1998 Dodge Caravan LE 3.3 Litre from North America
One of the best vehicles we've ever owned - will be seriously sad when she finally packs it in
It leaks a little oil - that started happening around 350,000 kms. Apart from that, nothing!
We purchased this vehicle for $1,200 when it had 361,000 kms on it. We figured if we got one year out of it for another camping trip or two, we'd be good with that.
It is now approaching 400,000 kms and EVERYTHING still works perfectly. It leaks a little oil, and now we use Stop Leak in the transmission fluid to keep her going. We just put all new tires on her because she just keeps on ticking.
The trick is to get your vehicles serviced like clock-work. This one was babied by the previous owner, and we are doing the same. I think we'll hit 400,000 kms no problem :) Unlike my 1996 Windstar, which died (leaky head gasket, sound familiar Ford owners??) at 134,000 kms. And that was just the start of my troubles with that hunkajunk, but this is a Dodge Caravan review...
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 29th September, 2011
This is actually an update to this review, since I'm the owner of the 1998 Caravan.
Just wanted to report that that we now have 408,000 kms on her. Original engine and transmission.
We took her in to have the transmission flushed, and the technician wouldn't do it! He advised that he'd never seen a Caravan with such high mileage, and he wouldn't want to mess with it. Instead, he just drained and replaced the fluid, and showed us all the small metal particles in the old fluid. We faithfully keep up with the regular oil changes/service, and check the fluid levels every few weeks.
With the seats out, she's a great utility vehicle. We've moved our children's apartments full of furniture, often throw a tarp in the back and take garden waste to the dump, and can still take 7 people out when we need to. She's amazing :) Hopefully I can post another update in year!