hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,555 miles

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2005 Dodge Grand Caravan Owner Comments

problem #15

Aug 152011

Grand Caravan

  • 128,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan. The contact stated that the vehicle was parked when she noticed that she could not lock or unlock the doors using the key fob. The contact had to use the key to manually enter the vehicle. The contact also stated that the lighting on the instrument panel and the brake lights stopped illuminating. The vehicle was not taken to have the failure diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failures. The failure mileage was 128,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Opelika, AL, USA

problem #14

May 152011

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 111,976 miles
Front brake failure excessive wear brake pads- about two weeks from acceptable pads to nothing metal on metal caused by hub bearing failure - allows the wheel to move horizontally on the axle shaft. There was no indication of bearing failure prior to brake pad wear failure of the hub bearings could be the reason for many of the brake pad wear problems on these vehicles had to replace the rear bearing hubs 6 months after purchasing the vehicle in 2005- replaced left and right front bearing hub assemblies, rotors, and brake pads also ABS failure - sensors are controlled by the computer module which is prone to failure - controls all the electrical systems of the vehicle. So replacing individual wheel sensors does not fix the problem - only replacing the faulty computer control module will eliminate the problem until it fails again.

- Saskatoon, 00, USA

problem #13

Dec 202010

Grand Caravan

  • 98,200 miles
ABS light came on and the scan showed that the left front sensor was bad but after replacing the sensor the light stayed on. The brake warning light also comes on after driving a short distance.

- Loretto, MN, USA

problem #12

Dec 202010

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 53,585 miles


ABS light on -- dealer replaced left rear wheel speed sensor (third occurrence).

- Hampstead, NH, USA

problem #11

May 232007

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 20,154 miles
ABS light on -- dealer replaced left rear wheel speed sensor (second occurrence).

- Hampstead, NH, USA

problem #10

Aug 152005

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 6,867 miles
ABS light on -- dealer replaced left rear wheel speed sensor.

- Hampstead, NH, USA

problem #9

Apr 022005

Grand Caravan

  • 9,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan. The contact stated that the brakes have been repaired five times. The rotors have been turned once and replaced twice two months ago. When the complaint was filed, the rotors needed to be replaced again. The dealer stated that the failures are caused by "faulty" driving. Chrysler has not been contacted. The air conditioner malfunctioned three times and was repaired. Every season the air conditioner malfunctions. The rear hoses were replaced twice along with the compressor. The power locks on all of the doors were defective. The passengers were unable to open the door although the door locks were in the unlocked position. The passenger front windows started making a clanging noise when it was opened and that was repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 9,000. The current mileage was approximately 83,000.

- Johnson City , NY, USA

problem #8

Jun 192010

Grand Caravan

  • 82,000 miles
Four cars in front of me at an intersection with traffic light when I lost all brakes. The pedal went right to the floor. I had to pull over to the right and almost right onto a persons lawn to keep from rear ending the vehicle in front of me. If my daughter had been driving there would have been an accident report with this. Thank goodness no one was hurt. My husband had just been driving and he said the pedal was feeling soft. It would grip and then give. I have had this 2005 Dodge Caravan for a little over a year. I bought it at a used car dealer, but I have had no recalls on anything by the dealership. When contacted they can not help me. I do not know if this has happened before with the vehicle, but the dealership website has problems with the brakes and the 2005 is the worst. There was really no warning and there is still no sensory lights on either.

- Clinton, ME, USA

problem #7

Oct 062009

Grand Caravan

  • 93,910 miles
I was driving to get lunch before picking up my son from school. I pulled into a burgerking parking lot as I went to stop at a stop sign the brake pedal went to the floor. When I finally stopped the mini van I noticed that there was a trail of brake fluid on the ground. Upon further inspection the left front brake line had exploded.

- Port St. Lucie, FL, USA

problem #6

Jul 222009

Grand Caravan

  • 56,380 miles
I was braking as I was descending a hill on the highway when the front brakes got so hot that my automobile started to shimmy. I stopped and discovered that my right front brakes were on fire. I had my front brakes pads and rotors replaced about 7,000 miles ago with mopar value line brakes at the Dodge dealership. My vehicle is a 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan with 56,380 miles on it.

- Las Vegas , NV, USA

problem #5

Aug 012006

Grand Caravan

  • 21,000 miles


Bought Dodge Grand Caravan 2005 in Aug. 2006 with 29K miles, now has 50K miles. I've replaced the brakes five times and the rotor once and they need to be replaced again. I have driven in co for 43 yrs and have never had this problem with any other car.

- Lakewood, CO, USA

problem #4

Feb 252009

Grand Caravan

  • 51,500 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan. The contact stated that the brake line on her vehicle has ruptured at least three times within the past eight months. While driving at an unknown speed, the brakes failed. The vehicle was repaired by a mechanic with parts purchased from the Dodge dealer. The vehicle has been repaired three times for this failure and the contact is currently too afraid to drive the vehicle. The failures occur without warning. The dealer and manufacturer were not notified. The failure mileage was 51,500.

- Erial, NJ, USA

problem #3

Jun 012006

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 20,000 miles
Brakes fail completely every 20K miles, require full rotor / pad replacement. Obvious design flaw, if they fail that quickly then certainly something more dangerous could occur.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #2

Dec 012006

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan. While driving 35 mph, the contact heard a loud grinding noise and the brake pedal went down to the floorboard. The dealer stated that the front brake pads were worn. The dealer replaced the brake pads and turned the rotors. Approximately three months later, the ABS warning light illuminated. The dealer stated that the vehicle needed front brake pads and performed the repair. While driving 25 mph, the contact depressed the brake pedal and it went down to the floorboard, making the vehicle difficult to stop. He had to apply the emergency brake to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to the dealer who stated that the brake line failed. The dealer replaced the brake line. Approximately two months later, the vehicle experienced the same failure. The dealer has not diagnosed the cause of failure. The current mileage is 55,000 and failure mileage was 23,000.

- Yakima, WA, USA

problem #1

Jan 152007

Grand Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,750 miles
I am concerned with overall quality control on this vehicle. I purchased this vehicle new to provide safety and comfort for my growing family. I was disappointed in the vehicles performance and gas mileage during the first several weeks of ownership. I returned the vehicle to the dealership and they replaced the oxygen sensor units that they said where defective. Several months later the heater/air conditioning blower went out. Next with less than 20,000 miles on the vehicle I had to replace the brakes. Now with less than 28.000 miles on the vehicle I noticed that the passenger side floor was soaked, the vehicle was making unusual sounds when turning and the passenger side door would not close automatically. At the dealership I found out that the rack and pinion steering unit had failed along with the the cable on the passenger side door. On investigation of the water leak the dealership found that the passenger side pillar had not been sealed properly to the roof causing water to run into the van and rot the carpet. While the vehicle is in for repairs the dealership is also replacing the heater/air conditioner blower which is making grinding sounds again.

- Salisbury, MD, USA

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