So i'm giving away a 1987 Dodge Caravan. You'll need a trailer and possibly a winch to get it up onto the trailer. If there's more than one person seriously interested i'd consider offers above zero to hold it for you, I mean i'm half inclined to cut out the catalytic and pull off the tires which are likely sellable - I could do that and have it hauled away still slightly money ahead - but i'd prefer the vehicle to go to someone who intends to repair and drive it again because it's NOT a derelict. It was garaged more than half of it's life, one owner car, no accidents, no major (ie powertrain) problems, the body is surprisingly nice for a 34 year old minivan in Minnesota, the 141k miles is not excessive (i'm sure if minor things were fixed it would go another 60k) and the 4 cylinder knocked down 20mpg city just like the new minivans. (though hwy mpg is only 20)
The downside - it just has multiple smaller things I no longer have the time, energy, motivation, or will to fix. I spent over $1000 (for parts, tabs, sitting insurance) since the right rear drum piston seized to hold onto it or for repair parts that never made it into there with the intent on fixing it to run again afterall, and i'd spent another $1000 in the year before on replacement carburetor and tires for it, I mean the rest of the van I thought was worth holding onto trying to fix so I hate to see it go - but the simple fact is I already have three other cars now needing fixing, i'm going to have to move from my home soon prob before spring thaw, and this is the vehicle I have the least demand for. Also I want to handle this before things get snowed in making it harder. Someone willing to fix brakes, fuel pump, and a few other minor things (like a window crank fell off, the speakers crackle badly, the AC is out of charge) could have a nice van for awhile. The body is too nice to just junk IMHO.
I'll shut up and share some pictures. If youre interested contact me and tell me your interest, again I was hoping to give it to a fixer not a scrapper or i'm tempted to cut the cat out and scrap it myself. Also possibly of interest is it has the I think it's somewhat rare folding rear bed - instead of a 7 passenger it's a 5 passenger and the rear seat folds down to make a sleeping surface that would be great for someone car camping or similar, that was actually one of the reasons I kept it. The seat is temporarily out of the vehicle in the pictures (as I was hauling stuff in the rear before the drum seized) but will go with the van - or I could even sell it separately if someone wanted just that since that's the nicest seat in the interior.
Other pictures here:
Tires are mostly unworn (but are older/I dont see weatherchecking yet but they wont last forever)
No battery now
Body very good for an MN/mostly garaged, window glass really nice
Interior some dirt and problems tho under the plastic front cover its pretty nice for instance, the fold-a-bed rear seat is nicer and less worn
2.6L Mitsubishi 4cyl, 3 speed automatic
Will include some parts that were in progress for the rear brakes, perhaps a repair manual, I should still have the title, I might even have service records somewhere
I think I have a new radiator for it - that probably gets sold separately though. It didn't need it at the time, my dad just bought one off a mechanic friend cuz someone had the part for sale and it was brand new unused stockpiled but I have no other use for it so was deciding what to do with the part.
- the right rear brake seized which forced me to not use it for like 5 years or i'd have never stopped
- sometime during that period I think the fuel pump died, it was starting and running fine (the carbs on the 2.6L are normally a bit trouble prone, but I had mine replaced with a good running one - the old carb which would need rebuilding can be included as I have no use for it)
- a minor fuel leak in the rubber hose near the fuel tank started dripping and let gas out this year, one of the final straws that made me decide to stop trying to fix it. It's mostly empty and I don't really want to play the game of fill it up with gas and try to start it - but it was running fine before what I assume was fuel pump failure maybe two years back when I finally had a chance to start working on (but didnt finish) the brakes (as I realized it wouldn't be instantly running after the brakes were fixed and went to a different vehicle), i'd been keeping Pri-G in there and topped off new gas for startups twice a year previously.
- there was a minor transmission fluid leak, that's gone on for years but it never had a problem just topping up the fluid and driving it for the 30,000 miles that I drove it after inheriting it. I'm sure most of the fluid leaked out by now since I stopped topping it up as I wasn't driving it for multiple years.
Hell i'd half consider giving it to someone to buy it back in the future if it was fixed and I got rid of some other cars because I know it's history and it was a good little van, just no highway power, no overdrive and other minor quirks. But I have nowhere to park/I have too darn many cars needing fixing or inherited and am tired of throwing money at it trying to hold onto everything.