236,000 miles of reliable usefulness!
By joejackson on
1996 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3dr Minivan
Bought this Grand Caravan new in 1996 and have put 236,000 miles on it so far. Fabulous vehicle for hauling people and stuff. Great comfortable highway cruiser too. Averaged 22+ mpg at 75 mph on long trips. Hauled kids to school and events, college kids belongings, 4x8 sheets of plywood, and apartment loads of furniture easily. Many ski trips in the snow. The much maligned transmission has been great. Worked perfectly for 140,000 miles, then had it rebuilt (for $1500) and it has now gone another 100,000 miles and still working fine. If that is a bad transmission design, then I sure hope I get something as good on our next vehicle! No other major repairs.
Capacity is fabulous. Ride is great. Easy to roll out seats. Reliability and durability have been wonderful, even better than the Japanese cars I like. Even the cloth upholstery remains like new. (carpets are a little stained now though)