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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,762 miles

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2009 Dodge Grand Caravan Owner Comments

problem #10

Aug 182016

Grand Caravan

  • 100,000 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan. While driving 55 mph, the vehicle independently accelerated to 85 mph. The drive engaged the brake pedal with force, but the vehicle continued to accelerate and the the engine revved. The driver was able to place the gear into neutral and coasted onto the road shoulder. The vehicle was towed to the contact's home. The VIN was not available. The manufacturer was not notfied. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Blossvale, NY, USA

problem #9

May 232016

Grand Caravan

  • 70,800 miles
Returning home from vacation while exiting interstate to merge with oncoming traffic at approx 60/65 mph I tapped the brake to disengage the cruise control and the vehicle to accelerate rapidly. I applied the brakes with all my force but it continued to accelerate. I was finally able to get it to the side of the road put it into park and shut the engine off., in a few minutes I restarted the motor and the car seemed ok. We drove a short way and stopped at a hotel for the night. The next morning as we started home the vents suddenly began to blow out very hot air. Neither the heat, air or fans were on. After pushing the HVAC buttons no ne of which were lighted the air suddenly stopped. I turned the air back on in a few minutes and everything worked. We drove to our dealer hendersonville cdrj and got an appt for this fri morning. The man didn't seem to have any idea of the problem. On our way home the horn started to beep intermittently for a few seconds at a time. We have not driven since then and will not until we take it back to the dealer on Friday.xwe are a retired senior couple, my husband is disabled and this van is our only vehicle and it is frightening to have been placed in such a very dangerous situation. Hopefully the dealer will be able to identify and correct this problem.

- Hendersonville, NC, USA

problem #8

Dec 112015

Grand Caravan

  • 97,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan. The contact stated that the vehicle experienced unintended acceleration. The contact stated that the vehicle could be decelerated by depressing the brake pedal with excessive force. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 97,000. Updated 04/04/16

- Meadowview, VA, USA

problem #7

Jun 142015

Grand Caravan

  • 85,838 miles


Was parking under a tree about 6-8 feet from tree when still having foot on brake the car accelerated and slammed into the tree. Air bags did not deplore.

- Wiamauma, FL, USA

problem #6

Jan 052015

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan. The contact stated that the vehicle surged forward and stalled without warning. The failure occurred intermittently. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 71,000...updated 05/19/15 updated 11/10/2015

- Venice, FL, USA

problem #5

Jun 092014

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 87,000 miles
When the vehicle is cold, and after I start driving, if I do no have my foot on the accelerator, the engine will just die. When it does, there are no warning lights go on and the steering becomes completely unresponsive. I must quickly put the car in neutral and start it again. It can happen multiple times before the engine warms up. It can just happen going down the road. I have had it to the dealer and another auto repair place and neither can figure out what is wrong. This happens quit often.

- Solsberry, IN, USA

problem #4

Jul 302014

Grand Caravan

  • 82,000 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan. The contact stated that while traveling at any speed, the vehicle surged forward and force had to be applied to the brake pedal in order to stop the vehicle. The contact stated that the vehicle experience unintended acceleration on numerous occasions. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer. The technician was not able to replicate or diagnose the failure. However, the contact mentioned that the ABS module, control module, totally integrated power module, security reconfiguration module and anti-lock sensor were replaced but the failure persisted. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 82,000.

- Elmwood Park, IL, USA

problem #3

Feb 042011

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 34,626 miles
On 1/18/20010 I experienced uncontrolled acceleration of my 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan. The vehicle was serviced at galeana dodget, ft. Myers fl on 1/24. I was told that fuel induction parts needed cleaning and that would resolve the problem. On 1/24 after only 377 miles since service I experienced the problem again. I was in the middle lane of a 3 lane highway driving about 45 mph. When I began moving to the far left lane and bring the vehicle up to the posted speed of 50 mph I noticed the gas pedal depress beyond my intention. I attempted to stop acceleration by applying the brakes to no effect. It slowed the rate of acceleration which resumed as soon as I released the brake. As the highway busy I had a hard time controlling the car and pulling back to the right lane so I could safely stop the car on the shoulder when I turned the ignition off. When I restarted the car the engine continued to race at over 4,000 rpms. Eventually after several times starting and stopping the ignition the engine returned to appropriate idle speed. As we were in a dangerous place and close to the place we were staying (on vacation) and did not know who to call I drove the car pack and parked it waiting instructions from Dodge on how to proceed. At this time I am afraid to drive the car as we had a very harrowing experience. Problem previously reported at a gasoline fuel system problem as that is the way the repair shop described it.

- Anoka, MN, USA

problem #2

Nov 202009

Grand Caravan

  • 3,202 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT. The contact stated that the vehicle suddenly accelerated but he was able to keep it under control by depressing the brake pedal. The next day, another driver of the vehicle noticed the vehicle suddenly accelerated so she shifted out of gear and turned the vehicle off. The next time the vehicle was restarted, the rpms shot up to 3000. The vehicle was towed to the dealership and a diagnostics test was performed. The dealer performed software upgrades and returned the vehicle to the contact. In February 2010, the contact noticed the acceleration problem again so she went into an emergency lane. The vehicle was returned to the dealership and the dealer told them that there was nothing wrong with the vehicle. The contact called the manufacturer and was awaiting response from a case manager. The vehicle had not been repaired at the time of the complaint. The current mileage was approximately 5,400. The failure mileage was 3,202-bk

- Statesville, NC, USA

problem #1

Nov 242009

Grand Caravan

  • 6,150 miles
While I was getting on the highway gas pedal got stuck and accelerated. It would not des engage even while applying the brake.

- Dearborn Heights, MI, USA

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