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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 27
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,500 miles

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1998 Dodge Grand Caravan engine problems

engine problem

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1998 Dodge Grand Caravan Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #36

Sep 032000

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,000 miles

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

We bought our 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan SE (3.3 liter) used from the original owner in 2000. At that point, the tensioner had been replaced once at least. Since then we have had the unfortunate and dangerous circumstance of being stranded on a major highway with our 3 children because of the tensioner belt falling off, not once, but twice. It coincided with rainy weather both times. I have read several other reports on the internet with other consumers having the same exact problem with their Dodge Grand Caravan. This is a serious problem. This could lead to deaths very easily. We were lucky enough to get across 3 lanes of traffic, with no steering or power, and park in the break down lane while traffic passed by us at 75 miles an hour. We were nearly rearended a couple times, which would have meant our children would have been hit first, and I doubt that they would have survived that kind of impact. In the meantime, my husband literally stood in back of our van waving our detached serpentine belt in the air desperate for someone to help get us off of the busy and potentially deadly highway. The next 30 minutes were scary, I cried the entire time scared for the safety of my 3 young children (a newborn, a 2 year old and a 3 year old). The next time the belt fell off, luckily I was nearer to our home on a quiet street. I could only imagine what would have happened had I lost the belt while on a back country road in Maine, in the middle of the winter, with my 3 children by myself. A family van should never lose it's serpentine belt 3 times in 4 years. With all the recorded statements from others who have had this same exact problem, several times over, there is ample proof that Dodge is aware that there is a huge problem. Losing power, steering, etc. Is a major issue that cannot be ignored. We were lucky to survive our incident. There will come a day, if this situation is not resolved, where a person or whole family, will die because of this careless defect.

- Morrill, ME, USA

problem #35

Dec 242002

Grand Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle caught on fire while engine was off. Dealer was not contacted has gone out of business.

- Millington, TN, USA

problem #34

Jun 302000

Grand Caravan

  • miles
I looked on the internet and was surprised to see how many people were experiencing oil leakage from the rear of the engine.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #33

Mar 182001

Grand Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

While driving, engine compartment caught on fire, claim 13-7276-388.

- Forsyth, IL, USA

problem #32

Sep 302000

Grand Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving, engine caught on fire, claim 05-4542-179.

- Newark, CA, USA

problem #31

Aug 262001

Grand Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle caught fire in the engine compartment, claim 20-5406-593.

- Clinton, MD, USA

problem #30

Mar 072001

Grand Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Vehicle experienced engine fire, claim 75-A337-158.

- Santa Ana, CA, USA

problem #29

Apr 232000

Grand Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While traveling through a parking lot, vehicle caught on fire under the hood in the engine compartment, claim 22-V298-813.

- Portage, MI, USA

problem #28

Sep 302000

Grand Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving, vehicle caught fire in the engine compartment, claim 05-4542-179.

- Newark, CA, USA

problem #27

Nov 032001

Grand Caravan

  • miles
While driving, consumer noticed smoke coming from under the hood, consumer parked vehicle and called fire dept, vehicle experienced fire in engine compartment, claim 35-W772-194.

- Newark, OH, USA

problem #26

Apr 232000

Grand Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

While traveling through parking lot, vehicle caught on fire under the hood, there was one injury, claim 22-V298-813.

- Portage, MI, USA

problem #25

Nov 032001

Grand Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving, consumer noticed smoke coming from under the hood, consumer parked the vehicle and called the fire department who put out the fire, claim 35-W772-194.

- Newark, OH, USA

problem #24

Mar 182001

Grand Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle caught fire while consumer was driving, claim 13-7276-388

- Forsyth, IL, USA

problem #23

Mar 072001

Grand Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle experienced engine fire, claim 75-A337-158.

- Santa Ana, CA, USA

problem #22

Aug 262001

Grand Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle caught on fire in the engine compartment, claim 20-5406-593.

- Clinton, MD, USA

problem #21

Nov 032001

Grand Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving, consumer noticed smoke coming from under the hood, consumer parked the vehicle and called the fire department who put out the fire, claim 35-W772-194.

- Newark, OH, USA

problem #20

Mar 182001

Grand Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle caught fire while consumer was driving, claim 13-7276-388

- Forsyth, IL, USA

problem #19

Mar 072001

Grand Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle experienced engine fire, claim 75-A337-158.

- Santa Ana, CA, USA

problem #18

Apr 232000

Grand Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While traveling through parking lot, vehicle caught on fire under the hood, there was one injury, claim 22-V298-813.

- Portage, MI, USA

problem #17

Sep 302000

Grand Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving, engine caught on fire, claim 05-4542-179.

- Newark, CA, USA

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