1993 Dodge Caravan Reviews

1993 Dodge Caravan LX 3.3 from North America

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 3.3 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.2 / 10
Distance when acquired82000 miles
Most recent distance165000 miles
Previous carDodge Caravan

Summary:

Fairly reliable, reasonable performance

Faults:

Solenoid pack went bad after the first few months.

A/C compressor bad at 125k.

Heater core leaking at 155k, and not looking forward to that job.

Strut bushings rattle at 145K.

Drive shafts replaced due to bad boots, a simple cheap job.

I do all the work myself.

General Comments:

I like it. Still runs strong.

Heck of a deal, had it 8 years, paid $3800 and I've put on 80,000 miles. :)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th October, 2010

1993 Dodge Caravan SE 3.0L from North America

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 3.0L Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired27000 miles
Most recent distance149000 miles
Previous carDodge Omni

Summary:

It's a workhorse

Faults:

AC developed a leak about 49,000, garage said that this was his 16th Dodge this month.

Head gasket blew at 125,000 miles.

Transmission works OK, but needs to be babied sometimes.

Front seal needed replaced and valves tapped.

O2 sensor went bad.

General Comments:

This is my work vehicle and it is by far the best running and best handling car I've ever owned. The 3.0L has plenty of acceleration and always performs. I still have the original factory exhaust.

I love it. but I take good care of it too.

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

Review Date: 27th December, 2008

1993 Dodge Caravan SE from North America

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired130000 miles
Most recent distance175000 miles
Previous carGeo Storm

Summary:

The most reliable vehicle I've ever owned!

Faults:

Brakes replaced once.

Serpentine replace twice because of pulley.

Transmission seal currently leaking.

Water leak.

General Comments:

This had been a very reliable, very hardy van. This is hand down the most reliable car I've ever owned, and I've owned 14 in the 12 years I've been driving.

I've had this van for 4 years, and until recently I have had no trouble, despite not keeping up maintenance. This car has taking me on dozens of trips to Wilmington from Durham to see my parents, and it rides like a dream with plenty of power and great handling. I would definitely recommend this van! Take my word for it!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st February, 2007

1993 Dodge Caravan SE 3.3L from UK and Ireland

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.3L Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired60000 miles
Most recent distance210000 miles
Previous carNissan 2 X 4 Truck

Summary:

Love of my life!

Faults:

Head Gasket started leaking at 100K, but never failed. Dealer gave me new gaskets, I installed them.

ABS Stopped working at 150,000 Miles.

General Comments:

In my last years of High School I bought a 1994 Dodge Caravan SE, yes I bought it, my parents did not believe in buying my brother and I cars. I bought the Caravan for one reason, I was going to college and I needed something to take all of my stuff. A 4X4 truck was impractical for me at the time so I went with value and low insurance cost.

I bought the van in 1997 with 60,000 miles on it, worked nights and weekends waiting tables to pay it off and save for college.

This van lived a hard life, I used it to pulled the family 19ft runabout, the 15ft popup camper and later in its life a 5X8 fully enclosed trailer containing my motorcycle. The van had never once let me down.

The 3.3L engine always ran smooth and never let me down, she was a pushrod set up which I prefer over OHC.

At 100,000 miles I found a leak in the rear cylinder bank head gaskets. It only leaked when the engine was cold, but since I live in the UP of Michigan it took some long drives before it would seal up. The head gaskets started leaking in winter, but lasted through spring and survived the 600 mile drive home. I later found that the supplier that supplied dodge with the 3.3l head gaskets supplied a bad batch and I was one of the lucky ones with the bad gasket. The dealer supplied me with new gaskets for free and I installed them over a spring break. Working on cars is way better then boozing with babes in Florida :-D.

The superior quality of the dodge 3.3l made disassembly and reassembly a snap. The Caravan was on the road again in just a short time.

At 150,000 miles the ABS stopped working, it only had front wheel ABS so I didn't find it a big loss.

The Caravan survived being hit by a delivery truck, twice by one guy in a Nissan pick-up, and survived a tree landing on top of it. This thing had some pretty major body work done over its life, but never seemed to mind, she was lovingly nick named Crash. I washed Crash regularly and waxed her twice a year and never had it rust or fade in any way. I changed the fluids religiously according to the owners manual.

Sadly after a good, long, hard life, in 2004 at 210,000 miles the four speed transmission quit on me. I was getting ready to make a big move to the west coast and taking the old girl didn't make financial sense. I sold her to a kid as is. It was a sad day, my wife worried for my wellbeing.

One thing is certain, my Caravan held up much better than any of my friends foreign cars both old and new. I didn't have half the problems my friends did with Toyotas, Hondas, and VWs. One thing you will never find me doing is padding Japan's, Korea's or some other trashy foreign car companies pockets. I am American, I am proud of America, and I drive American.

I would not hesitate to buy another Dodge Caravan, the best minivans on Earth.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th December, 2006

Average review marks: 5.7 / 10, based on 27 reviews