1998 Dodge Caravan Sport 3.3 from North America
Rotted steel brake lines.
Plastic power steering pulley sheared off.
Body control module.
Fuel gauge only operates between 3/4 and less than 1/4; otherwise shows empty and beeps empty 50 times a minute, no matter what.
Oil light flashes at idle.
Power locks failed.
Power driver's side window failed.
Blower motor needs kicked sometimes to work and only functions on high speed.
Serpentine belt used to fall off every time it rained or snowed, as soon as water touched it, until I put pulley shields in place.
Burns oil, leaks oil, leaks coolant and power steering fluid during cold weather.
Body cancer on the back wheels, sliding doors and rear lift gate.
Exhaust leak between manifold and pipe connection.
Embarrassed to be seen in it 100%!
Towed 3 times, due to above.
Loud knocking sound over every bump in the cabin.
This is not a bitching post. The trans and engine still runs, outlasting the body. Yes I put ATF +4 in the trans. Just all the repairs above happened in less than 9 months and I put at least 96 hours of almost life ending labor into it. It still runs yes, is it ugly and needs to be put down? Absolutely! Do I do my own repairs and keep cars alive? Yes! Which is the only reason it still has a life!
Update 4/29/2018: Water pump has just failed and leaks like crazy. Being replaced.
It's ugly, runs in the snow belt with salt on the roads, and still runs as long as I give it a hand massage with expensive lotion or "parts"
Update, 5/31/18, Van is being put down. Had a triple failure. Power steering pump failed and shot PS fluid all over the belt, which in turn caused the tensioner pulley to strip out the pulley that goes into the tensioner, so the tensioner itself was stripped and destroyed the belt. Goodbye and thank god.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 8th April, 2018
15th Apr 2018, 03:22
The oil light flickers at idle.
Does the engine make untoward noises when that occurs?
Just wondering ;)
22nd Apr 2018, 03:14
The Chrysler 3.8 seems to be prone to some bottom end issues.
The 3.3 (perhaps due to a shorter stroke) seems relatively immune to this issue.
28th Apr 2018, 00:36
It does not, quiet as can be. Probably a sending unit issue. Really don't care as I will drive it till it can't undergo more surgery and needs to be laid down.