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    Question Mazda MPV or Dodge Caravan?
    I am deciding between these two (as a temporary vehicle -- for some 2-3 months). If you have any experience with these, I would highly appreciate your feedback and votes.

    Many thanks in advance.

    Geno

    PS: And, of course, in this poll/thread Chrysler Voyager would be considered the same thing as the Dodge.

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    We have a Dodge Caravan. Bought it new in 95 and it "knock on wood" has yet to fail us. Should we decide to go down the new vehicle road again, we will buy another.
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    Ok. Thank you for your valuable input, Mr. Crocket.

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    resale value of those?
    Why not do a short term lease ?

    If it is brand new, the likelyhood of it breaking down is very low
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    Quote Originally Posted by ske9963
    Why not do a short term lease ?
    It is not available in the country where I'm gonna buy one of these (Russia).

    Quote Originally Posted by ske9963
    If it is brand new, the likelyhood of it breaking down is very low
    I'm not gonna buy it new. A 2001-2002 is what I am looking at.

    Geno

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    Well we owned a Dodge Caravan. I would rather hitch hike than own that piece of junk again.

    Seriously. We dumped over 15K in repairs into ours in a three year period. I had someone tow it away and bought a landcruiser. Not one single repair (other than routine maintenence) in 8 years and counting on the Toyota.

    I can't believe someone here had a GOOD experience with their Caravan, perhaps we just had a lemon. We had ours years ago of course.

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    Stay away from the Mazda, I have a 2002 MPV. Not very impressed. It does run pretty good but is already rusting way more than my previous vehicles. My wifes 98 Stratus has less rust (we gave that car to my little brother). They had to replace the flex pipes and heater pipes cause the rusted out last year. One of those compression rods that holds the rear door up snapped one day almost taking my head off.

    Probably feel better about the car if I still lived down in Hotlanta cause it would not be rusting so bad.

    I think this will be my last Mazda.

    You should really look at the Toyota Sienna or Honda Odyssey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anne

    I can't believe someone here had a GOOD experience with their Caravan, perhaps we just had a lemon. We had ours years ago of course.
    That could very well be the case. About 30 yrs ago we purchased a cadilac and it WAS a lemon. I guess there is one on every assembly line.

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    Geno,

    From Consumer Reports 2007 Buying Guide:

    "Used Cars to Avoid":

    Dodge Caravan (4-cyl) 1998, 2001-3
    Dodge Caravan (V6) 1998, 2000-3
    Dodge Grand Caravan 2000-3
    Dodge Grand Caravan (FWD) 2004
    Dodge Grand Caravan (AWD) 1999
    Crysler Voyager (4-cyl) 2001-3
    Crysler Voyager (V6) 2000-3
    Mazda MPV 2003-4

    Listed as "Reliable Used Cars":

    Mazda MPV 2000, 2001

    Hope this helps.
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    All - very good feedback. Thank you!

    Quote Originally Posted by AffiliateHound
    From Consumer Reports 2007 Buying Guide:

    "Used Cars to Avoid":

    Dodge Caravan (4-cyl) 1998, 2001-3
    Dodge Caravan (V6) 1998, 2000-3
    Dodge Grand Caravan 2000-3
    Dodge Grand Caravan (FWD) 2004
    Dodge Grand Caravan (AWD) 1999
    Crysler Voyager (4-cyl) 2001-3
    Crysler Voyager (V6) 2000-3
    Mazda MPV 2003-4

    Listed as "Reliable Used Cars":

    Mazda MPV 2000, 2001

    Hope this helps.
    Wow! It does!! Thank you.

    Geno

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    45.45% for Dodge/Chrysler against 54.55% for the Mazda. Anyone else has any experience with these? I'll make my purchase in two weeks...

    Would highly appreciate more feedback.

    Thanks,

    Geno

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    Buy anything made outside of the US and I think you will be happy. Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anne
    Buy anything made outside of the US and I think you will be happy. Good luck!


    Having owned three Japanese cars in a row, I am naturally leaning more towards the Mazda... Still open to people's opinions.

    I do remember about your experience, Anne. Certainly would not want to have anything like that happen to me. (I can almost see your next post: "Forget the Dodges then!!" )

    Geno

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    6 votes to 6 now...................

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    i just made it uneven
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    aunt had a mazda but it was a 2005-2006 or so.
    no complaints. she love it but sold it to buy a prius

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    Too late for me to vote, I guess.

    Anyway, I've owned an '01 MPV for a couple of years and it has had no problems at all. It was a bit more expensive than a Caravan of the same year would've been, but it's definitely worth it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geno Prussakov
    It is not available in the country where I'm gonna buy one of these (Russia).
    Geno
    Which one would you be able to get parts for if it broke down? How many shops fix American cars vs. Japanese cars? Location is important.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geno Prussakov


    Having owned three Japanese cars in a row, I am naturally leaning more towards the Mazda... Still open to people's opinions.

    I do remember about your experience, Anne. Certainly would not want to have anything like that happen to me. (I can almost see your next post: "Forget the Dodges then!!" )

    Geno
    I have owned many cars in my very short life. I have never had an American car that was mechanically sound that had paint that did not peel at some point, lol! On the other hand, i have owned several toyotas and never had an issue with any of them, ever. So yeah, I am biased. America needs to stick to apple pie baking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mack
    Which one would you be able to get parts for if it broke down?
    Anything... You can get most anything there now.

    Quote Originally Posted by Anne
    ...America needs to stick to apple pie baking.

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    C'mon now American cars are not all bad. I own a Chevy and a Mazda (MPV) and the Mazda has a lot or rust forming on it. Granted I live in snow country but I park it in a garage so it gets a little TLC. Thing is rusting more than any other vehicle I ever owned.

    I do hope US Car manufacturers get their act together, we can't afford losing 10's of thousands of the jobs they provide. It's tough to compete when the US workers make very good money and those retired have decent pensions. A lot of money going out and billions in losses.

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    I do hope US Car manufacturers get their act together, we can't afford losing 10's of thousands of the jobs they provide. It's tough to compete when the US workers make very good money and those retired have decent pensions. A lot of money going out and billions in losses.
    What is and is not an "American" car is no longer clear. Honda and Toyota, etc., may be Japanese companies, but most Hondas and Toyotas sold in the US are manufactured in North America, and extensively use US labor, and that good ole American company, Chrysler, is owned by Mercedes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AffiliateHound
    What is and is not an "American" car is no longer clear. Honda and Toyota, etc., may be Japanese companies, but most Hondas and Toyotas sold in the US are manufactured in North America, and extensively use US labor, and that good ole American company, Chrysler, is owned by Mercedes.
    I can only speak for my own reliable cars. All of the Toyotas I have driven, including my current Landcruiser, were all built in Japan. I would buy one in Japan and boat it back before I buy an American car, but that is just me, lol!

    Good luck Geno, could you possibly buy a Dodge after all of this?

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    I have had four Mazda vehicles over the years and liked them all. However none were the MPV variety. My current "toy" is a 1991 Mazda Miata 2 Door Convertible. I bought it three years ago on impulse. It has 104,000 miles on it, has never failed me, looks great and is a real blast to drive. The only expense in three years was a new battery and brakes - they didn't fail - just as preventive maintenance. I call it a toy because last summer I got an SLK to be my daily driver--and just couldn't bear to sell the Miata.

    I have two friends with "older" Caravans - and am not impressed with either one ...the cars - not the friends...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anne
    ...could you possibly buy a Dodge after all of this?
    Nope...

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    Looked at several vehicles today. The MPV looks great. May buy one tomorrow...

    Geno

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