Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

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really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
128,750 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. replace heads (1 reports)
1998 Dodge Caravan engine problems

engine problem

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1998 Dodge Caravan Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 072009

Caravan Sport 3.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 147,500 miles


the engine seizes up from oil buildup; sold the van for parts

- , Kettering, OH, USA

problem #1

Oct 062007

(reported on)

Caravan 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles

The valve guides on all 3.0L V6 engines, all are produced by Mitsubishi, are notoriously weak. They will fail between 100,000 and 150,000 miles. I have had two of these engines ('94 and '98 Caravans) and have had the same problem with both. The first time I thought it was just an anomaly. Considering that the heads need to be replaced at a cost of about $2000 and the advanced design and quality control that the auto industry has, this is inexcusable to have an engine in production this long and not correct the problem.

Given Chrysler's similar history of transmission problems (and disregard to correcting the design) and their lack of customer support for this bad design, I will never buy another Chrysler product again.

- , Grand Forks, ND, USA

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