10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
6,270 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

The NHTSA is the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints can be spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem. See the Back button — blue bar at the very top of the page — to explore more.

Get notified about new defects, investigations, recalls & lawsuits for the 1996 Dodge Caravan:

Unsubscribe any time. We don't sell/share your email.

« Read the previous 20 complaints

problem #79

Feb 022001

Caravan

  • miles
While pulling out of parking lot vehicle just died, no power, consumer felt it was transmission.

- New Berlin, NY, USA

problem #78

Dec 202000

Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission shifts to 2nd gear with no warning and stays there until car is turned off and then on again.

- Kinnelon, NJ, USA

problem #77

Dec 202000

Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission shifts to 2nd gear with no warning and stays there until car is turned off and then on again.

- Kinnelon, NJ, USA

problem #76

Jan 302001

(reported on)

Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When driving transmission slips like it is in neutral. Consumer has contacted dealer. Dealer stated parts in transmission were broken which which caused the problem.

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #75

Dec 302000

Caravan

  • miles
After driving at highway speeds the van would no longer shift out of 2nd gear.it would remain stuck in 2nd until the van was turned off/on. Upon restarting the cycle would complete. I was told by an independent mechanic that the transmission needed to be rebuilt and when I contacted Chrysler iwas told that I was on my own that they were not responsible. I informed them of the large number of documented problems with these vans and that this was a well known problem, but they insisted that there were no problems and that it was my responsibility. I have an appointment with a Dodge dealer to look at the car.

- Deltona, FL, USA

problem #74

Dec 112000

Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission fluid was leaking out on driveway. Took vehicle to dealer, and informed by mechanic that differential pin had worked loose. It was moving or swerling around inside & ruined differential/casing. Had replaced transmission with a rebuilt one.

- Milford, MA, USA

problem #73

Nov 282000

Caravan

  • miles
While driving, transmission failed. Repair shop found the transmission case had cracked with no appearant reason, causing all fluid to leak out of transmission. Dodge dealer claims this a known problem, but no help from Dodge because warranty has expired. I can't understand how a cast case can just crack if it is not a manufacturing defect.

- Grand Island, NY, USA

problem #72

Feb 172000

Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission leak.

- Fountain Hills, AZ, USA

problem #71

Nov 192000

Caravan

  • miles
While traveling at approximately 35 mph a clicking noise came from under the van. I removed my foot from the accelerator and the noise softened. I then reingaged the accelerator to resume speed at this point there was a loud noise from under the van and I observed pieces of metal and fluid exiting the rear of the van. The transmission was disengauged and I coasted about 1/8 of a mile to and area were I could safety exit the roadway.

- Frankfort, KY, USA

problem #70

Mar 012000

Caravan

  • miles
While driving about any speed transmission will loosen. Could step on fuel pedal and vehicle will not accelarate, will lose power steering into the vehicle and it will stop by itself.

- Seatac, WA, USA

problem #69

Sep 072000

Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Kewaunee, WI, USA

problem #68

Aug 272000

Caravan

  • miles
Replaced original transmission at 37,485 miles, Dodge corporation admitted to irregularity with transmission. Replaced transmission with customer $100 payment. Replaced transmission broke again with 55,000 on it due to probably same condition, vehicle has not been diagnosed as of this time. Dealer thinks is the same failure.

- Worcester, MA, USA

problem #67

Jul 171999

Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Major transmission problem with Chrysler, this is our second and last Chrysler!!

- Glen Spey, NY, USA

problem #66

Sep 221998

Caravan

  • miles
Vehicle has experienced failure of the transmission on two occasions, causing transmission slippage.

- Ft. Lauderdale, FL, USA

problem #65

Jun 272000

(reported on)

Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I received a radiator fan relay recall, could this defective relay help the major transmition seals fail" if so, is Dodge/Chrysler respnsible for the $1300 repair of the faulty transmision seals? if so, how do I file a claim with the manufacturer" the transmission repair shop claims the seal failure was due to extreme heat, he stated that the seals were very brittle, like dry noodles, nothing like the soft rubber that they should resemble.

- Avon, OH, USA

problem #64

Jun 102000

Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Auto transmission failing. Local service providers indicate chronic problem with this.

- Topeka, KS, USA

problem #63

Jun 012000

Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Chandler, AZ, USA

problem #62

Mar 212000

Caravan

  • miles
Independent mechanics have told us of many failures of transmissions and head gaskets, and they say that Dodge is paying half the cost as they did with us to avoid a recall where Dodge would have to pay the full cost of repair. Rec.

- Molalla, OR, USA

problem #61

Jun 042000

Caravan

  • miles
Defective transmission design causes the part from inside of transmission to fail, which may cause a crash.

- Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #60

Feb 132000

Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission had to be rebuilt. Lost power on interstate but family in jepordy. According to transmission repair vendor not uncommon for Dodge minivans. Please notify if there is any recourse or opportunity to file complaint with others.

- Birmingham, AL, USA

Read the next 20 complaints »