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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,625 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

1998 Dodge Caravan accessories - interior problems

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1998 Dodge Caravan Owner Comments

problem #8

Jul 282014

Caravan 6-cyl

  • 16,000 miles


Only a block or 2 from home, doing 20 mph there was the smell of smoke then flames shot out from under the drivers seat. We bailed from the van and before 911 could be called the van was engulfed in flames. A total loss.

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #7

Apr 192006

Caravan 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 165,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Dodge Caravan. The contact stated that his vehicle was rear ended by an ambulance. The crash caused him to lie flat on his back and the seat to bend backwards. The vehicle was destroyed. He attempted to pull the seat upright, but could not because the seat failed in the downward position. The contact sustained a concussion, nerve damage to the lower back, walking immobility, and shooting pains up and down his left side. A police report was filed. The manufacturer stated that unless he has the damaged seat to be repaired, they have no words or assistance for him. The current and failure mileages were 165,000.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #6

Aug 032003


  • miles
I have a 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan we have had the steering rac replaced twice. We also have constant alignment problems what we are wondering has there ever been reports on the front seats (drivers seat) separating as this is what happened 8/3/03 the welding has seperated and the support bar has snapped completely apart we have never seen anything like it.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #5

Nov 122002

(reported on)


  • miles


Consumer called complaining about having problems with the seat belts on the back. Also stated that they are rippen from the fabric and is now also happening with the ones on front too. Manufacturer was not contacted at this time.

- Ringwood, NJ, USA

problem #4

Aug 172002


  • miles
While sitting at a traffic light vehicle was rear-ended causing driver and passenger seats to snap backwards. Vehicle sustained body damages as well. Manufacturer not yet notified.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #3

Dec 011998


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer states left front side of vehicle appears to be lower than the right and the brakes wear down only on the front left side, vehicle skidded when brakes were being applied which caused an accident consumer was advised front caliper, rotor and brake pads were needed because they were worn, dealership advised consumer they could not explain why vehicle was skidding, consumer is having to replace the rotor, caliper and brake only on front side every 8000 miles, consumer was advised by delearship that this type of vehicle is known to have problems with the brakes and would probably have to be replaced every six months. Key would not turn in ignition, dealer attempted to remove cylinder and it broke, dealer replaced. Tape dragged in the tape player, dealer replaced. At times when starting vehicle, there is no radio, lights, or horn, dealer could not find any problems. Serpentine belt was replaced. Slight fluid leak from transmission cooler line, consumer states transmission jerked. Arm rest fastner backed off. Left front brakes continue to wear and pull vehicle, brakes lock up causing vehicle to skid.

- Pittsburg, CA, USA

problem #2

Mar 272001

(reported on)


  • miles
Consumer was traveling 50mph and rearended a vehicle that came to sudden stop. Driver's seat collapsed backwards. Upon impact, air bags failed to deploy. Driver suffered injuries in both cases. Vehicle was totaled after 12/14/00.

- Torrence, CA, USA

problem #1

Nov 152000

(reported on)


  • miles
While traveling at 35 mph consumer was hit from behind by another vehicle. Driver's seat collapsed, causing consumer to lay down while still traveling.

- Oldsmar, FL, USA

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