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3.0

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
46,822 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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1998 Dodge Grand Caravan engine problems

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1998 Dodge Grand Caravan Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #9

Nov 011999

Grand Caravan

  • miles

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

Serpentine belts have come off while consumer was driving, it resulted in cosumer losing control of vehicle. Contacted dealer.

- Capitol Lake, IL, USA

problem #8

Dec 201999

Grand Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Tensioner on engine had broken twice. Repaired first time under warranty. Second time not under warranty. Had lost power steering due to tensioner breaking.

- Sarasota, FL, USA

problem #7

Feb 272001

Grand Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
After transmission was replaced serpentine belt fell off. Then, took vehicle back to dealer, and they said that belt could fell off any time if it gets wet. Consumer had to purchase a cover to avoid to fell off.

- St. Joseph, IL, USA

problem #6

Jul 102000

Grand Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Serpentine belt came off, and there was a loss of steering. This happened in rain or snowy weather. Consumer was traveling 35-40mph in rain and splashing through puddles. Just as they were exiting battery/oil and temperature lights came on. Vehicle lost steering. Second time on 2-22-01, going 60mph in rain and water splashing underneath made vehicle lose steering. Maufacturer said not enought vehicles were affected to assist with problem.

- Emerald-Isle, NC, USA

problem #5

Jan 072001

Grand Caravan

  • miles
Serpentine belt thrown off.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #4

Jun 132000

Grand Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission: Down shifts to second gear and will not shift out. Occurred while entering freeway on an on ramp. Serpentine belt slipped off while driving in small puddles of water on highway. Total loss of power steering which resulted in dangerous handling of vehicle on wet roads.

- Lake Dallas, TX, USA

problem #3

Nov 121999

(reported on)

Grand Caravan

  • miles

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

While driving the serpentine belt came of, causing the vehicle to shut down. Dealer has been notified.

- Grand Island, NY, USA

problem #2

Jul 131999

Grand Caravan

  • miles
The same identical failure has occurred 3 time in 14 months on my minivan. This problem only occurs during rain when water gets up onto the belt causing it to come off and causing complete loss of ability to steer and control the car. Although I was not in an accident any of the times this occured, this is a safety issue. I was just lucky to be able to get off to the side of the road without running into anyone or getting run into by someone else. Each time, jerry's Dodge has implemented yet another technical services bulletin to fix the problem, but the problem still exists and it is a dangerous problem.

- Burke, VA, USA

problem #1

May 171998

Grand Caravan

  • miles
While driving through a puddle serpentine belt came off. Lost control of vehicle and lost all power. Took to dealer & had belt replaced at least three times. This only happens when vehicle is driven through water or puddles.

- Palm Beach Gardens, FL, USA

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