The last several weeks have provided opportunity to find doubles of a few cars, but these Dodge Grand Caravans are the only triple play. This does look like a slice of dark meat between two pieces of white bread, does it not?
July 2, 2019, Columbia, Missouri
Or, an Oreo cookie in reverse!
The white color for the Dodge Caravan is actually called White Knuckle. So what you have here is a White Knuckle Sandwich…
Reports of the Death of the Minivan are greatly exaggerated!
In Toronto you can usually buy a brand new one with V-6 and A/C for $19,999.00. At that price they are very attractive.
Once we started van shopping I realized just how common this generation of Caravan and Town and Country is in the Midwest. I was initially shying away due to the reputation for lower quality compared to the Toyota/Honda competition, but I could not deny the value they presented and that’s what we ended up with. I went the Town and Country route, I prefer the styling. We’ve put 5k on our ’16 Touring L since January and have been very pleased. Transmission is a bit dim-witted and there are plenty of creaks from the stow and go seats and doors over bad roads, suspension is a bit noisy in its action over bumps (not a mechanical problem), but for $18k for a low mileage 3 year old van with all the bells and whistles, I can’t complain.
You’ll be fine. My wife daily drives your exact vehicle (‘16 Touring L-is yours dark metallic grey, too? 🙂 ) It currently has 87k on it, and the only thing we’ve spent $ on so far have been fuel, oil changes and the 60k service. Oh yeah, we have the towing package, and we pulled a big pop-up camper for two years until we got a truck-no issues whatsoever with this vehicle. I have a ‘10 T&C that just turned over 170k and other than the rear AC condenser and a blend door actuator, it’s been nothing but Oil, brake pads and one set of spark plugs. I don’t know where the “reliability issues” rumors are coming from.
Hey, that looks like MY VAN between the two white ones!
I’m cool with white bread. It is the gray stuff in the middle that would have me concerned. 🙂
I guess I would have a white bread peanut butter sandwich with my Astro-Safari trio shot from Memorial Day weekend (& there are still a fair amount of these vans where I live too!)…
…with a side order of 3 jumbo marshmallows! I took this picture at Enlow Auto Supply in Lexington, SC on June 8th; they have 2 white Ford Rangers & I was able to park mine right next to theirs (though not in the middle like with the Astro). The right-most one is a ’98-’99 b/c of the tail light design; the amber went away in 2000 which would denote the middle one. The lights & tailgate on mine were first used in 2006.
I wish I had a pic of a small fleet of 90’s Astros out by the port. There’s a cruise line parking lot nearby, but I don’t think they’re used to shuttle passengers. I see them parked by the main road, about a half-dozen. Kinda beat, kinda dirty, but all have no side doors. Maybe they’re used to transport drivers for the roll-on/roll-off ships importing cars and trucks. My best guess.
Not surprised to see a gaggle of these since despite its lame duck status, it’s the best-selling minivan and the best-selling Dodge in the US.
Had a friend who back in the 90s drove a white ‘96 Tahoe. His wife drove a green ‘95 Suburban. When his oldest son started driving a few year later, they got him a high-mileage blue ‘95 Tahoe. All had the conventional tailgates, no barn doors. With their driveway being 3-wide, it was kinda funny seeing them from behind all parked together at one house.
I haven’t seen his son in some time, so I don’t know what he drives now, his wife has had a succession of different mid-size SUVs since the boys are grown, but my friend is stuck on white Tahoe’s. His next was a ‘03, then a ‘08, then a ‘14, he’s now on a ‘18 model.