2007 Dodge Caravan 3.3 V6 from North America
Pile of junk!
Radiator, transmission & engine - in that order and within the same year!
My wife and I had two older teen children and had just had a surprise third! We needed a car that could comfortably seat 5 (including a car seat) and ended up buying a 2007 Dodge Caravan from a nationally recognized rental car company that we had a great experience with in purchasing our 2001 Dodge Neon in 2002. In both cases the entire car buying process from arrival to departure in our newer car took less than one hour and included our test drive!
Unfortunately, not long after buying the van we read an article from a well known consumer advocacy group that the absolute worst years for the Dodge Caravan were 2005 – 2007! In our first full days driving of the vehicle we discovered that one of the ‘heater core’ units was shot and needed replacement (we bought it at the tail end of winter) as well as the power lock for the passenger side sliding door.
Fortunately the dealership took care of the problem immediately (and at no cost to us) and provided us with a free rental for the two days the van was in the shop. Still it wasn’t a good feeling to learn that these heater core replacements were a fairly common occurrence with the Caravans from our model year.
In the first month of ownership we took a family trip through mountainous terrain to Lake Tahoe, and discovered that the brakes were becoming so overheated that they were ‘glazing’ and ‘fading’, and this made it dangerous to drive without frequent stops to let them cool off! And no I wasn’t ‘riding’ the brakes and have never had any problems driving numerous other vehicles in many other mountainous roads. At least the dealership replaced the front disk brakes the following week.
Then the van went to about the 100k mile mark and boom everything started failing. First the radiator, then the tie rods, followed by the transmission at 109K miles, followed by the whole engine (sheared all 3 pistons on the one side due to a faulty oil pump) just 6k miles later!!!
KBB stated our van (running and in good condition) was worth about $4k, but we had just put that much into replacing all the crap that had already broken. We ended up trading it in on a used Toyota Camry (the older two kids are both out of the house, working on their own now) and are just glad to be done with it...
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 9th September, 2015