1989 Dodge Caravan Review, Peter Barthuly, From Burlingto
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Dodge Grand Caravan
| ||Model of the car:||Dodge Grand Caravan|
| ||General comments:||I never lost a transmission until I purchased a brand new 1989 Dodge Grand Caravan, Then I lost three and had to replace the last with my own money. I can't, I won't, I shall not ever, never by a Chrysler product again. I was a Chrysler owner three time over beforethis mess. I read that many of their constumers since 1989, the year of the TRANSMISSION, have and still are experiencing the same mess I did. One star is too much but that's the trouble with using computer assisted ratings, you have to make compromises.|
| ||What things have gone wrong with the car:||Goes through transmissions every two years like clockwork. The car went through three transmissions, all under warantee. The fourth, not under warantee was rebuilt by a private trans repair place. Excellent work, but only tested trans to 2 yrs 2 months before sold the car (bad oil leak at 130,000 miles). After first 30,000 miles, front brakes repaired every 10,000 miles. Both likely caused by a Chrysler design defect. The car carried a 3.0L engine that was well taken care of. This car model has become a joke. Did any one see the short run commercial last year hawking for a dot.com company. A soccer mom was trying to sell her Caravan along a city sidewalk. She ended up lowering the price until at the end of the commercial she begged people to take the car for nothing and threw the keys into the body of a passerby and said the cars yours. The ad was all about desperation, something many Caravan owner's know about. The ad was pulled after a few days. I wonder who was behind pulling the ad? I wonder?|
| ||Previous car:||Ford Windstar: more powerful engine; hasn't broken down in 2 years 5 months or ownership. The transmission still runs. Only time will tell. Very attractive car and top safety rating. Well worth the $3000 to $4000 extra cost versus an comparable Caravan.|