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By JEM
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1997 Dodge Grand Caravan ES 4dr Minivan


Review

This has been one great van. It's
starting to get up in age now but every
time I look at replacing it I change my
mind. I've driven the new vans from
Nissan, Toyota and Honda, and they
still don't come close to the ride,
handling, and confort of my G.C. I
Love my G.C.


Best Features

Trip Computer Power Sound system Duel Air Conditioner


Worst Features

The only thing I would change is having the rear sets fold flat but that's minor.


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mine
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By bry521125
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1997 Dodge Grand Caravan LE 4dr Minivan


Review

new tranny @50k much too soon! Rides
very nice on highway and in city.
Plenty of room for our family and for
weekend trips.


Best Features

infinity radio system


Worst Features

have transmission last longer thank 50k


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90k and out for me, thanks.
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By hokietxn
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1997 Dodge Grand Caravan ES 4dr Minivan


Review

Bought new 1997 Grand Caravan SE with
5-year, 100k service. Great ride,
good mileage, modest power, seats easy
to remove/install, huge cargo
capacity. Changed oil every 3k and
followed service schedule at dealers
for the first five years. Headaches
(all after warranty): A/C compressor
and dryer died, front rotors replaced,
still act "warped". (Dealer) Battery
recently shorted and damaged the
starter. Phantom wipers, console
rattle, "heavy" sliding door.
Planning to sell before I loose my
first transmission.


Best Features

Driver-side sliding door, cargo capacity, good ride.


Worst Features

Mechanical and build quality. Brigts are a joke. I'm afraid of loosing the transmission like so many others. I think my problems are just beginning.


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Whats wrong with american cars?
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By Warren
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1997 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3dr Minivan AWD


Review

This car has major reliability
problems, I have replaced the battery,
the altenator, the water pump, the
device that raises and lowers the
driverside window, a starter, and now
I need to fix head and valve gaskets,
a 600.00 repair. we bought the
vehicle new and I haven't driven it
for more then 6 months without having
to do some sort of repair. A 7 year
old vehicle with 65,000 miles on it
shouldn't be costing me an average of
1,000 a year to maintain. American
car companies better wake up or
companies like honda, toyota, and new
arrivals like kia, and hyundai are
going to put them out of business.


Best Features

Excellent for carrying people and things around. Enormous amounts of room inside. ie, me, my wife, and 3 kids drove from our home in CT to Outer Banks in NC with a weeks worth of vacation supplies easily and comfortably


Worst Features

MAJOR reliability and quality problems...probably a little underpowered for so big a vehicle.


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By spidey
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1997 Dodge Grand Caravan ES 4dr Minivan AWD


Review

We have had nothing but problems with
this van. On the drive home, the van
would lose power and then a second
later start going again. We didn't
think anything of it until smoke
poured out of the hood when the a/c
compressor locked up. We have 3 brake
jobs on the van, air compressor,
serpentine belt, tune-up, fuel filter,
rear drive shaft, tie-rods, sway bar
bushings, sway bar, front struts...is
that all....and at the moment the van
is in the garage having a bearing
replaced somewhere in the drive train.
The mechanic also said the boots on
the rear drive shaft are torn already!
This vehicle has sucked us dry to the
tune of $5k.


Best Features

comfortable ride, AWD


Worst Features

Reliability and quality,


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