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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,350 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2005 Dodge Grand Caravan Owner Comments

problem #6

Sep 052010

Grand Caravan

  • 82,200 miles


No specific events prior, just parked car for the evening. Car started but no headlights or interior gauge lights including gear indicator, also no electric door locks. After several restarts all work but check engine light is on. No check engine light now. Cruise control light flickers on and off. This happened a few times when the car was new and the dealer was able to stop it by replacing the computer.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #5

Sep 232009

Grand Caravan

  • 124,000 miles
My Caravan has had numerous electrical problems and is now sitting in my driveway unable to be driven or to sell. Power window and door failure, gauges jumping, radio disconnecting itself, lights turning on and off when no one is in the car, and finally the end result is total power failure (sometimes in the middle of an intersection). Scared for my life and the life of my children I have stopped driving it. I have spent $1600 at the Dodge dealership only to finally be told they can no longer help me. I have talked to Chrysler directly and they stopped calling me back. There is clearly thousands of complaints about similar problems. I am sick over the junk pile I can't remove or replace in this economy. When will Chrysler be held accountable?

- Greer, SC, USA

problem #4

Mar 012010

Grand Caravan

  • 115,000 miles
I have a 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan and have had nothing but electrical problems with it. Our automatic sliding door on passenger side has been repaired once already and quit working about 6 months later. Our power door locks now will not work with either the key fob or from inside on the switch. The lights on the dash go out and come on a various times. These are serious issues and dealerships are charging an arm and leg to just look at it and you still aren't guaranteed how long it will remain functional.

- Park View, IA, USA

problem #3

Nov 082008

Grand Caravan

  • 34,500 miles


Multiple electrical failures. Backup lights, door locks, interior lights, right side power window, and sliding side doors. The items do not function on our van. Upon pulling the battery terminal these items will work for a short period of time and then cease to function again. After extensive research on the internet and several hundred dollar in dealer "repairs" I have discovered that this is due to a software problem with the body control module on the 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan. The fix is supposed to be a firmware update to the BCM provided by Dodge. The issue I have is that if this is a software/firmware update to the van's computer why should the dealer expect me to pay $70 so my vehicle will function properly the same as it did when purchased. No modifications have been made to the van and it currently has just over 60K mileage. These problems have been around prior the end of the 3/36K warranty but since such a long time has passed the dealer will no longer honor any type of warranty on this vehicle. My complaint is that if this is a known software issue/fault with the van's software then Dodge should upgrade them for free. It's not as if this is a wear and tear or customer induced failure. This is a fault in the core design of the vehicle.

- Hazard, KY, USA

problem #2

May 162006

(reported on)

Grand Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2005 Grand Caravan instrument panel lights on the head light cluster, cruise control, driver side windows and locks did not work. * ts ***** the consumer was told the vehicle was designed with no lights.

- Bay City, MI, USA

problem #1

Mar 042006

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,400 miles
Have 2005 Grand Caravan. It has 24,000 miles. The air bag light came on. I am taking it to the dealer tomorrow. Also, the driver interior map light doesn't work, eventhough the bulb is ok. (am having that checked tomorrow, too.) when the light first went out, the automatic side doors stopped working. They didn't work for about 2 weeks and when I decided I had time to go to the dealer to get it checked, the doors started working again and have seemed fine since. The light, however, still doesn't work. The rear passenger map lights also come on randomly (usually overnight). There is a clunking noise in the driver side front end. We had some parts repaired on it in Dec. (though the dealer did say they weren't sure what the problem was), but the noise is still there. (am having that checked tomorrow as well.)

- Elyria, OH, USA

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