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Pros: Electric sliding side doors & back door.
Cons: Quality of paint and assembly.
Advice: Don't buy from a dealer that provides poor service, because you will NEED good service.My DGC has 7400 miles on it. It has a 3.8 engine. It rides well on smooth roads. It is comfortable when driving in town and the highway. The AC works well in the summer at 100+. Visibility is great. In the east, many cities have the signal lights so high it is difficult to see W/O pulling your neck out of your torso. So I like the driver view. The heater works great in the winter at 0. I get 20 MPG in the city and 25-27 MPG on the highway using the AC. I always use the AC when it is 70+ outside.
Cons: engine and transmission
Advice: If use for short ride (park and work) buy it. If for long ride(driven) all day avoid it very costly.test driven is good work driven is not so good
Pros: The milage, room and comfort
Cons: Lox & lights
Advice: Get xtra keys made now. And buy stock in Sylvania.I hav e owned a Sprinter since 30 Jun 03. I love the idea of the sprinter, but I truly believe that it would have been a much better truck if Dodge would have built it. I love my truck. I love the storage. I love the room. I don't miss bring out the tarp on rainy days. But I have had continual problems with the studipest stuff. Mechanically, she it awesome. The motor is great, the tranny strong and she has never let me down. The lox have been a problem. The keys are not strong. They break easily, once in the ignition and once in the door. The lock motor failed in the on the side door, causing me to have an unsecure door for three weeks. Not good. The brakes wear out in 36000 miles. Pathetic. Then there's the headlights. I had to replace 4 in the first year. After taking it in and having the Dodge guys look at a Mercedes, the problem continued until I fixed it. I never owned a Mercedes, and after owning the Sprinter, I never will. I think Dodge would have built a better vehicle. They know Americans are tough on our trucx. But we love 'em. We'd be nothing without 'em.
Advice: very good when decision to buy neededvery good condition
Pros: ride, room
Advice: get dealer to comit to break life and ABSI've had my Caravan 3 years with a total of 47000kms. I'm now having my 3rd set of breaks installed. 1st set went at 20000kms and dealer tried to tell me this is normal wear. My Nissan van went over 50000kms before 1st break job. What should I expect? This is a very sore point with me and plan not to purchase Dodge again for this reason. I own a Miata (great) Nissan Stanza(great) SusukiSK(Great) Dodge Caravan (NOT GREAT) Nick in Vancouver
Pros: RWD pushes you instead of pulling you
Cons: No dealer was willing to negotiate but I bought and SXT for $19,500 -leather 3.5L
Advice: SXT 3.5Lis so fast...I can't imagine the R/T! This can be a very very dangerous ride if you are not careful!Even the SXT 3.5HO is Powerful! Spins out on every acceleration. Every single detail is included in this car. It took me a month to figure it all out. I'm still finding out new things like puncture proof tires.
Pros: auto sliding doors, auto real tailgate, interior layout and room
Cons: mechanical failures
Advice: be prepared for frequent mechanical problemsMy first grand caravan's transmission went just 6,000 miles out of warranty. After replacing first caravan's transmission--I knew enough to purchase the extended warranty. 2nd caravan's transmission went just 8,000 miles out of warranty. Car handles well and is very comfortable for long travel w/family and friends. Opt for touring pkg -- gives a nice smooth ride. Lots of small computer problem w/sliding doors, engine and seatbelt lights going on, etc. Make sure you have a good service dept. Car is functionally superb for my family--but not worth the downtime in mechanical problems.