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#1701 of 2391 Bought 1996 Grand Caravan
Sep 10, 2002 (4:03 pm)
Saying hello. Just bought a 1996 Dodge Grand Caravan ES with 77K miles, paid $7,000. It has Infinity sound/CD, power seat, rear air, dual sliders, cruise, alloy wheels. The transmission was replaced last year by Chrysler dealer, and has two years warranty left on that. Runs and drives great, will keep you updated. Carfax shows its registrations went from AL,IL,VA,HI(Hawaii),and back to DE. Must have been a military guy. How would I check the (dealer?) repair history for the vehicle, and most importantly, to know if all the recalls have been done? Anything especially important to take care of? My kids will be riding in this a lot of course. Thanks.
#1702 of 2391 Quarters in CD Player
Sep 10, 2002 (6:54 pm)
Our toddler put two quarters in the cd player slot. Does anybody know how to remove the radio from a 2001 Grand Caravan?
Sep 10, 2002 (7:58 pm)
Well, at least you're not alone - the exact same thing happened to at least one other poster on Town Hall that I recall. That person had to take the car to the dealer.
Kids - gotta love 'em
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#1704 of 2391 to remove radio...
Sep 11, 2002 (8:44 am)
I just put a cd player in my 2002 dodge caravan this year. The 2001 looks like it is the same. The entire center console where the radio is pops off. it is held in place with spring clips. I remember taking off the cup holder, but looking back I dont think I had to. once you do that the radio is just held in with screws. you must be carefull not to scratch the console on the sides when popping it out, but it was very easy to remove and take out the stock radio.
#1705 of 2391 Any idea when the van will be re-designed?
Sep 16, 2002 (9:15 am)
04? 05? 06?
Sep 17, 2002 (2:57 pm)
It was just redesigned last year. Are you tired of it already? I'm sure you'll see some freshening somewhere around 2004; but, a redesign will probably be a long way off, IMO.
Sep 17, 2002 (6:11 pm)
What do mean these vans were redesigned in 2001? Sure it's got more available toys but the overal feel and driving experience of the van is similar to the last generation. I did not see the point in paying $32k for an '02 GC ES AWD when I was able to go out and buy a '99 GC ES AWD with 53k for $10k (had most of the features available on the curent model but included some features that weren't available in '96-98 models). Plus, I think the last generation models (especially in ES trim with deep slate paint and a spoiler) look much cleaner and sportier than the curent generation.
Sep 18, 2002 (8:24 am)
The overall feel may be the same; but, these are all new vans. I guess since the DC vans are the best selling vans in the USA, they decided not to mess with the overall feel of the van too much. The 2001 model is an all new design (mechanically and cosmetically) over the 2000 model. Like I said before, you'll probably see some cosmetic changes (or freshening) around 2004--but the van won't change again mechanically until around 2006, IMO.
Sep 20, 2002 (11:03 am)
I changed the air filter on my 2001 Voyager (3.3l) today. Only about 14,000 miles. Seems a little early maybe? I live in Atlanta, so I'm not traveling on dirt roads here. Am I being unreasonable, or aren't air filters usually good for more than 14,000 miles?
#1710 of 2391 we rented one..
Sep 28, 2002 (2:53 pm)
we rented a 2002 dodge grand caravan sport about a month ago during the labor day weekend. dark blue exterior and dark blue interior, rear air, the usual power windows and doors, etc. 5 passengers and stuff for the weekend.
my parents own a '97 dodge caravan so it was a chance to compare the vans. i agree somewhat with "maw1982" post #1590. the ride & feel of both vans are very similar...except of course the difference in length.
the rental van had bigger front seats but the middle seats seemed smaller and not as comfortable as the previous generation. the 3.3l engine at 180h.p. was ok but i think the 3.8l at 215 h.p. is better for the grand caravan.
i did not like the performance of the transmission though. climbing up the grapevine on hwy 5, it couldn't find gears properly. i remember the traffic was somewhat heavy going up the mountain. when i tried to accelerate 40-45 mph, the van shifted to what i think was 3rd gear but the van wasn't gaining any speed. when i pressed the accelerator harder, the tranny went to 2nd gear (engine screaming of course) and we finally started gaining speed again. it's as if i had no 3rd gear...or at least a useless 3rd gear.
was there something wrong with the tranny? or is it just the way the tranny is made/programmed?
anyway, i wouldn't buy another dodge caravan either. it drives too much like the previous generation.