It worked for us; the tranny was rebuilt at 60,000 miles and it now has 125,000 miles. The tranny leaked always and you had to watch it, my brothers does the same thing. I don't think Dodge has fixed the problem yet. However it always started and always got us were we wanted to go. The AWD is awesome for snow. Knowing what I know now, I would still buy another Dodge Caravan but I probally won't. For the money I think the Chevy Astro is a better buy.
I bought this car for $2000 when it
was 11 years old. I needed a vehicle
to transport 7 people and this caught
my eye at a local dealer. I should
have done an extensive check on this
one first. Within 6 months I put $400
seals and the still needed to replace
the radiator,thermostat,tires and the
peeling off in chunks. I have had it
just stop running for no reason at
least twice. The A/C quit on the day I
bought it. The fan stopped running
after replacing radiator. I've had the
reserve on radiator actually boil. The
only thing that has saved me is the
warning alarm that van is overheating.
Bought in '93 w/42,500 miles; now
187,600 miles (3/25/04). Goes through
front brake pads/rotors quite
frequently; usual trans. failure at
132,000 mi. and again at 148,500 mi.
(this time covered under warranty).
Both drive axles replaced at 152,000
and again at 166,000; right hub
assembly replaced at 176,000. Other
items that failed were the water pump,
fuel pump and A/C unit. The 3.3L motor
has been outstanding; doesn't burn oil;
doesn't leak oil. Engine runs like it
did the day we bought the van. We
think we have gotten our money's worth
from it in service and relative comfort.
3.3L Engine -- excellent motor
Transmission (Almost everyone complains
about this...is Chrysler hearing this?!)
Stowaway seats now have arrived,
finally, and the driver slider was
certainly needed. Other suggestions is
better sound/vibration insulation.
I bought the car when it was a year old
with 43000 miles. The vehicle has been
excellent for getting the kids (who are
now grown) to and from all of their
events and for hauling. When they when
to college this car could not be beat
for room. It has also been great for
getting lumber. You can get a sheet of
plywood in the vehicle lay it down flat
and still close the doors. We now have
200000 miles and it is showing its
age. We replaced the transmission at
134000 miles and the oil pressure is
beginning to be poor. I would like to
keep it for two more years because it
is great for hauling.
Great people mover and hauling stuff.
It would be nice if the back of the
middle seat folded down like the rear
seat, so you would not have to remove
the seat as often.