fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,848 miles

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2003 Dodge Caravan Owner Comments

problem #4

Sep 022005

Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


The vehicle was driven approximately 5 miles to where my wife and I were to drop off our daughter at a friends house. Upon arriving at my friends house, my son and 3 other passengers remained in the vehicle and due to the weather, the car remained running with the ac on. When we entered our friends house, we observed smoke and flames coming from the vehicle. We immediate ran to the vehicle to get our son and the other passengers out. We attempted to extinguish the flames and placed a 911 call to the local fire department.

- Fredericksburg, VA, USA

problem #3

Mar 082005

Caravan 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,135 miles
I manage a fleet that contains 13, 2003 Dodge Caravan. So far 5 of the 13 vans has had problems with the engine oil sensor. All the problems have occurred between 16,000 and 18,000 miles. The dealer doesn't seem to want to do anything proactive about changing out the other sensors on the other 8 vehicles. I called corporate and they took the same stance, and suggested I contact NHTSA. The problem happens when the car is being driven, all of a sudden the engine oil light will come on. The driver doesn't know if the engine is getting oil or not. Sometimes shutting off the engine and turning it back on turns off the light, and sometimes it doesn't. since this has happened to a high percentage of my fleet, I believe it should be looked into.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #2

Dec 232004

Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,256 miles
My 2003 Dodge Caravan had a faulty bearing in the alternator which required complete replacement with only 47,000 miles on the vehicle. I am a long-time Dodge owner, having owned and driven two Dodge omnis, two Dodge Dakota pick-ups and this is my second Caravan, the first went 110,000 miles. I have never needed to replace an alternator, and I drive most of my vehicles until they have 150,000 to 200,000 miles.

- Barkhamsted, CT, USA

problem #1

Jun 232003


  • miles
While driving the vehicle on Wednesday June/1//03 vehicle stalled and towed the vehicle to the dealer. Dealer replaced a sensor. But on Saturday June/21/03, vehicle stalled, and towed again to the dealer.

- Fredericksburg, VA, USA

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