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I'd buy another one!
By Ron Irwin on 01/02/03 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1997 Dodge Grand Caravan Minivan ES 4dr Minivan AWD

Review

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!
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Found a Great One
By weasal on 12/31/02 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1997 Dodge Grand Caravan Minivan LE 4dr Minivan

Review

3.8 dual heat/air, Calif. vehicle. Traction Control, bought it private party, excellent condition, it was very well maintained. Had tranny flushed just because of the horror stories and will be bypassing radiator by adding separate tranny cooler. When they flushed it, the dealership said it was pretty clogged and had to remove lines to unclog them. Great vehicle. 20 mpg
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Worst Vehicle
By GPTX on 12/26/02 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1997 Dodge Grand Caravan Minivan ES 4dr Minivan

Review

The worst car I ever bought. Within a year , I have spent more on repair of electronic and mechanical problems. I can't imagine this being a best selling minivan with all these defects and poor quality. It may look good externally but the interior (engines and electronics) are, by far, the worst design in the history of the automotive industry. VERY POOR QUALITY!!!
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Great family van
By civictd04 on 10/12/02 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1997 Dodge Grand Caravan Minivan ES 4dr Minivan

Review

Have had no engine problems what-so- ever. Only problem has been the wipers sometimes will turn on for no reason, which gets to be annoying. I wish it had fold down seats like the Honda Odessey. The two sliding doors are also extremely convenient and the gas mileage and driveability of this van are great. It drives like a comfortable car. Dim headlights for sure. Great value.
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1997 Dodge Caravan is #1
By Scott Lawson on 10/11/02 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1997 Dodge Grand Caravan Minivan LE 4dr Minivan

Review

A very Trust Worthy Automobile.
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Buyer beware!
By LemonGirl on 10/02/02 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1997 Dodge Grand Caravan Minivan LE 4dr Minivan

Review

I have had troubles with this van from day one. First, air conditioning wouldn't work. Even vent would blow HOT air. Cost to fix (after 3 mechanics to find the problem) $1500. Then there was the fuel line problem ($500). Now the service engine light is constantly on (transmission?). Have I mentioned the problems with the computer system? (Phantom wiper, other air conditioning problems, Cruise control, horn). Oh, and to top it off, the CD player won't work half the time. I have heard that Dodge has improved their minivans...let's hope so. DO NOT BUY A 1997...unless you like living on the edge of insanity as I have for the last two years!
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Never Again
By StevenD on 10/01/02 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1997 Dodge Grand Caravan Minivan SE 3dr Minivan

Review

I'll never buy another Dodge/Chrysler product again. Too many problems (trans, starter, belt tensioner, AC, etc., etc.) Seems like everytime I get something fixed, something else breaks! Also poor service from the dealer.
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My Experience
By gorjul on 09/19/02 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1997 Dodge Grand Caravan Minivan ES 4dr Minivan

Review

great vehicle, no problems out of ordinary
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Trannie problems
By Dan on 08/30/02 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1997 Dodge Grand Caravan Minivan 3dr Minivan

Review

Drives nice and very comfortable ride but loaded with lots of nasty surprises. Gone thru 3 serpentine belts and tentensioners. Wipers will turn on for no reason and the trannie is jerking a lot now....ready to replace the trannie very soon. A common known problem for these vehicles....Will never buy chrysler products again!!!! DG
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do not buy
By bayof3 on 08/26/02 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1997 Dodge Grand Caravan Minivan ES 4dr Minivan

Review

bought brand new in 1997 just sold it for 6000k. this car is junk. you name it is was replaced. the trannsmission, rotars, brakes, waterpump,radiator...etc the seats are uncomfortable, the body gets dings very easily. they recalled this year of the van for the o-rings igniting a fire in the engine!!
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