The Dodge Big Finish

Dodge is ending the year with a bang. It’s The Big Finish of 2010 and it means you can get a show-stopping deal on a 2010 Dodge vehicle, like the technologically-endowed 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan. And when we say “show-stopping deal” we’re talking 0% financing for up to 72 months for qualified buyers.



  • HEMIhead
    Posted December 17, 2010 at 6:07 pm | Permalink

    Let me know when the 2011 Grand Caravan hits the road, and I’ll buy one.
    Just waiting for you guys. The interior in my 2001 GC is way better than that 2010 model.
    And the seats are way more comfortable than the 2010. I still get complements on my 2001 for how comfortable it is and how great a ride it has.
    I was in the market for a new minivan and took a look at the 2010’s. Couldn’t buy it! I think that
    van actually went backwards (if that’s possible) in design and comfort. It was a total shock.
    I hope the new 2011’s are a total departure from the previous model.

    Posted December 17, 2010 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

    HEMIhead, you are exactly right on this one. My wife couldn’t believe how boxy the exterior looked and how uncomfortable the interior was. I would have repaired our 2000 Voyager after her 50 mile an hour wreck with a UPS truck had the airbags not deployed and shredded the dash. I could not believe how well the van held up and how nobody felt any pain after the wreck. It barely bent the front part of the frame yet everything still worked. Too bad they didn’t have a Durango at the time so we had to settle for an Acadia. If the interiors feels as good as it now looks, then it may be worth buying. The new front an rear facias make it look much better. It will be interesting if they decide to offer the R/T model. I would like to test drive a Durango first, just to compare the two. It looks like the price on the new 2011 Dodge minivans have come down which is nice. They were getting to pricey for a “mini” van.

  • HEMIhead
    Posted December 18, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

    Sublime, I didn’t mind the look of the 2010’s exterior, It’s just that the interior was inferior (no rhyme intended) to my 2001 model. I know everybody hates what Daimler did to Chrysler, but I have to admit, they did have some class. Like I said, my 2001 is way more comfortable than those 2010’s and after pretty much 10 years and 100K miles, it still runs and drives excellent. It still has the original front struts. The only thing I replaced was those Chronic stabilizer links and sway bar bushings ($100 total). The 3.3L engine is flawless! Ample power and durable.
    While looking at the GC, and finally ruling it out, I entertained maybe getting a Journey. That was worse! Man, was that interior cheap and utilitarian. That’s the day I almost considered buying a brand X. I even noticed paint chipped of the door edges right to the primer on several Journeys. If I thought I couldn’t squeeze another year out of my 2001, I may have bought a brand X. As for the thought on the R/T version, I don’t think that every vehicle they make should have an R/T model. I think it cheapens and de-values every other R/T worthy vehicle they have. We don’t need an R/T van, truck, SUV, sub compact. And we don’t need the HEMI in every vehicle.

    Posted December 18, 2010 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

    HEMIhead, the R/T version is for all the men who have to break down and buy a minivan when they have small children. A compromise between them and their wives who have taken away their dignity and made them purchase a vehicle that deep down inside they cannot stand to be seen in. In addition, racers (including those motocross racers) could have a cool ride to tow their vehicles. It doesn’t have to be an R/T, maybe a Sport Edition or something like that would be more appropriate. It may appeal to a niche group of people and sell. You never can tell. Anyhow, the new facias for the 2011 vans make them look ten times better. The only problem I ever had with the 2002 Voyager minivan that we had (I thought it was a 2000 but I forgot) was the brake pads. It seemed like I had to replace the brake pads every 10,000 miles. Hopefully, they have fixed that problem. Other than that is was a maintenance free vehicle.

  • RLD
    Posted December 20, 2010 at 9:17 am | Permalink

    Hey HEMI and Sublime,

    The 2011 will be hitting the road early next year. They are already on display on the auto show circuit. Have a quick video of Fred Deperez going over the 2011 Journey and Grand Caravan improvements for the LA Auto Show here:

    There are also a number of images on the Dodge LA Auto show flickr set. The 2011 definitely has a substantially improved interior in addition to a number of other improvements like the new V6. We should have some new info on some of the upcoming trim levels for 2011 such as what you are talking about shortly. If you guys every have any questions on the car, let us know.

    -RLD Staff

  • HEMIhead
    Posted December 20, 2010 at 10:31 am | Permalink

    Hey RLD, any chance the Grand Caravan will have an 8 seat option anytime soon? What about a full second row bench seat with the two outer most seats sliding ahead for the third row.
    Your competition has this. I am tired of sitting on the floor!

  • RLD
    Posted December 20, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Permalink

    HEMIHead: Nothing currently for 2011, but that is a great suggestion.

  • Posted January 31, 2012 at 9:08 pm | Permalink

    Wow, this post is nice, my sister is analyzing such things, so I am going to inform her.

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