2002 Dodge Grand Caravan Reviews - Page 6 of 6

2002 Dodge Grand Caravan 3.8 from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 3.8 Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.8 / 10
Distance when acquired62000 miles
Most recent distance69200 miles
Previous carPontiac Grand Am

Summary:

Incredible turning radius and is fun and comfortable to drive, but is remarkably unreliable.

Faults:

If right turn signal is pushed into position, the left one blinks.

Wiper fluid onto the windshield does not function. High beams come on instead.

High beams no longer work unless pull back VERY hard.

When shifting into either drive or reverse, the vehicle hesitates and sometimes after several tries still does not want go.

Vehicle "died" after driving it. After it was jump-started, the dash lights blinked and gave a light show.

General Comments:

The dealership mechanic area counter-woman stated that "as long as the lights come on in the right order, it doesn't make a difference". It still does it and the Dodge dealership "cannot duplicate the problem". This translates into NOT fixing it.

That first paragraph can be repeated many times. The dealership needs to "duplicate the problem" in order to fix ANYthing. Thus, NONE of the problems associated with the directional/high beam/wiper fluid stick has been addressed.

As for the transmission problem, I haven't even bothered to take it to the dealership. I have an extended warranty, but I would not suggest that anyone else purchase such a thing.

The dash light problem was fixed by replacing the battery. I had only owned the vehicle, which I purchased used, for four and one half months. I argued that a battery that is supposed to last for three years should be replaced by the dealership at no cost to me. They did not agree.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 20th October, 2005

2002 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport Gas engine from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission Gas engine Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.2 / 10
Distance when acquired26000 miles
Most recent distance49865 miles
Previous carDodge Grand Caravan

Summary:

Dodge Grand Caravan's are nothing but Garbage

Faults:

Sway bar and bushings had to be replaced at 35353 miles.

The transmission had to be replaced at 41212 miles.

The blinkers started working intermittently at 44000 miles.

The AC compressor locked up at 49870 miles.

General Comments:

The van rides good and handles well.

However it has had some serious problems since the day I bought it.

I have never owned a vehicle that has had this many problems with so few miles.

I will never buy another Chrysler product for as long as I live.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 21st January, 2005

5th Aug 2005, 10:55

Hi, I have a 2002 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport that I have had nothing, but troubles with. Powering steering has gone out a few times, along with sway bar and bushings being replaced many times. I have had it in for repair numerous times. I decided to call a lemon law attorney. I faxed him all my information on April 5,2005, I finally got a response from Chrysler saying that they will only give me $3,500.00. So, obviously I am stuck with this van. The lawyer told me to take the money and buy an extended warranty with it. I don't think this is very fair. So, all I get out of it, is a headache. My van just reached 38,000 miles. I have not signed any papers yet. I am wondering if I should contact Chrysler Headquarters myself. My attorney said that I cannot take them to court, because when I bought the van, I guess when I signed the papers, it says in there that I cannot take them to court. Then the attorney said that since I got the employee discount, that is why I am only being offered $3500.00. To me, that shouldn't matter. They are offering employee discounts now to everyone!!!Thanks for listening. Vanessa vanna31@wowway.com.

2002 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport 3.3 liter from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.3 liter Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired88000 miles
Most recent distance89500 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

No surprises, good value for the price

Faults:

Sway bar bushings. Went to a local Chrysler dealer For recall on PS hose. Just checked or replaced air filter, WW blades etc. and he wanted to sell me same.

General Comments:

Bought the van on E Bay for $8000. I figured, late model, high miles, at least the mileage would be correct. So far, no bad surprises! Looks as good as the '03 Caravan I bought new. It seems to be an early '02 so I'm having problems buying parts on E- Bay. Example, Cassette CD radio is '01!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th November, 2004

2002 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport 3.3L from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.3L Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance62000 kilometres
Previous carDodge Grand Caravan

Summary:

Excellent vehicle

Faults:

Power steering under recall

Front sway bar links.

General Comments:

I don't get it, what have people done wrong for the transmission to fail on these newer Dodge minivan

Personally, I work in a Chrysler dealership and I've never seen one with this problem. 2000 and below, yes, but not 2001 and up

Anyways, for the price, it's a good buy and I would certainly buy another one.

Ride is excellent, comfortable, everything is original at 60,000+ kms

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th October, 2004

2002 Dodge Grand Caravan ES AWD 3.8L V6 215hp from North America

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.8L V6 215hp Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance24351 kilometres
Previous carToyota Supra

Summary:

Cheap luxury

Faults:

Faulty wipers at 13km.

Rear suspension dropped at 12280.

Transmission failure at 18690.

General Comments:

It has a quite acceptable performance (0-60 in 12.4sec) but it's not quick like other minivans I driven.

The engine heats up quickly when driving at highway speed (above 120 km/h 70mph).

The passenger power seat works sometimes.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 15th March, 2004

2002 Dodge Grand Caravan EX 3.8 from North America

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.8 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance30000 miles
Previous carOldsmobile Silhouette

Summary:

A could've-been-a-great- vehicle with a fatal flaw

Faults:

The transmission went out at 29,500 miles.

General Comments:

One of the best vans on the market considering handling, ride, power, interior.

They STILL have transmission problems though!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th September, 2003

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