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Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
86,773 miles

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2005 Dodge Grand Caravan Owner Comments (Page 14 of 15)

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problem #39

Oct 012008

Grand Caravan

  • 30,000 miles


Power door locks fail to lock automatically when car accelerates after being parked. This creates a hazard for children who are riding in vehicle. Remote lock/unlock function also inoperable. Additionally, when using remote key fob to lock vehicle after parking, it responds with a horn honk indicating that doors have been locked when in fact they do not lock. Issue can be corrected but it will return within hours to weeks later. Internet searches show that this is an extremely frequent and common problem for this model vehicle.

- Garland, TX, USA

problem #38

Aug 202008

Grand Caravan

  • 60,000 miles
One day the power locks just stopped working with both the key and door buttons. It is permanent and because this is a keyless entry vehicle the door can only be unlocked via the keyhole on the driver side door. Doors must be locked and unlocked manually. It is difficult for my school aged children to unlock their own doors. This is a safety issue for my children if they needed to quickly exit the vehicle. Dodge is aware of this problem and says it needs a software update. They are not covering this design flaw/failure as it is not a powertrain problem. My vehicle only has 62000 miles on it. A search of the web yielded many occurrences of this same problem I have not had the problem fixed yet. I was not expecting to have to pay for the repair.

- Madison, AL, USA

problem #37

Jul 012008

Grand Caravan

  • 51,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan. The contact noticed that all the doors could not be locked with the power locks. The only door he is able to lock with the power lock feature is the rear middle door. The dealer stated that the computer lock module was the cause of the failure. The dealer will replace the computer module at the cost of $450. The manufacturer stated that they would not assist with the repairs since there is no recall. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 51,000 and current mileage was 53,000.

- Wauwatosa, WI, USA

problem #36

Jun 182008

Grand Caravan

  • 45,213 miles


This problem is with the auto door locks on Dodge Grand Caravan and has been reported by many people on this site. The doors can't be lock with the remote(even though the horn blows to signal it locked) or the auto lock switch on the door. This is a safety problem with kids riding in the back seat. This is an obvious manufacturing defect that should have a recall issued.

- Sun City, AZ, USA

problem #35

Aug 242008

Grand Caravan

  • 47,200 miles
Power door locks failed. Pulled the iod fuse to reset the locks and it worked for about a week. I'm now pulling this daily to get it to work properly. A danger to me and my family as it leaves the door open at times and you are unable to lock the back door when it fails (there is no manual lock for the back).

- Ambler, PA, USA

problem #34

Aug 312008

Grand Caravan

  • 57,000 miles
There was no specific event that lead to this failure. The failure is with the power lock system on the 2005 Dodge Caravan. The vehicle has only one manual entry point on the drivers door. If the door is damaged in an accident egress from the vehicle could be impeded and result in additional injuries or deaths. To correct the failure, the vehicle was taken to the Dodge dealership for repair. Alleged software problems that require the system to be "reset". this does not correct the problem, it just resets the system until it fails again.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #33

Sep 052008

Grand Caravan

  • 60,000 miles


Power door locks fail to operate. Remote keyless entry fails to operate. Power lift doors fail to operate. Simple disconnect of battery fixes issue temporarily. Keyless entry honks horn as if it's locking, but no doors lock.

- Big Lake, MN, USA

problem #32

Sep 042008

Grand Caravan

  • 37,200 miles
The locks on my 2005 Dodge Caravan stop working. After searching on the internet for a fix or other people with this problem, they suggested pulling the iod fuse for 20 seconds and replacing the fuse. I did so and it fixed the problem for today. I do not know if this will continune to fix the problem or not but it looks like a lot of people are having the same problem. I would like to file this complaint so a recal will be issued to fix the problem. Just pulling the fuse will not fix the problem permanently. Thank you

- St. Louis Park, MN, USA

problem #31

Sep 032008

Grand Caravan

  • 54,000 miles
The power locks and remote lock on my 2005 Grand Caravan quit working. I went to a parts store and was told it was not a fuse. I called car dealership and was told power lock switch probably needed replacing and would run over $100. I googled my problem and read numerous accounts of my exact problem. Tried their solution and it worked perfectly and was free! I located the iod 20 amp fuse in my car's fuse box and unplugged it for five seconds. This is supposed to reset locks. It worked perfectly and now all my locks work good as new! this was a very annoying problem as my Caravan only has one keyed lock on driver's door. I think this item needs to be recalled if it is such a problem for so many car owners.

- Wilson, NC, USA

problem #30

Aug 292008

Grand Caravan

  • 79,845 miles
Electric locks on 2005 Dodge Caravan quit working. After reading forums, found out that if you pull a fuse and replace it after five seconds, it works again. For most the problem returns within days. Read that their was a firmware problem in the vehicles computer that needed to be upgraded for a price. With the electric locks not working, and when driving, the locks will not lock at 19 mph as designed, causing what I believe to be an unsafe condition. I believe it is unfair, and not to mention unsafe, for the consumer to have to pay for a service that should be a recall.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #29

Feb 022008

Grand Caravan

  • 75,000 miles


The electric locking system fails in both the locked and unlocked position due to a software glitch that costs over $200 to "diagnose" and repair. I am often unable to get my kids out of the van without crawling into the back seat to manually unlock the doors, which is difficult since they are meant to be controlled electronically.

- Odenton, MD, USA

problem #28

Aug 172008

Grand Caravan

  • 84,325 miles
My 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan, the power locks stopped working. Per some searches on the internet the Dodge Caravan needs a software update to allow the auto power locks to work. They sell it for $150-$200 when it should be free because of an error in Dodge software. The vehicle only has 2 keyed locks to open from eternally. It is a danger with young children riding in the van because the doors do not automatically lock when the vehicle starts moving.

- Duluth, GA, USA

problem #27

Aug 102008

Grand Caravan

  • 37,000 miles
Power door locks fail to operate on my 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan. Neither the remote, the interior switch nor the automatic door lock feature works at all at this point.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #26

Aug 092008

Grand Caravan

  • 49,324 miles
I have a 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan the automatic door locks stop operating. The only way to correct them was to remove and reinstall the iod fuse. After reading and searching the net, this is something that needs to be addressed. What if this happened to my wife with the kids in the car.

- Richmond , ME, USA

problem #25

Aug 072008

Grand Caravan

  • 70,870 miles
One night my locks were working on my van and the next morning they weren't. I called the Chrysler dealer and they informed me that I would need a software update because of this problem and it was not a recall. I don't feel that is fair, considering the locks are supposed to lock while driving, making sure the children are not able to open the doors while moving or just in a parking lot, where a car could be pulling into the next parking space. It is so easy for kids to dart out fast and the next car to not be able to stop in time. I feel this is a big safety issue for me/my children and anyone else out there with the same problem. And by the looks of the websites I've visited, there are a ton of people with same problems.

- Oconto Falls, WI, USA

problem #24

Aug 032008

Grand Caravan

  • 63,000 miles
Power door locks won't work at all. Have to do it manually I think this is a safety issue. When the van was sold to me I liked the idea that the doors locked while in motion now I have to do it manually with 2 small children I think this issue should be recalled.

- Braidwood, IL, USA

problem #23

Jun 142008

Grand Caravan

  • 38,000 miles
2005 Dodge Grand Caravan power locks stopped working. Apparently this is a widespread problem with significant safety issues. Noticed it one day on vacation when I locked the car and heard it honk. When I came back to the car, the locks were still up - it never locked. We had all kinds of expensive electronics in the car that could have been stolen. This is only a small thing compared to the safety issues related to children's safety, ease of use for disabled and elderly people, etc. Alot of complaints about this all over the internet yet Dodge is not coming up with a fix and there has been no recall yet. I strongly suggest you recall this vehicle for a proper fix, instead of having to replug the fuses under the hood all the time.

- Naperville, IL, USA

problem #22

Mar 012008

Grand Caravan

  • 17,500 miles
The door lock just suddenly stopped functioning. Passenger side, rear door does not respond to button on door post.

- Port Orange, FL, USA

problem #21

Mar 012008

Grand Caravan

  • 45,000 miles
Power locks have stopped working on my vehicle. I am reading online that this is a common problem for this year, make, and model. I feel this is a safety issue and should be considered for a recall. I am unable to lock or unlock the vehicle using the keyless entry or the power lock buttons on either the driver or passenger side doors.

- Lowell, NC, USA

problem #20

Jun 232008

Grand Caravan

  • 39,788 miles
The automatic power door locks suddenly fail to work. The doors can not be locked/unlocked with the door switch or the remote key. The doors fail to lock after approaching a 18mph speed also.

- Pompano Beach, FL, USA

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