10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 miles

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problem #25

Apr 302003

(reported on)

Grand Caravan

  • miles
While traveling, the dash board indication lights flashed throughout travel. The technician stated the problem was due to the air conditioner control heads contained a short.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #24

Oct 141996

Grand Caravan

  • miles
Since the first week that I owned this car. Whenever I run the air conditioner, the car will stall out. At first, I could restart the car readily. Later, it took several tries to restart it. Now I know that I have to wait several minutes in order to restart it. I must leave the air conditioner off, if I want the car to continue running. I have reported this to the dealer more times than I can count, and they did some engine adjustments which never solved the problem. Apparently there was a tsb on this problem, but no solution has been found. When the air conditioner is running, it doesn't matter whether I'm driving in stop and go traffic or whether I'm at speed. It will happen. So, the way to avoid the problem is not to use the air conditioner. But I bought the car with air conditioning, and I'm entitled to have what I paid for. My conscience tells me that I have to protect other drivers on the road, so I don't run it. Chrysler has a registered complaint from me and other people, as well, about this problem. They have done nothing. I have another crisis of conscience: I'd like to get rid of this car and this dangerous problem, but who will buy this car? I can't sell it without full disclosure of the problem. And if I trade it in to Chrysler, I'm sure they won't disclose the problem to some unsuspecting customer.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #23

Aug 172001

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • miles
Air conditionercondenser/driver side window regulator/tie rod, transmission shift cable, and O2 sensor were replaced. Also, there was a noise coming from front of vehicle, and from the exhaust area. Engine check light appeared. In addition, serpentine belt and water pump were replaced..

- Homestead, FL, USA

problem #22

Aug 112002

(reported on)

Grand Caravan

  • miles
Leak air cond sym caused 5 mo. And 2 yr child to become sick from R134 blow in face.

- Lore City, OH, USA

problem #21

Jun 242001

Grand Caravan

  • miles
There is a very foul smell inside vehicle whenever consumer started up vehicle.also, air conditioner does not work. Contacted dealer, and dealer was not willing to do anything.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #20

Jun 012001

Grand Caravan

  • miles
The engine is riuned due to a 'domino' effect of damages beginning with the A/C compressor locking up.

- Naperville, IL, USA

problem #19

Aug 042001

Grand Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Air conditioner blows out hot air. Consumer purchased vehicle in March and there was no reason to turn it on. On inspection list air conditioner was checked as working. Consumer lives in a hot climate, and air conditioner is very much needed. Dealer couldn't determine the problem.

- West Bend, WI, USA

problem #18

May 312001

(reported on)

Grand Caravan

  • miles
Air conditioner failed.

- Valrico, FL, USA

problem #17

Mar 012001

Grand Caravan

  • miles
We had to replace the A/C compressor, high pressure switch, expansion valve and receiver/driver to repair leaks due to premature wearout. This cost us $1240. Chrysler has had problems with this A/C system breaking down prematurely.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #16

Sep 102000

Grand Caravan

  • miles
Replaced complete air condition system, front and rear, transmission, fuel injection, cv joints, fuel tank leaks, the list goes on and on.

- New Smyrna Beach, FL, USA

problem #15

Dec 072000

Grand Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Intermittently windshield wipers become inoperable and sometimes come on by themselves, obstructing view of driver. Vehicle at dealer's for repair. O2 sensor, ignition switch, key cylinder, and A/C blower resistor and wiring kit all replaced.

- Cape Coral, FL, USA

problem #14

May 092000

Grand Caravan

  • miles
I still had other compnents replaced in my vehicle, but you did not have enough room for all my information.

- Houston, TN, USA

problem #13

Jan 012000

Grand Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Air conditioner/evaporator/condensor failed. Est cost to fix $1000. Transmission failed. Was fixed. Cost $2,300.

- Annapolis Junction, MD, USA

problem #12

May 012000

Grand Caravan

  • miles
The evaporator coil is prone to premature failure. I work for a company that owns 25 to 30 Dodge Caravan af various years and this is a common problem on models built between 1993 and 1999. Also the dealership has admitted to me that they have repaired 100's of vehicles (Chrysler/Dodge/Plymouth) with this type of problem. Daimler Chrysler's customer assistance hot line offered no help what so ever. When the refrigerant (R134A) leaks, it enters the passenger compartment and can be toxic if combusted, not to mention not a good thing to breath non-combusted.

- Livonia, MI, USA

problem #11

Mar 212000

Grand Caravan

  • miles
No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Rockville, MD, USA

problem #10

Jan 172000

Grand Caravan

  • miles
At the start up of the van, the compressor pulley was locked up to the point that it would not turn and the belt was rubbing on the pulley causing large amount or smoke. Cost to repair was more than $3,000.

- Snellville, GA, USA

problem #9

Dec 021999

Grand Caravan

  • miles
Dealer states there is no "goodwill" warranty for this vehicle. No safety defect listed in summary.

- Venice, FL, USA

problem #8

Jul 241999

Grand Caravan

  • miles
No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Harvey's Lake, PA, USA

problem #7

Jul 011999

Grand Caravan

  • miles
Replacement of ac compressor & evaporator cost $1450; engine head was replaced free even though warranty had expired(spent $870 on maint and repairs of which $300 was to replace spark plug wires and resistor pack that was said to cause check engine light. Head was actually casuing problem); fan relay repaired under warranty; Firestone said water pump frozed and caused belt to break ($300 repair).

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #6

Jul 011999

Grand Caravan

  • miles
Replacement of ac compressor & evaporator cost $1450; engine head was replaced free even though warranty had expired(spent $870 on maint and repairs of which $300 was to replace spark plug wires and resistor pack that was said to cause check engine light. Head was actually casuing problem); fan relay repaired under warranty; Firestone said water pump frozed and caused belt to break ($300 repair).

- Houston, TX, USA

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