2004 Dodge Grand Caravan

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Key Specs

of the 2004 Dodge Grand Caravan. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Interior space
  • Lower-speed performance
  • Handling and stability
  • Ride comfort
  • Seat comfort

The Bad

  • Final year in this form
  • No fold-away third-row seat
  • Parking-brake operation

Notable Features of the 2004 Dodge Grand Caravan

  • Two V-6 engine choices
  • Long-wheelbase design
  • Available AWD
  • Available backseat video entertainment
  • Available power rear liftgate

2004 Dodge Grand Caravan Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Dodge’s extended-length Grand Caravan and its shorter Caravan companion continue to rank as the most popular minivans on the market. Starting in 2003, Grand Caravans could be equipped with a new power sunroof, a factory-installed DVD-based entertainment system and power-adjustable pedals.

For the 2004 model year, a tire-pressure warning lamp is standard on all minivans with aluminum wheels, and audio systems have been revised. Dodge’s optional DVD-based rear-seat entertainment system now includes an in-dash six-CD/DVD changer.

Nearly identical in size to the Chrysler Town & Country, the 2004 Grand Caravan comes in SE, SXT and SXT all-wheel-drive trim levels, along with a value-priced eX version. Front-wheel drive is standard. An Anniversary Edition joins the group during the 2004 model year. A Cargo Van model is also available. DaimlerChrysler will redesign its minivans and add fold-away second- and third-row seats for 2005.


Exterior
Measuring 200.5 inches long overall, the Grand Caravan comes only on a 119.3-inch wheelbase. Standard tires measure 15 inches in diameter, but 16-inchers are equipped on higher trim levels.

Dual sliding side doors are installed, and power operation for both is standard on all models except the SE and Cargo Van. The power sliding doors have a manual override feature and can be opened and closed by hand while the power phase is active. An optional rear power liftgate for eX and SXT models may be operated by remote control or ...
Vehicle Overview
Dodge’s extended-length Grand Caravan and its shorter Caravan companion continue to rank as the most popular minivans on the market. Starting in 2003, Grand Caravans could be equipped with a new power sunroof, a factory-installed DVD-based entertainment system and power-adjustable pedals.

For the 2004 model year, a tire-pressure warning lamp is standard on all minivans with aluminum wheels, and audio systems have been revised. Dodge’s optional DVD-based rear-seat entertainment system now includes an in-dash six-CD/DVD changer.

Nearly identical in size to the Chrysler Town & Country, the 2004 Grand Caravan comes in SE, SXT and SXT all-wheel-drive trim levels, along with a value-priced eX version. Front-wheel drive is standard. An Anniversary Edition joins the group during the 2004 model year. A Cargo Van model is also available. DaimlerChrysler will redesign its minivans and add fold-away second- and third-row seats for 2005.


Exterior
Measuring 200.5 inches long overall, the Grand Caravan comes only on a 119.3-inch wheelbase. Standard tires measure 15 inches in diameter, but 16-inchers are equipped on higher trim levels.

Dual sliding side doors are installed, and power operation for both is standard on all models except the SE and Cargo Van. The power sliding doors have a manual override feature and can be opened and closed by hand while the power phase is active. An optional rear power liftgate for eX and SXT models may be operated by remote control or an interior switch.


Interior
All models seat seven occupants on front and second-row bucket seats and a third-row bench. The eX and SXT models may be fitted with Seton Sutton leather upholstery rather than cloth. Cargo capacity measures 167.9 cubic feet when the second- and third-row seats are removed.

Unlike some competitors, DaimlerChrysler’s minivans do not have a third-row seat that folds into the floor. The 50/50-split third-row bench seat in the eX and SXT divides into two sections that can be removed separately, reclined or folded flat. An optional center console with a power outlet can be mounted between either the front- or second-row seats in the eX and SXT.


Under the Hood
A 180-horsepower, 3.3-liter V-6 engine goes into the SE model. All others get a 215-hp, 3.8-liter V-6. Both engines team with a four-speed-automatic transmission.

Safety
Antilock brakes and seat belt pretensioners for the front seats are standard. The front airbags have multistage inflators, and side-impact airbags are optional.

Driving Impressions
From exceptional seat comfort to its appealing ride and satisfying engine response, Dodge’s larger minivan does nearly everything correctly. Acceleration from a standstill with either engine is better than the Grand Caravan’s passing and merging prowess, which can be tepid unless it’s pushed hard; but overall performance is more than adequate. Buyers who travel in mountainous states or desire extra confidence on the highway may want to consider the 3.8-liter engine.

Like other DaimlerChrysler minivans, the Grand Caravan handles with a relatively light touch, which yields excellent steering feel. Secure on the highway, it copes admirably with curves. The Grand Caravan is especially easy to drive. Long-term construction quality may still fall short of import brands, but no shopper should buy an extended-length minivan without test-driving the quiet-running Grand Caravan.


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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Amazing Find!

by kerry1965 from Broken Arrow on August 21, 2018

The car was a steal with 41,000 miles on it. It was like buying a brand new van even though it was 2004. The features included with the van were more than expected. Read full review

(5.0)

Most reliable car I've owned

by Dadsupporters from Mount Vernon, IN on May 12, 2018

Great minivan for hauling large or small items, children, and also traveling in. I love these Vans !!! Great on highway miles and gas. My whole family our Dodge Grand Caravan lovers. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2004 Dodge Grand Caravan currently has 3 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Grand Caravan received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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