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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
113,167 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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2003 Dodge Grand Caravan Owner Comments

problem #6

Aug 202015

Grand Caravan

  • 120,000 miles


I was driving down the road slees limit was 45 I was doing 50 md a deer came out in front of me and I hit it head on thw whole front ends of my car is at my windshield. It was a very hard impact that brought me to a complete stop M Y air bags dis not deploy as they should have with a impact like that

- Weat Columbia, SC, USA

problem #5

Jun 052013

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 175,000 miles
Upon refueling the vehicle, vehicle stalls for a few seconds upon first acceleration. This has happened several times (about 1 out of every 4 refuels). Several times, the vehicle has stalled while pulling into traffic. Upon doing research, we have learned of many complaints already voiced about a faulty valve. For reference:

- Springfield, MO, USA

problem #4

Aug 152012

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 149,000 miles
This problem has been happening for around 2 years now and it occurs when the van is near empty and I fill it with gas. When I start to drive away and pull onto the street, the engine chugs and jerks and acts like it will completely stop. There is no power to accelerate, and it is a terrifying and dangerous situation which will likely result in accident. If I let off the gas and go slow, it eventually stops chugging and jerking. This does not happen every time, but when it does, it is a frightening and extremely dangerous situation. Unless a solution is found, I expect that it will result in an accident.

- Indiana, PA, USA

problem #3

Dec 012010

Grand Caravan

  • 7,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Caravan. The contact stated that while driving at low speeds, the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact stated that the computer module was replaced however, the failure was not rectified. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 7,000 and the current mileage was 116,000.

- Chula Vista , CA, USA

problem #2

Jan 012013

Grand Caravan

  • 63,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Grand Caravan. The contact stated that the engine stalled without warning while driving 70 mph. The contact was able to coast onto the emergency lane where the vehicle was towed to a local mechanic for further inspection. The failure was experienced several times. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 63,000. The current mileage was 98,000.

- Fairport , NY, USA

problem #1

Aug 152012

Grand Caravan 8-cyl

  • 165,000 miles
I have had so many major problems with my 2003 Dodge Grand Caravan! I bought it used in 2008 w/ 68K miles. At that time the transmission had already been replaced. I had to replace the entire power steering system ($2000), auto window regulator, ac blower, tires, alternator belt, water pump, etc.the engine light has been on for some time now and mechanic says misfiring spark plugs. When serviced for problem(@ 170K miles) discovered original factory sp still in. Horrible corrosion/build up, had 2 fuel system flushes. Light on again. Newest & most dangerous problems, on multiple occasions now, van has completely turned off while driving, idling, and parked. It happens randomly and unexpectedly. More frequently while at lower speeds or parked but once while I was actually driving. When it cuts off the oil light remains illuminated. The car turns right back on. 5 times while driving 25-50mph has gone into cruise control by itself, and I loose control until it decides to give it back! today, for the first time, after parking and turning car off myself, it would not restart. Ignition not responding, no noise, nothing. Tried to jump it and nothing, notices that lights and other electrical components not effected. Fortunately an observer also happened to be a mechanic, he took out the starter fuse and stuck some wires in the socket and had me turn the key, it started!!! he said that it seems there is an ignition communication problem, a.K.a. computer problem. I have 4 kids that are always with me and this is our only vehicle. If the vehicle is dependent on the computer to function, then I have zero room for communication problems. I have reviewed all of the complaints for this make/model/year, there are multiple complaints that are similar if not identical to mine. I wonder how many complaints have to be filed before action is taken" does someone have to die first"

- Fredericksburg, VA, USA

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