1998 Dodge Grand Caravan Consumer Review: Belt problems

1998 Dodge Grand Caravan - Consumer Review

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Belt problems
By hahaharry on


1998 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 4dr Minivan


5 year owner with 81,000 miles.
You're lucky to get 30k on the brakes.
I've had 4 serpentine and 3 ac belts
replaced along with 3 belt tensioners
($220 job). Belt problems every 12
months. The battery goes about a year
and a half. I worried about the amount
of tranny problems others have had so I
made sure I got the dealer to service
it ($80)at every 30k and it seems
fine. It has started to consume about
a qt of oil every 4000 miles. The paint
was wearing off in locations that the
sliding door rubber stopper would hit
when opened. Rust on the sliding door
track from the door bearing. The
headlight lens has a cloudy film on the

Best Features

I liked the room of the Grand model and the seats were comfortable. It drove and rode like a car. Dayton Andrews dealership had great service.

Worst Features

Make it more reliable. Make bench seats lighter. Design the engine compartment better so the spark plugs are easy to replace. Make the bearing on the sliding door from a non rusting component. Higher quality paint, one that does not chip. Better door gaskets.
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