Basically, a good vehical.. I have gone
through 2 head gaskets, but the
dealership took care of the problem.
The second time it happened after only
29000 miles, well after warrenty
expired. Dealer took care of the
problem and only charged a minimal fee -
they didn't have to do that, so I'm
pleased. Car tends to idle rough after
rainy period. Had it checked, but
nothing helps. Not a big problem, but
alwasy there. Most other problems were
small, like the radio going belly-up
and ash trays falling out of the back
passenger area. Gas milage is not very
good at this point. 15 city, about 20
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.
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
My old Mini-van has crisscrossed the
country many times. At about 135k
miles, the water pump went, I have
heard this is puite common for this yr
and model, when that happened I lost
thehead gasket. I almost retired old
Betsie, but I decided not too. And
after those repairs she is now running
fine again. I have heard that the next
thing to go will be the transmission.
this usually happens at about 160 k or
so former owners have told me. I am
gonna ride her til she can't ride no
more, then I am gonna look into a SUV.
Envoy, Pathfinder, Or Volvo
It's size and it was very practical for
me , as I do alot of extensive
travelling and I transport lot's of
passengers at times.
It's a 95 so what can I say, the
improvements have been made in the