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You are in the Chrysler/Plymouth Voyager, Dodge Caravan
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Dodge Caravan, Dodge Grand Caravan, Chrysler Voyager, Plymouth Voyager, Chrysler Town and Country, Van
#2215 of 4276 2001 Grand Caravan
Apr 02, 2004 (6:29 am)
My 2001 Dodge GC now has 50k miles on it with very few problems. The only problem we have had is about a month ago we took it in to the dealership to fix a broken lock.
Does anyone know if the foglamps are "aim"-able? The one of the drivers side is aimed VERY high, higher than the normal headlight. I haven't had a chance to take a look to see if it is falling out of the housing or not.
Apr 02, 2004 (11:26 am)
are aimable thru a adjustment screw located through the lens on Dodge vehicles and by a knob on the back of the lamp on Chrysler vans.
#2217 of 4276 HELP...Buying A Used Caravan!?
Apr 06, 2004 (8:28 am)
I am looking in to buying a used Caravan or Grand Caravan. I will mainly use it for my business in which I travel alot and haul a bunch of musical instruments. I am looking at a used Caravan because I am hoping to get something reliable, with lots of room and somewhat good gas mileage for under $10k. Any warnings, tips on buying a used Caravan? I am wanting to stay year 2000 or newer if I can find one in my price range.
Apr 06, 2004 (8:32 am)
When you find a used van you like and think you are ready to buy, go to a (good) dealer and price a new one. You may be able to get into a brand new van for a litte more than a used.
Apr 06, 2004 (9:01 am)
Get the Grand, "sounds" like you'll need the room.
Apr 06, 2004 (10:14 am)
Don't fret, Antonio, one day we're going to drum some manners into these guys.
Get a sharp one, and make sure the spare isn't flat. On that high note,
#2221 of 4276 More advice.......
Apr 06, 2004 (2:28 pm)
I have a 96 Caravan that I keep at my vacation home in Florida. (Trailer, actually, don't get excited). I would rather have an Odyssey, Sienna, Quest or Mercury Villager, all more dependable than the Caravan, IMO. BUT, you can't find them on the used market, and if you do, you're really gonna pay for one. So, having rented Windstars, Ventures & Astros, the Caravan is the best design of the non-Asian vans, so I bought one. Unfortunately, the transmission has been replaced, and that is very common in Caravans.
If you're hauling equipment, the Chevy Astro, GMC Safari is the toughest and heaviest design, and tend to hold up quite well, although they are the worst design, IMO for comfort and style. I hate them actually, but they run a long time and hold up to anything. Very durable.
Stay away from the Windstar. May want to consider a new Kia Sedona. Pretty heavy van, and a great warranty. I would never own one, but I hear they are pretty decent. (Reason? KIA = Killed IN Action to me, can't handle that.)
Apr 06, 2004 (8:35 pm)
Antonio, I've had better than average luck with a '95 Caravan, 3.3L, and I'd be checking out Consumer Report April 04 Auto issue. Their picks for reliable used, $10-12K are '00 Mazda MPV, '97-'98 Honda Odyssey and '98 Toyota Sienna. Roy
#2223 of 4276 Re: Astro vans
Apr 10, 2004 (3:17 pm)
>>> you're hauling equipment, the Chevy Astro, GMC Safari is the toughest and heaviest design, and tend to hold up quite well, although they are the worst design, IMO for comfort and style. I hate them actually, but they run a long time and hold up to anything. Very durable.<<<
I have to disagree. While being overall less troubleprone as the Windstar, our company fleet has not had great service out of ours. Their cost of ownership is higher than the Caravan and the resale is abysmal. Besides being crude they just don't hold up as well as the FWD Chryslers. And they swallow transmissions at a higher rate. If you're going to keep a van for a long time be advised that they are the first to shows signs of rust. If you need to tow something and need extra space, my recommendation is to delete ANY mini-van and look at a mid-size SUV.
#2224 of 4276 Oil Level
Apr 11, 2004 (1:16 pm)
Hi guys. I have a 96 Voyager with a 3.0L V6 and when I check the engine oil with the dipstick, it indicates that the oil is at the "full" mark on one side (the side with the "add" and "full" words on it and dipstick inserted so that the you can read the "engine" word), but when I turn the stick around, the level is on the "add" mark. I wipe the dipstick when i check. Which level should I follow?