Hows Your Caravan in the Snow?



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    Mine is Great! Never had it slip with those great tires and that strong body..and of course, with my great driving
    1999 Dodge Caravan 3.0 - 180 000Kms as of March 11th, 2004
    1987 Chevrolet Chevette - Inline 4 - 1.6l - 122 000 Kms
    Both Great Vehicles, Reliable, and Perfect.

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    Even with no weight in the back (and no interior), with new tires, it held its own last year when I drove it in the snow. (It is still down for the count right now.)

    It was not real swift on steeper slippery hills.

    Chas
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    Mine is AWESOME, feels like I am driving a FWD pickup!

    redriderbob
    1994 Dodge Grand Caravan SE Sport Wagon: 3.0L V-6; 3-speed automatic w/ OD; Cobra 19 Ultra II C.B. Radio;
    Pliot Foglights; APC Plasma Blue Headlights; AIWA CD-X AM/FM Stereo CD Player; & Other Mods.

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    Well so far I am very impressed with our 2004 GC in the snow. It is every bit as good as my 4WD Explorer was in normal everyday usage. I mean as far as every day driving goes it seems very sure footed. I wouldnt go looking to plow snow drifts or take it off road but as far as sure footed winter transportation......I have no qualms at all hitting the streets when the snow is coming down.


    Cudd
    2004 Inferno Red, Anniversary Edition, Dodge Grand Caravan SXT, 3.8 V6
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    Both my old 1988 and my current 2000 have been VERY good in the cold. Comfy warm to drive and handles great in ice & snow
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    My Tires are All Season and are at least 2 years old (Bought it used) and since we've driven 50 000 Kms.
    1999 Dodge Caravan 3.0 - 180 000Kms as of March 11th, 2004
    1987 Chevrolet Chevette - Inline 4 - 1.6l - 122 000 Kms
    Both Great Vehicles, Reliable, and Perfect.

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    We've been driving Caravans/Voyagers in the Wisconsin winters for 16 years now and have never experienced any traction problems. Ours have been standard FWD models, not AWD, with the standard all season tires. I do have to say that I've learned to like ABS brakes; our '89 and '94 didn't have this feature but the newer ones have had it.

    Drew
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    2004 Dodge Neon SXT 2.0L/41TeeHee

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    1994 Grand Voyager Sport 3.3L/A604
    1996 Voyager SE 3.0L/A670 (31TH)
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    2002 Caravan Sport 3.3L/41TE
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    It's not bad. My Grand Am's better, but that's because I have Bridgestone Blizzaks on my front tires, plus ABS and Traction Control, none of which the van has. I would say though that it handles well in the snow, compared to some other cars I've driven.

    I wish my heater worked a little better, though.
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    I love the way my '88 handles the snow. With the 5 speed and the limited slip conversion I can't wait for the next snowfall and I'll have more before the week is out The torque of the V6 can get me in trouble if I go playing in snow that is too deep!

    '92 van I've never driven. bought it with the intention of doing a motor swap. Decided to scrap that plan.

    '93 van does good in the snow also. Could benefit from a limited slip conversion though.
    Rob Carter
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    I just hope nobody was watching me the other day with my Saturn in the movie theatre's parking lot the other day.

    I was doing multiple 360's... WHEEEEEEeeee. :P

    Hand-Operated parking brakes do wonders.

    Chas
    Chas Stokes

    2000 Saturn SL1 "ZUUL"
    2002 Hyundai Elantra (Stolen ) "ZUUL24"

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