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Chrysler 30th Anniversary

 

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans, Chrysler has launched a special edition model for each brand. Available this fall at Chapman Chrysler in Henderson, the 30th Anniversary Editions bring new features, commemorative badging, and special paint among other things.

Chrysler Town and Country 30th Anniversary Edition

 

The Chrysler Town & Country 30th Anniversary Edition will be based on the Touring-L model and will feature 17-inch wheels with polished faces, “30th Anniversary” badging and Granite Crystal paint as an option. According to Edmunds, this special edition will use the 3.6-liter V6 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, making 283 hp. Interior touches will include black Alcantara seat inserts with napa seat bolsters, piano-black steering wheel bezel, and a “30th Anniversary” logo in the gauge cluster. The Convenience Group options will be standard in this model, which means it’ll have heated first- and second-row seating, power adjustable pedals and a leather-wrapped heated steering wheel, in addition to other luxury touches.

Dodge Caravan 30th Anniversary

The Dodge Grand Caravan 30th Anniversary Edition will be available on the SE and SXT models, and will feature the same 3.6-liter engine as in the Town & Country. The Dodge Grand Caravan SE 30th Anniversary Edition will have 17-inch polished satin carbon-aluminum wheels, body-color heated exterior mirrors and “30th Anniversary” badging on the front fenders. On the interior, arguably where it matters most, the 30th Anniversary Dodge Grand Caravan will feature silver accent stitching and piano-black accents, black cloth seats and a black leather-wrapped steering wheel, in addition to other luxury details. The SXT trim version of the anniversary model will have all the features of the SE, but with added luxury touches like chrome window trim moldings and roof rack, fog lamps and black Torino Leatherette seats with suede inserts and silver accent stitching.

For more information on the 30th Anniversary editions of the Chrysler Town and Country and the Dodge Caravan, visit Chapman Chrysler Jeep.

 

 

303111_10151713226881515_1803637476_nChapman Chrysler Jeep wants to remind you that a good maintenance routine can save vehicle owners big bucks in the long run by eliminating costly problems before they happen and increasing a vehicle’s fuel economy. The most important and priceless thing a good maintenance schedule can give a car owner is peace of mind on the roads. You are less likely to have an untimely breakdown on the highway if all vehicle fluids are level, the battery isn’t low on life and your tire pressure is correct. There are simple things owners can do to ensure peace of mind and vehicle reliability and potentially save hundreds of dollars in repairs.

I’ll start with the simple stuff that one should check at least once every month. The first is tire pressure. If you have ever rode a bike with flat tires you know how much extra energy it takes to pedal. When your car has flat tires it takes more gas to go forward and costs the driver dollars with every mile driven on soft tires. A pressure gauge is less than $5 and many gas stations provide free air. The next thing to check is tire tread. I have spun out on icy roads because I was too lazy to check if my tires were worn and needed to be replaced. It takes a few seconds to check your tires for  bald spots, uneven wear and exposed metal. Tread should be visible and even:  If it isn’t, get your tires rotated or have the alignment adjusted. Other things to check monthly are the vehicle lights and washer fluid.

Some things your Henderson Jeep dealer wants to remind you to check every three months or 3,000 miles are transmission and power steering fluid levels, as well as the condition of your air filter. If you live is the desert or another place with a lot of sediment in the air, replacing your air filter is relatively inexpensive and can do wonders for your engine life. Also, for less than $5, you can buy fuel system cleaner that you pour into your tank every 3,000 miles and it cleans the fuel system while you drive. However, the single  most important thing to check every 3,000 miles is your motor oil. Maintaining clean oil and the proper levels are key. Checking the dipstick for proper oil levels and clarity can spare an owner from many oil-related engine problems; getting the oil changed per manufacturer recommendations will help ensure your engine operates efficiently.

Some annual check ups should include things like the brake pads, and vehicle lubrication. Lastly, changing the car battery every 3 years will spare an owner from a lot of untimely breakdowns. Most other issues are vehicle specific and are best to consult with ones dealer about. Again, every vehicle has specific issues that are good to know about. Consult your trusted auto-body shop or the dealer you bought the car at. Chrysler Jeep service provides all the info customers need to know about the vehicles purchased there, and will help you build your own personal maintenance schedule.