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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 1
Average Mileage:
15,111 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 brakes problems

brakes problem

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1998 Dodge Caravan Owner Comments

problem #18

Apr 102007

Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles

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

- the contact owns a 1998 Dodge Caravan with 130,000 failure mileage. While driving at 55 mph and attempting make a stop the contact put his foot on the brake, but nothing happened. The pedal went all the way down to the floor. The contact started pumping the brake and the vehicle slowed down, but it did not stop. The contact let the vehicle roll to a stop. The dealer had not been called. The contact replaced the interrupter valve on the vehicle.

- Pellston, MI, USA

problem #17

May 032005

Caravan 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
Consumer's vehicle brake pedal will not reach the floor, and the brakes have just failed. The consumer backed out of the garage, and brakes failed, resulting in a crash....had vehicle towed to dealer, who stated that front disc brakes failed. Consumer paid $160.oo to replace brakes.

- Grafton, WI, USA

problem #16

Oct 252004

Caravan 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,000 miles
When applying the brake pedal ABS light commenced to illuminate. Brake pedal went to the floor, and the vehicle experienced extended stopping distance before stopping. Vehicle was taken to dealer for repairs.

- Westbury, NY, USA

problem #15

Oct 122004

Caravan 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

When the consumer applied brakes, the pedal went to the floor. The consumer was unable to maintain control of the vehicle and skidded into embankment and flipped twice. The driver 's side air bag did not deploy, but the passenger side air did deploy. The driver was dead on arrival. The insurance company towed totaled the vehicle. Please fill in additional information.

- San Luis Obispo, CA, USA

problem #14

Feb 182002

(reported on)

Caravan

  • miles
As a concerned citizen, who handles the fleet for a state Agency, I unhappy that nothing has been published from the manufactured as recalls to fix the problems which seems to happen around 35,000 miles or if the vehicle happens to be parked for anytime over two weeks.

- Lansing, MI, USA

problem #13

Oct 032001

Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving 55 mph, smelled smoke. Then, dashboard went blank. Consumer saw smoke coming from edge of hood, he pulled over and saw flames from underneath vehicle. Vehicle at dealership at this time. Dealer determined ABS system caught on fire. Damage unknown.

- Sherwood, OH, USA

problem #12

Oct 092001

(reported on)

Caravan

  • miles

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

When brakes are applied pedal goes to floor, causing extended stopping distance.

- Rio Rico, AZ, USA

problem #11

May 222001

Caravan

  • miles
Engine warning light was on, and consumer saw something hanging from under the car, it was serpentine belt. Then, there was no steering or braking.

- Rockville, MD, USA

problem #10

Jun 012000

Caravan

  • miles
While driving consumer tried to put on brakes and foot went to the floor. Took vehicle to dealer, and they replaced master cylinder on 03 Jul 2000. Master cycinder failed again, and consumer had know brakes. Then, again on Oct 7th the same problem occurred, consumer felt this vehicle was unsafe because there were kids in vehicle.

- Greensburo, NC, USA

problem #9

Jan 182000

Caravan

  • miles
Anytime brakes are appplied suddenly or in slippery weather conditions, vehicle will shake & make a loud grinding noise. Dealer will be contacted.

- Battle Creek, MI, USA

problem #8

Apr 062000

(reported on)

Caravan

  • miles

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

No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Macon, GA, USA

problem #7

Jan 212000

Caravan

  • miles
When consumer applies brakes pedal goes all the way down to the floor, andthe brakes jerk.

- Cumming, GA, USA

problem #6

Dec 291998

(reported on)

Caravan

  • miles
When driving at any speed, went to apply for the brakes and the brakes locked up three times.consumer had to replace the brake pads due to pads being burned up. Went to apply the brakes and there was a knocking noise coming from the brakes.

- Northeast Salem, OR, USA

problem #5

Jun 011998

Caravan

  • miles
While driving and trying to applying the brakes vehicle makes a squeaking sou, and the pedal has to be stomped for the vehicle to be stopped. Please provide any futher information.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #4

Sep 111998

Caravan

  • miles
I was slowing down toward a traffic light and about 35-mph the ABS light came on. The car brakes went almost to the floor could not stop. Consequently I could not avoid a collision. The dealer said that the air bag did not open because the vehicle impact was inches just above the left side of the bumper, to my surprise. I thought I was buying a safe vehicle for my family. Since the vehicle was new the light came on one time or another, the deler could not find the problem but it was there and nothing was fix.

- Fajardo, PR, USA

problem #3

Sep 111998

Caravan

  • miles
No summary listed for this vehicle.

- Fajardo, PR, USA

problem #2

Apr 181999

Caravan

  • miles
The ABS failure light comes on intermittently while driving at any speed. Once on, it stays on until the engine is switched off. Problem was very infrequent through the winter, but returned as weather began to warm. Recently have felt brake pedal pulsation as light was comming on, even at low speed stops. Dealer says light must be on solid in order to diagnose.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #1

Feb 111999

Caravan

  • miles
The only reasons an accident was avoided was that no one was in front of me, and I resumed my rate of speed. I ended up 10 feet from a busy street before the van stopped. My small children were in the van with me at the time. I also feel fortunate that only 1 brake failed.

- Suwanee, GA, USA

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