I bought this van on eBay in 2003. It had 73,000 miles on it, and I bought it thinking I'd use it to take the dog to the park, make Home Depot Runs, and take stuff to the dump. I ended up driving it across the country twice and on numerous vacation trips. The 2.5L 4-cylinder is plenty peppy (my van is a five-speed stick) and can return 30 MPG on a long road trip. Now has 105,000 miles and aside from maintenance items I've only had to replace the starter and the clutch and recharge the A/C. This thing is as rugged (and simple) as an anvil, is comfortable, gives decent performance, can haul lots of stuff, and gets decent gas mileage. I intend to drive it for another 10 years.
Five-speed manual transmission, powerful A/C, comfortable front seats
I still have one of the very rare stick-shift Caravans, discontinued in the mid-90s. So I never had the tranny problems most other owners had. Also, the paint peeling problem was fixed just prior to the 94 models, so, although there's some paint deterioration (hood and roof), no peeling after 180,000 miles. The 2.5 4cyl engine has been very reliable, the only problem being an ongoing (but not major) oil leak. A/C went out a few years ago, not worth fixing. Now trying to cope with fixing wheel bearings. They don't make the rear hubs anymore, so it's uncertain how much longer this van will be on the road. Too bad they don't go back and do this configuration again. Stick-shift vans rock!
This was a great family car. Comfortable on
long trips, yet nimble enough to drive around
town. It sure came in handy, too, for those
couple times a year when I went to the lumber
yard, or my wife went to a garage sale. It
treated us pretty well except for two cracked
heads ($1600 each), one at 65K, and another
at 103K. Just came back from donating it to a
place that'll fix it up and give it to a needy
person. Even with that major engine problem,
there's more right with it than wrong. We
thought about buying another minivan, but
since our kids are pretty much grown now, we
opted for a sedan instead.
Sit up high--good visibility, interior space,
pretty comfortable for a "truck". This was the
most basic version of this vehicle--I liked the
fact that I could fix many things myself.
Make an engine that doesn't crack heads every
50 or 60 thousand miles.
I have been extremely happy with the
performance of this vehicle. I did
have to have the transmission replaced
at 69,000 (which is common for this
vehicle), however the dealership was
very accommodating. Also at 69,000
miles, I had to have several engine oil
leaks repaired. Again, under warranty,
the dealership replaced all seals and
gaskets. This vehicle is maintained
with regular oil changes and
maintenance, and to this day, even with
105,000 miles, I am extremely
comfortable taking long extended trips
in this vehicle.
Ability to turn off all interior lights
manually so that the doors may be left
open without fear of the battery going
This vehicle could use a better, more