1998 Dodge Caravan Review, Chris Sutton, From Ottumwa, IA
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| ||Model of the car:||Dodge Caravan |
| ||General comments:||I really did not have a real good experience with my Caravan. By reading some of the above reviews I find more issues in Dodge's van. I'm sure there are many people who are extremely satisfied but it also seems the majority are not.As of today I am trading for a 1998 Pontiac Transport Montana. This van has a much better engine, ride and options. I don't know if I'll have any better luck but I'm holding out hope.|
| ||What things have gone wrong with the car:||Where to begin? I tried to talk my wife into an SUV but she wanted more room. I had always heard that the Dodge Caravan was the best selling mini-van. This may be true but this doesn't mean it is of best quality. We bought this van in March 2000. After about three months the troubles began. First of all, I do most of my own routine maintenance. I noticed that the serpentine belt was in need of repair. Having over 40,000 miles I thought this was relatively normal so I replaced it. A month later the new belt broke so I replaced it again myself thinking I must have not gotten it on straight. Wrong. A month later the second belt borke and left my pregnant wife and two daughters stranded. I returned the vehicle to the used car dealer where I purchased it and they installed another new belt. A month later...broken. i returned it to them again for further investigation. It was determined that the power steering pump pulley bearings had failed and caused the belt to run along the side pulley which cut and destroyed the belts. Guess what? The dealership is wonderful. They took care of the ENTIRE bill...parts, labor etc. The next trouble is the transmission. When put into gear it would just sit and not move. Cost me about $80 only to have a new filter installed and fluid but I was beginning to get nervous at the quality of this van.The van itself with the 3.0 V-6 seems under-powered and when you press the accelerator the vehicle revs wilddly but goes nowhere. The sound system in this van sounds like a radio from the 1950's. Rubber weatherstrip coming off around the windshield. Simple little things that really bother me due to the van's young age. After one year it has less than 50,000 miles and yeat the last and final straw has occurred. The "Service Engine Soon" light came on. Simple "do it yourself" procedures that can found on the internet shows a code that the radiator fan relay has failed. What a joke.|
| ||Previous car:||I also own a 1997 Dodge Ram extended cab P.U. It is a very fine truck and has had no problems. The truck rides better than the van.|