Excellent family hauler
By J. Woods on
1994 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3dr Minivan
Vehicle was purchased used with 92,000 miles on it. Now, at 146,000, it still runs strong. I did have to replace a transmission, but the horror stories about 3 and 4 replacements are due to shoddy rebuilds. Upgrade the trans cooler when you replace the transmission ($50), and you shouldn't have trouble. Trans aside, I've beat the heck out of it, and it's still going! 90mph hauling 1,500 lbs of crap is good performance in my book. People expect a lot from their Caravans, and they do have their problems, but overall they're a good car. There's a reason you see them as taxis. Important -- get a tune-up & fix any emissions probs to save on gas. Also, use quality replacement parts!
Hauling capacity and masculine looks of some of the colors (mine is tan). I never liked the Windstars with their huge doors, etc.
Hopefully, Chrysler has nailed down the transmission problems for good.