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Gas Mileage on a 05 Dodge Grand Caravan V6.

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Old 04-05-2008, 12:23 AM
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Default Gas Mileage on a 05 Dodge Grand Caravan V6.

I owned and 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan, I have not had many problems with it but ever since I got it my mileage am about 17.5 miles per gallon; I wanted to know if this is something that is usual on this type of vans. Before this van I had a Chevy Venture and the gas mileage was really good.

If the mileage I’m getting is not normal is there any suggestion that anyone can give me to better it.

I have change the spark plug and cables, Air filter, Gas filter and was wondering if there is something I missed.

A little more information on this van is that I’m the second owner and I got this van when it had 25K miles, it currently has 78K. All maintenance has been done on time.
Thank you for the help.
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Old 04-06-2008, 08:16 PM
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Default RE: Gas Mileage on a 05 Dodge Grand Caravan V6.

We've been averaging 20.8 mpg with our 2007 DGC, in a mix of suburban and highway driving. We bought it used a around 6 weeks ago, and this gas mileage is for 2,222 miles.
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Old 04-27-2008, 08:44 AM
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Default RE: Gas Mileage on a 05 Dodge Grand Caravan V6.

We just bought an '06 Grand Caravan in January - an our mileage also sucks! We too had a Venture before purchasing the Grand Caravan, and I can't believe the difference! We're getting between 11 to 14 mpg in the city, and the BEST I've gotten on the highway so far is 20.5 mpg - a far cry from the approx. 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway that we used to get with the Venture!

My mechanic has checked a bunch of things out, but can't find a mechanical reason for the low mileage - all I can say is, that with gas here at $1.20 per litre ($4.50 per USG) and anticipated to go up to $1.50 (or $5.67!) this summer, I feel your pain!!
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Old 07-13-2009, 01:55 PM
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Default '06 Caravan Extremely Poor MPG

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We just bought an '06 Grand Caravan in January - an our mileage also sucks! We too had a Venture before purchasing the Grand Caravan, and I can't believe the difference! We're getting between 11 to 14 mpg in the city, and the BEST I've gotten on the highway so far is 20.5 mpg - a far cry from the approx. 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway that we used to get with the Venture!

My mechanic has checked a bunch of things out, but can't find a mechanical reason for the low mileage - all I can say is, that with gas here at $1.20 per litre ($4.50 per USG) and anticipated to go up to $1.50 (or $5.67!) this summer, I feel your pain!!

Did you ever determine why your MPG sucks so bad?

I just bought my wife a 2006 Grand Caravan with the V6 and it has consistenly gotten about 10-11 MPG in the city!!! The first time I drove it I filled it up from about slap empty and put 15 gallons in it and it got 192 miles on the tank, and the second time I put 17 gallons in it and got about 210 miles out of it.

It has:
brand new tires
the wheels turn freely (jacked it up and I can roll them easily and it coasts fine in neutral, so brakes aren't sticking)
doesnt smell like gas anyway, so it isnt leaking.
no check engine lights
idles/runs fine - no missing etc...

My fear is to take it somewhere and paying them to throw parts at it.

Sure, I could do a tune-up, but I dont expect a tune up to double or even triple the gas mileage. I mean, how the hell does a vehicle thats supposed to get double the mileage that its currently getting and not have a check engine light on?

Dying for suggestions. Trading it in on a jap car is already being considered
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Old 07-14-2009, 06:08 AM
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Style of driving is critical to better mileage.
Here's a link to a older post.
Good info.
http://dodgeforum.com/forum/dodge-ca...s-mileage.html

Good Luck,
Tom
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Old 07-14-2009, 03:26 PM
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Default Gas Mileage

Don't feel too bad, my '96 with 3.3 liter (158 HP) gets right at 18.0 MPG city and maybe 24 MPG at 70 MPH-75 MPH highway. I had a '92 Pontiac Transport with the 3.8 liter V6 and she did right at 20.0 City and 25 MPG highway. I would have bought another Transport but they dropped the 3.8 liter engine in favor of the 3.4 liter and then of course Dodge came out with the second side door. All in all I am happy and it does do better than my son-in-laws 2003 Durango (hauls more as well).
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Old 07-15-2009, 10:46 AM
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I guess you guys dont get the point - it gets 10 MILES PER GALLON!
Not 12, not 15, not 20, and it sure as hell doesn't even get 25.

I don't care if you drive it in 1st gear all day, it should get better than 10 MPG.

I get 12 MPG when I pull the damn thing behind by Chevrolet Avalanche!

This piece of crap is going to the crusher as soon as I can find a Toyota Sienna.

I hope Chysler goes bankrupt, and at 1/3rd the price of a Toyota Sienna or any other Jap mini-van, the Grand Caravan is still overpriced!
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Old 08-13-2009, 07:02 PM
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Does anyone have any thoughts about replacing the stock air filter with a K&N?
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Old 08-14-2009, 12:38 AM
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Can it be EGR? /If sensor triggers EGR it can start to work by safe table which leads to a higher fuel consumption. I think it is something with electronic fuel injection. What can trigger EGR? Missfire, uncontrolable air in air intake system (leads to missfire), knock sensor, O2 sensor. I think...
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Old 08-14-2009, 09:36 AM
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Default To the crusher!

The worst day of a man's life is the day he buys a Dodge, the best day is the last day he owns it.

The 2006 10 MPG Dodge Grand Caravan is gone!

I now own a 2005 Toyota Sienna XLE that gets 19.9 MPG.

I suggest you guys follow suit and dump your Dodge's while you can.

After driving that piece of crap, and now driving a Toyota Sienna I realize that driving a minivan doesn't have to feel like riding a suspension-less gocart on seats that feel like your grandma's couch. I mean what the hell, do you have to go full retard to get a engineering job at Chrysler?

If you love your family don't make them ride in such a colossal failure. Put them in a Honda Odyssey or a Toyota Sienna!
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Old 09-04-2009, 08:50 AM
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elton, what did you get on the trade in? I want to trade my 05 GC SXT too....
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Old 09-04-2009, 09:37 AM
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They gave me $5,600 and I snatched it up! Its now on the lot for $7990.

My Toyota Sienna with damn near 300hp gets 21 MPG.

Screw a Dodge Caravan!
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Old 09-04-2009, 10:14 AM
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wow! this van value really depreciates! Wonder what they will give me for my sxt with 20K miles.

How do you like your new toyota?
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Old 09-14-2009, 09:27 PM
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Default I must be lucky.

I've got an '05 GC with the 3.8L. I get about 18 city, 24-25 hwy at 70mph. It averages out with the ratio of city to hwy at about 20.8 mpg.

Got 84,000 on it and it's never had a tuneup. I've replaced the plugs but that's about it.

The worst mileage I've ever had in a Dodge was actually my '97 Dakota. I think I had one of 10 ever produced with the 2.5L 4 banger. Just way too under powered for that chassis. Even with a manual, it was always just working too hard. I might have gotten 18-19 hwy with that thing.
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Old 09-16-2009, 12:35 AM
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Default 21 mpg

I am getting average 21 MPG on my 05 Caravan SXT. It is city/highway mixed and always 5 people inside. I just don't push pedal to the metal. I'm driving this thing once a week to other side of the Hawaii island that 100 miles away from my home and have altitude changes from 50 to 2500 feet. Still getting those 21 mpg.
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Old 09-25-2009, 09:43 PM
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Default 05 grand caravan bad mpg

I just bought this 05 gc with an 3.8 in Aug 09 it has 52000 mi it gets 12-14 mpg in town with air on. We traded in a 02 Jeep gc 4x4 it was getting 15-16 in town with air on. Both were driven by same person. No codes showing up with light or code reader.
I am disappointed in the buy.
I am going to change thermostat It reads less than 1/2 on temperature gauge.
Anyone have any ideas about this?
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Old 09-29-2009, 09:34 PM
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I've got a 05 Grand Caravan w/3.3L (52,000 +/-). I get 17-18 MPG (no a/c on - driver only) around town and 24-25 (a/c on - 1 driver+5 pass) on the highway. Just coming back from Atlantic City this weekend I was averaging 90MPH (no a/c on - driver + 2 pass) and still got 25MPG. If you are getting 10 MPG something is wrong with the van or the Douche connector.
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Old 09-30-2009, 12:51 AM
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Hmmm.....Is this a trip computer's reading or miles/gal math? Try to calculate actual mileage. Fill up the tank, null trip odometer. When you will be empty fill it up again and see how much fuel you got (15-16 gal).Than take numbers from trip odometer and divide them on number of galons you just put in. This is gonna be your actual mileage. If it less than 20 do next:

- inflate tires to proper pressure
- check/replace air filter
- pour in tank fuel injector cleaner drive full tank and measure mileage after that.

if still less than 20 do next:

- check/replace spark plugs
- change oil with sinthetic blend
- check brakes to see that pads are not stucked and calipers work smooth.

What gas station you do use? Chevron, Shell are your friends. They have additives that clean your engine. Proven on my cars. I was filling up at chevron and was getting 26 MPG on my Toyota Cressida. Then I gave it to my father in-law and he was "saving" money on ARCO. He was getting 19 MPG top.

You can easely add 2-3 MPG by changing you driving attitude. Remeber - avoid driving that require friquent braking, I mean do not accelerate to much if you know that you have to stop at next light. Accelerate gradualy, not rapidly.

I hope you will fix your mileage.
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Old 09-30-2009, 07:14 AM
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I am going to change thermostat It reads less than 1/2 on temperature gauge.
Anyone have any ideas about this?
That's the normal temperature range my my GC. My gauge reads just below 1/2.
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Old 10-06-2009, 06:29 PM
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That's the normal temperature range my my GC. My gauge reads just below 1/2.
It's very handy at times to document your vehicle's particulars / nuances. Examples are:
- Temperature Gauge: Where is the needle under normal operating conditions?
Mine is the width of the tip of the needle below the mid point indicator.
- Oil Pressure Gauge: Where is the needle under normal operating conditions?
Don't have one in my Van. Do have one in my Jeep though - two widths of the end of the needle above the mid point.
- Battery Charging Gauge: Where is the needle under normal operating conditions? Don't have one in my Van. On my Jeep, it's at the mid point, or slightly above, normally.
- What's the normal RPM at 110 kms/hr. This one gets looked at a lot just to see how things are working.
On my Van, it's 2200 and on my Jeep, it's 2000.
- What are the radio settings? When you disconnect the battery, you will need to reset these maybe.
- What's the typical gas mileage on a trip? This helps determine if your engine is performing as it used to, and to ease your expectations.
- What tire pressures are being maintained?
- What are the colors of the various fluids in your vehicle? If you see red fluid in the snow, what does that tell you (likely transmission or power steering fluid)? Blue or yellow fluid (likely windshield washer fluid)?
- What's the tread depth of your tires at various points in time? When is replacement anticipated?
- When was your air filter last changed? When is the next one due? Similar for oil changes, grease, belts, pvc valves, battery, spark plugs, ignition wires, coolant, etc.
- When is the next safety inspection due?
- When is re-registration due?
And the list goes on ....

Gas mileage on 2002 GC Sport 3.3L, with steady driving, not much wind wind, not loaded down much, on the highway, mild day is about 27 to 28 miles per Imperial gallon at or slightly above the speed limit. X by .83 to get American #s. You from Nova Scotia, MikHalifax?
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