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1997 Dodge Caravan - Consumer Opinions

 

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We have scoured the web for consumer reviews of this car and found the best ones for you to read. Found 131 reviews. This list is displayed in ranked order based the reviews we think are the best.
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#1
Nice van with a few problems
Source: MSN Autos

...AWD version comes in handy in winter driving conditions. Good sound system. Cons: AWD lowers fuel economy. We have had some wierd electrical problems in our van. A short in the positive battery terminal causes our instrament panel to malfunction. Our check engine light comes on often as well. All indications are that it misfires one time and triggers the light to come on. Replacing spark plugs etc. doesn't seem to fix this problem. Overall: Nice van with all the comforts. Even with the few problems we continue to have, I will buy another Grand Caravan when I wear this one out...

#2
Good ride, lots of problems
Source: MSN Autos

...Pros: Good pickup, holds curves good, comfortable Capitans seats, quiet.
Cons: Too many problems early on (just after warranty expired).
At 64,000 needed transmission overall, Brakes earlier at about 43,000 (warped), They couldn't fix right side door intermittant locking problem, battery bad after 37,000 miles and two years.
A few other problems Overall: Poor. Just too many problems from minor to major...

#3
THE ULTIMATE MINI MACHINE
Source: MSN Autos

...Pros: EVERYTHING!!!! Cons: NONE Overall: WONDERFUL!!!!...

#4
Jammin with the Vannin
Source: MSN Autos

...Pros: My caravan is the best!!! It has been very dependable over the years through very difficult conditions( I'm really hard on a vehicle).
I do a lot of city driving and am frequently on the road.
I highly recommend this car.It's also roomy enough to get my five grandchildren in plus an extra.
Cons: I would like the side window to open in that I enjoy driving with the windows down. Overall: Great!!!!!!!!!!...

#5
Great riding car
Source: MSN Autos

...Pros: Rides better than most luxury cars Cons: Electrical system cause minor problems Overall: Great vehicle, my wife loves it and if it last she will drive it for 3 more years...

#6
Rolling Junk
Source: MSN Autos

...Pros: Nice styling and features, especially for a family.
Cons: Totally unreliable. In the first 18 months and 17000 miles,
vehilce had 2 gas tanks replaced (leaks), battery replaced (dead),
windshield replaced (optical flaw), AC replaced (compressor exploded), dash light switch replaced (failed), transmission replaced (serious slippage), headlight switch replaced (failed), etc, etc.
Overall: Could not recommend, unless you like going back to the dealer weekly. Paid 26500 and got rid of this thing 18 months and 17000 miles later for 15500, just to see it gone!...

#7
WHAT A MISTAKE!
Source: MSN Autos

...I will say I bought it used but the problems were ridiculous for 75K milage. 2 months after purchase, all at once the timing belt went out as well as 7 YES 7 leaks in the cooling system were found. It was leaking antifreeze everywhere...fixed that then not even a month later the ignition pooped out on us. Fixed that (and now have 2 car keys ick). Now our biggest problems are locks that don't lock and wont unlock when they do as well as the SURPRISE transmission that is starting to catch. We also have a wonderful oil leak that smells and smokes. As far as the little stuff there is basically...

#8
Ultimate vehicle
Source: MSN Autos

...Pros: I have the 3.3 engine in my caravan sport. It is great!
Good mileage. Only had 1 problem with the brakes and tie rods.
There was no grease zert on the tie rod ends. Need to have lubrication someway! 90000 miles going for 200000. Overall: Great van, would buy another...

#9
The Ultimate Minivan
Source: MSN Autos

...Pros: I like everything about my Dodge. I will never go back to a car.
I tell everyone, they should by a Dodge mini van. Cons: The only thing I would like to change in my Dodge would be to have lights on the steering wheel to show where the cruise control buttons are.
They should be like the lights that are on the doors to show where the window buttons are.
My husband has a Ford F150 and it has those lights.
It makes it easier for night driving. Overall: I have test driven a Ford Winstar and I think the Dodge has more room and it is more comfortable riding.
I love the...

#10
Hope yours gets stolen
Source: MSN Autos

...steering, struts, 3 circuit boards, and numerous hoses have been replaced All at our expense. We had to be towed 7 different times. Every month the expense to fix it was another car payment. We didn't know when it was going to totally fall apart. We secretly wished it would be stolen! Overall: RUN , don't walk away before you buy it. Dodge and their dealers didn't want to know us after all the problems. We will never buy another dodge again. We bought a new Acura MDX. We figured we were paying a car payment every month in repairs, so now we have a new car to show for it. Our children cheered...


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