really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,312 miles

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problem #12

Apr 202011


  • 20,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Dodge Caravan. While driving approximately 5 mph the contact heard a squeaking sound in the front drivers side while depressing the accelerator pedal. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician stated the brake pads needed to be replaced. After the brake pads were replaced the failure continued to occur. The vehicle was taken to the dealer twice. The technicians stated the sound was caused by the brakes and was due to the design of the brakes. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 20,000.

- Millersville, MD, USA

problem #11

May 052011


  • 170,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Dodge Caravan. The contact was driving and when he attempted to slow down, the brake pedal extended to the floorboard. The vehicle was taken to a repair shop where the contact was informed that the brake fluid pipe was corroded and the brake fluid leaked out. The vehicle was being repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The current and failure mileages were approximately 170,000.

- Oak Park, IL, USA

problem #10

Dec 022009

Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 138,830 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Dodge Caravan. While driving and turning the steering wheel it seemed as if the power steering malfunctioned. The vehicle was towed to a local repair shop. The mechanic advised her that the tension and idle pulley failed and needed to be replaced. Furthermore, she noticed a squeaking noise which she presumed was in the brake area when the brakes were engaged and occasionally failed to stop the vehicle. She spoke with a representative where she purchased the vehicle; however, he test drove the vehicle and advised her that there were no problems with the brakes. The vehicle has not been repaired. The manufacturer or an authorized dealer have not been notified. The current and failure mileages were approximately 138,830. Updated 4/30/10 transmission fluid was leaking. Updated 06/28/10

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #9

Nov 022008


  • miles
I have a 2000 Dodge Caravan. I had been friend borrow it for the weekend. When she returned it, she told me she lost the brakes. She brought it to a shop and they fixed the brake line. They told her the whole brake line needs to be replaced. My brakes are very low. They are below the gas pedal when pushed to stop. I feel there is a big problem with this year.

- Glenside, PA, USA

problem #8

Sep 192008


  • 55,000 miles
I purchased a 2008 Dodge Caravan about 2 years ago from elite motors in victorville. The car was not smoked at the time of purchase and had to be done so about 1 month later. They said they had a hard time getting it to pass and then it passed but when I got it back I smogged it and it failed. Elite motos said they would work with me on resolving things but they never did. Since I've had the vehicle there has been a loud slapping noise coming from the air conditioner, the fuel pump has been replaced, two tires have blown, several sets of front break pads have been replaced, 2 battery's have been replaced, and within the last month both front and rear brakes/master brake cylinder/calipers/water pump/radiator has been replaced. My car is again in the shop because my engine light and air bag lights have come on, there are no brake lights, and my car was hesitating and loosing power intermittently with a clunking coming from the engine. My mechanic tells me that I will need a new engine. Also, the vehicle was involved in an accident a few months ago. I had asked geiko if when they did the body work - would they also look for things mechanically wrong just to make sure everything was O.K. they said they would, the shop (performance in victorville said they would and gave me a business card of the guy they refer things out to but they never did? point of impact is listed at 6. rear.

- Victorville, CA, USA

problem #7

Aug 012001

Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The brake master cylinder failed, the brake line leaked, the transmission malfunctioned, the front axle and caliper pads/rotors broke spilling ball joint into the street. There were also screeching sounds, odor(s), vibrations, the steering wheel did not function properly, and the A/C failed.

- Hudson, FL, USA

problem #6

Apr 272004


  • miles
While driving 70 mph consumer applied the brakes and pedal went to the floor. Consumer was able to maintain control of the vehicle, drove it to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic could not duplicate the problem. Also, driver informed the mechanic that windshield wipers came on and off on their own.

- Clarksville, TN, USA

problem #5

Jan 292004

Caravan 6-cyl

  • 13,360 miles
While backing out of the garage brake pedal went to the floor, and vehicle continued to roll until it hit a brick wall and stopped. Vehicle was towed to the dealer, and dealer could not resolve the problem.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #4

Aug 042003


  • 70,100 miles
Consumer stated on Aug. 4 2003, due to brake failure the vehicle was involved in a rear end collision with another vehicle. Consumer was not injured in the accident, but none of the air bags deployed. The air bag warning light did not work either.

- Hayward, CA, USA

problem #3

May 062003

(reported on)


  • 95,000 miles
The brakes needed to be changed every 30,000 miles. The dealer stated the brakes showed extreme wear and tear.

- Chaffee, MO, USA

problem #2

Mar 272003

Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,450 miles
My 2000 Dodge Caravan with only 29,450 miles developed a severe vibration in the steering wheel accompanied by a disconcerting noise when braking. Prior to the vibration developing, I noticed the braking power had diminished. Upon investigation, I found the brake fluid was below the minimum level and had to add fluid. This improved the brake pedal performance but the stopping power was still subpar. Also, whenever I wash the vehicle there has always been a tremendous amount of black brake dust on and around the front wheels which raises environmental concerns for me. I took the car to the dealer who found the front brake pads were worn out and the front rotors were rusted, pitted, and slightly warped. Even though the car is only 2 1/2 years old and had only 29,450 miles, daimler Chrysler refused any warranty consideration on the brakes. I had to pay nearly $300 for repairs. When I called the daimler Chrysler consumer hotline, I was given the impression that this condition was considered "normal." The minivan is driven gently with about 70% of the mileage being in-town driving and about 30% highway driving. On previous vehicles I have owned, the average life of front brakes has been about 85,000 miles. Needless to say I am concerned about the safety my family in the vehicle if the brakes are designed with such poor durability.

- Canton, OH, USA

problem #1

May 022002


  • miles
Consumer states that the brakes on the vehicle are not working properly. The brake pads have worned down to the point where it is metal against metal. Contacted dealer three times already and the dealer has tried to remedy the problem but without any success.

- Upper Marlboro, MD, USA