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3.2

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,260 miles

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2001 Dodge Grand Caravan electrical problems

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2001 Dodge Grand Caravan Owner Comments

problem #19

Dec 012008

Grand Caravan

  • 56,000 miles

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

Headlights, taillights and brake lights work intermittently. Sometimes one head light will be out, next time another one will be out, next time they will both work. There is no order. Same with the tail lights and brake lights. Sometimes all lights work. We have changed the light bulbs. More than once. Sometimes they work. Sometimes not. No consistency.

- Sitka, AK, USA

problem #18

Sep 022008

Grand Caravan

  • 149,000 miles
I own a 2001 Dodge Caravan equipped with daytime running lights. During operation only the driver side daytime running light comes on. When headlights turned on, only passenger side headlight comes on. Only one headlight works at any time. Not enough light to see while driving. It is a constant issue.

- Delray Beach , FL, USA

problem #17

Jan 012006

Grand Caravan

  • miles
2001 Dodge Grand Caravan headlights - passenger side won't work on low, only on high, driver's side is the opposite - works on low, not on high. This has been a continuing problem with no known fixes. Many discussions regarding this problem online. Please view the following websites, these are only a few of the ones I have found that others complain of the same problem. This should be considered a recall issue.: www.2carpros.com/forum/2001-Dodge-Caravan-headlights-VT75224.html www.topix.com/forum/autos/Dodge-grand-Caravan/tfgks9O3llh1abobm/P3 www.dodgetalk.com/forums/showthread.php?T=33586.

- Front Royal, VA, USA

problem #16

Aug 232008

Grand Caravan

  • 70,000 miles

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

For multiple years, the headlights (and other electrical components such as interior lights and climate control) have shuddered or flickered while the vehicle is moving (especially noticeable at night). Hard to notice bad lights until I either a) drive another car or B) pass a large roadside sign or approach another vehicle from behind on a non-streetlight highway.

- Overland Park, KS, USA

problem #15

Apr 302008

Grand Caravan

  • 49,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Dodge Grand Caravan. The contact stated that the key does not turn in the ignition. The failure has progressively worsened. The vehicle has not been diagnosed by a mechanic or dealer. The current mileage was 54,000 and failure mileage was 49,000.

- Oviedo, FL, USA

problem #14

Aug 282006

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
2001 Dodge Grand Caravan - various electrical malfunctions including: Headlight failure/flashing, instrument cluster light failure/flashing, traction control failure/brake pulsing, radio failure, seat belt connector failure.

- Newport News, VA, USA

problem #13

Apr 092006

Grand Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,000 miles

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

We were on our way from Florida to Pennsylvania when we were told that one of our headlights were out. We purchased new bulbs and replaced them, then after further investigation realized that when the daylights were on, one light was on and one off, when we turned on the headlights the opposite light came on and the one that was on for daylights went out, then when the high beams were turned on the light that worked switched sides again. The new bulbs did not fix it, so we had to continue to drive home with one light, once in awhile both lights would come on for a few minutes. When we arrived home we took it to the Dodge dealer and found out that the control module needed replaced. The worst part was that the control module had been replaced 14 months prior because of a similar problem (worse, the whole dashboard went out and the wipers didn't work along with the headlights!)! they could not find a cause to why the control module went again. I'm hoping it doesn't happen again in another 14 months (there is only a 12 month warranty on the part)!

- Warren, PA, USA

problem #12

Feb 012005

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,000 miles
Radio malfunctioning intermittently over approximately one month eventually leading up to complete failure. Smelled smoke. Heard of recall on radio. Spoke with dealership. Dealership said my vehicle is not involved with recall announcement. Dealer checked and found no problems related to recall. Subsequent electrically-related failures in recent months involving headlights, fuel gauge light, windshield wiper light, washer fluid pump, dead battery.

- Ypsilanti, MI, USA

problem #11

Oct 012005

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 109,865 miles
Engine hesitates and sputters badly when placed into gear with brake on and sputters badly when accelerating from a stop. This problem happens mostly when the air conditioning is on. It has been in the shop twice for this problem. Built up carbon was cleaned from the intake, but the problem persists. Also, the fan speed switch was replaced because it only worked on high. It has failed again with the same problem.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #10

Aug 052005

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,000 miles
Two incidents: In Feb 05, daylight driving approximately 4 minutes @45 mph during rainfall, all the dash information lights came on and wipers would not turn on. Pulling off the road to assess the situation with the van still running all the dash lights suddenly went out. I continued to drive and 1 minute later all dash lights came on again. Afraid to go on, pulled into a parking lot, placed van in park and dash lights would not go out. Turned off engine, tried to restart car. First few turns of key, nothing happened and then the car finally turned over without any dash lights. Driving home in rain, turned on headlights/wipers and moments later all dash lights again came on. At that same time, the headlights went out/windshield wipers stopped uncommanded. Made it home/turned off engine. Several attempts to restart engine failed, no dash information lights during start sequence, had to have van towed to Dodge dealer. The dealer discovered main computer was fried. After many hours/days of trouble shooting, we were told the wiring harness to computer was chaffed causing the problem with the computer. Dealership repaired the wiring harness and replaced the computer with a rebuilt one. In early August 05 while driving in darkness, the dash lights/headlights started to cycle on and off uncontrolled, all gauges went to zero and all squares around the transmission status lights (P, R, N, D, L) would all light up. The fan would all of a sudden turn on uncommanded and not go off until the car was turned off. Took van under own power to dealer. Determined wiring harness bad. Took about 3 weeks for harness to arrive (9/23/05). Expect work to be completed by 30 September"???"

- Layton, UT, USA

problem #9

Sep 252001

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,577 miles

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

2001 Grand Caravan sport, consumer says headlights flickered unpredictably. Engine ran rough, and battery light came on. This happened at night at least once a month. Took vehicle to dealer, who checked the van but could not duplicate the problem, no fault codes found in computer, updated PCM. Vehicle was serviced regularly. Problem began not more than a month after purchasing van. The problem still persists periodically.

- Midland, MI, USA

problem #8

Apr 012005

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2001 Dodge Grand Caravan has problems with power windows, radio system and the light to the gas gauge.

- Springfield, MA, USA

problem #7

Dec 182003

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles
Dodge gc 2001 stalled while in motion with no warning during a very heavily traveled area in a school zone with many potential hazards. Luckily I was only going about 10 mphs and coming to a stop. I interrupted flow of traffic at time of failure and when the tow truck came. A police officer helped direct traffic. Mechanic said leak detection pump went out which caused the PCM (power train control module) to short out. This PCM controls many electrical elements. The engine light is on, the speedometer and passenger window doesnt work and I am told that several systems could fail but it is driveable. I have searched many dealerships in many states with all the same answer. The part I need, the PCM, is on national back order. There are none available in the us. This is the only vehicle I have to Transport my children. I contacted DC Corp and they will not tell me if it is safe to drive w/ a faulty PCM. It has been 3 weeks and my van is not fixed. I am at their mercy and they have denied responsibility as well as a rental request until my van can be fixed properly. "unfortunately, your request for a rental vehicle has been declined." They claim "we are unable to be of assistance in expediting parts that are not on order" the part has been ordered. Again I questioned the safety of driving the vehicle with a faulty PCM with no answer as of yet. Their are over 250 PCM's on back order.

- Chattanooga, TN, USA

problem #6

Jun 202003

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,000 miles
The regulator on the front power driver side and passenger side windows is faulty. Our van was built in Canada and it appears to be a common trait of those vehicles. This is a serious defect that could result in injuries, someone should be held responsible for this defect and implement a recall to repair the problem- or discontinue manufacturing vehicles that Dodge will not stand behind.

- Menomnee Falls, WI, USA

problem #5

May 232002

Grand Caravan

  • 28,500 miles
All the lights flickered while in operation. The problem affected all exterior and interior lights. The dealer was not able to correct the problem.

- Graceville, FL, USA

problem #4

Jun 012001

Grand Caravan

  • miles
When the remote or interior button was used to open the sliding electric door, the door popped open incomplete or popped open and then closed immediately.

- Peoria, AZ, USA

problem #3

Jul 312001

Grand Caravan

  • miles
An electrical system malfunction under the hood caused the vehicle to catch on fire, the fire inspector came to this conclusion based on a core that the fire burned.

- Ludington, MI, USA

problem #2

Jul 312001

Grand Caravan

  • miles
An electrical system malfunction under the hood caused the vehicle to catch on fire, the fire inspector came to this conclusion based on a core that the fire burned.

- Ludington, MI, USA

problem #1

Oct 212001

Grand Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Air bag light keeps coming on and going off constantly. This happens intermittently. Contacted dealer, and dealer could not find anything wrong.*akthis vehicle has been in for servicing several times for electrical problems, the remote door opener failed and the passenger side electric window went out.

- Oro Valley, AZ, USA

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