Still good at 2 years 4 months and 33.5k miles
By oregonfamily on
Vehicle2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew 4dr Minivan (3.6L 6cyl 6A)
ReviewSince our review a year ago, it's mostly been great. The one issue was a second "clockspring" wiring harness in the steering column going bad early in the second year, right after the first had been replaced. Pretty sure that was because the dealer didn't install it right. At any rate, it was replaced and has been fine for over a year. Nothing else has gone wrong. All in all a very well thought out van. Our car history has been that around or before ten years of ownership some dipstick rear ends us at stop sign/light and the car is totaled. This is probably our last van and we're hoping after the kids have left to make it a kayak hauler/camping van and drive till it won't go anymore.
Best FeaturesStill great to drive for a van, and the Crew package still seems to have been a good balance of features and value. Been great for long vacation trips (we've done three 1.5k and one 3k mile trips), with mileage averaging about 23-23.5 per gallon. 17-19 miles/gallon local. It's also been a great soccer/swim-parent van. Have installed a trailer hitch but it hasn't seen much use. I've had a couple of flat tires owing to road debris, so had occasion to find the tools (and instructions!) handy for that. The Stow and Go seating and the 4x8 foot cargo area that results have been more frequently useful than expected.
Worst FeaturesI still wish the exterior styling wasn't so utilitarian, but that's a minor point. And though this is our second good experience with a Dodge GC, we probably don't have quite the peace of mind that Honda and Toyota owners have - but then we paid quite a bit less then they did, too. Dodge dealer maintenance charges can be high - we have another mechanic we use.
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