let's go back to seats that allow people to remain in proper posture, please. It's a standard low end model, but features are adequate. The van was built for soccer moms who don't move anything but their kids' teams and sports equipment. The ability to secure anything else is limited. For the cargo I had to move, I needed better tie down features on floors and interior walls. It's great, though, to have a vehicle in which seats can be dropped into the floor with no fuss. All in all it was an adequate vehicle for my purposes.
The most amazing minivan ever.
My vehicle overall is pretty good. Since moving to a state where the weather is primarily hot, it has been overheating and having a lot of problems that are expensive to fix. For example; the radiator is shot, the cooling fans are down, and I need a new temperature gauge, and if I keep driving it eventually the engine will give out and I will not be able to drive it or sell it. But, if living in a place with not too hot weather, it does very well and it is a smooth driving car that I love, a lot. It has leather seats, so again when it is hot it is not fun. I have driven it for long hours for many road trips and it can carry a lot of heavy stuff like; wood, tents, ice, etc. It is a comfortable car as far as traveling long distance goes. Honestly, I think about selling it sometimes, but then I remember all of that stuff and the fact that it has so many great features. It has seat warmers, amplified sound in the back speakers, it is an automatic so stalling would not be an issue, there is a TV screen so kids can watch movies if they get too bored, and there are multiple compartments to keep valuable stuff. When the air conditioning is working and on, it keeps the car completely cooled off and it is a nice, smooth, comfortable environment. All around grading, without all the recent problems, I would give it a b+.