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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
77,301 miles

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2005 Dodge Grand Caravan body / paint problems

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2005 Dodge Grand Caravan Owner Comments

problem #19

May 012015

Grand Caravan

  • 90,000 miles


Significant rusting has spread on the driver side rear wheel corner panel and beneath the sliding door rocker panel, leaving large areas of visible rust and missing paint, as well as revealing eroded/chipped chunks of metal of the undercarriage. Multiple body shop exams have shown that this problem has originated from the inside out, leaving little to no easy fix. There is also minor rusting of the same sort on the passenger side of the van as well. Expert consultants have determined that this damage may result in serious hazard if/when the rocker or panel portions of the affected areas drop from the vehicle and damage either of the rear tires. This also poses a risk to any traffic that may be trailing the vehicle at the time parts separating due to rust. Independent research has shown that Chrysler has removed critical requirements, such as galvanization, as design-to-cost measures that have contributed to the increase in these problems in the field. Chrysler should recall, and if not, then a class action suit should be pursued to hold Chrysler responsible for these well known design deficiencies.

- Livonia , MI, USA

problem #18

Mar 122014

Grand Caravan

  • 104,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan. The contact stated while driving approximately 30 mph, the engine stalled without warning. The contact also stated that the shifting had to be tampered in order to restart the vehicle after multiple attempts. In addition, the automatic door on the driver side would not close properly, which caused her to drive the vehicle with the door completely open. The problem recurred multiple times. Also, the driver side air bag warning light illuminated continuously. The vehicle was not taken to a mechanic for a diagnosis and the vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure and the approximate failure mileage was 104,000.

- Norridge, IL, USA

problem #17

Mar 072014

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 96,944 miles
Power door locks fail to operate either with switches or key fob on some of the doors. Can't get into the vehicle on doors that don't have key holes. Doors don't lock when leaving vehicle parked causing potential theft opportunity.

- Grand Junction, CO, USA

problem #16

Nov 132013

Grand Caravan

  • 158,700 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Dodge Grand Caravan. The contact stated that while traveling approximately 30 mph, the passenger's sliding door erroneously opened. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 158,700.

- Kansas City, KS, USA

problem #15

Sep 152013

Grand Caravan

  • 104,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan. The contact stated that the door lock system failed. The two sliding doors, the driver and the passenger's side door would not open electronically and could only be opened manually. The contact reset the door lock system himself however, the failure was not corrected. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure and current mileage was 104,000.

- New Ulm, MN, USA

problem #14

Nov 122012

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 97,254 miles
I pushed the button to open the sliding doors and there have been so many times when the door will close without having been told to. Typically, the sensor will catch when there is a hand or a child pushing it back open, but there have been occasions, like today that it started to open, then about 18 inches after it had begun opening that it reverses and closes and does not have the sensor kick in. Today the door slammed into my left shoulder. I had to use all my strength to push it off my shoulder and to override the motor to get it to open. I am so grateful my 2 year old was still on the shipping cart because that would have crushed his hand if he wasn't able to get out of the way. Most times it is the passenger side siding door that does this. Last week was the first time that the drivers side door did the same thing, which pinned my wrist between the door and the frame, and tried to close on it twice. I am personally afraid that one of these times the door is going to forcefully close and cause some severe damage to one of my children.

- Elgin, IL, USA

problem #13

Mar 272013

Grand Caravan

  • 84,950 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan. The contact stated that the passenger side sliding door could not be locked or unlocked automatically. The vehicle was taken to the dealer to have the door inspected. The dealer did not provide the inspection report. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 84,950.

- Lumberton , NC, USA

problem #12

May 022012

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 60,895 miles
Door locks on sliding doors will not work. Van has been back to dealer 2 times on this. This is a unsafe condition.

- North Augusta, SC, USA

problem #11

Jun 012012

Grand Caravan

  • 138,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan. The contact stated that the locks on the doors either could not locked automatically when driving or the locks would engage independently. The failure would recur whether the contact used the automatic key fob or the key manually. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer or a mechanic for diagnostics or repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue however no assistance was provided. The current mileage was 140,000. The failure mileage was 138,000.

- Fort Drum, NY, USA

problem #10

Dec 272011

Grand Caravan

  • 145,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan. The contact stated the vehicle doors failed to open and close with the automatic system. The door can only be opened and closed manually. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated the doors body control module needed to be reprogrammed. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN information was not available. The failure mileage was 145,000 and the current mileage was 146,000.

- Broosksville , FL, USA

problem #9

Jan 122011

Grand Caravan

  • miles


The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan. The contact stated that while driving approximately 30 mph, the rear automatic sliding door on the driver's side began to slide open. The failure recurred on an intermittent basis. The contact also stated that the sliding door no longer functioned automatically and he had to open and close the door manually. The vehicle was not taken to have the failure diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was unknown. The VIN was unavailable.

- Sherwood, OR, USA

problem #8

Aug 082011

Grand Caravan

  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan. The contact stated that the vehicle was parked when he attempted to lock the doors using the key fob and the doors would not lock. The contact was able to successfully lock the doors manually. The contact replaced the fuses for the door locks, but the failure recurred after a few weeks. The contact again replaced the fuses, but the failure continued. The vehicle was not taken to have the failure diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 85,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Salt Lake City, UT, USA

problem #7

Jun 232011

Grand Caravan

  • 55,970 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan. The contact stated the slide electric door does not open electronically or manually. The contact has not taken the vehicle to the dealer for a diagnostic test. The contact stated that children can not exit the vehicle on the passenger side. The children have to exit on the driver side which exits into to ongoing traffic and it a serious safety issue. The failure mileage was 55,970.

- Greendale, WI, USA

problem #6

Oct 172009

Grand Caravan

  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan. The contact stated the rocker panel under the rear sliding doors was completely rusted. The contact took the vehicle to a body shop associated with the manufacturer who informed that there was a foam used by the manufacturer which caused the metal to rust once sustained with water. The contact notified the manufacturer and they stated that this was normal wear and tear. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure mileage was 50,000 and the current mileage was 71,000.

- Reynoldsburg, OH, USA

problem #5

Jan 252006

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 8,000 miles
2005 Dodge Caravan the power sliding doors on both sides started with only opening or closing a small amount now they don't do anything at all. The doors are no longer power doors the only way to get them open is manually. I did a search to try and find out what the problem could be and found 1000's of complaints of the same issues. My van has had problems from the get go when we purchased it, they wold fix it and it would work for a while and then the same problems would start again this happened over and over and now the warranty has expired. I would like to know what needs to happen to start a recall or a class action law suit against them?

- Snoqualmie, WA, USA

problem #4

Sep 172010

Grand Caravan

  • 95,000 miles
Roof seem cracking around the roof, leading to rusting.

- Bethlehem, PA, 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

Jun 012007

Grand Caravan

  • 37,500 miles
Door assembly has failed completed. It started with driver side rear sliding door - system could only open door a few inches, and then the door could not be latched closed. Eventually it would not open at all electronically, but manually started to work again. Identical problem then arose with passenger sliding door. Had it looked at by dealership, claimed the track was gone. Door then could not be opened at all. Track completely disintegrated and the door will now open manually, but cannot be locked without climbing through vehicle.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #1

Dec 262005

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,000 miles
I had purchased my vehicle December 26, 2004. I am the not-so-proud owner of a 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan SE. There were 20 K(give or take a thous miles) miles on it when I purchased it, and it currently has just shy of 79K. All of the listed complaints have happened since owning the vehicle for 3 months or less... 1---when I purchased the lemon, I heard a thudding sound, while driving (coming from the front driver wheel well side). I was assured that this was road noise. I persisted something was wrong, on the 3rd attempt, they had tighted/replaced a "sway bushing" (forgive me I think that is what it was called). I didn't hear the noise for a couple of days and it returned. I had brought it in about 3 additional times to 2 different dealers, finally telling me they can not duplicate the problem, their suggestion to be was to turn up the radio!! out of pure it gets on my !@#$ nerves attitude, took it to another place I 6/07, and replaced the struts and shocks....still hear the thudding....2.5 years after initial complaint! 2----my headlights most of the time, do not come on. Or if you are driving at night, they go off without is this safe for me and my family...again could not duplicate. 3----my wipers rub funny while in use, which finally caused my back wiper to just not work on 7/4/2005. I go thru an unreasonable pairs of window wipers---once again, could not duplicate. This repair is still on the back burner for me to fix. 4--had to replace the egr valve to pass inspection/emissions....what about 7/70? 5-rust! I have several rust bubbles coating my white mini-van like a young child coming of age!

- Mount Pleasant, PA, USA

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