10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
4,032 miles

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problem #41

Mar 172001

Grand Caravan

  • miles
Consumer was driving at approximately 25 to 40 mph when clock spring caused loss of cruise control/ horn, and airbag light was illuminated. Please provide any additional information/attachments.

- Mandeville, LA, USA

problem #40

Jan 012001

Grand Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Air bag light illuminates on dash and horn is inoperable. Consumer has contacted dealer, dealer noticed spring in steering column broke, causing problem. Spring is on back order. Serpentine belt replaced.

- Des Plains, IL, USA

problem #39

Feb 012001

Grand Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Electrical problems with the airbag light coming on/ horn failure and cruise control failure.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #38

Jan 152001

Grand Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Air bag lighton and off/ horn and cruise control failure. Air bag light remains on all times.

- Evergreen Park, IL, USA

problem #37

Mar 052001

(reported on)

Grand Caravan

  • miles
Doors do not close properly and do not stay open when opened. A problem with the clock spring has caused the airbags to be inopperable, the cruise control does not work, the horn does not work, and the windshield wipers do not work (it does rain in phoenix sometimes). We had to replace the power window motor in the drivers door. This is the first 6 of 15 problems with this vehicle.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #36

Feb 152001

Grand Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Airbag light stayed on/ horn and cruise control stopped working.

- Overland Park, KS, USA

problem #35

Dec 202000

Grand Caravan

  • miles
Uges on dash would float up or down and not give a true consistent reading. Dealer fixed but I was not satisfied with the result - this appeared to be a manufacturer defect.

- Clifton, VA, USA

problem #34

Feb 022001

Grand Caravan

  • miles
Clock spring fatigued completely disabling drivers airbag, horn and cruise control.

- Naperville, IL, USA

problem #33

Dec 152000

Grand Caravan

  • miles
The airbag, horn, & cruise control failed. Took to dealer - told clock spring assembly failed. Will cost about $400 to fix. Was told this is a very common defect. Would like some assistance from Chrysler. This is our family car for a family of six. Unsafe to drive in this condition.

- Rockwall, TX, USA

problem #32

Jan 252001

(reported on)

Grand Caravan

  • miles
PE00-032, airbag light came on. Took vehicle to dealer. Diagnostic test showed that airbag clock spring had failed.

- Konawa, OK, USA

problem #31

Dec 152000

Grand Caravan

  • miles
Clock spring assembly failed preventing deployment of air bags, horn operation, and cruise control operation. Appears to be a common failure!!

- Panama City Beach, FL, USA

problem #30

Jan 101998

Grand Caravan

  • miles
Air bag light stays on continuosly, the horn no longer works, cruise control no longer works, front interior lights no longer come on when the front doors are opened, cooling fans will not run even with A/C on, hood latch doesn't always release the hood.

- Chesterfield, VA, USA

problem #29

Dec 042000

(reported on)

Grand Caravan

  • miles
The clock spring controling the horn, airbag, and cruise control broke recently making the air bag system useless. According to the service manager this has happened on many of the Grand Caravan. I feel this should be a recall item and repaired so it will not make the safety system of the car in operative when it fails.

- Charleston, SC, USA

problem #28

Mar 151999

Grand Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Right before vehicle shifts into overdrive there is a jerky motion. Dealer cannot find problem, at 40 -45 mph. Also, transmission has to be rebuilt, and airbag light stays on. Dealer says it's due to an open circuit, brakes replaced twice, rotors replaced. The consumer had transmission problems numerous times. Noise in engine while driving due to serpentin belt and tensioner failure.

- High Springs, FL, USA

problem #27

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 #26

Oct 122000

(reported on)

Grand Caravan

  • miles
PE96-051, airbag light stays on all the time which could mean failure of the airbag.

- Livonia, MI, USA

problem #25

Sep 282000

(reported on)

Grand Caravan

  • miles
While driving speed control activated without manual operation. Air bag warning light remained illuminated, and headlights could not be manually turned off.

- North Rose, NY, USA

problem #24

Aug 252000

(reported on)

Grand Caravan

  • miles
PE96-008; airbag light started to come on intermittently. After ward lost horn and cruise control function. At that point, consumer took vehicle to dealer, and was told that cause was a defective airbag clock.

- Derby, KS, USA

problem #23

Dec 151999

Grand Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The tackometer and speedometer flatlined to 0 then returned to normal, the horn and cruise control, have stopped working and the airbag light stays on most of the time. The transmission had a total failure in the highway and had to be rebuilt. The wipers occasionally come on by themselves and cycle a couple of times and then stop and occasionally stop in the middle of the windshield (this has been tothe dealer in madison heights, va several times for repair under warranty, but not since the warranty expired. The left speakers on the sound suystem periodically go off and on while the system is on. The starter went out and had to be replaced the end of June, 2000.

- Lynchburg, VA, USA

problem #22

Apr 181997

Grand Caravan

  • miles
04/1997 - windshield wipers randomly turn on and off. Interior lights also go on and off randomly. Dealer said, "couldn't determine cause." 01/1999 - cruise control and horn stopped working. Air bag light constantly on. Mechanic said, "due to air bag problems"

- Mansfield, MA, USA

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