1999 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.8 V6 from North America

Summary:

Average car for the Price

Faults:

The brakes have been needed to be replaced 3 or 4 times, more than they should be. Someone at the dealership said that they need to be replaced often because of the design of the vehicle. Apparently, they made it so it puts a lot of stress on the brakes.

The trip computer went at about 20,000 miles, but thankfully it was under warranty and was covered.

General Comments:

The handling and pick-up are very good on this mini-van.

It gets surprisingly good gas mileage for a mini-van. It gets about 18 City and 24 Highway. Good for a minivan that is 8 years old.

The ride used to be a major thing we loved about this van. However, the ride quality has drastically deteriorated over time. It is now extremely loud in back because of either the tires or the drive train. It also absorbs bumps into the cabin and is loud.

The vehicle has started rusting now, but probably because of the harsh winters that are present in the Upstate New York.

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

Review Date: 24th May, 2007

1999 Dodge Grand Caravan es 3.3 liters from North America

Summary:

So far so good

Faults:

I am having problems with the egr sensor valve -- "check engine soon" light remains on. I was told I needed a new egr sensor valve. I was also told I could clean the one I already have. I was also told that cars with a lot of mileage get gunked up with carbon and the such. I will not pass my emissions testing (as required in my county in GA) unless I fix this problem. I have already put a lot of money in to this car and was hoping it was something minor. A mechanic told me it would cost around $200.00. I can't afford this right now.

I had to repair the power steering. Had new rack and pinion put in. New air conditioning. The works. I am broke!

General Comments:

I purchased my 1999 Dodge Grand Caravan used and have only had it for 2 weeks, however all and all I am getting use to it. It drives more like a sedan than a mini van or SUV. Wait until I have owned it for a year and I will let you know what I really think!

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

Review Date: 8th August, 2006

10th Aug 2006, 11:21

You bought the Van with a 164,000 miules and expect to have no problems? wow!

29th Oct 2007, 00:55

I had emission problems as well. I replaced the EGR valve and sprayed intake/throttle body cleaner through the throttle body. This got rid of two engine codes. One for EGR and the downstream O2 sensor. I also had a problem with the radiator fan not turning on. It was a relay below the battery (not in fuse box). All in all..cost $50 for EGR, $55 for radiator fan control relay, $3 for intake cleaner!!! Work smart not hard!!!Don't let these repair companies treat you like you can't do it. I was quoted $680 bucks for this initially and this wasn't even the dealer!!! FYI there is a recall for the clock spring sensor located in the steering column.. THIS WILL FIX AIRBAG, HORN, AND CRUISE CONTROL---FOR FREE!! $280 VALUE. HOPE I WAS HELPFUL.

1999 Dodge Grand Caravan SE Platinum Edition 3.3 from North America

Summary:

Fantastic

Faults:

Front Brake pads for $100.00

Loose Shock absorber bolt re-tightened for $5.00 (not the vans fault)

General Comments:

I hoped it would be reliable to own when I purchased it, but this is ridiculous. Who has ever heard of spending $100.00 per year on repairs?!?!

It is smooth, quiet, rides nicer than a Cadillac. It handles well and accelerates good.

The 3.3 is a hard working reliable engine.

Gas mileage about 27 mpg. on the highway.

I am switching to a K and N filter and Synthetic oil which will bring it up about 10%.

I have been so thrilled with it I have spoiled it with toys: New 17" mag wheels, alarm, hitch, command start, key-less entry and ignition immobilizer.

It is fully loaded the only thing it lacks that my last one had is drivers power seat, but I knew this when I bought it.

Regarding transmission failures. I bought my last one with 157,000 klm on it and sold it at 247,000 klm--no tran problems. This one has had none either.

The most reliable vehicle of the 32 I have owned to date.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th February, 2006

10th Jan 2008, 21:55

Sounds like your van is nice and that you are a terrific person.