Brakes, Oil, and front end
By Steve-O on
Vehicle2005 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT 4dr Ext Minivan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)
ReviewThis car has been useful to us. The stow and go appeal is practical for our family of five. It's utility cannot be denied. I have replaced the front rotors at 30k, and at 50k, and we now have to watch the oil level as it will creep to the minimum "add a quart" line on the dipstick just prior to reaching 3k on the oil & filter change. Tie Rods and steering assembly failures are not uncommon amongst our circle of friends who own them. So, good design, some cheap parts in the front assembly and brake rotors make these problems prolific in this model. If you know that and understand it going in, you'll be fine.
Best FeaturesStow and go seating. That little green led map light. Enough airbags to fill the cabin in the event of a crash.
Worst FeaturesFront end needs beefing up as the oem components are sub-par or minimal at best. While oil consumption at 50k could be considered normal in a 1965 Chrysler product, these motors should be tight until 100k with regular changes. Do better.
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