1989 Dodge Caravan Review, Kory Jones, From FT. Walton Be
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| ||Model of the car:||Caravan|
| ||General comments:||I am a mechanic, and this van kept me busy, but was very useful and drove well in between maintenance. I have had no transmission problems in 127,000 miles. change your fuel pump if you have more than 90k miles. It will just quit otherwise. The 4 cyl is easier to maintain than the six. If you rebuild the 2,5 four, get a counter-balancer elimination kit! This engine has a lot of moving parts that wear out. Overall the van has been okay, but high maintenance. I was able to handle all repairs so my review may be biased towards those mechanically inclined. A woman would have hated this van. All vehicles require periodic maintenance, Caravan's need more than others.|
| ||What things have gone wrong with the car:||Had to completly rebuild engine at 89K miles, was burning a quart of oil per 100 miles. Radio went out twice, window tracks broke, CV boots (3 times), AC compressor, steering pump, fuel pump, water pump, and rotors all went prematurely.|
| ||Previous car:||Friends Odessy, 95 Caravan. My well maintained 89, has been better than my friends 95 with transmission problems.|