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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
27,175 miles

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1998 Dodge Caravan transmission problems

transmission problem

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1998 Dodge Caravan Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 252003

Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 81,525 miles


Total transmission failure. We drove to NJ from our house, no problems, noises or warnings parked the car and 1/2 hour later go in the car and car would not move either back or forth. Had car towed to mechanic and next day he told me I needed a new transmission, I was shocked, so decide to get a 2nd opinion, took car to amaco, they diagnosed also that a needed new transmission or rebuild transmission. I was going away on vacation on Friday, so had no options but fix transmission which cost me $2,021.25. I was glad it didnt brake while we were driving in the highway and no one got hurt. I asked the people at amaco, what made the transmission just die, at 81,525 miles and they told me is a very common problems with this particular car, so I decide to research and found out that they were right, by your own records of complaints. So, I hope the manufacturer will do something about it or be forced to do so. I also found out that there were other recalls that I was never notified about, such as seat belts and fuel system problems.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #2

Aug 271998


  • miles
Axle seal, transmission, torque converter oil cooler hoses failed resulting in leakage.

- Herndon, VA, USA

problem #1

Dec 291998


  • 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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