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1997 Dodge Grand Caravan Passenger

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Information shown for entry-level Van/Minivan.

Fuel Economy:
City 16/Hwy 22/Comb 18 MPG
Max Seating: 7
Engine: V6, 3.3 Liter Transmission: Automatic
Country of Origin: United States Country of Assembly: United States

1997 Dodge Grand Caravan Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.6
Out of 10

Based on 366 Ratings for the 1996 - 2000 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    7.9/10
    Quality
    7.7/10
  • Reliability
    8.0/10
    Performance
    8.0/10
  • Comfort
    8.4/10
    Styling
    8.2/10

Reliable and just keeps going

By on Sunday, July 05, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 251,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
Not Rated
Styling
Not Rated
Comfort
Not Rated

Pros: "Reliable, solid, just continues to go"

Cons: "MPG could be higher, highbeams aren't bright"

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

"Bought it used, with one previous owner, in April 2012 with around 210K miles, now has 251K. I was worried about the high mileage, but I bought it anyway for a good price. I don't regret getting the Caravan. It was the base trim, 3.0L V6 4-speed automatic. Not really any major issues, other than the parking brake cable got stuck and had to be removed around 235K miles. Other than the normal maintenance and up-keep, it's been very dependable and sturdy without fail. Just keeps going!"

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Been the best van we have ever owned

By on Tuesday, June 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 265,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Very dependable"

Cons: "did not have rear air conditioning vents."

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

"We leased our Grand caravan 16 years ago, then bought it 13 years ago. Kept the maintenance up like we should. Raised 5 children, lots of neighbor kids, been all over the country in it. People are shocked we have 265,000 miles on it!Original miles and original engine and transmission! It's true. 5 weeks ago, I was in a bad accident-someone pulled out in front of me and I hit them at 50 mph, this van saved my life-it gave up its life for me. Great safety rating. Miss it."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Loved my Gr Voyager and now moreso my Gr Caravan

By on Tuesday, May 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 193,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Reliability comfort design ease of repair looks"

Cons: "Fuel use, propensity to rust above wheel well"

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

"I've raised and driven 3 boys everywhere. They're now grown up w families of their own and still I stick with these great vans. Always bought second hand from private sellers whom I checked for integrity and honesty. I got their complete repair and maintenance history so I knew what I was getting. I purchased my 97 Gr Car in '05 w 104k on it already. Have had little to do for it other than replace A/C early on, a tie rod and bushings at some point, and a fuel pump... but in ten years that's it. It keeps running and serving my needs for short and long drives. It's still the most comfortable home on wheels I've ever owned, that gives me a cushioned ride so that I arrive feeling fine in the back, shoulders and legs as though I were riding in an upright LazyBoy. I wish it would last forever. I hope to keep it going until it dies, which I expect might happen at about 300k miles, though as I approach 200k I'm not as keen to take it on long road journeys. Just pampering it in town and for short highway jaunts of 3+ hours. Such a good engine; it deserves to be kept alive and not beaten to death! I do wish it did better on gas but then, I do think I have a wonderful old car as it does about 19 in town and I can get up to 25 on hwy. I think that's commendable for an 3.8 L engine this old pulling a hulk of a car like the Gr Caravan."

3 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Best purchase I ever made!

By on Thursday, April 09, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 138,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"After 15 years now, if I could purchase this '99 Grand Caravan Sport again, I would do so in a heartbeat. It has quad seats, rear air, 3.3L, and dark glass. It is cavernous. The perfect vehicle to go on vacations with our two grade school children (when new). The only thing that I think that would be nice are the Stow N Go seats which were available on the next model. The seats about throw your back out to remove them. The only problem I have had is the air doesn't get us very cool over about 80 degrees and I have had to replace two power door locks and the radio. The clear coat is now peeling on the roof. It has 128,000 miles on it now. I still love this van."

3 people out of 6 found this review helpful

A Great Family Car.

By on Thursday, April 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 162,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"Bought this van used in Fresno, CA back in 2007. Did an overhaul the next day, changed the struts and shocks two years later and the breaks I have changed them twice since then. Is comfortable and my entire family had taken plenty of road trips in it. When living in CA we took it to Denver, CO. Flagstaff, AZ. The Grand Canyon, AZ. Las Vegas, NV. Portland, OR. Amarillo, TX. and came to visit family in South Bend, IN. Now we live in South Bend, IN and took it to Lancaster, PA. NYC, Niagara Falls in Canada, Chicago, and our most resent road trip last year from South Bend, IN to Orlando, St. Petersburg, Ft Myers, Sarasota, Miami, and Daytona Beach, FL. Over all its a great, comfortable, reliable minivan. We love it, and we are thinking on purchasing a newer one next year, ours have 163400 miles and still runs like a champ."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Wonderful long lasting used vehicle!

By on Friday, February 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 135,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "easy access for ids"

Cons: "transmission is shifty"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I purchased this car in early 2009 so it was already 10 years old when I bought it. We were going on a trip across the state and the vehicle performed nicely. I think It did good going in the mountains too. About 2 years into owning it the transmission became shifty. Now 4 years after that it is still running without the transmission being replaced so I can't really complain. Twice it did something where you had to shut the car off and restart it and it seemed to fix the problem where it would lock in 2nd gear. I only had to replace the exhaust this year during our state inspection which is not too bad for an older vehicle. I actually miss driving it daily. My husband now drives this and I have an Envoy. This car was much easier to get the kids in and out of than my envoy. When my Caravan dies, I will probably buy another one."

4 people out of 7 found this review helpful

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