Owned from 90000km, 240000km now. Known intake gasket problem gives its signs only now, when it is 18 years old. The reanimation required at 150000km- I replaced front bearings, ball joints (twice), rad, heater, water pump, struts, headliner, shorted horn, a week ago I welded broken driver seat. And I spray it non-stop. It took 2 years to get used to sideway rocking after 89 Caravan Sport. Motor started humming at 2000 RPM when started cold. I wait when it dies but unfortunately it does not die. There are fuel lines behind the muffler shield. they are impossible to reach / spray. I managed to replace rear passenger side spark plug without taking engine out!
10.5 L/100 km hwy, 12.5L/ km city but the odometer shows 10% more than road signs. Also Air Conditioner never broke. Aftermarket bearings last 80000km. Playwood 4x8 may be transported inside with some tricks. Spare parts are cheaper than Craisler's but many become discontinued.
Wiper motor relay burns if wipers are frozen. Steering attached half to body (through wheels), half to a motor frame that floats on rubber bushings relatively body, that is why it can not go straight on bumps or during a sidewind. Engine Harness is not secured well before #1 injector.
I bought this van used mainly to haul
stuff while remodeling the house. The
price was right because they
depreciate so quickly. [Bought an
Odyssey for wife & kids.] I've know
at least 5 people with the same van,
and these are what we all say:
Fuel guage is worthless-has left all
of us stranded-out of gas. Rear hatch
lever is hard to turn with it's small
wing-nut design. Computer has failed
all 5 leaving each stranded on
highway. Only does about 15mpg.
Trip meter is off by 40%. Spare tire
frame so rusted, had to break it to
get it off for highway flat. Water
pump, A/C compressor, radiator,
computer - all failed at around 90,000
Plastic panels hide underside rust
well. This van at least stays looking
nice, even if it's constantly breaking
down. Seats easy to remove.
Totally slid of the road one time due
to black ice, spun around 360deg,
ended up plowing into the median;
drove van away without damage.
GM needs to study others' successful
vans! Constantly changing designs and
renaming cars because of poor
reliablilty. Look at how many GM
names "disappeared" because they
earned a bad taste, while Honda/Toyota
reuses names year after year.
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