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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,662 miles

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2005 Dodge Caravan Owner Comments (Page 6 of 10)

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problem #93

Jan 012010


  • 58,500 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Caravan. He stated that the power door locks would not operate correctly on the vehicle. The vehicle was diagnosed by a mechanic who advised him to disconnect the body module battery. The vehicle was also taken to the dealer where a second diagnosis was performed and they advised replacing the entire body module at costs of over $500 at the owner's expense. No repairs were made to date. There were no recalls. The current and failure mileages were under 58,500. The VIN was not accepted in the system.

- Alamo, TX, USA

problem #92

Jan 022010


  • 86,450 miles
05 Dodge Caravan power door locks fail to function after short time after reset. Have rest system several times. Pulling BCM fuse and or unhooking battery resets system and then fails after short time. Last time fit failed rear hatch lock would not engage. Had to disconnect battery again to get door locks to work, because I was out of town and had items in van and couldn't take the chance of theft. I feel this is a safety issue because of this. After reading many complaints about this and the dealers say that this is a software problem, there should be a recall for this problem.

- St Louis, MO, USA

problem #91

Dec 152009


  • 49,700 miles
Interior automatic and keyless entry locks failed to work. My five year old son has difficulty pull the manual locking device up also. Found information from other car owner online about the defect in the Dodge Caravan 2005 to fix automatic locking defect temporarily.

- Columbus, GA, USA

problem #90

Nov 222008


  • 115,328 miles


Power lock failure dealer switches fuse and the issue comes back within a week. This is a safety concern for people with vans usually have kids and they could open doors going down the road and U can not lock vehicle which could result in theft/vandalism.

- Olivet, MI, USA

problem #89

Aug 152009


  • 75,000 miles
2005 Dodge Grand Caravan power door locks fail. Will not lock or unlock with remote or switches on doors. Have to remove iod fuse for 10 seconds or more to restore function. Power locks will only work for 2 or 3 days before problem occurs again. Drivers door power window also has intermittent problem. Will not use for concerns that it might stop working in the down position. Left side power sliding door will not open or close fully using remote or switches on overhead console. Dealer states they will keep vehicle for extended period of time to try to correct problems at my expense. Dealer states known PCM issues with this model and software updates are available, but at owners expense.

- Denton, TX, USA

problem #88

Nov 152005


  • 72,648 miles
I own a 2005 Dodge Caravan and the power locks quit working, the horn blows and the lights blink when you push the keyless button but the locks don't lock or unlock. This is very dangerous as the kids in the back can open the doors and we think they are locked. I have asked the Dodge garage about a fix and am told it needs a computer flash fix or something for $130. This is a safety issue and should be recalled and fixed by the manufacturer. Also the doors no longer lock when the speed reaches 20 mph.

- Navarre, OH, USA

problem #87

Sep 202009


  • 39,000 miles


I'm writing this to complaint about 2005 Dodge Caravan power lock not working. We have 2005 Dodge Caravan and our power lock stop working. It will not lock or unlock anymore. I have check all fuse and all are fine. When you go to speed of 20mph it used to lock and even that stop working. I called the dealership and they said we have to update program and it will cost around $95. So I went on google search and found numerours complaint regurding lock problem other people has posted. Dealership will not make that as recall. They want money to fix their computer problem which they should take care of. I hope you can see that lot of people are suffering to fix this and hope to come to rescue them

- Carol Stream, IL, USA

problem #86

Oct 262009


  • 71,000 miles
2005 Dodge Caravan, locks quit working. There is a software update to repair. It is dangerous to have nonfunctional locks while driving. They do not automatically lock while driving, like they should. This is a common problem with the vehicle.

- Arnold, MO, USA

problem #85

Oct 272009


  • 22,750 miles
Second time electric door locks have failed to operate first time problem was solved by removing and reinstalling all fuses in ECM box under hood. Repair lasted about one month and then second failure.

- Dyersburg, TN, USA

problem #84

Oct 162009


  • 72,000 miles
Automatic door lock/unlock failed to lock/unlock on my wife's 2005 Dodge Caravan. This is apparently a common failure on this model as I determined from a web site. the push buttons on the key give the indication of locking/unlocking the vehicle doors as the headlights blink and the horn signals a receipt of the signal, but the doors do not lock. Also, the door lock switches on the inside of the door do not activate the locks. You can lock and unlock manually by using the buttons on each door - manually pushing them down to lock or raising them up to unlock. However, that is hard to do on a van as lock buttons are not easily reached. While there was no accident or damage from our failure, I can see the possibility of a problem, as an example : 1) a person thinks the doors are locked and a child is able to open the door while the vehicle is moving, 2) a person leaves the vehicle in a parking area thinking the doors are locked when they are not and someone breaks into the vehicle to steal it or to hide an attack the driver when they return. Our Dodge dealer was aware that this is a common failure and offered to apply a fix for around $50. Apparently, the fix is to disconnect the battery or pull a 20amp fuse which as far as I can determine from the above web site "resets the computer module". so, I did the 20 amp fuse removal myself and that fixed it. However, from the complaints in the web site - this fix apparently does not last (that is sometimes it lasts for hours and sometimes for day or weeks). I will add that a few on the web site discussed having their computer "reprogrammed"and my dealer mentioned that term when I let him know I had been reading the web site. My extended warranty folks mentioned that probably the activator module would need to be replaced. All I know is-it is a class problem and as far as I am concerned should be fixed by a recall.

- Sevierville, Tn, TN, USA

problem #83

Jun 172007


  • 40,000 miles


2005 Dodge Caravan. Door locks inoperative. 4 tries to have corrected. Temp fix. Problem re-occurs. A real threat to the safety of 4 children passengers.

- Howell, NJ, USA

problem #82

Sep 202009


  • 147,000 miles
2005 Dodge SXT Caravan, power door locks indicate locked but are actually not locked. Found grand son opening the door while I was backing out of the drive way, what a shock for me this was. This appears to be a bigger safety problem then the safety seat if a child falls out of the vehicle because the door was not locked.

- Plainfield, IL, USA

problem #81

Sep 182009


  • 35,555 miles
The power door locks on our 2005 Dodge Caravan have stopped working at only 35,555 miles. Therefore, I do not have control over all the locks from my driving position, and they no longer auto lock when the vehicle attains approximately 9 mph. Our son could unlock the door while the vehicle is moving. I believe this is a safety issue and should be addressed by the manufacturer. Online research has led me to believe that the problem is fixed by the dealership performing a software upgrade download. Therefore they know there is a problem and they should fix it.

- Lee's Summit, MO, USA

problem #80

Oct 072009

Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,002 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Caravan. While attempting to lock his vehicle the doors, they would not lock electronically. He has to manually unlock and lock the doors. The vehicle has not been taken to the dealer. The current and failure mileages were 77002. Updated 11/12/09 updated 11/16/09.

- Macy, IN, USA

problem #79

Sep 012009


  • 49,000 miles
Dodge Caravan 2005 automatic door locks don't work properly. With small children this could be a real issue if they unlock or lock themselves in the car and the adult doesn't have the actual key on hand. Only way to get the doors or trunk open is manually with a key now and only driver's side door has a hole for the key. The automatic side doors work half the time and seem dangerous for toddlers since they are erratic open/closing.

- Orange Park, FL, USA

problem #78

Jun 012009


  • miles
The automatic locks just stopped working. You have to unlock the drivers door and climb to all the doors to make sure and lock them manually. They used to lock when I went over 20 mph. It is very inconvenient and unsafe with my small children in the van.

- Winlock, WA, USA

problem #77

Sep 112009


  • miles
2005 Dodge Caravan SE, power door locks stopped working as well as remote control door locks. Although locking system continued to work for rear hatch through remote control. Went to dealership and was informed of the BCM software update and that Dodge was aware of the problem in this model year but could not make a recall on it.

- Kingwood, TX, USA

problem #76

Sep 062009


  • 96,000 miles
Automatic door locks on 2005 Dodge Caravan (96,000 miles) quit working all of the sudden. I discovered the problem when I took 3 kids to the mall & tried to lock the doors & nothing happened. I have had to pull the iod fuse & replace it twice now in 3 days just to be able to lock my doors. It isn't an option to not lock the doors but I really can't keep pulling the fuse & having to reset the clock every day or so. This is a major issue as there are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of Caravan owners with the same exact problem.

- North Liberty, IA, USA

problem #75

Aug 122009


  • 67,400 miles
2005 Dodge Caravan SXT- 67500miles- door-locks stopped working. Went through the disable/enable procedure in the owner manual to no avail. The enable appeared to work(audio signal), but the locks remained unresponsive. Wife thinks she did something, but nothing I can find. No other elec. System seems to be affected. Now looking for fuse/relay that controls door lock circuit. I suspect it is included in one of the acronyms in the fuse box.

- Friendsville, TN, USA

problem #74

Jul 012007


  • 10,000 miles
Door lock failure of Dodge Grand Caravan 2005 took to dealer twice worked only little while dealer just kept charging more for fix.

- Lebanon, TN, USA

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