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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,099 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 engine problems

engine problem

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1998 Dodge Caravan Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #6

Oct 302000

(reported on)

Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Serpentine belt failed for the 4th time while driving. Had heard a funny noise prior to no steering. This caused a loss of steering control. First 2 times was at 35mph. 2nd 2 times was while starting vehicle. Been to dealer each time to have belt replaced. Power steering, water pum, alternator and air conditioner failed.

- Shelton, CT, USA

problem #5

Sep 292000

(reported on)

Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Serpentine belt fell off 3 times due to snow and rain splashing upon the engine resulting in power steering to fail and engine over heated.

- Cinn, OH, USA

problem #4

Sep 022000

Caravan

  • miles
Serpentine belt came off during a 25 mph turn. Belt then wrapped itself up in A/C pulley. Loss of power steering and alternator ensued. I've had this vehicle in the shop now 3 times for alternator or belt problems - they were not aware of tsb affecting the serpentine belt.

- Schenetcady, NY, USA

problem #3

Sep 022000

Caravan

  • miles

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

Serpentine belt came off during a 25 mph turn. Belt then wrapped itself up in A/C pulley. Loss of power steering and alternator ensued. I've had this vehicle in the shop now 3 times for alternator or belt problems - they were not aware of tsb affecting the serpentine belt.

- Schenetcady, NY, USA

problem #2

Oct 011999

Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer had to replace surpentine belt. When she was driving serpentine belt came off, and vehicle lost power. Dealership was aware of her problem. The belt have to be replaced periodically.

- Perkins, OK, USA

problem #1

Apr 301998

Caravan

  • miles
Intermittently, while driving at 20-30 mph, the drive belt will come off. This has happened 4 times since the 30th of April. The van has been fixed under warranty 3 times for this problem. The driver has the van again for the fourth time for the same problem.

- Spartanburg, SC, USA

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