Buying a new Vehicle...need input

  1. Hey all! Hubby is changing jobs and now has to give back the company vehicle...which means we have to get another vehicle. We already own a 2003 Chevy Impala and are looking into getting a minivan. Possibly a 2003 or 2002 Dodge Caravan Sport OR a 2000 Mercury Villager. Any thought..opinions on these vans?? I would greatly appreciate any input. We ALWAYS research heavily before we buy. thanks ya'll!
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  3. by   Rustyhammer
    My advice for buying a new vehicle is to buy a used one. Have it checked out by your mechanic first or buy a extended warrantee if it makes you feel better but man!, You'll save a bundle.
  4. by   danaRN2b
    I have to agree with Rusty on this one...I just read "The Total Money Makeover" by Dave Ramsey and he has a good section in his book about this subject. He also has a website that is good & might have more about buying a vehicle. Good luck!
  5. by   Havin' A Party!
    Gotta offer a different opinion here. If you're the type that will keep the car until it quits, then I recommend buying new. Even with a professional mechanic's prior check you can get screwed (latent malfunctions).

    BTW, you may wanna consider a Dodge Caravan. I've had two and both went beyond 110,000 before prob's arose (usually starts with burning oil and valve chatter -- when this occurs, SELL quickly -- everything will soon start to go).

    You'll also fit much more stuff comfortably in a van than in a SUV (the vogue vehicle these days).

    Good luck!
  6. by   LadyT618
    I currently own a Dodge Grand Caravan (the extra space really does matter). I recommend going with that. Slight bias over here.
  7. by   gerry79
    Maybe I just bought the wrong one, but I have had a lot of problems with my Dodge Caravan sport. Electrical, and transmision problems.
  8. by   nursedawn67
    Thanks for the replies everyone...we are definately getting a van....I have good and bad about the caravan (from people at work), haven't heard much on the Villager. We still have to talk to the dealer about the caravans, have talked to the dealer about the villager. From what we are seeing so far (by reasearch on line), the 2 caravans we are looking at are going to be a bit too much money for our budget at this time. We know the mercury villager is in our budget. Ok well thank you ya'll!

    keep the input coming!
  9. by   Havin' A Party!
    Forgot to mention to get the larger of the 6-cylinder engines (3.4 L, I think) available.

    (FWIW, mine were the regular Caravan, not the Grand.)
  10. by   smk1
    we stll have an 1989 dodge caravan that we have never gotten rid of because it runs no matter what and it is nice to haul groceries and other things around that wont fit in the honda. also have freinds who bought new caravans last year and both love them!
  11. by   unknown99
    I just bought a 2003 Chrysler Town and Country LX. Had 16,000 miles on it , almost like new, and I got it for 1/2 of what a 2004 would cost. It is absolutely the best minivan I have had. ( I used to have a Mazda MPV, a Plymouth Grand Voyager, and a Transport). By far, the Town and Country is the best.
  12. by   nursedawn67
    Well we are currently looking at a 2001 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport, my brother found it at a friends dealership, said its "sharp" and it was a great price compared to everything we have looked at so far, also said it's "loaded". So that is where the search is so far. I really like the looks of the Grand Caravan and the way they drive, so I'm hoping for that one to be "the one". Thanks ya'll!!
  13. by   moonshadeau
    I wouldn't buy anything new ever again. I also like the Villager better. Good luck
  14. by   nekhismom
    We've been looking at the 2004 Dodge Caravan. The commercials say that they start at around $18,000 and THAT sounds good to me. I also like the feature that allows you to store stuff under the floorboard around the seats. We need LOTS of space!!