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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 1
Average Mileage:
17,745 miles

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1998 Dodge Caravan seat belts / air bags problems

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1998 Dodge Caravan Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #56

Jan 072015

Caravan

  • 55,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 1998 Dodge Caravan. While driving approximately 25 mph, the driver and passenger side air bags deployed independently. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 55,000.

- Richwood, NY, USA

problem #55

Jul 062010

Caravan 6-cyl

  • miles
Horn stopped working. Horn fuse is good. Air bag warning light came on and has stayed on.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #54

May 022009

Caravan

  • miles
I purchased a used 1998 Dodge Caravan van at westside Dodge 1672 cassat ave jacksonville fl 32210 and was told by the salesman that the airbag light was suppose to stay lit and the A/C lights were supposed to be blinking. When I found the owners manual the day after I purchased the van I read that the`airbag light is suppose to go off in 8 seconds after the car is started and I also read that when the A/C lights are flashing the A/C needs to be serviced. I advised the salesman and was told to bring the van back to the dealership when I did they tried to charge me $119 to check the airbag and $49.95 to check the airconditioning. I refused to sign any consent and tried to speak with the used car sales manager and was told "we only sell junk cars to the public as a courtesy", and than he hung up on me. I also found another complaint from another customer of this dealership who bought a new car and had the same exact air bag problem and to this date it has not been resolved. Please help me get this resolved, I am driving a vehicle that is unsafe to drive and has no air conditioning.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #53

Jan 022007

Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 113,000 miles

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

Clock spring went out with 113,000 on vehicle. Was replaced by dealer at no charge in about an hours time.

- Carbon Hill, AL, USA

problem #52

Jan 212005

Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
NHTSA recall 04V480000 on the air bag clockspring. After having the clockspring assembly replaced, the cruise control light appeared on the dashboard. The cruise control was inoperative. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection. The cause has not been determined at this time.

- Apple Valley, CA, USA

problem #51

Nov 122004

Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
This vehicle has multiply problems. Consumer noticed that the air bag light appeared on the dashboard and remained on. When pressing the horn it failed to come on its own. Also, smoke was coming from the steering column. The smoke extinguished itself out. No injuries reported. Hazard lights failed to come on. Drove vehicle to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic determined that the horn assembly and air bags were separated problems, and the steering column was okay. No determination on the hazard lights was made. Consumer informed the mechanic that this problem occurred on numerous occasions, and had not been resolved.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #50

Nov 042004

Caravan

  • miles

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

Consumer stated that Dodge will not repair the vehicle which was under recall 04V480000. Vehicle had over 70,000 miles on it. Consumer believed that vehicle should be repaired as stated for the ones with less than 70, 000 miles. Consumer contacted the manufacturer, and was told that he would have to pay to have the vehicle repaired.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #49

Oct 262004

Caravan

  • miles
The consumer took the vehicle in for the recall on the clock spring. However, when he arrived he was told the part was not available. The consumer called the day before and was told that the part was in stock.

- Novi, MI, USA

problem #48

Oct 122004

Caravan 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When the consumer applied brakes, the pedal went to the floor. The consumer was unable to maintain control of the vehicle and skidded into embankment and flipped twice. The driver 's side air bag did not deploy, but the passenger side air did deploy. The driver was dead on arrival. The insurance company towed totaled the vehicle. Please fill in additional information.

- San Luis Obispo, CA, USA

problem #47

Jul 082004

Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,000 miles
Air bag light was on, the horn did not work, and cruise control malfunctioned. Recall 02V950000 concerning clock spring failure was issued.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #46

Jun 222004

Caravan 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles

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

After starting the vehicle, the air bag light illuminated. The horn and cruise control failed to work intermittently. The dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #45

Jun 252004

Caravan

  • 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 #44

Apr 192004

Caravan

  • miles
After starting the vehicle air bag light illuminated, and the horn became disabled. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

- Englewood, CO, USA

problem #43

Jan 042004

Caravan

  • miles
When driving at an undetermined speed air bag warning light appeared on the dashboard consumer informed the dealership about this issue. However, the mechanic was unable to duplicate the problem.

- Lebanon, OR, USA

problem #42

Mar 052004

Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,700 miles
While driving consumer lost the horn, cruise control, and air bag light appeared on the dashboard. Dealer determined clock spring failure.

- Elmira, NY, USA

problem #41

Feb 032004

Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles
My 1998 Dodge Caravan has a failed clockspring, which has caused the airbag light to stay on and the horn and cruise control to not work. I understand that my van is not in the original recall for the clockspring because of the manufacture date, which is to late. The bill for the repairs is approx $210 (currently at the dealship). Please include all 1998 Caravan in the recall.

- Canton, MI, USA

problem #40

Feb 022004

Caravan

  • 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 #39

Dec 102003

Caravan

  • miles
Consumer pressed on the horn and the air bag light illuminated on the dashboard. Consumer took vehicle to the dealer for analysis. The mechanic noticed that the clockspring needed to be replaced.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #38

Jul 252003

Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 106,700 miles
Driver side air bag failure.

- St. Charles, MO, USA

problem #37

Jul 112003

Caravan

  • 55,000 miles
Nhts arecall 02-V-293-000: On certain mini vans clockspring assembly may have been winded incorrectly during vehicle assembly process. Consumer has the same problem including horn malfunction. However this vehicle was not recalled due to the VIN.

- Atlantic Beach, FL, USA

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