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Dodge Grand Caravan Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.8 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 166 hp @ 4300 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 14/20 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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Long time fan

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Vehicle: 1997 Dodge Grand Caravan ES 4dr Minivan AWD

This is my third Dodge Caravan and the best of them. I've been driving this 1997 for 80k+ miles and I keep it in good condition with regular maintenance. The steering rack is the only major part that needed replacing. With 4 kids and a lot of very local driving, this is perfect for mom. The car is spacious, comfortable and easy to drive. Mine is AWD, which brings additional comfort in traction during wet or snowy weather. Very happy with it.




10 year old crossover vehicle?

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Vehicle: 1997 Dodge Grand Caravan ES 4dr Minivan AWD

Well, sometimes when you wait long enough, things come back into style. All wheel drive, seats seven, lots of storage. Crossover vehicle? No. My 10 year old AWD minivan? Yes. I've been salivating over the new crossovers, but my van fills the same function, so guess I'll just keep it. 244000 miles and runs like a new one. Original engine with just normal maitenance. Tranny replaced after 200000 miles. I may never need to buy another car!




Still going after 209k miles!

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Vehicle: 1997 Dodge Grand Caravan ES 4dr Minivan AWD

Well, I finally had to put some significant dollars into my van, but much less than any new car I might purchase. Runs like a new one with a factory rebuilt tranny (old transmission had trouble with low gear, but otherwise ran great). Have run Mobile One synthetic oil in the van since it was new, and the oil added 10% to my gas mileage (20-24 MPG with the 3.8L V6). Change oil and filter once a year (20-25K miles). Will keep this van until the wheels fall off! Very happy with the purchase and performance of this vehicle.




Good people carrying van

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Vehicle: 1997 Dodge Grand Caravan ES 4dr Minivan AWD

We've just traded in our 97 Caravan for a smaller car, since gas prices has gone up the roof ! But it was a blast to drive. Power was not a problem on city or highway, and quite comfortable for all three rows of seats. Wished the headlights were brighter at night, but they've already addressed this issue on later models. I liked the removable seats instead of fold-down ones, it helps with gas mileage if you're not using the 3rd row often, and the 3rd row bench can be slided to the middle, making it a 5-seater van with plenty of cargo space.




Read reviews before you buy

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Vehicle: 1997 Dodge Grand Caravan ES 4dr Minivan AWD

We have had nothing but problems with this van. On the drive home, the van would lose power and then a second later start going again. We didn't think anything of it until smoke poured out of the hood when the a/c compressor locked up. We have 3 brake jobs on the van, air compressor, serpentine belt, tune-up, fuel filter, rear drive shaft, tie-rods, sway bar bushings, sway bar, front struts...is that all....and at the moment the van is in the garage having a bearing replaced somewhere in the drive train. The mechanic also said the boots on the rear drive shaft are torn already! This vehicle has sucked us dry to the tune of $5k.




I'd buy another one!

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Vehicle: 1997 Dodge Grand Caravan ES 4dr Minivan AWD

I bought my Grand Caravan ES AWD by ordering it from the factory. It's really cool seeing the "This car built especially for ..." on the sticker. After 131,000 mostly repair-free miles, I'm sold on this car's extremely comfortable long-haul ride. I was going to buy an Explorer, but am very satisfied with the van's much better ride and handling. The all-wheel drive is a must for high country driving on ice and snow, as long as you've got the studded snow tire traction. I'll buy another one, but not until I hit 200,000 miles with this one, hopefully!



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

  • 14
  • cty
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  • 20
  • highway
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