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Bought used Grand Caravan
By Happy with Caravan on 01/20/09 20:55 PM (PST)

Vehicle

1996 Dodge Grand Caravan LE 3dr Minivan

Review

We neded a van for our family due to an accident which totalled our previous Plymouth Voyager. I bought a '96 Grand Caravan (Dodge)with a 3.8L V-6. A ton of room! Five of us, plus grandpa, ride comfortably with pleny of cargo room. Interior lighting is excellent with well-placed lights. We haul furniture, and bulky loads by removing the rear seat. Handling on freeway is superb. Have replaced battery, brakes and a set of tires at 159K, & change fluids regularly. We got a good one!
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Better than expected
By Thomas on 10/17/08 11:47 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Dodge Grand Caravan LE 3dr Minivan

Review

We bought it with 72K miles and it's close to 200K now. We've had to replace the transmission and the body control module, but nothing else. We drive it a lot and with 5 children, it gets a lot of use and abuse. It's held up very well considering. Overall, we've been very satisfied with it.
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Drove it into the ground, now buying 2nd
By LJC on 09/02/07 11:13 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Dodge Grand Caravan LE 3dr Minivan

Review

This was our first minivan & first Dodge. I couldn't believe how comfortable and easy it was to drive! I loved it from Day 1. It was perfect for our toddlers & now for our teenagers. Very roomy with useful features - lots of cup holders, folding seats, lots of leg room. While it has been a headache at times - transmission/oil leaks, many sets of brakes, nonstop electrical problems (windshield wipers like to wave expectedly!), overall, we have loved this van & are currently shopping for another one. I couldn't imagine buying anything other than a Caravan! Would love an 08 but I don't love the price tag.
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Comfortable cruiser
By peter on 03/19/06 14:26 PM (PST)

Vehicle

1996 Dodge Grand Caravan LE 3dr Minivan

Review

I've had my LE for 10 years. Very comfortable on long trips, decent mileage and good power with the 3.8 engine. Seats are actually more comfortable than the stow+go seats on the new models, also interior much nicer on the '96LE. The new ones have an overall cheaper feel. Reliablity is only fair although the engine and tranny have not given me any problems. If you can find one that's been well maintained, especially with a 3.8, it might be worth buying.
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First Year
By LEJ on 08/01/05 22:05 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Dodge Grand Caravan LE 3dr Minivan

Review

This is a nice looking, but poorly engineered vehicle! The old saying about not buying the first year of a re-designed model is true. The torque converter, A/C compressor, and all 4 brakes were replaced (twice) by 35,000 miles. There's a reason why the factory warranty for brakes is only 12 months/12000 miles!
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My Dodge Van
By Randy on 05/06/05 13:56 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Dodge Grand Caravan LE 3dr Minivan

Review

I have loved my Dodge Grand Caravan since I have owned it. It is quite comfortable and I average 20 in the city and around 23 on the highway. It has the 3.8 V6. I've driven a number of other vans by other manufacturers and none compare to the ride quality of the Dodge in my opinion.
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Love/Hate relationship
By CanUSayBad on 09/22/04 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Dodge Grand Caravan LE 3dr Minivan

Review

After my wife totalled our MPV last year, I had to find a quick replacement. This van was a good price and had been well-maintained, so I took a chance. Within 12 months the transmission died, the clear coat started peeling and bubbling on top and one side, the serpentine belt jumps off every 4-6k miles and the passenger side power window just fell out. Okay, so even with all the repair bills, I still haven't paid as much as I would have for an Odyssey or Sienna, but what a hassle. Only buy if you are a motorhead able to do your own repairs.
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Transmissions and A/C are expensive!
By IWantAHonda on 04/13/04 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Dodge Grand Caravan LE 3dr Minivan

Review

I love the ride...but WOW the Transmissions and A/C and random electrical gremlins are killing my bank account. Dodge can't be making money on the Transimissions because they can't seem to make them last through the 2nd and 3rd transmission warranty unless the Dealer tries to say you "abused" the car...
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Great Van
By MMMMMM on 03/02/04 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1996 Dodge Grand Caravan LE 3dr Minivan

Review

We love having a mini van it great and very pratical. Ive put 50k on it, but the van has 148000. Just starting to leek fluid. Only repair was a water pump. Great family vehicle and travel vehicle.
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Not too pleased
By trencher on 12/14/03 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1996 Dodge Grand Caravan LE 3dr Minivan

Review

We bought the car used at 45,000 miles. In three years, we've had numerous major repairs including one where the engine had to be totally disassembled. The transmission needed to be replaced at a hefty expense. The radio has been replaced FOUR times in three years. We've also had trouble with the ABS light, cruise control has failed, wipers go on and off spontaneously ... the list goes on. This is the least reliable vehicle we've ever owned, and we can't wait to get rid of it.
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