1999 Dodge Caravan 3.0 from North America
It is a generally reliable and very versatile vehicle
Belt squealed when replaced, and when oil was applied to stop the squeal (upon advice from an oil change mechanic), it fell off.
This is a generally good and very versatile vehicle, and there is no problem with Dodge or the belt design. I did have to replace the belt after about 80,000 Km. After replacing the belt, it started squealing. An oil change mechanic suggested I apply a spray oil to it. That worked for about two days. I applied a bit more, and the belt fell off altogether. I went to the garage several times, and they were stymied that they could not make the squeal go away.
After reading this site and the success discovered with the Gates kit, it turns out the problem was buying the belt first, and afterward a Gates belt tensioner (the garage installed a Gates belt tensioner, but not the one from the kit - they are a different design). The best route to go by far is to buy the Gates (or Goodyear) kit, that includes a belt, tensioner, and idler pulley. They are all designed to work with one another. Otherwise, you will end up with a problem that will never go away and could be dangerous. The reason is that the kit has a tensioner pulley that is ribbed and has a lip on the edges that prevents misalignment, and stops the belt from squealing and/or falling off.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 15th January, 2011