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1.9

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

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2005 Dodge Grand Caravan Owner Comments (Page 9 of 15)

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problem #139

May 202009

Grand Caravan

  • 63,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan. The contact stated that all of the power doors failed to lock. The dealer reprogrammed the door lock control module, to no avail. He then replaced the wiring harness in an attempt to correct the failure. After the repairs, the contact noticed that the air bag warning light sporadically illuminated on the warning panel. The dealer advised her that there were no related recalls. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 63,000 and the current mileage was 95,000.

- Pensicola , FL, USA

problem #138

Jan 082010

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 42,000 miles
Dodge 2005 Grand Caravan. Driver side door would refuse to open with inside button by door. Would open if pushed console button. The door would decide that it was not closed properly and fully open while driving. (very dangerous). The passenger side would open only if you used the key bob and had a jerky motion that would trip a sensor and close the door(usually on a passenger getting in or out of the vehicle. The door was adjusted and door motor replaced. Still had a problem with the door occasionally bumping the side of the vehicle. Verified that the vehicle had not been in an accident and resolved by leaving the plastic interior door cover off. The problem with the doors opening and closing by themselves was found in both cases to be linked to the door wiring harness. Also both door refuse to lock (not a thing that you check when looking at a car and was found by accident) searching the internet showed that this was a well known problem.

- Fuquay Varina, NC, USA

problem #137

Jan 152010

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 48,000 miles
This website shows just a sample of the people having trouble with their 2005 Dodge Caravan' door locks that quit working...it's a safety issue and Dodge isn't doing anything about it. How am I to keep my kids from opening doors" we're so busy taking issue with Toyota that we're ignoring Dodge's inability to do the right thing. Please take this as an issue --- how many people must complain before you do something about it" Dodge wants to replace a module...but as you'll see from the site below it doesn't fix it. www.carcomplaints.com/Dodge/Caravan/2005/electrical/power_door_locks_quit_working.shtml.

- Kailua, HI, USA

problem #136

Jan 022010

Grand Caravan

  • 30,000 miles

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

Automatic door locks do not work. Can push lock down but key and automatic locks do not work. Had to crawl through back of van. Children locked in car unable to open locks.

- Blue Bell, PA, USA

problem #135

Feb 152010

Grand Caravan

  • 75,000 miles
I purchased the van used (1 owner) around 74,500 miles. I noticed that the headlights flickered for a good 30 secs. After using anything else electrical. After a few weeks, the power door looks stopped working. The rear hatch still would lock/unlock. I reset the system by unplugging the battery. This fixed the light flickering problem, but only worked temporarily for the locks. I eventually took it to the dealer to "flash" the computer, and update software on the BCM. This worked also for a few days, but now again the locks are not working. Now the dealer is saying that the BCM must be faulty, and needs to be repaired/replaced. This is going to cost $500-$600! I feel that this is a safety issue, especially because I have a small child. I need to count on being able to lock/unlock my vehicle in a timely manner because I don't work in the nicest neighborhood. I have now made my first payment of the van, which was less then what I have already put into it for repairs. Chrysler should offer to fix this problem or at least offer some sort of compensation, especially with so many customers having the same problem.

- Leaf River, IL, USA

problem #134

Jan 172010

Grand Caravan

  • miles
Power door locks not functioning. Not with the switch on door or with remote.

- Silver City, NM, USA

problem #133

Jan 162010

Grand Caravan

  • 55,000 miles

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

2005 Dodge Caravan power door lock failure. Have to remove 20amp fuse on iod to work. Then it doesn't work again in an hour.

- Kent, WA, USA

problem #132

Jun 212009

Grand Caravan

  • 54,200 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan. The contact stated that all of the door locks suddenly stopped functioning on 02/17/2010. He noticed the problem earlier in 2009 but replaced a fuse which seemed to remedy the failure. He had not taken the vehicle to the dealership and had not spoken with the manufacturer to-date. The vehicle had not been repaired at the time of the complaint. The current mileage was approximately 56,200. The failure mileage was 54,000.

- Glen Rock, NJ, USA

problem #131

Jun 102009

Grand Caravan

  • 33,000 miles
The automatic door locks on my 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT will stop working with no notice. I have found by searching on the internet that pulling the fuse and replacing it will solve the problem for a few days, but it happens again within days. This is a real safety problem for my wife as this is her car and she travels with our 3 children in the car. Since the vehicle is only able to be unlocked manually on the driver's side door only, it would make it very hard for her to get into the vehicle quickly if there was a problem with one of our kids. It seems Dodge has no solution to this problem.

- Commack, NY, USA

problem #130

Feb 142010

Grand Caravan

  • 53,854 miles
2005 Dodge Grand Caravan automatic door lock/unlock will just stop working. I have been to dealer twice and they have charged me $49.95 for "repair". the latest episode happened apx. 6 months after last "repair". I went online to carcomplaints.com and found a host of other owners with same repeated problem. I then removed fuse and put it back in and it has temporarily fixed the problem. I have complained to the dealer, but they are "unaware of anyone else having the same problem". they will be glad to look into what might be causing my problem for a minimum charge of $50. Of course "there may be additional charges for parts and labor." I have already paid almost $100 for dealer to remove and replace the same fuse plus on one of my visits they gave me an estimate of over $3,000 in other repairs they just happened to find. After taking my car to 2 other repair shops for estimates, I was informed they could not find anything wrong and saw no signs of "problem" dealer supposedly diagnosed. It was an attempt to rip off a consumer.

- Westville, IN, USA

problem #129

Feb 052010

Grand Caravan

  • 85,000 miles

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

I must say how very troubling it is to see so many of us with the same complaint filing here on this web site about the safety issue with the power lock elements on these mini vans!!!! I too have had nothing but trouble starting when I purchased this vehicle a 2005 Grand Caravan by Dodge. With two young children (one in my arms) in the rain attempting to unlock one (1) door (drivers) with a key because the added convenience of a key fob door lock and unlock function refuses to stay working time after time. Although there are many "quick" fixes on the internet by every other irritated consumer, they just don't work period. Dodge technicians don't even seem to know what is wrong, they just through fuses and parts at it to attempt to rectify the situation. Dodge must have an inkling of what is going on"?" you people here at the NHTSA and the ntsb have got to help us. I'm sure even some people you know or even you yourself have had this problem.

- Salem, OR, USA

problem #128

Apr 152008

Grand Caravan

  • miles
Automatic door locks don't work. The only way to get them to work is to remove the 20amp iod fuse for 10 sec. Dodge refuses to own up to the problem, but they don't mind taking your money for a temporary fix. By removing and installing the iod fuse the temp fix last for a couple of weeks in the summer and 1 day in the winter. Our problem started in the spring of 2008 until now.

- Mashpee, MA, USA

problem #127

Jan 062010

Grand Caravan

  • 59,000 miles
2005 Dodge Grand Caravan - door locks stop working at random times; electrical surges. Please check the online message boards related to this issue. There are hundreds of incidents (like mine) that I have counted so far. We have 4 children and only one way to enter or exit the vehicle! we have spent hundreds so far on fixes that are only temporary. Based on the number of complaints I have read after just 30 minutes of searching the web, there is no way Chrysler is not aware of this hazard...

- Avon, OH, USA

problem #126

Oct 252009

Grand Caravan

  • 49,000 miles
2005 Dodge Grand Caravan power door lock failure. Will not lock or unlock with inside power lock button or key fob. Have disconnected battery cable and locks work again for anywhere from 1 day to 3 weeks. Has happened aprox 25 times since the first incident in Oct 2009. Has somewhere around 55,000 miles on it. Having three preschool age children and only one exterior key hole makes this a difficult and dangerous situation in a crowded parking lot.

- Shelocta, PA, USA

problem #125

Feb 012010

Grand Caravan

  • 18,000 miles
Power door locks and electric windows stop working....happens approx every two weeks. Have removed the iod fuse and then everything works, for approx. 2 weeks, then everything stops working again. The procedure is repeated. Many complaints and same solution as above on internet. Dodge should have a recall to repair. Happening to often to many of us.

- Hudson, NH, USA

problem #124

Aug 122007

Grand Caravan

  • 37,000 miles
I have a 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan in which the electronic door locks do not work. I have brought it to be fixed 3 times. I have four children. I consider this a safety issue. I would like to see a recall on this vehicle.

- Billerica, MA, USA

problem #123

Jun 102009

Grand Caravan

  • 62,000 miles
2005 Dodge Grand Caravan door locks stop working.

- Owasso, OK, USA

problem #122

Oct 152009

Grand Caravan

  • 95,000 miles
Passenger power sliding door will unlatch but not open when closed, when door is open it will close partially but will not latch.

- Bunker Hill, IN, USA

problem #121

Dec 012009

Grand Caravan

  • 37,000 miles
Door locks on 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan quit working, have spoke w/many on internet and it's a common problem. There is a tsb about this but Dodge will not repair without charging $100-$250 your door locks are controlled by the body control module (BCM). The BCM monitors the current draw on the lock and unlock circuits, and when it goes across a threshold it will disable the locks to preserve itself from damage. If a circuit was shorted to ground and the BCM kept trying to drive the locks it would damage itself. The original BCM software on the 2005 vans was a little sensitive to this, and over time when the lock solenoids in each door start to naturally use a little more current, the BCM can set a fault code and disable the locks a little prematurely. The BCM software was revised to make it more fault tolerant to stop this from happening prematurely. The fix is to reprogram the BCM software. This is done with a dealer scan tool, and takes about a half hour of labor to perform. This is a safety issue as the doors can not be locked or unlocked by either button in vehicle or key fob. Problem has been temporary fixed by pulling iod fuse and re setting computer.

- Mishawaka, IN, USA

problem #120

Dec 012009

Grand Caravan

  • 37,000 miles
Door locks on 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan quit working, have spoke w/many on internet and it's a common problem. There is a tsb about this but Dodge will not repair without charging $100-$250 your door locks are controlled by the body control module (BCM). The BCM monitors the current draw on the lock and unlock circuits, and when it goes across a threshold it will disable the locks to preserve itself from damage. If a circuit was shorted to ground and the BCM kept trying to drive the locks it would damage itself. The original BCM software on the 2005 vans was a little sensitive to this, and over time when the lock solenoids in each door start to naturally use a little more current, the BCM can set a fault code and disable the locks a little prematurely. The BCM software was revised to make it more fault tolerant to stop this from happening prematurely. The fix is to reprogram the BCM software. This is done with a dealer scan tool, and takes about a half hour of labor to perform.

- Mishawaka, IN, USA

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