You may remember that we bought a Town and Country minivan when our youngest was born in 2007. It has served us well during the last six years. It has traveled numerous times up and down the East Coast and has crossed the United States three times. I’ve got about 84,000 miles on it.
But alas since November my electric sliding doors have been broken. They are broken in different ways. The left side will open when you hit the button but will not close when you hit the button. You have to slam it very hard into the front part for it to engage. The right door will pop open when you hit the button but only about 2 inches. So you then have to manually open it. You also have to manually close it. The doors are extremely heavy and I actually think the electronic mechanism is fighting against you as you try to open and close the doors.
So we finally took it into the dealership to find out how much the doors would cost to be fixed. They said $3400 to fix both doors. They would essentially replace every part including the motors and the doors themselves.
The car has been paid off for about a year but we have put in about $2000 in repairs in the last 18 months or so.
Michael says the Blue Book value is about $8,000.
I had planned to use the minivan for at least another four or five years. I like my minivan very much. I am happy with my car other than the freaking door. (I hurt my arm opening and shutting it when it first broke in November. I guess I’ve gotten used to it now.)
So here are your options: