I bought this car used with low
milage. It was checked out by my
mechanic, who gave it a clean bill of
health. Within months I had to sink
over $1500 in repairs. Now that it is
appoaching 100,000 miles, it is in
constant need of repair, despite being
taken well care of. To top it off, the
green pain on my hood an roof is
peeling off badly. I've started
noticing, it seems to be a defect with
the green paint. All the green dodge
vans in my area seem to be loosing
their pain on the hoods and roof.
I love the fact that it keeps track of
my miles per gallon average
What a piece of crap. I think my 9
year old could build a better
vehicle. Lets see where do I start.
Oh, the brakes failed COMPLETELY while
my wife was driving. thought that was
solved in the early 1900s? The trans
failed COMPLETELY. The DIS (ignition)
failed. The engine only revs to 1/2
rpm and bucks wildly (started at
110,000 mi). The driver door hinge
has ripped the metal out of the body
and the drivers door latch has now
COMPLETELY failed as a result, The
interior has fallen apart at 80,000
mi. I replaced the front
struts and springs at 90,000. Buy a
new Honda Odyssey. (Like I just
This van was given to us by my father-in-law when it was 12 years old with 71,000 miles. It had been well maintained and always garaged. I first noticed that the power rear windows only worked some time, the rear windshield wiper motor was out and the electric liftgate opener did not work. In the year we owned it the water pump, drivers side window motor, and the front wiper motor had to be replaced. Then the track on the sliding side door door broke and the side window latch came apart. When the transmission went out at 82,000 miles the van went to the junk yard. I should have known because I had the same experiences with the 96 Caravan I bought new.
Chrysler should put more effort into vehicle quality to retain customers. I won't buy from them again.
Reliability has been the biggest problem with this vehicle. To date, we've had the following problems:
- three transmission failures
- water pump
- front brake calipers
- fan belt
- shocks and struts
- two out of round wheels - gives nice highway ride
- cruise control out
Although an older vehicle, the poor reliability of this and our Intrepid has made us import buyers.
Holds a lot of stuff
Handles OK, fairly peppy for minivan
I had my van for 6 years, it came with
the 3.3L automatic which gave us 4
years of good service. It is at this
point you might as well get rid of it
because your opinion will change
dramatically. The tranny gave up the
ghost at 92,000 at a tune of $1,600 and
I found out I was real lucky. Dodge
doesn't build anything to last. We used
to buy Chrysler products, but never
Plenty of cargo space. Good
excelleration and decent gas mileage.
Team up with the Japanese and figure
out how to build a transmission.
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