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Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
148,348 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2001 Dodge Caravan engine problems

engine problem

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2001 Dodge Caravan Owner Comments

problem #3

Oct 152014

Caravan SE 2.4L V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 194,548 miles


This is about a 2001 DODGE CARAVAN SE, 2.4L, 4cyclinder van. A little over a year ago the van intermittently quit for awhile and then totally shut down on the freeway. Ended up with a few dents in the back cuz son had to push it to his house. Found out crank sensor was bad and this fixed the problem. NOW it is doing same thing, only more often, and it is not showing code for crank sensor. (Only blows code for evap canister which I have replaced along with a vac hose.) I have replaced cam sensor, fuel relay and had fusible link between neg batt. cable and starter checked. When it starts to stop, it acts like I have no power but when I pump gas, I can hear engine revving. Sometimes this gets it going again. However, if it totally goes off I am having to wait 5 to 15 mins. before I can get it started again. It is NOT showing hot on temp gauge and there is no code thrown. I am looking into a refurbished ECM, but before I put the bucks into it, is there any other suggestion of something I can check? Also, does this PITA require a vin specific ECM?

- , Pleasant Hill, IA, USA

problem #2

Nov 222012

Caravan SE 3.3L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 160,495 miles

The Van had electrical power still, but the engine just died while I was driving on the I-5. the caravan was at a speed of 60mph and just shut off. I wrestled the van to the shoulder, and tried to restart the vehicle. No go on the restart. The engine would just turn over and never ignite. Waited for 40 minutes and tried again. The van started!! So I started down the road and made it 5 more miles to have it do the same thing. After another 30-40 minutes the same thing happened again. after this a wrecker had to be called to tow me home.

This seems to be a very common thing among Caravan owners when I did a search on Google, But no one has a defined answer on how to fix it or diagnose it. So the Van will sit. I can start it but is not a trustworthy vehicle any longer.

- , Lowell, OR, USA

problem #1

Aug 122011

Caravan V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,001 miles

I have a 2001 Dodge Caravan Sport with an engine problem. A lot of times when I'm driving the engine shuts down, I then shift to neutral and restart the engine again. The cars VIN# 1B4GP45301B198831. I have changed the following parts: fuel pump, fuel filter, fuel pump relay, ignition coil, spark plugs, spark plug wires, oxygen censor, shutdown relay (this was replaced three times with new ones). But still I have this problem with the engine shutting down while driving and sometimes it's hard to restart. What could be the problem? There should be a recall, and I intend to call Dodge or Chrysler because this is unsafe for my family and I.

- , Saipan, MP, Northern Mariana Island

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