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I Saw the Nicest 1990s Dodge Caravan in Existence

So I’m driving along the other day in Southern California, and I stumbled upon it: the single nicest 1990s Dodge Caravan still in existence. It’s pictured above, and it’s truly a sight to behold: rust-free, clean, in great shape, with few (if any) dents, or dings, or imperfections on the body. It still has the original crappy hubcaps, even though they’ve fallen off every other ’90s Caravan by now.

Of course, I say they’ve "fallen off" every other 1990s Caravan, but the truth is that no other 1990s Caravan even exists. In general, these Caravans were sidelined by rust issues — and in places where there’s no rust, they were eventually taken off the road by transmission problems that plagued Chrysler vehicles from this time period. It’s truly amazing to see one still moving — let alone in such perfect condition.

This sighting happened in traffic in Newport Beach, and a quick look at the license plate suggested to me that this van has spent its entire life in California. Intrigued to find out what the story might be with someone who kept a 1990s Dodge Grand Caravan in such nice shape, I ran the Carfax report from the license plate number and discovered that this van had been a one-owner from the time it was purchased new on April 6, 1993 all the way until July 2017. It was owned in Costa Mesa, California, and it accumulated just 59,000 miles in those 24 years. To the extent that Grand Caravans can be pampered, this one was pampered.

The whole one-owner thing stopped back in August. That’s when the current owner bought it — a 1993 Dodge Grand Caravan with just under 60,000 miles — and the current owner has been driving it since then, though it’s impossible to say exactly how many miles they’re adding. With that said, the Carfax report shows one event under the current owner’s stewardship: new tires on September 1, 2017, suggesting the current owner plans to take care of this thing. I hope to see it driving around someday again — until the inevitable transmission failure. Find a Dodge Caravan for sale

Doug DeMuro is an automotive journalist who has written for many online and magazine publications. He once owned a Nissan Cube and a Ferrari 360 Modena. At the same time.

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10 COMMENTS

  1. About history of vehicle, I always use FAXVIN, because I like it more. I already bought two cars, for me and my mom. To would not worry for her and her safety, I checked everything what I could. It’s very convenient that you can watch the history of the car in few sec.

  2. Hey Doug, great find! It’s nice to see a well preserved 90s car no matter the type! I may have one of the nicest 90s Explorers left with only 78,000 miles and was owned only by a little old lady before me. It never sees rain or snow and stays in the the garage! Wanna review it haha?


  3. Doug I love minivans, I am so glad to see people who actually pay attention to minivans. They all have a story to tell. This one is a real collector’s item!

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Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a multitude of magazine publications and websites, including here at Autotrader — where he launched the Oversteer enthusiast blog — along with Jalopnik, GQ, and The Week. His YouTube channel has hundreds of published videos and has racked up hundreds of millions of views. Today, Doug lives in San Diego, California, with his 1997 Land Rover Defender 90 NAS, 2005 Ford GT, and 2012 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Wagon.

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