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Yes, I read the other reviews, but this van won't die!
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By paulsnj
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2005 Dodge Grand Caravan Minivan SXT 4dr Ext Minivan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)


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I bought this van certified used in Jan of 2008 with 47,000 miles on the clock after my lovely 2002 Chrysler Town and Country Limited was wrecked parked in front of my house.
So I gained Stow N' Go and Sirius radio in the dash but lost my leather seats and pimped out factory chrome spoke wheels.
That being said, the trans had to be rebuilt and/or worked on three times the first two years, all under certified warranty and all I had to pay was one $100 copay.
Since then, no issues at all except for a left power sliding door that works off and on, and a front end that badly needs a complete rebuild.
I am on the original timing belt, shocks, and struts and just turned 175,000 miles.


Best Features

Comfortable power seat, in-dash Sirius, Stow N' Go, and the old school 3.8 V6 is a great motor, hope the new 3.6 V6 now offered has the same longevity!


Worst Features

My wife has a 2009 GC with the same motor but with a six speed tranny. That pushes mileage on the highway up significantly, so that is the only aspect I can think of.


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Dime a dozen (used), worth every penny.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By kkenmore63
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2005 Dodge Grand Caravan Minivan SXT 4dr Ext Minivan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)


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More room than any truck/suv, with handling and mileage of a sedan.

What I like:
Stow n go, lots of storage, roomy comfortable, decent on gas (27mpg hwy, 18.5 combined).
Well thought out interior.
Chrysler seems to have addressed a lot of the previous gen's chronic mechanical issues (transmissions, sway bar bushings, etc), though it seems to have been at the expense of attention to detail.

What I don't like:
Cheap feel compared to my old '97, though better than the 2010 I used on loan.
The pass. side power door stopped working (broken wire, easy fix, see youtube).
The key fob stopped working.
The airbag light is on for some reason, and OMG the rust is an up hill battle.


Best Features

Stow n go, gas mileage, bullet proof powertrain.


Worst Features

Pay more attention to details, RUSTPROOFING.


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my grand caravan
2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By lopez2
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2005 Dodge Grand Caravan Minivan SXT 4dr Ext Minivan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)


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we bought my wife 2005 grand caravan during a bad financial situation and pay cash for it, had 123000 miles back then and now 189000,
no problem at all, just gas and oil change.
sheap design but great on traveling, lots of room for storage.
people we had a saturn relay fully loaded and 0 mile when we bought it, that is the worst car we ever had. let the bank have it after warranty expire at 48000 miles and the heck with the credit score, that's how desperate i was. i'll buy another grand caravan for the right price again.


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Great Design, Very Poor Quality, This is my last Dodge!
12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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By ita47
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2005 Dodge Grand Caravan Minivan SXT 4dr Ext Minivan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)


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This has been a love hate relationship. My wife and I love the design and layout of this van. We have the SXT 3.8L with every option except leather. Unfortunately ours has been plagued with problems. We purchased the van as a certified used with only 22,000 miles on it.
If I had known everything I know now about these vans I would have kept looking. After reading other reports and through my own experience with this vehicle the 2005 seems to be one of the worst. Avoid this year if possible. This is my last Dodge, never again.


Best Features

We love the room, the folding rear seats, and the stow-n-go. Never having to remove a seat is wonderful. We have the rear DVD system which my kids love on trips as well as the quad seating. This is a very comfortable vehicle to drive on trips also. The van drives well and has good power. I also like this design much better than the new square design.


Worst Features

Here are the things we have had problems with. We have had several electrical issues with the power windows and locks. Knocking and banging sounds in the front end fixed twice and doing it again. Leaking water pump replaced, leaking steering rack, replaced. Various A/C leaks early on. Then at 68,xxx the A/C compressor locked up sending metal fragments through out the A/C system. Transmission is now downshifting hard from 4th to 3rd. And now the engine has started using oil. It uses about a quart every 1500 miles. From what I am reading it will only get worse. Dodge says it is considered acceptable to use up to a quart every 1000 miles. Dodge may replace engine but we may trade it anyway.


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Unreliable piece of Junk
5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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By Unreliable - runaway
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2005 Dodge Grand Caravan Minivan SXT 4dr Ext Minivan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)


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Bought this Grand Caravan SXT with 19K and 11 months old. Paid extra for extended warranty, got my money's worth after replacing the Door motors SEVEN TIMES! Now post warranty, driver's side only opens auto (no manual door motor clutch stuck), passenger side is only manual, door motor shot. Radiator rusted at 80K, now just dies with no notice, no error code while on HWY at 50+ miles an hour. Hey Chrysler, try a curve at 55 with no power steering %^&*! Dealers and my mechanic can't find anything, no error codes. AC controls on dash, lights flicker on/off, poor solder in unit, had to replace. NOT SAFE, get a HONDA 2011 Odyssey like I did. Still have this Caravan for I can't sell it, unsafe!


Best Features

Room, purchased for kids & dogs, won't entrust my family's lives in this.


Worst Features

Go out of business! The Gov't should never have bailed you out, the market had spoken, your quality is poor. You just cut and cut to the point of endangering the lives of your customers. Since the Govt owns you, they should use your products for target practice until the inventory is gone!


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