Though it offers useful features like in-floor storage and a full set of fold-flat rear seats, the 2007 Dodge Grand Caravan generally lags behind the competition. Unless price is your only determinant, one of its import-brand rivals will suit you better.
by gail39 on Apr 7, 2014 Vehicle: 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan
We've purchased this van brand new in 2006. It has over 117,000 miles in it! Other than the interior cosmetic issues such as flimsy cup holders and shortage on the automatic windows and lights in the front- in terms of its reliability, it's great as it has never left us stranded anywhere we've been! My kids grew up riding in it and we have all loved it! No transmission or engine issues so far! We're hoping to another 100,000 miles in it!
by bellguy on Dec 15, 2013 Vehicle: 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan
Bought this van new in 2005, has
been a great hauler for grandkids and big stuff.
In 80000 miles, it went thru 3 sets of front brakes and 2 sets of rear brakes, the original tires lasted 28000 miles. Cooer GS4 have lasted 52000 mi. in the last year the sliding doors have decided to rust on the bottom and the rear fender wells have also started. The 3.8 motor has used a quart of oil every 1500 miles since 47000 mi. replaced the turn signal switch 2 times. Final thing the driver side spring broke the other day, never had a car do that. very dangerous. with the rust not sure it's worth repairing. Worst of 4 vans.
by dodgevanowner on Sep 7, 2013 Vehicle: 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan
Nothing but non-stop issues design flaws, poor quality and mfg'd parts, and multitude of issues.
Interesting, when you talk to all the auto shops - which plz take the time to do, they tell you they see this EVERY day with Dodges.
After 55k miles, transmission completely went out - which was a $3k repair, dealership would have been $5k.
With less than 85k miles still - have already replaced the front left CV joint, replaced alternator, front passenger window regulator, passenger sliding door lock actuator, rear hatch lift gate assembly motor/arm and also shocks, oil pan seal, and more.
Bottom line, Dodge vans are total POS and will never buy one again.
by dodgesucks3 on Feb 4, 2013 Vehicle: 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan
Bought used with 36,000 miles. It now has 44,000 . Both auto doors went out about a week apart. Lift gate will not stay open. Power driver seat stopped working. Breaks are way under sized for the weight of the vehicle and need to be replaced. I get a slight shutter and wine when turning. It was hard to start in the cold weather. I do like the stow n go seats but they are a but of a chore to stow them. The value for it has dropped so much that I cant even trade it in. No one wants it including me!
by oh_mom on Jul 7, 2012 Vehicle: 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan
Bought used in 2009 and started to rust badly around the wheel wells about a year later. It was still under warranty, so they repaired it, but it came back in the same place. They repaired it again and it came back yet again in the exact spot they "repaired." It is now out of warranty and the dealership won't return our calls. We contacted Chrysler and for the past 2 weeks, they have been "looking into it."
The only other issue we have is that driver side passenger door sticks/jams upon opening. Overall, it seems to be mechanically solid. However, the rust issue is serious enough that we are looking at getting rid of it. And we will NEVER purchase a Chrysler product again.
by rs2025 on Jun 29, 2012 Vehicle: 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan
I just traded in my van with 88K miles for a 2012 Honda CRV.
This was my 3rd Dodge van and Dodge should be embarrassed by the quality.
I will no longer purchase a Chrysler product.
Head gasket, Water pump, Steering rack (I was told I now need anther one) Valve covers needed new seals, Tie rods on both sides, Power side doors - one does not work and the other needs replacement motor, Air Conditioning - Dodge paid for part of the repair because issue was the design with mis-matched metals that causes leaks, Van is rusting and dealer repaired under warranty but not all rust issues, ignition harness, starter - I have no more space but more issues!!
It's difficult to imagine life before Dodge introduced the modern minivan in 1984, when parents no longer had to haul the kids around in mile-long station wagons and could purchase a vehicle with relatively compact dimensions that could seat seven. A lot has changed since then, but the Dodge Grand Caravan continues to be one of the most well-known choices for a minivan.
The Grand Caravan is essentially a long-wheelbase version of the Dodge Caravan, but with upgraded amenities and more desirable features and options. This year, it doesn't receive any significant changes or upgrades but remains popular with customers who need a seven-passenger vehicle but can't afford or don't want a pricier alternative. Dodge keeps things simple, offering only two trim levels.
In recent years, the competition has gotten stronger, with new versions of the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna along with the impressive Kia Sedona. All offer an impressive list of standard features, and the Sedona easily matches the Dodge on price. In simple terms, the 2007 Dodge Grand Caravan is no longer a top choice in this segment considering its mediocre driving dynamics and dated design. We do like its "Stow 'n Go" seating system, but overall we think one will be better served by one of the other choices in this segment.
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Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options
The 2007 Dodge Grand Caravan minivan is primarily available in a SE or SXT trim level. (There's also a cargo van version, the CV, that offers options for configuring a Caravan as a work vehicle.) The base SE comes standard with air-conditioning, cruise control and a CD player. The more desirable SXT adds three-zone manual temperature control, a power driver seat, powered accessories, keyless entry, a roof rack and foglamps. The SXT also includes the Grand Caravan's signature Stow 'n Go seating and storage system that features second- and third-row seats that fold into the floor. Many of these features are optional on the SE. Popular optional features include a rear-seat DVD-based entertainment system, a power liftgate, leather seating, upgraded audio systems and Bluetooth connectivity.
Powertrains and Performance
The Grand Caravan has two V6 engine options. The SE comes with a 3.3-liter good for 170 horsepower and 200 pound-feet of torque. The SXT has a 3.8-liter version that produces 200 hp and 235 lb-ft of torque. Both are mated to a four-speed automatic transmission.
A driver knee airbag and antilock brakes are standard on the 2007 Dodge Grand Caravan. Full-length side curtain airbags are optional, as are power-adjustable pedals. The Grand Caravan does offer low-speed traction control as an option on the SXT model, but disappoints with few other standard safety features. Note that the center position of the third row in every Town & Country is equipped with a lap belt only. In crash tests, it earned a full five stars in NHTSA frontal- and side-impact crash tests. Frontal-offset IIHS crash testing produced an overall "Acceptable" rating (the second highest on a scale of four). When equipped with side curtain airbags, the Dodge Grand Caravan also rated "Acceptable" in IIHS side-impact testing.
Interior Design and Special Features
The Grand Caravan can seat up to seven people. Being an older design, the vehicle's cabin has a decidedly dated feel with dull plastics, fussy controls and an undersized navigation system screen. The star of the show is definitely the Stow 'n Go fold-flat seating and storage system, which provides a perfectly flat load floor when the seats are stowed, along with numerous storage compartments. There are 32 cubic feet of cargo capacity with the third-row seats in use, and a maximum of 144 cubes with the second- and third-row seats folded into the floor.
Compared to the newer minivans, the 2007 Dodge Grand Caravan falls short in acceleration, handling and braking. Neither of the V6s offers the kind of passing power or smoothness now expected in this class, and the four-speed automatic transmission doesn't help matters, as it hunts between gears on highway grades. Ride quality is on the soft side, but often feels too bouncy over bumps and ruts, especially when the vehicle is carrying a full load of passengers. The steering is fairly responsive, at least, but there's considerable body roll around corners.
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