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

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2005 Dodge Caravan Owner Comments (Page 8 of 10)

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problem #53

Jan 062009


  • 47,000 miles


The power door locks stopped working in our families 2005 Dodge Caravan. Aftyer doing some research onlins I've found this has happened to other consumers whom own the same vehicle year make and model. This is not a problem that is fixed by just simply replacing a blown fuse but it seems that it is a computer problem. We have small children whom could open a door that is not locked.

- Aurora, IL, USA

problem #52

Nov 172008


  • miles
We own a 2005 Dodge Caravan and the automatic door locks just quit working. We took it to our car repair and they were able to get them working again, but only for a couple of days. We eventually took it back to same repair and they called Chrysler for information regarding part replacement. We took the van to a dealership where it was put on a machine to read and determined a part needed replaced. It was replaced and work approximately two hours and quit. If you go on the web you will find numerous complaints regarding this same problem. Step up to the plate and tell those of us with this problem how to rectify permanently. It does not need to wait until someone is injured or killed because these locks don't work. I have spent nearly $500 in repairs not withstanding the number of times without my vehicle and the inconvenience of back and forth to the repair shop. The VIN number on this vehicle.

- Horton, MI, USA

problem #51

Oct 062008


  • 92,000 miles
Power lock failure: Suddenly the power locks stopped working. They don't work from the key fob, or the power lock buttons inside the van. Alleged solution is a software update, costing upwards of $90 at the dealership. Short term fix consists of disconnecting battery cable. This is a safety issue, annoyance, and clearly a manufacturing defect that should be fixed by the manufacturer free of charge.

- Smithfield, UT, USA

problem #50

Dec 102008


  • 48,000 miles


2005 Dodge Grand Caravan auto locks fail. Kids can open doors while car is moving. The issue has been reported by many customers on internet support forums and apparently Dodge refuses to recall this item. It appears to be a problem with the computer module of some sort and flashing the bios seems to help. This is ridiculous for the consumer to have to pay to fix such an issue.

- Springville, UT, USA

problem #49

Nov 152008

Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Caravan. While driving approximately 5 mph on normal road conditions, the contact heard a loud noise coming from the front end of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for inspection and they stated that the failure was related to the power steering system. In addition, the automated power door locks failed to operate. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and they recommended that the computerized system be reset. Currently, the vehicle has not been repaired for the failures. The failure mileage was 50,000 and current mileage was 52,220. Updated 02-23-09 updated 02/24/09.

- Olive Branch, MS, USA

problem #48

Jan 032009


  • 103,000 miles
2005 Dodge Caravan power door lock stop working after replacing a battery at 103,000 miles.

- Anaheim, CA, USA

problem #47

Dec 202008


  • 55,545 miles


Power door locks not working. Same as everyone with this problem-----removing and replacing 20A iod fuse takes care of problem for a short time. Haven't heard of a permanent fix yet. Wonder if Dodge will step up to the plate on this problem by recalling all 2005 Dodge Caravan asap.

- Edison, NJ, USA

problem #46

Dec 192008


  • 73,000 miles
I bought the 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan used Friday, and found out later that the power door locks do not work, inside or out or with remote.. I went to the internet, and found through google search that many many people have had this safety problem I have kids, so lock safety is important. Apparently Chrysler has not had a recall for fixing this problem. If they do, please let me know if you have already addressed this problem with them.

- Boulder, CO, USA

problem #45

Jun 182008


  • 79,000 miles
I have a 2005 Dodge Caravan and the locks quit working and a child can open the door if U are moving that is very unsafe.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #44

Nov 282008


  • 91,000 miles
2005 Dodge Caravan power locks no longer work. Was told that the computer need to have a software update. Since Dodge knows about the problem and created the software update then it needs to be a recall and be paid by Dodge. This is a safety issue.

- Stafford, VA, USA

problem #43

Nov 152008


  • 70,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Caravan. The contact has been experiencing failure with the doors in the vehicle. The door latches open and close at random. The rear doors open by themselves whenever the contact drives over a bump at 15 mph. He took the vehicle to the dealer, but they failed to explain the cause of the failure. The contact believes this is a safety defect and hazardous while driving. The failure mileage was 70,000 and current mileage was 73,000.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #42

Nov 092008


  • 83,300 miles
I noticed one day that the automatic door locks on my 2005 Dodge Caravan did not work. The doors did not lock when going over 20 mph nor did they work with the button in the van or with the button on the key. I took it to the Dodge dealer and they told me it needed a software reprogramming - the cost was $100. This seems like a scam that your locks just quit working and then you have to pay. I have read of many similar complaints on this vehicle.

- Lyndhurst, OH, USA

problem #41

Nov 122008


  • 56,000 miles
Central locking system does not lock or unlock the doors even though it gives the beep letting driver think it does the job. Sometimes this problem can be cured by removing iod fuse, but the problem comes back after a few days or even almost immediately. This appears to be a very common problem, however it is not listed as a recall.

- Jefferson, GA, USA

problem #40

Sep 102008


  • miles
The power door locks on my 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan stopped working. The solution by the dealer includes "reflashing" the computer control module in the vehicle with a software update. Clearly, there is a design defect that was resolved with the software update. Dodge required me to pay for this software update, despite this being a key feature of the vehicle. The power door lock feature is a safety feature for families with small children. The ability to lock/unlock all vehicle doors from the driver's seat in the event of an emergency is a required feature.

- Hartland, WI, USA

problem #39

Oct 272008


  • 29,000 miles
Power door locks on 2005 Dodge Caravan inoperative.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #38

Aug 012008


  • 22,300 miles
Door lock/unlock will not work using wireless keypad nor manual button. Car is a Dodge Caravan 2005.

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #37

Aug 012008


  • 68,000 miles
Automatic door locks failed. Can't lock/unlock the doors using the key automatic lock or the switch on the doors. Have to manually lock and unlock all doors by hand. Fuse is fine and if you unhook the battery cable for a few minutes it resets and works for varied period of time afterwards but eventually quits. This is safety issue especially if you have kids or drive in parts of town this unsafe. It is ridiculous to have to maneuver through the van to lock all the doors.

- Bryant, AL, USA

problem #36

Aug 152008


  • 60,000 miles
2005 Dodge Caravan-power door locks and drivers automatic window purchased vehicle in Aug. 08. verified unit was not flood vehicle/wrecked. Upon test drive noticed the automatic door lock did not work nor did the drivers window go up an down. Notified the car dealership they said it was a fuse, they replaced and door locks worked as did the driver window. Less that a month later with no problem with the lock or window went to make the afternoon mail run to the post office and noticed the drivers window and automatic lock no longer worked but had worked at lunch the same day. After looking on the internet I see many issues concerning this vehicle. Dealer said to bring the unit in for repair of $150 but after talking with another person with this problem they went that route and still had door and window failure. Door look failure I guess I could live with but.

- Dayton, TX, USA

problem #35

Sep 252008


  • 32,500 miles
Can not lock doors with key fob or with switch on door. Lights flicker indicating locking function but no actual locking takes place. Vehicle now always unlocked.

- Clearwater, FL, USA

problem #34

Aug 102008


  • 32,000 miles
The automatic door locks on my 2005 Dodge Caravan quit working. This is issue with small children because the locks have to be manually locked and the doors often stay unlocked.

- Salem, OR, USA

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