hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,665 miles

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2003 Dodge Caravan suspension problems

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2003 Dodge Caravan Owner Comments

problem #6

Aug 192013

Caravan 6-cyl

  • 180,000 miles


Driving northbound on the baltimore Washington parkway in Maryland at a constant speed in a straight and level section, the driver's side lower ball joint stem broke near its base. The left front wheel immediately turned 90 degrees and car skidded to an abrupt stop in the driving lane. There were absolutely no warning signs (no noise, vibration, handling changes, etc.) before the failure. Only by luck was there no accident. The car had no prior accident damage to the suspension and no prior servicing (other than routine maintenance - tire replacement, brake servicing, etc.) had been performed on the lower ball joint or nearby parts.

- Severn, MD, USA

problem #5

Jan 132009


  • 35,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Caravan. While driving 25 mph, the contact heard a clunking noise coming from the back of the vehicle. There had been no previous failures. The vehicle was taken to a local repair shop and inspected by a technician, who determined that the sway bar failed. The contact was not provided an estimate for the repair cost. No repairs have been made. The contact is in the process of notifying the manufacturer. The failure mileage was 35,000 and current mileage was 36,000.

- Pottsville, PA, USA

problem #4

Nov 152005

Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
Took my 2003 Dodge Caravan in for an oil changes and was informed by the dealership (after hearing a knocking noise) that the followings things need to be replaced on the van that on has 51,000 miles on it: Steering rack and front sway bar bushings along with the alternator and belt.

- Forked River, NJ, USA

problem #3

Sep 202005

Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,132 miles


My 2003 Dodge Caravan makes a lot of noise when you go over a bump when I took it to the dealer they told me that the sway bar link bushings were bad. Conveniently my extended service agreement did not cover this and the service manager stated it should be because every Caravan that comes in has needed these and he was surprised it was not covered. I have been told that if these break it could compromise the stability of the vehicle I have also had to replace the brake pads and rotors on this vehicle twice and it has only 59,000 miles I have also had complete failure of the components on the front side of the motor leading to replacement of the alternator, power steering pump, water pump, ac, and the main drive pulley of the motor along with the lights radio, heater fan and transmission all having problems. When I contacted Chrysler about the sway bar links they told me that it was my problem not theirs.

- Britt, MN, USA

problem #2

Jan 082003

Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,856 miles
The consumer had several problems with his 2003 Dodge Caravan; such problems were a knock in the transmission and 2 brake jobs. The two brakes jobs occurred within one year. The steering wheel knocked (recall campaign #04V386000), the vehicle had broken down at 8K miles, the wheel alignment was off, the gear panel illuminated, and the window had become loose. 80% of the vehicles problems was under 10K miles. The rotation noise continued and the rubber lining around the sliding door was coming off. Other problems: When the vehicle would be taken out of park to drive, all of the lights would illuminate, the front rims/hub caps were dirty due to excessive leakage around the brakes, even during normal washing, there was a mild ringing noise in the vehicle, the front door rattled, the rear tail lamp was damaged, the brake light and back-up lights had gone out, the brakes were going bad again, the engine would sputter due to no fuel pressure, the vehicle would pull to the left, when the driver door was shut it made a loud rattle sound, there would be a delay in the transmission when going uphill, when sitting at idle, the engine would sound as if it were revving but the gauge did not display this.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #1

May 162003

Caravan 4-cyl

  • 1,001 miles
While backing up the vehicles right side collapsed without warning. The dealer stated that the suspension bolt was missing.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

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