7.6

pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
6,211 miles

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problem #76

Mar 101996

Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Windshield wipers will suddenly cut off. At times, not working at all. The cause of this was undetermined.

- Eden Prairie, MN, USA

problem #75

Dec 062004

Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Windshield wipers do not function properly; intermittent mode will sometimes run constant, or will stop completely in the middle of the windshield and will not immediately come back on. Twice, in the past month, I have had to abruptly pull off the road because of not being able to see through the windshield. This is extremely dangerous and will most certainly cause an accident at some point in time, if it already hasn't. the dealership (white bear Dodge, in mn) suggested I replace the multi function switch, which I did and paid $273.45, but it did not correct the problem. Also, after very little time researching this exact problem via message boards and forums on the internet, it is quite apparent to me that this is a common problem on many year, makes and models of Dodge/Plymouth/Chrysler mini vans. I purchased this car in Nov. 2004 and have experienced this problem each time it has rained, or snowed.

- St. Paul, MN, USA

problem #74

May 012004

Caravan

  • 150,000 miles
While driving, the wiper stopped working. Upon turning the windshield washer on, they will work for a minute and then stop again. The consumer has made several repairs which has not corrected the problem. The consumer stated that traveling at 65 mph in a rain storm was dangerous. Problem still exists.

- Dauphin, PA, USA

problem #73

Jun 232003

Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles
Windshield wipers intermittently turn on by themself while driving. This occurs more frequently when the turn signal is engaged. Dealership urged consumer to replace the wiper motor arms and the BCM. The failure progressed, and currently the windshield wipers were inoperative. Tsb 083198A was issued.

- Canada, 00, USA

problem #72

Nov 012000

Caravan

  • 80,000 miles
Wipers turn on intermittently, inappropriately. Air bag light illuminated. Cruise doesn't work, horn doesn't work. Other than that, the car is in excellent condition and has been maintained well. ***dimsii IVOQ entry posted after 12/12/02 cut-over to artemis****769501

- Aloha, OR, USA

problem #71

Apr 202003

Caravan 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,000 miles
The windshield wipers failed while driving in inclement weather. The body control module was replaced.

- Wilton, WI, USA

problem #70

Feb 102003

(reported on)

Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles
The windshield wipers came on by themselves..

- Garrett, IN, USA

problem #69

Jan 172003

(reported on)

Caravan

  • miles
Vehicles' windshield wipers front/rear works intermittently or don't work at all. This results in poor visibility, and can cause an accident.

- North Windham, CT, USA

problem #68

Nov 202002

Caravan

  • miles
Intermittently the windshield wipers become inoperable obstructing the drivers view. A recall has been issued on similar makes and models, however this vehicle is not include due to the VIN dealer notified.ts

- Pliansboro, NJ, USA

problem #67

Nov 032002

Caravan

  • miles
Consumer stated that while driving and without warning the windshield wipers would come on causing a distraction to the consumer. Dealer notified

- Salt Lake City, UT, USA

problem #66

Aug 202002

(reported on)

Caravan

  • miles
First the windshield wipers come on automaticall, ythen the cruise control stops, then the horn stops working, then the airbag light comes on, now the car occasionlly doesn't start unless I adjust the steering column

- Eagan, MN, USA

problem #65

Aug 022002

Caravan

  • miles
On two of the three occasions, the windshield wipers failed to work in a rainstorm. After both incidents, the vehicle was taken to the dealership. The service technician and the mechanic witnessed the failure but it did not persist. They told me that they can't diagnose the problem until there is a total failure. I sent an E-mail to Dodge headquarters, and they said there was nothing they could do about it. What am I supposed to do" have an accident because my wipers decide to quit in a rainstorm"

- Cape Coral, FL, USA

problem #64

May 242002

Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Windshield wipers were inoperative. When driving in the rain, windshield wipers did not come on resulting in poor visibility.

- Boise, ID, USA

problem #63

Jun 102002

(reported on)

Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Windshield wipers come on involuntarily causing interference while driving. Switch is cut on and off to disengage. When manually turned off in cold weather windshield wipers stop short and block the drivers vision. Problem has gotten worse. Dealer was contacted.

- New Castle, DE, USA

problem #62

May 282002

(reported on)

Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Windshield wipers are inoperable due to defective body control module. Dealer contacted.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #61

Apr 092002

(reported on)

Caravan

  • miles
While driving in rainy weather windshield wipers becomes inoperable, and at times, when the vehicle is being driven windshield wipers will intermittently/ unexpectedly come on, cause unknown.

- Trabuco Canon, CA, USA

problem #60

Apr 012001

Caravan

  • miles
Windshield wipers work intermittently. Consumer feels this is dangerous when driving.

- Terre Haute, IN, USA

problem #59

Mar 202002

Caravan

  • miles
Airbag light was constantly on, two weeks later the horn stopped working and windshield wipers worked intermittently.

- Terre Haute, IN, USA

problem #58

Apr 012002

Caravan

  • miles
Devices on steering wheel do not work. Windshield wipers/ cruise control, and horn do not work.

- Terre Haute, IN, USA

problem #57

Mar 012002

Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving air bag light is illuminated, and horn/ cruise control are inoperative. Windshield wipers come on sporadically. Dealer was not contacted. Consumer states that service engine light will not go out, fuel pump, computer and coil pacer replaced. Also presently in the process of replacing clock spring.

- Howell, MI, USA

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