6.9

fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
$90
Average Mileage:
72,450 miles
Total Complaints:
162 complaints

Most common solutions:

  1. not sure (66 reports)
  2. remove & reinsert the 20 amp iod fuse (53 reports)
  3. disconnected battery for 1 minute (11 reports)
  4. remove and reinsert BCM #1 fuse (7 reports)
  5. update firmware in body control module (BCM) (7 reports)
  6. dealer charged me to reflash the computer (4 reports)
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problem #62

Mar 142008

Grand Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,000 miles

Cycle the ignition switch 3 times and watch the odometer. When it reads "done"

that resets the on board computers. It worked for me at least longer than the IOD

fuse fix. That would last 10 minutes to 3 days. this fix has lasted 2 weeks so far.

- Harold E., Colorado Springs, CO, US

problem #61

Mar 022009

Grand Caravan 3.3L, V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 101,000 miles

Thanks for Linda on Carcomplaints whose suggestion fixed the problem. Just unplug iod 20 amp fuse and put it back after a few seconds.

- johnte, Rockford, IL, US

problem #60

Oct 152008

Grand Caravan ES 3.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles

I HAVE A PROBLEM WITH MY POWER DOOR LOCKS I REMOVED THE FUSE 20 AMP IOD FIXED FOR TWO WEEKS THEN I HAVE TO RE DO IT AGAIN TO FIX THE PROBLEM BUT NOW MY REAR PASSENGER DOOR DO NOT RESPOND TO THE REMOTE CONTROL OR MANUAL CONTROL PLEASE TELL ME WHAT CAN I DO TO FIX IT

- Edgar C., Fort Polk, LA, US

problem #59

Jan 152009

Grand Caravan ES 3.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles

MY REAR PASSENGER DOOR THE POWER LOCK DOES NOT WORK PROBLEM START AFTER THE ALL THE DOORS DID NOT WORK I REPLACED IOD FUSE THEN THIS PROBLEM DOES ANY BODY KNOWS ANY THING.

- Edgar C., Fort Polk, LA, US

problem #58

Nov 052007

Grand Caravan SE 3.3L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,496 miles

Do not buy a Dodge Caravan, I have a 2001 Dodge Dakota and it has been pretty good, but my 2005 Grand Caravan just seems to be very cheaply built.

- Iam M., Waterdown, ON, Canada

problem #57

Feb 082009

Grand Caravan 3.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

This is like the 10th time we have had this trouble with the door locks!! Can't anybody make anything that works or lasts anymore!!

- Angie F., Culleoka, TN, US

problem #56

Feb 012009

Grand Caravan SE 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

Took my Caravan into Lithia Dodge for service. It needed new front bushings, a new rack and pinion for the steering, and the auto locks and windows were not working. Oh yeah, the Stow-and-Go handle broke off (my wife is no weight lifter). I asked if it was covered under my extended warranty and was told that it was not. At his point I was boiling mad and called the 1-800 number on my extended warranty card and was told that, yes, everything was covered. I asked for a conference call with the dealer and was hung up on. Five minutes later the dealer called back and "SURPRISE" everything was covered by my warranty (granted that there was a 100 dollar deductible.

This was three days ago. My electric locks failed again today, and this is after I told the dealer that I had read that they needed to flash the control module...which they didn't do. I'll bet they try and milk me for another $100.00 (warranty deductible). I'll never own another Dodge again.

I have owned a Subarau, Suzuki, Two Nissans, a Mazda, and a Toyota - I never experienced problems of this magnitude with any of these cars. The Dodge is my first American made piece of crap - I'll never buy another and I feel I'm getting ripped off by my local dealership. What a bunch of shysters. The fact that my tax dollars are being used to bail out Chrysler infuriates me.

- Scott E., Corpus Christi, TX, US

problem #55

Nov 102008

Grand Caravan V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,000 miles

God am I glad to find this site! I wish I would have known about it before. I started having problems with the locks in Nov 2008 big time. At first it just started with the passenger door in August 2008 but then everything went down in November. Took it to the dealer and they said it would cost $115 just to run a diagnostic on it and another $100 or so to fix it. They said the computer probably needed resetting. I'm going to try the fixes I've seen on this site and will call the NHTSA since I've also had a problem with my steering which was covered on a Technical Service Bulletin dated in November 2004. They will not cover it as it is not considered to be a recall. That's going to cost me probably $200 to have THAT fixed.

To the person who is trading her Dodge in for a Mitsubishi: I had a Mitsubishi Expo which was actually a Dodge and had nothing but problems with it. Mitsubishi pulled out from Dodge (probably due to all of Dodge's problems). The only reason I got the Caravan was because of the fold-down seats (thank goodness they're operated manually).

- Georgia R., Olive Branch, MS, US

problem #54

Dec 152008

Grand Caravan LX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

Power door locks suddenly stopped working. Using the key fob, the lights still flash, indicating that the car locks the doors, but it doesn't. It's really difficult to climb all around to lock/unlock all the doors.

- Justin H., Wilton, CA, US

problem #53

Dec 012008

Grand Caravan SXT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles

Just adding to the list of people with this problem. I've had the van for over 4 years. Generally happy with it, but disappointed with gas mileage (16) and the fact that a number of pieces of the stow and go seats have snapped off - but the seats still work. All of my problems with the van have been electrical in nature. Now that it is no longer under warranty, they hit me with big fees to repair problems that shouldn't be happening to a fairly young vehicle. The driver window stopped working, that set me back $200 - now the lock problem - as described by many others here. Will try battery fix, then fuse fix and report. Still - if I need a new BCM - Dodge should pay for it in my opinion.

- gramercymouse, New York, NY, US

problem #52

Sep 302008

Grand Caravan SE 3.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles

It is a defect in the dodge van.

Needs to be corrected by the company.

- Bj S., Toronto, ON, Canada

problem #51

Nov 242008

Grand Caravan 3.3L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 103,000 miles

I have read many complaints on ths pertaining to the failure of door locks. I recently purchased the 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan. This is my third Dodge Grand Caravan. They have all been wonderful, love the space for the family and work use. Shortly after purchasing the 2005 about three days later I got home from work hit the lock button on the remote to lock the doors the horn blew the lights never flashed. Came out the next morning hit the button on the key to unlocked the doors (at this time the lights still weren't flashing). Started off on my to work going down the road noticed the doors weren't locking when I got up to 20 mph as the did the previous day. Hit the interior door lock switch and nothing happened, pulled over to parts store to see if I could find out if the fuse was blown, couldn't figure it out. Luckily the van was under a extended warranty so the dealership where I had purchased the van from had me take it to their mechanic and he put it on the computer. The problem was diagnosed as the Body Control Module. Mind you after putting it on the computer everything started working again for about a day then the same problem occured two more times. After having the Body Control Module replaced with a new one from the dealership the problem seems to have bee fixed (the lights flash, horn blows, doors lock automatically at 20 mph). No further problems. If anyone is having this problem have your BCM checked. The mechanic had tod me that is a common thing on that van.

- darius, Orlando, FL, US

problem #50

Dec 012008

Grand Caravan SXT 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,000 miles

Today the locks stopped working. I bought some fuses while I was at the parts store and couldn't find the correct fuse until I got on this sight tonight. I just got finished pulling the fuse and it started working again. That is great but it sounds like I will get to do it again in a few days if not tomorrow. Are there any permanent solutions to this? I like a lot of others am not a happy camper with this issue. Especially since no one has a lasting fix. I am glad many others are advising at least a temp. fix

- Richard J., Benton, AR, US

problem #49

Nov 152007

Grand Caravan SXT

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,000 miles

I had this problem last fall 2 months after purchasing this used car. We got a steal o na 2005 with only 28k miles. Thankfully it was still under warranty. If yours is under warranty, take it to the dealer. They totally replaced my BCM and it was a compelte fix to the problem. I had tried the fuse replacement, etc and it worked for a few weeks. The BCM replacement was a true fix!

Until now.... the previous problem affected all my locks. Now I am having an issue with only the driver side sliding door. It will not auto lock. It will auto opn with the remote if it is unlocked, but when I hit lock, all doors lock except that sliding door.

Argh...will try the fuse fix again, but hopefully the dealer will have an answer!

- carrienc, Greensboro, NC, US

problem #48

Jul 082008

Grand Caravan 3,3L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,642 miles

just like a lot of fellow owners of this model, the power door locks intermittently malfunctions. i temporarily fix it by removing and reinserting the 20A IOD fuse. i will eventually bring this to the dealer when they have a "genuine" fix for this problem. i'm so glad i found this temporary fix on the internet.

- Miggy M., Vancouver, BC, Canada

problem #47

Aug 082008

Grand Caravan SXT 3.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 109,000 miles

It was annoying because my husband new it had to be fuse related but the fuse was not labeled therefore making it more difficult and time consuming to get repaired.

- dede4jeff, Ft Sill, OK, US

problem #46

Aug 132008

Grand Caravan V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles

I am so glad that I found this sight. Everyone's story has a part of mine in it too. I didn't even realize that the locks weren't working until about a week after the problem started. The lights would flash and the horn would beep just as if the doors had locked like they were supposed to, but they didn't. I also replaced the battery in my key to no avail but have not tried disconnecting the battery or replacing the fuse. Like many others the manual was of no help in identifying which fuse to look for. I bought this vehicle because my sister-in-law has one and I loved driving it and all the space inside, but since I purchased mine hers has been in the shop twice in the last 9 months for various problems. Sorry Dodge...the first time I have to spend money to fix a problem like this (that shouldn't even exist) I will get rid of this pile of dung and buy a foreign car.

- Lori J., Gladstone, OR, US

problem #45

Aug 022008

Grand Caravan V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,000 miles

Intermittently earlier this summer, then becoming constant around the beginning of August the Power door locks have stopped working. First signs the locks stopped, but if you pushed the lock again they would unlock or lock. The problem gradually became worse, now it does not lock or unlock at all unless manually pushed or pulled.

- Dan P., State College, PA, US

problem #44

Oct 182008

Grand Caravan SXT 3.8L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,000 miles

After repeatedly removing the 20A IOD fuse to reset the locks, I finally gave in and took it to the dealer. They charged me the standard $75 diagnostic fee and reprogrammed the BCM. Apparently they are well aware of this defect. It took less than an hour. So far so good.

- erricb, Pataskala, OH, US

problem #43

Jul 012008

Grand Caravan SE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,000 miles

The power door locks periodically quit working. We also discovered the workaround of removing and replacing the 20 amp fuse however, this also causes our radio and clock to reset losing all our settings. This is not acceptable to have this continuing electrical problem and should have a recall issued with the number of complaints I see on this website.

- Sally D., Dayton, OH, US

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