10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
9,814 miles

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problem #46

Aug 242004

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,000 miles
There are two major problems with my 1996 Dodge Grand Caravan. First there is a serious vibration in the front wheel/tires. I have replaced 8 tires (in 30000 miles!), both front axles, all three motor mounts, and had the transmission overhauled, as well as having three alignment checks. The vibration is still there. The second problem involves the windshield wipers. The front wipers were, for a time, coming on any time they felt like it; this was remedied by replacing the multi function switch on 09/21/01. Since then, the rear wiper will occasionally come on for one swipe when I first start the vehicle - annoying, but not an immediate hazard. But today, my windshield wipers quit working at all. They will only work if I put the wipers on interval - in which case they do nothing for a time, then make two to four swipes, then wait a while, make one or two swipes, wait a while, etc. They will make one high speed swipe across the windshield if I press the washer button in. I spent $80 today so the Dodge dealer could tell me this was caused by a body control module failure. This repair costs over $400...and researching a used part online, I learned that both the wheel shimmy problem and the windshield wiper problems are not unique to my car but are very common issues with the Dodge Caravan/Chrysler Town & Country/Plymouth Voyager family. Losing your wipers, having them come on at random when they take a notion to, and a non-stop shimmy in the front are each, by themselves, serious safety issues warranting a recall. Collectively, they spell out a lack of concern that daimler Chrysler has for the safety of those who drive their products. It is my understanding from my online research that Chrysler was aware of the problem as long ago as 1998 but deliberately ignored its own information. It is apparent that the only way these safety issues are going to be addressed is if the federal government takes them to task.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #45

Jun 222003

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,550 miles
Rocker arm pedistal sheared off cylinder head causing internal engine damage. Multiple repair centers believe cause is design flaw of cylinder head.

- Parma, OH, USA

problem #44

May 012002

Grand Caravan

  • 10,000 miles
While driving engine failed. Dealer diagnosed that engine's main computer would not fire the #2 and #5 spark plugs, resulting in failure. Consumer has had 2 other main engine computer failures since vehicle ownership.

- Panama City, FL, USA

problem #43

Dec 132002

Grand Caravan

  • miles
Vehicle was shut off when without warning, then vehicle caught on fire.

- Lititz, PA, USA

problem #42

Apr 192003

Grand Caravan

  • miles
While driving the vehicle stalled without warning which made it difficult for the driver to control the vehicle. The dealer has been notified.

- Montclair, CA, USA

problem #41

Apr 092003

(reported on)

Grand Caravan

  • miles
The windshield wiper motor was intermittent. Mr the problem with the wipers occurred shortly after purchase. The consumer had taken the vehicle in for the wipers on several occasions and was told they worked fine. The engine light was intermittent as well. Scc

- Hillsdale, NJ, USA

problem #40

Jan 152003

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles
Dodge '96 minivan stalling problem while in operation. Start up time 5-10 minutes later (very dangerous). Transmission slipped out of gear; problem escalated to full replacement. Not satisfied with replacement -"bumps" on second and third gears up and down. These have been costly repairs. Service engine soon light would not go out no matter what repairs were performed - full fuel and electrical systems. Rps raced to 15K. Replaced cam sensor, harness, hoses etc.

- Winter Springs, FL, USA

problem #39

Feb 192003

Grand Caravan

  • miles
The vehicle stalled, which caused consumer to pull over abruptly.

- Underhill, VT, USA

problem #38

Oct 012002

Grand Caravan

  • 84,000 miles
The meter read less than half a tank of gas, the van ran out of gas, then the engine stalled. The consumer started the vehicle and began to drive when soon after the check engine light illuminated. The consumer was told the problem was a misfired cylinder, the fuel fuel pump was buried inside the gas tank, and when the fuel level dropped below the fuel pump, the pump heated up and sucked in air instead of the gasoline.

- Centereach, NY, USA

problem #37

Sep 172001

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,890 miles
Support for rocker arm broke off at 82,890 miles. From review of the NHTSA records, this has occurred for numerous customers, but it has not been recalled. As this is part of the head casting, I would expect it to last the life of the vehicle.

- Mahtomedi, MN, USA

problem #36

Jun 192002

(reported on)

Grand Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The piston ring in the engine had excessively worn.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #35

Dec 012001

Grand Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While traveling on interstate and without prior warning, vehicle shutdown and there was no power. Dealership is aware of problem. Dealer replaced a bad isc motor to remedy stalling problem. Faulty cranksensor and cam sensor caused a no start condition. Vehicle shakes and runs rough, dealer replaced powertrain control module.

- Rochester, NH, USA

problem #34

Aug 012001

Grand Caravan

  • miles
This car is a lemon and has continuous problems. The engine gaskets are now bad and leaking oil all over the engine. I have been told by the dealer (moser Dodge) that this is affect and a continuous problem with this 3.0 engine. This also creates a serious fire hazard. However Dodge said there is nothing they will do with me to repair this or share this cost. I am sick and tired of Dodge and will never buy another one.

- Milford, OH, USA

problem #33

Aug 022001

Grand Caravan

  • miles
Engine coolant began to leak at fwd cylinder head to block after climing a steep hill and parking at shopping mall. Just looked under van seen coolant, was able to get home and van is at shop for head gasket replacement.

- Bremerton, WA, USA

problem #32

Aug 022001

Grand Caravan

  • miles
Engine coolant began to leak at fwd cylinder head to block after climing a steep hill and parking at shopping mall. Just looked under van seen coolant, was able to get home and van is at shop for head gasket replacement.

- Bremerton, WA, USA

problem #31

Dec 132000

Grand Caravan

  • miles
Rear main seal, cam plugs, valve cover gaskets failed. All at once with no warning.

- St Peters, MO, USA

problem #30

Dec 132000

Grand Caravan

  • miles
Rear main seal, cam plugs, valve cover gaskets failed. All at once with no warning.

- St Peters, MO, USA

problem #29

Jun 122001

Grand Caravan

  • miles
Serpentine belt tensioner shaft sheared as a result of no lubrication. Instantaneous loss of power steering and vehicle control resulted in a very close call. I believe the non-lubricated shaft permitted corrossion and subsequent seizure and shearing of the assembly shaft. It is a design deficiency, in my opinion of course.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #28

Feb 152001

Grand Caravan

  • miles
Consumer had to put excessive amounts of antifreeze into vehicle. Consumer took vehicle into a private mechanic that looked at engine and found a hole, pin sized near cylinders of the engine which is where antifreeze is leaking. Mechanic stated this could have been a factory defect because appeared to be in molding of engine. Please provide any additional information/attachments.

- Batesville, IN, USA

problem #27

Feb 062001

Grand Caravan

  • miles
Two issues to discuss. First windshield wipers appear to work independently on instructions when on intermittment setting. You never know when or where they will stop. Second issue is the tensioner and water pump within the cooling system. I have had to replace them each twice in the last year. It appears to be a chronic problem.

- Greenbelt, MD, USA

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