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Because you want a vehicle from a company noted for absolutely terrible reliability? :)
 

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Because you want a vehicle from a company noted for absolutely terrible reliability? :)
Actually, I just bought one a month ago to complement my Volt (which my wife hates even riding in due to its somewhat diminutive size). We bought it because our 2009 Town & Country Limited minivan was a bit long on the tooth, with half a bajillion miles on the clock, but still running well. Aside from wear items (brakes, tires, shocks, etc.), it's only suffered one nasty recall (ignition key module) and one nasty bug (leak in heater core plumbing). Otherwise, not bad. But what is bad is gas mileage - a lousy 15MPG city (most of my wife's driving). We were spending $300/month on gas on the T&C shuttling the kids around. With the Pacifica Hybrid bought exactly a month ago today, we've used 1/4 tank of gas so far, with all of the same basic driving patterns. I figure about $50/month in electrons is WAY better for my wallet and the environment than $300/month on dino fuel. Plus, that's incrementally less oil that needs to be imported from the caustic Middle-East. What's not to love about that?

Anyway, my Volt's drive train is certainly more sophisticated and configurable than the Pacifica's, but in terms of roominess, luxury (we got the Limited model), creature comforts, etc., our Pacifica Hybrid absolutely flogs my Volt. Just goes to show that plug-ins are going mainstream sooner than most of us would have expected a year or two ago (though not as quickly as we'd hoped for 5 or 6 years ago). My Volt and our Pacifica Hybrid are the best in their respective classes now, and will pave the way to even better things to come in the next several years. CrossVolt anyone?
 

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The old paradigms re automotive realibilty die hard. Any new vehicle sold today will be quickly discovered and ignored if it's not realible.

I'd buy a Pacifica, and to be honest if GM keeps dragging its feet on their Plug-In SUV/CUV I'll be making the decision to buy one in the next several months. Going into retirement I don't need the two vehicles shown in my signature. The Pacifica is an easy decision.
 

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I work for Chrysler. Right now I have a Pacifica Hybrid in my bay charging up. They don't like to sit for months in near zero temps with depleted batteries. That's been the only things I've seen wrong with them. Our customers come in for the occasional squeak rattle or trim piece, but the powertrain has so far been trouble free.
 

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Chrysler/FCA has one of the worst recent reliability and quality ratings by most of the true ratings services (JD Powers does not count as you have to be REALLY bad not to win anything from them). The old paradigm is alive and well there! (BTW, my neighbor has a 2015 T&C that has been a reliability disaster!) Nothing would ever make me buy a Chrysler!
The old paradigms re automotive realibilty die hard. Any new vehicle sold today will be quickly discovered and ignored if it's not realible.
 

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.... They don't like to sit for months in near zero temps with depleted batteries. That's been the only things I've seen wrong with them. ....
Umm, That's all cars and all battery chemistries. Lead Acids especially. Nobody likes winters....:(
 

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I have a good friend that has over 120,000 miles on a 2013 Chrysler Town & Country. He has had only a couple of minor problems -- both taken care of by a service bulletin at no cost to him. It has been very reliable, and as comfortable as an old favorite pair of jeans. Great on road trips from Kansas back to visit relatives in East Texas (400 mile trips). Great around town in Wichita, Kansas -- regardless of weather or condition. Push a button, the seats fold flat (I know, you lose the middle folding seats on the Pacifica hybrid) -- and pile in all your stuff when you travel. Don't "pack", just step back and chunk it in. No kids at home; just he and his wife nearing retirement. Great around town, great on the road. Forget "averages" of Chrysler reputations. The Chrysler minivan has been gold for lots of people; hopefully, the new Pacifica hybrid will be even better!
 

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I've had a couple of FCA cars over the last couple of years and not only were they reliable, but I found the build quality to far exceed that of GM. I think some of that may have had to do with their recent marriage to MB for a while.
 

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I own a 06 Town and Country with 152k. It has been a perfect vehicle, has needed nothing except one MAP sensor that could have been replaced using a pliers while waiting at a red light. I'll keep it indefinitely 'cause it's the big people hauler when the kids are all home and the Leaf or Volt can't take em all.
 
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