1993 Dodge Caravan Review, Alex51324
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Dodge Carvan/Plymouth Voyager
| ||Model of the car:||Dodge Carvan/Plymouth Voyager|
| ||General comments:||I bought this car used for a low price, and was happy with it for almost two years, during which I drove it back and forth between Harrisburg and Chicago at least eight times and shamefully neglected regular maintenence. Now the transmission has gone out, and I'm looking to buy another one. Here is what people considering this car need to know: the 3.0 engine is not worth having. Pass by anything that doesn't have the 3.3 liter engine. Second, many of the available transmissions on these vans are lousy. However, the 3-speed non-overdrive transmission, available with the 3.3 engine after 1995, is supposed to be fairly good. If you want one of these vans (either a Caravan or a Voyager, they're the same), shop around until you find a 3-speed with the 3.3 liter engine. There are lots of these vehicles on the used market, and usually no price differential between the good engines and transmissions and the bad ones, so if you are patient and careful, you can get one of the good ones without paying extra.|
The van drives well and gets reasonable mileage. Most versions have lots of power extras. The Grand Caravan and Voyager offer substantially more leg room in the back, and, again, many dealers don't differentiate much in price between the smaller and larger versions. *Very* easy to parallel park. If you don't usually transport more than 5 people, consider taking out one of the second row seats to make it easy to move around the cabin (one of my seats has been in my basement since I bought the car). Seats are said to be a little heavy and hard to remove, but I am a 110-pound woman and got one out and down to the basement without much difficulty.
If you travel with dogs, you can fit two lab-sized crates in the "Grand" by removing either the middle or rear row of seating, and still have room to get the dogs *in* the crates. If you have three dogs, you'll have to take out all of the back seats (or belt one in the front passenger seat).