1996 Dodge Caravan Review, Stacy Hardin, From Jasper, Tex
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| ||Model of the car:||Dodge Caravan |
| ||General comments:||Very disappointing. We bought our 1996 Dodge Caravan used in 1999 with 60000 miles on it. We bought an extended warranty that covered us until75000 miles. Shortly after the warranty expired the fan relay went out ($168), 2 days after we payed to have it replaced we received a recall notice on it. Luckily the dealer reimbursed us. Next the water pump went out, turns out you have to drop the engine to get to the water pump ($480). We had a collision where a drunk driver turned head on into us as we were nearing a stop sign, their airbag deployed, neither of mine did (wonder if they work). The Next the Power door lock on the sliding door quit working and still isn't fixed. Then the surpentine belt began to shred and break every couple of weeks. We had to replace the tensioner pulley ($175). Then we developed an oil and transmission fluid leak. Then comes the ever so famous transmission problem. It began hesitating and then jerking when going into reverse, not wanting to shift out of second and after stopping it felt like you had your foot on the brake when you tried to restart. The dealer replaced 6 seals, 1 gasket and the front clutch ($491). Now 11,000 miles later we were on our way out of town for vacation with our 3 small children and were left stranded. We spent 5 hours on the roadside waiting for someone to pick us up and bring us home, not to mention the tow truck bill that we spent vacation money on. The current estimate is $1500. Dealer states that a bearing locked up, causing a shaft to break which sheared off all the internal gears (pretty much gutted the inside of the tranny). I still owe nearly $4000 on this van and am now waiting for the dealer to give me a trade in value and tell me how much negative equity will have to be added to my next purchase. If anyone hears of class action against Chrysler, let me know!|
| ||What things have gone wrong with the car:||Every aspect of this vehicles mechanical workmanship|
| ||Previous car:||1993 Dodge Dakota (motor blown up at 120000 miles)|