6th Aug 2004, 18:38
I had a 95 with a 3.3L and the power that damn thing had was amazing. I could take F150's and Broncos with 5.0L's.
26th Jun 2005, 20:44
Since your van has the Mitsubishi 3.0 V6 engine watch out for bad valve seals, which is a common problem among these engines (with a lot of miles). But other than that, you should likely expect more miles out of that engine.
6th Jan 2006, 18:32
I own a 1995 Dodge Caravan CV (service van) with the 3.3L/4sp transaxle with 189,000 miles.
This van was abused daily in my day to day work, but performed exceptionally well through-out its service years (1995-2005), other than routine maintenance and a few minor repairs over the years I have absolutely NO complaints except that they no longer make them as service vehicles any longer.
I was going to sell it last July, but my brand new van (Chevy Astro) had to go into the shop for major repairs and I needed transportation for my tools and me to the job sites, hence I will keep it and use it as a "loaner" for friends moving needs and emergency back-up.
9th Jan 2006, 11:18
I bought a 95' base Caravan about 2 years ago. Before buying this vehicle I did my homework... I talked to 8 owners, 3 mechanics and checked this website along with other websites. Based on my research, I came to the conclusion that most Caravan problems can be traced to the 3.3 motor with the 4 speed auto tranny. I have the 3.0 engine with the 3 speed auto. My caravan had 98,000km when I bought it. So far I have replaced the timing belt, water pump, valve gasket, thermostat and brakes. I consider all this as part of regular maintainance. I have about 130,000km on this van and it performs great. Shifting at low speeds is a little rough and gas mileage could be a little better, but all in all I'm quite happy. The van has lots of room, good visibility, and with the rear seat removed I can carry a stack of 4x4 sheets of plywood with space to spare.