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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
74,382 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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1998 Dodge Grand Caravan Owner Comments

problem #19

Dec 052011

Grand Caravan

  • 118,000 miles


The contact owns a 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan. The contact stated that while attempting to make a right turn, the steering wheel would refuse to turn. A local mechanic replaced the serpentine belt but after a month the belt failed. The dealer was not contacted. The manufacturer was notified of the failure, but denied any assistance with repairs to the vehicle. The vehicle was not further repaired. The failure and the current mileage was approximately 118,000.

- Auburn, WA, USA

problem #18

Apr 152010

Grand Caravan

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Dodge Caravan. The contact stated while driving approximately 35 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning; however, the vehicle restarted. The failure occurred on twenty occasions. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who was unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was taken to another dealer for a second opinion and they were unable to duplicate the failure. The manufacturer was notified of the consistent problem. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- North Canton, OH, USA

problem #17

Mar 132011

Grand Caravan

  • miles
The serpentine belt on the 1998 Dodge Caravan, has fallen off during driving, whenever the car goes through a puddle of water. This causes nearly unresponsive steering until the belt can be replaced. There are thousands of reports on this issues on online forms, and Dodge does not admit to the problem.

- Sebastopol, CA, USA

problem #16

Jan 152009

Grand Caravan

  • 97,000 miles


The contact owns a 1998 Dodge Caravan. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph in the snow, the serpentine belt came off and caused a sudden loss of power. The serpentine belt had been replaced six times. The failure mileage was 97,000.

- Bridgeton, NJ, USA

problem #15

Aug 282009

Grand Caravan

  • miles
Serpentine belt comes off when it gets wet such as driving through puddles or water from roadway when raining. Has happened several times over past few months. Replaced belt but still comes off. This results in loss of power steering making it very difficult to safely pull off road to safe location.

- Flora, IL, USA

problem #14

Sep 052008

Grand Caravan

  • 74,200 miles
I own a 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan the serpentine belt came off during my evacuation from hurricane gustav it happen in the middle of a bridge at night is the 6th time that this occur I just had this replace how come there has not been a recall to solve this before someone die.

- Metairie, LA, USA

problem #13

Jun 292008

Grand Caravan

  • miles


Engine starts and immediately shuts off. After 3 or 4 tries it will not turn over at all. This happens completely at random and happens 3 or four times a month minimum. After 24 hours, engine will start normally. Replaced body control module and clock spring. A mechanic also checked for loose connections in the instrument cluster and corrosion.

- Anderson, SC, USA

problem #12

Oct 282007

Grand Caravan

  • 122,000 miles
Our Dodge Grand Caravan was idling at a fast food restaurant during late October of 2007. There had been no problems up to this point. I noticed that the engine temperature had gone all the way to the hot position and my husband got out to look. The cooling fans weren't running. My husband opened the hood. He heard the radiator boiling loudly, and then the cap blew off without being touched, giving him second degree burns to his face and chest. After an emergency room visit, we searched online and found that this is a common problem. The cooling fan relay system is a faulty component listed as a technical service bulletin for all Chrysler minivans and as a recall item only for certain Chrysler minivans. The funny thing is they used the same control unit on all of the Chrysler minivans but won't fix them because they aren't on the "official" recall list. The van was taken to the Dodge dealer in pensacola Florida and I was told that they wouldn't do anything to fix it without an $80 inspection. The problem part is a fan relay. It is called a solid-state speed control which is a computer unit controlling several devices although Dodge calls it a relay. When looking to purchase a new one, part stores either said that it is a recall item or that it is only available only through Chrysler as the entire computer system needs to be "flashed" after installation and only a dealer can do it. We connected a hot wire directly to the fans from a power source to run the system full time. As for the radiator explosion, it is uncertain why the cap blew off. We thought the radiator top was to blame but the plastic mouth is not noticeably broken. There was no visible damage or defect in the cap. We have since replaced it. People on the web say that the boiling over had got so violent in the radiator that it may have worked the cap loose and blown it off which has been known to happen. As a side note, a reliability report at msn autos states that this is a "moderate problem".

- Gulf Breeze, FL, USA

problem #11

Jun 102008

Grand Caravan

  • 151,000 miles
Belt falling off 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan for the 5th time in 1 1/2 years. Resulting in mechanic charges and loss of vehicle. We have replaced tensioner on 2 occasions, belts on 5 occasions to no avail. The problem continues. Dodge/Chrysler should do something about this problem. Fortunately, no one was hurt (this time). The added expense is killing us!

- Deatsville, AL, USA

problem #10

May 192006

Grand Caravan

  • 98,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan. The contact stated that in cold weather and approaching a stop, the vehicle sporadically stalled without warning. After the failure occurred, the vehicle restarted immediately. Speed was not a factor during the failures. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and they stated that this was a common failure with this year, make, and model vehicle, but could not determine the cause of the failure. The failure mileage was 98,000 and current mileage was 100,000.

- Gladwin, MI, USA

problem #9

Oct 122006

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles


: the contact stated while driving various speeds, the instrument cluster panel intermittently failed to illuminate. Also, during the instrument panel illumination failure, the engine was sluggish and operated at a reduced speed. The vehicle was inspected by a dealer who duplicated the problem, but was unable to determine the exact cause of the failure. The manufacturer was alerted. Updated 11/21/2006 -

- Wood River Junction, RI, USA

problem #8

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 #7

Jul 152002

Grand Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,000 miles
Almost all of the air conditioning components were replaced only to find that less than 1 year later, July 2003, the evaporater is leaking and needs to be replaced at a cost of $750.

- Brantford, UN, USA

problem #6

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 #5

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 #4

Mar 312004

Grand Caravan

  • 15,000 miles
While driving engine check light illuminated. Then vehicle stalled. Consumer had the vehicle towed. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

- Reading, MN, USA

problem #3

Dec 142003

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 126,500 miles
I have a 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan SE that hade engine failure. The van has been running good and has been well taken care of. My van at that time hade 126,000 miles on it, so it is pass warranty period. I still believe that this engine shouldn, T have failed at 126,000 miles. This is my second mini-van, and up until this point have been satisfied with them. I think chysler should take responsibility for this failure. My Voyager has 208,000 miles on the engine and still running. Something went wrong with this 3.3 L V6 engine. I am not satisfied with the failure or with me having to spend $2,500 to repair it. This shouldn, T have happen.

- Christiana, TN, USA

problem #2

Jan 102004

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,880 miles
Premature, sudden failure of head gasket, potentially leading to rapid loss of coolant, obscured vision, loss of control, etc.

- Port Washington, NY, USA

problem #1

Feb 012003

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,000 miles
Leaking head gaskets at 61,000 miles causing oil and water loss.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

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