We purchased a 2010 Grand Caravan 14 months ago. Nothing but trouble. The rear wheel on the driver's side heats up to the point it would burn your fingers to touch the rim, and a loud scraping noise also comes from the wheel.
Another problem is loss of power when climbing a hill, and a light comes on in the dash.
We have been back to the dealer a number of times, but have not had any satisfaction from them. This is a beautiful looking van, and we love the stow and go seats, but we cannot trust this vehicle to go any distance; we use it to go for groceries; it would have been cheaper to use a taxi for our errands.
Would not buy another one, and especially from that dealer, would not recommend it to anyone.
The Dodge Caravan/Chrysler Town and Country is the most reliable van made. A number of our friends have put a quarter million miles on these vehicles with very little repairs.
My nephew used a late 80's Caravan to haul his band equipment. Even after 20 years, it was still a great van except for badly faxed paint.
My last Dodge was sold running flawlessly at just shy of a quarter million miles. No engine or transmission problems ever, still didn't use a drop of oil, and never even had freon added to the A/C.
Dodge Caravans are great. There is a reason they have been the best selling minivan in North America for like 20 years straight.
I have a 93 that is still running strong with over 320000 on it, no joke.
I also see tons of them for sale online with over 300-400k.
Of course like any car they have to be maintained, and to be honest a lot of people don't maintain minivans very well. That would be the only issue. A lot of people haul and tow too much with minivans, which is why all makes and models of minivans can be prone to transmission problems.
All in all though, the Caravan is the best value buy in the new or used market; proven reliability for sure.
Oil changes at 10,000 mile intervals with full synthetic, cleaning of the 1,000,000 mile K&N air filter at each oil change and nothing else. I never change transmission fluid, or flush and refill cooling systems unless there is evidence of a problem. Unless you tow trailers or do all your driving in city traffic, fluid changes are unnecessary.