1998 Dodge Caravan Base 2.3 from North America
An unreliable vehicle prone to engine problems, and hampered with defects
After a continuous oil leak that several mechanics were unable to remedy, the engine had finally died.
Unknown at the time of purchase, the van had the same size engine in it that the Dodge Neon was equipped with.
The oil leaks were caused by the engines inability to properly regulate it's compression. Thus, the gaskets would give way in order to allow air into the engine. In essence, the engine was trying desperately to breath and had to self mutilate to accomplish this.
In todays competitive car market, I feel that Dodge should produce vehicles that can compete with similar class vehicles.
The warranty covers the car for 75k miles. Expect it to die shortly after.
Dodge cut corners by putting a sud-standard engine in it's base model flagship passenger van.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 2nd September, 2003
6th Dec 2004, 07:37
What is sud-standard? Endorsed by Budweiser? Or perhaps
Tide Laundry detergent.
30th Aug 2007, 10:44
So it had the same size engine as a Neon. How is that inherently a problem? And how is that something gone wrong with the car, and not with you, in researching the car before you bought it?
I'm not going to disagree that the Caravan is a POS, but this is 1: a non-problem, and 2: your fault.