About Dodge Grand Caravan
Dodge Grand Caravan is the twin of Chrysler Town & Country, also a luxury passenger minivan manufactured by FCA US LLC since 1987. The first Dodge Grand Caravan is the long-wheelbase variant of Dodge Caravan unveiled in 1987 for the first time. It accompanies with Dodge Caravan and has gone through five generation together.
The fourth generation Grand Caravan (2001-2007) was introduced at the 2000 North American International Auto Show. It offered several trim levels including Dodge Grand Caravan C/V, Dodge Grand Caravan ES and so on. Available engines varied from 2.4 L 150 hp EDZ inline 4-cylinder engine that produced 165 lb of torque to 3.8 L 200 hp EGH V6 engine that produced 245 lb of torque. These engines were mated to either 3-speed or 4-speed automatic transmission. At 2007 North American International Auto Show, the fifth generation Grand Caravan (2008-2017) debuted. There are still many trim levels available such as VP, SE, SXT, Crew, and R/T and so on. Engine options are still versatile ranging from 2.8 L 176 hp inline 4-cylinder diesel engine to 3.6 L 283 hp V6 engine still mated to 4-speed and 6-speed automatic transmissions.
Dodge Grand Caravan Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
Dodge Grand Caravan, as a luxury passenger minivan, pursues high performance as well as excellency. However, as time passes by, it still will appear some inevitable problems, such as:
First, electrical issues. As a modern minivan, Dodge Grand Caravan used the electricity to power most parts. As accumulation of mileage, Dodge Grand Caravan owners found that engine misfired a lot and the vehicle experienced a rough idle, a loss in power and acceleration and a reduction in gas mileage. Sometimes, the Grand Caravan may suffer from backfiring or starting issues as well. At the same time, the seats seemed to move slowly or not to move at all. Once similar symptoms happened to your vehicle, you had better check the ignition coil and seat motor.
Second, braking system and suspension system went wrong. Some Grand Caravan suffered from parking brake could not hold the car properly and Parking Brake Light kept on. Some others were experiencing excessive road noise, grinding, rattling and squeaking noises from underneath the vehicle while turning. At the same time, handling in vehicle would become sluggish as well. Once you suspect that your Dodge Grand Caravan is suffering from above signs, you can check if your parking brake cable is broken or sway bar bushing or coil spring insulator is failing.
You may not realize the existence of headlight untill you have to use it for lighting up forward road in dark. It belongs to easy-to-wear part based on usage times. If you want to drive safely, essential maintenance on it should not be left out.
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