The Dodge Caravan is a minivan manufactured by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (and preceding Chrysler companies). Introduced for the 1984 model year, it has been the longest-used nameplate currently in use by Chrysler.
Over 11 million Chrysler minivans have been sold worldwide, since 1984. With their pervasiveness, it is nearly impossible for someone not to have worked on a minivan at some point in their lives. If you find yourself in such a situation, and you find that you’ve hit a brick wall having a Dodge Grand Caravan repair manual may help you find a way around that brick wall.
Only two engines were offered for the Caravan– both inline engines with 2 barrel carburetors. The base 2.2 L produced 96 hp (72 kW;97 PS) and the Mitsubishi 104 hp (78 kW;105 PS) 2.6 L engine.
In mid-1987, the base 2.2 L engine was replaced with a fuel-injected 2.5 L engine, which produced 100 hp (75 kW;101 PS). Meanwhile, the Mitsubishi G54B I4 was replaced with the new fuel-injected 3.0 L Mitsubishi V6 producing 136 hp (101 kW;139 PS) in March of that year.
Not long after, in 1989, the turbocharged 2.5 L engine producing 150 hp (112 kW;152 PS) became optional. Revisions to the Mitsubishi V6 upgraded its overall output to 142 hp (106 kW;144 PS). Moreover, that same year a new 150 hp (110 kW;152 PS) 3.3 L V6 engine was also made optional. With sales of the 2.5 turbo dwindling, Chrysler decided to discontinue it. From 1991 through 1995, Chrysler used the AS platform in the Caravan.
1992 models included revised roof-racks and door handles; 1993 marked the final year for optional woodgrain and wire wheels on higher level models, and 1994 models had a redesigned interior.
The 3rd generation Chrysler minivans were available in both long and short wheelbases and eight different powertrains; including compressed natural gas and electric; on a flexible or single platform.
In development for nearly five years from early 1990 to 1994, the 1996 model included many innovations, including a driver's side sliding door and a seat management system called Easy Out Roller Seats.
In most states, base models of the Caravan were offered with either a 2.4 L four-cylinder engine or the 6V 3.0 L Mitsubishi 6G72 engine, except in some of the northeastern states, whose emissions standards found the Mitsubishi lacking. The 3.3 L 6V engine was offered as an alternative in these states from 1997 through 2000.
Updates were implemented in the 1997 and the 1998 models. A new keyless entry remote was also added, and a spoiler option was available for the base and SE models. The driver's side sliding door also became standard.
The 2001 4th generation Caravans were available in SE, Sport, SXT, AWD Choice, AWD Wagon, AWD Sports, SXT AWD, eL, C/V, ES, and EX trims. A power hatch and power sliding doors became available as options as well.
The Mitsubishi 3.0 L V6 engine was replaced with the more powerful 3.8 L engine and Chrysler continued to offer AWD in the higher range models.
In 2005, changes to the Caravan included a revised grille, new foglight fascia, and a system of in-floor folding second and third-row seats, marketed as Stow 'n’ Go seating.
The 5th generation caravan had a new 6-speed automatic transmission became standard with the 3.8 L V6 engine and the new 4.0 L V6 engine. The 4-speed automatic transmission was standard with the 3.3 L Flex-Fuel V6. Sadly, this generation of Grand Caravan and its Town & Country counterpart were not available with AWD and the previously unavailable Electronic Stability Control was made standard on this generation.
Chrysler introduced the Swivel 'n' Go seat management system, second and third-row video screens, powered second-row windows, and the gear shift lever moved to the instrument panel.
The Grand Caravan underwent a reworking in 2011, which included significant suspension changes in both styling and functionality. All former engine choices were replaced by the new Pentastar 3.6 L V6 engine paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission.
A new, basic style trim was introduced in 2012 called AVP.
For the 2014 model year, two new packages were introduced: American Value Package and the Blacktop package.
The 2014 Grand Caravan R/T was given standard Security Group featuring remote start and auto headlamps with black bezels.
A small 2017 model year update yielded SE, SE Plus, SXT, and GT models. The 6.5" Touchscreen became standard equipment. FCA unveiled the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica, a new crossover minivan. The Pacifica replaced the Chrysler Town & Country.
Standard on all 2018 models was the advanced multistage driver and front-passenger airbags that include low-risk deployment, a drivers-side inflatable knee blocker, front seat-mounted side airbags, and side-curtains for outboard passengers in all three rows.
Today, the minivan is alive and thriving. Every year, their numbers worldwide increase. So, remember if you ever need help servicing your Caravan, having a Dodge Grand Caravan service manual can make the job go smoother.