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Dodge Caravan, Dodge Grand Caravan, Chrysler Voyager, Plymouth Voyager, Chrysler Town and Country, Van
#1947 of 4276 Dodge Caravan - Transmission Trouble cont
Aug 12, 2003 (8:47 am)
In follow up to my previous posting ... looking for other 2003 Dodge Caravan owners with low mileage and tran troubles. Bought the car with 54 miles on it... they had to remove trans at 300 miles and replace front pump (which I was told from Chrysler was an upgrade for the 2004). Picked up car ... still had harsh downshift problem ... now they say that it is a 8/1 TSB from Chrysler re software upgrade to controller in transmission. Anyone else out there with same problem ??
#1948 of 4276 Don't do it Steve.
Aug 12, 2003 (10:39 am)
steve286 - I would not buy a Dodge or Chrysler van if I were you. Since you have already pre-judged them to be lemon junk you will outraged at any little niggling problem that comes up. You will constantly be worried about every noise or jolt and figure that something major is destined to fail and leave you stranded. No, you would be better served paying more for a comparable Japanese van so that you can have peace of mind until something actually does fail.
BTW, I drive a 2001 DGC that I bought used with 14000 miles. It had been a rental and it now has 23000 miles. The only problem that I have had is a loose piece of molding.
#1949 of 4276 Re: should I buy a caravan
Aug 12, 2003 (11:39 am)
We bought our 2002 Caravan SE in May of this year and so far have been very happy with it.
Yes there have been things go wrong, clock spring and power steering hose re-call. Also when we first purchased the van we had problems with the steering until the shop did a 4 wheel alignment on it.
No matter what you buy, there can be problems. This Caravan is far better than any other van we have owned, we have had Ford Aerostars and Windstars and Chev Lumina APV.
As far as quality goes, the Caravan is superior. Before we bought, we asked a mechanic who had owned his shop for over 20 years, what he recommended. He said without hesitation, for a minivan Dodge Caravan/Plymouth Voyager from 2000 up are the best. We asked about Imports and he said they have had their share of troubles and would not recommend buying one used. The ultimate decision is yours but check the postings from other boards and see what owners are saying about Imports.
We are glad we bought a Caravan!
Aug 12, 2003 (1:17 pm)
Candlemaker has a good point. The Honda minivan has had more problems than other Honda vehicles so don't think you're getting Accord reliability from an Odyssey.
#1951 of 4276 Re buying a DC Van
Aug 12, 2003 (6:56 pm)
My '99 GCS has been a great van for us, with only a few recalls and minor problems in over four years (O2 sensor, battery, serpentine belt). It's a smooth, comfortable, and good-handling (for its size) van. The 3.8L engine provides decent power even with its 180 hp (same as the 3.3L offers today). I would appreciate the stow-away rear seat in my next van, but fortunately for me DC is supposed to offer that starting in early '04, so I will keep the DC vans on my list. With the 7/70 warranty, I won't worry about transmission problems. Every van can have trouble. Check out the 2004 Sienna board and read about the transmission problems that those vans are having. Also I still think the DC vans are the best-looking vans out there.
#1952 of 4276 Power Steering Recall
Aug 14, 2003 (5:24 am)
Where can I get information on the power steering recall? I didn't receive anything and I haven't seen it posted online.
Aug 14, 2003 (7:02 am)
The Edmunds Maintenance Guide should list recall information about your van.
You could also call or stop by your dealer's service department and give them your VIN and ask them to check for any outstanding recalls in their computer system.
#1954 of 4276 Re: power steering hose recall
Aug 14, 2003 (8:00 am)
We had our van in to have the clockspring replaced and when I made the appointment, he told me about the recall and said they would take care of it at the same time. I did not get anything in the mail either. Call your dealer and ask. Ours is a 2002 SE.
#1955 of 4276 re:serpentine belt
Aug 16, 2003 (4:56 am)
I had a 2000 Chrysler Voyager throw about 7 belts. They used a TSB from a 1999 Voyager and all is well. Ask the dealer about the TSB and it should solve your problems. I went through alot of trouble and headaches but in the end they did come up with a fix
#1956 of 4276 Plymouth GV died at five years old
Aug 18, 2003 (4:44 am)
I bought my 1998 Plymouth Grand Voyager in 1999 as a year old car. Loved it! At a year and a half into my ownership, the head gaskets were blown and my mechanic suggested I repair it with the dealer as it was just past the warranty. Big bill which I was partiall reimbursed for after writing a letter to Chrysler. At five years of age the drive belt came off and the pistons were found to be cracked. Diagnosis: needs a whole new engine, not worth fixing. I have three friends with similar stories but none lost their car at 86,000. miles. I got 1,200. as a trade in since the van smoked, rattled and barely made it to the Mazda dealership where I bought my 2003 MPV. I'll never buy Chrysler again.