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Old 01-14-2011, 09:04 PM
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Traded off the love of my life...

Yup, the beautiful '05 '05 CDI was traded in and now I have 2 new fuel filters, 1 new oil filter, and the interior duel cabin filters and the MB oil service dipstick that I no longer need.

Is it worth $200 shipped?
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Old 01-14-2011, 09:22 PM
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Why did you trade in the CDI, didn't you buy it new?
I'm kind of surprised to read that.
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Old 01-14-2011, 10:38 PM
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Based on his signature it looks like for a Chrysler Mini-van.
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Old 01-15-2011, 02:23 AM
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I like the Chrysler mini vans a lot. Especially the top shelf Town and Country. Much more of a utility vehicle than a 4-door ANYTHING. Especially comfortable if you travel cross country, in heavy traffic (you sit up high) or haul anything.......like people.
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Old 01-15-2011, 10:05 AM
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At 65 plus and raising two grandsons the Benz was running out of room for a 3'3" grandson that has to sit behind me, I'm 6'5" so my normal seating position is actually behind the door pillar. Add into the fact that it was getting hard for me to get in and out of the car, and the T&C is so easy to get into and I can have the front seat's back all the way and the 3 year old and 6 year old have all kinds of room and the van has duel intertainment systems and reclining rear seat, MB load leveling system among many other nice things like the German designed 6 speed select shift transmission.

Drop all the seats down and you have room for 4x8 sheet of plywood, stacked about 4' high. The van is the same van being built for the new 2011 VW van. And is available in Europe with a diesel engine. This van is bigger then the new 2011 Tahoe I parked beside at the oldest boys school yesterday. The lady driving it was green with envy is only way to say it, my van was longer, taller and had more inside room. Her only comment was I don't have 4x4 option like her. The only reason for 4x4 here is the 3 or 4 days a year we might have snow. We are as yet to have any snow this year.
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Minivans will eat your soul...
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Old 01-15-2011, 11:19 AM
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So true. If I had no choice but to get one, it'd surely not be a chrysler.
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Old 01-15-2011, 12:26 PM
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Sorry, but I would be too embarrassed to drive a mini van.
In your situation, I would have bought a full size crew cab pick up truck. You can seat 5-6 fully grown adults in one of those comfortably and carry all the plywood you want.
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At 65 plus and raising two grandsons the Benz was running out of room for a 3'3" grandson that has to sit behind me, I'm 6'5" so my normal seating position is actually behind the door pillar. Add into the fact that it was getting hard for me to get in and out of the car, and the T&C is so easy to get into and I can have the front seat's back all the way and the 3 year old and 6 year old have all kinds of room and the van has duel intertainment systems and reclining rear seat, MB load leveling system among many other nice things like the German designed 6 speed select shift transmission.

Drop all the seats down and you have room for 4x8 sheet of plywood, stacked about 4' high. The van is the same van being built for the new 2011 VW van. And is available in Europe with a diesel engine. This van is bigger then the new 2011 Tahoe I parked beside at the oldest boys school yesterday. The lady driving it was green with envy is only way to say it, my van was longer, taller and had more inside room. Her only comment was I don't have 4x4 option like her. The only reason for 4x4 here is the 3 or 4 days a year we might have snow. We are as yet to have any snow this year.
My Brother got a Chrysler minivan for his company car, he loved it. He and wife have (6) kids so it comes in handy too. FWD in Omaha, NE. I rode in it a couple times - I love it. He bought it from the leasing company through his company dirt cheap when he moved to another company car.
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So true. If I had no choice but to get one, it'd surely not be a chrysler.
If by eat your soul you mean they give you an awesome comfy ride across country with cupholders, power outlets every where and plenty of room for fun and games and sleeping then yeah, you are exactly right

And Chryslers are the kings of minivans. The new ones i think are easier to work on too as they have more of a truck like front.

Minivans seem like they are engineered from the inside out. Way more focus on interior functionality than anything else. And more so than a cross over or an SUV. At least the older SUVs.

They are a nice upgrade from a station wagon , way more useful, but about same mpg. And chryslers are the pioneers of minivans. They can last a long time. I would totally have one if they sold the diesel option here (at least in a few years when they get cheap) . They make the VW and the Chrysler in same plant on same assembly line in Windsor Ontario.

(Boring Story warning) I worked for a supplier that makes the instrument panels for those vans. I wrote a custom piece of software that controls the robot that loads the instrument panels on the truck in the right order. So my program loaded your instrument panel onto the truck to send to chryser. It was a cool job.. They still use it. Our company (my old company) has software that runs lots of suppliers assembly lines on that vehicle and many vehicles including MB in alabama . But for that Chrysler minivan our customers made Wheels, instrument panels, doors , suspension. At each supplier they have an assembly line that makes parts to spec for each VIN, right color, radio option , suspension , switches, leather, etc down to every last switch and screw. They get built to spec and delivered in order to the chrysler plant in time to go on the car as its coming down the assembly line. Fun stuff.

They used to make the minivans in St. Louis too but they closed that when Chrysler went into financial trouble. I asked about getting a diesel export but I didn't want to spend 25,000 on a vehicle and it would have been hard to do.
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Old 01-15-2011, 05:04 PM
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Sorry, but I would be too embarrassed to drive a mini van.
In your situation, I would have bought a full size crew cab pick up truck. You can seat 5-6 fully grown adults in one of those comfortably and carry all the plywood you want.
Well the crew cab Ford, Dodge and GM were looked at first, they road like crap, harder to get in and out of then my Benz (have arthritis in spine and two bad disc), average price was $43,000, and they have less room inside and then the 8 to 10 mpg was another dislike.
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Old 01-16-2011, 11:12 PM
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I was thinking there might be some ride, comfort issues and egress / ingress issues when comparing these vehicles. True minivans can offer more creature comforts, ride better and are easier to drive.
I was just suggesting a crew cab pick up as a more masculine choice.
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Old 01-17-2011, 01:09 AM
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I'd have gone for an ML diesel before I'd go to a minivan.....the ML is one of the most comfortable "trucks" I've been in IMHO.
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That's not a car, thats a semi that some moron threw a pickup bed ontop of, over the goose neck hitch...

Crazy MPG's too. 8 highway?

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Old 01-17-2011, 07:24 AM
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I was thinking there might be some ride, comfort issues and egress / ingress issues when comparing these vehicles. True minivans can offer more creature comforts, ride better and are easier to drive.
I was just suggesting a crew cab pick up as a more masculine choice.
Well you nailed it pretty well except I have no problem with my masculinity at my size (6'5" 290#) and age (65) with bad back thank to last chopper flight and now arthritis.

Another problem was nearest dealership is tad over two hour drive one way at 135 mile from here. That presents a problem when you have kids to pick up every day after school and daycare or I would have traded for an R class.
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