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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 7 of 10)

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problem #73

Aug 052009


  • 75,450 miles


Out of the blue the locks on my 2005 Dodge Caravan quit working by remote and lock switch on door panes on both sides. We have small children who ride in this van and are concerned with the safety issue that this causes. I have replaced the iod 20A fuse and disconnected the battery to see if it is a computer glitch.

- Cresaptown, MD, USA

problem #72

Aug 052009


  • 45,000 miles
2005 Dodge Caravan, door locks stop working, 100's of complaints on web, BCM module needs to be re-flashed, Dodge charges $100 to fix their problem.

- Apopka, FL, USA

problem #71

Oct 172007


  • miles
We have owned our 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan since 10/2004 and have had problems with the power locks for two years. Power locks are very important to us for practical and safety reasons (we have 3 young children) so we were pleased to find online forums that provided temporary computer remedies to this problem to eliminate costly repair bills. However, this was only a quick fix and short term. The locks had to manually be reset monthly, sometimes daily (more than once a day near the end), and now cannot be rest at all. We have only 37,900 miles on our van but are no longer under warranty. It is just too costly to take the van into the dealership to fix a problem that obviously must be recalled by reading over a hundred complaints. This failure is a computer problem and must be remedied by Dodge for the safety of our children before they are hurt. There is only one key entry to the van on the drivers side which makes it extremely difficult to maneuver and travel. We have to crawl all around the inside of the van and over car seats to lock and unlock all of the doors. If the doors aren't locked, one of the kids could open them which is a real safety hazard. Disconnecting the battery to reset the computer system is not something that we should have to handle, it is a computer failure on the part of Chrysler and should be recalled as such for our safety.

- St. Petersburg, FL, USA

problem #70

Jul 222009


  • miles


The power door locks quit working on my 2005 Dodge Caravan. I researched online and discovered that many people have had the same situation occur to their 2005 Caravan. I have not taken the car to get fixed yet but I do intend to as I have 3 young children and I do not want one of them to accidentally open the door. To move around the car an manually lock the door is very frustrating. Because of the safety concern I feel that this should be a recall so this can get checked out and fixed by the dealer free of charge.

- Racine, WI, USA

problem #69

Jul 252009


  • 41,000 miles
Intermittent failure of the electronic door locks on our 2005 Dodge Caravan. We can not lock the passenger door from the driver's side door switch when electronic door locks fail. Doors will also not lock with the key flob. You can not manually lock the rear door so when this occurs you can not lock the vehicle. This has happened 2 times problem will occur then you park the vehicle for a couple of hours and the problem goes away.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #68

Jan 152009


  • 50,000 miles
Electric door locks quit working. Had one lock module replaced for #100.00. Only worked for a few hours. To lock or unlock doors I must do each one by hand one at a time. Mechanic says it is computer problem.

- Missouri City, TX, USA

problem #67

Jul 102009


  • miles


2005 Dodge Grand Caravan electric door locks not working does not lock automatically when driving as it should Dodge is aware of this safety issue and does nothing about it.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #66

Jun 302009


  • 48,000 miles
I have a 2005 Dodge Caravan and the power door locks stopped working with no warning of any type.

- Scranton, PA, USA

problem #65

Jun 012009


  • 67,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Caravan. When entering the vehicle, the contact noticed that the automatic remote entry failed. She had to manually open the doors. When driving more than 10 mph, the automatic door locks fail to activate. The contact is in the process of taking the vehicle to the dealer for inspection. The manufacturer has not yet been notified. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was 67,000 and current mileage was 67,200.

- Saint Paul, MN, USA

problem #64

Jun 022009


  • 87,715 miles
I have a 2005 Dodge Caravan. My power locks and sliding side door stopped working. Could not lock/unlock doors with key entry nor the lock switch inside. Also, I could not open/close the side sliding door with key entry nor with switch inside the van. Had to manually lock/unlock doors throughout the van. On one website, I found 42 people with the same complaint about the power locks that go back for a two year period (March 2007 to May 2009). I have done what they suggest, which is to either disconnect the battery for 5 minutes, remove the #20 iod fuse for 5 seconds, or pay to have Dodge update the software for the computer in the vehicle. I did the second choice. If all goes as it was stated on the website, the problem with the power locks will occur again. All but about 5 people have had recurring problems with their power locks. I feel that this is a safety issue due to the fact that I have two young kids who are able to open the doors by themselves if they wanted to do so. Also, someone could get into the vehicle at any time when the power locks do not work and the person does not know that it is not working. Please help up with this situation.

- Alabaster, AL, USA

problem #63

Jun 012009


  • 45,000 miles


2005 Dodge Grand Caravan automatic door locks no event leading to failure. Randomly the door locks just quit working. More concerning is that the 19mph locking mechanism for the door locks will not work and the door lock switch quits working as well, leaving the rear doors unlocked while driving. There is no way to lock the rear doors from the exterior and short of crawling to the back over the front seats my children are in a car able to open the doors. This certainly has to be a safety issue. Researching online, there appears to be numerous complaints with this issue and a varied amount of suggested fixes. Dodge dealership desires to update the computer at a cost to me but, after reading the online complaints, this does not appear to be a fix.

- Spokane Valley, WA, USA

problem #62

May 292009

Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Caravan. The contact stated that the power door locks and linkages were inoperative. As a result, he may be unable to safely exit and enter the vehicle in a timely manner in the event of a crash. The vehicle has not been inspected to determine the cause of the failure. The failure and current mileages were 39,000. Updated 07/28/09 the consumer stated the problems with the locks were fixed by the dealer. Updated 07/30/09.

- Pikeville, NC, USA

problem #61

Sep 012008


  • 40,000 miles
Problems with the power locks on my 2005 Dodge Caravan. They stop working. The first time was taken care off by the dealer. Now the warranty has ended and the problem came back. Since is a minivan is very difficult to reach the locks by hand because I have disabilities.

- Cabo Rojo, PR, USA

problem #60

Apr 272009


  • 55,000 miles
Power door locks quit working. Chrysler knows about this and has a $130 software upgrade that is supposed to correct the problem this is a safety issue! the vans should be recalled and the repair mandatory. Children could easily open the doors in the back seat while the car is moving.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #59

Mar 152009


  • 45,000 miles
The door locks on my 2005 Dodge minivan quit working. This is a safety hazard! it has happened before several times. We have small grandchildren that are riding in the backseat and I am worried about this.

- Richardson, TX, USA

problem #58

Apr 092009


  • 45,000 miles
Power door locks do not work on my 2005 Dodge Caravan. You have to unplug the battery to reset the computer, which only lasts a day. Not having door locks that lock is a safety concern for me and should be for Dodge. Looking online, this appears to be widespread with their products, especially Caravan.

- Maplewood, MN, USA

problem #57

Mar 312009


  • 120,000 miles
Failure of electrical system on 2005 Dodge Caravan, namely power door lock failure, including with key fob, switch on inside of vehicle and automatic locking mechanism. Can be remedied by disconnecting battery and reconnecting or removing fuse and replacing. This only helps for up to 2 days. Bought my van used at 115,000 miles, but every complaint I have read started at 40,000 miles. More than 40 complaints on one website alone. Widespread problem among this model. My almost 2 year old son was able to open the door and climb out of the van on his own. Thankfully we were stopped and parked. Could have been a tragedy had we been in motion, and if I did not keep him securely fastened in his car seat until the vehicle stops. This was after resetting the battery for about the 20th time in the less than one year since I purchased my van. But again it had failed and the automatic locking mechanism hadn't engaged. I know that many have complained to Dodge directly, but they refuse to acknowledge it as a safety issue and recall the electrical system. Not the only problem I have found with the electrical system. Others include headlights going out while driving, and turn signals not working properly, etc. People with small children (especially multiple small children) are a huge number of consumers for this vehicle and it would be a shame to have someone get hurt because Dodge doesn't think it is a safety concern. I do and many others do as well. Will it take a death of a small child for someone to get a recall initiated?

- Hickory, NC, USA

problem #56

Jan 062009


  • 80,000 miles
The power locks on my wife's 2005 Dodge Caravan SXT quit working. The power windows will quit working and will alternate(if driver window works passenger doesn't and the opposite) I have read on other sites about disconnecting the battery. This works for a couple of days and the problems come back. What happens if my wife and son are involved in a crash and the door locks don't work?

- Princeton, LA, USA

problem #55

Oct 102008


  • 29,000 miles
The failure is with the door locking system on the Dodge Caravan. The problem started about 5 months ago. The doors will not lock with the keyless entry or with the door switches inside car. If you unhook the battery in the car the system will reset itself and the locks will work for a period of time. 5 minutes to 4 days. I have already had my ipod stolen out of the car because of this problem.

- Hollywood, FL, USA

problem #54

Feb 052009


  • 65,000 miles
2005 Dodge Caravan has approximately 65,00 miles and the automatic door locks stopped working. The remote would cause the lights to flash and the horn to sound as if the doors locked but they did not. The door lock buttons inside the van did not work, nor did they lock automatically when reaching 20mph. I did a scan of the obd II connector and no fault codes came up. So I figured it was something simple like a fuse. I checked the fuse/relay and it was good. As soon as I replaced the fuse they started working again. I took it to a dealer for a recall on the front impact sensors which I had to make an appointment for. I asked the dealer about the door locks and they said to bring it in when they are not working, so they could check it out (for a diagnostics charge of $120). The service guy did state that it probably needed a "software update". the impact sensor recall was not completed due to them not having the parts. Now 2 weeks later still no parts for the recall (impact sensors) and the door locks quit working again. This time I disconnected the battery cable to reset the computer. And it works fine. Being a person that likes to research things I did a "google"search for "Dodge Caravan locks will not work". I found the following website with 40 complaints about the very same thing. I think that this is a major safety problem and Dodge should acknowledge this for a recall and fix the known issue.

- Valrico, FL, USA

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