1996 Dodge Caravan Reviews - Page 6 of 12

1996 Dodge Caravan plain 3.0L from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.0L Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.6 / 10
Distance when acquired86000 kilometres
Most recent distance165000 kilometres
Previous carChevrolet Sprint

Summary:

Would not recommend to others

Faults:

The wipers come on when you make left or right turns.

The horn dosen't work any more.

The air bag light stays on all the time.

When the van is first started you hear a high pitch coming from the motor.

The transmission some times will not kick down when you come to a stop.

When accelerating the transmission slips.

There is always oil coming from the motor, but the garages can't correct the problem.

When accelerating you hear a high pitch coming from the valve covers.

This van is a pain to do any engine work like spark plugs and to change the timing belt.

General Comments:

This van is very comfortable to ride in it handles the corners good the body structure is good.

But however the blind spots are very poor for driving.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 14th February, 2004

11th Nov 2006, 19:45

The airbag light and horn problems can be fixed by replacing the clockspring in the steering column. This requires airbag removal and should be done by a mechanic shop or the dealer.

13th Jan 2007, 10:32

My caravan also has the airbag light constantly on. After getting the dealer to perform the work requested to replace the clockspring, the light was still on and I was told the bags were not getting power. Basically the bags are there, but hit someone and they're not gonna work. Hooray Dodge...

1996 Dodge Caravan from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired14 miles
Most recent distance51000 miles
Previous carNissan Sentra

Summary:

Piece of Junk

Faults:

Transmission broke last week - this was the last straw!

Calipers froze up.

Rotors replaced 3 times in 6 years.

Emergency brake catch broke.

Horn would not work.

Airbag light stayed on.

Rear seat belts were defective (recalled)

Head gasket blew at 30,000 miles and again last week.

Alternator belt came off right after purchase.

General Comments:

Under no circumstances, do not purchase a '97 Dodge Caravan! As someone else said, it is the money pit on wheels.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 2nd September, 2003

1996 Dodge Caravan SE 3.3 from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.3 Automatic
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.6 / 10
Distance when acquired70000 miles
Most recent distance110000 miles
Previous carDodge Caravan

Faults:

Lets see where do I begin? The air conditioner compressor failed. 900.00 to fix that.

The passenger side sliding door will not open. It is stuck shut.

The oil leaks very bad.

The tape player does not work.

The brakes are a disaster. They squeak all the time and make a whining noise when going down the road.

The outside trim is falling off.

I can go on and on and on, but I'm sure you get the point.

What a piece of poorly made garbage!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 14th July, 2003

1996 Dodge Caravan LE 3.3L from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.3L Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10
Distance when acquired150 miles
Most recent distance135500 miles
Previous carDodge Caravan

Summary:

Good for 4-5 years when purchased new; don't buy used

Faults:

Transmission blew at 95,000 miles/6 yrs.

Stearing and front suspension worn out and replaced at 125,000/7 yrs.

Replaced air conditioner compressor 3 times in 8 years over 135,500 miles.

Head cracked even with regular maintenance and normal in city driving at 87,000 miles/6 yrs.

General Comments:

Have maintained vehicle in excellent condition, but could buy new for current annual maintenance costs.

Comfortable ride and great space.

Was great and reliable vehicle for first 60,000 miles/5 yrs.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd July, 2003

1996 Dodge Caravan from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.6 / 10
Distance when acquired60000 miles
Previous carToyota 4x4

Summary:

The biggest money pit on the road

Faults:

The car is quite comfortable in the early spring. In the summer we just stay at home because we don't want to suffer in the heat of the van since the air conditioning is broken again, and neither on of the front windows roll down, which I was told by the mechanic was a very common problem for this caravan, and he was surprised that it has never been recalled. Any way about it I can't afford the $800.00 air conditioning repair or the $1400.00 windows, so we do not go anywhere that is not absolutely necessary. Before I had the car a year I had to replace the rear brake cylinders front brakes and rotors, and the brakes are still making strange squealing grinding noises as I stop. I had to spend $1800.00 on a new head gasket. The fans for the heater only work on high unless you don't need it then it will occasionaly work on the other speeds. The oxygen sensor had to be replaced, and that is only the start. This car had been one head ache after another since the day that I got it. I wanted a reliable family car, and all I got was the money pit on wheels, that I avoid taking my family in. All I know is that it will no longer be in my possession after this year. I can't afford to keep it any more.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 30th June, 2003

Average review marks: 5.0 / 10, based on 46 reviews