Last post on Apr 01, 2007 at 3:46 PM
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Dodge Caravan, Chrysler Voyager, Plymouth Voyager, Car Buying, Van
#1 of 13 Buying a Caravan, how much mileage?
May 02, 2006 (10:44 am)
I am in the market for a 2002 - 2003 Caravan SE. I've seen a few in my price range advertized, but they have high mileage. 80k to 100k. This seems like a lot for a 3 or 4 year old minivan.
Any rules-of-thumb on how much is to much when buying a Caravan?
#2 of 13 Re: Buying a Caravan, how much mileage? [edhopper]
May 02, 2006 (11:31 am)
Go click on the Edmunds.com button on the top of the screen and you will find a lot of info on used car pricing. That, and there are other sources such as a Kellys Blue Book website as well that will give you some idea of reasonable starting points for used car prices.
#3 of 13 Re: Buying a Caravan, how much mileage? [badgerfan]
May 02, 2006 (12:17 pm)
Sorry, my question wasn't clear.
I have researched prices, that's not my question.
What I want to know if a 4 year old Caravan with 80k is worth buying.
For instance I would not buy a small 4cyl. car with over 100k. The engine will probably start having problems soon.
So if I buy a 2002-2003 Caravan with 80k to 100k, would I just be asking for trouble?
After all, that's 25k+ a year.
This is info Caravan owners might know that doesn't show up in places like Edmunds or Kelly or Cars.com.
I hope the forum members can help.
#4 of 13 Re: Buying a Caravan, how much mileage? [edhopper]
by Claire@Edmunds HOST
May 02, 2006 (10:15 pm)
Have you checked the Minivan Shopping discussion?
#5 of 13 Re: Buying a Caravan, how much mileage? [edhopper]
May 03, 2006 (1:17 pm)
That is a lot of miles. What are you planning to spend?
#6 of 13 Re: Buying a Caravan, how much mileage? [97xpresso]
May 08, 2006 (8:41 am)
$7000 to $8000
#7 of 13 Re: Buying a Caravan, how much mileage? [edhopper]
Jul 27, 2006 (7:17 am)
I just bought a used 2001 Grand Caravan Sport with 99,000 miles on it. It looks, feels, and rides like a brand-new vehicle. It obviously was garaged and babied. I spent a month running Carfax reports, and got a clean history for this van. You can run an unlimited number of reports for a month for $25. My inspection of the van showed it be even better than what the report indicated. I usually have a mechanic check out a prospective vehicle, but circumstances prevented that this time.
Having a 1999 GC SE, which I bought when it was year old with 47,000 miles on it and which has been an excellent vehicle, gave me a certain amount of confidence when shopping this time. The '99 now has over 142,000 miles on it and still looks and runs great.
I'd advise taking your time and waiting until you're fully satisfied before buying. Use Carfax to check history. It's not unusual these days for used cars to have 20K per year or more on the odometer. Remember that you're buying a used car, and more than likely it will need some repair work. The trick is to minimize that factor.
If you're careful, you can find good vehicles, even with high mileage. In 28 years of buying used cars, I've only had one that I regret buying. The important thing is to do your homework. On the one I regret buying, I ignored some of my research results and ended up paying for it down the road. Paying attention to what you learn about a given model will usually point you in the right direction.
#8 of 13 Re: Buying a Caravan, how much mileage? [harpitect]
Jul 31, 2006 (9:59 pm)
I second that. We bought our 01 DGC EX with 37K back in Sep. 2003. We now have over 78K and she runs very well. Everything works like it should. No engine, trans. or electrical problems. The only things that had to be replaced, that wasn't regular maintence, was both driver and passenger power motors and regulators right after purchase. Also, this year we had the latch changed on the power liftgate and they upgraded the vechicle computer with current software. We purchased the Maximumcare Extended Warranty thru Daimlerchrysler to 75K or May 2007. I love our van and she still looks and feels new both inside and outside. We too did a carfax report on all vechicles being considered, which proved to be very helpful. Good luck.
#9 of 13 Buying a DGC - what year do you recommend and what's the
Jan 05, 2007 (5:33 pm)
difference b/t sport, ES, and there are three more I can't remember. What's w/ that? What size engine has less transmission problems? What about horsepower, is that really important? What would I look for?
#10 of 13 Buying a used Caravan
Jan 26, 2007 (2:06 pm)
I'm planning to buy a used Dodge Caravan or Grand Caravan about 2001 to 2003. I was just wondering, if anyone has some tips what to look for. I mean, I worked as a mechanic for VW before, but I never worked on Chrysler - what are the Caravan common problems? Any tell-tale signs of potential tranny problems? Which engine is better and why? Caravan vs. Grand Caravan?