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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,537 miles

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1998 Dodge Caravan transmission problems

transmission problem

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1998 Dodge Caravan Owner Comments (Page 4 of 5)

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problem #22

Mar 012001

Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Consumer heard a growling noise when taking foot of gas pedal. Transmission blew a quarter size hole in it. Also, losing oil

- Lithfield, CT, USA

problem #21

Feb 032001

Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Contacted chrylser they have agreed to pay 50% of damage but I want to know what is going to keep this from happening again or if it has happened before. I was passing a car on the turner turnpike when I heard a pop and my tires vibrated I thought I had had a flat. So I pulled over and left a trail of transmission fluid behind me. The pin in the spidergear snapped and flew threw the transmission. Found the piece on top of my transmission. I haul kids and got on trips I don't want this to happen again. How can I see if it has happened before.

- Glenpool, OK, USA

problem #20

Dec 272000

Caravan

  • miles
Many people I have spoken with, including the employees at kennedy transmission, have said these transmission have a reputation of going out around 60-70,000 miles. Our differential was also damaged. The parts needed for this repair, I was told, is on a national backorder because this is such a common occurance. Shouldn't the consumer be forwarned about have a $2800 repair after 60,000 miles" otherwise, shouldn't they put in a different transmission in these mini-vans"

- Chisago City, MN, USA

problem #19

Jan 082001

(reported on)

Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Transmission prematurly failed while driving through intersection. Cause unknown. The transmission drive works but constantly slips in and out of gear.

- Newton, NJ, USA

problem #18

Dec 202000

Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer was having trouble with transmission. Took vehicle to dealer, and dealer checked it out. Currently, vehicle is not driveable. The dealer indicated that the transmission should be replaced.

- Marion, VA, USA

problem #17

Oct 242000

Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
After backing the car out of the driveway I hear a clunking noise, put the car into drive and it will not move. Only after restarting the engine and then putting it into 2nd gear could we move the car out of the street.

- Montgomery, AL, USA

problem #16

Jan 302000

Caravan

  • miles

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

While driving the transmission failed, the pin went trough the case and caused the front end to lock up and the van went skidding down the road I had no steering the gears were on the road surface. This happend a second time with the transmission that was put in at 61000. Miles. I am currently on my third transmission and fearful that at a highway speed this catastrophic mechanical breakdown would cause a major accident.

- Friendsville, PA, USA

problem #15

Jun 022000

Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving vehicle came to a complete stop/died due to coolant and transmission fluid mixing together in radiator, and causing transmission failure. Consumer has contacted dealer, transmission specialist has replaced transmission and radiator.

- Linwood, NJ, USA

problem #14

May 052000

(reported on)

Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Engine check light has illuminated on the dash. Also, computerized transmission is locked into second gear. Consumer has contacted the dealer. Found broken wire in the harness that connects the transmission computer to the main computer. Break in harness in dash-firewall..et.

- Stevensville, MT, USA

problem #13

Mar 082000

Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving down the road came to a complete stop, felt like someone was hit from the rear end, but it was the transmission shifting gears. Contacted dealer and manufacturer, and they were not able to duplicate the problem.

- Torrington, CT, USA

problem #12

Feb 112000

(reported on)

Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

At 47,000 miles the automatic transmission has completely disintegrated, cause unknown. Dealer cannot identify the problem.

- Geneva, NY, USA

problem #11

Jan 042000

(reported on)

Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While traveling 55 mph consumer noticed a noise form under the hood at the same time the vehicle stalled. Dealer has been notifed that transmission was not functioning. Please provide further informaton.

- Ellsworth, WI, USA

problem #10

Oct 291999

Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving at 65 mph with cruise control set smoke was coming from under the vehicle due to transmission being replaced. When consumer stopped vehicle. It wouldn't start back up.

- Mayville, WI, USA

problem #9

Nov 021999

Caravan

  • miles
No summary

- Hope Mills, NC, USA

problem #8

Aug 211999

Caravan

  • miles
My car was in park and running at idle. The car threw itself into reverse and crashed into a fence. No one was in the car to stop it.

- Naple, FL, USA

problem #7

Mar 191998

Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission failed.

- San Clemen, CA, USA

problem #6

Jun 251999

Caravan Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
This is a major problem in the transmission, everyone I know is having this same problem. Each time it's the nut backing off on 5th gear. Time and money are lost when this occurs, and it's being repaired not solved. Some of my friends have had their trucks in the shop numerous times to repair for this annoying and costly problem.

- Mineola, TX, USA

problem #5

Feb 151999

Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmition failure; due to snow weather conditions, one wheel moving faster than the other. Stuck in the snow! poor design for northern states. Weak design. Consumer should not be responsible for poor design and lack of technology for driving in the snow.

- Fredonia, NY, USA

problem #4

Jan 051999

Caravan

  • miles
Transmission leaking due to failure of the front pump housing oil seal.

- Herndon, VA, USA

problem #3

Dec 291998

Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Engine check light illuminated while traveling on route I77. Pulled off highway and vehicle slipped into neutral. Vehicle then would only shift from 1st to 2nd (limp along mode). Dealer in Virginia determined that transmission had completely failed. Large chunks of metal in pan. Replaced transmission and torque converter. Vehicle has since slipped into neutral 1 more time.

- Ann Arbor, MI, USA

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