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1.8

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
89,197 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.

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2005 Dodge Caravan fuel system problems

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2005 Dodge Caravan Owner Comments

problem #11

Nov 202014

Caravan 6-cyl

  • 97,350 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

After refueling the van would stall then restart this has happen twice know. After an internet search I see this is a known problem and design flaw. The search puts the blame on the "vapor/liquid separator valve" requiring a complete fuel tank replacement.

- Clearfield, UT, USA

problem #10

Aug 082014

Caravan 6-cyl

  • 75,552 miles
The Dodge Caravan has a loud gasoline smell. I have taken this car to the Dodge dealer they told me it was a piece of broccoli found under the seat. Now the smell of gasoline is unbearable and every time I enter the vehicle it makes my skin break out in hives associated with anxiety because I think the car is going to explode. I took the car to outside dealers just to confirm I'm not crazy because the odor makes you sick. I complain about the gasoline smell I have been having for years each outside mechanic tells me the same story the car is a bomb you have a crack in your hubbing fuel line, supply line etc, the crack is internal on top of the fuel line and over time is expanding getting larger and that's how the smell keeps getting stronger [xxx] this is a factory defect that will kill you. I contact Dodge corporate frantically in tears because I toe been putting my family at risk they had the audacity to tell me that they realize that it is a factory defect but not enough people have reported the problem I'm over my warranty by 15,000. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #9

Jun 022014

Caravan 6-cyl

  • 132,000 miles
I have been smelling gasoline fumes which are becoming progressively worse. I will have it checked out tomorrow but my friend who is ase certified mechanic for 35 years said that it sounds like a fuel pump and housing unit problem. The smell is getting worse and worse and becomes overwhelming when I fill up my tank with gasoline. The fumes are making me ill. My friend told me that it would be expensive to replace.

- Oak Park , IL, USA

problem #8

May 122014

Caravan 6-cyl

  • 171,457 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Leaking gas caused by hair line crack in fuel pump.

- Rising Sun, IN, USA

problem #7

Jun 082014

Caravan 4-cyl

  • miles
When starting the vehicle, the catalytic converter blew up and started making a strange noise. After picking it up from the shop, the mechanic told me that he just received another vehicle of my same make and model with the same problem. Hole on the neck of the unit.

- Mililani, HI, USA

problem #6

Dec 062013

Caravan 6-cyl

  • 171,813 miles
I noticed a strong gasoline smell whenever I approached the car. I took it to my mechanic and he knew immediately what was wrong and said he had already repaired 3 or 4 Dodge with the same problem. The fuel pump was replaced because the housing was cracked and caused fuel to leak. I found no recalls for this issue.

- Elgin, SC, USA

problem #5

Aug 222013

Caravan 4-cyl

  • 140,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I have had to replace the fuel pump because the housing cracks and causes a fuel leak. The plastic tube from the gas tank to the fuel pump cracks and it is continually loose. The part cannot be fixed without replacing the fuel pump. This is extremely dangerous because the gas fumes are so close to the very hot exhaust pipe. Additionally I had to be very careful not to park my car in the garage because of the risk of fumes.

- Matthews, NC, USA

problem #4

Jun 042013

Caravan 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
Twice now I have had to replace the fuel pump not due to the pump itself but the housing cracks and causes a leak. At 54,000 and 130,000. Same problem caused a fuel leak. The second time the seal gave out completely in front of my children's' school. The fuel tank emptied in the parking lot, had to have towed to a shop. Contacted Chrysler, they were of no help.

- Desert Hot Springs, CA, USA

problem #3

Feb 052012

Caravan

  • miles
My 2005 Dodge Caravan smelled strong gasoline odor in and out. When I took it to the mechanic he knew exactly what was wrong because he serviced 3 vans like mine with similar issue. When he lifted my van and started the gas started to pour. The fortunate part was that I am lucky that it didn't explode on me while driving. Here is the worst part, I called rancho Jeep Chrysler in san diego to order a new fuel pump, I was told that the parts is nationally back ordered and it will take 3 to a month waiting period and nowhere available as per parts technician. If it is back ordered nationally, will it constitute recall? this situation is a major safety violation just waiting a major explosion to occur. My van only has 50K miles in it and I bought it brand new and always service timely. I am hoping that the company will take some action immediately to prevent costly lawsuits. I am receiving all my receipts as a proof when something happen. I will be the first one to come forward. My second complain is the lock, it is very uncomfortable if you manually lock and unlock all doors. I have to pull out the iod fuse every time to reset, this is also a national issue because I found this from the blogs of other Dodge Caravan owners. My 3rd complain is why is my front brakes always shake no matter what I do to it. I replaced both rotors and pads 3X and still warping.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #2

Feb 052012

Caravan

  • miles
My 2005 Dodge Caravan smelled strong gasoline odor in and out. When I took it to the mechanic he knew exactly what was wrong because he serviced 3 vans like mine with similar issue. When he lifted my van and started the gas started to pour. The fortunate part was that I am lucky that it didn't explode on me while driving. Here is the worst part, I called rancho Jeep chryler in san diego to order a new fuel pump, I was told that the parts is nationally back ordered and it will take 3 to a month waiting period and nowhere available as per parts technician. If it is back ordered nationally, will it constitute recall? this situation is a major safety violation just waiting a major explosion to occur. My van only have 50K miles in it and I bought it brand new and always service timely. I am hoping that the company will take some action immediately to prevent costly lawsuits. I am receiving all my receipts as a proof when something happen. I will be the first one to come forward. My second complain is the lock, it is very uncomfortable if you manually lock and unlock all doors. I have to pull out the iod fuse everytime to reset, this is also a national issue because I found this from the blogs of other Dodge Caravan owners. My 3rd complain is why are my front brakes always shakes no matter what I do to it. I replaced both rotors and pads.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #1

Jan 022010

Caravan

  • 63,000 miles
Please be advised that we have had a peculiar & occasional acceleration problem with our 2005 Dodge Caravan with 63,000 miles, we were unable to accelerate on several occasions such as trying to pass in traffic, and/or trying to start up from a stop at a traffic light. The throttle felt blocked and the foot pedal would not move until stomped on several times. This failure to accelerate could cause a head on collision when trying to pass another vehicle, or a rear end collision when trying to start moving from a stop. The servicing dealer, lithia Dodge & Chrysler in santa rosa, ca reported that they found heavy combustion deposits on the inside of the throttle body they believed could block the throttle plate from moving properly. They cleaned the throttle body and we have operated without a problem for about 2 months. This problem was reported to Chrysler service and they suggested we also report the problem to NHTSA. Please be advised that we have had a peculiar & occasional acceleration problem with our 2005 Dodge Caravan with 63000 miles, we were unable to accelerate on several occasions such as trying to pass in traffic, and/or trying to start up from a stop at a traffic light. The throttle felt blocked and the foot pedal would not move until stomped on several times. This failure to accelerate could cause a head on collision when trying to pass another vehicle, or a rear end collision when trying to start moving from a stop. The servicing dealer, lithia Dodge & Chrysler in santa rosa, ca reported that they found heavy combustion deposits on the inside of the throttle body they believed could block the throttle plate from moving properly. They cleaned the throttle body and we have operated without a problem for about 2 months. This problem was reported to Chrysler service and they suggested we also report the problem to NHTSA.

- Windsor, CA, USA

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