2002 Dodge Grand Caravan EL from North America


Nice ride, but troublesome and the maintenance is expensive


Brakes have gone bad twice so far.

Tires wear out in under 20K miles.

Body rust already showing.

Has some kind of electrical problem.

Ignition key sometimes won't turn.

General Comments:

We really liked this minivan when we first got it. My dad had an old Dodge Aspen and never had a day of trouble with it. This vehicle on the other hand, leaves a lot to be desired.

The first thing to go wrong with it was the ignition key wouldn't turn one day. After messing with it for a few minutes, my wife finally got it to turn. This started happening more frequently so we looked it up online. We found a site that said to whack it a couple of times with a rubber mallet and it would work, so we tried it, and it worked. We now keep the mallet in the car and have to use it at least a few times every week.

The next problem was the electrical system. I had noticed one night that the lights flashed a few times, and the dash lighting seemed to dim and come back. Then every now and then the electrical warning light would come on. The mechanics can't find anything wrong, but it still does this sometimes.

Tires on this vehicle make me crazy. They wear out in under 20K miles. I have them rotated every 3000 miles, or else the front ones wouldn't last 10K. The tire guys always tell me the GC is notoriously bad on tires. Now I have them put on the cheapest tires they can find.

I am also getting ready to have the brakes replaced for the second time. I suppose it's just like the tire problem, the brakes wear out fast on this vehicle.

I am seeing rust already along the bottom of the sliding doors. I'm not really surprised since we live in the northeast where we get a lot of road salt in the winter.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 5th August, 2009

7th Aug 2009, 20:29

I also have a 2002 Grand Caravan. Overall this has been a very good car for my family. Front brakes last 35-40,000 miles and this seems normal to me. I have not had any tire wear problems at all. I'm on my second set of tires and they're still good with 55,000 miles on them. I rotate them every 6,000 miles or so. We also live where the roads are heavily salted in winter, but there is virtually no rust on our van.

2002 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport 3.1 from North America


My first and last Dodge


The following went wrong since I purchased the vehicle at 27,000 km:

1. alternator bearings replaced at 30,000

2. front suspension joints replaced twice, at 60000 and 80,000

3. the window motor on the driver side seized at 80,000

4. had to replace transmission at 110,000

5. water pump replacement at 117,000

6. rear sliding door latch solenoid at 127,000.

General Comments:

On the positive side the vehicle is spacious and comfortable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 28th October, 2008

28th Oct 2008, 19:48

U had a lemon. I have one too, 111,ooo miles on it. perfect with the regular oil changes and grease, tire rotation, etc.

2002 Dodge Grand Caravan ES 3.8 from North America


Satisified customer


The wiper controls on the blinker stalk are just stupid.

The suspension seems a little weak. I upgraded the rear shocks to the spring assisted version for trailer towing.

The lower ball joints are getting a little loud.

General Comments:

This is my first new car, and first American car in 12 years.

Best vehicle I have ever owned! It has always been clean and well maintained. Has not been abused/ damaged or serviced by a moron.

Nothing out of the ordinary has failed except for the alternator bearings, and driver side window regulator.

I have the Canadian model. It came standard with a LARGE transmission fluid cooler the size of the radiator. I use the van to tow an RV, and a utility trailer regularly.

All the problems I have read on this site are alien to me, and I felt like it needed a truthful positive review. My vehicle has 108,000.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th May, 2008