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1997 Dodge Caravan Base 3dr 113 WB

1997 Dodge Caravan
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Front Wheel Drive, 3 Door, 2WD Special Purpose
20 mpg city / 25 mpg hwy
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May 1, 2012, 4:20 am

Shameca B
 

Question: how long will a 1997 dodge caravan last if it has 281,558 miles on it

is 281,558 miles on a dodge caravan bad


May 1, 2012, 2:33 pm

Elizabeth K
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Well... the more important question is: how many miles since the engine and the transmission have been rebuilt. They seem to need each approx every 100k. That is a LOT of miles on a vehicle that isn't great for durability but if it's been really well maintained and is in good shape AND doesn't have anywhere near 100k on the the engine/tranny rebuilds, then you'll have plenty of life left. But if you're looking at major repairs right now, sinking more money into it isn't a great idea.


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May 1, 2012, 5:45 pm

Shameca B
 

How do I find out if the engine has 100k or less on it


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May 2, 2012, 2:29 pm

Elizabeth K
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You, or the previous owner, are the only one who would know the repair history. If you have any saved paperwork from previous repairs, you can look through it. Otherwise, you can have a compression check done to see what kind of shape the engine is in.


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May 2, 2012, 8:10 pm

Shameca B
 

Ok thank you so much.


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May 3, 2012, 4:57 am

Elizabeth K
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You're welcome, good luck.


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