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1996 Dodge Caravan

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Redesigned Lemon
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By pensionman
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Vehicle

1996 Dodge Caravan LE 3dr Minivan


Review

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 repairs.


Favorite Features

3rd seat.


Suggested Improvements

3rd seat should fold down flat and should be easier to take out. The second seat should also fold down.


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Loved this minivan
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By Suzie
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1996 Dodge Caravan LE 3dr Minivan


Review

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.


Favorite Features

Seats are super comfortable. This car drives itself, it loves to go, go, go.


Suggested Improvements

You can't hear anything in the car because of the wind noise. They need latch for children's carseats. I hate unlocking every door with the key because they keep automatically relocking themselves.


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Good Idea, poor execution
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By JAZZ1151
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1996 Dodge Caravan LE 3dr Minivan


Review

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.


Favorite Features

Drivers side sliding door. Easy out bench seats.


Suggested Improvements

Move the location of the dash power outlet. It hits the drivers knee when any power adapter is plugged in. Body has too much flex. Improve reliability of components.


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Unreliable minivan
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By GREG
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1996 Dodge Caravan LE 3dr Minivan


Review

The minivan has great design interior and exterior, but very bad reliability. Every month we need to fix something, begining with minor electrical problems to major transmission problem.


Favorite Features

Double doors, seats


Suggested Improvements

Improve technical quality.


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Unreliable minivan
Performance
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Exterior Design
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Reliability
By Greg
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Vehicle

1996 Dodge Caravan LE 3dr Minivan


Review

The minivan has great design interior and exterior, but very bad reliability. Every month we need to fix something, begining with minor electrical problems to major transmission problem.


Favorite Features

Double doors, seats


Suggested Improvements

Improve technical quality.


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