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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
87,734 miles

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2005 Dodge Caravan lights problems

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2005 Dodge Caravan Owner Comments (Page 3 of 4)

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problem #27

Oct 112010


  • 60,000 miles


Headlights fail to turn on multiple times and go out while driving creating an unsafe condition.

- Littleton, CO, USA

problem #26

Nov 302010

Caravan 6-cyl

  • 89,034 miles
Headlight randomly go off at least once a day. The dealer has replaced the computer.

- West Linn, OR, USA

problem #25

Jul 082008


  • miles
In July 2008 both headlights went out while driving at night. Turning the headlight switch off and on caused the headlights to turn on. This occurred occasionally for the next 2 years with increasing frequency. During a trip to annapolis in Oct 2010, the headlights would not turn on. Manipulating the headlight switch did not turn them on. The high beam will turn on when the stalk on the steering column is operated and the headlight switch is on and the motor running. Internet searches suggest this is a common problem with this model and the headlight switch or drounding is the cupprit.

- Nokesville, VA, USA

problem #24

Nov 022010


  • 83,600 miles


Both headlights went out numerous times and would come back on a couple of seconds later; bumps did not affect it and neither did jiggling the headlight switch or ignition switch; it just happened sporadically with no apparent reason; very dangerous, and according to internet is a huge problem with many other Caravan owners; please do something before it kills someone if it hasn't already thank you

- Parkersburg, WV, USA

problem #23

Oct 022010

Caravan 6-cyl

  • 52,017 miles
2005 Dodge Grand Caravan - turn signal inoperative. Turn signal (left and right) will intermittently cut out. Emergency flashers and windshield wipers continue to work and fuse is functional. Turning ignition on/off sometimes fixes problem.

- Richland, WA, USA

problem #22

Aug 142008


  • 50,000 miles
The headlights intermittently shut off, or won't work at all on my 2005 Dodge Caravan. The issue started nearly 2 years ago. I had it into the dealer for the issue but the lights were working at that point. A few months after the warranty expired, the problem became more frequent. Today, the headlights rarely come on. The parking lights work fine, just not the headlights. If I pull back the dimmer switch, the high beams will come on but as soon as you let go of the switch, they shut back off. I've seen thousands of complaints of this exact issue on other consumer based websites. This is truly a safety hazard and should result in a recall.

- Southwick, MA, USA

problem #21

Oct 022010

Caravan 6-cyl

  • 112,000 miles


The power locks stopped working. I feel that this is a safety concern since while driving down the road with my children they could open the doors. It is supposed to lock automatically but I can't even manually lock it. Also the headlights randomly shut off while driving.

- Mebane, NC, USA

problem #20

Aug 272010

Caravan 6-cyl

  • 91,500 miles
I have a '05 Dodge Caravan that has the headlamps shutting off during morning and evening use. Sometimes, the lamps blinks on then off, or several blinks. I have had to pull off the road when this occurs, flipping the switch to the off/on position. Sometimes the switch activates the lamps, in others, as in this morning, the lamps stayed off and I risked being pulled over B the local police/sheriff personal.

- Apopka , FL, USA

problem #19

Sep 042010

Caravan 6-cyl

  • 93,000 miles
2005 Caravan: Headlights are intermittent just as everyone else is describing. I went shopping tonight around sunset. When I got to my vehicle to return home the headlights wouldn't work. After 5 minutes of switching on and off, they finally came on. At some point during my 3 mile ride home the lights went off on their own. This is very dangerous!!! the headlights do this all the time. There is a website where 30+ people have reported the same problem:

- Aliso Viejo, CA, USA

problem #18

Aug 312010

Caravan 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
Headlights will not turn on or will spontaneously shut off while driving at night. If the headlight switch is toggled on/off several times they may continue to work again. The most recent occurrence happened when I was driving through a mountain pass at night. This is an extremely dangerous situation on the 2005 Dodge Caravan yet the dealerships have no idea on how to correct the problem.

- Pahrump, NV, USA

problem #17

Aug 252010


  • 68,000 miles


Headlights randomly fail on 2005 Dodge Caravan - at first I thought it was just me forgetting to turn on the lights all the way, but now the vast majority of the time, with the lights on the "on" position they don't work, only high beams and parking lights. I have no headlights anymore, and I have tried replacing fuses, relays, bulbs (which I know work anyway)... should I just keep driving my car until my family gets in a car wreck because of these non functional lights? a huge number of people are having this problem -

- Gresham, OR, USA

problem #16

Jul 042010


  • 70,000 miles
Sometimes the headlights on our 2005 Dodge Caravan will not come on when we turn them on. It does not happen every time but it has caused us to have to wait to be able to drive. There has been one incident when we were driving home and the lights went out while we were driving. So far just playing with the switch has worked to get the lights to come back on.

- Nampa, ID, USA

problem #15

May 012009

Caravan 6-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
The headlights on my 2005 Dodge Caravan works intermittently. This has been going on for approx 1 year. When I wiggle the light switch around the lights will go on sometimes. This usually takes about 10 minutes. I've also experienced the lights going out while driving and having to pull over and do the same wiggle process.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #14

Jun 112010


  • 40,000 miles
The lights on my 2005 Dodge Caravan will randomly shut off, or not come on at all. After doing some research on-line, I find this to be a pretty common problem and the dealers don't appear to know what the issue is. This is a serious safety hazard causing me to drive this vehicle with no headlights after dark.

- Southwick, MA, USA

problem #13

May 292010


  • 100,000 miles
Failure of headlights on 2005 Dodge Caravan. Intermittently when the headlight switch is turned on, the parking and tail lights illuminate, however the headlights do not. The headlights can only be illuminated by holding on the temporary high beam lights. I have read of numerous similar complaints to Dodge with only a response of a denial of the problem. This is an extreme safety issue in that loss of headlights while driving at night could easily result in an accident or fatality...

- Lilydale, MN, USA

problem #12

May 212010


  • 91,000 miles
Headlights on my 2005 Dodge Caravan go out on there own. Issue while driving at night.

- Newmarket, 00, USA

problem #11

May 122010

(reported on)


  • miles
Letter from senator kohl on behalf of constituent re problem with Dodge Caravan (respond directly to constituent) dot/I#2010-1105 the consumer stated auto manufactures shouldn't have direct control over the operation of automobiles once in the consumers possession. The consumer stated his vehicle was designed where the dimmer switch operated a relay that did the actual switching and caused a noticeable delay. Which meant the consumer was unable to dim the headlights if suddenly faced with oncoming traffic. The headlights themselves operated through another relay and he had to have it repaired when the lights started going off and coming on while driving at night.

- Packwaukee, WI, USA

problem #10

Mar 102010


  • miles
On our 2005 Dodge Caravan the headlights have failed to come on, and have also gone out by themselves. In researching the problem on the internet, I found at least 20 other people talking about the same thing. Website: Topix. This is a fairly serious safety issue for people driving at night and to unexpectedly have their headlights go out!

- Lincoln, ME, USA

problem #9

Mar 012010

Caravan 6-cyl

  • 104,600 miles
Went out to start van to go to work and headlights would not come on. Had to call in to work and miss a whole days work. First time it has happened. We have only one vehicle and the mechanic cannot check it out until a week from today. Need a vehicle to get to work or I will lose my job and I am the sole provider of the family of 4.

- Corbin, KY, USA

problem #8

Jan 162010


  • 55,000 miles
Parking lights stay on when switch is off. Took to dealer and they changed switch. Lights have been ok since. Problem may be solved. Had this problem from time to time in the pass. Had to turn lights on and off several times to get lights to turn off.

- Iron Station, NC, USA

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