2008 Dodge Grand Caravan
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It's a minivan

by from Texas on January 7, 2012

I have had 2008 GC SE for about 3 1/2 years. I was shopping for various brands, but eventually got Dodge because it was the best deal at the time. Initially the van, manufactured in Canada, showed mul...
I have had 2008 GC SE for about 3 1/2 years. I was shopping for various brands, but eventually got Dodge because it was the best deal at the time. Initially the van, manufactured in Canada, showed multiple assembly issues, like rear bumper cover not correctly attached, falling off seat trim pieces, stripped thread on the armrest bolt, twisted seatbelt, and a factory dent on the B pillar interior. Shows that the Canadian workers can have a bad day every now and then. Fortunately, the dealer fixed everythig promptly, and I even got a loaner car. There were a few minor recalls that were also handled quickly by the dealer. Otherwise, the major thing that failed just after 3 years at about 22k miles were front and rear brakes. It was just outside 3-year warranty extension, so I had to replace them myself for about 250. At about 3 1/2 years the battery died. I was used to batteries lasting 5 to 7 years so that caught me by surprise. Anyway, it is cheap to replace. I like the rear Swiver 'n Go seats. They are very comfortable, especially compared to Stow 'n go seats. I like that I can put a 4x8 sheet on plywood inside and still slose the gate. Same for 10' long 2x4s. I have 2 kids and the interior still looks very good after all this time. At close to 25k miles the original tires are getting close to needing replacement. It is in line with my previous cars (Fords), which needed new tires after about 25k to 35k miles.
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great buy

by from el paso, texas on January 16, 2012

I own the 3.3 . very comfortable ride, really appreciate the child safety features, example child car seats build in. Lots of room. lots of storage. It does not drive like a mini van , it gives the re...
I own the 3.3 . very comfortable ride, really appreciate the child safety features, example child car seats build in. Lots of room. lots of storage. It does not drive like a mini van , it gives the reliability of an SUV , go anywhere do anything attitude. Great on Gas, 20 mpgs plus. The fuel/flex is a great way save money, every penny helps.. I bought my GC with 50,000 miles and have no complaints. Although do suggest dvd player for kids and captain seating with the storage build in table. also towing package will come in handy.
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another great vehicle

by from fort myers,fl. on August 8, 2011

This is our sixth grand caravan we've owned. My wife and i each drive one.They have been trouble free, and each has gone over 150,000 mi. they out ride any car, with plenty of room to haul about anyth...
This is our sixth grand caravan we've owned. My wife and i each drive one.They have been trouble free, and each has gone over 150,000 mi. they out ride any car, with plenty of room to haul about anything, since they all have been stow&go seating. This van is a '08 swivel&go, with a table that you can put up between the second and rear seats. we love them!
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Most unreliable car I have ever owned

by from Agawam, MA on September 6, 2010

We purchased in July 2008 and have had numerous problems with this car including high pressure hose for A\C leaking which required replacement, front wheel bearing replacement, premature front brake r...
We purchased in July 2008 and have had numerous problems with this car including high pressure hose for A\C leaking which required replacement, front wheel bearing replacement, premature front brake replacement, electrical system went dead while driving on several occasions and came back on by its self, transmission replacement at 25,649 miles and now at 60,002 miles it needs to be replaced again! I have owned Dodge Mini-Vans since 1986 and was very happy with them. The 2008 model is the worst car I have ever owned. Besides the promblems listed above it has numerous rattles and sqeaks including the sliding doors.
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NICE DRIVE

by from Columbus, Ohio on December 8, 2010

I was nervous to buy used. I decided to buy Certified Used and I am still not sold on the label of "Certified." I was under the impression that it was as close to "new" as "used" could get! Well, ther...
I was nervous to buy used. I decided to buy Certified Used and I am still not sold on the label of "Certified." I was under the impression that it was as close to "new" as "used" could get! Well, there is a 3 month/3,000 mile warranty that Certified Dodges are privvie to. So I made my list and sent my hubby in to have the minor repairs done. He was told, "it is a used car." WTF is the difference and why buy Certified then? Over all I am glad I bought my van and VERY glad I have a warranty, and bought the extended warranty. Within my first 3k mi. I already had a wheel bearing replaced ($1100 value according to the dealer). This morning I also received a post card in the mail that I have a recall on my power sliding door also!!! Thank heaven I have another 45k mi. left on my warranties!!! The whole time I had a rental car, my kids wanted the van back, so did I! OVERALL I am happy w/ my purchase!
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BEST CAR EVER

by from chicago,Il on February 1, 2008

it is great for anytime. great for kids, and family, camping, 10 hour drives, etc. It has great handling, accel, power, AND MOST OF ALL GREAT MPG.never hand any problems, w/ the 2 dvds, videogaming, s...
it is great for anytime. great for kids, and family, camping, 10 hour drives, etc. It has great handling, accel, power, AND MOST OF ALL GREAT MPG.never hand any problems, w/ the 2 dvds, videogaming, sto"n" go, seets, stainless fabric, or anything overall!
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Heard bad luck but LOVE my VAN very reliable

by from Allentown PA on July 20, 2011

We have 36,000 on our 2008 and only problem ever had we brake pads at 22K and the Chrylser extended warranty coverage because of break deficiencies, covered all but $100 of brake job. NO problems wit...
We have 36,000 on our 2008 and only problem ever had we brake pads at 22K and the Chrylser extended warranty coverage because of break deficiencies, covered all but $100 of brake job. NO problems with anything else and we get 19mpg city and 32 on expressway! Hard to beat. Daughter had problems with her Town & COuntry sliding doors and found mice ate the wires so the INSURANCE company paid for it in full! LOVE THIS CAR---we leased it new and are going to buy it.
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bumpy hard ride

by from florida on January 4, 2009

Just purchased an GC SXT 08 leftover on 12/31/08. Car mfg in 12/07. I have had 5 others since 1986 and this one rides the hardest. I am very disapointed with the ride so far... Will it get better? The...
Just purchased an GC SXT 08 leftover on 12/31/08. Car mfg in 12/07. I have had 5 others since 1986 and this one rides the hardest. I am very disapointed with the ride so far... Will it get better? The tires are a year old, does that have something to do with it? Or does it have a 'Sport' suspension? Will it take time to 'break in' or is it going to be a long hard uncomfortable ride??? All of my other GC's were pretty smooth. Also, the 4.0 engine has enough power for sure but sort of 'screams' when you step on it as if it was a 4 cylinder. Any help fromm anyone please! Thanks, Jim
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Pretty good car!

by from North Carolina on August 24, 2010

I traded a 2007 Nissan Quest in on a 2008 Grand Caravan when they came out with the new bodystyle and I'm impressed with it for the most part. I got the one with the 3.8L engine because they didn't ha...
I traded a 2007 Nissan Quest in on a 2008 Grand Caravan when they came out with the new bodystyle and I'm impressed with it for the most part. I got the one with the 3.8L engine because they didn't have the 4.0L engine yet (or so I was told at the time) and I don't like that it's slower and gets worse mileage than the Quest did, but it has Sirius TV and Radio, leather, power doors and everything all for a lower price! I love that! My wife appears to enjoy it too. She said she misses the styling of the Quest but the GC is not a bad looking minivan either... I just wish she'd keep it clean... Leaves all kinds of trash and her antiques lying around in it.
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3rd Dodge Gr Caravan

by from Port Deposit, MD on June 17, 2008

I traded my 05 for the new 08 a couple of months ago. The interior design is customized for the driver! Love It!! I really like how everything is in front of me. I have 3 teenage sons, and each of the...
I traded my 05 for the new 08 a couple of months ago. The interior design is customized for the driver! Love It!! I really like how everything is in front of me. I have 3 teenage sons, and each of them have plenty of space for trips. We drive to the beach (2hr trip) every Friday-Sunday, and this is the first vehicle they don't fight in! The handling of this van is great. I really like the exterior design. The driver has plenty of room, and when someone is in the seat behind the driver, they can slide that seat back for more leg room if neede. Stow-N-Go, great design. I can easily stow them and get them back out. The "trunk" space is great for those groceries. No more rolling vegies! Having 4 windows go down! Wow! It makes driving so much nicer. I'm glad I bought it!
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