2001 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport 3.3 V6 from North America
Overall good value for folks who can't afford a Honda
Knocking sound from the front end was diagnosed by the dealer to be a faulty steering rack, but it turned out to be tie-rod ends.
HVAC works erratically - blows hot one side, cold the other; Fan switch required replacing; overall the problem was not fixed.
Other than the problems listed above and normal wear items, this van has been very reliable. I am not happy with the HVAC at all - Mechanics don't seem to know how to fix it.
Comfort and ride quality has been improved over last generation. Squeaks and rattles are greatly reduced - seems like a tighter body structure.
Fit and finish is not very good - body panels are misaligned.
3.3 V6 is underpowered especially compared to Honda and Toyota. Fuel consumption is high.
I've owned 4 model generations of Caravan, and although I would probably prefer a Honda or Toyota, the Caravans are far less expensive when buying used and are a good overall value. I would not buy a new one - Honda or Toyota if I had the bucks!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 15th July, 2005
15th Jul 2005, 12:18
I also have a 2001 Grand Caravan Sport, and could not agree with you more on how weak the 3.3 liter V-6 is. I wish my van had the larger motor. My van also had the tie rod ends replaced, as well as a power steering motor. Overall, I am satisfied, because this van is a good value for those that cannot afford the Honda or Toyota.