The Dodge Caravan, eventually replaced by the slightly larger Dodge Grand Caravan, was the first minivan to the US market, alongside the Plymouth Voyager, in 1984. From 1987 until 2007, the Caravan and Grand Caravan were sold alongside each other until the Caravan was phased out in the 2008 Dodge line-up. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has announced that it will end production of the Grand Caravan in 2020.
Although sales of the Grand Caravan have decreased substantially since the early 2000’s, the Grand Caravan remains one of the best-selling minivans on the market due to its affordability and familiarity. It is marketed as a budget vehicle with basic features and basic performance. It is available in three trim levels—SE, SE Plus and SXT—all with a V6 engine and 6 speed automatic transmission. The technology in the Grand Caravan, both the safety features and infotainment systems, are outdated. Even in its newer models, the interior of the Grand Caravan lacks features and finish but, without the bells and whistles, it is roomy and durable which appeals to its target market.
As you might expect with a budget vehicle, the Grand Caravan is plagued with complaints. The 2016 model alone generated 495 complaints to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, many relating to problems with the electrical system and malfunctioning sliding doors. Problems with the sliding doors (2017;2018) and inadvertent deployment of headrests (2014; 2015) appear to be recurring complaints with this minivan.
If you are experiencing these or other problems with your Grand Caravan, Abeel & Associates can help. You may be entitled to compensation, a refund or a replacement vehicle. We have fought this fight before and we know how to get you the results you deserve. Call our office today for a free consultation or fill out the contact form on our website.
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