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Generation I Caravans used the Chrysler S platform, which was closely related to the K-cars, Dodge Aries and Plymouth Reliant. There were three trim levels on the Generation I Caravan: base, mainstream SE, and upscale LE. The Caravan was on Car and Driver magazine's Ten Best list for 1985. All trim levels were also available in a slightly longer body, called the Grand Caravan, which allowed significantly more cargo space behind the rear seat. Most of the interior trim, controls, and instrumentation were borrowed from the K-car, leading to a very "car-like" interior look and feel. Coupled with the lower floor that the front-wheel-drive design allowed, this helped to make the Caravan seem more like a large station wagon than a van, enticing many buyers who would not have otherwise been comfortable driving a van.
The vans came equipped for seven passengers in three rows of seating, putting it between a typical twelve-passenger/four-row full-size van and a six-passenger/two-row large sedan. 2 bucket seats with attached armrests and open floor space between them in the front, a 2 person bench seat in the second row, and a 3 person bench seat in the back row. The two bench seats in the rear were independently removable, and the large 3 person bench could also be installed in the 2nd row location via a second set of attachment points on the van's floor, ordinarily hidden with snap-in plastic covers. This configuration allowed for conventional 5 person seating with a sizable cargo area in the rear. The latching mechanisms for the benches were very intuitive and easy to operate. The act of moving the seats, however, typically required 2 adults, and lifting them back into the van was a very awkward procedure. An 8-passenger model with a bench front seat accommodating a middle front passenger was offered in the SE trim level in 1985 only, and was not repeated due to poor sales.
Safety features were typical of vans of the era, and consisted of 3-point seat belts for the front two passengers, with simple lap belts for the rear 5. The rear seats had no headrests, while front seats with non-adjustable headrests came only on the LE and in conjunction with vinyl upholstery on the SE. Base models and cloth-trimmed SEs did without front headrests which were not mandated due to the van's "light truck" legal status. Side-impact reinforcements were, and were at all seating positions front and rear. Airbags or ABS were not available.
Access to the rear rows of seating was by a large sliding door on the passenger side. The sliding door allowed easier access in a confined suburban garage, compared to the double doors found on most full-size vans of the era. Because only one sliding door was offered, the smaller 2nd row bench seat was installed off center, shifted to the drivers side of the van, to allow easy passenger access to the 3rd row seat. The cargo area behind the rear seat was very limited on the standard short body model, however, the seat could be adjusted forward in 2 increments, the first of which removed roughly 6 inches (150 mm) of legroom from the back row passengers, and the second of which would push the bench all the way to the back of the 2nd row, making the seats unusable. The seatback of the rear bench could also be folded forward, providing a flat cargo shelf. The smaller 2nd row bench was not adjustable, nor foldable; it could only be removed entirely.
Cargo access to the rear was via a hatchback, similar to the one on the K-Car station wagons. The hatch was hinged at the top and held open by gas struts, and it was the source of much confusion among Caravan owners. It could only be released by the key, or by a button on the driver's control panel; it did not have a traditional door handle. Once the hatch had been "popped", the key could be removed, and the hatch lifted by a handhold above the license plate holder. However, many owners did not identify the handhold area, and instead used the turned key as a handle to lift the hatch, resulting in many broken keys.
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!
Mini Van Huge Jump!
Mark Freeman launching the mini van into space off a berm!
Mitsubishi Evo gets smoked by Dodge Caravan with Nos 2013 (HD)
Mitsubishi Evo got smoked by a Dodge Caravan with nos. Pretty fun to see
the dodge get up and go. None the less, the better man/car won. Good Job!
Along with that race are some other cars going the quarter mile like the
acura vs olds, Mustang vs
honda, and audi s4 vs mazda rx7.
This Clip was shot at Import Wars in Great Lakes Dragaway Union Grove,
Wisconsin . Oct 13, 2013
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Turbo Minivan vs Mustang 5.0
Since this is my most viewed video I thought I'd share, the minivan is much
quicker now, even without the driver error he'd have a hard time keeping
This was a fun race.
Best time to date
2012 Chrysler Town and Country Minivan - Walk Around
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1989 Dodge Turbo Caravan beats a Viper at the Mission street legals, Sep16/11
Fully loaded van with a/c, interior, full Exhaust and auto, 3700 lbs with me in it, GT35R
turbo, 2.5L 4 cylinder with a TIII 16
valve DOHC head.
Playing at the Street Legals, just fixed the trans, no tuning, so trying to
tune tonight. Ran a 14.0@96 mph.
Viper guy was NOT happy, almost got to race him again but he dodged the
bullet. Later on, wouldn't even look at my direction, lol.
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.