This van was inexpensive and though lacking performance has been a dependable transporter of our family of five. I have had very few problems, however it did blow a head gasket at about 65,000 miles and I have adding one to two pints of oil for the past year. I was told this is an $1800 repair. The car is now only slightly more.
From the very start, this van had nothing but breakdowns. Speed sensors (3 times), fan belts (3 times), idler pulleys, batteries (I'm on the fourth one), brake problems and on and on. And that was before I hit 30,000 miles. It didn't hit home that I had purchased an unreliable car until the basic factory warranty ran out. Things that have never gone bad on my other cars went bad on this Caravan. Over the past 12 months, I've spent over $2000 to repair the A/C alone. My experience with this Caravan will be the last. This is my fifth Chrysler product but no more. I am afraid to take this van on extended trips for fear of an out-of- state breakdown. What happened to American quality?
The high ride of a truck and yet the comfort of a sedan. Excellent all around visibility. Great stereo sound system. Good handling, fuel economy and passenger comfort with the rear seat A/C. The factory towing package is great with load leveler suspension, fog lights and ease when backing a boat.
I purchased the red paint (at $300 extra) but it did not hold up being parked in the Florida sun. The plastic head light covers became fogged from the sun as well and both of these items need improvment. The rear seat removal takes two men and a boy but I understand that the new seats fold down.
80,000 miles and pray it makes it
20,000 more without gouging me to
bad. Repairs include: relay switch,
three sets of brake pads, one set of
rotors, new tires at 22,000, head
gasget, broken oil cap, broken trunk
release, and new battery. Please put
me out of the Dodge Misery.
Marylanders, never go to Don Whites.
The three R's. Reliability,
Would not have went through toddlers
without it. Reliable, reliable,
reliable. A little lifter noise at
45,000? Friends had purhased other
companies vans about the same time and
it reliablity of the dodge was far
mulitple configurations, and reliablity
of the overall package. Underseat
drawer and vcr entertainment center
This Caravan SE has been very
reliable . I have spent many hours
riding throughout the Northeast, in
snow, rain, and sunshine and I must say
the Caravan gave a very comfortable
ride. During the winter with snowtires
on all four, the road/tire noise is
abit loud...but I knew I was safe. I
have replaced the front rotors and pads
once at 90,000 miles and the condenser
in the a/c was replaced at 95,000. The
van now has 133,000 miles andis still
running very smooth.
The Caravan has removable bench seats
in the rear. This allows very cargo
carrying (remove the seats) or just
remove one seat for small carrying
This 1999 SE did not have security
features or remote powerlocks. This
feature should be on all models.