1993 Dodge Grand Caravan Reviews

1993 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.3 from North America

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2012
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 3.3 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired289000 kilometres
Most recent distance325000 kilometres
Previous carFord Crown Victoria

Summary:

A real workhorse, Dodge is king of minivans!

Faults:

Alternator at 300k (I think it was the original one).

Battery.

Previous owner replaced the transmission at 260000.

A few other minor things expected from a 20 year old van with over 300k on it; paint peeling on the roof, rear wiper doesn't work (common Caravan problem) and power trunk release doesn't work; have to use the key to open it, not a big deal.

Still gets good gas mileage, and rides very well on the highway.

General Comments:

I am not much of a Dodge guy, but have to admit they make the best minivans on the market. In Canada it has been the best selling minivan for 25 years in a row, for a reason.

I bought this van last year for my small business, as an alternative to a gas guzzling, full size work van.

Remove the seats in the Grand Caravan and you have loads of cargo space; 8 ft by 4 ft by 4 ft approximately?

Also the roof rack is very useful, and strong enough to hold aluminum ladders, etc.

I really like these minivans, and they are comfortable to drive; they kind of drive more like a car than a van or truck.

Visibility is good too; very few blind spots.

Things like power windows and interior lights are really well made too; good build quality throughout. If buying a Caravan, get one with the Dodge 3.3 or 3.8 engine, as they run for a very long time.

Avoid vans with the Mitsubishi made 3.0 engine; it's not terrible, but tends to burn/leak oil after 300k.

These vans can be purchased for really cheap too, there are plenty around. Just be careful, as people tend to not maintain their minivans; a lot of owners are young families who cannot afford oil changes, etc.

Mine had high km and was used as a work truck by the previous owner, so I got it for $600 cash.

Paid for itself many times since. Have put about 30000k on it.

I only had to replace an alternator, which was cheap, as are all parts for this van, and took less than an hour to change.

This van saves me a lot of money. It's not the coolest ride, but it allows me to own a sweet 80's Monte Carlo as a weekend ride. I highly recommend the Dodge Caravan as a cheap, reliable, durable van that gets the job done!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th March, 2013

11th Mar 2013, 14:21

I agree with most everything. It does not haul 4by8 sheets of plywood. You have to stand them up on one side.

My engine is also a 3.3. I have 296,000 with the original transmission. They never need a tuneup.

I bought mine with 138,000, and have never done anything but plugs and alternator, and several fuel pumps.

These vans are coming back in style. The new ones have no personality. Very comfortable.

I have an Astro van. It's scary when it is windy. This van holds up very well in the wind. Wonderful heater and A/C. Same temperature in the front and back.

I thought I should get rid of it, but I love it too much.

Special note. Keep the side door sliding parts lubricated.

6th Aug 2013, 20:56

Update from the original poster: The van has now passed the 340000 km mark! Still running super strong and using almost no oil.

Had to buy some tires for the front recently, but they are a common size and I got 2 almost new tires for $30 each.

1993 Dodge Grand Caravan 3.3 from North America

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 3.3 Don't Know
Performance marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
1.0 / 10
Distance when acquired250 miles
Most recent distance300 miles
Previous carChevrolet Chevy C2

Summary:

Piece of crap

Faults:

Radiator leak.

Seat belts come undone while driving.

Head gasket blew out after installing new radiator.

Now water comes out of the tail-pipe.

The strut has broken after about six months of owning it.

General Comments:

This van is seriously a piece of crap!!!

Once you fix one thing, you have to fix another.

She barely held up for a while.

But the whole time, she constantly needs some kind of help. She really needs more help than I can give her.

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

Review Date: 26th September, 2010

27th Sep 2010, 16:56

Wow, really? It says you bought this van in 2008 as a 1993 model? I'm just throwing this out there, but I hear that 15 year old vehicles are entitled to a few issues... Don't feel sorry for yourself, there are people with NEW cars that have more problems than this.

Average review marks: 6.5 / 10, based on 15 reviews