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2000 Dodge Caravan Sport 3.3L. V6 from North America

Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.3L. V6 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10
Distance when acquired15 miles
Most recent distance99350 miles
Previous carOldsmobile Cutlass

Summary:

It is OK

Faults:

The steering column failed at 60,00 miles. Dealer said they had never seen anything like it. The van was put in park on an incline, and when shifting out, it broke the gear shift lock mechanism.

Many small things such as power door locks keep failing, even when fixed by dodge.

The dimming switch failed at 70,000 miles, it is considered a wear item, therefore not under warranty.

It goes through brake pads every 7-10 thousand miles, it did this even when new, dealer states that this is a common occurrence.

Ignition tumbler has also failed at 80,000 miles. And is very expensive to have replaced by a dodge dealer.

Transmission has also slipped since 50,000 miles, but the dealer keeps saying it needs maintenance. Well I have serviced the transmission every thirty thousand miles. So what is wrong?

General Comments:

The van is overall a good one. It hauls supplies and people around well.

But dodge really needs to make those A/C compressors so they do not rattle while van is idling.

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

Review Date: 28th July, 2004

2000 Dodge Caravan Sport 3.3 liter from North America

Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.3 liter Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired875 kilometres
Most recent distance96000 kilometres
Previous carDodge Caravan

Summary:

Initial price appears to be good, but be prepared to visit your dealership often

Faults:

The battery failed after only 1 year of use. Its replacement is on its last legs. The dealership stated that to fail after only 2 or 3 years is not unacceptable.

My drive belt makes noise since about 6000 miles. It squeals loudly at the moment, despite 7 attempts to repair the problem, 3 drive belts, a drive belt tensioner, waterpump, power steering pump repair, and a number of other service attempts.

The vehicle shakes at speeds above 65-70 mph. I have made multiple attempts to correct. I own a winter tire and rim set, yet the problem continues even when using them, despite being Dodge rims with the recommended winter tires.

A number of plastic items in the van are broken, which Dodge considers "normal wear and tear".

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 19th July, 2004

2000 Dodge Caravan SE 3.0 from North America

Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.0 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.8 / 10
Distance when acquired20 miles
Most recent distance60000 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

CRAP!!!

Faults:

I own a 2000 Caravan.

What can I say!!

The most unreliable vehicle I have ever owned.

Will you buy again from this manufacturer!!

NOT on your life.

Nice service too.

I have gone through 4 serpentine belts in 10 months, and the head mechanic each time says it's regular wear, WHAT THE ???. I don't think so.

Are these people on drugs!!!

Does not inspire confidence in a product if you replace a serpentine belt 4 times in 10 months.

All I can say is that's crap!!.

Not to mention all the doors are misaligned, rear bumper rubs on rear door, they keep resetting the computer to get normal fuel mileage, rear end is 2 inches to the left, and so on.

I not mentioning ALL the other problems I have had with it, which is WAY too many.

General Comments:

Garbage is putting it lightly!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 25th May, 2004

26th May 2004, 07:14

The problems you describe should have been rectified by someone who knows what they are doing.

Have they tried replacing the belt tensioner?

Try taking it to a mechanic who is not a moron.

1st Jun 2005, 15:41

A Caravan may not be the best buy ever, but is far better than a Ford Windstar (we've owned both)

2000 Dodge Caravan 3 ltr from North America

Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3 ltr Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.6 / 10
Distance when acquired3 kilometres
Most recent distance34000 kilometres
Previous carPlymouth Sundance

Summary:

Not worth the money

Faults:

Transmission has been pulled twice to be rebuilt. There is still a constant Transmission leak. Valve cover gaskets had to be redone at 20,000 km. Serpentine belt has been replaced twice and it still falls off when it rains. Front brakes need to be done for the second time, rotors as well this time. Belt tensioner has been changed twice and it is making noises again.

General Comments:

I, for one will never buy a dodge product again. Wife had a 1988 Sundance and we went everywhere with that thing--Problem free for the first 10 yrs of owning it. That is the reason for us buying a Caravan. Overall we are very disappointed in the Caravan. It has soured us from buying another dodge product.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 19th May, 2004

23rd Nov 2005, 11:42

I agree whole-heartedly my parents bought a dodge caravan about five years ago. When we brought it home it looked pristine and roomy. That was the last time this van didn't disappoint. First it was the brakes, then the Axel, then the engine, then the timing belt, then the timing belt again. Then the ignition just stopped turning. Then it began to overheat, then the coolant began to leak. This was all in the first two years! When we decided we would trade it in for another vehicle we found that it's retail-value had plummeted faster than the economy during the great depression. My mom bought it new for 32,000 and now it's basically worthless!

I will never ever ever buy a dodge caravan! This time it took our money, if there ever is a next time it might take more!!!

Average review marks: 6.4 / 10, based on 30 reviews