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2005 Dodge Grand Caravan

2005 Dodge Grand Caravan

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Passenger Van
2-7 Seats
21-22 MPG
(Combined)
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The Good

  • Seating configurations
  • Storage versatility
  • Interior space

The Bad

  • Pending further review

What to Know

about the 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan
  • Available Stow &amp
  • #8217
  • n Go seating
  • 119.3-inch wheelbase
  • Two V-6s
  • SE and SXT models
  • Side-curtain airbags for all three rows

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2005 Dodge Grand Caravan Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
Redesigned front-wheel-drive minivans from DaimlerChrysler may look similar to their predecessors, but the differences inside take precedence. More than 15 new features appear on 2005 models; the most notable is the Stow ’n Go fold-flat-into-the floor configuration for the second- and third-row seats. These models are the first minivans to have both seats fold into the floor. They can be folded down with one hand in as little as 30 seconds.

Built on an all-new platform, the Dodge Grand Caravan comes on a longer 119.3-inch wheelbase. Stow ’n Go seating is standard in the SXT model and optional in the SE. Dodge Caravans, which are built on a shorter 113.3-inch wheelbase, will not be offered with Stow ’n Go seating.

Side curtain-type airbags protect outboard occupants in all three rows of seats, and the driver gets an inflatable knee blocker. Developers claim the 2005 minivans are 16 percent quieter than their predecessors. Rear parking assist with an audible warning and a rear overhead display is available.

DaimlerChrysler introduced its 2005 models at Detroit’s North American International Auto Show in January; sales begin early in 2004. The Chrysler Town & Country is similar to the Grand Caravan, but Chrysler’s version has a more upscale interior. DaimlerChrysler’s Chrysler Group invented the minivan more than 20 years ago and has sold more than 10 million. Today’s minivan market share for Chrysler and Dodge models is 38 percent.

Exterior
The styling of the...

Vehicle Overview
Redesigned front-wheel-drive minivans from DaimlerChrysler may look similar to their predecessors, but the differences inside take precedence. More than 15 new features appear on 2005 models; the most notable is the Stow ’n Go fold-flat-into-the floor configuration for the second- and third-row seats. These models are the first minivans to have both seats fold into the floor. They can be folded down with one hand in as little as 30 seconds.

Built on an all-new platform, the Dodge Grand Caravan comes on a longer 119.3-inch wheelbase. Stow ’n Go seating is standard in the SXT model and optional in the SE. Dodge Caravans, which are built on a shorter 113.3-inch wheelbase, will not be offered with Stow ’n Go seating.

Side curtain-type airbags protect outboard occupants in all three rows of seats, and the driver gets an inflatable knee blocker. Developers claim the 2005 minivans are 16 percent quieter than their predecessors. Rear parking assist with an audible warning and a rear overhead display is available.

DaimlerChrysler introduced its 2005 models at Detroit’s North American International Auto Show in January; sales begin early in 2004. The Chrysler Town & Country is similar to the Grand Caravan, but Chrysler’s version has a more upscale interior. DaimlerChrysler’s Chrysler Group invented the minivan more than 20 years ago and has sold more than 10 million. Today’s minivan market share for Chrysler and Dodge models is 38 percent.

Exterior
The styling of the new Grand Caravan is similar to the previous version, but the 2005 models have an entirely new underbody. Trevor Creed, senior vice president of design, refers to the process as “designing our minivans from the inside out.”

Dodge’s familiar crosshair grille sits up front in a U-shaped design with black bars. The minivan grille is similar to the one on the new Dodge Magnum wagon. A new front fascia contains a molded-in license plate pocket and new fog lamps. New bodyside moldings on the SXT feature chrome inserts. Aluminum wheels hold 16-inch tires on the SXT, while the SE rolls on 15-inch steel wheels.

Interior
All Grand Caravans seat seven occupants. DaimlerChrysler claims that the new models offer as many as 256 possible seating configurations. Bucket seats are installed in the second row, and the third row features a 60/40-split bench seat that can be folded partially or completely.

With Stow ’n Go seating, the headrests do not need to be removed in order to fold down the seats. When the second-row seats are upright, two storage bins with integrated lids provide an additional 12 cubic feet of storage space. Standard cargo net bags adjust to fit each storage bin. Outboard breakaway cupholders remain intact when the second-row seats are folded. Split-bench tailgate seating is possible by flipping the third-row seat rearward, and the liftgate can provide protection against the elements.

Super High Density Foam cushions, developed for astronauts by NASA, are used in Dodge’s minivan seats. The second-row seats move fore and aft with 100 mm of travel, recline up to 40 degrees and have 13 positions. The third-row seatbacks recline up to 39 degrees and feature 12 positions. By pulling a single strap, the second-row seat tumbles out of the way for entry to the third row. A grained look highlights the center stack bezel on the SE, while the SXT gets a carbon-weave design.

Three adjustable and removable bins fit into an overhead rail system, and one can hold an optional DVD entertainment system’s screen. A navigation system with a 4.2-inch screen is also available. Cargo volume behind the rear seat is 26.4 cubic feet. With all of the seats removed, the minivan can hold 167.7 cubic feet.

Under the Hood
A 180-horsepower, 3.3-liter V-6 engine is installed in the SE, and the SXT gets a 3.8-liter V-6 that generates 215 hp and 245 pounds-feet of torque. Both minivans are equipped with a four-speed-automatic transmission.

Safety
Antilock brakes are standard. Side curtain-type airbags protect occupants in all three rows of seats. An inflatable knee blocker helps protect the driver. Multistage front airbags and a BeltAlert reminder are standard. LATCH child-safety seat anchors are installed in the second row of all Grand Caravans and in the third row of models equipped with Stow ’n Go seating. A door-alert system that indicates when the sliding door is moving will be added during the 2005 model year.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

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Exterior Styling
(4.2)
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(4.2)
Interior Design
(4.2)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.1)
Value For The Money
(4.3)

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(5.0)

320,000 miles still fine

by Heatherkrueger from Aurora, colorado on February 25, 2019

Longest lasting vehicle I have ever owned. It just keeps going. 320,000 miles with very few problems. I can't wait to upgrade to power doors and more features. I am impressed. Read full review

(4.0)

A good vehicle and nice space for the money.

by JCliver from Spartanburg, SC on September 17, 2018

This van met all of our needs for a family vehicle for a family of 5 including family vacations and moving kids back and forth to college. A lot of space and the best value for the a versatile vehicle... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan currently has 6 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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