A fun-to-drive, solidly built van
The air conditioner has been repaired on several occasions.
The master cylinder required replacement about 2 years ago.
Paint peeled badly; had to be repainted.
A few minor recalls.
This car has been in the family well before I've owned it; this car has been through cross country moves, and I've always liked it.
People have complained of transmission problems with Dodge Caravans many times; I have to say this van has held up surprisingly well. As a family car, it ran fantastically, and it continues to do do so even today.
I have a tendency to push my van a to extremes in some cases. I frequntly pop it into first, hold both the break and gas, release it, take off, pop it into second, and cruise into drive; I might not always win, but it's fun to race a van. The way I fool around with the gears, if the transmission was going to die, it would have done it by now. The transmission has never had ANY work done to it whatsoever. I can get zero to sixty in just a few seconds if I gear it right... I love the transmission. It can run in drive for daily use and gives a great burst of accelleration when used correctly in first and second. The engine could be a little bigger, but the transmission's better in my van than a lot of my friends' higher-performance cars... maybe I just got lucky.
I would easily buy another Dodge Caravan if this one was stolen; it runs well, has lots of room, and (in mine at least) has a very good, versatile transmission.
I honestly think these vans have gotten a bad rap on the internet; I know numerous people with Dodge Caravans that run great; mine always surprises me in what it can do.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 3rd April, 2002