The Evolution of My Minivan
The History of this Mom's
I just bought my third Chrysler
minivan. Yes, number THREE. No, I didn't own them all at once. Just
one at a time. But, I'm a three-peat customer -- Practically
a poster-mom for Chrysler minivans at the very least.
As a teenager, my very first
car was a VW bug, but it was my destiny to drive a minivan.
Here I am in approximately
1976 with our family's full size Chevy conversion van. It was loaded
of my family driving around the country on vacations, and using it for
various farm activities. These were the days when minivans were still a
far off dream.
At some point between my
childhood and my maturity, Chrysler invented the minivan. And, when I had
kids of my own, and I began driving them and their friends around, I realized
the practicality of a minivan. It would fit in the garage (unlike the full
sized van in which I'd learned to drive), and it would carry lots of kids,
and lots of groceries...
||My first minivan:
1989 Dodge Caravan
I got this beauty quite used
in 1996 when it was already several years old. It had one sliding door
on the passenger's side only, to let kids in and out on the curb side.
No rear air. After a few years, it barely had any air conditioning
at all. Still, I was so proud. I drove it for almost 5 years, until
it was 12 years old.
It was boxy, but it was good!
It seemed to serve my needs at the time.
||My second minivan:
'98 Chrysler Town and Country
In 2000, I stepped
up to this maroon Mommy Machine. This was style! I remember thinking
how wonderful this was because it had a sliding door on both sides of the
car! And rear air conditioning! And leather seats!
The leather was so easy to
keep clean, which is a definite plus when the vehicle's main function is
as a family car. On camping trips, I attached a big snail top luggage
carrier on the roof. I drove this van for almost 7 years. It's hauled
lots of Girl Scouts, taken us to out of town sporting events, cross country
vacations, and it carried us and our pets safely out of New Orleans when
we evacuated from Hurricane Katrina.
Recently, my old Chrysler
T&C hit 100,000 miles and was nearly 10 years old. It was time for
My 3rd Minivan:
So now it's 2007 and once
again, I have another Chrysler minivan. This time I traded in the old van
on a used 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan "Special Edition". It's loaded
with goodies. It even has a sun roof. That just seems so wrong, but I am
enjoying it anyway while I taxi my kids around town, listen to my ipod,
and toy with the navigational system.
The "Stow and Go" seating
is the best thing about it. Those seats pop right down into the floor
in seconds. I can now haul our entire Girl Scout troop's cookies in one
And the huge roominess in
the trunk area is also minivan owner's dream come true. Now my groceries
no longer roll all over the floor of the van -- a much needed improvement
from my last two minivans. Now if only Chrysler would invent something
that would carry the groceries into the house and put them away.
This latest minivan has a
name. We call her "Silvia" (because she's silver). It's also aptly
called "The Mother Ship", because of it's mom-car usefulness, and because
the sliding doors and rear hatch will all open and close automatically,
not unlike an alien spacecraft.
So now that I am practically
a Poster Mom for Chrysler, it seems fitting that the powers-that-be at
Chrysler should send me a cool coffee mug, a t-shirt or a hat or something!
So how abuot it, Chrysler? Please send the creator of MomsMinivan.com
a cool pair of sunglasses from your gift
shop so this minivan mom can look cool while
she drives your cars!
With my updated vehicle, I also
considered updating my website logo to reflect my more mondern minivan,
but nostalgia just won't let me let go of my old boxy retro image. Some
things never change.
Anyway, I expect to be driving
my Special Edition Caravan for many years. Meanwhile, I can't help wonder
what my next vehicle will be. I'm on a roll now that I've owned three Chrysler
minivans. I guess we'll just have to wait and see...
~ ..· ´¨¨))
..·´ Road Trip Mom -:¦:-
(Road Trip Mom)
I'll update this article
if Chrysler responds! (posted 6/30/2007)
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