2006 Dodge Caravan SXT 3.3L V6 from North America
Brake pads need to be replaced.
Windshield washer fluid pump has failed.
Driver's side power window regulator assembly has failed.
This is an excellent vehicle for moving a family. My fiancee has two small children from a previous marriage, and we have one on the way, so we needed a vehicle with 3rd-row seating. The Caravan fit the bill excellently.
My only complaints have been with the dealer service after purchasing it used. Despite being inspected, it has had brake noise (dealer claims 5/32" left on pads, MD state minimum for inspection is 2/32") and the window regulator failed within 30 days of purchase, which they refused to cover. They offered me "their price" of $300 to install a new one; however, the part is only $130 and installation takes about an hour -- I've done it before on other Chrysler products.
The oil filter and drain plug are conveniently located in the front, as on many Chrysler products, so DIY oil changes are speedy.
The interior is roomy, the MPG of the 3.3L engine are decent (17-20 average). The vehicle looks great and has everything I need to do what I have to do with it. The engine itself is a noted reliable engine; I have personally seen these in service as hearses, taxicabs, etc., reaching 250-300k miles with few problems.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 26th January, 2010
3rd Jan 2012, 18:48
I am the writer of the original review. The vehicle now (1/3/2012) has 76,000 miles.
Since the original review, I have replaced:
-- Driver's side window regulator again (original replacement failed under warranty from Advance Auto Parts).
-- EGR valve (failed at @ 72,000 miles with check engine code indicated).
-- All four tires -- the tires sold with the car at the dealership were mismatched and low on tread.
-- Inner tie-rod ends indicated during alignment procedure.
-- Spark plugs and wires (failed at 76,000 miles with a P0300 Random Cylinder Misfire and a P0306 Cyl 6 Misfire code indicated).
I have also flushed the transmission at 60,000 miles, and the power steering fluid at 75,000 miles to cure an odd cavitating noise on a long trip when it seemed as though air had gotten into the power steering system somehow.
Vehicle continues to perform excellently. Current repairs scheduled for this year are:
-- Drain and flush cooling system.
-- Replace gas struts on rear hatch, which are rusted and squeaking.
-- Replace battery (battery sold at dealership is 3 years old and a cheap aftermarket replacement).
-- Replace drive belts.
I have been able to perform most of the repairs myself, saving a great deal of money.
19th Jan 2016, 13:31
I am the writer of the original review, still own and drive the car daily. It currently has 154,000 miles.
Aside from general maintenance, the radiator has failed twice (the replacement failed under warranty), the EGR had to be replaced again about 75,000 miles since I replaced it originally, and the lower intake manifold gaskets had to be replaced this past week.
Currently, the vehicle is in the shop getting the Occupant Restraint Control Module (airbag module) replaced, because the airbag light has been on and off intermittently for about three months.
Other than that, I've noticed the car has a preference for front brakes every two years. Other than that, it's been boringly predictable -- oil changes every 3k miles and not much else.
I continue to alternate between flushing and fluid/filter changes on the transmission every 30k miles.