It's flat impossible to not end up behind someone on the road. Don't be stupid.
What the god damn fuck did Dodge do to get that unreliable heap of shit onto a best selling platform list? 160,000 miles, immaculate service, never abused, and the transmission is FUCKED.
The Fords? One has 300K, one has 200K, one has 194K, all three have perfect gearboxes and none of them have been rebuilt. The one with 300K has been beat on and neglected as well, and on top of that it's ten years older.
Fuck Caravans. they're disposable heaps of shit.
Then why is mine sitting in my driveway with no fourth gear and burnt transmission fluid when the Fords we have work flawlessly? We have one F150 with 300,000 miles on it, another F150 that just past 200K, and a '97 Explorer with 194K on it's original powertrain. All three run flawlessly. The '96 Caravan with 160K on the clock? NO FOURTH GEAR FOR YOOUUU!
Looking past the Ultradrive failure, the engine runs like ass. It misfires, it stumbles, it has no power, it's sometimes hard to start. The ignition switch is going out as well, sometimes you have to jiggle it to get the van to power up. It's got a parasitic drain too, killed a brand new battery in two weeks of sitting. When it was running it only averaged 14-16MPG, no better than the Fords can muster. It barely revved past 4500 when you buried it, just fell flat on it's face. There was no power to speak of. Every bushing was clunking like crazy, the axles were popping, the dome light didn't work, the driver's side power window didn't work properly(REAL slow to roll up), T the seat position memory didn't work, the power mirrors didn't work, the headlights were so dim they might as well not be there at all, the paint is flaking off in six inch chunks, the gauges don't work when it's cold, it creeps around like the throttle can't close more than 25%, the parking brake needs to be jammed to the firewall if it is to hold the engine back, and there's numerous shot body seals that make it whistle like crazy on the freeway. Lastly, the head liner is collapsing and several of the doors covering the storage containers up front have literally fallen off to the point you can't use them.
And don't get me started on the 'comfort'. There is none for the driver. The steering wheel isn't centered with the seat, there's no legroom for someone 6' tall, the dashboard doesn't hardly tell you a damn thing(Fuel, water temp, RPM, speed, PRNDL status, that's it? Where's my oil pressure? Where's my amperes? Where's my tranny oil temp?). The seat reminds me of those desks they have in high schools. The seatbelts try to strangle me. The airbag in the steering wheel is so big it obscures what precious few gauges you do have if it is turned more than 90º or so. Oh, and getting to the parking brake is an exercise in contortionism, and releasing it ends up with the hood ajar as often as it doesn't thanks to Dodge's bright idea to put the hood release where you expect the parking brake release to be.
Chrysler minivans are disposable junkheaps that were built to warranty. Once you get past the warranty you're supposed to trade it in/scrap it and buy the new model. They have all the longevity of an ice cube in the middle of the Sahara, and I wouldn't buy one if you held me at gunpoint and ordered me to. If I want a van I'll buy a Chevy Astro, mainly because those things will last forever. They're just a longbed regular cab Silverado underneath the van body, and I've NEVER heard anyone say those were unreliable.
If you're wondering how we acquired the Caravan, relax, we didn't buy that heap. It was given to us for free by my grandfather on my mom's side. He bought a '98, didn't need the '96, and we were relying on my 300K+ mile F150 for EVERYTHING. The only 'cost' was putting me on a bus to Florida and then driving the van back. Funnily enough, aside from some clunking and flaking paint, it ran fine on the trip up. But it started falling apart within three months of getting it to Tennessee.