About Dodge Caravan
Dodge Caravan is a family minivan manufactured by FCA US LLC since 1984. The first Dodge Caravan was introduced in 1983 for 1984 model year. As the fifth generation Dodge Caravan is literally a Dodge Grand Caravan, it actually has gone through four generations. As a successful and popular minivan, Dodge Caravan has won the North American Car of the Year award, Motor Trend Magazine's Car of the Year in 1996. In addition, it has been put on Car and Driver Ten Best List for 1996 and 1997.
The third generation Dodge Caravan (1996-2000) was introduced at the 1995 North American International Auto Show for 1996 model year. There were six trim levels available for Dodge Caravan including Base, SE, Sport, ES, C/V and LE. As a 3-door and 4-door minivan, Dodge Caravan was powered by multiple engines varying from 2.4 L EDZ inline 4-cylinder gasoline engine to 3.8 L EGH V6 gasoline engine mated to 5-speed manual transmission and 3-speed, 4-speed automatic transmissions. On January 10, 2000, the fourth generation Dodge Caravan (2001-2007) was unveiled at the North American International Auto Show. It then added new trim levels such as SXT, AWD Sport, AWD Choice, eL, EX, AWD Wagon and SXT AWD. At the meantime, the 2.8 L CRD diesel engine for Philippines replaced previous generation 2.5 L YM425 inline 4-cyliner diesel engine. Besides, it used same engines that mated to 3-speed and 4-speed automatic transmissions as previous generation.
Dodge Caravan Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
Anything cannot beat the natural law, so cannot the Dodge Caravan. As time passes by, some problems on it start to pop out. Drivers who have the Caravan driving experience offered some common problems as follows:
First, engine stalls and shuts down while driving. Drivers said that when the Dodge Caravan runs for a while, the engine would die abruptly. Or it would experience misfires, a rough idle, a loss in power and acceleration, and reduction in gas mileage. In some cases, the Caravan may stalls or be in no start condition as engine has no spark at all. It is certain that the Check Engine Light would come on as well. Actually, if same situations happened to your Dodge Caravan, you can try to check the ignition coil first.
Second, braking system problem. This problem usually is related with a bad parking brake cable or coil spring insulator. Because the Caravan starts to bottom out and gives out excessive road noise or grinding noise while turning. Front brakes and tires are first to wear as well as Parking Brake Light comes on. If situations as mentioned happened, you really need to replace the parking brake cable or coil spring insulator.
Headlight is an essential part of whole vehicle. However, it is also easy to wear and tear especially after used for repeated times. For your safe driving environment, you had better get a bright and good-performance headlight.
In order to lead a more economical lifestyle, you should choose Dodge Caravan OEM parts not cheap and poor quality aftermarket parts. Because Caravan genuine parts we offer are at lowest price and more reliable and durable.