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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-05-2014, 02:46 AM Thread Starter
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Anyone else own a dodge caravan?

I am just curious to see how they treated you if you owned one. I bought one over the summer for $700 off a coworker. I had no use for a minivan but it seemed like a good deal. It is a 2000 grand caravan. I just broke 200,000 miles and it still runs nice and smooth. I had to replace the alternator about a month ago but that was nothing major. I have been looking at reviews on-line and people seem to like them and comment on how they last well past 200,000 miles. A friend of mine buys them as work van and told me his last well past the 200,000 mile mark.
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I heard that 2015 is the last year for them, seems weird for a model that is so popular.
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Why have something out there that lasts that long, they need to have them wear out so they can sell more vehicles to the public...Get them off the market , they last forever..
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Re: Anyone else own a dodge caravan?

With today's cars it doesn't seem to matter which major manufacturer you buy, if you give them proper care and maintenance you can get 200,000 miles plus out of them.

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Re: Anyone else own a dodge caravan?

We bought one when we came here to PA in 1986, it was an 87 new model. When it was done and ready for the boneyard it had 375,000+. The head went at 119K, so I put a junk yard head on it and took it to 263,000. The head went again and just for grins when I took the motor out I checked the bottom bearings and you could still read the part numbers on them. I ran that till the head went again at 375,000+. I had the original tranny and the original exhaust on that thing. That went all over the East coast and Canada a few times.

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Re: Anyone else own a dodge caravan?

I read that the 3.3L last the longest which is what I have. I haven't seen any signs that would imply that the head might go.
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The engines in the caravans last forever.. Now the trasmissions they are another story. Wife drove them from the mid 80's thru 2007. Lead foot went through a transmission about every 90K.

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My trany hasn't slipped at all so far. I hope it stays that way.
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Had one when the kids were little. Probably 17 -18 yrs ago.

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