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    Question Stow and Go Seat Question

    Hi -
    I am new to the forum.
    Just got our third Chrysler Minivan, a 2006 DGC SE with 19,900 mi on it for $13K.

    In my haste to take advantage of this great deal I failed to notice that the 2nd seat (a bench seat) does not fit in the stow and go compartments.

    My question is , is it possible to buy 2nd row stow and go seats and retrofit them as long as the compartments are there? If so, where and how? The MOPAR website was no help.

    Why the heck did Chrysler equip them this way - I mean why put non-stow and go seats in a stow and go body?
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    Welcome!

    That is just how it is when you order the lesser model.
    Depending on the seat belt anchors and mounts you might be able to add them from a wrecked GC SXT in the future.
    I don't know if the new vans have the multiple mounts like the 2nd gens did, but I would be willing to bet that to save money they do have the other mounts.
    The reason you have the compartments is so DC didn't have to make a whole different floor pan for your van. This is a cost cutting deal. It isn't all bad as the compartments are handy.
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    Question Why have 2nd row bench in some 2006 GC SE?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dutchman View Post
    Hi -
    I am new to the forum.
    Just got our third Chrysler Minivan, a 2006 DGC SE with 19,900 mi on it for $13K.

    In my haste to take advantage of this great deal I failed to notice that the 2nd seat (a bench seat) does not fit in the stow and go compartments.

    My question is , is it possible to buy 2nd row stow and go seats and retrofit them as long as the compartments are there? If so, where and how? The MOPAR website was no help.

    Why the heck did Chrysler equip them this way - I mean why put non-stow and go seats in a stow and go body?

    Many people prefer the bench seat that has 2 built in child seats. My sister looked for a used 2005 GC SE that had the 2nd row bench seat with built in child seats. Makes it MUCH more convenient for her to take her 2 small grandchildren than to have to install 2 bulky child seats when the grandchildren go with her.

    A neighbor got a used 2002 GC Sport that had the 2nd row Quad seating but they had the dealer rswitch the 2nd row Quads with the 2nd row bench as soon as another used 02 GC Sport or T&C came in with the 2nd row bench with 2 built in child seats.

    My wife, myself, and our 3 daughters prefer the Quad seats over the 2nd row bench.
    Grand Caravan Carl
    2009 GC SXT 3.8L 6 AT 12,102 miles, 1999 GC SE 3.3L 4AT 127,204 miles (Daughters have former 2006 Sienna LE 43,101 miles and 2002 T&C eL 84,244 miles).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dutchman View Post
    Why the heck did Chrysler equip them this way - I mean why put non-stow and go seats in a stow and go body?
    Because they stopped making the body that doesn't have the bins for the seat stowage. So even if you don't have the stow n go 2nd row seats, you still get the handy bins.
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    Funny that I noticed this forum today... at work earlier today I literally discovered the same thing. We have a 4th gen Dodge Grand Caravan with stow 'n go, but its go the full out 2nd row bench that is in NO way foldable.

    I thought to myself "wtf...that's dumb." I walked around to the other vans for several minutes trying to see if someone had accidentally swapped seats. I'm not sure if I'd like the stow 'n go feature because of how much it lowers the true bottom of the van. Obviously they were redesigned to compensate for the bins, but it makes the 4th gens have the rear end stick way up in the air which I don't think looks quite right... even though it is intended that way.
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    They still make the body without the bins. You can buy a DGC (at least a 2005) with normal quad seats and a 50-50 or a bench rear. No stow n go, just the plain old minivan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darek View Post
    They still make the body without the bins. You can buy a DGC (at least a 2005) with normal quad seats and a 50-50 or a bench rear. No stow n go, just the plain old minivan.
    They still MADE the body without the bins, for the 2005 model year.

    I think they stopped doing that at some point.

    BTW, according to Woggy, they actually don't still make the body at all--with or without the bins (except in China). Both Windsor and St. Louis plants have finished production of the 07's, in favor of tooling up for the 08's.
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    Did I understand you right that the new 2008 will not have the storage bins or stow-n-go?
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    Quote Originally Posted by marine1 View Post
    Did I understand you right that the new 2008 will not have the storage bins or stow-n-go?
    The '08's have it, but it is a new body style.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gsmagnum View Post
    Welcome!

    ...I don't know if the new vans have the multiple mounts like the 2nd gens did, but I would be willing to bet that to save money they do have the other mounts....
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    Upon inspection I find that the mounts for stow and go are indeed there - you can feel the bumps under the carpet.
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    '35 Dodge Brothers 4 door sedan - with trunk - and "floating power" (first rubber motor mounts) - all original
    '74 Dodge Colt
    '72 Dodge Ram Van 1500 SWB (Customized)
    '83 Dodge LWB Sportswagon
    '88 Dodge Grand Caravan ( good untill one day it suddenly car-becued)

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