This version of the Grand Caravan is pleasant to drive, handles soundly, and has a roomy interior. We also found it to be quiet, with good wind- and road noise suppression. Still though, it can't match the quality and refinement of the better minivans. Limited interior flexibility and subpar fit and finish detract from the overall package.
Alerts
There are 3 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

This version of the Grand Caravan is pleasant to drive, handles soundly, and has a roomy interior. We also found it to be quiet, with good wind- and road noise suppression. Still though, it can't match the quality and refinement of the better minivans. Limited interior flexibility and subpar fit and finish detract from the overall package.

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 2003 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

Antilock system (ABS)

"One of the sensors was bad at about 160000 miles"

Lewis J., IL (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan None 3.2-L V6)

"The abs warning light has been an issue since I got the car in the summer especially. It goes on when driving on hot days after about 15 miles. When taken to the mechanic it was fixed but it has repeatedly been a problem since"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport 3.2-L V6)

"ABS power unit has failed, but the regular braking is still fine."

Anonymous, ON (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport 3.2-L V6)
Calipers

"Front brakes were locking up and there is something in the lighting system that keep turning the lights on and running the battery down"

Bruce K., FL (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport 3.2-L V6)
Normal routine brake wear

"Brake lines corrosion"

Anonymous, IN (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan)

"Brake fluid lining was leaking fixed."

Anonymous, PA (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan None 3.2-L V6)

"break line was clogged new line fluid used to fix the problem"

Anonymous, PA (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan None 3.2-L V6)

"Not much else to report."

Anonymous, ON (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport 3.2-L V6)

"Brakes began making noises and it took longer to make a complete stop. Brakes were reqplaced."

Anonymous, (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan Unsure Unsure)

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)

"Gel coat failure, paint fading, no longer shiny."

Anonymous, PA (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.7-L V6)
Rust

"Small area of rust at rear fender, and below 2nd sliding doors."

Anonymous, PA (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.7-L V6)

"body rust, especially in side rear."

Anonymous, MD (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan)

"Within a week of purchasing the 2003 Dodge Caravan I delivered the Caravan to Ziebart for rust proofing and have taken it back every year for touch up by Ziebart. It has rusted at the front doors, sliding doors, tailgate, fenders, and hood. This group of vehicles just seem to be rust buckets."

Gary J., MI (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan None 3.2-L V6)

"In Michigan you can't find a Dodge/Chrysler minivan without sliding door rust. I even had mine Ziebarted to no aavail"

Gary J., MI (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan None 3.2-L V6)

"It will not pass a safety inspection in VA. It has been rusting for years. It was in MI for most of it's life so suffered lots of winters. Although it still runs great, we'll have to get rid of it soon."

Anonymous, MN (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan None 3.2-L V6)

"Despite taking this van to Ziebart every year, it still rusted out. Ziebart wouldn't back there work"

Anonymous, MI (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan None 3.2-L V6)

"Body rust started 3 years ago and the estimated cost to fix the rust is $4300."

Anonymous, CT (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport 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

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"tail lights electric short somewhere"

Anonymous, (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan None 3.2-L V6)
Headlights

"there is something that keeps turning the lights on and running the battery down"

Bruce K., FL (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport 3.2-L V6)

"The plastic deteriorate. I clean 3 times and finally replace with new ones."

Robert K., MO (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport 3.7-L V6)
Warning lights

"Gas seal improperly seals after 3 replacements"

Anonymous, BC (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport 3.2-L V6)

"started 5 years ago,unresolved"

Anonymous, ON (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan ES 3.7-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

"Drivers side strut leaked out all of its oil"

James P., IL (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport 3.2-L V6)

"Worn out spring and struts"

Anonymous, MN (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport 3.7-L V6)
Springs or torsion bars

"The front end felt really loose & I heard a lot of clicks and squeeks"

Nancy H., AL (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport 3.2-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"replaced rack and pinion - seemed more expensive than in sedans"

Anonymous, PA (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.7-L V6)
Tie rods

"I had a problem with the tie rods needing repair or replacement. I ended up with a new rack and pinion steering to eliminate the problem. There was also some leakage of steering fluid that the new rack and pinion steering also corrected."

Anonymous, WA (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport 3.7-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

"Antifreeze line going to rear heater was rusting out; had to replace it"

Anonymous, MN (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport 3.2-L V6)

"the condensation tube inside the van kept leaking inside the passenger area causing a big water stain around and under the carpet"

Luz R., NY (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan ES 3.7-L V6)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Water leaked into the front passenger floor area when air conditioning was on."

Anonymous, MD (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan)
Wind noise

"Air leaks in around the doors while driving and it makes it hard to hear what is being said in the car."

Anonymous, MI (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan None Unsure)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Transmission computer

"An engine trouble light indicator says we have a sticky valve in the transmission. I’m not spending the money to find out more since the car is old and I’m not detecting any issues other than the trouble light."

George E., SC (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport 3.7-L V6)
Transmission leaks

"There is a slow leak of transmission fluid. Not sure where the problem is. Have not had it fixed and will only do so if cost is reasonable because the car is not worth much and not sure how much life is left in it."

John B., GA (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan ES 3.2-L V6)

"Transmission leak - cost approximately $600 to repair."

Anonymous, KY (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan None 3.2-L V6)

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

"Replaced - Electrical"

Anonymous, OH (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan None 3.2-L V6)

"Compressor worn out after 16 years; had to be replaced."

Anonymous, MD (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan)
Blower (fan) motor

"The blower fan motor has needed to be replaced twice"

Anonymous, FL (2003 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

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"This 2003 Dodge Caravan has had ongoing emissions problems with a lot of replaced parts and hoses"

Gary J., MI (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan None 3.2-L V6)

"The catalytic converter had to be replaced at a cost of $770."

Anonymous, CT (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport 3.7-L V6)
Fuel cap

"I had Azone and O'Reilly's to check for an engine light problem; replaced cap and seal. The light was out just for a few miles and never was resolved."

Robert K., MO (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport 3.7-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"Check engine light stayed on - exhaust was smelly."

Anonymous, TX (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan)
Other/unsure

"The airbag warning light on the passenger turns on and off intermittently but is on (i.e.warning) most of the time."

Anonymous, SC (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan)

"Warning light is on, need to have it checked out."

Anonymous, (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan None Unsure)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Transmissions are known to fail at about 100,000 miles and are very expensive to rebuild. Mine went at about 120,000 and cost almost $2,000 to rebuild"

Anonymous, WI (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan ES)

"We had a rebuilt transmission installed and then about 5 months later the solenoid malfunctioned. There was an intermittent problem with the vehicle not being able to shift out of low gear. The engine would rev to high RPMs, but the transmission would not shift. Consulted a technician and had diagnostics run, but no problem was detected after shutting off the engine and restarting. Still a worry because it was a bad problem and we don't know what caused it and/or when/if it will happen again"

Anonymous, MD (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan EX 3.7-L V6)

"noticed driving was not as smooth; mechanic identified transmission problem; transmission had to be replaced"

Anonymous, BC (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport 3.7-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

Alternator

"alternator failed, replacement required."

Anonymous, PA (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.7-L V6)
Engine harness

"Some animal chewed wiring to several sensors. Self repaired."

Anonymous, MO (2003 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

Driveshaft or axle

"We had to have the rear driveshaft replaced (very expensive, even using a re-purposed part). Wear on the previous one caused a heavy vibration and loud banging noise when under heat and load driving up an incline (mountain - East Coast, ~3,000 ft.). It felt like it was going to come apart. Technician said there was heavy wear and it needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, MD (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan EX 3.7-L V6)
Electrical failure

"dash lights out on left side, the lights dim when you turn headlights on"

Luz R., NY (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan ES 3.7-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Overheating

"Overheating was an occasional issue but took an abrupt turn. By that time, the radiator and water pump were needing replacement. Replaced broken parts and is running again."

Anonymous, (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan None 3.2-L V6)
Water pump

"Water pump went out and there was a very loud bang under the hood and it became undrivable and would not start either."

Jim L., (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Head gasket

"gasket was leaking, needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, PA (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.7-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

"It's not operated for about years"

Anonymous, OH (2003 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

Oil leaks

"Oil pan seal"

Anonymous, MN (2003 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.

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