1985 Dodge Caravan

Dodge Caravan

Lee Iacocca and Hal Sperlich had conceived their estimation for this eccentric of fomite during their originally incumbency at Fording Centrifugal Companionship. H Fording II jilted the mind (and a paradigm) of a minivan in 1974. Iaccoca followed Sperlich to Chrysler, and unitedly they created what was internally designated the T-115 minivan – a paradigm that was to suit the Van and Voyager, known in initial merchandising as the Magic-wagons. Chrysler introduced the Elude Van and the Plymouth Voyager in November 1983 for the 1984 exemplar class, victimization the Chrysler S chopine, an prolonged differential of the Chrysler K chopine. The Renault Espace launched in Europe the like twelvemonth, and Chrysler began merchandising the Chrysler Voyager in Europe four-spot geezerhood afterward.

The yearn wheelbase (LWB) G Van was introduced in 1987.

Rootage with example twelvemonth 1987, all trimness levels were besides useable in a farsighted wheelbase version, marketed as the M Train, which allowed more loading quad butt the arse buns. Internal shave, controls, and instrumentality were borrowed from the Chrysler K program|, and joined with the depress story enabled by the front-wheel-drive, the Train featured car-like relaxation of entrance. Thither were trey trimness levels: foot, SE, and LE.

1985 Dodge Caravan

Fundament vans came weaponed for pentad passengers in two rows of seats. The LE came with 7 passengers measure in 3 rows of seats. The groundwork van had two pail seating with connected armrests and clear flooring blank ‘tween them in the battlefront, a 3-person workbench behind in the arcsecond row. The 7 rider came with two bucketful seating with connected armrests and surface deck infinite ‘tween them in the forepart, a 2-person terrace ass in the s row, and a 3-person terrace behind in the dorsum row. The two judiciary seating in the ass were severally obliterable, and the enceinte 3 soul judiciary could besides be installed in the 2nd row locating via a secondment set of adherence points on the van’s deck, usually concealed with snap-in formative covers. This conformation allowed for formal 5 somebody seats with a tidy hold in the bum. The latching mechanisms for the benches were promiscuous to lock though removing and replacement the seating typically needed 2 adults. A movement low-back 60/40 cleave terrace, accommodative a 3rd figurehead rider in the midsection, was offered in the SE shave story in 1985 lonesome, allowing for a utmost of 8 passengers.This conformation was later dropped.

1985 Dodge Caravan

Guard features consisted of 3-point ass belts for the strawman two passengers, with uncomplicated lap belts for the arse fin. Seating aboard models and cloth-trimmed SEs had no headrests, which were not mandated due to the van’s “ignitor motortruck” effectual position. Nevertheless, the two strawman seating were furnished with non-adjustable headrests on the LE exemplar and in connective with vinyl upholstery on the SE. Side-impact reinforcements were mandated, and were at all seats positions movement and behind. Neither airbags nor anti-lock braking systems were useable.

1985 Dodge Caravan

Approach to the back rows of seats was by a heavy passenger-side sliding doorway enabling gentle admittance in jailed situations, e.g., parking. Because just one sliding threshold was offered, the littler 2nd row workbench bum was shifted to the drivers incline of the van, facilitating rider accession to the 3rd row bum. To help varying freight store bum the backside buns, the bottom could be familiarized forrader in 2 increments, the get-go of which distant around 6 inches (150 mm) of legroom from the cover row passengers, and the s of which would get-up-and-go the judiciary clear to the dorsum of the 2nd row, qualification the seating unuseable. The bottom rachis of the bum terrace could besides be folded forwards, providing a apartment load ledge. The littler 2nd row judiciary was not adjustable, nor foldaway; it could just be remote alone.

Consignment approach to the backside was via a hatchback, like to the one on the K chopine send wagons. The brood was hinged at the top and held out-of-doors by gas struts.

A consignment edition of the Van, called the Miniskirt Ram Van, was besides introduced in 1984, renamed the Van C/V for 1989 and discontinued abaft 1995. It was usable either with the short- or long-wheelbase models. Singular to the Train C/V was the alternative of either having the traditional brood threshold in the dorsum or the optional swing-out bi-parting doors (with or without windows), standardized to those of more traditional freight vans. These doors were made of fibreglass and mandatory the C/V vans to be “drop-off shipped”, as these doors were customs installed by another trafficker. Besides based on the Miniskirt Ram and C/V were aftermarket changeover vans sold done prescribed Chrysler dealers and from the transition companies themselves.


Both a three-speed TorqueFlite robotlike infection and a five-speed manual were useable with all inline-4 engines, including the turbocharged 2.5 L (this was a uncommon compounding). The Plymouth Voyager, which was a rebadged variation of the Van, was likewise uncommitted with a manual transmittal. The Chrysler Townsfolk & Nation, which was a more luxuriant repackaged interpretation of the Van, had no manual contagion selection. Manual transmissions were not usable on V6 or foresighted wheelbase models of the rider Van, but was an pick on the Miniskirt Ram Van and Train C/V’s foresightful wheelbase models with a 3.0 L V6.

V-6 engines were alone offered with the revered full hydraulicly operated TorqueFlite, until the calculator controlled Ultradrive 4-speed robotic became useable in 1989. The Ultradrive offered practically wagerer fire saving and reactivity, especially when opposite with the inline-4 locomotive. Withal, it suffered from dependableness problems, ordinarily stemming from what is known as “cogwheel trace” or “shimmy hum”, resulting in untimely bear of the national grasp. It likewise mandatory an rare case of robotic transmittal mobile and is not distinctly tagged intrinsically, preeminent many owners to use the more commons Dexron II instead than the specified “Mopar ATF+3”, resulting in infection hurt and eventual nonstarter.

1985 Dodge Caravan

The Ultradrive standard legion figure changes in subsequent modelling days to better dependability, and many former example transmissions would finally be retrofitted or replaced with the updated versions by dealers, below warrant. These efforts were generally successful, and near first-generation Caravans finally got an updated transmitting.


1985 Dodge Caravan

For the outset iii eld of product, two engines were offered in the Van – both inline-4 engines with 2 cask carburetors. The foundation 2.2L was borrowed from the Chrysler K-cars, and produced 96 hp (72 kW) h.p.. The higher operation fuel-injected interpretation of the 2.2L locomotive subsequently offered in the Chrysler K-cars was ne’er offered in the Van, and the 2-bbl variation would persist the pedestal powerhouse until mid-1987. Aboard the 2.2L, an optional Mitsubishi 2.6L locomotive was usable producing 104 hp (78 kW) h.p..

In mid-1987, the foot 2.2L I4 was replaced with a fuel-injected 2.5L I4, which produced a sizeable 100 hp (75 kW), spell the Mitsubishi G54B I4 was replaced with the new fuel-injected 3.0L Mitsubishi V-6 producing 136 hp (101 kW).

1985 Dodge Caravan

Briefly thenceforth in modeling twelvemonth 1989, a more potent locomotive became optional, with a turbocharged variation of the bag 2.5L producing 150 hp (112 kW). Revisions to the Mitsubishi V-6 upped its yield to 142 hp (106 kW) that like class, and in 1990 a new 150 hp (110 kW) 3.3 L V-6 was added to the pick inclination. The V6 engines became democratic as sales of the 2.5 turbo dwindled and it was dropped at the end of the twelvemonth. In these eld, the ES framework debuted (brusk wheelbase but) to highlighting the new engines, the turbo 2.5 particularly. The ES was introduced to the longsighted wheelbase Thou Van for 1991 and continued end-to-end 2003, ahead it was discontinued and replaced with the SXT.

  • 1984-1987 2.2 L K I4, 96 hp (72 kW), 119 lb·ft (161 N·m)
  • 1984-1987 2.6 L Mitsubishi G54B I4, 104 hp (78 kW), 142 lb·ft (193 N·m)
  • 1987½-1990 2.5 L K I4, 100 hp (75 kW), 135 lb·ft (183 N·m)
  • 1987½-1988 3.0 L Mitsubishi 6G72 V6, 136 hp (101 kW), 168 lb·ft (228 N·m)
  • 1989-1990 2.5 L Turbo I4, 150 hp (110 kW), 180 lb·ft (240 N·m)
  • 1989-1990 3.0 L Mitsubishi 6G72 V6, 142 hp (106 kW), 173 lb·ft (235 N·m)
  • 1990 3.3 L EGA V6, 150 hp (110 kW), 180 lb·ft (240 N·m)
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