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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,143 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 electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Dodge Caravan Owner Comments

problem #7

Nov 302004


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


When consumer put key into the ignition to crank the vehicle it made a squeaking/grinding noise. While the engine was still running black smoke came from under the hood. Was not able to turn vehicle off. Vehicle turned off automatically on its own after smoke stopped billowing. Vehicle was not taken to a dealer.

- Lorton, VA, USA

problem #6

Jun 252004


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
On several occasions my 1998 Dodge Caravan would stall when starting up, it has a reoccuring airbag light, cruise control misfunctioning and horn stalling issues. I currently had to take it to chyristler for repairs. I was told from the manufacturer that there was a recall on the Dodge Caravan 1996-1998 re:clockspring. My veh. Was not listed with this recall and I'm concerned that I am experiencing the same problems as the Dodge Caravan that have been recalled. The air bag light appear on the dashboard and remain on. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection. The mechanic replaced the clockspring.

- Madison, AL, USA

problem #5

Feb 022004


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Emergency brakes inoperable, airbag light turns on, horn does not work, hard time removing key from ignition and I can go from "P" to "R" or "D" without pressing on the brakes (even if there is no key in the ignition).

- Anaheim, CA, USA

problem #4

May 062003


  • 78,000 miles


When starting the vehicle, keys have to be turned several times in the ignition before vehicle starts. Cause unknown.

- Henning, IL, USA

problem #3

Oct 192002


  • miles
Vehicle was parked. Consumer turned the keys in the ignition, a nd vehicle caught on fire. The fire came from under the hood. Their were no problems or warnings prior to the fire.

- Massillon, OH, USA

problem #2

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 #1

Nov 162000


  • miles
No summary listed for abov evehicle.

- Paso Robles, CA, USA

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