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3.2

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,051 miles

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2001 Dodge Grand Caravan lights problems

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2001 Dodge Grand Caravan Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 252004

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,153 miles

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

Since 8/25/04 30153 miles I have had light switch problems. First it was the interior lights that would turn on and off all the time. Dealer said switch was working normal.(it was like an old radio volume switch that made noise, if you kept moving the switch it would bet better for a while and then start up again)then 2/14/06 41931 miles my headlights started to flicker when I had the lights on (the headlight and dimmer are all in one unit) and the dealer did tsb 08-005-04 (which doesn't even apply to my vehicle) and charged me $41.50. Finally on 9/7/06 46022 miles it started again and I drove right down so the dealer could actually see it while it happened and they did witness the problem and made an appointment. Of course the tech. That witnessed it was on vacation when it went in for the appt. And they couldn't duplicate the problem again, after speaking with the dealership they replaced the switch and charged me $100 for my deductible which should have been covered under my regular warranty if they fixed it right in the first place back in 2004 or even in 2006 the 2nd time it was in and also paid the $100 for other warranty work.

- Enfield, CT, USA

problem #2

Apr 212006

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,000 miles
On April 22, 2006, my 2001 Dodge Grand Caravan was en route from wilmington, nc to Warren, mi. The vehicle was being operated with the low beam headlights and also the fog lamps both in operation. Without warning or any operator error, all frontal lighting was turned off. Both the low beams and fog lamps failed to operate. Normally, this would not be so much of a concern, but I happened to be traveling at 70 mph on a very dark location of the interstate. I quickly (within 2 seconds) cycled the headlamp switch from the full on position to the full off position and back again to the full on position. The low beam and fog lamp failure remained. During the cycling of the switch, I noticed there was a flash of light in the secondary position (parking lamp only position). I immediately returned the switch to this secondary position and pulled out the switch to enable the fog lamps (the fog lamps are operated by extending the switch towards the driver and are reset to the off position when the switch is rotated to the off position). The parking and fog lamps did operate correctly in this position. I then navigated the vehicle safely to a lower speed and out of the way of any other surrounding vehicles. In the right lane at a slower speed, I once again tried to toggle the switch to the low beam position. Again, all lighting failed to operate in the full on position. I then switched back to the parking (and fog) position. I tested the hi-lo beam switch. The flash to pass feature worked and the high-beam lights were briefly turned on when the turn signal lever was pulled back. Once again I toggled the light switch to see if the low or high beams would work in the full on position. There was no response from the headlamps, but the turn signal lever did cause the high beam lamps to flash on when it was held back. The headlamps returned to normal operation after the vehicle was turned off and restarted.

- Warren, MI, USA

problem #1

Oct 192005

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Last Wednesday morning on my way to work about 4am, while passing a semi on the freeway, my headlights went out for about 4-5 seconds. They came back on and have operated without a problem since. I purchased the minvan new, (ordered it), and it has given me troublefree miles since it's inception on the roads in Michigan, as expected by a DaimlerChrysler minivan. There was a cause for concern on this single issue only, and as I did call the dealer about it, it was simply suggested that I get it in for them to look at it. What good is that when it has occured only once...............so far. Just wanted it on the record without getting "tossed or sidelined". thank you kindly.

- Detroit, MI, USA

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