definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,281 miles

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2005 Dodge Caravan Owner Comments

problem #10

Oct 012011


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


2005 Dodge Caravan. Consumer states ongoing problem with power door locks the dealer was unable to correct the problem.

- Willmar, MN, USA

problem #9

Apr 292008


  • 80,000 miles
The power door locks suddenly quit working on my 2005 Caravan. After looking at the internet I discovered that this is a common problem with this van and Dodge knows about it. This issue needs to have a recall issued to make Dodge fix the problem. Not having door locks is very dangerous with today's rampant crime.

- Munroe Falls, OH, USA

problem #8

Jan 252008

Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,550 miles
Power doors ceased to work. Technical advise was requested and it was told to me that a possible upgrade to the bsm would correct this problem. Dealer is charging $180 for this upgrade which in my opinion is a safety issue since children may open these doors or may open as well.

- Bayamon, PR, USA

problem #7

Nov 022007

Caravan 8-cyl

  • miles


My 2005 Dodge Caravan door locks have stopped working. I took the van to the dealer and they completed a fix that did not last 24 hours but it cost me $100. When we took it back they billed me another $100 to say that I needed the BCM replaced at a cost of $400. In doing my research I see that this most likely would not fix the problem. I feel it is very dangerous the only way to unlock the van is to go to the drivers side where there is a key entry point. God forbid if my family is ever in the car and I can not enter from the drivers side ajd the doors are locked.

- Elizabethtown, PA, USA

problem #6

Oct 252007

Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Caravan. When locking and unlocking the doors on the vehicle, it alerts the owner as if the alarm is set, the door is locked or unlocked. The contact observed that the doors were not locked or unlocked and the alarm was not set on the vehicle. The contact wasn't notified that there was an update available until he called to dealer about the failure. After notifying the dealer, they stated that there was an update to the software for $130. The update to his vehicle was performed on November 8, 2007. The approximate failure mileage was 42000 and the current mileage was 43845.

- Papillion , NE, USA

problem #5

Oct 112007

Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,960 miles
My wife, 2 young sons, and I went out to spend the afternoon running errands. When we left our home, the door locks worked with the keyless entry system as well as with the switches inside the car. After making our second stop of the afternoon, my wife noticed that the door locks were no longer functioning. They failed to work via key chain, switch, or speedometer override (when car reaches 20 mph). Compounding the issue, the Caravan only has one outside door lock, which means the car can only be manually unlocked at the driver side door. The remaining doors must be unlocked from the inside. This means that someone must climb throughout the vehicle's interior to let other passengers in. As I mentioned earlier, I have 2 small boys and it is extremely frustrating, not to mention dangerous, to have to leave them standing beside the car while my wife or I climb about the interior to unlock the passenger doors so as to gain access to their car seats. Over the last year, I have taken my vehicle to the dealership to have this same problem addressed on five separate occasions. The longest this problem has remained resolved is thirteen months. Each time the dealership has replaced the body control module. Today will be the sixth occasion I have had the same problem with my door locks.

- Dothan, AL, USA

problem #4

Jun 152006

Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles


Defective sway bar at 28,000 miles-dealership stated it is normal with this year of Caravan & that I don't have to have replaced lights would not shut off or turn on with manual operation - when the vehicle is off for a long time the lights turn on for no reason at all. We have replaced the lightbulbs on 3 different occasions fuse keeps on blowing in engine at 32,000 miles, 34,000 miles and 39,050 miles. Electronic windows, door locks, automatic side door no longer operate at 41,000 miles. Excessive corrosion around battery every 4,000 miles paid to have cleaned 5 times and they say my battery is fine other than the corrosion build up.

- Andover, MN, USA

problem #3

Jun 032007


  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,000 miles
I have a 2005 Dodge Caravan. The locks, including the child safety locks have quit working. I must manually lock my doors including both sliding doors. My children are able to unlock these sliding doors and open them while traveling. Because this poses a huge danger for the safety of my children, I feel that Dodge should rectify this defect.

- South Vienna, OH, USA

problem #2

May 012005

Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 800 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Caravan. She was unable to open or close the sliding door using the remote control. The dealer was unable to diagnose the failure. The dealer inspected the vehicle on three occasions. However, they were still unable to diagnose the failure. Six months later all of the lights on the instrument panel were not operating normally. The dealer stated that the body modular control needed to be replaced. A year and a half later she experienced the same failure. The dealer was unable to diagnose the failure. The failure mileage was 800, and the current mileage was 17,000.

- Galloway, OH, USA

problem #1

Jul 112006

Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,500 miles
: the contact stated when the vehicle was in gear, the rear sliding doors cannot be opened from the inside. This was the way the vehicle was designed. The contact express concern that in the event of an accident with the driver unconscious, the occupants including children would not be able to exit the vehicle.

- Saint Cloud, FL, USA

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