Unusually reliable for 24 years old.
My van is nearly 25 years old. I bought this 99 Grand Caravan 3.3 from a used car lot two years ago at 136,900. It now has 180,000 miles. It does get 21-24 mpg on the highway, and drops to 17-18 in city driving. I have taken it on two long roadtrips to Texas and New Mexico and made it back with zero breakdowns. The van warns you when something is about to break. I discovered I have been driving with a cracked transmission flexplate for the last 20,000 miles. This is a known flaw with these vans that the flexplate always cracks at a certain mileage due to poor design and too much bottom end stress on the part. I have been qouted $1,300 to rebuild my transmission now that we have ruled out the engine as the issue. A lot of people get fooled by this cracked flexplate and think it is rod knock. It has been the most reliable vehicle I ever owned, and the only breakdown was when the starter broke. Van does not like hills and the transmission takes a beating in 2nd gear to get up hills, at which point the fuel economy drops to 10mpg.
My second review of the same vehicle 1.5 years lat
Ok, this is my second review of my 1999 Dodge Caravan SE 15th anniversary edition. I have owned and regularly driven the van now since Nov 2019. I have taken it on 4 trouble free long road trips within Western Canada plus moved items and camped it in a lot. I bought it with both rear seat benches removed so the van has tons of room. So, Ive replaced a few parts along the way. The large serpentine drive belt, the alternator, and battery,the wiper motor, all 3 wiper blades, the two front stabilizer bars, (Moog brand). The front brake pads, new coolant and few oil and filter changes of course as well as one transmission fluid change. I have done all this so the van lasts me which it has. Ive put 30, 000 kms on it approx since buying it. Im in this vehicle for the long haul. I believe it will last me another 5 to 10 years at least with no major problems. Its very reliable and the 3 3 V6 has adequate power with good gas mileage.the 4 speed auto transmission has also proved very reliable.
Ve4y good large minivan
I bought this used 1999 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 15th anniversary edition last November, 2019. It had just over 300000 km on the odometer and I knew I was in for some repairs and general maintenance. After an oil change, lube and the large drivebelt replaced, I was immediately able to take the van on a 2500 km road trip from Vancouver to Calgary and back with no problems. I am very impressed of the durability of this Dodge van. After arriving back , the old alternator showed its wear by not charging the system. I replaced this and the battery so far. The step on parking brake release mechanism also needs work as well as a new brake pad and caliper for the front left wheel. Other work I'll do this summer will include a new wiper motor and a new oil pressure sensor. Overall though; this van has been great; has tons of room and I expected to have to replace a few parts when I bought it very cheaply so it's been great so far in the 7 months I've owned it.