2005 Dodge Caravan Consumer Review: A Great Deal For the Money

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A Great Deal For the Money
By Robert on


2005 Dodge Caravan SXT 4dr Minivan (3.3L 6cyl 4A)


I test drove a new 1997 Caravan, was unimpressed for $23K, and bought a used 1994. This time I drove a much nicer, fancier 2005 Caravan and for $20K took it home. Thank you employee pricing! No stow and go on my short model, but no big deal. The six speaker package puts out some excellent sound. Seats are comfortable, yet don't weigh much. Superb handling, solid acceleration, great brakes (unlike my Quest). I'll reserve mileage judgement until it's broken in. I wasn't looking for a DVD but to put a cherry on the top of this deal it had one. But then came the single downer, although the manual doesn't say so, the "basic" DVD system has no headphone capability! Be sure you can live with this.

Best Features

Nobody makes a van ride and drive like a car like Chrysler/Dodge. Nobody.

Worst Features

The owner's manual is a disaster area of confusion. As I stated above, the basic DVD setup need SOME kind of headphone/earphone capability. This was beyond dumb. The radio/CD/DVD dash console area looks attractive but is a confusing mess until you get used to it (which may take forever).
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