To all why said it cant be done, dodge hits 101000
Yup, my mom's 1998 dodge caravan se hit 101000 miles recently and counting. This is probably the best car my family has owned reliability wise (of 4 cars) it even beats my sister's 1998 toyota camry le! Which has had tons more problems than the caravan. Pershaps we jsut got lucky with this one and the others unlucky but i wouldnt trade this for any oddessey or sienna or whatever!
Well 100,000 miles isn't bad but how about 800,000 km's (500,000 m give or take a few miles) on a 2002 Dodge Caravan? Still the same tranny, never repaired or replaced just fluid changes. The engine was replaced at 524,000 km's but that was because the other driver hit a deer and then kept driving with no antifreeze in the rad for another 20Km's. It's been a very good van but it does show the wear on the body with road bullits taking thier toll and just the plain wear from that kind of miles.
I head out again at one a.m. in the morning and I'll drive 1,100k's and get back home around 2 in the afternoon the same day. Oh and I myself would never believe that a Dodge would go that far and be very reliable in the process but I see it for 3 days a week...
My Cars, 2003 Matrix XRS, 2003 Corolla LE
1991 Toyota Camry 14,000 mi
1994 Toyota Pickup 64,000 mi
1998 Toyota Avalon 143,000 mi
2005 Chevrolet Silverado 54,000 mi
2006 BMW 330i Sedan 110,000 mi
2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid 79,000 mi
its not the mileage really though for an american cars its more than i'd expect. the fact that it has nothing wrong with it mechanically is astounding. Yeah ok corolla hits 200k ive seen it before but a caravan in this condition with 100k is pretty amazing in my eyes, i have no doubt it will make it to 150k if not 200. The biggest problem i must say was probably rust, the only part of the body affected by it was a freak accident, the bottom part of the sliding door, never seen it happen there before but after a month of procrastination i cut off all of the affected area and rebuilt it with mesh/grille bondoglass and bondo, that was in the summer i still want to rewetsand and repaint, it looks good but i can see the imperfections.
Caravans are more of a hit or miss. We have customers that have tons of miles and have no or relatively few problems, and then we have other customers that have tons of problems while still under factory warranty. Seems that theres is roughly a 50% chance that you may get a problematic one. Always get a good laugh out of the 1 year old ones with about 10 K on them that have a bad trans or have a check engine light on and just about every possible trouble code stored. Oh well, cant complain since we make a lot of money off of caravans.
Any car today can hit 100K miles. A lot of them actully hit 120 easily as well. Its after that.....that matters. I known friends who tried toyota once and twice and got a lemon and assumed thats what toyota is. Its nice you got a great caravan.
Since 1994 my Aunt and Uncle have owned strictly Dodge vehicles. In order: 1990 Dakota, 1995 Neon, 2000 Dakota, 1998 Caravan.
Can't say they're bad vehicles, though. I loved their Neon. It rode nicely, had comfortable seats, didn't squeak or rattle, and the engine ran perfectly, all of that even at 135,000 miles (with a 5-speed manual, by the way).
Their Caravan has been fairly reliable, save for a check engine light and a blown up A/C system that decided to do so while going down the road. It has a similar amount of miles on it as our Camry.
But hey, no car is perfect.
1999 Toyota Camry LE 4-cylinder
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