hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
56,252 miles

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2001 Dodge Caravan electrical problems

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2001 Dodge Caravan Owner Comments

problem #16

Oct 252014

Caravan 6-cyl

  • 115,000 miles


Pulled vehicle out of garage and shortly after fire started to come up out of the dash. Complete loss. Called fire department to try to put the fire out but it spread in a matter of minutes.. this was not my car but my mother in laws.

- Owatonna, MN, USA

problem #15

Mar 102012

Caravan 6-cyl

  • 119,000 miles
Was coming home when I smelt a burning smell. I pulled over to see what it was and could not find anything wrong, but still smelt the smell. I turned back on the car to pull over more in the light to see what was going on (it was dark). When I turned back on the car nothing on the dashboard worked, no blinkers, no temp gauge, no gas gauge, no RPM, no speedometer. About three hours later, still at the gas station I decided to press the trip button and everything came back on but my door ajar button flashes on and off including the lights that come one when the door opens, with the dinging and the locks go crazy. Needless to say, no I did not drive it because I thought for sure it would catch fire. But it seems that this problem has occured to several people they have just failed to report it so it has not been recalled! I had all my 5 children with me, I thank god we were able to stay safe. I local dealer has looked at it and says it is the intrument cluster. The intrument cluster has melted and that is why I was smelling a burn smell.

- Lawrenceburg, KY, USA

problem #14

Sep 042009


  • 90,000 miles
2001 - Dodge Caravan - left rear tail light fell out, hanging on by wires. Took to private mechanic, said dealer had to fix. Took to dealer, stated could not reinstall, needed whole new unit for dry rotted rubber gasket. Took vehicle to home depot, bought 1 tube of black exterior silicone caulk. Drove vehicle home, and cleaned area around rear tail light. Pushed light back into place and caulked around dry rotted rubber. Taped tail light to body assembly (be careful to use tape which will not damage vehicle). Left vehicle to sit still for 24 hours as caulk dried. Made this simple repair myself for $2.86 when the dealer wanted over $500 to repair. What a rip off when they can't even make a vehicle that lasts, they have to price gouge their customers.

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #13

Jun 152008


  • 78,000 miles


2001 - Dodge Caravan - failure of heater system after dash pulled for A/C repair.

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #12

Apr 282004


  • 50 miles
2001 Dodge Caravan - A/C system & dash/electrical instrument panel and lights - had vehicle for only a couple of weeks, total failure of A/C system. Dealer replaced system. System worked approximately three (3) years, then had another total failure of system, along with fan speed switch no longer working medium and high speeds. Vehicle past warranty so had private mechanic replace evaporator. Had to pull dash out to replace evaporator, as no access to make repair under hood, cost of $1,500 due to labor intensive pulling dash for A/C repair. After dash pulled out and reinstalled, dash lights went out a few days after A/C repair. Took vehicle back to private mechanic, stated instrument panel components were falling off, paper/adhesive adhering components to dash dry rotted and no longer sticking. Needed new panel at cost of $1,000. These items were repaired in summer months. In winter, discovered heater did not work. Haven't repaired that yet.

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #11

Jul 202010


  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Dodge Caravan. When she started the vehicle it began to shake uncontrollably and responded as if it would stall. The vehicle was driven to the dealer who stated that the body control module failed and needed to be replaced at the owners expense for $1000. The dealer will also perform diagnostic testing in order to determine additional failures that could have caused the control module to fail. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure and current mileage was 85,000.

- Lancaster, OH, USA

problem #10

Jan 012007


  • 130,000 miles


Headlights and dashboard dies, intermittent. The problem show when I used the turn signal, the dashboard dies entirely and the headlights goes off, it happens every 2 or 3 days, after a few minutes they worked again. It happens to me more than 10 times. I solder the terminals at the electrical box that according to the electrical diagram feed the turn signal, dashboard and headlights in the engine compartment 2 years ago, since then the problem has not occurred any more.

- Boynton Beach, FL, USA

problem #9

May 232008


  • 13,400 miles
Since late spring 2008, the headlights on my 2001 Dodge Caravan have intermittently flickered and gone out, then come back on. This continued off and on until I had the vehicle repaired at a vehicle electrical system expert (enormis, erie pa) in July of 2009. They replaced the fuse box for the vehicle at a cost of approx $430. They indicated that they have had to do this with approx. Six other vehicles recently. This was an extremely dangerous situation, having your headlights go out at night on an interstate highway while traveling 60 mph, especially while it is raining. I have the original part:there should be a recall of these vehicles and I want to be re-imbursed!!! I am an attorney and know a dangerous defect when I see one!!!!

- Erie, PA, USA

problem #8

Apr 022007

Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2 day's ago my radio/cd player stopped worked. The power is constantly, it is showing the last radio station that was on and the display also shows disk song 7. nothing happens when you push the power button. Then today when I put my 4 ways on the rear wiper started going and then stuck in the middle of the window. Now it will not work at all along with the fluid dispenser. I checked the fuses and they all appear to be ok can't tell with the solid black ones though. Any advise would be greatly appreciated.

- Essex, 00, USA

problem #7

Aug 012006


  • Automatic transmission
  • 81,000 miles
Water pump replaced on vehicle. After that whenever it rains, the following intermittently do not work -- windshield wipers, defrost/heater, radio/clock, power windows. Took to Dodge dealer several times. Problem thought to be vehicle computer system. Replaced -- that did not solve problem. Vehicle in shop almost a week and problem still has not been identified. Thought to be electrical.

- New Castle, DE, USA

problem #6

Jul 192006

Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,485 miles


: the contact stated that while driving 55 mph, there was a loud noise coming from the front of the vehicle. The transmission then locked up, not allowing the contact to change gears. The vehicle was taken to a private repair shop, where it was determined that the cause of the problem was due to electrical failure within the vehicle. Updated 8/16/2006 -

- Luquillo, PR, USA

problem #5

Jul 092006

Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Daylight running lights are out on passenger side and headlights are out on the driver side. Problem is power distribution block. Dealer states not safety issue and not warranty due to 1 year after 3 year warranty expired.

- Thornhill, 00, USA

problem #4

Apr 122006

Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Intermittent failure of the driver side air bag while driving. Mainly occurs during right turning events. Light will illuminate (air bag) during a right turn event. When vehicle is driven straight ahead, the light will reset. This has occurred numerous times during my ownership, and does not seem to be weather related.

- West Monroe, NY, USA

problem #3

Jan 012005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
The caller complained about electrical system problem. He states that headlights will turn off at night without warning. The windshield wipers will shut off as well. Sometimes the headlights and windshield wipers will come back on, and sometimes they won't come on at all. Also, the horn blows, and the dashboard lights will be on, and the automatic headlights will not shut off when the vehicle is turned off. Dealer said they do not know what the problem is. Another dealer replaced the body control module. Manufacturer said to continue to work with dealer.

- St Clair Shores, MI, USA

problem #2

Feb 082005

Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles
Vehicle experiences electrical problems. When the vehicle is parked for more than 8 hours the battery dies. Also, some of the lights will come on, and some won't. owner contacted the dealer, and was told that it will cost $90 just to have the vehicle looked at. Consumer stated that the electrical problems started with the radio, then escalated with the head lights turning on then off while driving. Dealership refuses to inspect van under the recall relating to this problem.

- Burlington, NJ, USA

problem #1

Aug 132003


  • 39,100 miles
There is a malfunction within the computer chip that has caused the vehicle to stall when the vehicle is driven at any speeds of 45 mph or greater.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

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