1997 Dodge Caravan Overview


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1997 Dodge Caravan Overview

Chrysler is trying to snazz them up, trying to make them less boring appearance-wise, but let's face it, people aren't buying minivans to impress their friends and neighbors. The minivan is a utility vehicle for hauling work, kids, pets, and the kitchen sink. And in this respect, the Dodge Caravan is still the highest-rated minivan among experts and car owners.

The 1997 Dodge Caravan brings back the all-wheel drive option, but only in the Grand Caravans, SE and higher. All other models continue to have front-wheel drive. Anti-lock brakes are available in all models, and low-speed traction control comes with the LE models. Experts give it above average ratings in reliability, safety, and handling, with the 3.8-liter V6 engine obviously offering the smoothest, most powerful ride of the four engine options. All the other engines offer the most power in the engine class however.

Owners say they are reliable, handle like a car, and are quiet and stable. The Caravans are the best selling, most award winning minivan on the market. Typically, with each model revision come features that are innovative, often setting the bar for other minivans.


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    Steve Pleasants

    Air Conditioning

    Air conditioner is ice cold when I first start car to go somewhere, but after an hour it just stops putting out cold air and will not work again till the next day. Please help

    15 views with 3 answers (last answer about a month ago)

    1997 Dodge Caravan

    I have a 1997 dodge caravan it is a 3.0 v6 an it overheated an stalled out an wont start now it did it all at once so idk whats wrong with it i think its the water pump please give me some advice

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    Water Pump

    If the water pump is gone is that a bad sign. There is a 1997 Dodge Caravan bding sold and the water pump is blown.Is it worth it to buy this for 600.00

    1,329 views with 4 answers (last answer 2 months ago)

    Speedometer, Tachometer, Etc. Gauges In Cluster Started To Go Off...

    Dodge Caravan 1997 worked well, just inspected in May. Occasionally speedometer, tachometer, oil/gas gauge and temperature started to go off and than on again without clear reason. After 2 weeks, ever...

    17 views with 2 answers (last answer 3 months ago)
    Billy Norton

    Windshield Wipers

    Wipers only work sometimes. They work for a minute they shut and will not come back on

    22 views with 3 answers (last answer 5 months ago)