I have owned this van for the past two
years and it just keeps on rolling.
The transmission is as smooth as new
and the engine cranks everytime. The
air blows cold and it is one of the
most reliable vehicles I have ever
owned. I bought it with 113000 miles
on it and at 140000 it is just ticking
along. I said I was going to drive it
until the wheels fell off. They may
never do that.
All my suggested improvements have
been incorporated in the new vans. I
Wish I could afford one.
Great van... very reliable, good fuel
economy... 3.0 engine has been great.
Trans. had a few problems early on
however was taken care of by dealership.
Van has only been back once to the
dealer.. Changed oil every 3,000 and
does not burn oil between changes.
Exterior is in like new condition.. the
champagne color is OK.. not particularly
my first choice however in view of whats
available.. it's fine. Liked it enough
to buy another. have owned 3 so far.
Seats are very comfortable and at
exactly the right height for easy
access. Recommend it highly for anyone
who has a bad back. Visibility is good
since you're sitting high.
Electric locks are a bit of a pain...
but they are on most cars, in my
Our Caravan has been very reliable
outside of that much-too-common
transmission failure. Fortunately ours
only required new seals and internal
parts and we "convinced" Chrysler to
pick up 1/2 the $2000 cost. It is a
real shame that Chrysler didn't resolve
this problem MUCH earlier as it seems
to be a problem right up to 2001 models.
It must be noted that many other
companies have tranny problems in their
mini-vans including Honda, Ford and
that Toyota has severe engine sludging
and failure issues.
Fortunately our paint, air conditioning
and most features have been very good
and had minimal problems.
The 3.3l engine is excellent... good
power with 160 horses and decent
mileage (25-29 mpg before the tranny
failure, now 20-26 mpg), nice layout
and interior and a safe, secure driving
vehicle even in high winds.
Love the driving position and control
Interior plastics too hard and fragile.
Material quality of seats and carpeting
is poor. Chrysler SHOULD bring
back "classic" Caravan design from 1995
install dependable transmission, better
ride quality materials and paint. Ours
is 500 pounds lighter and nearly same
We love the spacious interior for a mini van. This was our second mini van.
Our first was a 1987 and went through 3 transmissions. We were told that
the transmission problem is no longer a problem with newer vans so we took
another chance. We were on our way back from a fishing trip to Canada and
the transmission went out 500 miles from home. 3 days and $1950 later, we
were home. We now have 150,000 miles and the transmission is again
starting to slip at times. Thinking about a Honda or Toyota with good track
Has a lot of room.
Tell the truth about vehicle problems. Invest in a transmission that lasts
longer than 100,000 miles.