hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
47,320 miles

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problem #36

Feb 012023

Grand Caravan

  • miles
We own a 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan with 72k miles on it. In February of 2023 we started to notice it did not seem as responsive on acceleration; it was especially noticeable on highway entrances ramps. Shortly after, the check engine light came on. We took it in to a local repair shop and were advised we needed spark plugs and coils replaced, but that did not solve the issue, and said we would need to take it to a dealer. We took the vehicle to our local Dodge dealership, and after ~$900 in diagnostics, they advised we would need an entire new cylinder, as the old one had been warped. A vehicle with only 72k miles should not need a new cylinder, the folks at the dealership even admitted as much. The total repair ended up costing ~$4k. I did some research and found the 2011-2013 Grand Caravans had a recall for the exact same issue, and after searching through the various complaints on the NHTSA website for the 2017 model, it seems clear this is still an issue. This is clearly an issue with the manufacturing process that has existed since 2011, and a new recall should be issued for Grand Caravans through at least 2017.

- Wentzville, MO, USA

problem #35

Dec 012022

Grand Caravan

  • miles
I have 2017 Dodge Caravan, I loves this van I recently went to the shop to do routine repairs. Also get the engine light checked, the mechanic stated I need a tune up. A few days later after getting the tune up check engine light came back on, and van begin to ride rough and shake. The van was struggling to keep up with city speed limit and engine light came back on so I took the van back to the shop they checked engine light and it read cylinder 2 is back firing and get a tune up. That did't seemed right so the mechanic checked previous work, there was no problems with the parts they used for the tune up, the mechanic looked a little further to find out why the engine light still on. The mechanic said I need a cylinder, they told me to go to the dealer because they don't have that special tools to fix the cylinder. I said how much to replace the cylinder the mechanic said about 2,000 dollars or depending on the damages to the engine because of bad cylinder. They also said there were some coolant and other substance leaking onto the coil, wires causing damage to the engine, also in a short time the spark plugs and coils will be effected again. The mechanic said this can be very expensive to repair and I can't use my remote starter while the engine light is on this is so inconvenience. I am so upset I worked hard at keeping up repairs, keeping van nice and clean inside and out, I was just to the point of paying off my car loan off finally owning the van. Now this situation forcing me to make a decision keep my investment or trade it off, get back into debt and having a large car note, I don't want that I am so heart broken over this situation and not having the money to fix the van it's just to much. I was blind sided never, I would never thought this would happen to me and my family of six. OMG!

- Fort Wayne, IN, USA

problem #34

Jun 012021

Grand Caravan

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan. The contact stated that while driving at an undisclosed speed, the vehicle was stalling despite depressing the accelerator pedal. No warning lights were illuminated. The contact stated that he replaced the coils and spark plugs; however, the failure recurred, and the check engine warning light was illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic and after performing a compression test, the contact was made aware of a misfire in cylinder #2. The vehicle was taken to another independent mechanic and the previous diagnosis was confirmed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000.

- Cape Coral, FL, USA

problem #33

Aug 242022

Grand Caravan

  • miles
The passenger sliding door open and closes with no warning, hatch opens and closes with no warning, dogs were closed in and died due to this malfunction because they thought we were going somewhere. Horn goes off and on for no reason, ac in rear does comes on and off. Drivers side sliding door does not operate at this point. Now transmission is malfunction.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #32

Nov 012021

Grand Caravan

  • miles
1. The engine failed, and the engine light came on. It is available for inspection upon request. 2. It started shaking, slowing down, and it felt like it was going to stall, therefore, putting myself and others at risk. To this day, once in awhile I continue to feel it shake. 3. I've spoken to a mechanic about it, and he knew of this issue. He gave me information about it and referred me to the manufacturer. No others have inspected it. 4. The Dept of Motor Vehicles, and it failed inspection today on 7/2/22. 5. Check engine light appeared when the problem first started. They first appeared back around November 2021. Note: The spark plugs and coils were replaced 3 times in an effort to resolve this issue, and after that I found out that there was an issue reported with this back in 2011-2013 and is still occurring even though the company has stated that they fixed the problem according to my research.

- Stewartsville, NJ, USA

problem #31

Jun 112022

Grand Caravan

  • miles
Two days after getting the vehicle inspected prior to a long road trip; the check engine light came on. Apparently, Dodge Vans commonly have a cylinder two misfire.My online research indicates this is an expensive repair and isn-€™t covered under warranty. We have 89k miles.

- Buda, TX, USA

problem #30

Jan 312022

Grand Caravan

  • miles
In January 2022, at approximately 75,000 miles, vehicle began to have a major oil leak and smell of oil in the cabin. A mechanic determined the oil filter housing had failed and it was replaced for $808.63.Mechanic also stated this is a very common issue with Dodge 3.6L engines. No warning lamps illuminated. Dodge customer service was contacted about the problem and stated there were no open recalls and would not reimburse me for the repairs.

- Chittenango, NY, USA

problem #29

Sep 292021

Grand Caravan

  • miles
Airbag light came on and will not go off. Two separate cases. P066DD code causes check engine light to come on from ti.e to time.

- Mexia, TX, USA

problem #28

Jan 152020

Grand Caravan

  • miles
Engine/Transmission: Transmission was replaced by Manufacture. P/T Not shifting into gear properly. Hard shifting into gear. Slow start climbing incline in hills, speeds up drastically when the car is starting to decline, knocking noise. Dash lights, odometer, and warning lights come on and off without warning. The car has to be turned on and off to make the odometer, dash lights and warning lights rest and work. Safety: 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan will suddenly stop while driving at 65--70 mph in traffic without notice. The vehicle is unable to be physically moved out of the drive gear or any gear. The vehicle has been inspected by Doge dealership and found nothing wrong several times. Transmission light is on. No warning lamps, or messages to tell the driver the vehicle will suddenly stop at a high rate of speed or any speed. All of the gauges including lights will turn off without any warning while driving at any speed. There is a burning smell. Started from 2019 to present date.

- Fredericksburg, VA, USA

problem #27

Jul 262021

Grand Caravan

  • 78,400 miles
The contact owns a 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan. The contact stated that after having an oil change, the check engine warning light illuminated continuously. In addition, the rear passenger-€™s side door failed to open from the inside or outside of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic and the contact was informed that the vehicle needed a tune-up. The dealer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 78,400.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #26

Feb 102021

Grand Caravan

  • 63,111 miles
The engine stops for no reason and does not show a check engine light. The engine can be re-started, but can then stop again for no reason. We have had the transmission worked on, but there are still issues.

- Petaluma, CA, USA

problem #25

Mar 162021

Grand Caravan

  • 72,000 miles
The contact owns a 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan. The contact stated that upon inspection, oil was found on the floor of the garage that had leaked from the engine. The local dealer telegraph Chrysler located at 12000 telegraph rd, taylor, mi 48180 was notified of the failure and the contact was informed that the oil housing assembly had failed and needed to be replaced however, the part was on back order. The manufacturer was notified of the failure but no assistance was offered. The failure mileage was 72,000.

- Trenton, MI, USA

problem #24

Mar 152021

Grand Caravan

  • 110,000 miles
Oil filter adapter/oil cooler. While getting the transmission replaced that had a total failure at 110,000 miles while enroute to get the recommended 120,000 mile service, the dealer informed us that the oil cooler had a decent sized crack near the base and required replacing. They told us the could order the part but wouldn't know when it would be in because there were 14,772 units on back order. He searched the system and found 1 available 2 hours away. I left the dealer and drive straight there and it too was gone with no projected arrival of more. I was told if I kept the oil topped up and kept an eye on it, it would be ok and not cause engine damage. I have not spent enough on oil to keep it topped up that I could have paid for the part of it we're available. Online aftermarket sources are sold out with no idea when they'll get more. As of 09:30, 15 March 2021, the parts department of landers cdjr in bossier city, Louisiana confirmed that there are now over 15,000 units on back order and when requesting to order, they don't even have an estimated wait time. Went direct with Dodge and was told that they would 'escalate the review to try and get the part to the dealer'. not sure how that will happen when they don't have a supply to meet the demand. Each dealer I've called in a 6 hour radius from my location has said it should be a recall with it being such a faulty design of plastic resting directly on top of the motor but that Fiat won't do that. My biggest concern is the oil leaking down, sprays on to the exhaust creating the potential for a fire hazard.

- Fort Polk, LA, USA

problem #23

Feb 022021

Grand Caravan

  • 78,000 miles
Oil housing unit failed at 72,000 miles. Dodge stated it should be a recall, they can't even keep up with the parts to replace it when it fails. They told me to use an after market part that would fail but it would at least get the car back in my possession.

- Freeman, MO, USA

problem #22

Feb 162021

Grand Caravan

  • 56,000 miles
Van engine stops periodically if there is an abrupt/panic stop. On a fast stop, the engine RPM is erratic, and sometimes feels like it is going to stop. Putting the van in park or neutral, and you can start the engine again. So far, this has only happened in city driving.

- Petaluma, CA, USA

problem #21

Dec 282020

Grand Caravan

  • 85,000 miles
In Dec, the engine light came on. The car would do like going over speed tacks, shake, when it was between 45 to 60 mph. Took to dealership for reading, they couldn't get a good reading, it stopped. Then I paid extra for them to take transmission pan off. Told I need a new transmission. This vehicle is a 2017. This was Dec 2020. Had transmission done. About 3 weeks later, engine light came on again. When I came back, 180 miles to visit family, I had it looked at again. Showing 6 coil, misfire. The car had 85000 miles. Had the 6 coil replaced, all plugs and wires. Left, drove 180 miles, next day light came on. I wasn't driving the car much and was coming back, engine light on, car ran find. Next day, was at a red light, gave gas and the car sputter like it wasn't getting gas and wanted to died. I push on the gas paddle and hurried to get to my dad's. had a reading saying it was catalytic converted. After the weekend I took it to muffler shop. Said it wasn't giving them that reading, but misfire and 6 coil. Took to a mechanic, he replace 6 coil and said plugs where good, that they were new. But, I did need an air filter. Got car. Few hours later, engine light was back on. Reading showed coil and misfire. Going back to mechanic, again. After a red light stop, it felt like it was going to died as if it wasn't getting gas. I gave it more gas. They change everything again, even cross parts to make sure. It idles hard in park or sitting in drive. More gas it seems to do ok. Also, about 6 months after buying it, had to replace battery. 2013 was in it. So, much for wanting to retire, this car has put me into debt. I wish I had stayed with a Toyota. Own 6 and never, cost me more than regular service. And again, misfire reading, coil 6. within a month, twice its been replaced and plugs and still back like it was. Since end of Dec, been in shop 4 xs, same reading, same crap.

- Pikeville, TN, USA

problem #20

Feb 082021

Grand Caravan

  • 96,536 miles
I got the vehicle yesterday and the check engine light was on so the dealer do a obd 2 scan and it show a miss fire in the number 2 cinders so we was think it just need spark plugs so I took it to Dodge and had new spark plugs put on and it did nothing to fix the problem so they suggested it was the fuel injecter for the number 2 cinders so I had them replaced it and that didn't fix the problem so they came back to told me they think it is the heads in the van the check engine light stays on and I only feel the miss fire when I am idling no other time the guy at Dodge said they run into this alot with this year and others I have done some research and find alot of people R having the same problem I am starting to think is could be a manufacturing problem tomorrow I am taking the van somewhere else to have a second opinion done

- Powderly, TX, USA

problem #19

Feb 022021

Grand Caravan

  • 76,089 miles
Oil filter housing unit fails because of over tightening done by person that is doing the oil change. Dodge personnel told me directly there should be a recall because the part is defective but Dodge refuses to do it. Part isn't even in stock because they can't keep up with the demand to replace them.

- Freeman, MO, USA

problem #18

Feb 012021

Grand Caravan

  • 71,000 miles
Cylinder 2 misfire due to broken cylinder head. This is a known problem from Chrysler/Dodge and has been for years. The problem was caused from a faulty mold used to cast the engine when they were manufactured. My car is only 4 years old with 71K miles, clean title and this repair is estimated to cost $3200.

- Woods Cross, UT, USA

problem #17

Jan 152021

Grand Caravan

  • 91,866 miles
I recently purchased a used 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan in Nov 2020. I went in for an oil change and was informed of a small oil leak. The dealership said that the oil filter adapter housing needed to be replaced. They are unable to get the part at this time said they are not sure when it will come in. Meanwhile I am driving in a van that is still leaking and told just to check it weekly and to it off in the meantime. I'm not sure if you can help out if I should direct this to you or someone else. I saw this info on NHTSA.gov. Any guidance how to report this issue would help. I have seen videos that say this usually occurs if someone torques the filter to tight. This is the first oil change since I purchased this vehicle and the last page that did the oil change was the dealership in Oct 2020. I'm so frustrated right now because the warranty the dealership sold me doesn't cover this issue. I don't know when it will even be resolved. I don't want to risk the leak getting worse and I don't catch it or my van catching on fire. Please help if you can.

- Savannah, GA, USA

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