1994 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.6 Liter from North America


The best $2,500.00 I have spent on a vehicle


I have had problems with the "check engine" light for about 50,000 miles now... I couldn't find a mechanic who could find the problem... so I ignore it. It only happens on very hot days or when driving for more than an hour.

The transmission rattles badly.

I have had to replace the front passenger wheel.

The air conditioner was intermittent when we bought it and I have not fixed it... it has since failed completely.

The rear wiper has not worked for about 90,000 miles... not really necessary for my area.

The heater failed at 200,000 miles and is getting repaired later this summer.

I did have the transmission fluid flushed at 99,000 miles. Maybe that is why it is still moving...

General Comments:

The van loves to cruise at 70mph, 2100 rpm in 4th gear.

I enjoy the get up and go when I need it... but I treat it like the Grande Dame that it is, and only do that when necessary to get out of the way.

I like the factory radio/cassette player.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th June, 2009

1994 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.3 from North America


Dependable work horse


Transmission hesitated. Knowing the Dodge transmission issues, I had it flushed and replaced the fluid. No problems since.

Brakes replaced at 125,000.

Muffler replaced at 125,000.

Rear wheel bearings replaced at 125,000.

Starter at 135,000.

Air conditioning needs recharge annually.

General Comments:

The 94 is much more powerful than my 2001. It really zips!

The ride is good, but not as smooth as the 2001 we own. It has the sport package which actually has a stiffer/sportier ride than the non-sport.

Tons of room. It's a great hauler.

This car was bought to drive while our 2001 Beetle was constantly in the shop. We ended up keeping it because it works so well. It now does duty as my 16 year old daughter's driver.

Overall we really love Grand Caravans. We have owned three (two 94s and one 2001) and have had nothing, but good results from all. There have been no transmission issues to speak of. We are sure to change fluid at 100,000 miles which really seems to firm things up. I am currently looking for another 2001 to replace my 99 Chevy Astro which has been a nightmare.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th December, 2005

1994 Dodge Grand Caravan LE 3.3 V6 petrol from North America


Glad I bought it- very impressed


An electrical fault caused the engine to shut off when coming to a stop. This was fixed by the dealership at no charge.

The air conditioning does not blow cold. To be expected for a vehicle of this age.

The front suspension makes a clunking/ knocking sound when making low-speed manoeuvres. Apparently this is common.

The rear wiper and washer do not work.

General Comments:

I purchased this van in a hurry as I needed a vehicle having just moved to a new city. I was looking for nothing in particular, and a dealer showed me this Caravan which had reasonable kilometres for its age.

I was initially skeptical of the reliability the van would offer (being my first American-built car), but after owning it for a period of time I must say that I am blown away by this vehicle! It does everything you ask it to do and more.

I have done several long road trips in this van so far, and it has not let me down at all. I am impressed with the various power features on my example too- the display showing the compass, outside temperature, fuel economy etc is a welcome addition that I did not expect. It also came with power driver's seat, and power windows.

The audio system is great, however you have to lean right forward to adjust the stereo or A/C controls.

The inside of the Grand Caravan could comfortably seat seven. I do not require the rear seats very often, but they are reasonably easy to remove (however you will need an extra person to help).

The motor and transmission are a good combination. Despite being a 'traditionally' designed push-rod engine, it is whisper quiet at idle and offers a smooth power delivery. Sometimes I have to check the gauges to make sure the engine is still running. It's that quiet.

I wish the van could achieve better fuel economy than 19.7 MPG. It's OK for a vehicle of this shape, but I read the new Caravans are no better despite being much more aerodynamically designed.

I also would like the driver's seat base to be able to be shifted further back. On long trips the driving position makes it easy for your legs to fall asleep.

All in all the Grand Caravan has exceeded every one my expectations so far. I had the intention of simply trading it in once I no longer required it, but now I am seriously considering keeping this van long term.

Based on this experience, I would definitely buy another. A great buy provided you find a good one!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th September, 2005