I am looking at purchasing a minivan this summer to replace my aging 1992
Dodge Caravan, which I had good luck with. I was looking at the 2001, 2002,
Dodge Grand Caravan models. I think I can get a good
price with low mileage on one of these years. How have these models held
out? Any mechanical/tranny issues?
From reading reviews it mentions Honda and Toyota are the best buys, but I
can get a Dodge somewhat cheaper and with lower mileage. Any opinions
I have a 2003 gr.caravan sport excellent, even better then my 1999 gr.
caravan sport which I thought was great. I got a great deal, but I work for
DC! Only problem was a burnt out bulb in the overhead console.
Anyway my friend works for Honda corporation and the Odyssey has bad
trannies! He said they are worse then the old 604's. He is amazed at how the
Honda customers put up with it compared to Chrysler. Seems that the more you
pay the more crap you put up with! Oh, And he purchased his wife a Chrysler
But NOT if you follow the extreme conditions oil change schedule -
and better than 90% of all north american driving falls into that
category. Change the oil with quality oil every 3 months or 5000KM and
you will NEVER have a coking problem on a Toyota
It seems there are better deals on Caravans. I can save several thousand
compared to Honda, and if something does go wrong I got the extra cash to
fix it. My 1992
Caravan has 150,000 and it has the original tranny and
I towed a popup with it across the USA twice. So much for tranny horror
stories. I guess I got lucky. I am hoping the 2001-2003 Grand Caravans hold
up as good. I think
it has to do with how well they are maintained. My 1992
Caravan has the tranny cooler installed, seems to have helped. I definately
will install a tranny cooler on 2001-2003 model for extra protection.
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