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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,741 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 body / paint problems

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1998 Dodge Caravan Owner Comments

problem #3

Oct 302009


  • 128,000 miles


1998 Dodge Caravan strut tower is rusting through on passenger side. We had taken the vehicle in for front brake servicing and the mechanic informed us of the strut issue. He said this could cause steering and brake failure. If the problem is not corrected and the tower collapses while driving we will loose control of the steering and possible brakes.

- Ludlow, MA, USA

problem #2

May 282005

Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Front suspension: Strut rusted. There is noise in the front suspension, but the consumer is not sure if this was related to the corroded struts. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and they said that the struts should be replaced within a couple of months. The dealer was going to charge the consumer to fix the vehicle. The consumer talked to other people with similar problems. The rust was on top of the strut tower which was weakening the structure so that the strut spring began to protrude through the support.

- Coon Rapids, MN, USA

problem #1

Nov 232004

Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,223 miles
I own a 1998 Dodge Caravan 3.3L and less than 55,000 miles, the tensioner pulley went out of alignment, the bolt holding the tensioner in place was sheared in half, the belt fell off, and the steering locked up immediately. Thank god this happen in the shopping mall parking lot and not on freeway, the van be impossible to control! have the van towed to C&M auto service, have the serpentine belt, the serpentine belt tensioner replaced and re-align the tensioner. The belt/pulley design on this van is flawed and a major safety hazard! in brazil, Chrysler did a recall back in 2000 - due to several issues related to belt/pulley system on the Caravan and Grand Caravan models.

- Morton Grove, IL, USA

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