2008 Dodge Grand Caravan Long Term Road Test


2008 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT: A New High in Low Quality

June 03, 2008

The interior quality of our long term 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan is so disappointing, it's difficultfor me to put itinto words. But I'm going to give it a shot.

This van feels like it was designed and assembled by apes. Apes that were pounded mercilesly by bean counters to get more cost out of the poor resulting van's interior...

Apes that have never been in a Honda Odyssey. Apes that have no respect for their customers. Apes that have no problem sleeping at night after selling people a plasticy, poorly put together crapmobile for the ridiculous sum of $40,200.

If I spent that much of my hard earned dollars on this van, the first thing I would do is drive it head long into a bridge abutment. Sure, I'd probably be dead. But at least I wouldn't have to drive it anymore. Or pay for it. And remember, I haven't once complained about the Caravan's nonexistent brakes, or its apparently missing rear suspension, or its 4.0-liter V6 which feels and sounds like it's full of rocks. No, I'm only talking about its interior, which is seemingly without a soft surface, a properly aligned panel or a single switchgear that delivers a pleasing tactile sensation. Hey, what do you want for $40K? Quality?

Instead the Grand Caravan feels like Dodge just doesn't care. Like the company has given up. Take the Caravan's shifter for instance. You must use it every time you drive the car, so it should feel good right?Common sense. But the Caravan's shifter doesn't feel good. It feels like one of my five year old's art projects. Itcrashes into Drive with such a junky clatter you'd swear Dodge forgot to install some bushing or some little piece of something that's supposed to make it not feel that lame. But Dodge didn't forget. Instead the company left it out to save money.

Even the little + sign on the shifter has already jettisoned itself. It seems our Detroit Editor Dan Pundwiped it off with the tip of his index fingerby accident when he was doing a bit of cookie crumb removal. Pathetic. Guess somebody at Dodge realized the permanent ink would have cost extra.

Scott Oldham, Inside Line Editor in Chief @ 5,112 miles

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