We had an 06 Freestar that we were happy with but it was totaled 2 days before Christmas this past year ('09) We were a one car family so we were rushed to find a vehicle. We went to another manufactu...
We had an 06 Freestar that we were happy with but it was totaled 2 days before Christmas this past year ('09) We were a one car family so we were rushed to find a vehicle. We went to another manufacturer first but they no longer do minivans, then decided on something economical or SUV. For the money we could not make it work so we started looking at used vans as they generally dont hold their value well.
I was hestant on the Town and Country. I drove it, it was nice, my wife liked it and we needed to get a deal done so we jumped on it.
After driving it for a month I was in love with it, a minivan!?!?! The ride is outstanding the vehicle size. The interior incredible comfortable, and spacious with lots of neat little features. The kids love the swivel and go seats and the fact that the middle captains chairs adjust forward and back.
Performance and handling is way better than the freestar was. Handles like a minivan, but maybe a little better. quieter and smoother on the road, smooth acceleration and shifting. The one we bought (used) has a lot of nice bells and whistles. The back up camera is a nice feature, the in dash entertainment system, DVD (w/fold down screen in back) 40 GB hard drive for music and pictures, sat radio all great things The best thing was we just took a 1000 mile drive to KC for baseball games with 4 adults my 10 yr old son and his friend. The A/V jack and 110 plug allowed the kids to play Playstation on the screen. This kept them happy for the 19hrs on the way there and the 19hrs on the way back. GREAT FEATURE!!
Cargo is not a problem with this van. Not only do you have ample space behind the back seat, but the well in the floor where the back seat folds down in to is deeper and wider than the freestar. I coach baseball and I will have 3 camping chairs, team equpiment, sons baseball bag, two five gallon buckets with balls, and misc stuff, stuffed in to the back. The best example of the space is the KC trip. We were on the road for six days with 4 adults and the 2 kids and my cousins wife does not pack light. We also had 3 small coolers in the van for drinks and snacks. the playstation of course and we were all pretty comfortable. Because dont forget with "Stow-n-go" you also have a TON of storage right under the feet of the middle passengers. We were able to add cargo on the way back because of souveneirs and stuff.
I really do like this vehicle. The only two negatives in my eyes is fuel economy. I believe it rates at 17 and 24. You are lucky to get 17 out of it, and in the winter you dont even come close. I will say out of the 2300 miles we put on it for the trip I did get 24 out of one tank, but for the most part it was 20 to 22 with me pushing it pretty hard. The other negative is the absolutely stingy Chrysler waranty.