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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 10
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,323 miles

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2011 Dodge Grand Caravan electrical problems

electrical problem

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2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Owner Comments (Page 9 of 9)

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problem #20

Jul 072014

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan. The contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14V234000 (electrical system); however, the part needed to repair the vehicle was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. Updated 11/21/14 the consumer stated the switch was disconnected. Updated 01/08/15

- Onalaska, WI, USA

problem #19

Sep 252014

Grand Caravan

  • 38,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan. The contact stated that the engine failed to start. In addition, the contact stated that the driver side door interior panel caught fire. The dealer replaced the door and panel wires. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired for the initial failure. The contact stated that the vehicle continued to experience electrical failures with the rear door motor. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 38,000.

- Rahway , NJ, USA

problem #18

Sep 112014

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 36,490 miles
The charge light came on. Shut the engine off. Restarted engine and the charger light, traction control lights came on. Tried driving and the engine would not shift out of 1st gear. Took the van to the Dodge dealer and they told me the alternator needed to be replaced.

- Buffalo, MN, USA

problem #17

Jul 062014

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The car stalled and steering became very difficult while driving on thruway... I was able to get car to side of road and it started back up but it was pretty scary event - I had my three daughters 2, 4 & 6 years old in the car at the time. This has happened before... I took it into the dealer 6 weeks ago and was informed that the tipm is defective and that they are on back order - no eta on repair. I quick internet search reveals quite a few people with similar Caravan problems...

- New York City, NY, USA

problem #16

Jul 302014

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 52,000 miles
After arriving home from a 5 mile trip, after about 15 minutes of driving, pulled in driveway, turned off vehicle, saw smoke coming from button on ac unit which controls the speed of airflow for the ac. The smoke increased, smelled of chemicals and was clearly an electrical fire burning through ac knob. Fire department was called. Dash removed. Fire was recreated by fireman twice. Ac fuses were disconnected from battery by fireman. Van was towed by aaa to Dodge dealership for further inspection/repair. Rental car was provided by Dodge and covered for 5 days. Today is the 5th day and Dodge is still working on car.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #15

Jul 082014

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
Driving on highway at 70 mph. Charging light came on. Tested at parts store and problem identified as alternator. Only aftermarket available was a mopar and cost $400. Fell this is a design flaw as the car is only 3 years old with 60K miles.

- Mason, MI, USA

problem #14

Jul 072011

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The 2011 Dodge Caravan has a defective rear view camera screen - the screen cannot be seen - when there bright sun....which causes a problem when trying to back up...you can't see what's behind you...it will cause accidents and injuries... the screen is tilted wrong...and needs a cover... several attempts to brighten the screen have failed....

- Lansing, MI, USA

problem #13

Jul 052014

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 52,000 miles
I have a 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan with about 52,000 miles on it. On day the radio just went off and then turned back on. It did this multiple times before we sent it in to the shop. Then one day it would not start. It would turn over but would not fire until I tried it 6 to 10 times and then it would start. We took it in to the dealer for a misfire in cylinder #2 ( recall on left head) but it started all the time for them, until I went to leave, and then no start. The tech was able to duplicate it and said we would trouble shoot it. A week later they called and said it is more then likely the tipm causing the problem and the part is backorder nationally and would cost me $1037 plus tax for the parts and labor. If it is back ordered then there is a big problem and Chrysler knows about it. I hope they issue a recall soon so I can get my money back.

- Humble, TX, USA

problem #12

May 252014

Grand Caravan

  • 53,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Dodge Caravan. The contact stated that the hatch back door opened independently without engaging the key less entry. The manufacturer was made aware of the problem and referred the contact to the local dealer. The vehicle had not been repaired. The approximately mileage at time of failure was 53,000.

- Ithaca, NY, USA

problem #11

Feb 182014

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • miles
I would occasionally smell smoke while driving the first few times it happened I pulled over but noticed no obvious smoke coming from anywhere, this was never a consistent ongoing problem meaning I don't smell it daily. Sometimes while driving at maybe 40 mph if I give it a little more gas to speed up a little it would speed up more than I thought it should. When unplugging the usb cord into the board for music I can hear a loud noise that typically is associated with electrical problems. Most recently my A/C has began coming on automatically, this began last week and has happened at least 5 times so far. Since the A/C issue I got online to goggle ad search for possible recalls. I placed a call with a local Dodge dealer to explain the issues I'm having and ask about a recall, I was told someone would return my call but has not. This van has a ramp installed in it and is used to Transport my daughter who has special needs. I need this resolved asap.

- Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #10

Sep 262013

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact has noticed that the display on the backup display is very dark during the day making it very hard to see anything, sometimes nothing at all. Also the contact has had problems with the passenger side window switch not functioning correctly, sometimes it works sometimes it does not. Also there is a problem with the display for heating/cooling system, it will adjust itself with the temperature and fan, it will be on front and back then go to just the front with a different temperature and fan setting, it will also change settings going over bumps in the road. It does this when there is extreme temperature changes or when there is any type of moisture in the air, it will be flicker back and forth constantly not allowing for manual changes of temperature or fan.

- Belvidere, IL, USA

problem #9

May 152012

Grand Caravan

  • 34,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan. The contact stated that the electrical system malfunctioned, causing the doors and windows to fail. The doors would slide open and the windows would open and close independently. The contact took the vehicle to a dealer for diagnostic testing. The dealer could not identify a problem with the vehicle. The contact also stated that when the doors were locked, the doors could still be opened without unlocking the vehicle. The contact did not call the manufacturer. The failure mileage was 34,000. The VIN was not available.

- Kokomo, IN, USA

problem #8

Aug 222012

Grand Caravan

  • 38,000 miles
While Dodge Caravan was park in front of dealership bankston Ford mini van caught on fire. No one was in vehicle at the time except a pet. A page over speaker informed me that the van was on fire. By the time I reached the scene "flames" were coming up from the floor of the drivers seat. "the left hand front corner". personnel from within the dealership ran out with fire extinguisher to put fire out. Damage reported to insurance company. Vehicle purchase on Aug 03,2012. Incident occurred on Aug 22,2012 approx 1:00 that day.

- Grandview, TX, USA

problem #7

Aug 222012

Grand Caravan

  • 38,000 miles
While Dodge Caravan was park in front of dealership bankston Ford mini van caught on fire. No one was in vehicle at the time except a pet. A page over speaker informed me that the van was on fire. By the time I reached the scene "flames" were coming up from the floor of the drivers seat. "the left hand front corner". personnel from within the dealership ran out with fire extinguisher to put fire out. Damage reported to insurance company. Vehicle purchase on Aug 03,2012. Incident occurred on Aug 22,2012 approx 1:00 that day.

- Grandview, TX, USA

problem #6

Aug 222012

Grand Caravan

  • 38,000 miles
While Dodge Caravan was park in front of dealership bankston Ford mini van caught on fire. No one was in vehicle at the time except a pet. A page over speaker informed me that the van was on fire. By the time I reached the scene "flames" were coming up from the floor of the drivers seat. "the left hand front corner". personnel from within the dealership ran out with fire extinguisher to put fire out. Damage reported to insurance company. Vehicle purchase on Aug 03,2012. Incident occurred on Aug 22,2012 approx 1:00 that day.

- Grandview, TX, USA

problem #5

Dec 032011

Grand Caravan

  • 7,500 miles
Check engine light came on in early December. Dealer reset the error code and said it was probably nothing. Light came back on a few days later so we brought back to the dealer - the consulted with Chrysler and replaced the cam phasers and said that should fix the problem. Within a couple of days the check engine light and traction control light both came on and the car lost all ability to accelerate. Driving on highway at 70mph, gas pedal to the ground did nothing and car coasted to 50mph before it would lurch forward and coast back down and eventually corrected itself but lights remained on. Dealer consulted with Chrysler again and they replaced the cam phaser sensors and said that should fix it. Within a few days same thing happened, driving on highway, check engine and traction control light turned on and car lost all acceleration and coasted down to 50mph and would lurch forward and then cost down - rpms wouldn't go above 1300rpm and couldn't get acceleration back. Took car back to dealer (fortunately was only a few miles from the dealer) and they had it for 2 weeks and Chrysler recommended replacing both wiring harnesses and that should fix the problem. Within a week, same problem, driving on highway at 70mph - check engine and traction control light comes on, no ability to accelerate or maintain speed, car coasted down to 50mph and would lurch forward and cost back down. Returning car to dealer again (mid February). Quite dangerous to (repeatedly) loose acceleration and with no ability to maintain speed when driving at 70mph on a highway.

- Freeland, MI, USA

problem #4

Oct 122011

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 23,000 miles
The contact rented a 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan. The contact stated while the vehicle was parked, it burst into flames. No one was injured during the fire and the vehicle was destroyed. The fire department was notified and extinguished the fire. The fire marshall stated during the fire the passenger side sliding door was open. The contact stated the Saturday before the fire, as his daughter was exiting the vehicle, the door began to close on her. The rest of the day, the door handle would not work, but the key remote ad the driver's side button would operate the door. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and the vehicle was vehicle inspected; however, the inspector did not find a defect with the vehicle. The failure mileage was 23,000. Updated 01/17/12 the fire dept. Observed the greatest amount of heat damage in the area of the passenger rear door. The front of the vehicle including the engine compartment area was damaged by the fire, but mostly in tact. Updated 03/14/12

- Manahawkin, NJ, USA

problem #3

Jul 152011

Grand Caravan

  • 542 miles
Backup camera display is not visible in daytime. Display is too dim to see. Danger of backing over something or someone.

- Rockwall, TX, USA

problem #2

Jun 162011

Grand Caravan

  • miles
The contact owns a 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan. The contact stated the dealer told her that Chrysler would only provide one part per week for NHTSA recall campaign id number: 11V139000(electrical system: Ignition switch). The contact stated she was on a waiting list with the dealer for six weeks. The mileage was unknown.

- Caledonia, MI, USA

problem #1

Jun 292011

Grand Caravan

  • 1,500 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan. The contact stated that the check engine light was illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where they advised that there was an electrical issue and they reset the system. Later, while driving at highway speeds the vehicle suddenly decelerated before stalling. The contact was able to restart the vehicle and it was taken back to the dealer where she was advised that the cam sensor had malfunctioned. The vehicle was not repaired. In addition, the driver side rear third row seat belt suddenly locked with a passenger in the seat. While trying to loosen the seatbelt, it only continued to tighten around the passenger. The seat belt was eventually cut and the passenger received minor bruises to the abdomen as a result. The vehicle was taken to the dealer again where they replaced the seat belt. The failure mileage was approximately 1,500 and the current mileage was approximately 4,200.

- Belle Chasse, LA, USA

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