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5.3

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
17,647 miles

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2003 Dodge Caravan steering problems

steering problem

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2003 Dodge Caravan Owner Comments

problem #5

Nov 102003

Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,380 miles

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

The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Caravan. While attempting to turn the vehicle at 5 mph, the contact heard a sound for the first ten minutes of driving, and then it would stop. The vehicle was serviced by the dealer, but the failure persists. The failure mileage was 18,380. Updated 05/20/08. The consumer had problems with the power steering, transmission, rear lights that were hanging, the rear wiper came off, the sliding door did not shut properly. The clockspring was replaced. The engine light was on, the water pump was coming apart the valve cover gasket and oil pan gasket were leaking. Updated 05/20/08.

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #4

Nov 022005

Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact states there is NHTSA recall campaign 04V386000 concerning the steering: Hydraulic power assist: Hose, piping, and connections. The dealer told him that the solution called for the replacement of the power steering fluid with transmission fluid. The steering wheel made noise when turning. The steering wheel did not make this noise before the recall work was completed. Updated Dec 7 2005.

- Thomasville, NC, USA

problem #3

Jan 082003

Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,856 miles
The consumer had several problems with his 2003 Dodge Caravan; such problems were a knock in the transmission and 2 brake jobs. The two brakes jobs occurred within one year. The steering wheel knocked (recall campaign #04V386000), the vehicle had broken down at 8K miles, the wheel alignment was off, the gear panel illuminated, and the window had become loose. 80% of the vehicles problems was under 10K miles. The rotation noise continued and the rubber lining around the sliding door was coming off. Other problems: When the vehicle would be taken out of park to drive, all of the lights would illuminate, the front rims/hub caps were dirty due to excessive leakage around the brakes, even during normal washing, there was a mild ringing noise in the vehicle, the front door rattled, the rear tail lamp was damaged, the brake light and back-up lights had gone out, the brakes were going bad again, the engine would sputter due to no fuel pressure, the vehicle would pull to the left, when the driver door was shut it made a loud rattle sound, there would be a delay in the transmission when going uphill, when sitting at idle, the engine would sound as if it were revving but the gauge did not display this.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #2

May 112004

Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,000 miles
Consumer stated the vehicle caught fire. Fire started from the engine. The insurance company stated it was a power steering hose that ruptured.

- Daleville, IN, USA

problem #1

Nov 012004

Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,000 miles
Recall 04V386000/power steering fluid leakage: Dealer refused to honor consumer's recall notice.

- Yonkers, NY, USA

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