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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 9 of 10)

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problem #33

Sep 292008


  • miles


I have a 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan. The automatic doors locks stopped working on the key pad and on the interior locks. I was told by my Dodge dealership that there is a software update that needs to be done that comes out of my pocket. This is not only unacceptable, but a huge safety hazard not only for me, but my 3 year old daughter as well. This seems to be the standard from what I understand for the Caravan. Once it hits 30,000 miles the power door locks stop working. This is absolutely ridiculous and should be recalled. How do they expect in these economic times for the average working class to pay out of pocket for an error on their part for some software update"?? as you can tell I am very displeased with Dodge. I as well sent a complaint to them. Is going to take somebody to die for them to see that this needs to be recalled?!?!?!"

- West Allis, WI, USA

problem #32

Sep 242008


  • 39,000 miles
We have a 2005 Dodge Caravan and the automatic door locks continue to stop working. Initially, we paid $70 for a mechanic who disconnected and reconnected the battery cable. My husband has done the same thing with similar results. The first time, it worked about 2 months. Then, it happened twice in August and has now happened at least 3 times in Sept. 2008. There is only one keyhole in the van to manually unlock all of the doors. This creates a safety hazard and much inconvenience!

- Hays, KS, USA

problem #31

Sep 232008


  • miles
The power locks for the doors fail to operate and lock our 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan doors. This has now happened twice. The first incident occurred approximately a month ago when the door power lock quit functioning. This remained the case for several days. I removed fuses and reinserted them back in place. This did not work. The locks began to work again three days later though. Two days ago the door power locks have quit functioning again. I believe that this is a definite manufacture's defect. The doors do lock manually. I have searched the internet and I have seen quite a number of other complaints about this particular issue with no particular answer. I ask you to please investigate. Thank you

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #30

Aug 182005


  • 49,000 miles


Power locks stopped working on 2005 Dodge Caravan. Key fob will activate or acknowledge press of button, but locks will not lock or unlock with fob or physical door button.

- North Royalton , OH, USA

problem #29

Sep 192008


  • 44,800 miles
Power locks on my 2005 Dodge Caravan stopped working. Found on the internet that this generally stops working at 44,000 miles, mine had 44,800. To fix the problem, all we have to do is remove the iod fuse for 5 seconds and replace. The dealerships are charging a min of $85 to fix this same problems.

- Madison, WI, USA

problem #28

Jul 012007


  • 35,900 miles
Power door locks stopped working. Disconnecting battery then reconnecting battery only works for a few days. Locks are supposed to lock automatically but fail to do so. Buttons do not work either.

- Warren, MI, USA

problem #27

Sep 082008

Caravan 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Caravan. While activating the keyless remote on the vehicle, the doors failed to lock. The exterior lighting flashed and the horn sounded, but the doors did not lock. While driving between 18-20 mph, the doors were supposed to lock, but did not. The vehicle has not yet been diagnosed by the dealer. The current and failure mileages were 80,000. Updated 10/03/08 updated 10/06/08.

- Sprindale, AR, USA

problem #26

Jun 212008


  • miles
At any unknown time, the door locks will not lock, or unlock by way of using the key fob buttons. The button however does activate the horn, which would make you think the doors are locked, in reality they are not. This does not constitute a safe and secured vehicle. This problem has been brought to the service dept.'s of several dealerships with the answers being lightning in the sky, static from the seats, unknown electrical interference from somewhere(maybe space!. one service dept.'s charged $ $36.72 to fix code. The next time though there was no charge"? why the first time when it's still under warranty @ 26,000 miles..this problem still exists. Why??? former complaints from Dodge P.U. owner had similar situation and had to have his veh. Towed. This is unacceptable, another reason cited from dealers service dept was sliding across the seat could cause the problem, how do you do this when it has bucket seats?????"

- Nunda, NY, USA

problem #25

Jul 132008


  • 33,000 miles
Power door locks stop working. Disconnecting and reconnecting the battery is a temporary fix. Dealer cannot diagnose.

- Willow Grove, PA, USA

problem #24

May 042008


  • 31,000 miles
Power door lock does not work.

- Montgomery Village, MD, USA

problem #23

Jun 152008


  • 80,000 miles


The door locks on my car will lock automatically. I got out of my car in my driveway, shut the door and the car locked. Since I was getting back in, the keys were still in the ignition. When driving, you can hear at he door locks clicking. The lock button will unlock them but to lock them back up, you have to push up the drivers side window button. Do you think this might be a safety hazard"??" you can't lock the doors with the lock buttons at all in the car. The remote entry key still works. This has gotten progressively worse. First noticed about June 2008 and is ongoing.

- King Ferry, NY, USA

problem #22

Aug 072008


  • 77,000 miles
Power door locks not working.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #21

Jul 152008


  • 68,000 miles
I have a 2005 Dodge Caravan minivan. The door locks are supposed to automatically lock once vehicle reaches 5-10 mph. The switch to lock/unlock the doors inside the vehicle don't work either. I have a remote lock as well. Neither work now. It just stopped a month ago. I have to manually lock the doors. Fuses are removed and negative battery cable is removed and it resets something that allows them to work again, but after a few days it's back to not working. This could be a safety issue, in my opinion, that with the doors not being locked in an accident I could fall out, or if it won't unlock I cannot get out quickly in an accident either.

- Yukon, OK, USA

problem #20

Apr 072008


  • 52,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Caravan. All of the automatic door locks in the vehicle failed to lock. The failure occurred frequently. The door locks are a safety issue since children can open the door while the vehicle is in motion. The current mileage was 54,754 and failure mileage was 52,000.

- Riverton, UT, USA

problem #19

Jun 182008

Caravan 6-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
The power door locks on my 2005 Dodge Caravan SXT 3.3L V6 stopped working. The auto-door lock at 12 mph (or something close to this) stopped working too. The switch on the driver and passenger front-doors also stopped working. The remote keyless entry door-lock button signals (via the van's lights/horn) that the locks locked, but they do not lock. If you google this issue, you'll find a lot of other people are experiencing the same issue with their 2005 Dodge Caravan. It's a safety issue - we want the door's locked with our young ones in the back seat. I can't automatically lock them now, nor does the Caravan do it automatically now since it stopped working.

- Worthington, OH, USA

problem #18

May 312008


  • 63,000 miles
The power door locks went out suddenly on my 05 Dodge Caravan. I had a local mechanic look at it, he told me I would have to take it to the dealer for a permanent fix. He had seen other vans with this problem and changing fuses or unhooking the battery for a few mins would be a temp fix. Before taking it to the dealer I got online and looked into the problem further, only to find that this happens quite often to vans the same make, model and year as mine but so far I have heard nothing about a recall.

- Wenatchee, WA, USA

problem #17

May 282008


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Caravan. Whenever the contact attempts to use the power locks in his vehicle, they malfunction. The vehicle will not lock when the power lock buttons are pressed or when the keyless remote is used. There were no warning indicators prior to the failure. The vehicle has not been diagnosed by the dealer. The current and failure mileages were 50,000.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #16

May 212008

Caravan 6-cyl

  • 49,801 miles
We have a 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan and the automatic locks are now not working and this is causing a huge safety issue. Please help. We have resorted to the original manual and their suggestion(s) are not working. Again, this is a terrible safety issue...I have three small children and need to be able to safely and quickly lock and lock my doors as well as maintain locked doors while the van is in motion. Please help.

- Walnut, CA, USA

problem #15

Jun 152006

Caravan 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
Power door locks, stop working. This could be a danger to kids in back when doors don't lock. 2005 Dodge Caravan had this defect. They said it was a software defect, could correct for $70 or up. You can pull battery cable off to get working for a day or two.

- Baldwyn, MS, USA

problem #14

May 042008

Caravan 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
Power locks failing to work on 2005 Dodge Caravan. An update to software was required. Safety rating of vehicle was reduced while malfunction was ongoing. Auto door lock was not functional while children were traveling in van. This is the only form of child safety locks on the vehicle.

- Portugal Cove, 00, USA

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