2002 Dodge Caravan SE from North America
Fine basic van, but would not purchase again.
The air bag system was repaired/replaced twice for faulty lights/alarms during the first year, but no problems since.
The lens' on both tail lights came apart from the rest of the assemblies. One blew completely off in traffic one day. The other has been repaired with silicon caulk to hold it together a while longer. They were never damaged so I guess the Texas heat just caused the seals around them to disintegrate.
This van was purchased new to replace a 1991 Voyager that I really liked and drove for 11 years for 110,000 miles. This Caravan is nice, but has never won me over. I don't like that the sun visor won't stay put. It always flips up when trying to adjust it. Also, I didn't get automatic rear door opener and hate that a key must be used to open the back every time. Appearance and visibility are good. It has been great to move stuff and handles much better since I put Michelin Destiny tires on it. Resale isn't good even with low miles.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 29th February, 2008
I don’t understand the comment about needing a key to open the rear door. Unlock all the doors by hitting the remote twice, or unlock all doors using the inside switch. I don’t believe I have ever opened the rear door using a key.
I am interested in purchasing a 2002 Caravan. I have heard good and bad, but I think that can follow with any vehicle. I have seen enough boneheads on the road gunning and abusing their vehicles. Later they are probably claiming their vehicle they abused for several years a piece of junk.
In this instance, the review, in my belief was a bit unfair. The writer gave both good and bad credit to the van, but a good portion of the complaints were aesthetic. These are things that should have been noted prior to purchase. I am also finding many other bad reviews based on things like cupholders, squeaks, maintenance frequency (i.e. having to change the oil more than once a year), etc. All valid points but a little nit-picky in my opinion.
In my research I have found many Caravans with problems, no doubt, but I can't ignore that many more Caravans have more than 250,000 kms on them and are still going strong. It's tough to ignore that. But thanks for the review regardless.