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2003 Dodge Grand Caravan Consumer Reviews

3.5
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Good Family Truckster

by from on May 18, 2009

Hey, this minivan has done it all from pulling the pop up camper, to hauling 5 bikes on a hitch mounted bike rack to hauling: lumber; 4'x8' plywood pieces, 4'x10' drywall pieces (back door open on tha...
Hey, this minivan has done it all from pulling the pop up camper, to hauling 5 bikes on a hitch mounted bike rack to hauling: lumber; 4'x8' plywood pieces, 4'x10' drywall pieces (back door open on that one), a washer & dryer; two dishwashers. It has been to tailgating parties, across Lake Michigan in a ferry boat up into Canada for skiing and down to Washington DC all with a family of six. It has 80,000 plus miles on it and it is still going strong. I would not do any of this family travelling without that back seat DVD player, however.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does recommend this car

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AWD is great in snow

by from Clarence Center NY on January 29, 2010

Bought this used with 83,000 miles on it. Have replaced the steering rack ($1000) and serviced the transmission (a quick learn because of hard downshifting) along with other smaller repairs. The AWD i...
Bought this used with 83,000 miles on it. Have replaced the steering rack ($1000) and serviced the transmission (a quick learn because of hard downshifting) along with other smaller repairs. The AWD is superb in the snow, too bad they don't offer it anymore!Nice van,my third Dodge Caravan.
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Does recommend this car

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I love My Dodge

by from Virginia on October 24, 2008

I love my Dodge. There is one thing I don't like is that the floor on the passenger side is always wet. All in all it has never left me standing. I would buy another one, but will not trade this one f...
I love my Dodge. There is one thing I don't like is that the floor on the passenger side is always wet. All in all it has never left me standing. I would buy another one, but will not trade this one for anything.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Work

Does recommend this car

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2003 Grand Caravan SE

by from Kenner, LA on June 3, 2006

My 2003 Grand Caravan SE has been very reliable for the 3 years I've owned it. It's never been in the shop for any major repairs and I've never had to leave it overnight. I would recommend Dodge Car...
My 2003 Grand Caravan SE has been very reliable for the 3 years I've owned it. It's never been in the shop for any major repairs and I've never had to leave it overnight. I would recommend Dodge Caravan to anyone who wants reliability and a great value for the money.
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Purchased a used car

Does recommend this car

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Great Family/Utility Vehicle

by from tennesse on August 7, 2008

Though this vehicle is not rated as a utility vehicle, it has been used for many utility style uses.
Though this vehicle is not rated as a utility vehicle, it has been used for many utility style uses.
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Purchased a used car

Does recommend this car

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feels like driving a japanies van

by from ontario, Canada on July 2, 2007

I like the smoothness wile driving this van...I have dodge grand caravan sport 2003 and I love it, it is for sure something to keep for a long time.
I like the smoothness wile driving this van...I have dodge grand caravan sport 2003 and I love it, it is for sure something to keep for a long time.
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Purchased a used car

Does recommend this car

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No More Dodge for Me

by from Waterloo, ON on January 21, 2008

We have had this van for 4 years and have spent too much money in repairs. The dealership even says this van was built on a Friday afternoon of a long weekend. Too many repairs with brakes and suspens...
We have had this van for 4 years and have spent too much money in repairs. The dealership even says this van was built on a Friday afternoon of a long weekend. Too many repairs with brakes and suspension. We bought new thinking that it would be better but have realized it isn't. We will not be buying Dodge again.
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Purchased a used car

Does not recommend this car

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questionable reliability and value

by from Seattle, WA on August 4, 2009

Although fully-loaded with features and an attractive used price, the 2003 Dodge Grand Caravan eX we purchased used in 2004 with 22K miles has had more than enough visits to the repair shop to guarant...
Although fully-loaded with features and an attractive used price, the 2003 Dodge Grand Caravan eX we purchased used in 2004 with 22K miles has had more than enough visits to the repair shop to guarantee this is the last Dodge/Chrysler vehicle we'll be buying. The items we needed to have repaired included an "electronic brain" that blew effectively not allowing the car to start and drive or have any other features, such as windows, etc. operate. Luckily, this was an item covered by the manufacturer's warranty! Body hardware integrity is lacking, the car rattles and shakes worse than a '89 IROC Camaro convertible crossing railroad tracks, and it recently has developed what might turn out to be the dreaded Caravan "transmission shudder of doom" (which means the transmission is likely going to tank on us)! The van only has 60-something thousand miles on it now! The spouse and I have resigned to driving this thing until it pukes, however, we both figured that'd be maybe 200,000 miles. At this rate, we may be lucky to get it to 80,000. Fuel economy in the city is laughable - sometimes gets down to 11-13 mpg! Road trips on the highway (60-70mph) nets up to 19-20mpg. We paid in the neighborhood of $23,000 for this van which had a MSRP of over $35,000. I am doubtful now whether it is worth $8,000 now, even in great operating condition. But here's the good stuff: the kids like the DVD player, my wife likes sitting up high to see over traffic, the power is enough to get us up and over hills and passes on road trips, stereo not bad for a factory stereo, folding seats offer a lot of flexibility with cargo options, the roof rack is handy, and the looks are not dated even after Chrysler redesigned the minivans a couple years ago.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does not recommend this car

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2003 grand caravan

by from Rancho Cordova on April 30, 2010

After 2 months its acting up on the tranee,its making a aloud banging noise when going in the low gear before coming to stop.so when i come to the stop sign i try not to apply brake from 300yards , i ...
After 2 months its acting up on the tranee,its making a aloud banging noise when going in the low gear before coming to stop.so when i come to the stop sign i try not to apply brake from 300yards , i stop it suddenly so that tranee does not have a chance to do that.1st american car and now the peoblem.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does not recommend this car

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bad model for dodge

by from on July 15, 2011

I have owned every model minivan that dodge has made. I bought a 2003 dodge grand caravan new and from the beginning I did not like the trans ( it didn't shift into overdrive smoothly). After 68,000 m...
I have owned every model minivan that dodge has made. I bought a 2003 dodge grand caravan new and from the beginning I did not like the trans ( it didn't shift into overdrive smoothly). After 68,000 miles the trans suddenly stopped working and it was replaced. 15,000 miles later, the engine started nocking ( bent rod). So after 8 years of properly maintaining it and getting frequent oil changes, it dies. I am a total mopar guy, but after 2 minivans quitting on me ( this being the second) I am highly considering buying a Toyota or a Hyundai. Although I do love the new Durango, I do not want another car to fail me so quickly. If you want to purchase this model car, great! But get rid of it before 70,000 miles or pay for a whole new drivetrain.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does not recommend this car

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