1998 Dodge Grand Caravan Reviews - Page 4 of 6

1998 Dodge Grand Caravan SE AWD 3.8 from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 3.8 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 miles
Most recent distance130000 miles
Previous carDodge Caravan

Summary:

Excellent all-around

Faults:

Starter was replaced at 125,000 miles.

General Comments:

Very reliable, has never let me down and has only needed the one repair (new starter) at 125,000 miles. I live in Alaska and drive on snow 7 months a year, and the all-wheel drive works flawlessly. I was prepared to hate it, but in fact it's a great and reliable and safe family car, with more room than an SUV. Better gas mileage too. And the 3.8 liter engine is plenty powerful.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th December, 2005

16th Jun 2007, 18:08

I agree. 1998 AWD, 3.8 Litre, 174,000 Km, hasn't left us stranded yet. Great on fuel and outstanding in snow, good handling and tons of room. It seems that the AWD transmissions are far superior than your standard fare...

1998 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.3 liter from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 3.3 liter Automatic
Distance when acquired77000 miles
Most recent distance78000 miles
Previous carSubaru Impreza

Summary:

I would recommend the van for someone who doesn't mind working on it every so often

Faults:

The Grand Caravan has an apparently common problem with the serpentine belt... it will come off when driving in rainy weather. This affects power steering most importantly, along with all other vital accessory components.

General Comments:

We found that the Grand Caravan had plenty of room for everyone and acceleration was up to expectation.

The van has some electrical problems with the front A/C blower and headlight switch. Both work intermittently.

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

Review Date: 28th November, 2005

1998 Dodge Grand Caravan V6 from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission V6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired90000 miles
Most recent distance120000 miles
Previous carSuzuki Swift

Summary:

Best vehicle I have ever owned!

Faults:

Turn signal dosn't always work.

Day running lights sometimes flash.

Rear door broke, now the door won't stay up.

Child Locks on both sliding doors sometimes lock so you can't shut the door without pushing the button inside the door first.

General Comments:

Very roomy van, you have more space in the Dodge Grand Caravan then you do in most other vans or SUVs. Gets great gas mileage. So comfortable, handles like a dream. The 2 sliding doors are awesome if you have a child in a car seat. Rides not to high not to low, perfect! Can carry long pipes and wood, this van can do what any truck can. If you only have 1 or 2 kids you can take the back seat out completely and the back of the van is like having a truck bed, with a topper. I can't say enough about this van.

I see a lot of people have had bad experiences. I guess maybe by 90,000 miles, when I bought mine everything had already gone bad and had been replaced. Or maybe it's cause it was Fords company vehicle since 1998.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th April, 2005

1998 Dodge Grand Caravan LX 3.3 from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 3.3 Automatic
Distance when acquired92000 miles
Most recent distance98000 miles
Previous carFord Tempo

Summary:

Don't bother

Faults:

Very strange knocking noise sometimes coming from front end. When I back up it sounds like I ran over something. Serpentine belt gone bad. Hatch door in back has a large dent in it? Seen many others like this.

General Comments:

First of all I fell in love with this mini van when I seen it. I loved the looks the inside everything. I came to find out that it has other amenities that other caravans do not. IE. It has all wheel drive? Searched that and it was not in the 98 caravan. The plates show it as a 98. The numbers as a 97? I have no clue what to think. The bad points is a large round dent in the back. I have seen many of these dents on other Grand caravans. The belt is horrendous. When I back up sounds sometimes like I ran something over??? Now there is some strange noise in the front like a very loud crunching clicking noise. But only sometimes. The dash board goes out. I have to hit it to make it work again. SOMEONE tell me. ARE THEY ALL LIKE THIS? Or did I buy a lemon? I take it back to dealer. who are great BTW> and they can't find nothing wrong... I'm at wits end really...

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

Review Date: 19th October, 2004

16th Nov 2004, 17:22

I have a 1997 dodge grand caravan sport. I bought it in April of 2000 and it has been very good to my family for the most part. We also had our dash go out a few times on us where I had no idea what my speed was, what gear I was in, or how many miles I was at. It turns out all you have to do is disconnect the negative battery terminal for a couple of minutes and it resets itself.

Average review marks: 6.5 / 10, based on 19 reviews