• (4.5) 13 reviews
  • MSRP: N/A
  • Body Style: Passenger Van
  • Combined MPG: 21-22
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Seats: 2-7
  • Cargo Space: 167.9 cu.ft.
2004 Dodge Grand Caravan

Our Take on the Latest Model 2004 Dodge Grand Caravan

What We Don't Like

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

Notable Features

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

2004 Dodge Grand Caravan Reviews

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.

Consumer Reviews

4.5

Average based on 13 reviews

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Best car ever

by 1 from Orlando Florda on December 28, 2015

Best car ever that i ever got. i owned it for 10 years can i see my family in this this is THE BEST CAR EVER!

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Recalls

There are currently 3 recalls for this car.


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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,800 per year.

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Bumper-to-Bumper

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.

Powertrain

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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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