"We owned the car since new in 2000. Mechanically never had any trouble. Only problem was a squeak in front end, never fixed but did not affect car. Had to have ignition switch replaced. One major problem - dashboard instrument cluster has a short somewhere and Dodge never found it. They replaced it under warranty about 6 times now, but they will not do this forever. If they could fix the short I would buy another Grand Caravan in a flash. Is comfortable and a great ride on long family trips with 3 small kids. I really love the car."
"We bought our van used 4 yrs ago and never had any major issues. With four kids this is very roomy and very reliable. Ours has a built in car seat, love it! We are actually trading in the suv for another caravan."
"Plenty of room, Plenty of power. Much better than others I have tried. Weak points are Transmission and suspension. If Chrysler would address these issues (same problems from 84 to present!) they would have a 99% market share."
"After a succession of miserable American-made cars in the 80's and early 90's, most lasting 3-5 years until major issues occurred, we bought 2 Volvo's and loved them. But in 1998, we needed a minivan as we'd outgrown the Volvo wagon (which we still have, 20 years old, 485,000 miles and runs fine, no drivetrain work ever). We bought this Dodge Grand Caravan ES, still have it 10 years later, and the only thing beyond routine maintenance including brake pads is the driver's window regulator failed. It rides great, gets ~23mpg mixed driving....it's a reliable and comfortable vehicle."
"This is the worst van I have ever owned! I bought it with 40,000 miles and have had repair bills ever since. As I type, I am waiting for a call as to whether or not I need a new transmission. Why not? I have already had to replace both the front and rear air conditioners, front and rear brakes, tires, the radio, and the serpentine belt three times! All of this work and my driver side power window won't roll down! Wait...it will go down, it just won't go back UP. Also, the sliding doors stick and sometimes won't open. UGH! I can't wait until the day I can rid myself of this van. I have no choice but to trade it in, how could I sell this car outright? I am not that good of a liar."
"The over all comfort of this vehicle is good, however for a very big family like I have (five children) I prefer a little more room between the second and third seats. Carseats do not fit great if there are more than one of them in the third seat. It leaves the third passenger very little room to sit. Performance wise I have to give this little mini van credit when you put you foot on the gas it goes. I would reccommend this vehicle to a smaller family. I like mine but I would given my time over have gotten something with a bit more room."
"A/C went out at 45K miles.
Good family vehicle, but we've had it repaired a time or two.
Just had suspension work done for $1,000.
Slight transmission problems: speed sensor fouled up twice.
Great for vacations, but you pray you won't break down somewhere."
"I bought this van with 109,000 mi. thinking it would only last a year but I was wrong! I could always trust on it and I have had to make minimal repairs in the last three yrs. that I'v owned it which was great being is how I am a single mom of two."
"Had our caravan for 7 years and overall it was a mediocre car. Stow and go is nice for hauling stuff but people over about 5'6" can't be comfortable for more then 10 minutes. Steering felt floaty and loose. Luckily we didn't have any problems with transmissions or major components. Interior fit and finish was cheap. Got average fuel economy. Only 90k on it but it got stolen. Now we are 100% happy with the Honda. New caravans look like they were squeezed into a rectangle in a vise. The Honda is hands down better. I would never recommend a caravan to anyone."
"This review is from a 19 year old male who primarily drove this as a first car. First owned by parents had around 40,000 miles -- now has 174,000. No running problems whatsoever with minimal rust forming inside the sliding doors. Very comfortable ride after riding/driving from PA to SC and back 4 times and trusted with 120,000 on first trip. Overall a good quality van."