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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,600 miles

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2008 Dodge Grand Caravan Owner Comments

problem #5

Apr 012009

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 24,000 miles


Just after parking van the electrical system went crazy. The front wipers started wiping, the wiper fluid deployed, the horn sounded. I turned off car and removed the key. Everything continued to run. At a loss I got back in, turned it on and drove it out of the garage where the noise wouldn't be so loud. Again I removed the key. I popped the hood, thinking if all else fails, I could pull the battery. I saw the fuse box by the battery (I have since looked up that it is the tipm) and I smacked it hard with my palm. The car shut up. Several months later it did a similar behavior, again while not moving. Still several months after that it did it again, this time while I was driving. Wipers, horn, washer fluid whole deal. I managed to pull over and safely stop the car. Before I could get out the car stopped its behavior. Since then I have also had other electrical problems, horn attempting to sound on its own, but no wipers, transmission in "limp mode" where it won't get out of second gear, and front blower motor intermittently running/not running. Often stopping car and opening door, and restarting car fixes it, but more recently not so much. I reported first incident to dealer, but they found nothing. I have reported further incidents and now that I am out of warranty they are advising me it is the tipm (fuse box) and replacement cost is $800 and it may not fix my problem. Because it is intermittent they claim not to be able to diagnose themselves. I would hate to have the wiper horn fluid combo happen on the highway. Can be dangerous.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #4

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 #3

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 #2

May 252010

Grand Caravan

  • 44,000 miles
2008 Dodge Grand Caravan design flaw causes lines to corrode due to exposure to the elements causing the air conditioning to fail. The failure of the air conditioning due to the design flaw also causes the vehicle to have not window defogging capabilities, thus impairing the drivers ability to see the road. Instead of having the rear and front windows defogged using the ac vents you must stop and wipe with a cloth or just cease driving altogether; this is especially true during while operating the vehicle in the rain. The design flaw causing the air conditioning to fail also poses a health risk to those traveling within the vehicle in extreme temperatures such as are now being experienced throughout the northeast.

- Wilkes Barre, PA, USA

problem #1

Jul 012008

Grand Caravan

  • 6,000 miles
Multiple problems with 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan SE, van was special ordered at advantage Chrysler Jeep and Dodge, des plaines il from factory with mygig ves, we took delivery on Feb 2008, our sales guy quit before we even got the van. Sad. _____________ first problem was within first 6 mos. Loud whistle noise coming from windshield on warm and hot days at 60+ mph, dealer resealed but problem still same. __________________ brakes had to be redone after 14,000. This is a common problem, judging by all of the complaints, I was even more pissed off after getting a $500 bill and a dopey explanation from the shop manager at advantage Chrysler Jeep and Dodge. We took it in for a break inspection, they did all the work without checking with me first. _________________ the next thing to stop working was the passenger side sliding door auto lock. It no longer responds to electric or remote switch. We have to lock and unlock manually. They suspected a harness but did not have one in stock, 2 months for delivery of part, I had no time to go back. _________________ just recently Oct 2009 during a rain storm, the wipers stopped to function in any position, the wipers were turned on while the car was running, had to pull over shut off/on, then they worked fine. __________________ spouse also reported that radio stopped working, no audio or video temporarily, it also started to work after turning off then on of the key. _________________ we are !@#$% at Chrysler / Dodge for putting out a car like that. We buy only american built cars to support our economy, and we get !@#$% with countless repair bills. Get tour stuff together Chrysler / Dodge!!!!!!!

- Ant Town, IL, USA

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