really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
130,588 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace backet with the two small coupling pipes (1 reports)
  2. replace lines (1 reports)
  3. replace lines with new oem lines from dodge. $500! (1 reports)
2002 Dodge Grand Caravan cooling system problems

cooling system problem

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2002 Dodge Grand Caravan Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 172015

Grand Caravan Sport 3.3L. V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 190,000 miles


Why would Dodge make the lines steel, knowing that right after the warranty is up the pipes rust. Trying to save money. They makes the pipe out of steel instead of aluminum.

This is what I replaced on this Caravan for the last 10 years. Radiator, water pump, starter, ABS sensor, cable gasket, ignition coil, motor mount, torque strut, alternator, sway bar brushing, instrument dash went out , ac leaking, front wheel bearing, and yes it is a press bearing, oxygen sensors, power steering hoses, sway bar link kit, lower control arm, struts and bearing plates.

My latest (WTF money pit, ass car that Dodge will not stand behind) is the heater pipe assembly located on the fire wall. It consists of to steel pipes that extend from the middle of fire wall down and over fender and ends under the car on passenger side. A part like this that is exposed to the elements should be made of aluminum or stainless steel!!!!!! You cannot tell me that the designers did not know this. It all comes down to saving a "buck". So, Dodge step up to the plate.

- , Essex, MD, US

problem #2

Aug 012011

Grand Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • 91,963 miles

trying to find a shop that wont hurt my ass when I'm done. Seems to be the biggest problem. very straight forward fix but they have you by the short hairs.

- , Saskatoon, Sask, Canada

problem #1

Mar 262008

Grand Caravan Sport 3.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 109,800 miles

What a design flaw! Steel pipes going from the front firewall under the van to the rear heater are guaranteed to rust eventually. The replacement OEM part is made of Aluminum. Hmmm. I wonder why. No recall or TSB either - imagine getting caught suddenly with coolant leaking all over the highway and the engine overheating.

Dealer quoted $500 to replace (4 hours labor!)

I am having it repaired at an independent shop by splicing in rubber tubing instead. $150 for the job.

- , Spring Valley, NY, USA

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