really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
36,995 miles

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problem #57

Aug 092009


  • 92,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Dodge Caravan. While driving approximately 2 mph the contact suddenly noticed a loud noise coming from under the vehicle. Upon examining the vehicle the contact noticed that the transmission fluid was heavily leaking onto the ground underneath the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealership where the contact was informed that the failure was due to the transmission pin. The vehicle had not repaired at the time of the complaint. The failure mileage was 92000.

- Farmington, ME, USA

problem #56

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 #55

Jan 272006

Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles
One day on my way to work (about 10 miles from my house) I was going approximately 55 mph when the transmission slammed into second gear and would not shift into another gear. I had my van towed to a shop and it was two sensors in the transmission. The very next day I went to get my van I went to work the van seemed to run like new, and then when I got off of work I rolled down my power window on the drivers side and the window would not roll back up! to have the two sensors fixed was around two hundred dollars and to get the window fixed was one hundred and twenty five dollars and that part for the window was the regulator and the motor, for a new part was like three hundred dollars, I got one used. It has been six months since I got these things replaced and now they are both broke again! the sensors and the drivers side window motor and regulator. I do have the parts that are defective now but I do not have the parts from before.

- Beloit, WI, USA

problem #54

Aug 072004

Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,325 miles
2000 Dodge Caravan with only 56,000 miles had to be towed because the transmission broke down and had to be replaced for a total of $$2250. Then on 1/11/06 it happened again. We had to have a new torque converter plus all the other parts replaced again. We have maintained this vehicle according to the manual and it had to be fixed at the closest transmission repair shop. I have contacted Dodge about this, and they have denied any responsibility and refused to hear of this complaint. The mechanic rutland transmissions (281) 350-1365 told us that he sees many of these Dodge Caravan with the same problem. He told us that he sees many of these vans with similar transmissions needing replacements that go bad around the time that mine did. This is really a horrible problem that Dodge will no realize. What can be done with this kind of problem that seems to happen right after the van is paid for. We did not get the extended warranty thinking that nothing like this would ever happen. Can you help? I would appreciate this very much. I can fax the repair invoices if you need them. This is why people are going with Japanese cars which prove that american isn't as dependable.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #53

Dec 032005

Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 101,000 miles
: the contact stated while driving at 40 mph, the transmission failed without prior warning. The transmission pin fell out and transmission locked, causing the vehicle to stall. The vehicle received regular and routine maintenance. The road conditions were clear with no road hazards or debris. The vehicle was towed to the contacts residence. The dealer determined the transmission pin fell out without inspecting the vehicle.

- Wallagrass, ME, USA

problem #52

Nov 252005

Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 73,090 miles
Contact states vehicle can be changed from any gear without pressing the brake. The contact's son got into the vehicle while it was running. Took it out of gear without holding the brakes, which resulted in the vehicle crashing through a garage door. At this time the vehicle has not been checked to see why the vehicle will go into gear without pressing the brakes.

- New Auburn , WI, USA

problem #51

May 152005

Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,600 miles
With 79,000 miles the transmission went into safe mode and locked in 2nd gear. Repair shop hooked vehicle up to diagnostics and vehicle will need a transmission rebuild. Vehicle has a history of transmission leaks and transmission lines letting go dating back to first year of ownership. A transmission service (at several hundred dollars) was completed in February at 74,000 miles. Owned 96 Caravan -transmission failed at 51,000 miles. Was assured by salesperson and service manager that transmission on 2000 was a complete redesign or I would not have purchased a second Caravan.

- Islip Terrace, NY, USA

problem #50

Mar 262005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,900 miles
While driving at approximately 30 mph, ring and pinion sheared off, causing the vehicle to coast. There was no power to generate gears for moving.the transmission let go at the same time. All this happened without warning. Vehicle was currently out of warranty. Transmission blew a hole into and through entire transmission.

- Walpole, MA, USA

problem #49

Feb 252005


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Sometimes while driving at times my van (automatic 4-cylinder 2000 Caravan), it will continuously shift, making the van fell like its pulling and giving/jerky (**scary when this happens**). the van will shake(vibrate). The gas pedal even vibrates. The van sounds loud(front area of car), my son says it sounds like a race car.he gets scared. The wheels seems to be hugging/gripping the ground( another way to describe it, it feels as if gravity was pulling the car downward). The van seems to lose power, and pressing the gas pedal makes the rumbling noise (engine?) louder.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #48

Feb 072005

Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,003 miles
We had 3-transmission failures in our 1990 Grand Caravan at <72K miles, which Dodge handled reasonably well. Our 2000 Grand Caravan sport had to have its solenoid pack replaced today at ~50K miles, so I suspect a transmission is in its short term future as well. Iv'E read all sorts of horror stories regarding safety issues during these transmission failures, I.e., drive lines puching through cases, etc.. what is being done about this" isn't a company every liable for its products? my understanding was that the transmissions were fixed, or I never would have bought another Caravan, especially if a safety issue was involved. Is this a safety isssue or not"

- Beaverton, OR, USA

problem #47

Dec 012004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles
Consumer states that transmission failed at 65,000 miles. As a result, vehicle became inoperable.

- Hoffman Estates, IL, USA

problem #46

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 #45

Dec 102004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,565 miles
While driving 55 mph transmission failed. As a result, vehicle shut down.

- Perry, NY, USA

problem #44

Oct 012004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,000 miles
The rear end pin snapped while the consumer was traveling at 45 mph. The vehicle had to be towed and the transmission had to be replaced.

- Mountain City, TN, USA

problem #43

Oct 202004

Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
While driving, there was a lot of smoke coming from underneath the vehicle. The vehicle continued to run. The consumer was advised by the mechanic not to drive the vehicle, because all the fluids had leaked out. The transmission failed in the consumers vehicle. Fluid leaked out a hole blown in the casing but the consumer was still able to drive serveral miles.

- Liverpool, NY, USA

problem #42

Oct 292002

Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,000 miles
I have had 4 complete transmission failures with my 2000 Caravan: 2 ofwhich required a complete rebuild and 2 of which required entirely new units (transmissions) and new cv axles as a result of the transmission locking up. The worse of the 4 times was on thanksgiving 2002, less than 2 weeks after a factory rebuild where the front wheels locked up while on the interstate. 3 of 4 repairs were completed at a Chrysler/Dodge dealership. The 4th and so far final repair was completed at a local transmission shop and it has lasted the longest, over 22,000 miles. After looking on the internet, there are so many complaints about Caravan transmissions. I really feel that this warrants a defect investigation. Please help all of us people who have dumped $30,000 into junk. This is not an isolated incident. I have much more specifics I would like to provide, but this form is limited to 2000 characters.... my original submission contained 3,493 characters so it has been trunkated to fit in the space allotted.

- Valdosta, GA, USA

problem #41

Jul 072004


  • 65,000 miles
Consumer is able to shift the vehicle out of park without depressing the brake pedal. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #40

May 052004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,000 miles
While the was in park, a child was able to shift the vehicle out of park without one's foot on the brake.

- Monroe City, MO, USA

problem #39

May 012004

Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,000 miles
Dodge Caravan 2000, we've had our transmission failed 3 times, and had it to Dodge three times to be fixed. With no results always same problems. Van with not go into park. Drive, etc.. very dangerous !!

- Lawrenceburg, IN, USA

problem #38

Apr 212004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 81,211 miles
When attempt was made to proceed forward from stopped position, the van failed to move. After several attempts the van was taken home. Upon inspecting, transmission oil had leaked out. Transmission fluid was put back in to drive the van to a mechanic. The technician informed the owner that a pin inside the casing slips out during a percentage of miles. Once this happens, the pinion teeth grinds. The van had a "banner kit" installed but the problem has recurred. The consumer has attached copies of invoice

- Cornwall On Hudson, NY, USA

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