1997 Dodge Caravan Reviews - Page 6 of 12

1997 Dodge Caravan Base 2.4L from Panama

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.4L Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.2 / 10
Distance when acquired15000 kilometres
Most recent distance55000 kilometres
Previous carBuick Regal

Summary:

A Junk lemon

Faults:

Transmission went at 20,000 Km.

I have to replace brake pads every year.

I replace rotors at 25,000Km.

I had to replace the clock-spring.

At 45,000Km I had to replace the fan relay.

I had to replace water pump at 40,000Km.

At 55,000Km the radiator was broken and the transmission fluid was mixed with the coolant.

The local dealer service is very bad, and the parts prices are excessive. By example, a windshield blades cost $60. I bought them at Napaonline at $17.

General Comments:

This car is very comfortable and has a very good looking, but fixes are expensive and time consuming.

The brake system is not reliable at mountain trips. The front brakes are under-designed and turn very hot and smoke go out from the pads at downhills. You have to stop to wait brakes to cool.

Think twice before buying a Caravan.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 22nd December, 2003

28th Jan 2004, 19:48

Get real I have one of these vans and they are very poor on breaks. Most everything on the mechanical side of this van is a piece of garbage. I agree don't buy a dodge or nay other Daimler chrysler product. Further more their customer service stinks!!!

1997 Dodge Caravan LX 3.6 from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.6 Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.8 / 10
Distance when acquired32000 miles
Most recent distance108000 miles
Previous carDodge Caravan

Faults:

We had to replace the clock spring this year before we realized it was on recall. It cost us $220 which we were reimbursed.

We had to replace the lifters in 1999 which caused oil to leak. That cost us $800+.

We replaced the tensioner belt which seized twice for $300 each time.

The ignition lock went bad and we had to replace that for another $150.

We also have to have a brake job each year.

Now, there is something squeaking on the back passenger side of the vehicle that we have no idea what it is.

We have oil changes less than every 3000 miles because it leaks and burns quickly.

That's it for Dodge and me. We are moving onto something else.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 30th September, 2003

5th Oct 2003, 23:28

I must say that you have put a lot of miles on the poor car in just 5 years. Maybe that was why you had to change the brakes so often and so many repairs. Also I think it matters to where you take your car to be serviced and what kind of job they do there.

1997 Dodge Caravan base grand 3.0 from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.0 Automatic
Performance marks 0 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
1.6 / 10
Distance when acquired200 miles
Most recent distance69000 miles
Previous carChrysler Voyager

Summary:

It is a money pit piece of junk

Faults:

The serpentine belt was tore up three times before a new idler was put on. The fourth time it broke it got into the timing belt and caused major expense and stranded my wife at 3:00 am in the morning.

The transmission has never seemed right. It feels loose when in cruise control. Now the transmission is either slamming hard into third gear or chattering several seconds before finally engaging.

I've tried trading the piece of junk off before the transmission went out, but no dealer will give you anything for it, I guess I know why now.

General Comments:

I'll not own a Dodge again.

A rough ride and doggy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 15th August, 2003

1997 Dodge Caravan 3.3 from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.3 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired250 miles
Most recent distance130000 miles
Previous carVolvo 240

Summary:

A decent vehicle

Faults:

Small oil leak fixed by dealer.

Some caliper troubles.

On 3rd timing belt.

General Comments:

It's a decent vehicle. It rides nice and stands up well to the constant assault of 3 boys. The problems so far have been minor and were easily fixed.

We were aware of the small coolant reservoir for the transmission and added a second one soon after we purchased the vehicle. The transmission is still working fabulously.

The engine runs good still. We have maintained it as it should. It is a bit of a dog with A/C on going up hills though.

Overall, It has paid for itself and we are not unhappy with it. It is still running good, cross the fingers, and hope it stays so.

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

Review Date: 11th August, 2003

Average review marks: 5.6 / 10, based on 47 reviews