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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-26-2016, 10:18 AM Thread Starter
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Picking up my Pacifica Limited tomorrow. Velvet Red with Mocha interior. 20 inch wheel option. No Theatre (No kids!).


This will be my fourth Chrysler mini-van, but quite a step-up from the Grand Caravan SE.


I am a bit concerned about not having a spare tire. There seems to be a Mopar part # for a spare wheel kit, so might look into that for longer trips. I do not fancy squirting goo into the valve by the side of I-75 at 2am.


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Just out of curiosity. Why minivan with no kids ?? I know it's merely a stereo-type but do you require that much space regularly ? That colour combination should look really darn good though, nice and classy



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Just out of curiosity. Why minivan with no kids ?? I know it's merely a stereo-type but do you require that much space regularly ? That colour combination should look really darn good though, nice and classy


Hi MiniVinn.
We are a couple of seniors with two grown-up kids and three grandchildren that we often carry about. We travel less than 15,000 km per year, so running costs are not an issue. We also have a cottage, and need to transport all manner of things, including the famous 4x8 sheet of plywood!
We just like the room that a van provides, nice high driving position, ease of entry, etc.
Great vehicles.


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Hi MiniVinn.
We are a couple of seniors with two grown-up kids and three grandchildren that we often carry about. We travel less than 15,000 km per year, so running costs are not an issue. We also have a cottage, and need to transport all manner of things, including the famous 4x8 sheet of plywood!
We just like the room that a van provides, nice high driving position, ease of entry, etc.
Great vehicles.


Tony

This is it, just ready to drive off the lot. Very happy with the colour.


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I'm with Tony as to the 'why a minivan again, with no kids.' Our kids are all gone too (and no grand-kids on the horizon), but we like to take at least one cross-country drive per year (multi-weeks) and we bring our dog. During the trip, the stow-and-go seats are down, making things great for the dog... once we get to friends or family destinations the seats come back up and everyone gets in. Beyond that, the car rides like a champ, is uber-comfortable and, at our age, is extremely easy for us to get into and out of. That alone is more important than most other factors. Then you have the price - which, when you really compare against 'full size' sedans such as Toyota Avalon or Hyundai Azera is either equal to or even less than similar trim levels. And yes, I can put those venerable 4X8 sheets of plywood into my car, while those other car owners have to go rent a truck or ask a friend. And gas milage? So far, after a month, I am averaging over 25 mpg for 'around the town' driving (almost no freeway). I'm impressed. Great car for numerous reasons. Enjoy!


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We got hooked on the utility of the minivan when we had young kids. A great weatherproof "truck" when seats are removed. Now our sons are in college and after looking at crossover SUVs (most seem so cramped!) we did it again. I've read that empty nesters are a huge segment of the current minivan market.

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As a part-time musician (drummer) who also owns/brings the sound-system & lights... a "luxury" minivan is the perfect blend of space and creature-comforts. No kids here, and I am perfectly FINE with the "soccer-mom" stigma that comes with the minivan class. Less "prying eyes" on my car when it looks inconspicuous.

I also got limo-tint from the middle-row all the way to the back (and on the top glass as well) so now it's nearly IMPOSSIBLE to see what's inside - even if you cup your hands around your eyes pressing your face up against the glass.

+1 for minivans without kids.
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I'm a retired baby boomer without kids at home. We have grandkids and travel a lot. When we go to Arizona in winter, we carry a lot of stuff, and the Pacifica has the space and comfort for those long road trips. I think Chrysler needs to market to the baby boomer demographic. We've had ours for 6 weeks and love it! I'm a car guy who said I'd never drive a minivan. I was looking at crossovers and SUV's, but the Pacifica ended up as the best match for our needs.
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Hi MiniVinn.
We are a couple of seniors with two grown-up kids and three grandchildren that we often carry about. We travel less than 15,000 km per year, so running costs are not an issue. We also have a cottage, and need to transport all manner of things, including the famous 4x8 sheet of plywood!
We just like the room that a van provides, nice high driving position, ease of entry, etc.
Great vehicles.


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Ohh okay okay that sounds like a nice time ! That's great that this works so well for you guys though, but we of course can never forget the famous 4x8 sheets !



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We got hooked on the utility of the minivan when we had young kids. A great weatherproof "truck" when seats are removed. Now our sons are in college and after looking at crossover SUVs (most seem so cramped!) we did it again. I've read that empty nesters are a huge segment of the current minivan market.

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We puppy raise for Leader Dogs for the Blind in Detroit. Bringing a 8# puppy home to MO is a lot easier than taking a 70# puppy back, hence our order. I agree with your sentiments.
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