My families last 3 new cars have been dodges and I must say that they have given great life for very little maintenance. Ill list the 3 cars and their few issues.
#1. 1990 Grand caravan 3.3L Lost its trans on the highway was warrantied and went on to go 250,000 miles with only oil changes, trans rarely and tuneups.
2. 1998 DGC 3.8L. Now at 95K other than oil changes and 2-3 trans changes, I just did the tuneup this summer and its running good.
3. 2000 Durango 5.2L. 171,000 miles and only oil and tuneups. Trans works great but a little delay hitting 2nd sometimes which i believe it needs a simple band adjustment. This has been the most neglected of our vehicles. Oil used to happen around 5-6k miles with conventional oil and the trans fluid has around 60k on it and is orange instead of red but doesn't smell burned.
Some people tell me that it is the luck of the draw when you buy a car but I find it hard to believe that my family has gotten 3 almost perfect cars in a row. I don't understand how the D lives on with its poor maintance history but i believe that it has to do with a good quality. None of our vehicles except the 90DGC (trans) have ever been to the dealer for serious work. The D went to the dealer for ball joints.
My dad is a firm believer in dodge and will most likely not stray. He is considering a new car in 6 months and will take a good look at dodge/chrysler before any other company.
Maintenance is key. I think my families success is that we do not take it to mechanics. We do all our own work so things like oil and trans fluid we know are the correct types.