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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
101,664 miles

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2005 Dodge Grand Caravan electrical problems

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2005 Dodge Grand Caravan Owner Comments (Page 7 of 12)

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problem #119

Oct 202010

Grand Caravan

  • 80,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan. The contact stated that the door locks on each door malfunctioned. The contact removed the iod fuse to remedy the problem but the repair only worked temporarily. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer where the dealer advised that the computer needed to be re-flashed. The contact did not have the computer re-flashed.the failure mileage was 80,000.

- Palm City, FL, USA

problem #118

Oct 152009

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • miles
Electric door locks repeatedly stop working.

- Eastview, KY, USA

problem #117

Apr 012010

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 103,000 miles
Power door locks fail to work intermittently and ultimately fail permanently. This is a particular danger when children are seated in the rear seat and doors do not lock despite being activated. This problem differs from another common problem reported for scores of this class of vehicle (see internet); the simultaneous failure of all locks requiring a computer reset to return them to operation. I attempted to report this a few days ago but the form only accepted a 10-digit VIN. The automated response was not clear as to whether the report was accepted despite the partial VIN constraint of the form.

- Warrenton, VA, USA

problem #116

May 132008

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 49,295 miles


The power door locks have been failing intermittently for 3 yrs. I unhook the iod fuse or the battery cable momentarily and this seems to work for a while. The door locks would work for a short time - then fail again until I repeated the fuse or battery cable removal procedure. As time went on the fix would last less & less time. Currently, the locks may only work for a day or so. This is unacceptable. My wife was really scared the other day when someone was approaching the car and she could not lock the doors. She was in an unfamiliar location with the 4 year old in the back seat. While it actually turned out to be a false alarm, it did open my eyes. While I have been just "fixing" it all the time, I realized that I cannot control when and where it will happen and you cannot always get out and reset the fuse. This is a program (firmware) that is failing on a large number of vehicles, see links below. This poses a safety hazard as the van cannot be secured without manually locking all doors, which leaves the tailgate. Why should consumers have to pay for a manufacturer defect? someone needs to protect the consumer..... I am taking the van in to request it be reprogrammed. I am not going to wait until something bad actually happens first. Just a couple of links:

- Crofton, MD, USA

problem #115

Dec 102008

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 25,000 miles
Headlights turn off intermittently during operation. This is very disconcerting and dangerous. Driver must flip the light switch multiple times to bring the lights back on. The frequency of this problem has increased recently. I feel that the vehicle is unsafe and unreliable. Recently, the headlights would not come back on and we had to drive home using the fog lamps.

- Brookeville, MD, USA

problem #114

Mar 012011

Grand Caravan

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan. The contact stated that the headlights, instrument panel lights and the push button side doors did not function. The vehicle was not taken to have the failure diagnosed or repaired. The contact was informed that the body control module would most likely need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure but offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 70,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Church Hill, TN, USA

problem #113

Aug 292011

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 53,824 miles


Power door locks failure! this problem started a month ago when the power-locks just quit working. So I followed the instructions in the car manual where you can reprogram the locks by switching the ignition key 4 times ending in the off position and then after 10 seconds turn the door lock on, a chime will sound, it did but locks still do not work. I thought it might be a fuse so I removed the iod fuse and put it back in 5 sec. The locks started to work again. This lasted about 2 or 3 times and then the problem seems to return eventually. This is a safety concern and the vehicle should be a recall. Dodge should be accountable for this and made to correct the problem.

- Fort Lee, NJ, USA

problem #112

Jul 032011

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 79,000 miles
System will beep, dash lights and gauges will flash and go dead. Door looks also stop working. One incident of battery being drained to nothing, no emergency standby power for starting. Many reports of the BCM module being the cause. Can be temporarily fixed by pulling the iod fuse to reset the BCM. Dodge tsb 08-040-04 reported to outline the problem. Replacing the BCM not always reported to fix. Flashing the BCM(updating code) more commonly reported to fix, also mention of corroded contacts being related. Repair is hard to determine as any work done on the BCM will result in a reset where it will temporarily start working again.

- Ramsey, MN, USA

problem #111

Aug 152011

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,117 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan. The contact stated that the automatic door locks failed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who reprogrammed the door locks. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 77,117. Updated 10/14/11 updated 10/21/11

- Newport News , VA, USA

problem #110

Aug 112010

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
Power door locks inoperable, safety issue if need to open locks in an emergency. Can be corrected by pulling iod fuse but solution only lasts several days. Have seen on internet some success if dealer reprograms BCM.

- The Villages, FL, USA

problem #109

Jun 132011

Grand Caravan

  • 76,575 miles


We locked the vehicle with the remote, saw the door closing, and when we returned, the passenger sliding door was wide open! since the original failure date, this happens continuously. The door closes almost all the way, and then reverses, and opens up. We have to manually shut the sliding door (difficult) in order to close and lock it. Did not notify manufacturer or dealer.

- No.Tonawanda, NY, USA

problem #108

Jun 012011

Grand Caravan

  • miles
Door locks on 05 Dodge Grand Caravan wont open or close. Keeps happening even when its supposed to be fixed.

- York, NE, USA

problem #107

Mar 232011

Grand Caravan

  • 70,000 miles
2005 Dodge Grand Caravan. Rear sliding power door lock failure. Driver's side manual lock/un-lock will not unlock sliding door nor will remote. It happens frequently and to fix the problem, you have to remove the iod fuse for a few seconds and put it back in.

- Moyock, NC, USA

problem #106

Jan 012011

Grand Caravan

  • 74,000 miles
The BCM which controls the automatic electric door locks and inside door lock controls, and auto door openers with the exception of the rear door so far has failed.

- Olivehurst, CA, USA

problem #105

Jul 252011

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 55,945 miles
Electrical door lock system failed. Rear sliding door opened by itself.

- Alton, VA, USA

problem #104

Jul 212008

Grand Caravan

  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan. The contact stated that all of the electrical door locks failed to function and he had to manually open and close them. The vehicle was inspected by a dealer who advised him that the body control module needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not contacted. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 40,000.

- Myrtle Beach, SC, USA

problem #103

Jun 012011

Grand Caravan

  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan. The contact stated that the vehicle would hesitate when attempting to start, which also prevented the doors from locking. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was inspected and confirmed that the body control module needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The current and failure mileages were 130,000.

- Aurora, IL, USA

problem #102

May 252011

Grand Caravan

  • 112,596 miles
The passenger side rear door malfunctions while opening using the power open option. It opens part way and then stops or closes again. The driver side does not open at all using the power open option, only by opening manually. I am concerned for the safety of rear passengers entering/exiting the van and being struck/trapped by the door when it changes directions. It is caused by a short in the wiring harness that powers the doors which could potentially cause a fire.

- Kingsford, MI, USA

problem #101

Jun 062011

Grand Caravan

  • 112,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan. The contact stated the keyless entry remote malfunctioned causing the contact to open the doors manually. The contact replaced the battery to the keyless entry; however, it had not remedied the failure. The contact did not call the manufacturer regarding the keyless entry remote. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 112,000.

- Springfield, MO, USA

problem #100

Oct 012009

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
2005 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT - bought used from barreth car dealership in Washington, mo in Aug. 2009 - 45000 miles locks stopped working - still wont work unless fuse is pulled over and over again and again - oxygen sensors stopped working ac/heater fan stopped working.

- O Fallon, MO, USA

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