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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,733 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 Owner Comments

problem #9

Mar 012012

Caravan 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles


Headlight switch/lights wouldn't work at random times, then start working again.

- Or, OR, USA

problem #8

Jan 022012

Caravan 6-cyl

  • 150,000 miles
Reference NHTSA action number EA11010. This is the exact problem I am having with my 05 Caravan. Headlights turn off while driving on occasion, don't come on at all on other occasions. Highbeams work when the lever is pulled but do not stay on. Dealer wants $88 just to diagnose the problem, but based on NHTSA info, that won't help: "confirmed that the headlights fully extinguish, and remain extinguished, on an intermittent basis. In most cases this occurred while the vehicle was in motion" bought the van used and after this problem occurred a few times I searched the web and found many forums discussing this known issue.

- Uniontown, OH, USA

problem #7

Feb 282010


  • 46,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Caravan. Both the vehicle headlights intermittently goes on and off. These are the original headlights that came with the vehicle. The dealer was called and informed of the failure and stated they would run a diagnostic test to see why the headlights have failed. He stated he is not willing to pay for a diagnostic test. The manufacturer was called and stated there is no recall or warranty for this failure. VIN is unknown. The failure mileage was 46,000.

- Rosemount, MN, USA

problem #6

May 012009


  • 93,000 miles


2005 Dodge Caravan, headlights just go out a night for no reason. Also at times, when you turn the headlights on they do not come on. Other times when you turn them off they do not turn off unless you turn them on and off a few times. This started about 7 months ago, now it is becoming a real safety issue. I contacted Dodge and they advised me to bring the vehicle in for evaluation and they will run diagnostic tests or I can just have the switch replaced. They advised me that this does not happen often with this vehicle.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #5

Jul 012008


  • 66,000 miles
The headlights do not always come on when switched on. It sometimes takes several or many many tries to make them work. Occasionally, the headlights turn off while driving for no apparent reason and is not always noticed until we are on a dark street. This is very dangerous and I have found forums with many other similar complaints for this make and model. I believe it is a defective switch that should be recalled.

- Chandler, AZ, USA

problem #4

Nov 282009


  • 63,000 miles
2005 Dodge Caravan headlights turn off while driving. On 3 occasions in one night my headlights turned off while driving on the hwy. On two occasions they came right back on. The third time I had to turn the lights off and back on to get them to come on. After googling this problem I noticed there were several others having the same problem indicating a possible faulty switch or ground problem.

- Stirling, 00, USA

problem #3

May 272009


  • 30,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Caravan. While driving approximately 50 mph at night, the headlights failed without warning. The driver experienced extremely limited visibility. The high beams operated only by manually holding the control mechanism. The failure occurred intermittently. The vehicle has not been repaired. The failure and current mileages were 30,000.

- Cedar Lake, IN, USA

problem #2

Jan 242008

Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Headlights on 2005 Dodge Caravan turn off occassionally while driving at dark.

- Remsen, NY, USA

problem #1

Jan 152008

Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,600 miles
2005 Dodge Caravan headlamp assemblies cracking for no apparent reason, I bought a preowned Caravan, with 35K and the head lamps started to crack. I contacted the local Dodge dealership and they gave me the number for the manufacture help line. I received no assistance, due to being out of warranty. I have only had the van for 3 months it is not at 40K and I feel that as an auto tech this issue should not have accrued in such a short time on a vehicle that is only 2 years old.

- Gainesville, FL, USA

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