2006 Dodge Grand Caravan 3.8 V6 from North America
Excellent vehicle for the long term
Excellent vehicle with maintenance. It has had struts and shocks replaced in the last month. Left inner tie rod at 135K, alternator bearing at 185K. Water pump at 175K. Engine left running most of the day, if you are going to spend excessive amounts of time in the rear of the vehicle, get the dual air conditioned models.
I use this vehicle for work everyday and spend 50 hours per week inside it. Also, the stow and go package where the seats drop into the floor is over-rated. The floor door flaps fall apart and one cannot remove the rear seats. They are heavy and probably affect fuel economy albeit only slightly. It does not burn oil ever. The heating and cooling are 100 percent reliable. I have added freon from a kit for lasting cold.
I have found the vehicle to be stable on the road with predictable handling. I have heard the 2006 is better than other model years. the 3.8 V6 delivers the same mileage as the smaller engine.
The driver side window motor occasionally "winks" out then works if I try it 10 minutes later. The left turn signal doesn't always shut off. Typical items replaced have been wear items such as brake pads, shocks, tires.
This vehicle never overheats, even in 100 degree weather. Engine Temp Gauge is always just below half. The vehicle delivers excellent fuel economy in the twenties.
Note: the tire size is a little less common for this model year...P215R65-16. Sometimes harder to find. I recommend regular fluid changes and good maintenance to get 200-300K miles from one of these.
If you are buying one of these, the best value seem to be in the Chicago area. Shop, shop, shop! Good values in Kentucky too.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 11th August, 2010
10th Mar 2012, 15:13
I have been the owner of this vehicle. It now has approximately 267,000 miles. It does not burn oil, and has delivered consistent performance and MPG throughout its life, delivering 22-23 MPG over the road every day.
After driving 234,000 miles in this vehicle: I can say take care of it, and it will take care of you. If vehicle should run rough and the engine light comes on, it's probably a plug wire or gas cap.
For serious performance, use slotted brake rotors on the front. Uses double platinum plugs at .050 gap.
Driver's seat moldings will fall apart; prolong their life by reinforcing the inside of the plastic around the mounting holes from the back of the moldings using J.B. Weld or similar; should do the trick.
One caution: this vehicle has blind spots when backing up, be extra careful... happy motoring!
Best vehicle I've ever owned. Just bought another one!