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
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