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#586 of 4276 Grand Caravan: I'm done
Jan 04, 2001 (2:58 pm)
I'm finally giving up on this vehicle. 1997 GC (3.8L 4spd) is just back from it's sixth unscheduled maintenance at 54,000 miles. Two transmissions, whacky wipers, radio problems, two oxygen sensors, speedo problems, several recalls, and now an abusive dealership.
I've been a staunch supporter of this product because of good ergonomic design and excellent driveability. I really wanted to buy a 2001 GC or T&C, love the styling, but I can't stomach the idea of living with a product from a company producing notoriously poor reliability products.
The dealership (Nalley Dodge, Lawrenceville, GA) broke the camel's back. They charged me $20 for EPA related costs (fluid disposals). That's now their standard policy. And they charged me $35 for two wiper blade replacements! Abusive pricing on the blades aside, I had just changed the blades three weeks prior, and did not ask them to replace them. When I brought that to their attention, they made me wait another 20 minutes so they could take the wipers off and put my removed blades back on.
It's one thing to have an unreliable vehicle. It's another to have the dealership try to ream you while you are dealing with the poor product quality.
And for those of you who say "all vehicles have problems", well, I had one unschedule maintenance for a faulty light switch in about a quarter of a million miles driving various Hondas. The GC has problems at a rate 30 times higher than that.
Bye bye, DaimlerChrycoDodge. You've lost me forever.
Jan 04, 2001 (11:49 am)
Bought a Plymouth(Chrysler) Voyager last month. The Van is very smooth and has great handling. However on most of the roads it pulls to the right when I take my hands off the steering momentorily. Is it normal? What could be the reasons for this? Any thoughts/experiences?
Jan 04, 2001 (4:07 pm)
Had your wheel alignment checked?
Jan 04, 2001 (5:19 pm)
1. Check tire balance
2. Check wheel alignment(all 4)
3. I had this problem on my 1996. I did all of the above several times over the years. Problem was confirmed by test drivers, but vehicle and tires were always in spec. On Christmas day 2 weeks ago the axle broke. Guess what! The new axle does not pull!The right axle assembly broke, but it is a complete unit so the whole thing was replaced($200.00). Vehicle had 58,000 miles when the axle broke. Good luck!
#590 of 4276 Increased hydrocarbons at idle
Jan 04, 2001 (8:43 pm)
#591 of 4276 Increased hydrocarbons at idle
Dec 30, 2000 (4:05 pm)
I own a 1995 Dodge Caravan with a 3.0 motor with 82000 miles on it. This past month, this vehicle failed the PA state emissions testing. The problem is that at idle, the hydrocarbons are too high and the hotter it gets the worse it is. However, at 2500 RPM the hydrocarbons drop down to an acceptable level. Since the first test, I changed spark plugs, spark plug wires, distributor cap and rotor, PCV valve, and replaced a bad fuel injector. On retest the same results were obtained. The idle is a little rough at rest but off idle it runs fine--no hesitation. Any ideas greatly appreciated.
#592 of 4276 Re: Increased hydrocarbons at idle
Dec 30, 2000 (4:09 pm)
Possibly an O2 sensor?
#594 of 4276 95 dodge caravan, 3.0 , intermittent engine dying
Jan 03, 2001 (9:25 pm)
#595 of 4276 95 dodge caravan, 3.0 , intermittent engine dying
Jan 03, 2001 (2:47 pm)
I have a 95 Caravan and the engine intermittently dies. As long as I constantly give it gas it will run but, if I pull up to a stop sign and take my foot off the gas it will cut off. The van will re start as long as I keep the gas pressed. In order to pull away I will have to keep some gas applied as I put the van in gear (with brake applied). This problem may not happen for over a month and then it happens all the time.
The engine sounds like it is not getting enough gas or maybe oxygen. I don't have an idea what may be wrong but the dealer says it needs I happen while they have it on a computer. There is no indication that anything is wrong on the diagnostic. HELP ME PLEASE....