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#1753 of 1882 Timing chain replacement schedule for 2001 3.3L Caravan??
Nov 06, 2008 (5:03 pm)
Can someone please help me! I have a 2001 Dodge Caravan SE, 3.3L 6 cylinder engine -- with 133K miles, but drives like the day I bought it. The most reliable car I've ever owned. I can find no suggested replacment schedule for the "timing chain" (not "timing belt" like the 4 cylinder engines have). If I ask the dealer, they'll probably just tell me to replace it. But does it really need replacing? And when do I do it??
Thanks so much
#1754 of 1882 Re: Timing chain replacement schedule for 2001 3.3L Caravan?? [bjudge]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Nov 06, 2008 (6:45 pm)
Timing chains don't ordinarily require scheduled replacement and I don't see any replacement requirement in the Edmunds Maintenance Guide. They can wear, but your van wouldn't be driving like new if your chain or sprocket were worn. Enjoy the ride!
#1755 of 1882 Re: Timing chain replacement schedule for 2001 3.3L Caravan?? [steve_]
Nov 08, 2008 (9:11 am)
Thanks so much for your response!
#1756 of 1882 Re: Timing chain replacement schedule for 2001 3.3L Caravan?? [bjudge]
Dec 28, 2008 (8:07 pm)
My 1982 Ford Travel van E150 broke a timing chain (350V8) at 278,000 kms, in 1993 and screwed up the piston timing and the cost was too much to bare so dumped it in Ford dealer's lap and used what I gaught ($750) for a 1 year old 1992 Ford Taurus, long-stoke. I currently have a 214,000 kms 2002 Honda Odyssey and replaced the timing belt (V6) and water pump at 154,000 kms. The book ways to replace the belt at 168,000 and inspect the water pump; but since the pump is in the same area it is wise to replace at the same time (no use spending double the money if the pump goes lateer). By-the-way a FWD Minivan makes more sense to me for the great cargo space over any vehcile; exvept a gas-guzzling FULL-SIZE van.
#1757 of 1882 Re: Timing chain replacement schedule for 2001 3.3L Caravan?? [autowrite]
Dec 29, 2008 (10:08 am)
That's still a pretty long interval. Let's see, 278k km is 164k miles. A lot of vehicles don't last that long.
#1758 of 1882 Re: Timing chain replacement schedule for 2001 3.3L Caravan?? [ateixeira]
Feb 01, 2009 (11:23 pm)
I know this is a late response, but just want to add that our 96 Grand Caravan has never had the timing belt changed or serviced, and we are at 236,000 miles.
Biggest service expense we've had was a transmission that needed rebuilding at 140,000 miles. That cost $1500, and the transmission has now lasted almost another 100,000 miles since the rebuild and still working fine.
All other problems were sometimes irritating, but relatively inexpensive and easy to fix. Two O2 sensors, 1 Manifold Air Pressure sensor, and a couple of window regulators. (did the window regulators and the MAP sensor myself).
In 45 years of driving all kinds of vehicles, there is nothing like a minivan for all around usefulness. Hauls an amazing amount of stuff and/or people, and in great comfort. Great for long distance trips, or short runs around town. Hauled kids to all their activities as they grew up, then moved their stuff to college, apartments, etc. Hauls lumber, including 4x8 sheets of plywood for home improvement projects, and many other bulky materials.
Cannot see any rational reason for a family getting an SUV unless you need to tow something big or if you live in snow country and cannot find a minivan with AWD. (of course, these days, they call a minivan with AWD a Crossover...)
#1759 of 1882 Re: Timing chain replacement schedule for 2001 3.3L Caravan?? [jayhawk70]
Feb 02, 2009 (3:10 am)
I have to second your sentiments about the "lowly" minivan! We don't have kids but have always owned one because I demonstrate equipment. Except for a full size suburban, there isn't an suv out there that can carry the cargo a mini van can, and still offer low 20's mpg, while offering a car like ride.
I don't carry equipment around as often as I used to but we will still always have one minivan in the fleet.
#1760 of 1882 Re: Timing chain replacement schedule for 2001 3.3L Caravan?? [jayhawk70]
Feb 02, 2009 (12:53 pm)
there is nothing like a minivan for all around usefulness
I just got back from a family reunion in Florida. The amount of people (up to 8 at any given time) and especially luggage that thing carried was incredible. And it handled the payload well, no bottoming out, and nothing had to go on the roof.
Coming back from Florida to DC it carried 6 people and their luggage, and almost all of the luggage in the cargo area (up to the ceiling). Everyone was comfortable so no compromising. We had about a dozen suitcases, 2 of them oversized.
The utility can't be beat.
Oh, and they watched movies coming back. No asking "are we there yet?"
We hauled coming back (dad hit 90 at one point) and had lots of weight, so mileage was just 24 mpg or so. I usually do 27-30 with a lighter load and at more prudent speeds.
#1761 of 1882 looking for a minivan
Sep 30, 2009 (8:45 am)
I am currently a mother of two, a one year old and a six year old. However, I will have a new addition to our family in several months. We will have two full size car seats and a booster seat. I will also have two strollers and a pack and play. Therefore, i have come to the dreadful conclusion that at the age of 28, i need a minivan. I am having a hard time deciding which one to choose. We put about 20,000 miles on my car every year. I like the idea of stow and go seating, would like a rear entertainment system, automatic doors, and a few bells and whistles. I have always driven foreign cars (my last two were a VW and a honda) but I am not opposed to domestic (my husband is a ford man). We would like to stay around 20,000 or less whith less than 30,000 miles. Does anyone have a suggestion? Thanks.
#1762 of 1882 Re: looking for a minivan [mlezuke]
Sep 30, 2009 (11:41 am)
If you want to carry all 3 kids in the 2nd row, your best bet is a Toyota Sienna.
The Ody is the only other van to even offer 8 seats, and there's no way it will be wide enough for an infant seat, a child safety seat, and a booster, all 3 side-by-side.
Better still, in the Sienna you can position the middle seat forward, so you can reach the baby from your seat. The older kids would sit outboard. Plus you would still have 99 cubic feet behind that row, i.e. tons of space.
In any other van you'll need the use the 3rd row for that 6 year old, and he/she will feel cheated.
Tip: get power doors, they're great (LE 8-passenger w/pkg 2 or higher).