1988 Dodge Caravan

Dodge Caravan

Lee Iacocca and Hal Sperlich had conceived their theme for this eccentric of fomite during their earliest incumbency at Crossing Drive Companionship. H Fording II jilted the estimate (and a image) 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 go the Van and Voyager, known in initial merchandising as the Magic-wagons. Chrysler introduced the Elude Train and the Plymouth Voyager in November 1983 for the 1984 manakin class, exploitation the Chrysler S program, an extensive differential of the Chrysler K program. The Renault Espace launched in Europe the like class, and Chrysler began marketing the Chrysler Voyager in Europe 4 eld late.

The foresightful wheelbase (LWB) G Train was introduced in 1987.

Origin with manakin twelvemonth 1987, all passementerie levels were too usable in a foresighted wheelbase variate, marketed as the G Van, which allowed more payload blank bottom the back bottom. National passementerie, controls, and instrumentality were borrowed from the Chrysler K chopine|, and conjugate with the glower coldcock enabled by the front-wheel-drive, the Van featured car-like relaxation of incoming. Thither were iii cut levels: groundwork, SE, and LE.

1988 Dodge Caravan

Fundament vans came furnished for fivesome passengers in two rows of seats. The LE came with 7 passengers stock in deuce-ace rows of seats. The foundation van had two pail seating with committed armrests and afford level spa betwixt them in the movement, a 3-person judiciary bottom in the arcsecond row. The 7 rider came with two pail seating with committed armrests and surface coldcock distance betwixt them in the presence, a 2-person terrace bum in the indorsement row, and a 3-person judiciary bum in the rear row. The two ben seating in the bottom were severally obliterable, and the expectant 3 individual ben could besides be installed in the 2nd row emplacement via a endorsement set of adherence points on the van’s storey, usually obscure with snap-in fictile covers. This constellation allowed for established pentad mortal seats with a tidy hold in the backside. The latching mechanisms for the benches were promiscuous to control though removing and replacement the seating typically needed 2 adults. A strawman low-back 60/40 cleave terrace, accommodative a 3rd presence rider in the center, was offered in the SE trimness stratum in 1985 sole, allowing for a uttermost of 8 passengers.This constellation was after dropped.

1988 Dodge Caravan

Prophylactic features consisted of 3-point bottom belts for the battlefront two passengers, with bare lap belts for the bum pentad. Seating aboard models and cloth-trimmed SEs had no headrests, which were not mandated due to the van’s “lighter motortruck” effectual condition. Still, the two presence seating were equipt with non-adjustable headrests on the LE framework and in concurrence with vinyl upholstery on the SE. Side-impact reinforcements were mandated, and were at all seats positions strawman and behind. Neither airbags nor anti-lock braking systems were useable.

Admittance to the behind rows of seats was by a gravid passenger-side sliding doorway enabling wanton approach in jailed situations, e.g., parking. Because lonesome one sliding doorway was offered, the littler 2nd row ben backside was shifted to the drivers position of the van, facilitating rider accession to the 3rd row ass. To help varying lading depot arse the back arse, the backside could be familiarized forward-moving in 2 increments, the kickoff of which remote approximately 6 inches (150 mm) of legroom from the rachis row passengers, and the indorsement of which would energy the workbench clear to the cover of the 2nd row, devising the seating unuseable. The arse backrest of the behind workbench could besides be folded forwards, providing a flatcar lading ledge. The littler 2nd row ben was not adjustable, nor foldaway; it could but be remote totally.

Freight admission to the bum was via a hatchback, standardized to the one on the K chopine send wagons. The brood was hinged at the top and held outdoors by gas struts.

1988 Dodge Caravan

A payload edition of the Van, called the Miniskirt Ram Van, was too introduced in 1984, renamed the Van C/V for 1989 and discontinued later 1995. It was usable either with the short- or long-wheelbase models. Unequaled to the Train C/V was the alternative of either having the traditional crosshatch doorway in the cover or the optional swing-out bi-parting doors (with or without windows), exchangeable to those of more traditional consignment vans. These doors were made of fibreglass and mandatory the C/V vans to be “cliff shipped”, as these doors were tradition installed by another seller. Too based on the Miniskirt Ram and C/V were aftermarket transition vans sold done functionary Chrysler dealers and from the changeover companies themselves.


Both a three-speed TorqueFlite machinelike transmitting 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 adaptation of the Train, was likewise usable with a manual infection. The Chrysler Townspeople & Area, which was a more sybaritic repackaged edition of the Train, had no manual transmittance selection. Manual transmissions were not uncommitted on V6 or farsighted wheelbase models of the rider Train, but was an alternative on the Miniskirt Ram Van and Van C/V’s foresighted wheelbase models with a 3.0 L V6.

V-6 engines were alone offered with the august full hydraulicly operated TorqueFlite, until the estimator controlled Ultradrive 4-speed robotic became uncommitted in 1989. The Ultradrive offered often punter fire saving and reactivity, peculiarly when opposite with the inline-4 locomotive. Notwithstanding, it suffered from dependableness problems, commonly stemming from what is known as “train trace” or “switching hum”, resulting in previous assume of the intragroup grasp. It too needful an rare typecast of automatonlike transmittance liquid and is not distinctly tagged intrinsically, lead many owners to use the more usual Dexron II sooner than the specified “Mopar ATF+3”, resulting in transmittance wrong and eventual loser.

The Ultradrive standard legion innovation changes in subsequent modelling geezerhood to amend reliableness, and many betimes example transmissions would finally be retrofitted or replaced with the updated versions by dealers, below warrant. These efforts were largely successful, and about first-generation Caravans finally got an updated transmitting.


For the get-go 3 age of yield, two engines were offered in the Train – both inline-4 engines with 2 drum carburetors. The pedestal 2.2L was borrowed from the Chrysler K-cars, and produced 96 hp (72 kW) h.p.. The higher functioning fuel-injected variation of the 2.2L locomotive afterward offered in the Chrysler K-cars was ne’er offered in the Train, and the 2-bbl variant would persist the pedestal powerhouse until mid-1987. Aboard the 2.2L, an optional Mitsubishi 2.6L locomotive was useable producing 104 hp (78 kW) h.p..

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

1988 Dodge Caravan

Curtly thenceforth in example twelvemonth 1989, a more herculean locomotive became optional, with a turbocharged variation of the fundament 2.5L producing 150 hp (112 kW). Revisions to the Mitsubishi V-6 upped its production to 142 hp (106 kW) that like yr, and in 1990 a new 150 hp (110 kW) 3.3 L V-6 was added to the selection name. The V6 engines became pop as sales of the 2.5 turbo dwindled and it was dropped at the end of the twelvemonth. In these geezerhood, the ES example debuted (brusque wheelbase solitary) to foreground the new engines, the turbo 2.5 particularly. The ES was introduced to the foresighted wheelbase Chiliad 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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