1995 Dodge Grand Caravan Reviews

1995 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.3L from North America

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 3.3L Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired86000 miles
Most recent distance199678 miles
Previous carFord Aerostar

Summary:

Great van, want a new one just as good

Faults:

A/C needs a couple of cans of Freon every 3-4 months, but runs cold!

Burns oil at the rate of 1 quart every 1000 miles.

Wiper motor went out at a really bad time.

Sometimes it starts, sometimes I have to hit the breather with starter fluid. NOT the fuel pump (spent 2 days at mechanics).

Side door gave me fits.. The boy next door took it apart and now it works great...

The gas mileage sucks, but she is still cheaper than another purchase.. I paid $600.00 for her.

General Comments:

VERY comfortable.. lived in it once when running from a hurricane and couldn't find lodgings.

Hauls anything I need it to haul.

A/C will freeze you out; you have to turn it down to the 2nd lowest setting.

Hauls every dog, kid and adult I cram in it.

When "she" is running good, I wouldn't trade her for anything but a new van.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th October, 2012

1995 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.3L from North America

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 3.3L Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired128000 miles
Most recent distance143000 miles
Previous carMercury Sable

Summary:

Surprisingly sturdy workhorse..

Faults:

Door hinge on driver's door separated from body.

Sliding door unlocks intermittently.

Driver's seat back bolt stripped off causing seat to snap back.

Electronic hatch release quit 1 month after purchase.

Fuel pump starting going out after 6 months.

General Comments:

I am fairly impressed at the general sturdiness of this vehicle. I have used it for a multitude of things and have been pleased with its versatility.

I plan on purchasing another minivan, but likely not a Chrysler product.

The vehicle has never left me stranded because of engine problems.

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

Review Date: 13th January, 2005

14th Jan 2005, 19:56

Just a warning.. the fuel pump problem WILL leave you stranded if you don't replace it.. our '94 Grand Voyager with 3.3L died at a drive-through window and had to be towed. Just shut off without warning, bad fuel pump. Our '95 Grand Voyager with same engine blew its fuel pump as well a week later, luckily in the driveway this time.

1995 Dodge Grand Caravan LE 3.8 from North America

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.8 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.6 / 10
Distance when acquired95000 miles
Most recent distance180000 miles
Previous carOldsmobile Cutlass

Summary:

A high maintanance headache

Faults:

Lets see...

-Trans went at 100,000 just after buying the car. $2000.

-Trans went again at 175,000. $2,000. At this point we were told by the transmission tech that, "These are very good and reliable transmissions, as long as you never accelerate quickly, never make quick moves, never drive hard, and always maintain them on time." Coincidentally, we have done all these things correctly and are still on (at least) the third transmission.

-Another point on the transmission. It takes a special ATF +3 fluid. I cannot tell you how many "reputable" mechanics put Dexron or some other incorrect fluid into it causing lurching, hard shifting, and shuddering.

-The front right axle went out with the second transmission.

-ERG sensor went.

-The wiper pivot went out, causing a dangerous condition with no wipers. (odd)

-The engine burns a ton of oil when traveling in hot weather.

-The AC system will occasionally blow through the upper vents, but usually comes only through the floor vents, no matter what you select.

-The support for the drivers seat is and has always been broken.

-Rear heater lines rusted and leaked fluid.

-The paint has flaked off in large areas and the body is rusting in these spots.

-While on a trip the ignition system went and spark plugs, wires, and distributer all had to be replaced for $500, and 2 wasted days.

-The Water pump went, taking out the tensioner and belt, overheating the engine, and leading to an $800 repair bill.

-The brakes are very soft, so soft in fact they might even be considered dangerous in an emergency situation. The car also eats rotors as after no more than 8,000 miles the new rotors are warped.

-A bunch of other stuff that I can't think of right now.

General Comments:

I would like to recomend this car, but I really can't. It will cost you a ton of money for repairs, which usually aren't performed correctly. The transmission is garanteed to go on you. The handling is sufficient, but certainly nothing to write home about.

The one hight point of this car is its engine. It has very high torque at low revs, helping gas mileage for such a heavy vehicle. It has 180,000 miles on it and is still pulling strong, aside from the oil it uses.

All in all, compared to other mid- '90s American vehicles, this van isn't too bad. However, that really speaks to how terrible those other cars are, not to how good the van is.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 7th July, 2004

Average review marks: 6.0 / 10, based on 9 reviews