I got bored this afternoon and started playing with our Christmas wish lists that we keep on the website. I love asking the boys what they want to put on their lists. If I start with Isaac, then he gives me a super huge list, one that never ends and always involves Star Wars paraphernalia. When I talk with Micah, then he gives me an answer like this: “ I want a tornado.” Sometimes he wants everything Isaac wants too. Reece, who still talks in babbles and is just barely getting used to the idea that words mean something, obviously doesn’t give me much to work with. I think he wants anything that is forbidden to him, and he wants it with a passion!

On the top of our family wish list this year is a desire for a new van. This Dodge Grand Caravan of ours is very disappointing. We just got a new transmission in it. That was much cheaper than a new van we figured. And we fixed the glove box that would shoot springs at you if you opened it and it now stays closed too. We even fixed the huge dent in it this year from when someone hit us in a parking lot and didn’t leave us any info (may I mention that this was 2 weeks after we paid it off?). We still haven’t fixed the drivers’ seat which is stuck in the most upright position and the handle broke off so now we can’t change the position ever until we take it in to the dealer to get it fixed.

Aside from that, we thought we could live with the few minor problems it might have left now that it has a new transmission. But I kid you not, two weeks after fixing the transmission, the passenger side sliding door breaks. Bryan and his super human strength (ok, so he is not really that strong) tried to close it from the inside and the whole inside panel of the door came loose from the outer portion of the door. It now no longer has a way to open it from the inside. We are continuing with our trend of having something go wrong with it each month. Moral of the story: DON“T BUY A DODGE...or Chrysler…or Plymouth. I need to write the company and complain about their shoddy workmanship and tell them that I will be telling everyone I know to not buy one of their products. We haven’t even reached 100K miles on this vehicle. It is only 7 years old! Isaac is 7. He is holding up better than our van.


Nols October 24, 2007 at 4:22 p.m.

Sounds like fun! We've been having all kinds of issues with our cars too. But they are fords, so watch out for them too! The door isn't too bad, just think of it as a feature:child locks!

Ily October 24, 2007 at 4:28 p.m.

Unfortunately, the new "child lock" works against parents too! At least it will force us to be polite and open the door for all of our passengers.

Mindy October 26, 2007 at 5:27 p.m.

We haven't had too much trouble with our Dodge Grand Caravan. I think in consumer reports, different years were made better than others. Ours is a '98. What year is yours?

Bryan October 26, 2007 at 10:24 p.m.

It's a 2000.