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Dodge Grand Caravan vs. Mazda MPV Reliability Comparisons

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Year Make/Model Repair Frequencysuccessful repair trips per 100 cars per year Compared to all models for the same year  
2014 Dodge Caravan / Grand Caravan 42 Caravan / Grand Caravans, 5.6 months of data per Caravan / Grand Caravan, average 5700 miles26
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Dodge Caravan / Grand Caravan 55 Caravan / Grand Caravans, 10.0 months of data per Caravan / Grand Caravan, average 14900 miles28
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Dodge Caravan / Grand Caravan 54 Caravan / Grand Caravans, 9.8 months of data per Caravan / Grand Caravan, average 28900 miles32
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Dodge Caravan / Grand Caravan 52 Caravan / Grand Caravans, 9.0 months of data per Caravan / Grand Caravan, average 42800 miles41
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Dodge Caravan / Grand Caravan 44 Caravan / Grand Caravans, 8.9 months of data per Caravan / Grand Caravan, average 49700 miles43
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Dodge Caravan / Grand Caravan 46 Caravan / Grand Caravans, 10.2 months of data per Caravan / Grand Caravan, average 77600 miles

Frequent brake pad replacements not included in this result. Caliper replacements also somewhat common.
84
90% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Dodge Caravan / Grand Caravan 52 Caravan / Grand Caravans, 9.4 months of data per Caravan / Grand Caravan, average 83300 miles

Redesigned for this model year. Frequent brake pad replacements not included in this result.
71
60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Dodge Caravan / Grand Caravan 35 Caravan / Grand Caravans, 9.4 months of data per Caravan / Grand Caravan, average 87100 miles73
60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Dodge Caravan / Grand Caravan 46 Caravan / Grand Caravans, 9.7 months of data per Caravan / Grand Caravan, average 96100 miles75
60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Dodge Caravan / Grand Caravan 62 Caravan / Grand Caravans, 9.6 months of data per Caravan / Grand Caravan, average 117100 miles

Refreshed for this model year.
84
60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Mazda MPV   10 MPVs, 10.1 months of data per MPV, average 88800 miles

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2004 Dodge Caravan / Grand Caravan   14 Caravan / Grand Caravans, 8.6 months of data per Caravan / Grand Caravan, average 114100 miles

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2004 Mazda MPV   19 MPVs, 8.6 months of data per MPV, average 108300 miles

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2003 Dodge Caravan / Grand Caravan 27 Caravan / Grand Caravans, 8.6 months of data per Caravan / Grand Caravan, average 136700 miles129
90% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2003 Mazda MPV   23 MPVs, 9.4 months of data per MPV, average 134400 miles

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2002 Dodge Caravan / Grand Caravan 30 Caravan / Grand Caravans, 7.4 months of data per Caravan / Grand Caravan, average 149300 miles

Seems too low. Possible that owners are living with problems rather than fixing them.
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0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2002 Mazda MPV   10 MPVs, 8.2 months of data per MPV, average 126000 miles

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2001 Dodge Caravan / Grand Caravan 25 Caravan / Grand Caravans, 8.8 months of data per Caravan / Grand Caravan, average 148600 miles

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40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2000 Dodge Caravan / Grand Caravan   17 Caravan / Grand Caravans, 9.2 months of data per Caravan / Grand Caravan, average 148100 miles

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2000 Mazda MPV   10 MPVs, 9.9 months of data per MPV, average 146800 miles

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1999 Dodge Caravan / Grand Caravan   11 Caravan / Grand Caravans, 7.4 months of data per Caravan / Grand Caravan, average 155800 miles

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What People Are Saying about Reliability and the Dodge Grand Caravan

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Dodge Grand Caravan

Dodge Grand Caravan Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2009 4dr Minivan, ext. 175-horsepower 3.3L V6
4-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Rock solid reputation and came with lifetime warranty, should I need help in 15 or 20 years.
2009 4dr Minivan, ext. 197-horsepower 3.8L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Requires very little maintenance and routine maintenance much less expensive than the Toyota Sienna.
2008 4dr Minivan, ext. 197-horsepower 3.8L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Price, reliability, past experience, ride quality compared to comp vehicles, available features, kid friendly, outstanding safety features including front, side and knee airbags, antilock brakes, stability control, 5 star crash ratings. Bests the others.
2008 4dr Minivan, ext. 175-horsepower 3.3L V6
4-speed shiftable automatic FWD
While a little too soon to tell on our 2008, we have had nothing but great luck with our previous Caravans as noted in our past personal experience comments.
2007 4dr Minivan, ext. 200-horsepower 3.8L V6
4-speed automatic FWD
I HAVE IT SINCE MAY 1 2007-NO MAJOR-ENGINE -TRANS- REPAIR-ALMOST 75000 MILES
2002 4dr Minivan, ext. 180-horsepower 3.3L V6
4-speed automatic FWD
Some good friends had one for several years with 125k mileage and no major problems with it. The 2002 Grand Caravans had a better owner satisfaction rating than Ford or GM vans
Dodge Grand Caravan Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2009 4dr Minivan, ext. 197-horsepower 3.8L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
SE vs. SXT. SXT Power doors and convenience electronics add more complexity and less reliability. Tranny gasket almost always leaked in the past. Previous to 2008 the pulleys had no shoulders so the belt fell off frequently - TG they changed that
2009 4dr Minivan, ext. 251-horsepower 4.0L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Very unreliable as one can tell. Again I paid for a vehicle that is unsafe to drive and in the shop more than on the road. Also, so many other issues that just keep happening one after another. I take care of my vehicles...yet this one is a sad case!
2008 4dr Minivan, ext. 197-horsepower 3.8L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Found that they are still using the same electronically-controlled 4-speed that has been a perennial nightmare since the late eighties. Fit and finish is poor.
2008 4dr Minivan, ext. 251-horsepower 4.0L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
They have a history of transmission failure that has not been addressed in the last 20 years.
2008 4dr Minivan, ext. 175-horsepower 3.3L V6
4-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Any van that could vent carbon monoxide into the cabin has serious issues. Also, Dodge has a history of poor reliability.
2007 4dr Minivan 180-horsepower 3.3L V6
4-speed automatic FWD
For years I have heard there are lots of problems with the caravans, especially the transmissions. They did not get great reviews until 2008 which was out of our price range.
2007 4dr Minivan 180-horsepower 3.3L V6
4-speed automatic FWD
Owned an earlier model Caravan and had considerable trouble with water leaks, and transmission problems. They were covered by warranty but as soon as warranty expired, started having transmission problems again
2005 4dr Minivan, ext. 180-horsepower 3.3L V6
4-speed automatic FWD
So So
2005 4dr Minivan, ext. 180-horsepower 3.3L V6
4-speed automatic FWD
Still not expecting miracles. Probably have to replace the transmission at one point.
2005 4dr Minivan, ext. 207-horsepower 3.8L V6
4-speed automatic FWD
Engine uses almost 1 quart of oil per 1000 miles. Dodge says this is "normal". Had to switch to synthetic oil to minimize problems. Makes me question long term durability of the engine. Had front end problems early on (tie rod ends, struts and strut mount
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Mazda MPV

Mazda MPV Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2006 4dr Minivan 200-horsepower 3.0L V6
5-speed automatic FWD
no major problems after 50k, just do regular maint. and you will love this car
2005 4dr Minivan 200-horsepower 3.0L V6
5-speed automatic FWD
Overall few problems thus far, solid mechanics except for a few known issues
2003 4dr Minivan 200-horsepower 3.0L V6
5-speed automatic FWD
After 75,000 miles, our MOV has only required one minor repair.
Mazda MPV Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2005 4dr Minivan 200-horsepower 3.0L V6
5-speed automatic FWD
problems like the ignition coils and rear wheel well rust are well known to owner.
2002 4dr Minivan 200-horsepower 3.0L V6
5-speed automatic FWD
Evaporative emmision control problems. Poor transmission performance.
2002 4dr Minivan 200-horsepower 3.0L V6
5-speed automatic FWD
Quite a few reports of tranny problems. The 3.0L V6 is a Ford Duratec modified by Mazda, so it worries me a bit.