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We were the first 200,000 mile club on the Web, and we remain the largest.
The average car on this list has 260,000 miles; and the most popular years are the 1990s. 1994 is the most popular year.
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Owner: Known, not shown • Mileage: 282,156 Miles • Added: 2011-10-06 • Modified: 2016-12-01
Major Repairs: 3 Transmissions, including 1 rebuild at 53,000 miles, a re-manufactured unit at 89,000, and another re-manufactured unit at 142,000 miles. Amount spent: About $5000. All work was done at the local Dodge dealership. These transmissions failed in spite of my annual fluid changes (also at the local Dodge dealership). With the last transmission, I quit changing the fluid and have driven nearly 80,000 miles with no problems! Go figure.
Other repairs have consisted of items most people would likely expect to go after so long: radiator, fuel pump (174,000 miles), starter (65,000 miles), etc. While none of these is a "big deal" in and of itself, the fact remains that the van was in the shop on average twice a year from 1998 thru 2009.
Comments: My wife and I purchased this van used in March 1998 with 45,000 miles on it. It has carried us to California, Idaho, Nevada, Arizona, Wyoming, and Montana. If it weren’t for the transmissions, I’d give this van an unqualified recommendation.
Currently, we still use the van to deliver newspapers in the morning and as a cargo carrier. It had been my daily commuter until the price of gas forced me to use something a bit more efficient. Naturally, if gas goes down, I’ll start driving the Caravan daily to work again.
On November 25, 2016, after discovering that the heater core was failing (my son had problems clearing the windows and when I checked, the "fog" on the glass was antifreeze droplets), and knowing that the van needed a new alternator and tires, we retired it to the local pick-a-part junkyard for $150.
We had owned the van for 18 years, 8 months and had driven it nearly 240,000 miles (the van had a total of 282,156 when we pulled into the junkyard). I actually felt pretty bad about junking it, but the cost of repairs was more than I wanted to deal with.
We purchased a 2005 Chrysler Town & Country as a replacement.
Owner: Jared Oakes • Mileage: 259,886 Miles • Added: 2016-10-10 • Modified: 2016-12-01
Major Repairs: power steering rack, 1 water pump, serpentine assembly
Comments: 1997 dodge dakota with the 5.2 v8 magnum. never had a engine tear down runs valvoline 10w-40 synthetic blend high milage. no transmission work needed yet. still meets factory power specs
Owner: Steve Dougherty • Mileage: 287,000 Miles • Added: 2016-10-14 • Modified: 2016-12-01
Major Repairs: Transmission rebuilt at 265K (as a preventive measure; it wasn't worn out), one cylinder head and all 16 valve springs at 200K (a valve spring for cyl. #7 broke), total front suspension rebuild at around 180K; fuel pump at 260K; rear axle rebuild at 235K (only the pinion bearing was bad, though). Many smaller repairs were made along the way, but nothing too scary.
Comments: This van is in my personal vehicular hall of fame. You wouldn't believe what I have asked of this venerable Dodge. A lesser vehicle would've fallen apart under the strain. I worked for a trucking company for over 3 years using this thing, hauling freught that has no business being loaded into a passenger van. It was overstuffed daily, with every available square inch of space taken up. It was filled front to back, side to side, and floor to ceiling with all sorts of industrial supplies and/or medical equipment (depending on the day). Even the space between the seats and the passenger's seat itself were used to cram in as many boxes as I could. As you might expect, it was drastically overweight on a consistent basis, with the cargo sometimes exceeding 4000 lbs. I beefed up the suspension with coil-over shocks on every corner (Gabriel actually makes a set for the front for this van), polyurethane bushings, and the best quality parts I could find. My coverage area was New York City and Long Island, so the roads were basically bombed-out, crater-filled streets which pounded the suspension mercilessly....while the van was fully loaded. Add this to daily stop & go traffic, and you've got a recipe for disaster for any vehicle. Somehow, it has withstood everything. Even when I had the transmission rebuilt, it was only because I failed to adjust the bands, and the anchor for the front drum came loose. The band still had a good amount of friction material left, and things looked pretty good internally. It could have been repaired easily without a rebuild, but I decided the van had earned it. I still drive it daily for work hauling medical equipment, but my current job is a lot easier on the van (I haul about 1000 lbs. daily, and the roads are a lot better in my new territory).
Owner: Steve Dougherty • Mileage: 292,000 Miles • Added: 2016-10-14 • Modified: 2016-12-01
Major Repairs: A burned valve at 185K, a transmission rebuild at 235K (only because of a broken snap ring for the overdrive unit), two rebuilds for the rear axle (at 125K and 280K), various kinds of suspension work.
Comments: Much like my '99 van which is also listed here, this one has been dealt a tremendous amount of punishment. It too was pressed into service for the same trucking company I worked for a couple of years ago, and has gone way above and beyond what a typical cargo van would normally do. It holds my record for the most weight hauled by a van in a single trip (about 5500 lbs., for an 80 mile trip). Both times the rear was rebuilt, it was the pinion bearing that went, and ONLY the pinion bearing. I have heard that they are the weak link in the 9 1/4 rears, but I suspect that an upgraded bearing would effectively eliminate this issue. When the transmission was rebuilt, it was because the snap ring for the overdrive unit had fractured, and a small piece of it fell into the pan. Everything still worked just fine, but I thought it best to go though it before anything nasty happened. I believe these transmissions are woefully underappreciated....they have a couple of shortcomings, but are extremely stout overall. Lots of suspension work has been carried out on this van as well, and it has also received upgrades in this area. The steering gear and inner tie rod ends are still original (as they are in the '99 van).... everything else up front has been changed one or more times. The leaf springs out back are still original (again, same as the other van). It now sees very limited duty as a back-up van, in case my '99 is down for maintenance or repairs. Though seldom used, it certainly has enough life left in it to be brought into full service for an extended period if the need ever arises.
Owner: Michael Middleton • Mileage: 258,784 Miles • Added: 2016-10-14 • Modified: 2016-12-01
Major Repairs: Starter and alternator
Owner: Jimmy N. Nichols • Mileage: 380,250 Miles • Added: 2009-12-19 • Modified: 2016-10-03
Major Repairs: Rebuilt tranny 2x, computer replaced 2x, ABS control module 1x, left and right rear inner axles 1x, Rear main seal (2x)
Comments: Purchased in February 1999 with 6 miles on the odometer.
The best vehicle I have ever owned!!!
Owner: Duane Murphy • Mileage: 279,535 Miles • Added: 2016-10-03 • Modified: 2016-10-03
Major Repairs: - valve cover gasket
- A/C compressor / condenser
- CV joints
- strut mount
Comments: Bought vehicle "certified pre-owned" with 8,000 original miles in 2004. Vehicle was used as a delivery vehicle for the family business. Original engine and transmission. Transmission just went out. Lost 2nd gear. Vehicle will not pass PA state inspection due to body rust in front of rear wheel wells, and along rocker panels on both sides of vehicle. With Chrysler / Dodge mini-vans being notorious for transmission issues, I'd say we got a good one! Solid, dependable vehicle. Sad to see it go.
Owner: Joe Pollard • Mileage: 200,100 Miles • Added: 2016-08-24 • Modified: 2016-09-13
Major Repairs: none
Owner: Bradley Hannah • Mileage: 346,786 Miles • Added: 2016-08-20 • Modified: 2016-09-13
Major Repairs: no major repairs starters, alternators, radiator.transmission many brake jobs new computer yesterday. Havent touched the engine uses oil .
Comments: Have not done any major work to the engine.
Owner: Dean Lewis • Mileage: 203,389 Miles • Added: 2016-08-30 • Modified: 2016-09-13
Major Repairs: Outer tie rod ends replaced at 102k, first water pump at 127k then that one started leaking and was replaced again at 155k.
Comments: Need to rebuilt the front end as the bushings are wearing, and after 7yrs I finally had to replace the battery. Overall very satisfied with the car, still a strong runner! Regular maintenance done and she keeps on purring.
Owner: James Barker • Mileage: 221,780 Miles • Added: 2016-09-09 • Modified: 2016-09-13
Major Repairs: Wheel Bearings at 150k
Water Pump at 208k
Comments: Love this truck!
Owner: Robert Young • Mileage: 414,000 Miles • Added: 2016-09-13 • Modified: 2016-09-13
Major Repairs: TRANSMISSION INSTALLED AT 355.000 MILES ALSO TIMING BELT AND WATER PUMP CHANGED EVERY 125.000 MILES...
Comments: DRIVEN 130 MILES DAILY....
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