1986 Dodge Caravan Mitsubishi 2.6 carburated from North America
Still running with over 300k on it, not too bad!
I bought this van used as a beater cargo van for work. It has served its purpose well.
I bought it for $400 with over 300k on the odometer, so some problems were expected.
Speedometer does not work. Not a big deal.
Mizuni carburetor is rough on cold starts, warms up fine.
Gas gauge is inaccurate, runs out when it says there is a quarter tank left (kind of annoying).
Engine burns oil. Expected of any Mitsubishi engine with over 200k, let alone one with 300k. Still not too bad, doesn't burn too much.
Horn does not work. Common Dodge problem.
Paint peeling. Common Dodge problem
Driver's window off track, hard to roll up. Just never bothered to fix it.
Considering this van has over 300k on it of city driving, I'm surprised it's still kicking. Can't be such a bad car if it's still alive and well!
It sure as heck does not drive like my Cadillac or Buick, the suspension is cheap and the interior is spartan, but the van gets the job done at an economy price.
Gas mileage is OK, but not great for a 4 cyl engine either .
So far I've put a lot of heavy mileage on this van, and it's holding up quite well, and showing no signs of being tired.
Dodge made a great minivan, but the Mitsubishi engines are hit and miss, they can be good or bad.
This was one of the good ones.
If you are buying a Caravan, I recommend one with a 3.3 or a 3.8 engine. I've had those before, and those engines are much better for this size of van, and have a better reliability too.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 11th February, 2011