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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,095 miles

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2009 Dodge Grand Caravan electrical problems

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2009 Dodge Grand Caravan Owner Comments (Page 15 of 15)

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problem #16

Aug 222013

Grand Caravan

  • 121,000 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start. The contact also mentioned that the failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was found that the wireless control module had failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 121,000.

- Grandville, MI, USA

problem #15

Sep 132013

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 94,000 miles
3 weeks prior to this incident the vehicle was not starting so the local dealership ordered a win. It took three weeks to get the part(win). We got the van back and now it is starting to happen again. The dealership said that they have to go through Chrysler to order the part because they basically quit using the manufacturer and are using a new one now. Now, why has there not been a recall on this part? cost of all so far has been $680. This includes tow, part and labor. The problem is still not fixed.

- Lincoln, NE, USA

problem #14

Mar 012013

Grand Caravan

  • 60,000 miles
Van has been having problems starting, it makes a clicking noise but the van won't turn on, yet all other electrical devices continue to work perfectly. After several attempts the van will eventually start, but other times we have had to leave it overnight parked due to it not started after trying for almost an hour. We replaced the battery, and the problem persisted. We took it to a Dodge dealership and the win module was replaced and a new key was ordered and reprogrammed at a cost of almost $1000! a few weeks after getting the van back the problem started again and once again left me (pregnant) and my 2 young children stranded in 101 degree temperature. A tech from the dealership met with us this morning to look at the van and suggested it might be the starter. We can't continue to purchase parts and pay for labor and yet the vehicle isn't working as it should. This is dangerous for a pregnant woman with a newborn on the way and two young children.

- Grand Prairie, TX, USA

problem #13

Oct 102012

Grand Caravan

  • 36,500 miles


I was just starting driving after being at a stop. I used the window control that automatically rolls the window completely up. When the window reached the top, there was a loud popping noise. After that, the window started slowly sliding down on it's own. My husband disassembled the door and replaced the window regulator. Since that time (10 months ago), the same thing has happened a total of 3 times. The belief is that it is an electrical problem, making the computer system think that the window isn't up all the way (possibly a sensor not detecting that the window is completely up). The system then keeps trying to roll the window up more, snapping the cables connected to the regulator. Not only is this a nuisance, it is an expensive fix. It is also very distracting while driving and could cause an accident due to the loud noise when it breaks, as well as trying to keep your window from falling into your door while driving.

- Citrus Heights, CA, USA

problem #12

Aug 112013

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
Our Grand Caravan is experiencing the same electrical problem that the 09 Ram trucks and 09 journey's experienced. Our driver door controls for the mirrors, the driver and passenger windows, door locks, and window locks are not working. I contacted our local Dodge dealer who told me that our vehicle was not part of the recall. Given that the Ram and the journey had the exact same problem I would like to know if the Caravan can be added to it.

- Keizer, OR, USA

problem #11

May 062013

Grand Caravan

  • 60,000 miles
Purchased used 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT in 2/2013. Vehicle has lost power multiple times at various speeds (5 mph to 35 mph). Each time it has been triggered by a "bump" in the road (ie. Small pothole, railroad tracks, etc. Sometimes while turning a corner, other times not). Each incident has required carefully getting to the side of the road and putting the car in "park" and restarting. Have already been to one mechanic who couldn't figure out what was wrong with it. Will try a Dodge dealer next. I am very disappointed that Dodge has not looked further into this issue considering the number of complaints on this site along with the fact that it has recalled the 2010 model for this very reason. Also, very sorry that I traded in a 2001 Dodge Grand Caravan for this vehicle. The manufacture date for my vehicle is 12/08. I hope someone will investigate this issue further. Having the engine lose power with no warning with two young children in the backseat is absolutely terrifying. Clearly, the 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan recall for electrical problems has not included all Dodge Grand Caravan with this problem since there are many complaints listed on this page.

- East Granby, CT, USA

problem #10

Apr 212012

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 68,000 miles


Our van has stalled numerous times while in motion over the past 2 weeks. There is no early warning when it will happen. It has happened in parking lots at 5 mph and also at at highway speeds. When it stalls, all electrical components still work, but the power steering and power brakes no longer work. It has never failed to restart. I have seen on NHTSA's website that there is a recall on the same vehicles made between Aug 2009 and June 2010, but not my van with a build date of Jan 26, 2009. The problem on the recall is that the win module no longer holds the key in the run position, it falls to on and the vehicle stalls. I also see numerous complaints on NHTSA's website for pre Aug 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan built prior to Aug 2009, so I am not the only one experiencing the issue. The recall needs to be expanded.

- New Castle, PA, USA

problem #9

Feb 012012

Grand Caravan

  • 24,000 miles
Vehicle while both driving on road and in park stalls. It givens no notice or warning that this is going to happen. At least 10 times I have noticed that the ignition switch has "moved" from the "run" position to "accessory, " by itself. I have taken it to 3 different dealers but each has said they couldn't find an issue no codes have been coming up in the computer. I even had it stall in the dealer when I picked it up yet they have not done anything to fix the problem. When it stalls the steering wheel is extremely hard to move. I have 3 small children in the car when it stalls on main roads it is very frightening and dangerous trying to control the car, put it into neutral or park and get it to start or try to get to a safe place to restart it! I have contacted Chrysler-Dodge customer service, service managers etc all to no avail. I asked the dealer service managers if there was any recall and they told me there wasn't any....I see on NHTSA website there is one but it is for 2010 and up but the 2009 vehicles also have the same stall problem! report receipt date: Mar 01, 2011 NHTSA campaign number: 11V139000 component(s): Electrical system

- Sterling Heights, MI, USA

problem #8

Jul 062012

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 87,000 miles
Esp bas and traction control light coming on randomly (even as car is in park).

- Herndon, VA, USA

problem #7

Jul 072012

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 87,000 miles
Battery is being drained overnight. No lights left on (turn all the way to the off position when the car is not running).

- Herndon, VA, USA

problem #6

Dec 262011

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles


As I was driving the vehicle, it suddenly shut off. The vehicle was still in motion as it shut off. The steering locked up as thi shappened, therefore I could not even move the vehicle safely to the side of the road. I had it towed tot he dealership and the win module was replaced.

- Herndon, VA, USA

problem #5

Apr 262012

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 59,353 miles
Without warning vehicle refused to start... stranded... these failures have occurred while driving in traffic and the vehicle just shuts off.... wireless control module failure.. (reads electronic key ) this is not something that should ever fail...they are being replaced at a rampant rate by the dealerships at $500 + per incident.....

- Jones, OK, USA

problem #4

Jan 012010

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • miles
Problem mentioned in safety recall 11V139000 happens with 2009 Grand Caravan manufactured in August 2009. Fobik is loose and car will turn off if on bumpy road or wallet is attached to key ring. Has happened more than once.

- Romulus, MI, USA

problem #3

Dec 032011

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 67,311 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan. The contact stated that the ignition key, which was equipped with a remote to lock and unlock the vehicle, was defective and would not start the vehicle. The dealer replaced the key. The manufacturer was notified, but denied any assistance with repairs. The failure and current mileages were 67,311...updated 02/01/12 the consumer stated the ignition was also replaced at a cost of $ $417.84. Updated 02/10/12

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #2

Aug 112010

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 9,886 miles
2009 D gr Caravan purchased new, have had to have front brakes rotors, shaved, then brakes & rotors replaced, then again rear rotors shaved at 22,000 miles. There definitely is an issue with the brakes on this vehicle. And needs to be address by Dodge. Also had electrical problems and van cut off on me once going 45 mph, then approx 25 mph, then again at a stop. This is the 1st new car I have ever purchased, not an easy thing for me as I only make $25,000 a yr and I am so frustrated that I promise I will only buy used from now on, if I am going to pay nearly $30,000 for a vehicle, I don't expect to have to have it in the shop 4 + times and to have to shell out a couple hundred dollars every 6 months on it.

- New Castle, DE, USA

problem #1

Aug 092010

Grand Caravan

  • 3,500 miles
The events leading up to the failure = while vehicle in motion engine lost complete power and died on street---the failure how often it occurs = one time--- its consequences = towed to dealer for repairs---additional problems with the vehicle = 1-while Dodge Caravan was in motion¿on the street¿Dodge Caravan engine power was totally lost¿Dodge Caravan came to a stop while holding the brake pedal down very hard! 2-transmission shift lever stuck in park with engine running - I could not move gearshift lever to drive- I had to turn off ignition and start engine again. 3-intermittent electrical operation of left and right sliding doors to open or close. 4-intermittent transmission jumps and a clunk noise at approximately 21 miles per hour speed. *(on 04-06-2010 vehicle bought in for same problem). 5-security system head and taillights do-not flash when car is armed or unarmed. 6-intermittent low tire pressure light symbol intermittently goes on/off or stays on. 7-engine idles high. 8-very low gas mileage. Approximately 12 miles city and 14 miles highway per 18 gallon tank = approximately 240 miles per tank-----vehicle id [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Tujunga, CA, USA

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