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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,875 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.

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1998 Dodge Caravan body / paint problems

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1998 Dodge Caravan Owner Comments

problem #8

Mar 062005

Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 135,000 miles


Air conditioning light is blinking; engine check and air bag light is on, nothing on the dash (speedometer etc) does not work. Door locks do not work; it's like it all went out at once.

- Loris, SC, USA

problem #7

Feb 232003


  • miles
The front doors were too hard to open and close.

- Lafayette, LA, USA

problem #6

May 142002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
After getting into vehicle and locking driver and passenger power doors, consumer was unable to unlock manually. Contacted dealer. Consumer stated the doors will only unlock and lock electronically, once the doors lock while driving, consumer can not open doors with her hands or manually lift up the locks, doors will not unlock with keys.

- Van Couver, WA, USA

problem #5

Jun 051999


  • miles


Door locks not functional. One fell inside door panel. The other jammed.

- Stockbridge, GA, USA

problem #4

Oct 251999


  • miles
Symptoms of all 3 separate occurences are the same. For no apparent reason the door will remain locked and will not open with a remote entry system, with a key or manually from inside the car. The manual locking mechanism on the inside is physically jammed and will not respond to an unlocking action of any force. It occured to the drivers side door first around June '99, the passenger side front door around August '99 and today the passengers side cargo door. When it happened the first time in June I was unable to obtain an appointment within a reasonable time (was told they no longer take appts. And it's first come, first serve, may take one to three days). For that reason I took a crack at it myself by removing the part of the inner door panel that was accesible and awkwardly inspected the mechanism with a flashlight and dental mirror. If I remember correctly there are 2 solenoids and I could feel both of them energize when I operated the door mounted lock/unlock switch although neither one created any kind of linkage movement. After massaging the linkages and levers blindly for approx. 2 hrs. The door finally unlocked (reason unknown). When the front passenger door presented the same symptoms (noticed by primary driver ("the wife") ), it resolved itself by the end of the day after several trips around town and B4 I could check it out. Finally, this morning the pass. Side cargo door decided it was it's turn and currently remains in this state. I called the dealer tonight and they said they could look at it in the morning so I begrudgingly will not touch it. This irks me for 2 reasons, one is that they will have a much more unobstructed inspection because of the large open area around the door and secondly, I know I could probably figure this out in less time with a more concrete answer than I suspect I'll be given. Additional info that may be of importance and always a possibility is an after market remote starting module that is operated from a remote

- Woodstock, IL, USA

problem #3

Feb 011999

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The inside door handle bezel failed.

- Grand Terrace, CA, USA

problem #2

Oct 011998


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Lift gate gas shocks failed.

- Temecula, CA, USA

problem #1

Mar 251998


  • miles
Body molding on the passenger side slider is loose.

- Beverly, MA, USA

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