1st Generation (1986—1990) Caravan Problems

This generations ranks 18th out of 60 Dodge generations in reliability and is one of the safer bets out there. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (50%), fuel system (14%), and the hvac (7%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Will Not Start 1 complaints at an average of 80,500 miles in the 1988 Dodge Caravan.
  2. Overheating 1 complaints at an average of 110,000 miles in the 1989 Dodge Caravan.
  3. Stalls 1 complaints at an average of 83,500 miles in the 1989 Dodge Caravan.

What Caravan Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Dodge model years.

Watch out for the 1988 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
1990 3 6 28 0.6
1989 4 5 23 1.04
1988 6 5 1 1.6
1986 1 4 0 0.2

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