So far, this car has been extremely reliable and pleasant to drive and own. My son originally used the car for his delivery job, so for the first couple of years it was not treated very gently. The kilometers really piled up quickly, but we've had no major problems, other than the brakes seem to wear out a bit faster than they should. Also, the fuel-filler interlock failed, causing a broken filler door when the driver's-side sliding door was opened.
The Caravan is still solid, with no squeaks or rattles and it drives every bit as well as it ever did. I've had pretty good luck with other Chysler products and this vehicle seems to continue that trend. It's just been thoroughly checked by a mechanic and no problems were found, even the timing belt was still in excellent condition at 120,000 Km's. The car has lots of electric accessories (power windows and mirrors, cruise, etc.) and they've all functioned without a hitch so far.
My 3.0 liter Caravan gets excellent fuel mileage, much better than my brother-in-law's 3.3, with not much of a performance penalty. It's comfortable, quiet and reliable and it drives much more like a car than other mini-vans I've tried. It's versatility is also hard to beat. I'd definitely buy another.
17th Jun 2005, 10:46
Has your mechanic looked anywhere else besides the belt for your problem? It's very possible you have a bad tensioner or idler pulley, both of which are not uncommon problems to have on these cars.