The 2000 Dodge Grand Caravan has claimed one of the top two or three best-selling minivan spots in America for years. In fact, most years it sits at number one. With more interior space than most of its competitors, this versatile van holds varying degrees of people and cargo.
The Grand Caravan provides comfort, styling, ride quality, and supreme handling. Reasonably priced, it makes for a great all-around family van.
Body Styles: four-door van
Engines: 3.0-liter V-6, 3.3-liter V-6, 3.8-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Dodge Grand Caravan, Dodge Grand Caravan SE, Dodge Grand Caravan LE, Dodge Grand Caravan Sport, Dodge Grand Caravan ES
New colors join the lineup for 2000, including patriot blue, bright silver, inferno red, aquamarine, and shale green.
The base passenger Dodge Grand Caravan comes in a choice of eight colors: aquamarine metallic clearcoat, bright silver metallic clearcoat, bright white clearcoat, deep cranberry pearlcoat, flame red clearcoat, light cypress green clearcoat, patriot blue pearlcoat, and shale green metallic.
Exterior features include power brakes, a sliding driver’s side door, tinted glass, 14-inch wheels, intermittent windshield wipers, and a rear window wiper. The 2000 Dodge Grand Caravan tows cargo through the purchase of an upgraded camper/towing package. Other upgrades designed to combat the elements and provide convenience include power heated mirrors, a keyless entry system, a rear window defroster, a roof rack, power windows, power door locks, and daytime running lights.
Dodge specifies the van’s measurements at 76.8 inches wide, 68.5 inches tall, and 199.6 inches long; it weighs 3836 pounds. Ground clearance reaches 5.4 inches, and the wheelbase stretches to 119.3 inches.
The base interior of the 2000 Dodge Grand Caravan features bucket seats, a center console, a third seat, a clock, seven-passenger cloth seating, power steering, air-conditioning, and an AM/FM/cassette audio system. Child seats come as an option, as well as cruise control and a tilt steering wheel.
Captain’s chairs, an overhead console, fog lights, a rear spoiler, a rear heater, a trip computer, alloy wheels, different colors, and leather steering wheel trim provide options in luxury models.
Rear hip room measures 61.3 inches; rear headroom totals 40 inches; rear legroom comes in at 39.6 inches; rear shoulder room measures 63.7 inches.
Performance & Handling
Passengers enjoy an independent front strut suspension with a stabilizer bar and coil springs and a beam rear suspension with leaf springs. Upgrade to a heavy-duty suspension for the ultimate in performance. Enjoy a self-leveling suspension in higher-grade models. Two disc brakes with two ventilated discs come standard in the 2000 Dodge Grand Caravan, along with a space-saving steel rim under the spare wheel.
Standard driver and passenger front airbags help cushion front-seat passengers in case of a crash. An anti-theft alarm system keeps thieves at bay.
An NHTSA crash test rates passenger and driver safety at four out of five stars. Side-impact front crashes earn five out of five stars; side-impact rear crashes earn three out of five stars.
An IIHS frontal-offset test rates marginal overall, the 2000 Dodge Grand Caravan receiving a two on a four-point scale. Head, neck, and chest testing rate well, whereas right leg and foot, left leg and foot, and bumpers rate poorly. Restraints and structure earn an acceptable rating, and overall front and head restraints get a marginal evaluation.
Identifix locates a couple of reliability problems, the first concerning an occasional failure of the exhaust gas recirculation solenoid on the 3.3-liter and 3.8-liter engines. The transmission turbine speed sensor and the output shaft speed sensor also occasionally fail.
EPA Fuel Economy
Dodge Grand Caravan: 16-18/23-25 mpg city/highway
- Pull a large trailer for long trips
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