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buy w/ caution......... by caravan owner for 5 yrs on 03/15/2004. Trim: 1995 Dodge Caravan Base, Owned 5 years.
Pros: Was wonderful when we bought it (leased vehicle prior). Had great a/c and heat, seats very comfortable, dual airbag great w/just 2 kids(3rd on the way ) and a dog. we live in GA, and it has made more trips to FL then I have, several trips to OH, TN,and SC. Pretty good value at the time.Still rust free!
Cons: Where to start? Depreciates very quickly. had it for maybe 8 weeks when the airbag recall came out.Back seats very difficult to remove. A/c belt broke, needs constant freon rechg, oil leaks, once lost an engine bolt. rear latch bolt for tail gate fell out--Daimler no longer makes the part to fix...plastic interiors ashtrays,upholstery clips fall out, as did mirror. Transmission problems. Electrical problems w/radio/clock/cass...Headlights keep going out more often than any other vehicle...wish for more leg room in rearmost seat. Very noisy int--must yell to be heard btwn front and backseats.
Overall review: parts fairly inexpensive. Really wish I had bought the Oddessy that sat next to this one on the lot. Hinddsight is 20/20,I guess. Bottom line, it'll probably run forever, but will nickel and dime us to death doing so....really like the 2005 line coming out,but very hesitant to buy another Dodge product. One friend had a 1995 Grand caravan left on side of the road when tranny failed, another had a 97 base and traded it when they learned it would cost $3000 to fix transmission problems.
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