A real workhorse, Dodge is king of minivans!
Alternator at 300k (I think it was the original one).
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.
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