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5.5

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,545 miles

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1998 Dodge Caravan suspension problems

suspension problem

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1998 Dodge Caravan Owner Comments

problem #11

Sep 192007

(reported on)

Caravan

  • miles

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

1998 Dodge Caravan with strut problems concerning rust. Customer states that the struts mount totally rusted out. Customer states that this could cause a serious accident if this problem goes un-repaired. The consumer was informed by a mechanic, that there is a design defect with Caravan. The mechanic went on to say the struts were mounted under the hood. The consumer received several opinions and was told that eventually the struts will force their way into the engine compartment. The manufacturer was aware of the problem and provided dealers with a repair kit which welds a new strut over the old one.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #10

May 282005

Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Front suspension: Strut rusted. There is noise in the front suspension, but the consumer is not sure if this was related to the corroded struts. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and they said that the struts should be replaced within a couple of months. The dealer was going to charge the consumer to fix the vehicle. The consumer talked to other people with similar problems. The rust was on top of the strut tower which was weakening the structure so that the strut spring began to protrude through the support.

- Coon Rapids, MN, USA

problem #9

Mar 162004

Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The left front strut tower assembly was rusted, which could cause the strut to come out on the side of the vehicle. Consumer anticipated that this could cause the front end of the vehicle to drop unexpectedly.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #8

Feb 072005

Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Strut tower corrosion - failure in near future 1998 Dodge Caravan 86000 miles quoted $ 800 to repair this should be a general recall by manufacturer !!!!!

- Lansing, NY, USA

problem #7

Dec 152004

Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Left strut tower rusted almost through. Mechanic refused to replace strut. Currently searching for repair alternative.

- Leroy, NY, USA

problem #6

Sep 012003

Caravan

  • miles
Driver's side strut tower rusted and was coming through the top of the vehicle. Consumer took vehicle to the dealer, but problem was not resolved.

- Cuyahoga Falls, OH, USA

problem #5

Jul 292004

Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • 115,000 miles

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

Preparing for trip, noticed large amount of rust/corrosion on driver side strut tower. Large chuncks of rusted metal loosened when lightly touched. This was within two weeks of an oil change, lube and filter at the dealership where purchased in 1999. Had checked by local mechanics, all said, "get rid of the car". did research and discovered service bulletin was issued regarding this problem. Dealership stated "never seen this before..

- Massena, NY, USA

problem #4

Aug 062004

Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer took the vehicle to dealer for routine maintenance, and mechanic determined that the strut tower needed to be replaced due to corrosion. A recall was issued for this problem but the consumer's vehicle was not included due to vine. The consumer had to pay $500 for the repairs.

- Saint Joseph, MI, USA

problem #3

Jul 062004

Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving the vehicle consumer heard a noise coming from the front of the vehicle. Took the vehicle to the dealership, and mechanic determined that the struts rusted.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #2

Apr 272003

Caravan 6-cyl

  • 67,000 miles
Consumer states vehicle's left front strut tower is cracked on top. Dealer notified. The mechanic stated that this wasn't an unusual failure and without repair, the problem will get worse until the suspension breaks.

- New Brighton, MN, USA

problem #1

Nov 052002

(reported on)

Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The vehicle had significant rust on strut towers, so much that it would mot pass inspection and severla mechanics expressed concern about the suspension falling out of the vehicle.

- Butler, PA, USA

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