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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
61,170 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.

1998 Dodge Grand Caravan drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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1998 Dodge Grand Caravan Owner Comments

problem #4

May 012002

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,652 miles


Besides all the 1998 recalls on this van, I found a pinhole leak in the head itself. At first I thought it was a gasket leak but its not. When it ran out of water, temperature gauge did not tell me it was hot but instead registered cold. On top of the front speakers goes off and on and the rear speakers do it on occasion. Stereo gets really hot to the touch. Transmission seems to be doing strange things like not kicking down when stopped and then lunging while stopped or accelerating when stopped. I think this whole van should be on recall.

- N. Highlands, CA, USA

problem #3

Jul 152003

Grand Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles
The car is on it's third transmission. We like the Caravan as a package, but quality is lacking and problematic. The most critical problem is body rust through. The drivers side shock mount tower is rusted through and Chrysler owner relations refusing to fix it. Never mind that the dealers say the problem is prevalent and Chrysler used to fix it but recently stopped paying for (perhaps due to financial and market conditions).

- West Bloomfield, MI, USA

problem #2

Aug 152003

Grand Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,027 miles
The van started having problems last does not want to go into first gear after reverse or after stopping. I have been told the the differential pin is broken and will take anywhere from $1700 to $2300 to repair. I am trying to get Chrysler to cover the cost of this as it is a known problem with these vans. I will never buy another Dodge again.

- Scarborough, ME, USA

problem #1

May 252001

Grand Caravan

  • miles
Sensor failed, causing speedometer to drop to zero, and transmission did not shift - "neutral" only.

- Elkview, WV, USA

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