This long-wheelbase version of the Dodge Caravan rides quietly and handles nimbly. (The Chrysler Town & Country and Plymouth Grand Voyager are similar.) The 3.3-liter and the 3.8-liter V6s both accelerate adequately. The front seats are fairly comfortable, but some of our testers found the padding a little lumpy. Tall drivers may find leg room a little tight.
Alerts
There are 9 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
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0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
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Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
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CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
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Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
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Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
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Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
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Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
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Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
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Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
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Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
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Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2008. Side air bags available from 2001-2004. Head protection air bags available from 2005, standard from 2008. ESC standard from 2008.
Model Summary
This long-wheelbase version of the Dodge Caravan rides quietly and handles nimbly. (The Chrysler Town & Country and Plymouth Grand Voyager are similar.) The 3.3-liter and the 3.8-liter V6s both accelerate adequately. The front seats are fairly comfortable, but some of our testers found the padding a little lumpy. Tall drivers may find leg room a little tight. The middle and rear seats are very heavy, but they're easy to unhitch. A second, left-side sliding door is a handy option.
Seating
2 front, 2 rear, 3 third
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
minivan
Transmissions Available
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3-liter V6 (150 hp)
  • 3.3-liter V6 (158 hp)
  • 3.8-liter V6 (180 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2000 Dodge Grand Caravan owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Calipers

"Infrequent driving and snow treatment chemicals caused the calipers to allow the brakes to drag."

Anonymous, VA (2000 Dodge Grand Caravan 3.3-L V6)

"Right front caliper was leaking, replaced it, rotors & pads."

Johnstown C., NY (2000 Dodge Grand Caravan None 3.3-L V6)
Normal routine brake wear

"The rear brakes finally wore out after ~190,000 miles. I replaced them myself, but the initial adjustment after replacement is a real pain."

Anonymous, ID (2000 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport 3.3-L V6)

"Return spring broke on right rear drum & locked the rear wheel. Replaced rear shoes, drums & springs. Right front caliper was leaking."

Johnstown C., NY (2000 Dodge Grand Caravan None 3.3-L V6)
Premature brake wear

"uneven pad wear between driver and passenger side: driver side down to metal while passenger side only 50%"

Michael T., HI (2000 Dodge Grand Caravan None 3.3-L V6)

"Since this vehicle was new it has required brake pad replacement approx every 15000 miles"

Anonymous, (2000 Dodge Grand Caravan None 3.3-L V6)
Pulsation or vibration

"Rear brakes failed"

Anonymous, (2000 Dodge Grand Caravan LE 3.8-L V6)
Rotors

"Premature brake pad wear causes rotors to get damaged."

Anonymous, (2000 Dodge Grand Caravan None 3.3-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Body paint fading and deteriorating badly"

Anonymous, WA (2000 Dodge Grand Caravan None 3.8-L V6)
Rust

"The worst thing about this vehicle is the constant rust on the rocker panels and the bottom of each door."

Anonymous, WI (2000 Dodge Grand Caravan None 3.0-L V6)

"Had more rust than usual as it was an upstate vehicle in NY"

Anonymous, NY (2000 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.3-L V6)

"oh my. It's rusting badly. The worst is the strut housing, which will some day soon just give out."

Anonymous, MI (2000 Dodge Grand Caravan)

"this vehicle is 18 years old, runs great but has body rust along the running boards, around all wheels and around the lock on the rear hatch."

Denis R., MB (2000 Dodge Grand Caravan None 3.3-L V6)

"The rust is horrible and growing quickly. It's behind the sliding doors on both sides and around the window on the tailgate. It's also underneath."

Anonymous, NJ (2000 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport 3.3-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Shocks or struts

"Notice water on the passenger floor mats from water leaking in from the engine compartment possibly....not sure where the water enters the vehicle...but it seems to be right below where the glove compartment is located.... As for the shocks I have noticed a bit of a noise coming from the rear shocks/struts and need to have replaced....under their lifetime warranty"

Parks H., CO (2000 Dodge Grand Caravan None 3.3-L V6)

"Car needs rear springs; also the fuel line is rusting; finally a rear panel is rusting. Any or all of these may require repair to pass the state inspection. The auto is not garaged since 2011."

B B., PA (2000 Dodge Grand Caravan None 3.3-L V6)

"The shock tower attachment bolts failed."

Michael L., CA (2000 Dodge Grand Caravan LE 3.3-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Driving on freeway, belt that controls power steering broke oand engine heated up, steering very difficult, had to get off freeway, park and call for assistance."

Anonymous, OR (2000 Dodge Grand Caravan SE Unsure)
Tire wear is uneven

"Tires were new (less than 12,000 miles on them) and the fronts had edge wear due to poor alignment. Had replaced struts, springs, tie rod ends, and shocks the previous year as well as added adjustment bolts to bring the alignment spot on per specs. Replacement tires went on rear. Front tires are already showing excessive wear on edges . Had it checked by a pro and found the ball joints need replacement this year, so had that done and will be replacing the worn tires again this year. (Air pressure is kept up at 40 to 44 pounds on all of the tires on this car."

Anonymous, NC (2000 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.3-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"water leaked under the dash."

Anonymous, WA (2000 Dodge Grand Caravan None 3.8-L V6)

"coolant leak from timing chain cover gasket requires engine mount removal - engine hoist!!"

Michael T., HI (2000 Dodge Grand Caravan None 3.3-L V6)

"Hummmm, Well the water leaking in from the outside showing up on my floor of my passenger side of the car is obnoxious....and Not sure where it is entering from. But it seems to be dripping near or around the area of the glovebox....to the floor mats in that area....."

Parks H., CO (2000 Dodge Grand Caravan None 3.3-L V6)

"The antifreeze is leaking like mad and nobody has been able to diagnose the problem. It has rendered the van useless. It's not hoses, water pump or head gasket."

Anonymous, NJ (2000 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport 3.3-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

"I carry a quart of oil w me at all times and only drive vehicle 20 miles a day."

Anonymous, IL (2000 Dodge Grand Caravan None 3.8-L V6)

"very slow oil leak. has been doing this for years."

Anonymous, WA (2000 Dodge Grand Caravan None Unsure)

"The engine started dripping oil ~6 months ago. The leak is low on the engine, but I can't locate it exactly. It's not a serious problem; just a nuisance. It leaks only about a quart between oil changes."

Anonymous, ID (2000 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport 3.3-L V6)

"needs seals"

Anonymous, MN (2000 Dodge Grand Caravan)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Muffler

"Just old and rusty"

Rich C., OH (2000 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.0-L V6)
Other/unsure

"Clock spring replaced multiple times. Continues to fail."

Anonymous, WA (2000 Dodge Grand Caravan LE 3.8-L V6)

"Clock spring failed"

Anonymous, NC (2000 Dodge Grand Caravan None 3.0-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"My oil and brake lights will not go off . I maintain this vehicle and had those reset many times"

Anonymous, IL (2000 Dodge Grand Caravan None 3.8-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"the on board computer did not receive the information to acknowledge the sensors sending requirements. The on board computer and sensors were replaced."

Anonymous, CA (2000 Dodge Grand Caravan None 3.0-L V6)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

"My van would not start and after a lot of people looking at it is was finally discovered that the security system had locked out the starter. I had little finances at the time So the system was bypassed and I now am starting with a push button wired beside my steering column. I've been using this for about 3 hrs. Have no more starting problems"

Anonymous, FL (2000 Dodge Grand Caravan Unsure Unsure)
Wiper motor or washer

"The wipers stopped working 3-4 times over course of the last 6 years and had to replace the wiper motor assembly. The wipers are broken at this time, again."

Anonymous, FL (2000 Dodge Grand Caravan Unsure Unsure)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"Had to change steering rack at21000 miles as it started leaking had fuel pump fail at230000 this van has struggled with rust as it was an upstate NY vehicle as long as i owned it. I purchased it used privately."

Anonymous, NY (2000 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.3-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"First leaks in 17 years: The leak was in the radiator"

Michael L., CA (2000 Dodge Grand Caravan LE 3.3-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Electrical failure

"It was actually some sort of valve (original equipment) that failed. I don't recall the nature of it, but the symptom was poor windshield defrosting in freezing weather and slow cooling on hot summer days. All is well now."

Anonymous, CA (2000 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport 3.3-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Slipping transmission

"Getting a warning over 300 miles before it became virtually undriveable is not to bad in my book."

Anonymous, NC (2000 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.3-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

CD player

"No longer plays CDs. I plan to replace"

Anonymous, FL (2000 Dodge Grand Caravan Unsure Unsure)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"At over 231,000 miles and 19 years of age, the transmission was probably overdue to go. The vehicle's warning light came on during a 250 mile trip but no symptoms were noted. A check at a parts store indicated a transmission code, but no recommendations. A thorough (over 3 hour) investigation by our mechanic determined the transmission speed difference between the torque converter and transmission was the problem and required a rebuild or replacement. It started to noticeably slip about a week later. The cost for a newer, reliable replacement van that could carry 6 people was out of our budget. Everything else on this van works and it doesn't burn any oil. $2,100 for a remanufactured transmission exchange with labor that had a 3 year unlimited mileage warranty made the most sense, despite the existing age and mileage on this van."

Anonymous, NC (2000 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.3-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Timing belt or chain

"Timing belt slips off pulley when it gets wet. Spray from road gets in engine compartment. Once belt off car not drivable. Has occurred on multiple occasions"

Anonymous, WA (2000 Dodge Grand Caravan LE 3.8-L V6)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

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