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The power doors sounded nice and are handy at times, but they are not all they are cracked-up to be. After the novelty wears-off, I'm left with the following comments:

I wish the doors would at least open faster. They could stil close slower for safety reasons, but the whole process of doors opening and closing is so painfully slow.

Also, while they are speeding-up the door operation, why don't we improve sound, too. All the moans, groans, and clicking do not give the impression of quality.

How about a driver switchable manual overide that allows doors to open and close manually without motor drive tension. In other words, the doors operate like non-power doors.

Is it possible to lose the beeping (or tone it down) whenever the doors are locked or van is in Drive and someone tries to open doors. It never fails that I try to drop a rider at the curb with my foot on the brake and I get to hear the beeping. Yes, I know it is for safety, but there might be a better way.

Finally, I know some will think I am crazy, but I think I'd much rather have the non-power doors if I had the choice. The true convenience of power operation is probably a very small percentage of the time relative to the delays seen on a daily basis when waitng for doors to open and close.

Just my opinion.

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This is why we got an LX. I liked a lot of the other features in the EX, but did not want power doors with three kids. Kids being kids, it is best to keep things as simple as possible.
We have not yet wished we had gotten the power doors.
 

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as a mom with two bratty boys..... the power doors are a GODSEND..... :p i do like the manual override button on the dash that turns off the power to the doors. our last van had one manual door that i had to do. now my brats i mean boys have the freedom to enter the vehicle on their own thus giving me 5 seconds of peace and quiet. (ps thank god for child proof locks tho!)
 

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I'm thinking that the power sliding doors will last longer than if they were manual.

I've had vehicles where kids really slammed the doors around. Kids seem to lean on the handles or pull or push crosswise.

The automatic doors close much more gently.
 

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As a mom of two toddlers, I love the power doors. I am so glad that we got them. I think if it was just adults using the van, I would prefer manual doors. In my situation, they make things a lot easier. I was hesitant to get them-- wasn't sure if I would like them. But now I am so glad that I did.
 

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While not absolutely necessary, we feel that the power doors are definitely handy with a toddler and a newborn.

That said, they could open a little faster.

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I also got the LX as the power doors did nothing for me. Test driving the EX the door kept beeping and we're still open when we were all buckled in and ready to go.

One of my son's friends remarked as he closed the door the other day "cool power doors!" They slid so smoothly he assumed incorrectly they were powered. Also, his parents have a Caravan!

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by voyager:
... How about a driver switchable manual overide that allows doors to open and close manually without motor drive tension. In other words, the doors operate like non-power doors.

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The new Chrysler vans have just that. The motor is actually disconnected from the door mechanism until it's needed. They work just like manual doors unless you want them to. The best of both worlds. The flip side of that is that there has to be another mechanism to engage and disengage the motor and that's just one more thing to break.

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by dgs:
The new Chrysler vans have just that. The motor is actually disconnected from the door mechanism until it's needed. They work just like manual doors unless you want them to. The best of both worlds. The flip side of that is that there has to be another mechanism to engage and disengage the motor and that's just one more thing to break.</font>
No, the real flip side is that those doors are mounted on a Chrysler.




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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by voyager:
Is it possible to lose the beeping (or tone it down) whenever the doors are locked or van is in Drive and someone tries to open doors. It never fails that I try to drop a rider at the curb with my foot on the brake and I get to hear the beeping. Yes, I know it is for safety, but there might be a better way.</font>
You can do the "power door mod" (as it's referred to in this forum) to enable you to open and close the doors in any gear. It's a simple modification to the wiring harness on each side; fools the doors into thinking the van is in park at all times, hence you can open the doors while in any gear. There's still a speed sensor safety device that won't allow the doors to open above 3 mph, so there's no risk of the ankle biters opening a door on the highway. Do a search on this forum for the instructions on how to do the door mod.
 

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I love the power doors. I am so glad I got them, instead of the manual ones. For anyone that has an arm full of kids they are perfect. This whole wasted time thing I don't get. Because while the door is closing, I am already getting in the drivers seat and turning the key. If anything they save time.
 

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My wife and I love the power doors especially during the hot SC summers when by remote both sides are opened at the same time to let the hot air inside start to escape before we reach the van. The range of the remote is remarkable. Holding it up against your chin when pressing the button even extends it. No kidding....
Also approaching the Ody with bags of stuff in your arms makes us appreciate being greeted by an open door.
 

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I have to admit, when I mentioned power doors to my husband, he said we don't need those. Then he test drove the EX and LOVED the power doors. We ordered the EX because of the power doors! Can't wait to get it...

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Jonaussie:
I love the power doors. I am so glad I got them, instead of the manual ones. For anyone that has an arm full of kids they are perfect. This whole wasted time thing I don't get. Because while the door is closing, I am already getting in the drivers seat and turning the key. If anything they save time. </font>
My wife and I second that.



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I agree with others here who LOVE the power doors. Can't live with out them. A couple of comments:

- don't like the beeping? Disconnect the buzzer in addition to the door mod.

- door open/close speed seems irrelevant to me since I open the doors WAY before I'm up to the van. Remote range is just fine, as mentioned, and it's just a matter of timing. If you use the remote right, you'll actually save time, IMHO! I think the open/close speed is just about right on a safety standpoint.
 

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One reason I got the LX was because of the manual doors. My 3 year old daughter opens her own door everyday. But it seems to be a physics problem with my son, at 2 years old, he's just a little to short.
Hey, what about power doors for your house? or your toilet seat? think ya need that too?
How about power refrigerator doors or power kitchen cabinets? power doors on your washing machine, dryer and dish washer??? power bed sheets? power medicine cabinet?
Kidding aside, I was just a little conserned and chose not to get it this time. By the way, I can't live without my power garage door opener.
 
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