by Suzie on Jan 22, 2010 Vehicle: 1996 Dodge Caravan LE 3dr Minivan
My uncle loved his 1996 Dodge Caravan and gave it to me when he bought a brand new one the year before last. This minivan has been great. It drives itself and has been as reliable as any older car would be. I regularly got 27 mpg and the seats are really comfortable. This car was old enough to have personality, but if you don't mind windsheild wipers turning themselves on now and again and the loud knocking noise coming from the glove box, then this could be the car for you. Ours, unfortunately, just hit the end of it's road. But while I was reading reviews about new vans, I thought I'd write a good review for our old one.
by JAZZ1151 on Apr 5, 2004 Vehicle: 1996 Dodge Caravan LE 3dr Minivan
The design is very innovative, however
the quality and reliability left a lot
to be desired.
We purchased a 7 year 100k mile Dodge
warranty and used it. Multiple major
problems with the transmission (4)
including a complete replacement,
cooling system, A/C (5) and a belt
tenioner that fails like clockwork
every 20K miles since new. Many more
less critical problems too numerous to
mention here. Except for being beat to
death with $50 warranty deductables
after 36k miles long warranty enabled
us to keep the car longer than we would
have if we were footing the bills.
by pensionman on Oct 25, 2002 Vehicle: 1996 Dodge Caravan LE 3dr Minivan
Experience has been awful. After one
year 1997, the engine was replaced.
Later in 1997 the transmission was
replaced. In 2001 the transmission was
replaced again. The second
transmission had only 60,000 miles on
it. This vehicle has had numerous
repairs including electrical problems.
The slider door power lock just broke,
breather elements etc... Total repairs
since 1996 have exceeded $20,000. Every
yeat the car costs approx 800-1000 in
A complete redesign yields a cavernous interior, best-in-class driveability, and new innovations such as the optional driver's side passenger door. And although the all-wheel drive version is discontinued for now, Caravan dethrones the Ford Windstar and once again reigns as king of the minivans.