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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
70,079 miles

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2008 Dodge Grand Caravan Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #16

Mar 012013

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles


Vehicle intermittently has electrical problems. The problems vary in severity. When problems occur there are various symtoms that include instrument cluster not working, windshield wipers operating without being turned on, headlights become inoperative, heat and ac become inoperative, doors lock and cannot be overridden even manually. When problems occur that can last for a few seconds and multiple times or sometimes a continuous for several minutes.

- West Bend, WI, USA

problem #15

Jan 142013

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 84,000 miles
The first incident occurred while care was sitting in the driveway, no key in it. Horn started going wipers and wiper fluid started going full speed, and lights started flashing, door locks engaged and could not be stopped by key fob. This continued for about 10 minutes. I had to pull the fuses and disconnect the battery to get it to stop. Took the car to dealership twice who stated there is nothing wrong with the van. The van continues to do this intermittently. Most recent incident driving down the highway 60 mph with children in the car when all the previous symptoms started to occur and gauges would drop to zero and then back up over and over again. All lights went out at this time and transmission began malfunctioning. I was barely able to pull the car off to the side of the road where it continued to do this for 15 minutes. The third time I took it in they reported it was my tipm and want over $1100 to replace it. I called Dodge customer service and explained the issue hoping they would fix it without cost to me or offer some solution. Their rep was very rude and told me to try what the dealership suggested. I expressed how it is a design/manufacturing flaw and got the reply, "well MA'am, there is no recall on this so there is nothing we can do". I informed him I would never buy another Dodge/Chrysler vehicle and received the reply "ok, have a good day". he then hung up on me. This is a serious safety issue and after reading many forums have realized I am not the only one experiencing this issue...Dodge needs to be held accountable!

- Waianae, HI, USA

problem #14

Mar 222013

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 60,500 miles
This incident has happened 3 other times in the past. The first incident at about 5,000 miles and the second incident at 22,000 and a third incident at about 45,000. This last incident occurred on the highway traveling at about 67 mph. The headlamps turn off and the horn blares constant. The windshield wipers go at full speed (front and back) and the fluid is spraying everywhere. The doorlocks begin to flicker in the open and lock position. The brake lights are also shut off but the reverse lights are lit up. The tachometer and speedometer go to zero. You can maneuver the vehicle to the side of the road and try to shut off the vehicle, but to your surprise the vehicle doesn't shut off. It keeps running! so as you are sitting there wondering what to do and unlock your door manually and then you have to unhook the battery and somehow that works. If you are lucky when you connect the battery back in the system goes back to normal. If your unlucky the horn and windshield wipers are still going strong along with all the other issues. Either way this system malfunction is being reported all over the internet and Dodge hasn't responded. They are reporting a tipm (total ignition power module) apparently the part is in such demand that you cannot order because they are backordered up to 800 units.

- Normal, IL, USA

problem #13

Aug 082012

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 40,000 miles


After shutting vehicle off the headlights, interior lights, or parking lights will stay on indefinitely, resulting in draining the battery to zero. The only solution is to disconnect the battery for ten minutes. Dealer could not diagnose problem.

- Macedon, NY, USA

problem #12

Nov 152012

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 56,000 miles
I was driving home at 10:30 at night on Thursday the 15th of November 2012 driving 65 mph on state highway 64 in pawnee county Oklahoma and the windshield wipers went on by themselves and then the head lights went off by themselves. I took the vehicle to the Dodge dealer and they recommended that I replace a clock spring but weren't even sure if that would fix the headlight issue. Not to mention charging me $300 for the part when I have the extended electronics warranty on the vehicle. I feel that this is a very major safety issue and Dodge needs to look into it further and correct the issue at no charge to the owners, this is obviously a manufacturer defect. There is no reason this vehicle should have this issue. It is a liability to Dodge if not corrected. Please look into this issue as it could end up costing someone their life. I would like to make sure that this gets looked into. Please send me a supervisors number or email so I make sure this gets attention. If I do not hear something back within 48 hours, I will contact the secretary of transportation myself, a Mr. Ray lahood through senator coburn. I am really pissed off about the situation. You drive down a road with your family in the dark of night and unexpectedly your headlights go out and you risk your families life. Dodge didn't act like it was a big deal, but it could end up being a major liability for them if they do not remedy the situation.

- Cleveland, OK, USA

problem #11

Oct 032012

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 51,000 miles
Upon entering vehicle pressing keyfob to unlock any door or hatch the horn would start to sound, the windshield wipers (front and rear) would start to go on its on including windshield wiper fluid as well, lights would start to flash as well. I would have to open up the hood and hit the fuse box located next to the battery on the drivers side firewall just to get it to stop. I have taken the vehicle to the dealership on several ocassions to no avail because they cannot duplicate the problem and now I am out a diagnostic fee of $94 X2 and the cost of a rental car both times for my wife and three children because my 100% full warranty does not cover the cost of the rental because the problem could not be duplicated. After searching and reading about this problem that my wife and I are having with this cara van I think something should be done before someone is seriously hurt or killed by the Caravan doing something that it was not asked to do!!!!

- North Weymouth, MA, USA

problem #10

Aug 142012

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles


Went to turn my lights on and they turned on then off then on again and then off. And now they will not turn on. Everything else works, parking lights, dimmer etc. I had a diagnostic run and it showed the following trouble codes: B162F, B, C ; B1633, B1634, B1637. Which all points to the tipm control module. So I called the shop, they called to find the part and there is none available. There are on backorder, about 800 of them to be exact. So that means that I have no headlights until 800 other people get theres. Next thing to go is the wipers, horn and then the car to shut off as I'm driving. Obviously if 800 of these are on back order there is an issue with them.

- Ellendale, MN, USA

problem #9

Jul 272012

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
The headlamps on my van turn themselves off at random times. They will turn off while the van is going down the street, parked in the driveway, anywhere. Sometimes they don't turn on at all, instead they just flash several times and then stay off.

- Hermitage, TN, USA

problem #8

Feb 202012

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 61,000 miles
On 4 occasions our 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan has gone into a mode where the lights flash, the horn honks, the windshield wipers come on, washer fluid squirts out, and the doors lock. When moving, it also appears to downshift to lower gear. Once it starts, it appears the only way to stop it is to let it run its course which can take up to 10 minutes (disconnecting the battery did not make it stop). During the time it is happening the key fob does not work. Of the 4 times it has happened, it has happened twice while driving and twice while sitting still (once with key in ignition and once without). I have it at the dealer and so far in 2 days they have not found anything wrong. There are literally hundreds of other people with 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan who have this exact same or similar issue. This is a potentially dangerous issue if you happen to be moving when it happens.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #7

Nov 032010

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • miles
Driving at random times, speeds, etc, the lights would suddenly flash, wipers turn on high, wiper fluid come out and the horn would honk. Sometimes this would last only 2-3 seconds, sometimes up to 10 miuntes. Turning the key off and then back on would not clear the problem. Taken to dealer in November 2010. They re-flashed the PCM and the issue disappeared for 12 months. Problems resumed in November 2011. Taken to dealer. Could not diagnose and decided to change an accessory control module. Situation causes very unsafe operating condition by distracting driver, obscuring drivers view, distracting other drivers, causing sight problems for oncoming drivers with uncontrolled illumination of lighting.

- Peoria, IL, USA

problem #6

Apr 012011

Grand Caravan

  • 38,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan. The contact was driving 55 mph when the vehicle started to jerk and burning fumes were emitted into the vehicle. The contact also mentioned that the headlights would fail sporadically without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the front passenger side caliper was defective and needed to be replaced. Three months later, the rear driver caliper needed to be replaced as well. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 38,000 and the current mileage was 55,643.

- Carthage, NY, USA

problem #5

Jun 152011

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 39,000 miles
Headlights started with a flickering and random shut off, now no regular headlights but high beam come on for a second when you switch them on but won"T stay on. Multiple attempts to fix at 2 dealerships. Possible problem frount module but no part available nationwide to even try to fix it. Told by dealership used part would mess up "brain" on vehicle so used part not option either.

- Vincennes, IN, USA

problem #4

Apr 302011

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 87,000 miles
The headlights will randomly go out. Once in a while switching to high beam will help for a very short time, but usually I am completely without lights when it happens. There is no warning. The running lights do not even work anymore when that happens. I have been in a number of extremely dangerous situations because of this. I end up having to hope I can find a place to pull off the road, without being hit first, and turn the car off and on again until the lights finally work. Nothing else stops working, just the lights. There are so many complaints all over the internet for so many different model years I can't believe this hasn't been recalled yet.

- Wilmore, KY, USA

problem #3

Oct 122010

Grand Caravan

  • 66,000 miles
My headlights (both high beam and low beam) will turn off while I am driving at night. It can also happen in the daytime, but I notice it at night. Sometimes they will just go off for a few seconds and sometimes they will turn off and stay off. When they turn off and stay off I have to pull over (which can be hard in the dark with no headlights). Stop the car and turn off the car. Then when I restart the car the headlights will work again at least for awhile. Sometimes this happens several times a night and other times it won't happen for days or even weeks. The problem first started happening about a year ago with approximately 50,000 miles on the car. I have taken it to the dealer, but they can't find a problem.

- Jeffersonton, VA, USA

problem #2

Sep 252010

Grand Caravan

  • 43,000 miles
While driving or parked & turned off with no one near the van, the engine starts, the horn starts blaring, the wipers turn on full blast, the wiper fluid shoots out, and lights wont work! at first, we could disconnect battery or relay & it would stop. The last time, we had to disconnect alternator. This is a major safety issue!

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #1

Feb 142009

Grand Caravan

  • 3,000 miles
I bought the car on Nov. 2008, new from mccune Dodge, and for the last year the car has stall on 4 different times, haven't been able to duplicate the problem at the dealer, no sensor light comes on, also have been having different issues with emergency brake pad, the shift gear, interiors light on center-map lights flicker constantly and rear dome.

- Chula Vista, CA, USA

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