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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
38,600 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

1998 Dodge Caravan windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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1998 Dodge Caravan Owner Comments

problem #5

Dec 122005

Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles


Windshield wipers have become intermittent and getting worse to the point of not coming on until the vehicle has been on for a half hour. This happened after the panel lights such as for the ac unit etc began to blink at a constant rate and then they steady out after 20 minutes. Have gone to two Dodge dealerships. First one had me pay for and replace multi-function switch and it did not fix the problem. Second dealer said I have to order a $500 body control module computer plus labor and it may not solve the problem and they said it is a non-refundable expense even if they cannot fix the wipers. It is extremely dangerous to not have wipers working and I feel irresponsible that a computer is necessary for the wipers to work. The ntsb should have the authority to order Dodge to fix this situation at Dodge's expense since it is an obvious serious design flaw.

- Covington, LA, USA

problem #4

Nov 082004

Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,000 miles
My windshield wipers turn on even in the off position and I have had to remove the fuse so that they won't run continuously. I have a 1998 Dodge Caravan. The dealer can't seem to find the problem. I now have to drive without any windshield wipers or if it is raining I have to stop and open the hood and put the fuse back in...then they run continuously. This is very dangerous and I have noticed on the internet that I am not the only one with this problem. The dealer is now ordering a part called a BCM which costs $500 in hopes that it will fix the problem but they are not sure.

- Port Orange, FL, USA

problem #3

Feb 182002

(reported on)


  • miles
As a concerned citizen, who handles the fleet for a state Agency, I unhappy that nothing has been published from the manufactured as recalls to fix the problems which seems to happen around 35,000 miles or if the vehicle happens to be parked for anytime over two weeks.

- Lansing, MI, USA

problem #2

Apr 202000


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer was traveling about 40mph on the highway. And sliding door on passenger's side came open. Also, the windshield wipers work intermittently.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #1

Oct 151999


  • miles
Windshield wipers would operate while in off mode. Dealer notified. Provide further details.

- Davenport, IA, USA

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