Bought this 1995 red Dodge Caravan (JUST LIKE THE PICTURE ON THIS PAGE)in 1996 from another person. It's been a great vehicle. Just the usual things, a rebuilt transmission, water pump, oil changes and tires. It now has 182,000 miles. The paint job still looks like new and the interior still looks good too. I love the way it sits up high and you can see out of it. Great van!
Bought it off of a private owner in
1998 with 68,000 miles. We've run it up
to 148,000 with no major problems or
expenses. It was always ready for a
trip to the store or out of state. It's
always been serviced "by the book".
Only parts replaced in the 5 years of
ownership were: Water pump, EGR valve &
solenoid, battery, one tune up with
ignition wires and a 4 wheel brake job.
Pretty darn good for 148,000 miles.
The 3.3 V-6 engine was easy on gas but
had more than enough power for passing
& merging. Bottom line... This engine
is a "monster" when it needs to be.
I bought my van with 71K on it and now
have over 195K. Other than tires,
brakes, O2 sensor, and regular oil
changes, the transmission (rebuilt
once) has been its only Achilles heel.
I put about 6000 miles a year towing
and it has been an excellent vehicle.
It has good power, more room than most
SUVs due to the removable seats, and
gets better gas mileage.
Space inside, fuel mileage, power of
the 3.3 liter V6
Put a bulletproof transmission in it
and it would be perfect.
I am not exactly sure what model I have. It's a unique combination of the 3.O, 6 cylinder engine with the very terrible, 3 speed auto transmission. Other than the 4 tansmission rebuilds including one replacement factory reman., the van has been extremely reliable. The engine has been wonderful, I get 23 mpg average, and other than the $4,000 I have spent on the tranny, and an occasional problem with the throttle control sensor, I love this vehicle. I have 143,000 miles on it, use it for camping with seats removed, and would continue to drive it indefinately if I was sure that the last rebuild would last beyond the 6,000 mile warranty!
Useable cargo space, especially with rear seats removed. Excellent gas mileage, good visibility, comfortable to drive.
Transmission, transmission, transmission. Also, folding rear seats that would make a bed like conversion vans.