1995 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.3 from North America
Best minivan of 1996, stuff breaks after 60k
Pretty good up to 60k miles, then up to $1,000-2,000 per year, no horror stories, but it adds up.
1st radio/cassette had the clock give out, then went through 4 1997 cassette decks where the buttons gave random functions, they let me upgrade to a CD unit for $200 which has worked fine since.
Brakes @ 40,000.
Tires @ 75,000.
Water pump gave out just before the power train warranty.
Sliding door parts broke @ 50,000.
Driver door seals keep getting loose, just leave it alone.
2 random emission parts $800 @ 72,000.
Heater A/C slider/panel $600 @ 75,000.
I got it because it was the cool new minivan of 1996 figuring it wouldn't go out of style for a long time vs the Quest (which sure enough will be extinct after next year).
Drives like a nice big V6 sedan, performance is pretty good if not neck snapping, more brisk than Nissan Quest, roomier, still a contempory and popular body style even after 2001 restyle. Nice to have the driver side door to buckle in the baby seat which Quest did not have. Drives OK in snow.
Aftermarket minivan TV/VCR console fits between front seats, I have the 2nd row buckets which are comfortable.
Sensible big button radio design, but hard to center the balance fader joystick. CD cassette unit sounds pretty good, stock speakers are OK.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 12th March, 2001