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3.4

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
38,544 miles

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1998 Dodge Caravan Owner Comments

problem #16

May 142007

Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

- the contact owns a 1998 Dodge Caravan. She noticed the headlights were dim due to the plastic covering of the headlights turned yellow. She stated that even with the high beams on it is hard for her to see. The current mileage was 150,000. The contact did not want to estimate failure mileage.

- Marshall , AR, USA

problem #15

May 132005

Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Dodge Caravan. The contact stated that the headlight covers were tarnished and decreased visibility while driving at night. The dealer informed the contact to purchase a new headlight assembly. The current mileage was 96,000, and failure mileage was 86,000.

- Willoughby Hills, OH, USA

problem #14

Mar 202007

Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Material on headlamps of 1998 Dodge Caravan is fogging over and is obstructing the headlights. Condition has been getting progressivly worse over time.

- Earlham, IA, USA

problem #13

Jul 012002

Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Headlamps on 1998 Dodge Caravan have clouded over so much that it makes it difficult to see while driving at night. Received two estimates on replacement of headlamps. Both were between 600 & 700 dollars. Informed by both mechanics that replacement lamps would more than likely do the same thing after a number of years because there has been no recall on part in question for that year vehicle.

- Powhatan, VA, USA

problem #12

Oct 262006

Caravan 6-cyl

  • miles
Headlights are clouded over, lights are dim, can't see well at dark. Potential for an accident.

- Wilmington, NC, USA

problem #11

Aug 282006

Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 125,000 miles
: the contact stated the headlight lenses were clouded. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer.

- Camby, IN, USA

problem #10

Apr 192006

Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,700 miles

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

: the contact stated the headlights on the vehicle have a film over them which make it hard to see at night. The dealer was alerted. Updated 05/22/06.

- Sandston, VA, USA

problem #9

Jan 012000

Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • 84,000 miles
The lenses on the headlights of my Dodge Caravan (1998) have become almost frosted during the past 3 or 4 years, which causes inadequate lighting of roads and increased glare. The dealer told me that both entire headlights would have to be replaced for a cost of $500-600 plus labor. He said that some Caravan have this happen and others don't. I feel that this is a safety factor and should be treated as a recall.

- Lock Haven, PA, USA

problem #8

Dec 012004

Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 118,000 miles
A thick film is covering the headlight lens. As a result, the lights are very dim at night....

- Orangeburg, SC, USA

problem #7

Oct 172004

Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles
Plastic headlight covers are cloudy and cannot be cleaned. Nighttime driving is hazardous.

- Bosque Farms, NM, USA

problem #6

Feb 192004

(reported on)

Caravan

  • miles

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

While driving the consumer noticed that the vehicle's head lights became dim and provided poor visibility. The dealership has been notified. The head light lenses were also fogged.

- Covington, GA, USA

problem #5

Jul 142003

Caravan

  • miles
Headlights are foggy. Each time it rains it becomes more difficult to see at night time driving.

- Covington, GA, USA

problem #4

Jul 282003

(reported on)

Caravan

  • 34,000 miles
The consumer stated the lenses that covered the headlights were cloudy which resulted in reduced visibility. *nolan

- Lyons, GA, USA

problem #3

Mar 132003

Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
1998 Dodge Caravan: (1.)twice in the past two years "flex plate" between the engine and transmission has failed breaking in the center imitating the sound of a failing main bearing. Under 100,000 miles. (2.) transmission failed 100,000 mi., (3.)wiring harness caught fire while engine running - destroyed harness. (sparks shooting out from beneath vehicle - fire extinguished before major damage @ 110,000 miles.,000 mi. ( 4.) headlight lens plastic turned milky and inhibits proper light projection - difficult to see well at night even when lights are on bright.

- Stockbridge, GA, USA

problem #2

Mar 032003

Caravan 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The head lights flickered on and off.

- Coarsegold, CA, USA

problem #1

Dec 151997

Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Headlights are not bright enough on low beams. This caueses poor visibility while driving at night. Dealer notified and made some adjustment, but consumer still feels helights still not bright. Dealer informed that it was set to proper specifications, and nothing else could be done.

- Tom River, NJ, USA

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