1997 Dodge Caravan fancy LE model w/premium VMI mobility conversion
63,000 miles
Current Price: $14,900
THIS CERTIFIED VEHICLE INCLUDES: 6 MONTH/6,000 MILE WARRANTY  

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Highlights of This Van:

Has long list of new and recent mechanical service (apx. $4,000). This is in addition to cost of extensive cosmetic rejuvenation

Please look closely at the photos: this is immaculate in every way

Highly equipped LE model, details below

Extensive mobility conversion, with extras, accommodates most users

You may like to know:   a similar, but newer and more highly equipped, minivan is currently in the midst of rejuvenation and "Certification".  You can learn about it via this link...

 

Options and Equipment

THE VAN:  This began as a very well-equipped, upper trim level, LE model Grand Caravan with the medium-size 3.3 liter 6 cylinder motor.  The LE features are on less than 10% of all Caravans.  As a result, in addition to common power and convenience features such as power windows, locks, mirrors, tilt, cruise, etc., it also has features and options due to the LE package such as:  upgraded interior and exterior trim including fancy cloth upholstery; overhead console with trip computer, compass etc.; custom hand-painted pin striping; top-level "Infinity" CD sound system; Dual heat and A/C; and much more.

MOBILITY: This was converted when new by a division of the industry leader Ricon.  It is called a VMI, which stands for Vantage Mobility Industries (Ricon).  They design, engineer and convert thousands of vans each year in a state-of-the-art facility.  I prefer these Ricon made vans versus the Braun, by a small margin.  The exact style, fit and finish of the conversion is a bit nicer than the Braun-built vans. 

* Deeply lowered floor (apx 11 inches): lots of headroom and clearance for all

* Easily removable front seats: allows parking a wheelchair in either front location

* Most desirable style of ramp, which is this 'in-floor' style: does not block doorway when stowed

*  Kneeling suspension: makes ramp angle very gentle

* Extensive choices as to where to anchor the chair

* power sliding door: is very convenient

* multiple switches locations for door/ramp/suspension: versatile and accommodating of your needs

* optional wireless remote control for door/ramp/suspension: makes loading/unloading extra easy

Dimensions, capacity and specifications:

Please feel free to email or call me with any such questions. I will gladly assist with anything you wish to know. I have discovered that due to the unique way each person evaluates, measures and expresses their needs, I can be most helpful regarding this subject if we communicate directly.  

 History of Ownership

Has had only two owners, of approximately equal duration

History of Care

It is wonderful that I have an extensive history of care on this van. Often, due to circumstances causing wheelchair vans to be sold, there are no records available or to be found.  However, this was sold to me by the lady who had owned it for many years and she gave me extensive records. Wow, this van has been taken great care of, plus all that has been done here.  Please see below for a list of recently serviced items, in addition to an extensive list of care performed during my rejuvenation/certification process.

Certified

This vehicle is 'CERTIFIED': There are a combined 76 mechanical and cosmetic aspects  included in the Wheelchair Van Oasis "Certification" process.   A foundational step of the rejuvenation process is that each vehicle receives an extensive inspection by an objective, independent  third-party service and repair facility.  Suggested service, repairs and improvements are then performed by various professional specialists.   The  result is your assurance  that each of the 76 aspects  meets  or exceeds the condition level of good, or satisfactory

For details regarding list of 76 cosmetic and mechanical aspects, please click here.

Each van does of course have various elements which exceed the promised level of good, or
satisfactory, which the "Certified" program assures.  Some are brand new improvements performed during rejuvenation.  And others are obvious service or repairs performed recently, prior to my ownership.  As for those, I only list here those positives which are certain, based on my either having a receipt, and/or due to being obvious to the inspecting-mechanic.  I refer to these as  "NEW OR RECENTLY SERVICED ASPECTS".  As for this vehicle:

New:  oil and lube; power door lock service; new wiper blades; new serpentine belt; new water pump; cooing system service and flush; new rear brakes; new power steering pump; mobility components serviced

Recent: fuel system cleaned; several oil and lube; new tires; transmission service;  valve cover gasket; new alternator; rear airbag for kneeling suspension; tires balanced; alignment; new fuel pump: new rubber motor mount

Approximate retail value/cost of above items: $4,000.  This is in addition to cost of extensive cosmetic rejuvenation

Carfax Report Summary

(Carfax is a widely used database which indicates the history of a vehicle including accidents, prior owners, etc.)

There are no 'red flags' such as anything indicating: flood, major accident, structural damage, airbags deployed, etc.  It shows none of that.

You Might Like To Know...

* Each of my vans has a superb paint sealant as the final step of the extreme detail. If you were to have a professional apply a treatment the cost would be several hundred dollars.

* Caravan is essentially the same vehicle as its cousins, which are Chrysler Town & Country and Plymouth Voyager.

Summary of this Gem

In addition to being "Certified", following extensive rejuvenation by various professionals, this van has so much going for it: very low miles; only two owners; long list of new and recent care; top-level mobility conversion.  This is a wonderful lowered floor minivan, by any measure.

Very gentle ramp angle makes loading and unloading very easy
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This is what ramp looks like when stowed...it disappears! This "In-Floor" style ramp is optional and preferred by most folks compared to the style which blocks doorway when stowed. This style also has benefit of being virtually silent when driving, whereas other style tends to rattle and squeak a bit.
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Seating for three in the rear  (notice deeply lowered floor)
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Includes original owners manual for the van as well as the mobility conversion.  And I even have the original brochure...which is neat to have!
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Passenger direct side

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Passenger front

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Passenger side rear
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Drivers side view
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Drivers rear
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See spare tire mounted inside, was an aspect of mobility conversion
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Various straps and belts included
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Drivers area
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Top-level sound system and front and rear ventilation system controls
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super low miles
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Switches mounted on dash for ramp, power door and kneeling suspension
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Super sound from the optional 10 speaker, high output "Infinity" CD sound system
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See the deeply lowered floor
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3.3 engine has plenty of power and gets into the 20's for mpg
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Passenger front area
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This shows suspension in normal upright position, as when driving
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Both front seats are easily removable if you want to drive from wheelchair or park wheelchair in front passenger space
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This shows the rear suspension in the "kneeled" mode which makes load/unload ramp angle more gentle
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It takes only seconds to remove either or both of the front seats, if you choose to do so. Wheels are attached to the rear, so you can easily roll this seat out and into your garage when not in use.
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It takes only seconds to remove either or both of the front seats, if you choose to do so. Wheels are attached to the rear, so you can easily roll this seat out and into your garage when not in use.
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Notice vents in ceiling for rear ventilation system.  Also you may be able to see small speakers (included with the premium sound system) mounted high in the rear of the interior rear trim panels.
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This angle makes very clear and obvious the deeply lowered floor, which creates suitable or generous headroom and clearance...not only for benefit of person in wheelchair, but also makes occupancy much easier for friends and family too.
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Nearly new tires
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In-floor ramp is wonderful as it in no way impedes the doorway when it is stowed
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Remote on left is for operating the power ramp, power door and kneeling suspension.  Remote on right is the original one for the door locks and alarm panic button
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Adjustable roof rack is part of the fancy LE package of features
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If desired, this key operates the door, ramp and kneel
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This interior switch will operate the ramp, door and kneel also.
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* I apologize for any unclear photos. At times, the conditions make a clear photo impossible.

If you would like more information or to see and drive this vehicle,
please call Rick at 541-973-7377.