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6.3

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,793 miles

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1997 Dodge Caravan windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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1997 Dodge Caravan Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #29

Jan 152004

Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Consumer complained about electrical problems. Instrument panel did not work. The instrument cluster was digital. Buttons for air conditioner and rear defroster flashed constantly. Consumer took vehicle to garage, and they recommended Dodge dealer. Also, windshield wipers came on their own. Vehicle did not have to be on running for windshield wipers to come on. They came on about every two weeks. Also, traveling interior lights came on. Consumer stopped lights from coming on by putting tape on door. Consumer believed these were different issues. He replaced fan control module last year, and that did not help. Consumer added that pounding on the dashboard made the dash light illuminate.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #28

Jul 192004

Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • 117,000 miles
The consumer was driving and the windshield wipers turned on by themselves, and run erratically, and will not shut off at the correct position. When it's raining, wipers cannot be controlled. The dealer told consumer that similar make, model and year vehicle have experienced the same problem.

- Pompano Beach, FL, USA

problem #27

Jun 012003

Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Windshield wipers come on by themselves all the time, sometimes they stop after a few swipes and sometimes I need to turn the switch on and then off again to make them stop. So far they have worked when I needed them but it may only be a matter of time before complete failure. This should be a recall item, it is very unsafe! (1999) airbag light comes on and stays on nearly all the time now. (Jun 2003) sliding door lock doesn't always engage or disengage when using the power locks.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

problem #26

May 072003

Caravan

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While driving the vehicles windshield wipers came on by themselves.

- Daly, CA, USA

problem #25

Apr 182003

Caravan

  • 115,000 miles
The windshield wipers worked intermittently.

- Leechburg, PA, USA

problem #24

Jan 052001

Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
Fuel tank, been a problem since we bought it, every time we go to bring the vechicle in for them, then could not find an answer after about the 4th time we brought it in, we said this is to much and we brought it in more then 3 times for the same problem, and we should get repaired free, I belive by lemon law?, well nutthing yet 3 years and running, with several several problems, should all be a recall cause that tomany problems, such as on alldata.com and read about the 97 Dodge Caravan 3.3L, my lord ever problem on that sheet I have, realy getting on my nerves...

- Sarasota, FL, USA

problem #23

Sep 012002

(reported on)

Caravan

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The windshield wipers start up sporadically on their own (no one turns them on - they just start wiping). This problem has gotten progressively worse. Our mechanic tells us that Dodge is aware of the problem, but can not isolate what causes it. Instead, they recommend you start with one expensive repair to see if that works, and if not, you move on to progressively more costly repairs. I believe this is a safety hazard because you never know when they will go off and it is sometimes startling when they do. You then have to take action to turn them off taking your attention away from what you are trying to do (driving!).

- Dublin, CA, USA

problem #22

Jan 312002

(reported on)

Caravan

  • miles
While driving windshield wipers will automatically come on and rest in the middle of windshield, causing a disturbance with view of driver.

- San Ramon, CA, USA

problem #21

Aug 032001

Caravan

  • miles
The airbag warning light came on. At the same time, the horn and the cruise control ceased to function. In addition, the wipers come on at random, but especially upon using turn signals (wiper controls are incorporated into the turn signal lever).

- Triadelphia, WV, USA

problem #20

Aug 112001

(reported on)

Caravan

  • miles
Windshield wipers come by there self while driving down the road or making a turn.

- Bellingham, MA, USA

problem #19

Mar 152001

(reported on)

Caravan

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Windshield wipers come on without driver intervention. So far, no accident but this indicates a problem with this essential safety system. This happens about twice a month. The car is driven daily. Dealer has no explanation.

- Naperville, IL, USA

problem #18

Dec 262000

(reported on)

Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Engine had leaking seals which caused exhaust manifold to leak. Fumes would come from blower (defroster) when it was turned on. There was an electrical short in engine. Also, windshield wipers were erratic & would come on or off by themselves, and having a lot of problems with starter. Gasoline leaks from the tank due to the seal failure. Inside door panel on drivers side is broken.

- Pleasant Hills, CA, USA

problem #17

Nov 192000

Caravan

  • miles
Driving along and the windshield wipers come on without notice. Also numerous times having to change out the fuel injection electrical parts. All of these have been told to us that they were not covered by the warranty. We have been told that there was a recall of the master electrical system under the hood of this model of car but we have never received any information of this situation. Please notify us if such a recal exists. We would be very appreciative of this information. We are affraid that it will cause the car to have an elecrical fire.

- Ridgeland, MS, USA

problem #16

Sep 011999

Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Windshield wipers comes on when in the off position.

- Plymouth, MN, USA

problem #15

Jan 012000

Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Windshield wipers self activate while driving. Dealership has been notified about the problem. Problem will be repaired at owner's expense.

- Herndon, VA, USA

problem #14

Jun 142000

(reported on)

Caravan

  • miles
Windshield wipers occassionally come on by themselves (even when the wiper switch is in the off position) and run until the driver jiggles the switch a little to stop them.

- Clifton, VA, USA

problem #13

Oct 131998

Caravan

  • miles
The windshield wiper turns on sometimes on its own.

- London, OH, USA

problem #12

Oct 171999

Caravan

  • miles
The windshield wipers would automatically come on while traveling on the road. They would come on for two to four wipes and then stop. This intermittent problem was rare at first, then started to happen more frequently. We finally took it in to the dealership for repair. They replaced the windshield wiper switch at no cost to us. (only because we were under the 36mo./36,000mi. Waranty.) the next problem was the battery went dead. We took it in for repair, and the dealership replaced the battery at no cost to us. (only because it was under the 36mo./36,000mi. Waranty). The other problem was that the inside rear view mirror became unglued from the front windshield. I went to a auto repair store and purchased a rear view mirror glue kit. I glued the rear view mirror on myself. ( I don't have confidence in the dealerships glue) thank you........ richard maldonado.

- San Gabriel, CA, USA

problem #11

Jul 141999

(reported on)

Caravan

  • miles
Windshield wipers go on automatically for no reason intermittently. Mjs

- Saint Loui, MN, USA

problem #10

Sep 251998

Caravan

  • miles
Camshaft broke in half at 59,000 miles, necessitating engine replacement. Service mgr. & technician both iniststed this was very unusual in any engine, especially one with this low mileage. Dodge refused to help with repairs as car was "out of warranty". the wipers turn on by themselves every now and then, sometimes when just opening the doors. The whole brake system had to be replaced at 43,000 miles as it had never been properly looked at, even though service records showed inspection at three occasions before breaking down. Original dealer was dutchess Dodge, 614 South road, poughkeepsie, NY 12601 (914) 462-7700. They never responded to correspondence regarding the brakes & wipers. The engine was repaired at hyde park motors. I've contacted Dodge (daimler/Chrysler) and the district mgr. (phil fornabaio) but they refuse to help with the engine and wouldn't even meet with me.

- Hyde Park, NY, USA

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