1995 Dodge Caravan Consumer Review: Could be better re:tranny/mate

1995 Dodge Caravan - Consumer Review

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SE Passenger Minivan (3.0L V6 3-speed Automatic)

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Could be better re:tranny/materials
By Space1999! on


1995 Dodge Caravan SE 3dr Minivan


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.

Best Features

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 layouts.

Worst Features

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 interior space.
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