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Would you take this car on a trip like this? (See explanation)
Here's the details: 2005 Chrysler Town and Country van. 3.3L engine. 155,000 miles. Has had no major mechanical problems to date. Recently replaced radiator.
Would you take this van on a journey of approx. 3500 miles or would you rent another car? My concern is that a journey that long could potentially cause problems due to its age and miles. For those of you who know about cars, any advice would be appreciated.
My biggest concern would be the transmission. Has it been changed out yet? Typically Chrysler vehicles need a transmission replacement between 120K and 180K. I've owned 2 Town and Country mini vans and 2 other Chrysler vehicles and all of their transmissions failed near your current mileage.
The biggest issues I have had with all of my Chrysler vehicles other than transmissions have been motor mounts, water pumps, and timing belts.
If you have kept the vehicle well, followed standard guidelines for maintenance, and had it serviced and checked out then take it. I use to put 7,000 miles a month on one of mine.
Cars are not always predictable either. So even if you rented a vehicle something could go wrong. I've had a rental break down before.
Mileage really means nothing as long as repairs and maintenance have been kept up.
I personally don't think there should be an issue. As pointed out by a PP, Chrysler typically need a trans replacement between 120k and 180k miles.. however this van has had no prior issues and is basically dead-smack in the middle of the typical trans replacement mileage. However, if the trans hasn't given any issues, such as sticking or delayed gear changes, I wouldn't think that a 3500 mile road trip would give it much trouble.
What I would do, if I were you, would be to take the van on the trip, but most definitely have a back-up just in case, which would include the locations and/or numbers of rental car places. Do you have AAA? If you do, you're more than covered. What type of car insurance do you have? If something were to go wrong, many insurances cover rental cars anyway.
In the long run, taking the van, instead of renting another car, would be less costly, especially if you have the coverage for unexpected breakdowns (which is unlikely since the car hasn't had any prior issues).
The only other question to ask is.. are you the first and only owner? If not, do you have records of the vehicle, how it was maintained, and what work was done (if there was any) to it?
If you have records and there was nothing previously wrong with the van and it had proper maintenance, then I don't see an issue.
However, cars are unpredictable. I can't, and no one else, can say that this van will be reliable for the duration of your trip, but there is nothing that suggests that there will be, either.
I hope you have a safe journey, either way!
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