hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
61,600 miles

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2006 Dodge Caravan drivetrain problems

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2006 Dodge Caravan Owner Comments

problem #5

Jun 112013

Caravan 4-cyl

  • 86,000 miles


My 2006 Dodge Caravan was bought brand new from the dealer. After 80000 miles it develop a very bad leak. I took it to mechanic number 1 who told me that the crank shaft has a manufacturing problem - to much end play has occurred and was grinding on some of the components in the engine including the oil pump. I thought he was saying that to make more money so I told him to replace the oil pump which he did. Two weeks later the problem started again. I took the van to mechanic number 2. who told me the same problem. The crank shaft has a major problem in the 2006 Dodge Caravan. The oil drips so much and gets blown on the exhaust and burns - that might catch fire so left it with mechanic number 2. to repair this problem according to the 1st and 2nd mechanics the whole bottom part of the engine has to be replaced and perhaps the engine block as well. Since this is a major problem with the Dodge Caravan 2006 I think it will be fair for the manufacturer to take responsibility.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #4

Apr 022012


  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles
While driving, the engine just suddenly died, stopped working leaving a 1.7 ton vehicle with no steering or brakes, it was a miracle I rolled to a stop and did not caused an accident it happened a few more times, this vehicle is a ticking time bomb, we need to file a class action lawsuit against Dodge-Chrysler, records show this happened to a lot of people quite a few times.

- Venice, FL, USA

problem #3

Nov 152009

Caravan 4-cyl

  • miles
The problem lies with the transmission that came installed in the 2006 Dodge Caravan. I am having a problem accelerating as low as 10mph on up to 65mp. It is not quick to accelerate. At times I feel as though there may be something wrong with the engine. I feel as though the car may have a hard time accelerating or like it may stop running or like it may explode. It is a hazard to my health and alarming to my kids as I use it to Transport them to school. I have brought it to the dealerships' attention. I have looked on the internet only to find the problem with the transmission is not just my problem. It has been the problem of many other consumers. I have contacted Dodge dealership only to find because I was not the original owner who purchased the vehicle I am not able to have it replaced under the limited powertrain warranty which covers the transmission. I purchased it in October-November 2009. It had 39000 miles on it at the time of purchase. It has always rode hard. I am finding although it is a 4 cylinder engine, it takes alot of gas. It is costing me a great deal as a single parent who uses this vehicle as my primary mode of transportation for myself and my 4 daughters.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #2

May 202011


  • 61,000 miles
My 2006 Dodge Caravan was making a noise when turning so when I got home checked power steering fluid and it was low. When checked the next day it was low again. So had it checked out at a garage and it was leaking from the rack and pinion. So it now needs replaced. Only have 61,000 miles on the car and have noticed it seems to be a constant problem on theses cars. Called a dealership about a recall and was told there is none and there never will be one. Can't afford to replace parts just yet so ijust keep adding fluid till I can get work done. But am very disappointed with Dodge knowing there is a problem with this and not seeming to care about it at all.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #1

Nov 032010

Caravan 4-cyl

  • 63,000 miles
I own a 2006 Dodge Caravan with 2.4 liter, 4 cyl DOHC 16 engine. This van was built at the factory in 2005 - sold new in January 2006 to a rental Agency and I purchased later when the vehicle had about 19,000 miles on it. The van now has 63,000 miles (in November 2010). I noticed very significant engine oil leak near the oil filter housing. The leak was determined to be coming from the front crankshaft seal. I had this seal replaced but within a days it had popped out and was leaking again. I understand that there is a technical repair/service bulletin - case number [xxx] (do a google search to find) on this issue. I also see that there are two NHTSA cases with identical problems to mine listed on this site (10333917, 10257511). Anybody see a trend here"??" it's pretty clear to me that Dodge has manufacturing issues with this engine if the crankshaft is continuously kicking out the seal. I wasn't expecting major engine overhaul or replacement on this vehicle when I purchased it and, as I said, the van only has 63,000 miles. Last Dodge I will be buying!! information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Warner Robins, GA, USA

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