This is my 3rd Chrysler minivan, dating back from 1994; 1st lasted 10yrs, 180K, 2nd one totaled in accident after 6 years - both of those vehicles had 'usual' Chrysler issues, transmission, radiator. My '08 that I bought used from dealer 3 years ago, 30k miles - has been an absolute nightmare! I bought the extended warranty cuz of all the bells&whistles that came w/ this van; plus have a $150 deductible. This van has died on me at least 13 x's, stalled while driving @ 8x's, electrical panel gone awry, hatchdoor broke, slider broke, slider window broke, starter replaced 3x's, rear camera broke! If I did my research prior I would of NEVER EVER purchased van. I'm 15k til end of warranty & I cry
I purchased this van used in 2010.
I didn't know at the time, it was a previous Enterprise Rental.
I got a good deal on it and has been mostly reliable. The van still has the original battery in it! It currently has 79,000 miles on it. THE BAD - My van needs front brakes every 8-10k miles. I only replaced rears once so far.
Other than the A/C, Radiator Cap, and Sliding Door recall, I've had no major problems.
The right front caliper did freeze up on me once. Since the last time I did brakes, the right front has been making a screeching sound while driving.
I hope it is not wheel bearings.
The seats could be more comfortable.
The newer vans have nicer interiors since Fiat took over.
Roominess, Stow-n-go, Power Sliding door, Safety Features.
They have already made progress with the interior and the new 3.6l engine.
They need to make the van lighter and put better brakes / rotors on them.
Total junk, worst think I ever bought.
Breaks last 10-15k.Power lift gate and passenger sliding door failed due to rotten plastic (64k&70k).Clock spring & tilt sensors went out causing stability and traction control system malfunction, computer activated brakes stopping van in middle of traffic (no break input from driver).Exploded coolant line @ 82k due to rotten plastic in Y junction, another one leaking on airbag wiring (101k) causing airbag MIL to come on. Broken brake spacer @101,5k cause pad to fall out and wedge between rotor and brake assembly locking up rear driver wheel. This POS has left my wife and 4kids stranded on side of road 5 times in less than 2 years! Run Away! Deathtrap!
The horn is loud.
I like the audio controls on the stearing wheel.
If you have to use plastic then use a type that can tolerate high temperature and pressure so the coolant line junctions donít explode!
Donít use brittle or soft plastics in high stress locations. You have a sensor that will tell you when your windshield washer fluid is low but not when the coolant is low (indicating a leak). Put in a low coolant sensor. Fix the piston ring gap so it wonít burn oil. Dealership says burning 3 quarts in 2k miles is normal?! Not to me! Fix the brakes so they last longer, dealership said softer material was used for pads due to noise complaints. I donít want to change brakes every 8-10 months. Recall for bad coolant system (and other plastic) parts!
I just posted a while back how much I loved my 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan. My Grand Caravan had 86000 trouble free miles on it until January 24 2013. I was traveling to fast for snowy conditions slid off the road took out a HUGE hemlock tree did 4 360's and tumbled down an embankment. The right side of the van was gone, the glass blew out of it, the dashboard collapsed, and the roof buckled but I was able to unbuckle my seatbelt and walk away from the crash uninjured. I really miss my van!
My van has 83000 miles on it and drives like new. I've had NONE of the problems stated by other owners. My 3.8 pulls strong and still gets 25 MPG. I'm only 18 and yes I get made fun of for driving a minivan but it just keeps going and refuses to let me down (I've been hard on it.) My van has taken me places where it was never designed to go.
The only problem I ever had with it was caused by water in the gas. It has never failed to start even on the coldest mornings. My friends all make fun of me for having a van but I'm the only one who hasn't been stranded by a vehicle. I will keep my Grand Caravan until it's almost paid off and I will upgrade to a new one. Chrysler got it right with this!
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