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1997 Dodge Caravan Passenger

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Information shown for entry-level Van/Minivan.

Fuel Economy:
City 17/Hwy 22/Comb 19 MPG
Max Seating: 7
Engine: V6, 3.0 Liter Transmission: Automatic
Country of Origin: United States Country of Assembly: United States

1997 Dodge Caravan Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.5
Out of 10

Based on 226 Ratings for the 1996 - 2000 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.0/10
    Quality
    7.9/10
  • Reliability
    8.1/10
    Performance
    8.0/10
  • Comfort
    8.4/10
    Styling
    7.8/10

What a Great VAN to travel in.

By on Thursday, September 25, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 127,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "great freeway mileage for those long trips."

Cons: "need a bit more head room and leg room"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have hauled, pulled, slept and sat many a day in my Dodge Caravan. I have recently traveled to Pocatello, Idaho and to Green River, Wyoming. I am really impressed with the mileage I got going with the wind turbulence. When I seen that I was getting 572 miles per the tank on the freeway oh how could I not be impressed. That is 35.75 MPG. This is the best van yet for long distance loaded going with the wind. It took only 1 full and two half fill ups to get to Pocatello,ID and from there not even a full tank to go farther on to Green River, WY. The only thing I had recently done before I left Port Orchard, WA was to buy two new tires on the rear (the front had two new tires from in June) and change the oil. I added turbo charge at each fill up. It did not overheat or burn any oil on this trip. I have owned this vehicle for three years I have yet to change the plugs now after a trip like this I should do that as well as change the wires and oil again. Way to go Dodge what a great thing you have done to the way people drive..now lets talk about rolling on..."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

old dependable

By on Friday, June 13, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 200,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
Not Rated
Styling
Not Rated
Comfort
Not Rated

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"This is one of the best cars we have ever owned! Reliable, comfortable to drive, good turning base, no major problems!"

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Best car I have ever owned.

By on Monday, May 26, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 150,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Hauls 7 people !"

Cons: "Front brakes wear out fast"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought this caravan new in 2000. Its a shorty with a 2.4l engine mated to a 3 speed automatic. Absolute base model with roll up windows and a manual sliding door on the right side. The durability has been surprising. Lots of front brakes have been changed, they wear out fast. I never changed the timing belt, so the van decided it would be changed at 148k . No damage done to the internals. While the shop had it opened up I had all the belts and hoses replaced, plugs and wires, and the bearings went on the alternator shortly after. The van works very well if it is "used but not abused" . I expect to drive this for another 150k."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Has never let me down

By on Monday, August 19, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 190,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Parts are affordable and easy to get (Auto Zone)"

Cons: "The transmission will need to be replaced soon."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"My 99 Dodge caravan (Mini pearl)has been nothing but dependable. She was the first family vehicle that we bought when my first son was born; and now, she will be his first car. Unfortunately she doesn't have the cool factor, but he is honored that she will be his."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Best Car

By on Wednesday, July 10, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 217,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great family car"

Cons: "Brakes need replacing more often than other cars"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"We have loved this car. We bought it new and have hauled 3 kids with friends around town and on many trips. Every time we try to sell it, we end up keeping it because it has been and continues to be such a good car. I love how versitile the seats are. They are easy to take out. We even took the captains chairs out once and moved the back bench into the middle position for extra luggage area. The AC did go out about 150,000 miles and it developed an oil leak at 200,000 miles, but I would buy this model again."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

MY BEST MINIVAN YET

By on Monday, July 08, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Everything"

Cons: "Doesn't give space to get to the 3rd row"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"My Dodge Caravan offers a quality and classic stylish look. It gives only the finest transportation that Dodge has offered. It gives a fine interior. I love the pattern in my seat. The leather backing ties the inside comfort together. Although it is a American car (which I am not very fond of). I would except it as any Japanese or German car. I give Dodge a A+."

5 people out of 5 found this review helpful

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