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.
Seats are super comfortable. This car drives itself, it loves to go, go, go.
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.
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.
Drivers side sliding door. Easy out
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
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
3rd seat should fold down flat and
should be easier to take out. The
second seat should also fold down.