Broken studs on rear drum.
Airbag light around 80,000.
Bad oil pan seal around 100,000.
Blown head gasket around 105,000.
Busted camshaft around 105,500.
Horrid clunk from sway bar when purchased.
Inaccurate DTE readings.
Numerous engine codes.
Generally poor design considering crash ratings.
This would be my second Grand Caravan Sport. The first was a 3.3l flex-fuel 7-seater. Had to get rid of it due to the blown engine, which would have cost more to fix than it was worth. On second thoughts, wish I would have kept it (it was paid off).
This model however did come better equipped with 4 captain's chairs, self opening passenger side sliding door and liftgate, power driver's seat and Homelink capability. When I say self opening liftgate, I do mean SELF-opening. Posted recall shows how this year has a tendency to open while in motion. Fun.
The 3.8 liter engine is spunky and has good pick up, as long as you watch your pump fuel. The 3.3l is flex-fuel, the 3.8 is not, so watch those "Contains up to 10% ethanol" labels. Makes a huge difference between merging onto on-ramps and getting ran over by a Civic.
Main issues with the vehicle have been sticking sliding doors, to the point where I completely pulled the relay for my auto-slider. The factory installed 6-disc changer jammed up with no hope for revival, so it's just a placeholder until I get an aftermarket or scrap the whole van.
Recent accident has shown me one important detail that I, along with Chrysler engineers, have missed. There is not true front bumper. The rear has 2 hidden supports similar to police/taxi bull bars but not much else. The front is literally just the well formed plastic you see. No underlayment at all. A small bump in traffic cost me $1,440 in repairs. $335 just for the bumper alone along with $250 for the busted radiator and fan mounts. Oh yeah, and another $150 for an OEM headlight assembly.
Hopefully the new models have something behind that plastic cover, besides vital vehicle components.