1995 Dodge Caravan Review, Tom Trader, From Longmont CO
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Dodge Grand Caravan ES
| ||Model of the car:||Dodge Grand Caravan ES|
| ||General comments:||I purchased the vehicle brand new from the dealer. It has about 53,000 miles on it now. Here is what has happened since:- Three days after purchase, the engine had to be overhauled. No cost to me except it took over a week to repair. Cause was a "bad crankshaft" (I think I was getting the shaft).- Battery was dead less than 2 years after purchase.- The sensor for the side sliding door kept indicating that it was open. Several trips to the dealer could not resolve it. I have duct tape over it so that it doesn't cause the interior lights come on while driving.- Rear window looks like it was sealed with tar. It has dripped down on the window and body. I have had to try to get it removed with a solvent.- Rear wing windows are remote control. However, the motor is too weak to move them any more. You must do it by hand now. I won't pay $500 to get that fixed.- Seat belt cover for middle seat broken off.- Sometimes, the out-of-gas idiot light comes on even though there is plenty of gas. Turning the car off and them back on usually fixes it.- Sometimes the transmission doesn't shift. You must stop the car. turn engine off, then try it again. This is "normal" as indicated in the owner's manual.- There has been some hesitation in the engine. Taking it to the shop, I was told that the spark plug wires need to be replaced ($100). I said no way. Had oxygen sensor replaced ($250) and tune up ($100). Still have problem. I have never heard that spark plug wires need to be replaced at 50000 miles on any other cars!- Latest failure is when you go to start the car, the starter will just click. Trying it several times usually gets the engine started. Dealer says it is the starter (another $260-$300). I say it is B--- S---!- After reading some of the reviews, I am nervous about the life of the transmission.My 1988 Honda Accord has 143,000 miles on it and I am about to get the clutch replaced on it. This is the most serious thing I have had to do to it besides tires, a couple of batteries, a battery cable, and replace the belts and water pump at about 100K.Moral of the story: I will not be buying a vehicle from Dodge |
| ||What things have gone wrong with the car:||Things break frequently.|
| ||Previous car:||None|