What is the average lifespan of an engine in a 99 dodge grand caravan, sport?

Asked by Jun 10, 2013 at 05:16 PM about the 1999 Dodge Grand Caravan

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My timing chain went out and 7 out of
10 mechanics said to get a new
ebgine put in because it has a little
over three hundred thousand miles on
it. I dont want to fix the timing chain if
it only has another twenty thousand
miles to go. 500 dollars, 4 years. Ive
got my monies worth.

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that would probably all depend on how it has been driven and if (other than the timing chain) the engine is mechanically sound. I've seen dodge caravans go over 400,000 before but their owners kept them VERY WELL maintained. without looking at it it's hard to say. if 7 out of 10 mechanics are telling you to get another engine dropped in it. I'd probably go ahead and do it because then you know everything is new where as if you just fix the timing chain and something else goes down the line... Those trips to the garage can at up pretty quick. Just be sure to take into account, the condition the rest of the vehicle is in and how the transmission was working before doing anything. Keep in mind that the vehicle is 14 years old and ask yourself "is it economically viable to fix it or get a new/newer vehicle?".

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Personally I'd get rid of it. A friend from work just had his engine removed to replace leaking freeze plugs on his '97 Ford Ranger. Basically they removed the engine, replaced the freeze plugs, then reinstalled the same engine. That was about 3 months ago. Since then the check engine light has come on repeatedly and now his intake manifold is leaking coolant, or so his mechanic says. He's now trying to sell the truck knowing he probably won't get back out of it the money he just spent. I'd definitely say you got your $500.00 worth out of your Grand Caravan. Quit while you're ahead & move on. You obviously picked a winner last time, you can do it again!! HTH. -Jim

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1999 if you really like it then fix it and drive it till it falls apart. If not then unload it and buy another vehicle. You got your moneys worth out of that one.

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300k is awesome! Unfortunately that's like riding a 90yr old horse. I'd put it out to pasture before it leaves you stranded.

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