our 2005 grand caravan is turning over 200,000 how many more miles can we expect to get on it?
Van is running great. Air bag and engine lights are on, door locks don't work, but no engine problems. We are wondering how many more miles we might be able to get on it.
I have had 6 of these vans, the first a '84 had the 2.2, the rest had the 3.3, I have never gotten less than 300k miles on any of them, you just need to do some preventive maintenance. The main problem with the trans, is the Trans. Shift Solenoid, not the trans itself. Make sure you use the ATF+4 or better trans. fluid. You should get another 100k miles at least, as long as you take care of it.
My 2005 just turned 200,000 and is running great, all accessories are working. All I have done is regular oil changes, brake pads and tires. I have had a Caravan, 1 Plymouth voyager and 2 Grand Caravans. All great vehicles. No complaints here!
indeed the transmission is a weak link. it is very important to flush and replace the ATF +4 no less than about 65k miles. that means replacing the atf filter as well. just dropping the trans pan and replacing filter and lost fluid isn't good enough. All 11 qts need to be replaced. otherwise, around 100k or so, transmission, yes even the later model ultradrive 4te's are at risk. if you have a transmission cooler, don't forget that external filter. if you do this yourself, be careful not to strip out the trans pan screws, the tranny case is aluminum. If you know what you're doing, you can use the transmission fluid pump itself to pump out the old fluid while you pump in fresh at the same rate. Valvoline atf+4 is certified good for Chrysler trannys, and I've used it successfully.
ps, the transmission solenoid pack still likely fail(with codes going into limp home mode) it's outboard the tranny on the front and not hard to replace if you keep the area clean. aftermarket is ok for this.
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