Hi, Got a 2000 Dodge Caravan 3.0L with just over 100,000 miles. Just got it in mid-June and all I know is that it was faithfully garaged kept and truly driven by a nice older lady whom doesn’t drive anymore (one owner - I know the owner).
The EPA mileage rating is 16 city 23 highway and 19 overall.
Regarding my gas mileage, my first full tank yielded about 19.5 MPG, the 2nd about 22.5 (boosted by 16 oz SeaFoam), then 21.2, 20.3, 19.6, 17.9, then 17.5. Most of my mileage is highway.
Unfortunately, there were no service records maintained other than the 3K mile oil change sticker.
My Maintenance to date (about 3K miles since mid-June) I replaced the air filter within the first 100 miles. I’ve been on the fence about the plugs, wires, rotor & distributor cap since the back plugs are a major PITA to access. But that’s where I think the issue resides.
Transmission fluid was very low
Cold starts are usually easy, I turn over the key and hold for 1/2 second and release, no gas pumping. It usually starts between the 1st and 4th attempt. If I’m in a rush, I’ll just crank it til it starts, maybe 4-6 seconds.
Warm starts are easy, almost always on the 1st attempt.
While running, the smell of fuel is fairly strong in the exhaust. I haven’t driven any other similar Caravans, so I have no idea what kind of performance it should have. It is OK but I would expect a bit more power from a 3.0 L V6.