1993 Dodge Grand Caravan Reviews - Page 3 of 5

1993 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 6 cylinder from North America

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership1993
Most recent year of ownership1997
Engine and transmission 6 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance45100 miles
Previous carHonda Accord

Summary:

What turned me off to American cars forever

Faults:

Where to begin?

3 transmissions in 4 years.

Passenger door and sliding door handles fell off.

Rear view mirror fell off.

Horn would stick on.

Interior lights would short out.

Visor light took weeks to be repaired by dealership.

General Comments:

I went to a dealership that sold Toyota, Dodge, and Mazda. (Knowing that if I traded it in, they couldn't tell me what a pile it was since they sold those cars) Looking at the car, the dealer told me they would give $9000 for the trade-in. After driving it, they rescinded the offer and gave $1000.

I own a 1998 Toyota Sienna and have not had a problem with it in the 7 years I've owned it.

Never again.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 13th May, 2005

10th Jun 2005, 14:30

Your problem is that you owned a Toyota and a Honda before. I always owned American cars, and the 93 Grand Caravan has been the best of the lot. Yes, I've had 3 transmissions too, and now the paint is peeling off the roof, but other than that the car has been remarkably service-free over 12 years and 125k. One tune-up, new water pump, 2 starter motors, radio booster amps failed. Other than that -- no problems. We still keep the car in the family, but now I drive a Toyota Matrix.

1993 Dodge Grand Caravan ES 3.3L from North America

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.3L Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired70000 miles
Most recent distance104400 miles
Previous carPontiac GrandAm

Summary:

The 1993 Grand Caravan is beautiful and comfortable, but requires so much maintenance!

Faults:

Brakes was the first thing we had repaired/ replaced.

The fuel pump was replaced twice, on second time, we had to replace the fuel tank too ($610).

A/C has been maintained 2 times.

ABS brakes recall service twice in 1997 and 8/2004, plus accumulative ball ($224). Troubleshoot the "no power" on ABS Brakes and replaced fuse ($250).

9/2004 - water pump leak, replace with lifetime warranty $26.

Serpentine belt, idler pulley, tensioner belt replaced 8/2004 ($220).

Battery replaced several times (at least 4 times).

Transmission rebuilt on 9/2001 ($1289)

Brake pads and seals replaced several times.

Front strut replaced ($290) now has lifetime warranty.

We have done $4900 in repairs since we owned it in 8/2000.

General Comments:

Purchased vehicle for $7300 in 2000 mileage 70,000.

Paint is still very good, carpet, power seats, lights, and sound system are all excellent. It's a great looking vehicle. I just wish it ran as good as it looks. It wasn't always this bad. When we first bought, it actually ran very smooth and had no problems with it, very comfortable, we were so proud of it. After a 900-mile vacation, we had to replace the brakes. The vehicle had to sit in the carport because we had other vehicles to use 12/2000 thru 8/2004). When we tried to get it started again, we had all sort of things to replace. Chrysler the dealership and the corporate 800 number is no help. Seems like we have more problems with it when it after picking it up form the Dealer's Service Center.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 1st September, 2004

23rd Dec 2005, 21:02

I made a similar mistake some years ago: I paid $8500 for a car (not a Caravan) with 80,000 miles on it. Don't do this! Either buy an old cheap car for under $3000, or buy a new or almost new car with under 24,000 miles on it. It costs just as much to repair an old clunker as it does a newer car. You're throwing good money after bad! Brand new Caravans can be bought for $15,000, and in my opinion that's a much better buy than paying half as much for something with 70,000 miles.

4th May 2006, 06:16

I concur with this advice, I have 2 Chrysler Town and Country vans, one, a 1995, was purchased for $6K with 80K on the odometer, the other, a 1994 was purchased for $200 with 130K on the odometer and about $2K was put into it to fix the transmission and many other small items. The 1995 has about 110K on it now, and the 1994 has about 140K on it, and they are both equally reliable and functional and will probably last the same amount of time - but it's a pretty significant difference in price. The big problem is too many used car buyers put an undue amount of importance on a used car with less than 100K miles on it, this puts a pretty significant "knee" in the price/mileage/age depreciation curve. Your best deals are used cars with 110-120K miles on them that show that they have been very well maintained and gently driven.

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