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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,857 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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1998 Dodge Grand Caravan lights problems

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1998 Dodge Grand Caravan Owner Comments

problem #7

Nov 262005

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,000 miles


Crazed, fogged headlight enclosures both sides; factory defect due to lack of durability.

- Port Washington, NY, USA

problem #6

Feb 012005

Grand Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Reference defect investigation EA05009: I have experienced a similar failure on my 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan. The low beam headlights ceased to work. A local mechanic (not dealer) traced the problem to a single broken conductor in one of the wiring harnesses, and repaired the problem. Can and will this investigation be expanded to cover earlier model years? thank you. Incident date is approximate.

- Fort Wayne, IN, USA

problem #5

Feb 252005

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,000 miles
An electrical failure caused the headlights to malfunction. They flickered on and off while engaged. Dealership was unable to correct the problem due to the defective part being on back order. This was a common failure on these vehicles.

- West Linn, OR, USA

problem #4

Oct 262004

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles


The headlight lens developed a cloudy discoloration that reduced the lights illumination. This made it difficult for the driver to see when driving at night or on a dark road. The entire headlight assembly has to be replaced to correct the problem, costing $200 each.

- Rocky Mount, NC, USA

problem #3

Jul 232002

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,000 miles
The head lights on the vehicle were opaque (grey) which affected the amount of light illuminated onto the road. This problem has been addressed during other trips to the dealer. The manufacturer is aware of the problem.

- Des Moines, IA, USA

problem #2

Aug 302003

Grand Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Our 1998 Dodge Caravan and many others have plastic covers on the headlights (headlight assembly). The plastic deteriorates in the sun and salt air which causes the amount of light given off driving at night to be much reduced. Dodge dealer said buy new ones at almost $300 apiece. I say it is a manufacturing problem - cars should last longer than 5 years and the product is poor quality.

- Saint Augustine, FL, USA

problem #1

Oct 072001

Grand Caravan

  • miles
When driving and upon applying brakes they will momentarily lock up, and headlights will get very dim. Also a noise was coming from dashboard after brakes were applied.

- Wallkill, NY, USA

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