The Dodge Grand Caravan is easy to drive. It also has a spacious and mostly well-designed cabin with lots of convenience features. Even a powered liftgate option is available.
Alerts
There are 5 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
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.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
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.
NA
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
NA
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
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
NA
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
NA
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
NA
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
NA
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.
Road Test

The Dodge Grand Caravan is easy to drive. It also has a spacious and mostly well-designed cabin with lots of convenience features. Even a powered liftgate option is available.

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.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
minivan extended
minivan regular
Transmissions Available
  • 3-speed Automatic
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2.4-liter 4 (150 hp)
  • 3.3-liter V6 (180 hp)
  • 3.8-liter V6 (215 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2001 Dodge Grand Caravan owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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)

"Paint below window on hatchback was bubbling due to corrosion"

Mary B., AR (2001 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport 3.2-L V6)

"Its old"

Anonymous, MB (2001 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport 3.2-L V6)

"Paint clear coat is completely failing - flaking and pealing on almost all parts"

Anonymous, NC (2001 Dodge Grand Caravan ES 3.7-L V6)

"water has found an entry point on the driver'side, exterior and the washers under the latches have crumbled away. the paint peels up every time it rains, the primer is still intact. about 5 inches down and across the width of the door the paint is gone. on the hood, the paint has bubbled up and broken off."

Anonymous, FL (2001 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport 3.2-L V6)

"Silver paint - has lots of Rust- all over the Van-"

David B., MI (2001 Dodge Grand Caravan None 3.2-L V6)

"bought new december 2000. van is garaged 90% of the time over the last 10 years. over the last year the paint has started cracking and peeling. l realize it is old, but I see a lot of cars with faded paint. this is peeled to the primer."

Anonymous, FL (2001 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport 3.2-L V6)
Rust

"Rust in rear wheel wells and on hatchback"

Mary B., AR (2001 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport 3.2-L V6)

"its getting old and rusty"

Anonymous, MB (2001 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport 3.2-L V6)

"My silver van has lots of rust in the lower part of the van- All Silver color vans have this same issue- I see it all the time"

Anonymous, MI (2001 Dodge Grand Caravan None 3.2-L V6)

"DOORS ARE RUSTING OUT"

Mike L., SK (2001 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.2-L V6)

"Had some body work done for rust. Car is almost 20 years old"

Anonymous, MI (2001 Dodge Grand Caravan None 3.2-L V6)

"My Silver van has lots of Rust"

David B., MI (2001 Dodge Grand Caravan None 3.2-L V6)

"Van has several rust problems on the bottom areas. Time for a different van. I like the Pacifica."

Anonymous, IA (2001 Dodge Grand Caravan EX 3.7-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

Body control module

"I thought it was the battery, but it turned out to be the electronic control module. It went off line intermittently I took it to AES Services here in Nashville, TN, recommended by Bass Tire, where I had had it towed.."

Neil L., TN (2001 Dodge Grand Caravan None 3.2-L V6)
Cruise control

"Fan motor not working currently ... self-replaced part (inside glove box) about 8 months ago, and blower worked for few months, but quit working all of sudden, tried replacing part again ... but no longer worked to solve problem. General failure on multiple items which seem related (i.e.) Horn, blower motor, cruise control, power window/s ... will look online to try to solve problem ... but probably have to take in to repair shop ... has been a problem off and on for several years! Note: A/C compressor works fine, as does heat ... just blower not working!"

Helen S., AZ (2001 Dodge Grand Caravan)
Gauges

"It's a handicap conversion vehicle with electrical problems that I'm pretty sure are originate from the conversion. These include dim dash lights, radio failure, compass and exterior temperature, electric window failure, none significant except the windows."

Paul L., CA (2001 Dodge Grand Caravan 3.2-L V6)

"The instrument panel dials were giving incorrect information. One mechanic thought it was because of the transmission. However, after replacing: Spark Plus, Wires, Alternator, and Coil, it turned out to be an electrical system issue. The electrical system problems caused the instrument panel to get Fried, and work incorrectly. Needed a new instrument panel, but had to settle for a used one because Dodge no longer makes this vehicle. An expensive learning experience. However, the repairs were still cheaper than buying a new vehicle, and dealing with the increased insurance rates. Any car needs repairs, sooner or later. New or Used."

Gregory A., MN (2001 Dodge Grand Caravan None 3.2-L V6)
Horn

"The steering wheel horn control failed. The horn could stay on or beep hitting bumps."

Anonymous, CO (2001 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport 3.2-L V6)
Interior lights

"Temperature control panel led light went out"

Anonymous, WA (2001 Dodge Grand Caravan EX 3.7-L V6)
Wiper motor or washer

"I was told this by the local Firestone when I just had my tires rotated and oil changed last week. I am not sure I trusted their suggestion."

Neil L., TN (2001 Dodge Grand Caravan None 3.2-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

Power steering leaks

"power steering fluid leaks from the pump area. note: this vehicle is used very little"

Gerald D., MS (2001 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.7-L V6)

"very slow leak. we add fluid about every two weeks"

James B., CO (2001 Dodge Grand Caravan None 3.2-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"I purchased new Monroe strut assemblies from Rock Auto and installed them myself, but one of them developed a clunk shortly afterwards. It turned out to be due to the strut assembly itself. I had to change it out, but the replacement was covered under the warranty. The re-alignment needed after that, however, was not."

Anonymous, NC (2001 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport 3.2-L V6)

"Problem was an issue with the replaced struts. Both with the manufacturer and the installer."

Anonymous, WI (2001 Dodge Grand Caravan None 3.2-L V6)
Tie rods

"Tie rods showed looseness and were replaced as a precaution. No ill effects were noticed in driveability."

James S., WA (2001 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport 3.7-L V6)
Tire wear is uneven

"Despite having the vehicle aligned and tired rotated approximately every 6,000 miles, the wear was so bad the tires had to be replaced long before the warrantied mileage. No one that did the work ever mentioned the need for part replacement. I figured that out myself; 3 of the struts had no return when removed & compressed, and the ball joints/bushing of the control arms I replaced were shot."

Anonymous, NC (2001 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport 3.2-L V6)

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.

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

"The back drivers's side door often does not shut all the way, especially if all the doors are closed. You have to open another door and slam the sliding door shut in order to have it close all the way."

Anonymous, VA (2001 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport Unsure)

"van has one electric sliding door on the passenger side. it works when it wants to but that isn't often I load from the drivers side because that is convenient."

Anonymous, FL (2001 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport 3.2-L V6)
Heated or cooled seat controls

"the driver's side heated seat was replaced with recall in 2005. It worked until 2015 and does not work any longer. The passenger seat heats as it should"

Anonymous, IL (2001 Dodge Grand Caravan ES 3.7-L V6)
Locks and latches

"The automatic locks only work on the driver's door. The other locks do not work and have to be locked and unlocked manually."

Anonymous, VA (2001 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport Unsure)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"Won't stay open, rubber molding came loose, won't shut correctly weakening battery."

Anonymous, WA (2001 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport Unsure)
Windows

"had to replace motor in the drivers door...2nd time."

Anonymous, FL (2001 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport 3.2-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Exhaust leaks

"Had to be repaired in order to pass smog test."

Paul L., CA (2001 Dodge Grand Caravan 3.2-L V6)

"Vehicle had exhaust leaks at time of purchase from a Nixa, MO used dealer that were not disclosed to me. I had one fixed at a Midas but I don't think they got them all or others have appeared since. Also the blower control only functioned on high. Dealer promised to fix but never did. I took care of it. Vehicle interior was filthy at time of purchase. Dealer sold me a detail job but never performed. Above issues are my responsibility as I was in a hurry."

Anonymous, OR (2001 Dodge Grand Caravan None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Muffler

"When I had the oil changed they advised me a seam was worn on the muffler and it started to make noise. As far as I know it was the original muffler"

Anonymous, IA (2001 Dodge Grand Caravan EX 3.7-L V6)

"the muffler had a rust hole in it at fours years of age. it was replaced under a lifetime warranty, free of charge. The tail pipe was also replaced, free of charge"

Anonymous, IL (2001 Dodge Grand Caravan ES 3.7-L V6)
Pipes

"The exhaust system rusted and broke"

Anonymous, OH (2001 Dodge Grand Caravan EX 3.7-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

Driveshaft or axle

"Antilock brake sensors worn by contact with driveshaft. Drive shafts and sensors replaced"

Donald G., IL (2001 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport 3.2-L V6)
Electrical failure

"Illumination of radio display lost. Problem originated with failure of battery at 3 years. Battery replaced"

Donald G., IL (2001 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport 3.2-L V6)

"The ventalation fan will only work on high"

Anonymous, PA (2001 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.2-L V6)

"The autostick feature no longer works because wires broke. Now I am unable to keep the transmission in second or third gear when driving down long hills and mountains. From now on, I will have to use the brakes more often in this type of driving. The cost of repair would have been over $800, which is more than the van is worth."

Brian H., IL (2001 Dodge Grand Caravan ES 3.7-L V6)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

Blower (fan) motor

"Fan motor not working currently ... self-replaced part (inside glove box) about 8 months ago, and blower worked for few months, but quit working all of sudden, tried replacing part again ... but no longer worked to solve problem. General failure on multiple items which seem related (i.e.) Horn, blower motor, cruise control, (sometimes ... power window/s) ... will look online to try to solve problem ... but probably have to take in to repair shop ... has been a problem off and on for several years! Note: A/C compressor works fine, as does heat ... just blower not working!"

Helen S., AZ (2001 Dodge Grand Caravan)
Condenser

"The van had a refrigerant leak due to a hose which was replaced, then returned for a leak again after less than one week. It was due to the condenser, which had to be replaced. With no accidents or corrosive environments here, I don't think it should have had a problem at this age. I've had other cars which were older with the original condenser on them"

Anonymous, NC (2001 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport 3.2-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"The rear heater core was broken and leaked antifreeze"

Anonymous, OH (2001 Dodge Grand Caravan EX 3.7-L V6)

"There was a leak at the condensor, which was replaced, then the hose connecting to the condensor, which was replaced. Shortly afterwards, one of the fan blades shattered, which cut into the radiator, requiring its replacement. No evidence to prove it was related to the AC repairs (they had to be removed both times in the process of repairs), but the timing of the occurrence was strange. (Replaced the radiator, fan, and hoses myself - a replacement blade cost almost as much as the entire fan unit, and had to be ordered while the fan unit was in stock.) The AC work was done by a professional."

Anonymous, NC (2001 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport 3.2-L V6)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

"a thump sound going over rough pavements"

Timothy S., IN (2001 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport 3.2-L V6)

"Air conditioner pump under the hood has squealed badly when engaged since I've owned it for the last 8 years. I'm told it would cost about $300-350 for the part & labor on top of that."

Anonymous, OR (2001 Dodge Grand Caravan None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"I think my power steering pump is making noise."

Anonymous, IA (2001 Dodge Grand Caravan EX 3.7-L V6)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

"main oil seal has been leaking for several years especially during cold weather"

Timothy S., IN (2001 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport 3.2-L V6)

"Needed a new oil pan due to rust"

Anonymous, MI (2001 Dodge Grand Caravan None 3.2-L V6)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Calipers

"This might have just been due to normal wear & tear. Brakes need servicing."

Gregory A., MN (2001 Dodge Grand Caravan None 3.2-L V6)
Squeaking

"Replaced all brake pads and rotors---normal wear"

Anonymous, SC (2001 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport 3.2-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"lost power and engine strength while in drive gear."

Priscilla W., MD (2001 Dodge Grand Caravan)

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)

"The van is throwing a code that I can't diagnose. I replaced the computer , Ignition coil , wires, egr, and now need to address vacuum leaks. Pain in the ass"

Anonymous, MD (2001 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport 3.2-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.

Engine Major

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

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

Transmission Minor

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

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