1998 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.3 liter from North America
I'll Never Buy a Dodge Again!
I bought my car used with approx 32K miles.
"Service engine soon" light started coming on around 50,000 miles... the rpm gauge would shoot up tor 4000 and it would stick into gear. Took it to dealer they said it was a relay switch and charged me $700.00. A month later same problem, took it back and they said I now had ANOTHER problem and wanted $1500 just to get inside the transmission! I'm up to 112k miles and the car still has the same problem off and on.. but it has never broken down on me! I know that when it happens, I have to stop, shut the engine off then restart it and everything works again until the next time (which could be 1 days to 2 months! go figure!)
Took it to an independent transmission shop and they noticed "strange codes" on my computer, but couldn't detect anything wrong during the test drive. The care was on good behavior that day!
Tires have to be replaced often. $400 every 1 1/2 years.
There's a terrible creaking sound under my driver's side passenger side sounds like the car is going to snap in half. No one can tell me why! It's not shocks, struts, etc.
At 70,000 miles clock spring went up... lost airbag, horn, cruise control. Luckily this was covered by the recall.
At 80,000 miles driver's side power window switches had to be replaced. Bought part from dealer for $100 and repaired it myself (EASY!)
Transmission leak at 90,000 miles - parts and service + diagnostic test cost $200.00.
Front driver's side wheel bearing had to be replaced at 95,000 miles - shop wanted $300 - bought the part at the local auto repair store only cost me $115 to do it myself. (EASY!)
The A/C Compressor sounds like it's going soon. Keeps making a squirting sound after I turn my car off.
This is the most comfortable vehicle I have every traveled in. And for that reason I love it. It really can be driven all day without any discomfort. Although the seats are a pain to take in and out, the van offers a lot of flexibility for traveling. (we can remove the 2 middle seats and use it as sleeping space)
Handles more like a car, then like a van! A definite plus!
Visibility is excellent all round through the large windows, with very few blind spots.
Somewhat of a gas guzzler.
While it's attractive and comfortable I don't want to EVER be plagued with so many mechanical problems again!
My overall experience with this car has prejudiced me against American made cars.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 12th October, 2004
7th Mar 2005, 19:05
I also have the same year and make vehicle. We replaced the entire transmission (at our expense) less than 2,000 miles over warranty. We have also had to replace drivers side window controls. Now we are facing a new problem that seems to have everyone puzzled. Unable to drive vehicle without it stalling and shaking.
How many people have also had the same problems?
22nd May 2005, 09:06
I have a 1998 Grand Caravan as well - The problem you are having with the car not moving out of gear and RPM shooting up is the same one I had. Turns out it was a combination of 2 things - Speed sensors and the pigtails associated with them. This problem started for us AFTER we had a new transmission put in (at a lousy 64,000 miles) Breaking in of the new tranny put metal deposits into the fluid which got to the sensors. We replaced the sensors, pigtails and flushed the transmission fluid -problem solved.
Having said that, this is the most disappointing car I have ever owned. Will NEVER buy another Dodge product.
15th Dec 2008, 20:53
My 1999 Caravan is the best car I have ever owned!!! It just keeps on going no problems; 112,000 miles. I hate to get rid of it but want a new one. And yes another Caravan. Everyone who ever rode in it can't believe it's a VAN!!!