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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
81,179 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 suspension problems

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1998 Dodge Grand Caravan Owner Comments

problem #9

Feb 012014

Grand Caravan

  • miles


I've have this 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan, the strut mount housing is rusted so bad I'm afraid to even drive it anymore. The metal is almost completely rusted away. There is one rusted ring that holds the strut to the body. It started about 5 years ago with a small rust hole on both side. I thought it was just rust from the bad winters we get in the midwest. When moving at a slow speed (15-20mph) the van feels like your on a pitted dirt trail and nothing but side to side shaking. This has to be a major safety issue for both the driver and the people on the road. I see these vans all over the place and they all have the same problem!

- Kenosha, WI, USA

problem #8

Feb 252012

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 195,612 miles
Strut tower assembly corrosion (struts assembly could collapse) I am proud owner of Dodge vehicles for many years and drive a 98 Grand Caravan. When the vehicle was taken for a strut repair the mechanic refused to replace the struts as he found the corrosion and said its a safety my surprise this is a very important safety issue for many american families who own a similar model minivan. I want the safety authorities to look into this matter immediately. All the vehicles with a similar problem should be recalled immediately before someone is injured or god forbidden looses their loved one in an accident. Came to know that this has been a common issue in these minivans and surprise the inspite of knowing the issue there was never a recall "?". I am a family person and cannot purchase another car in these trouble time and request the authorities take this to the right people and get a recall out. Hopefully this may save someone. I think have done my job and it is your turn now.

- Hoffman Estates, IL, USA

problem #7

May 072009

Grand Caravan

  • 123,000 miles
Suspensions mounts are rusted all the way and making a squeaky noise and hits hard and makes noises when turning and going over bumps. Water running in my floor board on passenger side when running the heater. This is when I bought the vehicle.

- Bristol, IN, USA

problem #6

Sep 152009

Grand Caravan

  • 230,000 miles


The strut tower caps are rusting out. This can proceed to a point of the struts collapsing into the engine compartment. This is well documented. See example similar to what is happening on my vehicle at Chrysler has a repair kit for this. This structural problem is well documented.

- Twisp, WA, USA

problem #5

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 #4

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 #3

Mar 262002

(reported on)

Grand Caravan

  • miles


The problem with the air bag, cruise control & horn started approximately 1000 miles over warranty. At times, the horn will work, but not often and with no regularity. In regard to the windshield wipers, I have had them repaired at the dealership once. The problem continues to persist. I have also reported the suspension to the dealership, however, they were unable to locate a problem. Nlm

- Edmond, OK, USA

problem #2

Jan 032002

Grand Caravan

  • miles
Unable to get a front wheels aligned because of a possible defective camber or strut that neededed to be replaced. Dealer / manufacturer notified, and both refused to assist because there was no recall, and out of it warranty. Please provide any further information concerning this matter.

- Tikesville, MD, USA

problem #1

Feb 162000

Grand Caravan

  • miles
Tires would wobble while driving. Vehicle & steering wheel would shake & pulled to the right. Vehicle was controllable, but use of constant pressure was needed to keep it straight. Took vehicle to dealership. Mechanic balanced wheels. Took it back due to tires being defective. Manufacturer & dealership not claiming fault. Michlein 215/65416 MX4 all seasons.

- Quincy, IL, USA

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