Chrysler Grand Caravan Reviews

1997 Chrysler Grand Caravan SE 3.0 from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 3.0 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10
Distance when acquired20000 miles
Most recent distance93000 miles
Previous carDodge Grand Caravan SE

Faults:

The Serpentine belt falls apart on the average of once per year. I don't have any confidence in this car because I never know when the serpentine belt will come apart. The dealerships do not really have an answer except to keep replacing the belt and tension pulley. This is very expensive at the cost of $345...

I called Chrysler and they said they planned to do nothing about it... as if it's one of their bread and butter items. Why fix the problem when they can just keep replacing the belts at a very good profit.

This is the last American car I buy, even if it cost more to buy Japanese.

General Comments:

This is a nicely designed car. I bought it and pulled out the seats. I use it like a pickup with a built in canopy, but better. Entry from 4 sides and a rack to boot.

However, the car is not reliable and the manufacturer does not want to re-design the drive pulleys to correct the constant serpentine belt problem.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 5th March, 2007

2000 Chrysler Grand Caravan from North America

Model year2000
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired40000 miles
Most recent distance124000 miles
Previous carFord Windstar

Summary:

I feel it was a lemon

Faults:

Bought in April, 2001; it had to have a transmission in 2002 and later had to have engine and now in 2006 it needs another transmission and new brakes and exhaust problems.

Had to have brakes several times.

Stack of papers where work was done.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 25th November, 2006

1997 Chrysler Grand Caravan LE 6 cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 6 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired43000 miles
Most recent distance63000 miles
Previous carChrysler Grand Caravan

Summary:

The van is pleasing to the eye and a pleasure to drive

Faults:

I had one leak in the automatic transmission fluid line that resulted in calling for a tow.

The tape deck has a mind of it's own. It occasionally starts operating by itself. I turn off the vehicle, restart, and that fixes it. It happens only once every 3-4 months.

General Comments:

I needed a van to haul large items and the Caravan has tons of room. I bought the '97 because it has the driver's side sliding door. I enjoy the smooth quiet ride of the Caravan compared to the stiff truck handling of the Ford and Chevy vans. This is because the Dodge Caravan is built on a car chassis rather than a truck chassis.

The gas mileage is very acceptable for a van this size, 21-28 mpg.

The seats are very comfortable and the windows are very good for seeing things all the way around. There are really no blank spots. I love driving it because it drives and sits like a car and I feel very "safe and secure" in it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th June, 2004

1989 Chrysler Grand Caravan LX 6 cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1989
Engine and transmission 6 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired126985 miles
Most recent distance138990 miles

Summary:

Great for travel

Faults:

The van had been sitting for a couple of years. I bought it at a Salvation Army Auction. It needed a new motor mount, oil change and tune up.

We replaced the original plug wires and brakes.

Electric powered back side windows do not operate correctly. The windows had slipped out of their slot and needed to be put in.

General Comments:

The van handles very well, easy to drive and has cruise control.

The inside is very comfortable.

Power windows, locks,and mirrors.

Great stereo system.

Power driver seat, adjustable steering wheel.

Air conditioning.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 4th June, 2004

1998 Chrysler Grand Caravan SE 3.3L V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.3L V6 Automatic
Distance when acquired20 miles
Most recent distance59700 miles
Previous carFord Taurus

Summary:

Nice drive, but mechanically unreliable

Faults:

Dealer replaced seals between transmission and engine just prior to 3-year warranty expiration.

Replaced starter at 42,000 miles.

Dealer replaced serpentine belt and tensioner at 53,700 miles in May 2003.

Local garage replaced belt and tensioner again at 59,700 miles in February 2004.

General Comments:

The car has a very smooth quiet ride and I have been pleased in general with its performance.

However, the serpentine belt has slipped off twice in the past 8 months after having driven through standing water (deep the first time, not deep the second time). The loss of power steering control is very scary and I no longer can trust driving the car in wet weather, especially with kids in the car. Apparently, this is not an unusual occurrence with this model/year. This problem should be corrected via recall, as it is a very serious safety issue.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 5th February, 2004

1997 Chrysler Grand Caravan 3.3 from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.3 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired2000 kilometres
Most recent distance138000 kilometres
Previous carSaturn SL

Summary:

Major electrical headache

Faults:

Brakes had to be replaced twice. No warning of problems.

Wipers pop on intermittently for no reason.

AC failed.

Electrical problem: locks on/off; lights on/off; cassette player on/off.

Stalls while driving.

General Comments:

This van was good (except for the brakes and AC) for the first five years. Now I am thinking of replacing it as no one can find the electrical problem. I have been to four different garages/dealers and none can locate the problem.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 25th August, 2003

Average review marks: 6.9 / 10, based on 6 reviews