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1997 Dodge Grand Caravan Minivan

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Dodge Grand Caravan Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.3 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 158 hp @ 4850 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 16/22 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1997 Dodge Grand Caravan

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  • Safety
  • Pros

    Huge interior, slick styling, optional rear driver's side door, easy-out seats

  • Cons

    Not the most reliable vehicle on the road.

  • What's New for 1997

    After a one year hiatus, all-wheel drive returns to the lineup, available on SE and LE models. Traction control is newly available, and an enhanced accident response system will automatically unlock the doors and illuminate the interior when an airbag deployment is detected. A Sport decor group is newly available on Grand Caravan SE.

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Customer Reviews

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3 of 4 people found this review helpful

Loved it and miss it

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Vehicle: 1997 Dodge Grand Caravan ES 4dr Minivan

This was my first car and I paid $200 for it in 2009. During the time I owned this vehicle the only things that I had to replace were the fuel pump and the water pump. It had just about 200k miles on it and I trusted it to take me anywhere. It never died on me and always started right up. Went to trade it in at a dealership and the guy told me he wouldnt do it because the tranny was gonna go out of it because they are known for it. He got mad when I laughed in his face. The tranny had never been replaced and never gave me any issues at all. Would love to own another one. I had a 1999 Plymouth grand voyager and that thing was very solid aswell. Took a bad beating from the previous owner.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Serpentine belt is a real

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Vehicle: 1997 Dodge Grand Caravan ES 4dr Minivan

I bought used vehicle at 100K miles. Now it is at 150K miles. Drove across Texas several times with family, it never let us down. Recently while driving in town in rain, the serpentine belt came off. A month earlier I had replace the rack. Still I feel uncomfortable of its steering. It is loosing power steering intermittently in slow driving. Trying get rid of it soon




Nice van - looking for

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Vehicle: 1997 Dodge Grand Caravan ES 4dr Minivan

We had an older boxy-style (1994) Caravan, and when we bought the new model, my wife said it was the best "car" she ever owned. Smoother body panels are very appealing. Seats remove easily (although are heavy to lift). You can lay a 4x8 sheet of plywood flat inside when seats are out (very handy). Mileage was about 18 city/ 25 highway - great for a van. Body lean on curves is a little annoying, but expected for a tall vehicle. Well designed layout. Tall seats are very comfortable. Visibility is great.




500 $ every 6months in

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Vehicle: 1997 Dodge Grand Caravan ES 4dr Minivan

Performance is as expected from a minivan. frequent annoying problems are the major drawback. Breaks are soft, with below average stopping power. I love the space, the captain seats, and the dual air conditioning, with front, and back ducts.




The best vehicle for families

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Vehicle: 1997 Dodge Grand Caravan ES 4dr Minivan

A great buy for families. Our children have grown up and we no longer would need a van, but it was the best when we purchased it in 1997. Interior room and features were great. I still like its exterior style and shape. Engine quality could have been better...too many repairs and problems over the years. "Old Blue" is almost retired, but we now rent newer model Grand Caravans when we take long trips and still enjoy the experience.




Bought used i doubt i'll

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Vehicle: 1997 Dodge Grand Caravan ES 4dr Minivan

Good looking van. Dodge will probably never make anything close to this style.



Full 1997 Dodge Grand Caravan Review

What's New for 1997

After a one year hiatus, all-wheel drive returns to the lineup, available on SE and LE models. Traction control is newly available, and an enhanced accident response system will automatically unlock the doors and illuminate the interior when an airbag deployment is detected. A Sport decor group is newly available on Grand Caravan SE.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 16
  • cty
/
  • 22
  • highway
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