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bad car
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By nomoreamericancars
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1996 Dodge Grand Caravan ES 3dr Minivan


Review

Anything that can go wrong went wrong
with this car. VERY POOR reliability.


Best Features

Good visibility


Worst Features

Don't build bad car like this.


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By bobpaul
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1996 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3dr Minivan


Review

This has been a great vehicle for our
family. We have 4 captain chairs and a
back bench seat, with rear heat/air. We
have taken some great family trips in
this vehicle.
Also, I like driving sitting up in the
captain chairs.


Best Features

4 door access to 4 captain chairs. Great cup holders.


Worst Features

Noise level could be lower.


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Grand Caravan: Latin for Money Pit
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By dotweasl
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1996 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3dr Minivan


Review

I thought I was the only person who
called it a money pit. I bought it from
my SISTER who had maintained the car
flawlessly for 6 years. After 2 weeks
the AC went out. 4 weeks later it
wouldn't go into reverse. A week later
it wouldn't shift out of gear at 30mph.
Then the AC went out again and now it's
not shifting gears. RUN AWAY! RUN FAST!
DON'T LOOK BACK! Did I mention the
strangulation sound it makes when the
automatic door locks engage? Explain
that when you're driving a client to
lunch. That's easy: IT'S A MONEY PIT!
RUN FAST! My transmission guy said if
it weren't for the Caravans, he
wouldn't have any business. RUN AWAY!


Best Features

The driver's side back door is a dream. I can't imagine not having this door with an infant car seat.


Worst Features

Make a transmission that will last 100,000 miles. Or how about an A/C that will blow cool air without replacing the compressor every other year. Or maybe labeling it a 5 year throw away car so you know it will be junked and not suitable for resale.


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Understand what you are buying.
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By MarkB
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1996 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3dr Minivan


Review

Great vehicle for moving the family
round, spacious & comfortable. Pity
about the reliability. I bought it with
60K on the speedo and now its at 104K.
I have had a blown head gasket, the A/C
fail, starter & water pump replaced.
This excludes recalls on the radiator
fan relay, fuel tank seals etc. I was
fortunate to have a warranty which
covered most of the above. If you want
something you can rely on, look else
where.


Best Features

Roominess & comfort of interior


Worst Features

Better reliabity coupled with the styling of the later model


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Ken's critique, Dodge mini-van
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By ken jennings
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1996 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3dr Minivan


Review

Purchased from local dealer with 50k.
At this writing (8/11/03) now has 116k
Have been happy overall. Some of the
reliability issues other raters
mentioned have also plagued me on
occasion. Luckily, I'm a shade tree
mechanic and not scared to tackle the
unknown without prints or a tech manual.
Have replaced starter, several rotors,
brake booster (what a pain!), idler
pulley (snapped off while driving),
Front and rear AC expansion
valve/dryer.Also have intermittent
wiper gremlin where pulse wipe quits.
Even with all this, my wife loves it
and I'd probably get another one if I
weren't tiring of the design.


Best Features

Seats for comfort and convenience. Carpet for cleanability. Factory privacy glass really works well. Quiet, smooth engine/tranny. (3.3L) Paint quality. Fit/finish for mid-level vehicle is good.


Worst Features

Electrical systems seem problematic. 1. gremlin in pulse wipers 2. occasionally the van just dies, no warning or idiot lights ... just quits.


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