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2.5

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,455 miles

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2001 Dodge Caravan Owner Comments

problem #13

Mar 062014

Caravan

  • 170,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2001 Dodge Caravan. The contact stated that while driving 70 mph, the headlights failed and an unknown light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed the front modular needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 170,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Wilson, NC, USA

problem #12

Feb 012010

Caravan

  • 114,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Dodge Grand Caravan sport. The contact noticed that while driving at any speed in wet weather conditions, the headlights shut off, the warning lights illuminated, and the all of the gauges display zero. The dealer performed a diagnostic test and replaced the body control module. The contact did not inform the manufacturer. The current mileage was 151,000. The failure mileage was approximately 114,000.

- Cashton, WI, USA

problem #11

Sep 042009

Caravan

  • 90,000 miles
2001 - Dodge Caravan - left rear tail light fell out, hanging on by wires. Took to private mechanic, said dealer had to fix. Took to dealer, stated could not reinstall, needed whole new unit for dry rotted rubber gasket. Took vehicle to home depot, bought 1 tube of black exterior silicone caulk. Drove vehicle home, and cleaned area around rear tail light. Pushed light back into place and caulked around dry rotted rubber. Taped tail light to body assembly (be careful to use tape which will not damage vehicle). Left vehicle to sit still for 24 hours as caulk dried. Made this simple repair myself for $2.86 when the dealer wanted over $500 to repair. What a rip off when they can't even make a vehicle that lasts, they have to price gouge their customers.

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #10

Jan 012007

Caravan

  • 130,000 miles

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

Headlights and dashboard dies, intermittent. The problem show when I used the turn signal, the dashboard dies entirely and the headlights goes off, it happens every 2 or 3 days, after a few minutes they worked again. It happens to me more than 10 times. I solder the terminals at the electrical box that according to the electrical diagram feed the turn signal, dashboard and headlights in the engine compartment 2 years ago, since then the problem has not occurred any more.

- Boynton Beach, FL, USA

problem #9

Sep 132009

Caravan

  • 98 miles
2001 Caravan headlight problem. Faulty FCM (bad connections) this is a very serious problem that seems to be getting ignored by everyone especially Chrysler. This issue needs to be put on the front burner before someone gets seriously hurt or killed in a crash. Headlights going out in the middle of the nite on the highway going 60 mph is dangerous. Please look into a recall on these vehicles. The FCM connections are faulty. Multiple people and mechanics have discovered where the problem is and has fixed them by readjusting connecter pins or tabs in the connection and this has corrected the problem. Even Canada knows of the problem. Also these people have been getting soaked 1000S of $$$ in repairs (Chrysler) leading to the same problem coming back. Please lookup google( 2001 Dodge headlight problems) this topic is heavily talked about on the topix.com site easiest way to find this forum is to google this phrase (2001 Dodge headlight problem). 186 posts about this problem in since 2006. Hard to find through the site.please try to find a way to address this problem. Thank you for taking the time to read about this issue. Please E-mail me on what can be done in the future. Thank you.

- Apple Valley, MN, USA

problem #8

May 232008

Caravan

  • 13,400 miles
Since late spring 2008, the headlights on my 2001 Dodge Caravan have intermittently flickered and gone out, then come back on. This continued off and on until I had the vehicle repaired at a vehicle electrical system expert (enormis, erie pa) in July of 2009. They replaced the fuse box for the vehicle at a cost of approx $430. They indicated that they have had to do this with approx. Six other vehicles recently. This was an extremely dangerous situation, having your headlights go out at night on an interstate highway while traveling 60 mph, especially while it is raining. I have the original part:there should be a recall of these vehicles and I want to be re-imbursed!!! I am an attorney and know a dangerous defect when I see one!!!!

- Erie, PA, USA

problem #7

Jul 312008

Caravan

  • miles

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

The headlights on my van stopped working due to a problem with a wiring connector by the fuse box. I'm not a mechanic so I can't really explain it better than that. I did some research online and found this is very common in Dodge Caravan and I feel like something should be done to resolve it before someone driving at night on a dark road loses their lights and gets in an accident.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #6

Jan 012009

Caravan

  • 85,000 miles
My headlights would not work together. The left one only would work on high beam and the right one only worked on low beam. I found the connector between the front control module and the fuse box to be corroded. I made a temporary fix by cleaning up the connection. I've read on the internet that many people with 2001 and 2002 Dodge Caravan are experiencing the same problem. I know that the NHTSA had investigated this issue in 2006 and I believe that this issue warrants further action by you.

- North Grafton, MA, USA

problem #5

Oct 182008

Caravan

  • miles
2001 Dodge Caravan headlights, replaced left headlight, week later turned on van and one daylight light came on, turned on headlights and the opposite low beam came on, switched to high beam and the opposite high beam came on. I have noticed flickering lights in the past both inside and outside. Does someone have to die and have a family member sue before problem is fixed?

- Marysville, WA, USA

problem #4

Sep 022008

Caravan

  • miles
I own a 2001 Dodge Caravan equipped with daytime running lights. During operation only the driver side daytime running light comes on. When headlights turned on, only passenger side headlight comes on. Only one headlight works at any time. Not enough light to see while driving. It is a constant.

- Delray Beach, FL, USA

problem #3

Aug 102008

Caravan

  • 105,559 miles

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

Headlamp/parking light failure - parking light was out and car needed inspection for mass. Brought car in for service and all the garages are telling me it's going to cost between $500-$700 for fix a $1.50 part. The light was new and the directional worked. Later on as I was seeking more info and help the headlamp went on the passenger side. The high beam could be put on but would turn off the drivers side headlamp/high beam. Parking light on drivers side would remain on and directional worked.

- Westfield, MA, USA

problem #2

Jun 052006

Caravan

  • miles
Headlights alternate operation. When vehicle is turned on only the left headlight operates as a daytime running light. When the light switch is turned on only the right headlight operates. Then when the high beam is activated, only the left high beam comes on.

- Vermillion, SD, USA

problem #1

Jul 022005

Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,861 miles
Headlights flickering on and off. Suspended night driving immediately. While investigating the problem on the internet, we discovered an ongoing investigation by NHTSA. Due to the seriousness of this safety issue, we've decided to register this complaint in hopes that an expert engineer, either from NHTSA or Chrysler, will have an unadulterated example of the problem to study. Worthy of mention: We have just relocated from Wisconsin to Tennessee and consider the possibility of that being a factor in the failure.

- Crossville, TN, USA

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