2002 Dodge Grand Caravan Reviews - Page 5 of 6

2002 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.3 V6 from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2001
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 3.3 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.3 / 10
Distance when acquired87000 miles
Most recent distance97358 miles
Previous carDodge Dakota

Summary:

This is the worst vehicle I have ever owned!!!

Faults:

I've had the transmission fixed three times.

Outer tie-rods have been replaced.

Sway bar links have been replaced.

Passenger side control arm and bushings have been replaced.

The passenger front strut plate bearings need to be replaced.

The lower radiator hose (the metal one) has been replaced.

The intake gaskets have been replaced.

The passenger rear hub assembly needs to be replaced due to bad bearings.

The emergency brake cables on the passenger side need to be replaced.

The paint on the front of the van has started to bubble.

There is a lot of noise coming from the power steering pump.

The heater relay has needed to be replaced twice.

The transmission sensors have been replaced.

All of the gaskets and the solenoid have been replaced in the transmission.

General Comments:

I've owned this van for just over two years, and it has been nothing but problems since the day I purchased it.

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

Review Date: 30th August, 2006

2002 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport 3.3L from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 3.3L Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired66000 miles
Most recent distance70000 miles
Previous carFord Explorer

Summary:

We love our nice new van, but it is sick.

Faults:

While test driving van in February, all the instrument panel lights and gauges turned on and off for no apparent reason. We told our salesman upon returning and were assured it would be looked at right away.

One month later the problem returned along with our A/C turning off. The headlights turned on and off while driving and sometimes stay on while the switch is off and the car is turned off.

The car was returned to the dealer for repair, replacing the body control module. They kept the car for a week.

Now another month later, the problem is back!

General Comments:

Our car is wacko. We don't know what to do. The dealer has always fixed it on their dime. Is there a lemon issue here?

Otherwise we love our van.

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

Review Date: 27th June, 2006

27th Mar 2011, 11:13

I own an 02 Grand Caravan Olympic Edition, and am having the same problem.

The van has 241000kms and the horn started blaring and the hazard lights started flashing, the same reaction you would get trying to steal it.

It was taken to the garage, and they took the horn fuse out and put it back in, everything went back to normal, so we thought.

Now the radio, auto lock, the remote lock, interior lights don't function and the gauges go wacko when you start the van.

The mechanic says it's the IPM that is corroding and malfunctioning.

Otherwise the van runs great, I just need to solve this electrical problem before it causes some other functions to stop working, worst case scenario, while we're driving it.

2002 Dodge Grand Caravan EX 3.8 from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 3.8 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance37000 miles
Previous carNissan Quest

Summary:

At 26k loaded to the gills, great value

Faults:

PS pump line, fuel line recall, trans gasket, sway bar bushings.

General Comments:

Sway bar bushings...$9.00 at Rockauto.com. Learn how to turn a wrench, it will save you $75.00 an hour.

This van is used as a high-speed transport, and is a star on the interstate. Lock her on 85mph (that's the limit for cruise, annoying!) and it will run about 4 hours and get 19 MPG. Needs 5 more gallons of capacity and a better trans. The electronic trans shifts poorly.

If it could tow 5500lbs, I wouldn't need an SUV!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th April, 2006

2002 Dodge Grand Caravan EL from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10
Distance when acquired12 miles
Most recent distance55000 miles
Previous carDodge Dakota

Summary:

I will not buy another Dodge!

Faults:

Constantly needs tire alignments.

Serpentine belts squeals even after belt and pully replacement.

Clunking noise from front end.

Vehicle drifts backwards in drive on slight upgrades, really bad on a hill.

Power window stopped working on drivers side.

Engine lights come on a lot.

General Comments:

Comfortable for family usage.

Too many little problems meaning to much time and money spent on maintaining the car.

Some big problems which leaves me with no assurances in my vehicle functioning when I need it the most.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 2nd April, 2006

2nd Apr 2006, 19:04

We also have a 2002 Grand Caravan with an alignment problem. It was pulling to the right so I had the dealer do an alignment. It still pulled to the right so I took it back and they argued that it was good. Finally, I took it to a Goodyear shop and it has been fine since then, now 50,000 miles later. We also had the front end clunk problem. When I took it to an independent shop they could not find the problem so they “offered” to replace about everything in the suspension for $800. I found out that the sway bar bushings are a common problem for this vehicle and told them to just replace those. It was about $150 and solved the problem. Your vehicle “drifting backwards” complaint sounds like a normal condition to me. Overall, we have been very happy with our Grand Caravan. Good Luck.

Average review marks: 6.0 / 10, based on 21 reviews