I bought my Grand Caravan new in 2004. I had already drive 2 other caravans but this one is by far the best. I started at 2000 miles and now have almost 150,000 miles on it. I haven't had to put any money into this van except regular maintenance (brakes, tires, serpentine belt at 100,000 miles etc.). I have taken it on several road trips to Florida, Georgia, and New York and it is very comfortable. (Even slept overnite in it for camping). Can transport large items and fill it up with camping supplies plus 4 passengers! The mileage was good for a larger vehicle and I am looking for a smaller vehicle only because I don't need a minivan anymore and could use higher gas mileage savings.
Stow and go, Split rear fold down seats, Very comfortable drive. No mechanical issues, Love everything!
Some road noise; can't really hold a conversation with windows open at over 50 mph but that is really not a big deal
I bought this van certified used in Jan of 2008 with 47,000 miles on the clock after my lovely 2002 Chrysler Town and Country Limited was wrecked parked in front of my house.
So I gained Stow N' Go and Sirius radio in the dash but lost my leather seats and pimped out factory chrome spoke wheels.
That being said, the trans had to be rebuilt and/or worked on three times the first two years, all under certified warranty and all I had to pay was one $100 copay.
Since then, no issues at all except for a left power sliding door that works off and on, and a front end that badly needs a complete rebuild.
I am on the original timing belt, shocks, and struts and just turned 175,000 miles.
Comfortable power seat, in-dash Sirius, Stow N' Go, and the old school 3.8 V6 is a great motor, hope the new 3.6 V6 now offered has the same longevity!
My wife has a 2009 GC with the same motor but with a six speed tranny.
That pushes mileage on the highway up significantly, so that is the only aspect I can think of.
More room than any truck/suv, with handling and mileage of a sedan.
What I like:
Stow n go, lots of storage, roomy comfortable, decent on gas (27mpg hwy, 18.5 combined).
Well thought out interior.
Chrysler seems to have addressed a lot of the previous gen's chronic mechanical issues (transmissions, sway bar bushings, etc), though it seems to have been at the expense of attention to detail.
What I don't like:
Cheap feel compared to my old '97, though better than the 2010 I used on loan.
The pass. side power door stopped working (broken wire, easy fix, see youtube).
The key fob stopped working.
The airbag light is on for some reason, and OMG the rust is an up hill battle.
we bought my wife 2005 grand caravan during a bad financial situation and pay cash for it, had 123000 miles back then and now 189000,
no problem at all, just gas and oil change.
sheap design but great on traveling, lots of room for storage.
people we had a saturn relay fully loaded and 0 mile when we bought it, that is the worst car we ever had. let the bank have it after warranty expire at 48000 miles and the heck with the credit score, that's how desperate i was. i'll buy another grand caravan for the right price again.
This has been a love hate relationship. My wife and I love the design and layout of this van. We have the SXT 3.8L with every option except leather. Unfortunately ours has been plagued with problems. We purchased the van as a certified used with only 22,000 miles on it.
If I had known everything I know now about these vans I would have kept looking. After reading other reports and through my own experience with this vehicle the 2005 seems to be one of the worst. Avoid this year if possible. This is my last Dodge, never again.
We love the room, the folding rear seats, and the stow-n-go. Never having to remove a seat is wonderful. We have the rear DVD system which my kids love on trips as well as the quad seating. This is a very comfortable vehicle to drive on trips also. The van drives well and has good power. I also like this design much better than the new square design.
Here are the things we have had problems with. We have had several electrical issues with the power windows and locks. Knocking and banging sounds in the front end fixed twice and doing it again. Leaking water pump replaced, leaking steering rack, replaced. Various A/C leaks early on. Then at 68,xxx the A/C compressor locked up sending metal fragments through out the A/C system. Transmission is now downshifting hard from 4th to 3rd. And now the engine has started using oil. It uses about a quart every 1500 miles. From what I am reading it will only get worse. Dodge says it is considered acceptable to use up to a quart every 1000 miles.
Dodge may replace engine but we may trade it anyway.