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 6 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
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.
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.

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Body Styles
minivan extended
minivan regular
Transmissions Available
  • 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 2002 Dodge Grand Caravan owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

Alignment

"I had it realigned after replacing shocks and struts."

Anonymous, MN (2002 Dodge Grand Caravan None 3.2-L V6)
Bushings

"Again normal ware for a vehicle with 140000 miles"

Anonymous, FL (2002 Dodge Grand Caravan 3.7-L V6)
Power steering leaks

"I had a power steering hose break and lost all power steering"

Jeff G., SD (2002 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.2-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"Ride was noisy and bumpy. I replaced all shocks and struts and had it aligned. Problem solved."

Anonymous, MN (2002 Dodge Grand Caravan None 3.2-L V6)

"After 130K miles, the front end progressively gets soft and clunky"

Douglas G., CA (2002 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport 3.2-L V6)

"Front struts, left front strut mount and sway bar links need replacing at a cost of about $600"

Tim F., WA (2002 Dodge Grand Caravan EX 3.7-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"I took my car to a mechanic to replace a leaking PS fluid cooling module. The PS fluid line was not put back properly and was hanging below the body frame and was damaged by road debris causing PS pump and rack and pinon failure."

Anonymous, CA (2002 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.2-L V6)
Steering wheel vibration

"There was steering wheel vibration and annoying noises during steering that were completely removed by a power steering flush and replacement of the power steering fluid container (that had developed an irremovable sludge at the bottom), both of which were minor costs"

Lori M., CA (2002 Dodge Grand Caravan ES 3.2-L V6)
Tie rods

"After 140000 miles had to replace bushings and tie rod. considered part of the age and normal maintenance"

Anonymous, FL (2002 Dodge Grand Caravan 3.7-L V6)

"Had to replace tie rod ends and sway bars. I consider this normal wear and tear"

Michael U., NJ (2002 Dodge Grand Caravan ES 3.7-L V6)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"A wheel sensor had to be replaced"

Randy D., WI (2002 Dodge Grand Caravan None 3.2-L V6)
Calipers

"Both front brake calipers stuck"

Anonymous, QC (2002 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport 3.2-L V6)

"Calipers failed from age and mileage"

Anonymous, IN (2002 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport 3.7-L V6)
Master cylinder

"Leaking, needed replacement"

Anonymous, NY (2002 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport 3.2-L V6)
Normal routine brake wear

"I had neglected routine service appointments. Brake wear was found by repair shop when van went in for problem with coil."

Anonymous, MN (2002 Dodge Grand Caravan None 3.2-L V6)

"Front brakes wear too quickly"

Anonymous, (2002 Dodge Grand Caravan None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"Had to replace the front pads and rotors twice in 15,000 miles. Threw tons of brake dust. Also replaced rear drums, shoes and wheel cylinders"

Scott T., FL (2002 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport)
Regular brake failure

"There was a small leak in the line."

Anonymous, VA (2002 Dodge Grand Caravan Unsure Unsure)
Rotors

"Rotors needed replacement do to age and mileage"

Anonymous, IN (2002 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport 3.7-L V6)
Squeaking

"115000 needed new shocks and struts. This was first time replacement"

Randy D., WI (2002 Dodge Grand Caravan None 3.2-L V6)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Difficult to fill up gas tank

"It has always been a problem to top off the tank in order to get an accurate MPG reading. You have to play with the hose, clicking it on and off over and over to get the tank full up to the neck. I have heard this practice may be doing damage to the fuel system/emission controls"

Larry B., IL (2002 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport 3.2-L V6)
Engine mounts

"There was considerable vibration and shaking in the front of the vehicle while idling at stop lights. It turned out the main cause was failure of aftermarket motor mounts installed two years prior"

Lori M., CA (2002 Dodge Grand Caravan ES 3.2-L V6)
Oil leaks

"Had to replace head gasket. Oil was leaking out of the engine fairly badly. Once the gasket was replaced everything seem OK."

Anonymous, UT (2002 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport 3.2-L V6)

"It's 17 years old. I expect a few spots on the garage floor."

Stephen S., NM (2002 Dodge Grand Caravan None 3.7-L V6)

"Valve cover gasket needed replacing around 100000"

Anonymous, FL (2002 Dodge Grand Caravan 3.7-L V6)

"Both the oil pan gasket and valve cover gaskets leaked oil. They were replaced"

Atwell H., NJ (2002 Dodge Grand Caravan ES 3.7-L V6)

"This is the 2nd Grand Caravan we have owned. They both developed oil leaks after 100K miles"

Douglas G., CA (2002 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport 3.2-L V6)

"We have had significant radatior lesks and oil on the driveway. Burns oil too"

Cynthia R., NC (2002 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.2-L V6)

"Valve cover gasket needs replacing (first time for this car) and oil pan gasket (also first time)"

Tim F., WA (2002 Dodge Grand Caravan EX 3.7-L V6)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"Rough shifting due to a failed pressure solenoid/sensor pack. Transmission would enter limp mode after a minute or less of driving. Transmission required replacement of pack, full fluid flush, and a filter change"

Anonymous, MI (2002 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport)
Transmission leaks

"Fluid leaks around control module. Gaskets and seals replaced three times and still !same"

Robert M., FL (2002 Dodge Grand Caravan eL 3.2-L V6)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"Independent service facility had been monitoring leaks from the solenoid for over a year, and recommended replacement. The transmission works fine again now."

Anonymous, ON (2002 Dodge Grand Caravan None 3.2-L V6)

"Solenoid died resulting in Limp Home mode being continuously set after anywhere from 1 to 3 minutes worth of driving. Had to replace solenoid assembly, filter, and flush transmission."

Chris M., MI (2002 Dodge Grand Caravan)

"Transmission would go into Limp mode constantly, within a minute of starting to drive. Shifting was very rough for the short time that it actually worked. Transmission required a full flush, filter change, and replacement of the pressure solenoid/sensor pack"

Anonymous, MI (2002 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport)

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

"The A/C compressor exploded while I was driving. Pieces of metal were all over the engine. Had to replace compressor & reload the coolant"

Anonymous, ON (2002 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport 3.2-L V6)
Blower (fan) motor

"A blade broke on the blower fan and caused a noise. The fan and motor unit were replaced."

Anonymous, TX (2002 Dodge Grand Caravan ES 3.7-L V6)

"First run off and on then stopped all together, but occassionally will run full power, but usually not. Generall not a big problem in S. CA."

Anonymous, CA (2002 Dodge Grand Caravan None 3.2-L V6)
Evaporator

"Fluid began leaking inside the cabin on the passenger side."

Anonymous, PA (2002 Dodge Grand Caravan None 3.2-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"Air conditioner will not hold a charge. Will cool until Freon leaks out. About 1 - 2 weeks"

Anonymous, OK (2002 Dodge Grand Caravan ES 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

Seals and/or weather-stripping

"The weather seal around the front passenger doors has started coming of/loose. It can be put back on but still falls off. If there is rain turning to ice then the door seal will stick to the can and come off of the door."

Anonymous, UT (2002 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport 3.2-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"When driving on very bumpy roads the side door becomes ajar if not locked, but It doesn't slide open"

Stephen S., NM (2002 Dodge Grand Caravan None 3.7-L V6)

"Rear leaf spring bushings worn out. Too old to replace fixin to trade it in Motor mounts were replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2002 Dodge Grand Caravan 3.7-L V6)

"There is a belt that squeaks. We have had pullies replaced and the belt replaced but it stil squeaks"

Anonymous, UT (2002 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport 3.2-L V6)

"The suspensions creeks like an old woman in the old weather especially. Very noisy"

Cynthia R., NC (2002 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.2-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)

"Overall the paint still looks like showroom new. Hard to believe but true. The drivers side sliding door on the lower frame before the tire had a piece of paint bubble up and then blow away while driving."

Anonymous, PA (2002 Dodge Grand Caravan None 3.2-L V6)
Rust

"rust breaking small section off on body near passenger door"

Kevin W., AB (2002 Dodge Grand Caravan None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Rust coming from the inside of rocker panels and rear wheel arches"

Atwell H., NJ (2002 Dodge Grand Caravan ES 3.7-L V6)

"Had rusted out both rear quarters and both sliding doors through. Car was bought new by family member and was well maintained and garaged"

Scott T., FL (2002 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport)

"Rust developing around the wheelwells"

Anonymous, NJ (2002 Dodge Grand Caravan 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

"Sliding doors would not fully open in the winter by remote"

Anonymous, WI (2002 Dodge Grand Caravan None 3.2-L V6)
Locks and latches

"1 latch on the drivers side sliding door only works part-time. Sometimes it locks...others it don't. I manually lock it when leaving the van."

Anonymous, PA (2002 Dodge Grand Caravan None 3.2-L V6)
Windows

"Both front side windows are inoperative due to wear on the carbon motor brushes. At $80+ for a rebuilt motor and I installed, when all that is wrong is a $1 part that I can't buy and shouldn't wear out makes me mad to say the least but makes money for somebody!!"

Larry B., IL (2002 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport 3.2-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

Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"It was not a major problem, but it cost over $200 to get it fixed and keep the engine light from going on."

Anonymous, MI (2002 Dodge Grand Caravan None 3.2-L V6)

"Had to have all sensors replaced as engine light was on"

Anonymous, GA (2002 Dodge Grand Caravan EX 3.7-L V6)

"hesitates at start up, misses occasionally on road. ck light not on but mechanic indicated 02 sensor was probably problem."

Anonymous, CA (2002 Dodge Grand Caravan None 3.2-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)

"Alarm on vehicle would go off at random intervals. Usually within 15 minutes of parking and locking the vehicle, but also even if it had been sitting for hours. Would sometimes go off in the middle of the night for no reason. Was an issue with poor contact in the hood switch. Cleaned up contacts INSIDE the switch and alarm works normally now."

Chris M., MI (2002 Dodge Grand Caravan)
Gauges

"Parking brake switch (on the pedal) stuck"

Anonymous, QC (2002 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport 3.2-L V6)
Interior lights

"dash lights quit working. tried unhooking battery and they worked again. battery was bad so replaced and dash lights worked fine untin great grandson turned on lights. now dash lights off again. just need to unhook battery and should be ok. seems like voltage monitor in dash must be marginal."

James M., IA (2002 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.2-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"oxygen sensor malfunctioned"

Anonymous, SC (2002 Dodge Grand Caravan None 3.2-L V6)
Muffler

"It just wore out"

Anonymous, SC (2002 Dodge Grand Caravan None 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.

What Owners Say

Radio

"I'm not exactly sure what happened to the radio. Being an older vehicle which I use more or less like a pick up and could not find a radio from local 'junk yard' to fit I simply decided to go with out."

Anonymous, NY (2002 Dodge Grand Caravan None 3.2-L V6)
Steering wheel controls

"Cruise Control stopped functioning."

Stephen S., NM (2002 Dodge Grand Caravan None 3.7-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Some mechanics do not understand the proper maintenance of a transmission. My transmissions is computer controlled and adjustable. Even car dealer mechanics do not know how to adjust the the computer controlled shifting. This resulted in causing my factory rebuilt transmission to fail."

Anonymous, CA (2002 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.2-L V6)

"Transmission total failure at 70072 miles. $2435.00 to repair"

Eugene M., VA (2002 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport 3.2-L V6)

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

What Owners Say

Coil

"Started suddenly as I turned onto a highway and accelerated. Shuddered - felt like road was ridged. Returned home. Friend confirmed cylinder #2 was not firing. Repaired next day at local garage."

Anonymous, MN (2002 Dodge Grand Caravan None 3.2-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

"PCM main computer fails to read. Car cuts out"

Anonymous, OK (2002 Dodge Grand Caravan ES 3.2-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

Engine Major

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

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