3rd Generation (1996—2000) Caravan Problems

This generations ranks 36th out of 60 Dodge generations in reliability and is generally a good bet. Owners have the most complaints about the transmission (27%), engine (26%), and the electrical (12%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Stalls When Driving and Idling 12 complaints at an average of 125,431 miles in the 1996 Dodge Caravan.
  2. Transmission Failure 53 complaints at an average of 115,597 miles in the 1998 Dodge Caravan.
  3. Transmission Slippping 5 complaints at an average of 99,461 miles in the 2000 Dodge Caravan.

What Caravan Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Dodge model years.

Watch out for the 2000 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2000 84 13 57 26.48
1999 38 14 92 13.23
1998 57 14 106 10.01
1997 32 15 127 5.88
1996 57 18 130 13.08

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