1993 Dodge Grand Caravan Reviews
1993 Dodge Grand Caravan Reviews and Owner Comments
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I have a 1993 Dodge Grand Caravan LE with a 3.3L V6 and All Wheel Drive. I absolutely LOVE this van. I am the second owner and I purchased this vehicle on September 9, 2001 with 103,000 miles on it. It now has over 230,000 miles and still going strong. It has become my winter driver now because of the All Wheel Drive(AWD) which come in handy for Michigan winters. It gets through the snow like it isn't there. Because it is an AWD vehicle the mileage is not very good, but then most AWD's have a poor mpg rating. I have had only a few problems with it over the years besides the normal wear items. The piping for the rear heat is made of steel and is not coated to prevent corrosion. For this reason mine had rusted through and dumped the contents of the radiator on the ground. Neither Chrysler nor any other parts manufacturer makes replacement piping for this van so I had to hand bend some pipe for this repair. I visited my local Home Depot for the copper tubing and commenced the repair. The cost was less than $20. The braking system for this van is a nightmare though. It works well but it is extremely noisy. 1993 was the only year that ChryCo used the Bendix 10 system in their mini-vans. In my opinion these should have been recalled and replaced with a better braking system. It uses an electric motor and accumulator to provide the brake boost instead of the traditional vacuum boost. The motor kicks on and off while braking and is very loud. There is a lifetime recall on the pump motor and accumulator because they tend to fail. So far I have had to endure the accumulator failure only once and it was a free repair. Exhaust parts for this are hard to find as well. The front drive versions use a totally different exhaust system than the AWD and none of the part stores can get the pipes for me. Still using the factory pipes but had to replace the muffler last summer, it finally rotted out. I don't beat on any of my vehicles and ALL of my maintenance is done on time. I have switched all of my vehicles over to synthetic fluids, they seem to hold up a bit better than standard fluids especially with the miles I drive. All together I currently own 5 Dodges and 1 Chrysler. Of the 6 all but two have in excess of 200,000 miles on them. One of them, a 2002 Dodge Intrepid with a 3.5L V6 has over 250,000 miles and I have only just recently had to put any serious repairs into it. The most expensive being a wheel bearing C/V axle change. The only reason the axle change was necessary was because the two parts had become rusted together and the outer joint was destroyed during the removal process. All of my vehicles have performed exceptionally well. I have read a lot of complaints about ChryCo vans, but based on what I see while driving around town is that there sure are a lot of them on the road. I do a lot of research on line too, and I have read a lot of reviews from car owners. I have found that EVERY car manufacturer has had lemons from time to time. I work at a gas station and I talk with a lot of people. I have begun to realize that some people buy a car and think that it should last 100,000 miles without any work or maintenance ever being done to it. NEWS FLASH!! It doesn't work that way, never has, never will. Maintenance is the key to all of the problems you may face when it comes to cars in general. It has been my experience that if you fix the little things while they are still little, the big things come fewer and farther between. More often than not it's the little components failure that lead to the bigger components failure. Common sense should tell you that if your brake wear indicators are making noise you should change your pads soon. Some people will ignore that sound until they hear metal on metal scraping, now the repair cost has tripled because it is no longer a simple brake pad change they also need new rotors. Then they will gripe and complain about how this vehicle is a piece of crap and the manufacturer is to blame for a poor design and they shouldn't have to pay for the repair the manufacturer should etc. I have heard them all. A wise man I once met a long time ago shared some very wise words with me. He told me "If you want your stuff to last, you have to take care of it", enough said. The fat man has now stepped from the top of his soap box...
Had a 1993 and a 1994 Dodge Grand Caravan, and I have had nothing but problems with both of them, my 93 the rear wiper is missing and can't seem to find the parts I need for it at the parts stores, there is a lot of electrical problems that I can't find and I am usually pretty good with tracking that sort of stuff down with me being an army mechanic, and also the drive train keeps slipping then suddenly a quick thud and it works, othertimes you sit there for about 15 seconds with your foot on the gas before it engages, Never been a huge fan of them and decided to try them for the heck of it because the price was right on both and both turned out to be nightmares, would never wish these vehicles on anyone, THEY ARE COMPLETE JUNK AND GARBAGE!!!