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2003 Dodge Caravan Review, Mike Holloway

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Grand Caravan Sport

 Model of the car:Grand Caravan Sport
 General comments:We bought the Grand Caravan Sport becuase of the overall savings compared to the Honda, Nissan or Toyota. The options and fetures "seemed" similar at thousands less. We also wanted to support the US ecomony by buying American. We made a big mistake. From the first month the belts constantly squeeked - my 4 year old thought there were birds under the hood. That was the minor problem. The biggest problems we had 1) would downshift from 3rd to 1st and missed 2nd all together. 2) would not always go into reverse. 3) five different times the automatic back hatch would just open up when we were on the road. These problems were attempted to be fixed five different times in less than ten months. Finally we subbmitted a Lemon Law application. The folks from ChryslerDaimler rode with we along with a Motor Vehicle Dept Rep. All aggreeded that this vehicle was a lemon. They made good by refunding us. They are lucky no one was hurt - it would have cost ChryslerDaimler huge bucks. We are now looking at the Honda, Nissan and Toyota products. Wish we didn't have such problems with our US built product. The saving grace is that at least the vehicles we are looking at are built in the US, too bad the profits go over seas. I learned later that the line workers on the Dodge assembly line are only trained for two weeks before they start - the Honda, Nissan and Toyota line workers are trained for six months before they touch a car. I hope this is not an indication of the future for US car makers. If anyone form the industry reads this - please look to increase your vehicle's quality. I would have gladly paid more for a better car if I knew it was US born and built!
 What things have gone wrong with the car:- Transmission
- Electronics
- Engine
- That fact that ChryslerDaimler built it

Review 2003 Dodge Caravan Mike Holloway
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