definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,000 miles

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1998 Dodge Grand Caravan electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Dodge Grand Caravan Owner Comments

problem #3

Sep 272004

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles


Ignition switch at first would give me some trouble by not turning at all. But I was able to eventually get it to work. After some time without failure, it finally did it again, only this time, it would not budge. I tried turning the wheel, I tried to move the shift lever, all in an attempt to see if it was part of the problem. But to no avail. The ignition switch was completely frozen, and the car would not start. When I had to have it towed, the vehicle could not be put into neutral, because the shift lever is in the locked state when the ignition switch was in the off position. The total cost of the repair, not including the tow, was $250. Dealer wanted $325. This problem leaves you stranded, and the vehicle cannot be moved because the shift lever is locked. Could happen to someone in a remote area, hopefully the weather will be warm at the time! I also know from many other people who own Dodge/Plymouth mini vans, ranging in years 1997 to 2000, and they have had the same exact problem. Will Chrysler recall this, replace fault units with better quality units, or even reimburse those of us who have been stranded for this common problem?

- Kenosha, WI, USA

problem #2

Apr 032002

Grand Caravan

  • miles
When trying to insert key into ignition, the tumblers on vehicle broke off, consumer was not able to be put key all the way in. Contacted dealer, and dealer was going to replace ignition.

- Trevor, WI, USA

problem #1

Mar 212001

(reported on)

Grand Caravan

  • miles
I have two recent problems that did not result in an accident. 1) the turn signal does not cancel any longer after making a turn and 2) the ignition switch is stuck in the off position, which immobolizes the car.

- Santa Cruz, CA, USA

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