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2016 SXT picked up today

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Made a decision today to buy a 2016 SXT 4 cyl - the decision was completely devoid of research.  On the short test drive, we really liked the ride.  Neither of us drive hard or aggressively, so hopefully the 4 cyl will be adequate.  It has just under 30k on the odometer.  We're coming into this from an '08 Caravan with the 3.3.  It's been a reliable vehicle (no frills, but no drivetrain issues or any costly repairs).

 

I'm hoping we made an ok decision with this one.  I'm anxious to become active on the forum - I have had great experiences on the Jeep and Ford forums.  

 

I'm open for any and all advice (and criticism for buying it)!  Look forward to getting to know you all!

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welcome to the group,as far as the 2.4 vs the 3.6,,, less power and usually not that much better mpg. but not a game changer ,also the spark plug replacement is a lot easier but more often than the 3.6. i use to always have a caravan with the 3.3 engine, that was a great engine they should have used that instead of the 2.4 in my opinion. other than that i have had 2 journeys a 2011 with 70 k on it and now my 2014 crossroad  with 92 k on it... just change your plugs every 30 k and use the OEM plugs as the 2.4 they say runs best with them and do your regular maintenance and enjoy the ride...

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Welcome and congrats. From a van to the DJ, sounds like a family car. I specifically went with the 3.6 because of the family trips and tow capacity for the family toys since my previous van only had the 3.0 engine that was a bit under powered in my opinion. Regardless, enjoy the new ride. 

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Thanks for the welcoming replies!  Yes, it's definitely still a family car - although the family is reaching that point where they are beginning to leave the nest.  99% of the time it is just a 2 or 3 person vehicle.   Once a year (maybe) we'll get a chance to take a trip as a family.   I have no plans to pull anything (I have an older Expedition if I need anything like that).  Wish I'd had more time to research and I'm sure I would have sought out a 3.6 (the decision wasn't mine, as you might imagine!).  

One positive (possibly) is that this little 2.4 looks super easy to work on with all that room in the engine compartment!  Hopefully I won't be confirming that anytime soon.  It is coming up on the 30k mark, so I will take the advice on the plugs (Champion, I assume?)

Thanks, again!

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1 hour ago, boltsnapper said:

Thanks for the welcoming replies!  Yes, it's definitely still a family car - although the family is reaching that point where they are beginning to leave the nest.  99% of the time it is just a 2 or 3 person vehicle.   Once a year (maybe) we'll get a chance to take a trip as a family.   I have no plans to pull anything (I have an older Expedition if I need anything like that).  Wish I'd had more time to research and I'm sure I would have sought out a 3.6 (the decision wasn't mine, as you might imagine!).  

One positive (possibly) is that this little 2.4 looks super easy to work on with all that room in the engine compartment!  Hopefully I won't be confirming that anytime soon.  It is coming up on the 30k mark, so I will take the advice on the plugs (Champion, I assume?)

Thanks, again!

check with your dealership as the org on my daughters 2.4 were off amazon

Sold by: B2C Auto Parts
 
$11.15

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Interested to hear, too, how these do with four people (maybe even 5) and luggage on a 1,000 mile road trip?  Does the suspension handle it ok?  Enough cargo room inside?  Can you tie anything on top on the luggage rack?

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