1997 Dodge Grand Caravan Reviews - Page 4 of 10

1997 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.3 from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 3.3 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired30000 kilometres
Most recent distance105000 kilometres
Previous carChevrolet Beretta

Summary:

You can't compete with the looks, quality and dependability of Dodge Grand Caravan

Faults:

Recall on clock spring. I didn't have any problems prior to the recall, but took it in to be changed anyway.

One new battery.

Sliding (power) door lock on the left side doesn't always work. This started about two years ago.

Last year it wouldn't start, but it turned out that this was due to a faulty module in a non-factory automatic car starter that I had installed a few months after I purchased my Grand Caravan.

Two years ago I had my front brakes replaced, sometimes they are squeaky, but they have never failed me.

Front door rubbers need to be replaced.

Have never had any transmission problems.

General Comments:

I love my Grand Caravan.

It looks good, it is roomy, it drives like a car, is good on gas and I have never had any serious problems. But I do my best to keep up with the maintenance schedule. I will run this vehicle into the ground and I don't see that happening any time soon.

I am sorry for the people that have had problems with theirs. Apparently 1997 was a bad year for some of the transmissions in this vehicle, although I don't think there were problems with the vehicles with 3.3 litre engines.

Some of the problems some people have listed are normal wear and tear issues. For example, changing brake pads, shoes, rotors. Every car I've owned has needed a new battery at some point.

Regardless of the manufacturer, every vehicle will have its own issues. Recalls are normal in any industry, be it a car or a washer and dryer. I feel very safe in my Grand Caravan. I think that a recall not only protects the manufacturer, but also the consumer. All it means is that they have identified a problem and have enough integrity to contact the customer to rectify it.

So for those of you who are planning to buy Toyota, KIA, Honda etc., I truly hope that you are citizens of Japan or Australia because that is where your money is going. So when there are no jobs for your kids or you have to supply toilet paper in their schools, don't complain because you will be driving your Toyota, which I might add, will come with it's own list of problems.

Personally, my next vehicle will be either a Dodge Grand Caravan or a Dodge Ram truck. Though I will definitely do my research before deciding on the dealership I buy from. They are the ones that you will have to deal with and I find that if the dealership does its job properly, your experience with your car will be all the more enjoyable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th June, 2006

13th Jun 2006, 11:50

"although I don't think there were problems with the vehicles with 3.3 litre engines."

There most certainly were. Knock on wood, it seems you've got a Caravan without problems... a very rare thing.

14th Jun 2006, 01:43

"So for those of you who are planning to buy Toyota, KIA, Honda etc., I truly hope that you are citizens of Japan or Australia because that is where your money is going" and "Personally, my next vehicle will be either a Dodge Grand Caravan or a Dodge Ram truck".

Yes, please give your money to the all american DAIMLER-Chrysler... Moreover, GM and Ford will be very happy to know that they may be producing (whenever they feel like it) under-developed, under-engineered products and save huge amounts of money in the process (money which will be feeding their CEO's bank accounts, among others). It is (at least) curious to see that there are people thinking they are protecting the american auto industry by buying inferior products.

P.S. Yes, there ARE well engineered US cars out there, but nobody is helping nobody when buying ANYTHING american product just because it's american...

1997 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.8 from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 3.8 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired12000 miles
Most recent distance171000 miles
Previous carPontiac Bonneville

Summary:

Overall it has been a very reliable van

Faults:

Replaced all normal wear items such as hoses, belts, brakes, and tires.

Replaced two starter motors and two coil packs.

Replaced clock spring and wiper control switch.

General Comments:

This van has been great to drive so far.

It still has the original transmission and has never been rebuilt.

Never had to be towed or taken to a dealership for any repair work.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st July, 2005

Average review marks: 6.3 / 10, based on 35 reviews