My daily driver is an '88 Grand Caravan 3.0L with 380,000 miles, one timing belt in its life. I haven't changed the oil in over 8 years. Just add a quart every 1,000 miles. Transmission has had one fluid and filter change in its life only because it was already drained to replace a rusted out / leaking $3.50 side cover. I use this van to pull an enclosed tandem axle trailer that's bigger than the van. Don't even need the electric trailer brakes. Roasted one front and one rear wheel bearing. The front one still got me home from 1,200 miles away. The only other major repair was an ignition coil a year ago.
There is no other brand of minivan that is going to beat mine for reliability, including the newer Chryslers. Major reason for that is I have only one Engine Computer. Scroll through these posts and see how many of the problems on all brands of vehicles are due to the insane, unnecessary, unreliable computers.
What YOU consider reliable might not apply to me. Some people think reliability means they can still drive it to the shop even if they have to do that every month. I make a repair to my van about once every four years and that's usually for tires.
Tuesday, June 28th, 2011 AT 7:36 PM