1998 Dodge Caravan Consumer Review: Bad Transmission & 3.0L Timing

1998 Dodge Caravan Minivan - Consumer Review

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Bad Transmission & 3.0L Timing Belt
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1998 Dodge Caravan SE 4dr Minivan


Trade-in or sell your Caravan before 100K miles. Reason - the transmission will go out and cost you $2K to replace. If you are unfortunate to have the 3.0L engine ... change your timing belt every 60K miles otherwise this "interference engine" is going to self-destruct one day on you after the timing belt breaks! (Seems the pistons keep moving and slam into the valves,walls,whatever they can hit ... when the timing belt breaks) I really like the Caravan, but if there is a next one; it is going to be traded-in or sold before 90K miles. 3.0L engine owners ... it is a ticking time bomb under your hood. Don't believe me ... ask a decent mechanic about the 3.0L interference engine!

Best Features

Headroom makes long trips more enjoyable. Drives like a car. Love the 5 doors. Cup holders galore

Worst Features

Wished Dodge could get another source for their transmissions - this bad trans reputation has been around for years and wish they were as adamant on sending notices on changing the timing belt as they were about ordinary services and offering their new models in their mailouts.
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