We purchased our Grand Caravan new in 2004. It functions the way we hoped it would, towing a small camper, long road trips and day to day. It has been in the shop for 5 sets of tie rod ends and 5 sets of sway bar links. through in the occassional failed water pump, heater, AC, power locks and windows, and having the motor replaced in both sliding doors. Chrysller arbitration and our local dealer have been little help. We are giving up on Dodge.
fold and stow seats, powerful engine, very comfortable ride.
Front end build quality, or Chrysller's willingness to support their product.
If you are looking for a minivan or SUV around the same price as a used Grand Caravan, I'd look elsewhere unless you need the Stow n Go, which is a good feature. The only problems I've had with it is that the seats are heavy & you have to move up the front seats to fold the 2nd row. The van is comfortable inside and has plenty of cup holders and room. The ride is sub par, but its easy to drive and handles well for a van of its size. The 3rd row flips into a tailgate which is a cool feature. There are also individual map lights for each seat. But the speakers in the 3rd row are huge and anyone sitting back there will surely go deaf.
Easy to drive, nice-looking and roomy interior, Stow n Go & tailgate seats are a plus, great alternative to a panel or cargo van
3rd row speakers are too large, mushy ride, cheap interior plastics that scratch easily, front passengers seat isn't power, hard to shake the soccer mom stigma
2005 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 4dr Ext Minivan (3.3L 6cyl 4A)
There's a reason why GM and Chrysler are in economic trouble. My 2005 Grand Caravan sums it up. 1. Tie rods failed at 31000 miles, not covered by warranty, $350 cost. 2. Tie rods failed again at 68000 miles, $350 cost. 3. At 55000 miles fluid started leaking into rack and pinion boots. Caused engine (transmission?) to sound aweful. Replaced rack and pinion parts. $950 cost. 4. At 43,000 heating coil fried and had to be replaced. $250 cost. 5. Car has been recalled/inspected/fixed 4 or 5 times. 6. Dealer has 15K, 30K, 45K, and 60K mileage service plans, priced at 225, 400, 550, 700. Who pays that kind of money for routine service? A Joke compared to my past Toyota or Honda!
Sto and Go Seating.
Where do they start? So many issues. Reduce service costs on routine maintanance. Redesign tie rods, electrical system, rack and pinion, and all the other known failures that crop up in 75% of their cars.