really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
88,429 miles

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2005 Dodge Caravan lights problems

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2005 Dodge Caravan Owner Comments (Page 2 of 4)

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problem #48

Apr 042012

Caravan 4-cyl

  • 65,000 miles


During the night while I was driving, the headlights went off, then blinked on, then off again. After fiddling with the headlight switch, the lights came on and stayed on. This problem has recurred several times since then. It results in an extremely dangerous situation: One is driving at night and suddenly one's vision goes black. The mind at first does not always immediately realize what is happening, and so the human reaction time to an already dangerous situation is not always quick or appropriate. From what I've since read on vehicle forums, many other owners of 2005 Dodge Caravan have experienced the same problem. A recall should be issued immediately before a serious accident occurs. Remember, a Caravan is often used to Transport children.

- Salisbury, MD, USA

problem #47

Mar 302005

Caravan 4-cyl

  • miles
Lights go out by themselves, parking lights & dash lights wont turn off. Suspect it to be a defective light switch.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #46

Jan 102012

Caravan 6-cyl

  • miles
Headlights turn off on their own causing a very dangerous situation when driving in the dark. I googled this problem and found that several people have had this happen. This make, model and year obviously have a flaw and needs to be recalled before some one gets killed.

- Lancaster, OH, USA

problem #45

Feb 042012

Caravan 6-cyl

  • 149,205 miles


While driving home last night going down a country road doing 50 mph, my low beams went complete out and I almost wrecked my van. Once I got stopped and my heart returned to beating normal I found that only the high beams worked. I have since changed the relays around in the pms/fuse box under the hood, and the low beams still don't work. I had changed out both headlamps less then a year ago, so I am sure that the problem is not that both low beams went out on the lamps at the same time. I have read online that this problem has happened to many others owning this vehicle. This vehicle was purchased new from the dealer in July of 2005.

- Newbern, TN, USA

problem #44

Jan 162012

Caravan 4-cyl

  • 105,000 miles
Recently purchased the vehicle used. Driving at night the head lights flickered then turned off. I manually turned the headlight switch off and on several times when the lights finally came on. This could have been fatal on the interstate or foul weather conditions. I could duplicate the problem intermittently since the first occurance. I went on line and found numerous complaints for Dodge Caravan with the same problem.

- Palm Bay, FL, USA

problem #43

Oct 082011


  • 125,000 miles
I was driving on the interstate on a cool fall day on a smooth paved interstate, with noone around. I heard a noise like something flying off my car. Not being too concerned as my car was driving fine, I continued driving and arrived at my destination. After getting out of the van, I noticed the entire red cover on my rear tail light- driver's side- had completly fallen off! obviously since I wasn't ever in an accident and didn't run into anything that day, it must be a manufacturer's defect. I have found other complaints online in regards to this with the 2005 Dodge Caravan. As I'm on a tight budget, now I have to spend a lot of money to get this tail light fixed so I can pass my vehicle inspection that is due. Not very happy with Dodge right now!! thank you for investigating this report. I appreciate your time and hope this complaint moves further to a recall.

- Blue Springs, MO, USA

problem #42

Nov 152011

Caravan 6-cyl

  • 89,450 miles


Head lights when turned on did not light after the engine was started and the head light switch turned to on position. Switching between high and low beam did not turn on the high beams. Holding the turn signal/ dimmer level in the "flash" position" kept the high beams on. Turning the car off and on caused lights to work properly sometimes, but not every time. Driving over a bump in the street caused the lights to turn off one time. After the bump turning the engine on and off and also the light switch did not cause the lights to come on. After approximately three incidents the head lights functioned properly on three more daylight trips. The car is not being driven when head lights might be required.

- Hazleton, PA, USA

problem #41

Sep 212011


  • 89,686 miles
I was driving home and all of a sudden the headlights went out, I was able to get them on by manually using the high beams, but if I let go of the high beam shift, the lights went out. This happened about 10 times in 20 miles. It did it again yesterday on September 28, driving home and I am too scared to drive at night any more which is a problem as it is getting dark earlier. I was driving along and the headlights just went out. I could pull the high beams on which is an issue as I live in a small city but as soon as I let go of the high beam switch -- no lights. Also the high beams would go to low and back to high intermittently. I am so scared to drive my car.

- Boscawen, NH, USA

problem #40

Aug 202011

Caravan 6-cyl

  • 139,602 miles
2005 Dodge Caravan has a safety problem with the multi- functional switch. It causes the headlights to go out for no reason. This is extremely dangerous. I was on a dark country road and the headlights would not stay on. They would go out completely and at a speed of 60 mhr it is very dangerous. I read on the internet blogs that this seems to be an ongoing problem for 20058 Dodge Caravan. Why is there not a safety recall on this?

- Hernando, FL, USA

problem #39

Aug 032011


  • miles
I have a 2005 Dodge minivan, the headlight would go off while driving, the head light won't turn on unless after few minutes if trying. I went online to see what is the problem with my car, I found out that many people own Dodge minivan have the same problems as I have. This is not safe for both the driver and the cars that is on the same road at night. If so many people have the same type of problem with the same kind of the car model, then we really should be ask the manufacture to recall this type of vehicle since many complainers has bring back their cars to the dealerships and they can not fix the problem.

- Fairfield, CA, USA

problem #38

May 152011

Caravan 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles


2005 Dodge Caravan SXT, issue with headlights turning off randomly or not being able to turn on. Unfortunately, issue cannot be solved because it occurs randomly and mechanic cannot isolate issue. Very frustrated.

- Spring Grove, IL, USA

problem #37

May 132011


  • miles
Dodge Caravan 2005 - headlights do not work at times and you must turn switch on and off numerous times to get them to work. They have also turned off at night while driving. Not only very dangerous but continues to drain battery.

- Eldersburg, MD, USA

problem #36

May 062011


  • 135,000 miles
1. no events leading to failure; event appears to be random. 2. headlights will not turn on and/or will turn off while driving. Failure is random but mostly occurs just after startup. Consequences are obvious; have had several nighttime failures where crashing was narrowly avoided. Otherwise, just an aggravation upon startup. 3. headlight switch was replaced under warranty approximately 3 years ago. However, problem has been intermittent since then, with failures now occurring more often. Have heard anecdotal evidence FCM connector corrosion appears to be the culprit.

- Hamden, CT, USA

problem #35

Apr 082011

Caravan 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
2005 Dodge Caravan headlight lowbeams will not turn on until several tries, this problem is intermittent. Also the headlights will turn off while driving. Very dangerous situation. See this link for others having the exact same issue. www.topix.com/forum/autos/Dodge-Caravan/T5ihkiqmtbk2hcua7.

- Berryville, AR, USA

problem #34

Mar 312011


  • 56,000 miles
Traveling between states on hwy, headlights just turn off for a few seconds for no reason. Happened 3 times going 70 mph at 2am at night. Pretty scary in the middle of the night in the middle of no where. Google search indicates this is very common. What does it take for a recall" someone to die"

- Vancouver, WA, USA

problem #33

Mar 142011

Caravan 6-cyl

  • 68,000 miles
This is 2005 Dodge Caravan I bought new from a dealership in August 2005. For the last three months I've been having serious problems with my headlights.often they will not turn on at all while vehicle is not moving and a few minutes later they do work. More then once headlights have stoped working while I am driving and it takes between one to ten minutes for the lights to turn on by themselves. During this time the parking lights, dash lights and flashing high beam light do work. I consider this very serious problem for the safety of the driver and the passingers and my opinion is that this is a manifacturer malfunction.

- Ballwin, MO, USA

problem #32

Mar 142011

Caravan 6-cyl

  • 116,425 miles
I own a 2005 Dodge Caravan SXT. Bought it new and lately the headlights go out while driving at night. I see many posts on the internet with people experiencing the same problem. This is a huge safety concern. This should be a recall.

- Sauquoit, NY, USA

problem #31

Feb 092011

Caravan 6-cyl

  • 112,000 miles
My Dodge 2005 Caravan lights go out while driving, lights stay on with key out, inside and out. I see that there is many complaints on line, why is there no recall on a huge safety item which is obviously a defect.

- Cromwell, CT, USA

problem #30

Aug 082010

Caravan 6-cyl

  • 165,321 miles
I have a 2005 Dodge Caravan this vehicle has headlight failure, have been told its the module too the electrical system. This is just one of the many problems that Dodge has with vehicles. From time to time the windows wont work. Now only the high beams work and low beams are completely out. Everything else but, the locks and headlamps wont work. No previous problems with this vehicle was noted. I was out of town 10 hrs from home when this problem with the low beams occured. Scared to drive at night. This must be looked at.

- Combes, TX, USA

problem #29

Jan 022011

Caravan 6-cyl

  • miles
Head lights on van randomly go off. Sometimes toggling the switch is effective in getting the lights back on, sometimes not. This has happened while driving. However, mechanic can find nothing wrong unless lights are defective while in the shop. The van goes for months without issue, then without warning lights go out.

- Vermilion, OH, USA

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