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2.0

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
79,282 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.

2005 Dodge Grand Caravan body / paint problems

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2005 Dodge Grand Caravan Owner Comments

problem #7

Jul 062014

Grand Caravan

  • 107,000 miles

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

I activated the passenger side automatic sliding door. There was a pop and a flash indicative of an electrical short and the door no longer opened or closed automatically. I inspected the wires and found that two wires were broken and possibly made contact with each other, causing an electrical short. The vehicle was inside my garage at the time and no one was inside. However, this is a dangerous situation should the vehicle catch fire because of the flimsy wiring on the doors. The driver side door stopped working two days later, but with no pop or flash. I noticed several other vehicles had the same problem, and there are several documented cases of the same problem throughout the web.

- Granada Hills, CA, USA

problem #6

May 042012

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 169,000 miles
The vehicle is not properly sealed. The grounds were all corroded and letting moisture or salt into components. First thing that happened was all the lights came on and then all went out. Couldn't see speed or gears. I have had to replace the basic control module and having the body control module checked out today. Everything under the hood is corroding at a fast pace. You can see even the metal on the engine. I hoping my wiring harness is ok. But the tech hasn't gotten that far yet.

- Port Tobacco , MD, USA

problem #5

Aug 112011

Grand Caravan

  • 100,255 miles
I purchased a Dodge Grand Caravan new in 2005. Yesterday I had a flat tire and tried to access the spare tire. It was impossible as it was frozen in place. I called my local dealership and they suggested I use a pry bar to free it. I believe this is a design flaw and that many people are driving around believing they have a spare tire while in reality, the spare is inaccessible. I could have been stranded or in an unsafe area.

- East Amherst, NY, USA

problem #4

Jun 292011

Grand Caravan

  • 85,000 miles

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

Automatic door locks have failed, and the automatic sliding doors have failed.

- Palmyra, VA, USA

problem #3

Jul 052009

Grand Caravan

  • 62,500 miles
Driving down a highway, and the right rear window of our 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan (63K miles) just fell out at ~60 miles per hour. There was no warning, the car has never been in an accident, the window was not vented, and nothing was up against the window. We are fortunate that this happened while we were in the right lane, and it was the right side of the car, so the window probably fell to the side of the road. We are also fortunate that we did not have anything fall out the window that could have caused an accident. We reported the incident (informally) to the police so that they could drive by the area where it occurred to ensure there were no road hazards. We have nothing to explain why the window fell out. We contacted Chrysler and they concluded it was not a defect. I'm not sure how they came to that conclusion, but they seem content that this could have happened without any explanation. Chrysler provided no help in covering the $700 charge to replace the window. Also, when I asked which government Agency I should contact to report this as a safety issue, they would not give me an answer. They only stated that the incident will be kept in our own "personal" file, and implied that keeping this information in a private file is sufficient. I disagree, and feel that this complaint should be known to the NHTSA in case there are other similar occurrences.

- Columbia, MD, USA

problem #2

Jul 112006

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,900 miles
: the contact stated that while driving at 10 mph through a flooded area, water seeped in through the plug opening for the spare tire. Due to the water, the plastic cover was pulled halfway off the tire, causing it to drag on the asphalt. The vehicle was taken to a service dealer, where the dealer determined the cause of the defect was due to water spraying under the cover of the tire therefore weighing it down.

- Vero Beach, FL, USA

problem #1

Jan 182005

Grand Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • 321 miles
Brand new vehicle with 321 miles, 2 major manufacturer defects. #1. rear window seal leak. #2 major internal engine defect (lifters need to be replaced).

- Newberg, OR, USA

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