really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,400 miles

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problem #5

Aug 012003

Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
1996 Dodge Caravan suffers from intermittent "body control module". one of the possible symptoms of this failure is random failures of the windshield wipers. This failure is unpredictable and apparently widespread over several model years. The body control module is replaceable only at Chrysler dealers who charge over $700 to replace this module. They have contracted with some national service facilities to repair the modules (including "united radio" in syracuse NY) but these service facilites are contractually prohibited from performing repairs on modules submitted by anyone except daimler-Chrysler. This failure is dangerous and daimler/Chrysler is using it as a cash-cow instead of repairing it at no charge.

- Keene, NH, USA

problem #4

Jun 232003


  • 122,000 miles
While parked vehicle caught on fire without warning. Dealer notified.

- Siloam Springs, AR, USA

problem #3

Apr 202003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles
I purchased my vehicle used, and since then, the windshield wipers came on without warning, and at the oddest times. Also, my airbag light turned on and my horn stopped working because of it. Suddenly, about 3 months ago, the car started smoking. I took it to get it serviced and asked them to check the source of the smoking. The service men told me that it was because the vehicle was burning oil. I was told by other mechanics, after the fire that I describe below, that if the vehicle burns oil, the smoke would be temporary, and it would go away after it burns off. Well... it didn't, and this is what happened: On April 20th, I parked my car on the outdoor parking lot of the whole foods market, in glendale, ca. I heard an announcement over the pa, that there was an emergency in the South parking lot, and that everyone there should move their car. I was parked in the South lot. On the way out, a lady told me that there was a car on fire, and the fire dept was on its way. I continued on my way outside, and when I got to the parking lot, I saw that it was my vehicle. The fire did not burn through the firewall, but everything under the hood was destroyed. The fire dept from glendale, sent an arson investigator, since the car was parked and there had been some car fires in the area. Turns out, the arson investigator tells me, that the fire was caused by something electrical. The van did not overheat. Everything seemed fine, until the thing caught fire on Sunday.

- West Covina, CA, USA

problem #2

Feb 251998

(reported on)


  • miles
While driving vehicle caught fire for no reason. Seems to be electrical. Owner is very concerned for safety.vehicle was a total loss.

- New Orleans, LA, USA

problem #1

Sep 111997


  • miles
Consumer had been having electrical problems with vehicle. Vehicle has been in and out of the dealer for repair for the wiring and electrical unit 4 times. While the vehicle was in the possession of the dealer, it caught on fire.

- Falls Church, VA, USA