2002 Dodge Grand Caravan eX Fwd 4dr Minivan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)
We've been very happy with the van and Dodge service. Some early problems (ABS/traction control packed up at 350 miles, small head leak detected at 18K, both fixed under warranty), otherwise troublefree. Excels at long trips: very comfortable for four adults and two small kids, not fatiguing to drive. Leather interior is definitely worth it with kids. City gas mileage has been 17-20 mpg, on long trips from 22.5 to 24.5 mpg. At the time purchased, the only other van we found competitive was Honda's Oddysey, with a 3-month wait to get one from dealer allocation (and we checked with every dealer within 100 miles) for $3K higher street price. We intend on keeping it for at least 120K miles.
Motorized side doors, leather interior, quality of rear seating (way better than Mazda or Toyota of same year), roominess. We had an episode in the rain with the careless driver of another car: the ABS system works well.
Chrysler updated this model with disappearing rear seats, which would sometimes be helpful. I don't mind pulling our seats out of the van, but storing them is a pain. We got side- impact airbags, but newer vans have air-curtain protection the whole length of the passenger compartment.
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