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5.2

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,705 miles

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1998 Dodge Caravan engine problems

engine problem

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1998 Dodge Caravan Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #24

Mar 042002

Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Vehicle was leaking oil. Took vehicle to mechanic, and mechanic indicated external cylinder gasket was gone. Dealer contacted. Consumer stated that the van had numerous problems, power steering loss, back wheels on fire, complete brake failure and engine would seize and stop.

- Corona, CA, USA

problem #23

Feb 152002

Caravan

  • miles
Head gasket is leaking oil from engine. Dealership is aware of problem.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #22

Feb 152002

Caravan

  • miles
The engine is leaking oil from the engine due to a blown head gasket the dealership is aware of the problem.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #21

Nov 152001

Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Vehicle experiences loss of oil. Vehicle taken to an independent repair shop dealer/manufacturer have not been notified at this time. Independent repair shop stated head gasket seal was leaking oil severely.

- Fallon, NV, USA

problem #20

Nov 082001

(reported on)

Caravan

  • miles
While driving camshaft bearing broke, causing vehicle to completely shutdown, cause unknown.

- Bedford, OH, USA

problem #19

Aug 232001

(reported on)

Caravan

  • miles
While driving camshaft bearing broke, causing the vehicle to completely shut down.

- Bedford, OH, USA

problem #18

Jun 012001

Caravan

  • miles

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

Head gasket failure. Vehicle well maintained, records available. Unacceptable for major engine failure (head gasket) at relatively low milage. Chrysler needs to recall as my independent mechanic reported that he has seen this problem with this type of engine many times although chrylser maintains that this is "not a common problem".

- Rockwall, TX, USA

problem #17

Apr 082001

Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving turned on heater, but there was no heat. Then, opened front hood, and coolant was all over engine. Took vehicle to dealer, and they said that head gasket was blown out.

- Exeter, NH, USA

problem #16

Jun 192000

Caravan

  • miles
I am having alot of problems with my van over the past year I have put over 1500 worth of work into this van they made the engine too small for this size of a van. I continue to have problem with the engine and now the transmission is acting up. I have already replaced head gasket all the motor mounts timing belt it has been one thing after another and now my engine is making a rattling sound everytime I push the gas petal I don't know where else to complain.

- Apache Junction, AZ, USA

problem #15

Jun 192000

Caravan

  • miles
I am having alot of problems with my van over the past year I have put over 1500 worth of work into this van they made the engine too small for this size of a van. I continue to have problem with the engine and now the transmission is acting up. I have already replaced head gasket all the motor mounts timing belt it has been one thing after another and now my engine is making a rattling sound everytime I push the gas petal I don't know where else to complain.

- Apache Junction, AZ, USA

problem #14

Jun 192000

Caravan

  • miles

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

I am having alot of problems with my van over the past year I have put over 1500 worth of work into this van they made the engine too small for this size of a van. I continue to have problem with the engine and now the transmission is acting up. I have already replaced head gasket all the motor mounts timing belt it has been one thing after another and now my engine is making a rattling sound everytime I push the gas petal I don't know where else to complain.

- Apache Junction, AZ, USA

problem #13

Jan 302001

Caravan

  • miles
Was told I needed head gasket replaced due to oil dripping. No prior problems have had regular service check up and oil changes I have called the manufacturer and was told there were no recalls as a result. I did find another complaint of similar situation on allpar.com. This seems too early for such a large repair.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #12

Jan 232001

Caravan

  • miles
Consumer had seen oil on ground coming from vehicle. Had taken vehicle for repairs, and technician said that oil was coming around engine. Head gasket was replaced once.

- Mesquite, TX, USA

problem #11

Dec 172000

Caravan

  • miles
Engine coolant leak noted from front of vehicle. Dealer performed cooling sytem pressure test. Diagnosed rear head gasket as faulty.

- Calgary, AL, USA

problem #10

Jan 012001

Caravan

  • miles
While driving defective timing belt and idler arm broke which cause vehicle to stall unexpectedly, almost causing a crash.

- Oak Lawn, IL, USA

problem #9

Jan 112001

Caravan

  • miles
Defective engine head gasket caused engine leak.

- Asheville, NC, USA

problem #8

Jun 102000

Caravan

  • miles
This is the fourth time the serpentine belt has shreaded apart. The first time was at approximately 20,000 miles. When the belt goes there is, of course, no power steering (which seriously affects the handling, no power brakes (which affects the stopping) and the water pump dos not work (causing the van to overheat rather quickly). The dealership is not able to determine why this keeps happening. I am from Canada so I was unable to enter my province (british columbia) and my postal code (V3G 1L5).

- Abbotsford, WA, USA

problem #7

Jan 112000

Caravan

  • miles
Engine head gasket failed, causing major oil leak.

- Lapeer, MI, USA

problem #6

Oct 011998

Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Cylinder head gasket failed.

- West Covin, CA, USA

problem #5

Jul 161999

Caravan

  • miles
Tensioner failed causing the belt to be thrown off engine pulleys. Nlm

- Palm Harbor, FL, USA

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