1997 Dodge Caravan User Reviews

1997 Dodge Caravan Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 9 reviews

  • Performance:3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars 3 / 5
  • Appearance:2.3 out of 5 stars2.3 out of 5 stars2.3 out of 5 stars2.3 out of 5 stars2.3 out of 5 stars 2.3 / 5
  • Build Quality:3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars 3.7 / 5
  • Overall: 3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars 3.6 / 5

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PROS
"fuel economy" 7 reviews
"big space" 3 reviews
"ride" 3 reviews
"power" 3 reviews
"maintenance" 2 reviews
CONS
"expensive car" 2 reviews

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Johnny writes:
1997 Dodge Caravan 4 Dr LE Passenger Van Review
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Great sound system, holds a lot of people, good milage for a van.

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Handles like a boat, lot's of blind spots.

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1997 Dodge Caravan — Damn things a boat. It's got the 3.3 so it's millage is good, but it tends to not kick when I floor it. The sound system is great, and that's the best thing about it. Haven't had to do to much work on it. In the last 10 years we've only had to do routine maintenance and replace the front brakes.

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20123035 writes:
1997 Dodge Caravan 3 Dr SE Passenger Van Review
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I have owned this van since 1999 and got it with 100,000 miles on it. The van now has 308,465 and it still has the original engine and transmission. This is one of the best vehicles we have ever owned i still drive this van everyday and it keeps going like the energizer bunny. The fuel mileage is around 26 which is great and if thi van ever dies i will put a new motor and trans in it but this goes to show that maintenance is key in owning a vehicle dont listen when people say dodge transmissions suck if you take care of them they are fine just like my 95 ram 2500 250,000 miles and all origional.

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20123035
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Vehicle Is Badass Most Reliable Vehicle Ever 308,000 Miles All Origional — Nothing major has ever gone wrong with this vehicle all we have ever done to it was regualr maintence this vehicle is hands down amazing how many people can say they got 308,000 miles out of a minivan without replacing any major parts and will still drive it long distances?

Primary Use: Family transportation

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WENDY writes:
1997 Dodge Caravan 3 Dr STD Passenger Van Review
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i would recommend this van for anyone despite the cost of gas.i feel safe riding in it too.it can hold lots of camping gear and propane tanks.very easy to get in/out of van.

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nothing really,cept for the price of gas these days

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Miss My Dodge Grand Caravan — i drove a dodge grand caravan in the late 90's in and around fort frances ontario.i liked how it performed on the highways since i lived in the country at the time.it was great in all the seasons.the interior was so spacious that my dogs came with me.the gas was good to fill up and maintenance wasn't that bad either,EXCEPT for the heating controls for the windows,didn't work properly and had to be prepared lots of time.a great family van for dogs as well.

Primary Use: Utility (towing boats, transporting cargo, etc.)

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Tom writes:
1997 Dodge Caravan 4 Dr LE Passenger Van Review
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A lot of room!

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Not the coolest looking car

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Great For Transporting A Lot Of People. — It has a lot of room in it, because it can seat 7 people. But it is not the most stylish car you could own. It is decent on gas. It is comfortable and some luxuries to it. I would not reccommend this car if you are trying to attract anyone!

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Dee writes:
1997 Dodge Caravan 3 Dr SE Passenger Van Review
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Handled well and was safe

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handled well and was safe ;)

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Classic Mom Car — owned for approximately 2 months, drove excellent and handled well, needed repairs when bought but all were done easily and cheaply, gas milage was approx 650 km per 80 L, Van was fun to drive but when there is only two of us it was completely pointless to own something i despised, just didn't like it because of the "mommy mobile" factor

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Mark writes:
1997 Dodge Caravan 4 Dr ES Passenger Van Review
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Lots of passenger space, decent MPG, curves

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Big and Ugly

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Azn4mobile!!! — It used to be my cousins until it got hit by another car. I plan to use it a lot after my dad and I fix it. It has captain seats which i think are cool. its gonna be the AZN4mobile and i can roll with many of my sexy AZN friends in. AZN4 life!!! the performance is good, better than the intrepid i have. I wanna drive it so i dont put so many miles on the Porsche. it looks good to me. and i know this car will be mad fun.

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Tina writes:
1997 Dodge Caravan 4 Dr ES Passenger Van Review
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nice appearance clean, comfortable and lots of space!!

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many many trips back to the shop!

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In The Middle!! — i love the fact that its a van but i have gone through 3 transmitions, a rediator, had to fix the fan to cool the engine twice and now have to fix the defrost/ heat wont work properly ... i have heard its a dodge thing with the transmitions .. oh and there was a crack or hole in the antifreeze container, so total its been back to be fixed a total of 6 times already and now it will be in one more!

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Ryan3171 writes:
1997 Dodge Caravan 4 Dr LE Passenger Van Review
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Mommy Mobile — The engine is a 3.3 , Returns very good mileage/ 18-city,25 highway, Air condition performs well even when temp reach 100 degrees, The air ducts build into the drivers and passager doors,are well designed, Thus providing cool or warm air to the passenger in rear seats, later model carvans do not have this duct system in the front doors, Shame on Chrysler for deleting it. Future Carvans do not have the very efficient 3.3 V-6 engine thus the vehicle gas mileage decreases.

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Mike writes:
1997 Dodge Caravan 3 Dr SE Passenger Van Review
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Family car

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Transmission Problems

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Ok But Really Weak Transmission — The cost of ownership on this 1997 dodge caravan is really expensive the gas mileage is ok but this is another car that wasn't built the right way the 3.3 is a really good motor but the transmission on these vans are really weak.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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2007 Dodge Caravan Reviews

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The dodge Caravan is a reliable family vehicle,with plenty of space to comfortably seat seven.,and the integrated car seat is a nice touch.My only real dislike would be the gas mileage,and can be a li... Read More

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2006 Dodge Caravan Reviews

Great By hpy4now

It has been a wonderful vehicle. The family has downsized so no longer drive it. Long trips are a pleasure in this vehicle and gas mileage is comparable to many of the new cars on the market now with... Read More

Excellent Vehicle For A Family Or A Business. By tmcgraw1974

I have owned a Dodge Caravan for the last six years. Never had a minutes trouble out of it. Great vehicle. Very strong engine. It has a lot space, plenty of room for family and friends. Would rec... Read More

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2005 Dodge Caravan Reviews

Great Family Car By msdd85

This is a must and great car for a large family or family that loves to travel go to sporting events or the beach. you can get a lot of things to fit in the van and great on miles. Read More

Clean By jcbatac

its a van, not too much on gas dvd is great for family during trips its 7 passenger and it has captain chair, not much on maintenance, control is great and handling, just like any other van accelerat... Read More

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2004 Dodge Caravan Reviews

Practical By Pamela

I am not usually a minivan person, but I needed something that could tote my pets around in. For this reason, my van will be used for all errands and pet adventures for now. When I can afford someth... Read More

My Caravan By Brandi

It is the best vehicle to drive its easy to handle and accelerates great and brakes awesome. Its 5 years old and have never had to replace anything in the engine. May be a soccer mom vehicle but every... Read More

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2003 Dodge Caravan Reviews

Very Good By Readytosale

I love this vehicle. It is very reliable. Can take long trips and be comfortable while riding. Very good on gas. It is a family vehicle. Has 3rd row seating. The 2nd and 3rd rows fold down and lift fo... Read More

It Should Be Only Sold To College Students Going To College By Frank

its not bad with gas as long as you leave the back seats out and theres nothing heavy in the car at any time. it drives well, dont expect a lot of trouble with going down roads, stay to the state road... Read More

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