2001 Dodge Caravan Reviews

2001 Dodge Caravan from North America

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission Automatic
Distance when acquired180000 kilometres

Summary:

Great

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

I guess it's all about luck. I've had the van for more than 3 years, and all I did is change the brake pads in the front. It drives smooth and clear.

I keep reading of engine failures in 80000, and transmissions in 30k. I have had many cars in my life. Never bought a new one. It's all about luck again.

Very happy with this one. We are not a big family, only 2 of us, but I like the van a lot, and yes my next car will be a van again.

The van has 215k on it and is great.

Stop complaining; it's all luck. It can be a Rolls Royce, but if you're unlucky, it's gonna be the same.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th May, 2013

2001 Dodge Caravan SE 2.4L from North America

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.4L Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired20000 miles
Most recent distance120000 miles
Previous carNissan Sentra

Summary:

Great car for the money I spent

Faults:

Transmission broke at 105000 miles.

Battery replaced within warranty period at 30000 miles.

Main belt replaced at 75000 miles.

Couple of bulbs blew within this period.

General Comments:

The car was SUPERB for the 100000 miles I drove it in the streets as a taxicab for anywhere from 10 to 16 hours daily.

Although it was the 2.4l standard edition, it had the necessary power to do the job perfectly.

Even the seats and the doors were in place after so long, like they were used a little bit of time.

I truly liked this car for as long as I had it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th March, 2011

2001 Dodge Caravan 3.0L from North America

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 3.0L Automatic
Distance when acquired85000 miles
Most recent distance183925 miles
Previous carFord Focus

Faults:

I want to update everyone about the serpentine belt on the Dodge Caravan.

I had mine replaced for the fourth time in six weeks. I was able to conclude that driving through water or snow was the reason.

My Caravan was manufactured in Feb 2000. When I left the repair shop this morning, the mechanic showed me a technical service bulletin dated Feb 19, 1999. The subject of the bulletin was "Serpentine belt comes off when driving through deep snow". So that means that Chrysler knew of this problem for as much as a year before mine was manufactured.

In the repair procedures, it tells the mechanic to remove the tensioner and place it in a vise. I am not sure why, because the mechanic said all he had to do was to remove the existing bolt, put the shield in place and install the new $16 bolt that was required. It looks to me like it is something they should have redesigned when the bulletin was issued.

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

Review Date: 28th January, 2009

2001 Dodge Caravan SE 3.3 from North America

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 3.3 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired130000 miles
Most recent distance155000 miles

Summary:

Junk by Chrysler

Faults:

Clock spring replaced at 130K.

Power steering hoses replaced at 133K.

Automatic transmission self destructed at 133K, rebuild cost $1600.

Multiple electrical problems, water pump at 150K.

Engine oil leaks all over, all gaskets need replacing, crankshaft seals leaking, stabilizer bar bushings has to be replaced due to loud knocking bang while driving on the road over pot holes or train cross.

Radiator hose makes a bubble, leaks and have to be replaced at 150K.

This car should be called Dodge Cara-junk.

General Comments:

Junk by Chrysler, but Tony Lasorda said in 2004 or 2005 that Chrysler engineered cars to last 100K, now I believed him.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 20th January, 2009

22nd Jan 2009, 14:27

I bought a 2002 Chrysler Town and Country brand new in 2002. It has had so many problems and recalls, I think they are all junk.

Here is a list of problems:

At first I had a hose come off the transmission and it leaked all over the place. Then the fuel tank was recalled. Then the air conditioner wires burnt. All this was done in the first year, then in the 4th year.

Then the transmission went out and had to be replaced in 2008. Then the engine light stays on. The engine light was on in the first month. They said it was the way I put my gas cap on. Off and on through out its history it has stayed on. Go figure.

Then in 2007 the fuel pump line busted, spraying gas every where. When installed the first time it had a bad gasket. The gasket was pinched.

My van has a system on the inside roof reading temp and the miles I have until empty etcetera. Well, that won't be accurate because the fuel pump cannot be installed right due to the problem before.

The front end always is bad and an axle was also replaced when the transmission was. Then it eats tires.

Also the car only has under 79,000 miles on it. All this was done before 65,00 miles.

There are many more things I can put on this list of problems, but one thing I did that was the smartest move ever. I bought an extended warranty from them that covered everything until 100,000 miles, and can buy another 50,000 miles. The first warranty cost 1,800.00, then the second will cost about 1,000.00. I have saved over 7,000.00 in repair costs. I have also heard this from other people, that they too have had problems. I am not going to buy another one.

Average review marks: 5.5 / 10, based on 23 reviews