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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
5,716 miles

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2008 Dodge Grand Caravan electrical problems

electrical problem

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2008 Dodge Grand Caravan Owner Comments

problem #7

Oct 032008

Grand Caravan

  • 7,859 miles


In March 2008, I purchase a new 2008 Dodge Caravan. Several months ago, I started to have problems with the van. When driving, all of the sudden the van will stall. It will immediately restart. However, no electrical components will work. Ie: headlights, hazard lights, windshield wipers, blower motor, radio etc. I called the dealership that sold me the car and on October 3. 2008. I took the vehicle in for repair. They returned the vehicle the same day and stated they recalibrated the computer and that should solve the problem. On October 15, 2008, the van was back at the dealer for the same problem. This time they kept the van until October 29,2008 at which time they stated they replaced the computer and again stated we should be fine. On approximately November 13th, 2008 we had the same problem for the third time. We took the van into the dealer and also called Chrysler directly. We were told that a Chrysler engineer would get involved and we would get the problem taken care of. It is now November 26,2008 and the dealer called and said that they could not duplicate the problem and therefore there was nothing more they could do. They stated to drive the vehicle until this problem occurs again and then rather than restart the van, have it towed to the dealership. My husband spoke with the district manager of Chrysler, brandie wagner, and she told him that there is nothing she can do. My husband asked her to put her family in this situation and how would she feel. She responded that this is a very dangerous situation. However, there is no way to convince her supervisors to replace the vehicle until she or Chrysler technicians see this problem occur for themselves. This is a very dangerous situation. If driving the van at night and this happens and we have no working lights, this not only puts my family in jeopardy but also the general public that is driving around us.

- Canfield , OH, USA

problem #6

Oct 012008

Grand Caravan

  • 14,154 miles
2008 Dodge Grand Caravan the car dies while driving, occasionally won't shift after dying and restarting. All warning lights go on and sometimes stay on or flash on and off. Have returned to dealership several times and they can't find anything wrong with it. Also had sliding doors open on their own had that fixed then they wouldn't close with back access button, apparently caused by a loose wire had that repaired, then rear bumper warped so back door wouldn't open, had to take it in to have that fixed, basically my car is in for repair most of the time and I have a small rental of which this time I had to pay for a cracked windshield and it costs me $50 every time I have to rent one. I have 4 special needs children who have appointments up to 300 miles away from home. I am a single mom and traveling alone with my children and no longer feel safe driving with them for these distances. The las time the car died I also had two foster children with me, six kids and the car died while driving it and they can't find anything wrong with it so I bring it home sometimes with 200 miles added on it and an empty gas tank. I think it's time Chrysler Corp. Take the vehicle off my hands so I can purchase a reliable vehicle.

- Red Bluff, CA, USA

problem #5

Jul 172008

Grand Caravan

  • 484 miles
Vehicle was parked in driveway and had not been driven for nearly 12 hours. A fire started near or between the battery and the electronic control center. The vehicle was declared a total loss by the insurance company.

- Livonia, MI, USA

problem #4

Aug 012008

Grand Caravan

  • 9,000 miles


I bought a 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT in 3/2008. From the start, I felt the van would not start properly. The engine would continue to turn over even after I had let go of the key and it takes an unusual amount of time to complete start cycle. I was advised by the dealer that this wa common in newer vehicles. Another problem was that the inside window, door lock, auto door openers only worked intermittently. Last month, while driving, the dash lights all lit up and the van died immediately. This has happened three separate times since then. Each time, the vehicle ran fine once restarted but it has been sheer luck it hasn't resulted in N accident. A couple of weeks ago, a new problem arose. I noticed that when I started the van, although it was running, none of the systems up front were working. The air conditioning, radio, or power windows among other things would not work at all. The van needed to be turned off and restarted to get it to work properly. This has also happened repeatedly since.

- Chuckey, TN, USA

problem #3

Aug 012008

Grand Caravan

  • miles
2008 Dodge Grand Caravan shuts down. The consumer stated at random times, the dashboard lights would illuminate, indicating an engine malfunction. Soon after, the vehicle would cut off.

- Clemson, SC, USA

problem #2

May 142008

Grand Caravan

  • 4,433 miles
The transmission of our 2008 Grand Caravan was having issues when going into reverse. When the vehicle was in neutral or park the indicator showed the vehicle to be in all gears at the same time. Also the back doors and hatch would not open due to the fact that the vehicle thought that it was in motion. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and was found that the PCM had internal failures. Dealer had to replace PCM.

- Blacksburg, VA, USA

problem #1

May 022008

Grand Caravan

  • 4,085 miles
2008 Dodge Grand Caravan transmission went into limp mode and was stuck in gear and would not shift. I had to exit to side of road, shut vehicle off and then restart. Vehicle started shifting but then engine light came on along with a burning smell. Dealership looked at vehicle and cleared codes and reprogrammed PCM. Dealer stated codes were related to transmission.

- Blacksburg, VA, USA

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