1999 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport 3.3 V6 from North America
Unusually reliable for a Dodge Grand Caravan
1. The belt completely came off the car a few months after I bought it.
2. The previous owner broke the parking brake cable lever, so I got stranded in the mountains for a few hours, as I reached down and had no lever to release the brake. So I had to have a tow truck driver cut the parking brake cable, and I have been driving that way ever since.
3. The previous owner broke the cup holder tray and was rough on some of the interior.
4. It stalled only once in New Mexico, but not again since.
5. It has a very slow water pump leak I have ignored since I bought the van.
6. The brakes are 50% worn already. It eats brakes.
7. The transmission gets quirky and clunky with too much stop and go driving.
8. The passenger side window regulator is going out.
9. The lock sometimes hangs up, preventing me from opening the driver's door unless I jiggle it or turn the key back and forth.
Overall, this van has not left me stranded yet, at all. It survived a 2,200 mile roadtrip from California to New Mexico in January 2022 at 23 years old. It starts each time, it never overheats, and I LOVE the digital fuel economy computer and weather station. The seats are comfortable. It loses almost no oil.
I have already taken this minivan on several long trips, but right now the GREEN NEW DEAL has reduced my budget in being able to afford to drive this van at extortion gas prices. I will never get rid of this van.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 10th April, 2022
17th Apr 2022, 01:58
3.3's are solid engines. The 3.8 is noticeably faster, but tends towards oil usage.
Keep an eye on the transmission. If the Input & Output sensors go bad, they can lead to destruction of the transmission. Yearly fluid and filter changes will not be a waste of money ;)
21st Apr 2022, 08:20
Thanks very much for that. I presume the check engine light would come on at that point. Update, survived my first sideswipe car accident with an idiot driving a 2015 Kia Optima. The van won.