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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
62,875 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2005 Dodge Caravan drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2005 Dodge Caravan Owner Comments

problem #4

Dec 122010


  • 79,000 miles


While traveling at 70 mph on freeway, the van came to a total stall. It had to be towed off freeway. It was found the timing belt had been broken before the usual lifetime limit of 100,000 miles.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #3

Oct 072008


  • 80,000 miles
Intermittent flashing of all interior lights and head lights. Headlights went out completely out and on again as driving to work in the dark. Power door locks stopped working, which renders child safety locks to not work. Occurs everyday. Had headlight switch assembly replaced and computer updates done to the BCM relay and PCM and transmission. Dealership cannot find a problem after work done. Work done solved problem for about 24 hour then issue resumed.

- New Richmond, WI, USA

problem #2

May 012007

Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
Cracked flywheel on 2005 Dodge Caravan with 60,000 miles. Have read or heard numerous complaints online and from garage owners about this faulty flywheel. Causes vehicle to lose all acceleration and jerk erratically. Very dangerous, especially in traffic. Flywheel replaced. Expensive.

- Danvers, IL, USA

problem #1

Aug 042007

Caravan 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,500 miles
I drove 2 hours on the highway and parked the car when I arrived at my destination. After 10 minutes I went to leave and I put the car in drive; it started cranking and started to roll backwards. Parts of my car started falling out of the transmission. My car only had 32,000 miles on it. The axel got caught in the transmission and broke all the pieces in the transmission. It took 3 weeks for my car to be repaid and I was not able to get a loaner car from Dodge even though I complained.I could have been killed if this had happened an hour earlier on the highway. The second incident occurred in October. I was driving on my way home with my sister and my 6 year old daughter in the car. It was raining and all of a sudden my electrical system went haywire. My windshield wipers stopped working and my windows wouldn't open. A few minutes later when I arrived home, I noticed that my car was smoking. About 15 minutes later, I went out to check on my car and found that it was running without the key in the ignition. I put the key in and the car shut down. The next morning, I went to call the dealership and when I went to look at my car, it was running once again. By the time the tow truck arrived, my battery was dead. Once again we could have been killed in an accident. These are two major safety issues. I am afraid to drive my car now. I think that I should receive a new car that doesn't have all of these major safety issues.

- Brookfield, CT, USA

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