97 Dodge Grand Caravan ES 3.8 -wish I never would have sold it. :(
I will describe our van to the best of my ability, please keep in mind that
it is 14 years old and has 92k miles on it... as such it has a few little
dings and paint chips on the outside and some wear on the inside - nothing
is beyond what I would consider "normal" wear.
Nothing wrong that I am aware of, has typical minor dings and scuffs from
being a 14-year old vehicle with 92k miles. Interior is in good shape,
seats are excellent, the carpet has stains here and there. Has the second
row captain's chairs, passenger side flips forward for access to the 3rd
row bench. Equipped with the Infinity upgraded stereo system with cassette
and single CD player. Rear air conditioning and heat.
We bought the van in January of 2007 with 56k on it, and we are the second
owners. I have meticulously maintained this van with regular engine oil and
filter changes, and transmission fluid and filter changes. Transmission
fluid and filter have been changed at 57k, 70k, and 92k with Mopar ATF+4. I
installed an auxillary transmission fluid cooler when I purchased the van
as my research indicated that overheated fluid was a main cause of
transmission failure in these vans. I also installed a transmission
temperature gauge at that time to ensure that we never overheated it.
I have also drained and re-filled the power steering fluid at 57k, 70k, and
92k. Regardless of what people tell you, oil will get dirty and wear out,
especially with our 120 degree desert temps!
The HiddenHitch Class III hitch was installed in May of 2008 to pull a 4x6
U-haul trailer, we pulled it about 1400 miles with 1,600 lbs gross weight
(van is rated to pull 3,500 lbs). Since that trip we have used it to pull a
small trailer around town to help friends move furniture a couple of miles.
It has never been hooked up to anything heavier than the 1,600 lb U-haul.
Engine oil has been changed around every 4,000 miles with Mobil 1 10w-30
synthetic and a Motorcraft FL-1A filter (larger than Mopar filter for added
capacity). I replaced the valve cover gaskets when I purchased the van as
they were leaking onto the Exhaust
manifolds. They are currently not leaking and I do not have to add oil
The starter was rebuilt at 84,500 miles due to an occasional "click"
without turning over - a common failure of the starter solenoid. It has
worked perfectly ever since. Front brake pads were replaced at 87,500
miles. I flushed the brake fluid when the van was purchased and also again
when I replaced the pads. Rear brakes are drums and work well. Van is
equipped with ABS and traction control.
The serpentine engine drive belt and tensioner were replaced at 87,700
miles as preventative maintenance.
The Cooper CS4 Touring tires were installed at 74,350 miles, they carry a
780 treadwear rating (80k), traction rating of A, and temperature rating of
A. They were rotated at 87,500 miles and are about due for another
rotation. As you can see from the pictures, they have plenty of treadlife
left. When I installed the receiver hitch I also purchased a full size
spare rim (new) and a new tire for it.
Battery was replaced in November of 2009. The driver's side power window
failed in June of 2009 and was repaired at the Dodge dealer with a complete
new motor and regulator assembly.
I have records of fuel mileage since we purchased the van, and over the
last 34,000 miles we have averaged 20.3 miles per gallon. It will usually
make 23 mpg on the highway and about 18 mpg in town.
Windows have been professionally tinted with lifetime guarantee tint, air
conditioning works great, it is equipped with rear AC and heat with a rear
passenger control for fan speed.
I wish I never would have sold this van - the 96-00 models were some of the
best built and most comfortable to drive with excellent handling. If I
could ever find another in this good of shape with less than 60k miles on
it, I would buy it in a heartbeat!
1998 Chrysler Town & Country Instrument Cluster Test Sequence
Don't pay over $100 for a mechanic to tell you what check engine means.
Press and hold the trip and reset button, turn key until you hear the
beeping (run position), continue to hold the buttons for 5 seconds and
"code" will appear on the odometer. Let go and watch the light show. Note
any diagnostic codes. Once it's done, remove the key.
Some autoparts stores (like mine - AdvancedAuto) allow u to borrow their
car diagnostic computer (ODB2 OBDII) that can read codes and reset them
free. Also a shout-out to http://forum.chryslerminivan.net/ that site has
lots of useful info on T&C's and other chrysler minivans.
Repair instrument cluster 1999 dodge caravan
This quick video shows you how to repair the instrument cluster of a dodge
caravan. This resolves the "slap dash" repair issue. Get all your gauges
working again. sponsored by msctime.com
1996 Dodge Caravan | Oblique Moving Barrier Frontal Crash Test by NHTSA | CrashNet1
"Evaluation of Motor Vehicle Fire Initiation and Propagation Part 2: Crash
Tests on a Passenger Van. "
The 1996 Dodge Caravan Sport had a test mass of 1981 kg.
The impact velocity, measured with radar, was 105.7 km/h (65.6 mph)
The test vehicle was parked at a 25 degree (+/- 2 degrees) angle relative
to the approach velocity vector of the moving barrier.
The mass of the deformable barrier was 1638 kg (3611 Ibs.). This mass is
greater than what is used for FMVSS214 tests (1367 kg or 3015 lb.) in order
to increase the test severity. The height of the center of the simulated
bumper form was 470 mm (18.5 in.) above grade. This was set to match the
approximate height of the bumper beam centerline on the test vehicle which
was 457 mm (18 in.) above grade.
A fire was observed on the vehicle at the crash test facility approximately
five minutes after impact. The fire was first observed as blistering paint
on the upper radiator tie bar near the front of the deformed battery.
Approximately 30 seconds later, flames were then observed near the battery
and the fire was allowed to propagate to verify that it was a
self-propagating flame front.
After analyzing the recorded information and disassembling the battery, it
was determined that the fire was electrical in nature, caused by a series
of electrical events during the crash and consumed only solid components.
None of the fluid systems (including gasoline) contributed to the ignition
or propagation of the fire.
Similarly, none of the normally hot surfaces, such as the Exhaust manifolds or catalytic converter
contributed to the fire.
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2008 Dodge Grand Caravan vs. 2007 Honda Odyssey
For full article:
You've done your part in propagating the species and propping up the
mortgage industry and your reward is...you get to drive a minivan. If so,
you might as well drive the best minivan. And in our comparison test last
year, we determined that the best in the class was the Honda Odyssey. But
now there's an all-new 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan overstuffed with features
to challenge for the coveted crown.
2002 Dodge Caravan Starter Replacement
Replacement of my starter after one of the terminals melted off of the
Warning...I am not a mechanic, just wanted to share my experience with
replacing the starter.
Ran into an issue where I could not get the top bolt to break loose. Tried
freezing, tried heating with no luck. Had to disassemble the crossbar
assembly and remove the radiator fans to gain better access and leverage.
That also made it much easier to reach and replace the starter. :)
Motor Trend TV Car of the Year 1996 Dodge Caravan
I do not claim any ownership over the copyrights to this video. It was
recorded off the TV around 1995 and I have not seen it anywhere since, so I
thought I would share it with the world. This video has not been monetized
and I am not earning revenue from it.
2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew Start Up, Engine, Test Drive and In Depth Review
In this video I give a full in depth tour of the 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan
Crew. I take viewers on a close look through the interior and exterior of
this van while showing details, over viewing of features, and noting unique
styling cues to the vehicle itself. I also show the engine and the details
of it, start it up and see how it sounds under acceleration. A thorough
tour/review of this van designed to give others a greater overall
appreciation of the vehicle.
2012 Dodge Grand Caravan R/T track test
4 wheels, 1200 pounds of man, 1 open track. Loaded with 4 journalists and
two reps from Dodge, we put the screws to the "Man Van", and I have to say,
I was surprised. Unlike the traditional minivan, the Grand Caravan R/T held
its own on the track, making the 1 mile course in 59 seconds. Considering a
high-performance street car averages 45 seconds on this track, the mini van
did good. Enjoy!
Video was shot via GoPro Hero HD.