2008 Dodge Grand Caravan Consumer Review: Stay Away-MoneyPit/Death Trap

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Stay Away-MoneyPit/Death Trap
By jayblack1 on


2008 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT 4dr Ext Minivan (3.8L 6cyl 6A)


Total junk, worst think I ever bought.
Breaks last 10-15k.Power lift gate and passenger sliding door failed due to rotten plastic (64k&70k).Clock spring & tilt sensors went out causing stability and traction control system malfunction, computer activated brakes stopping van in middle of traffic (no break input from driver).Exploded coolant line @ 82k due to rotten plastic in Y junction, another one leaking on airbag wiring (101k) causing airbag MIL to come on. Broken brake spacer @101,5k cause pad to fall out and wedge between rotor and brake assembly locking up rear driver wheel. This POS has left my wife and 4kids stranded on side of road 5 times in less than 2 years! Run Away! Deathtrap!

Best Features

The horn is loud. I like the audio controls on the stearing wheel.

Worst Features

If you have to use plastic then use a type that can tolerate high temperature and pressure so the coolant line junctions don’t explode! Don’t use brittle or soft plastics in high stress locations. You have a sensor that will tell you when your windshield washer fluid is low but not when the coolant is low (indicating a leak). Put in a low coolant sensor. Fix the piston ring gap so it won’t burn oil. Dealership says burning 3 quarts in 2k miles is normal?! Not to me! Fix the brakes so they last longer, dealership said softer material was used for pads due to noise complaints. I don’t want to change brakes every 8-10 months. Recall for bad coolant system (and other plastic) parts!
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