really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
101,664 miles

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2005 Dodge Grand Caravan electrical problems

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2005 Dodge Grand Caravan Owner Comments (Page 10 of 12)

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problem #59

Jan 162010

Grand Caravan

  • 55,000 miles


2005 Dodge Caravan power door lock failure. Have to remove 20amp fuse on iod to work. Then it doesn't work again in an hour.

- Kent, WA, USA

problem #58

Aug 012009

Grand Caravan

  • 105,000 miles
I am concerned about my 2005 Dodge Caravan. I have been experiencing power surges while driving for the past 6 months or so. The other issue I am having is my headlights turning off randomly while I am driving. It some times takes up to 5 minutes to get them to come back on. That has been happening since August of 2009. So far I have not had any accidents, but I have had some close calls. I have had to pull over in because it is dark and I don't have any lights. Recently I have been having more frequent power surges where my lights flicker, my gauges go haywire and my radio turns on and off. I recently brought it in to have it looked at and my mechanic contacted Chrysler because he couldn't figure out what was wrong. Chrysler told them they have had several other reports of this and some of them have resulted in fire. They would not release a way to fix it because they don't know how yet. I am very concerned for my family, I have 2 young kids that are frequently riding in this vehicle. I am worried that it will start on fire while driving it and my family could be injured. I would like a resolution for this problem asap. I feel that Chrysler should make this a top priority because there are lives at stake.

- Forest Lake, MN, USA

problem #57

Feb 142010

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
Turn signals - sometimes they don't work, and sometimes when you use indicator to turn left the right signal will operate, and visa versa. It wont do this when you take vehicle to Dodge and they don't acknowledge this as a common problem although there are numerous complaints with NHTSA and on internet.

- Welland, 00, USA

problem #56

Feb 012010

Grand Caravan

  • 140,000 miles


Electric locks on my 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan have stopped working. The vehaicle is supposed to automatically lock at a certain speed to insure saftey of children inside. I have found this is the number one complaint on this vehicle. Why has Dodge not been made to recall and repair this--or at least come up witha reasonable and cost efficient way to correct this"?"

- Athens, TX, USA

problem #55

Jan 062010

Grand Caravan

  • 59,000 miles
2005 Dodge Grand Caravan - door locks stop working at random times; electrical surges. Please check the online message boards related to this issue. There are hundreds of incidents (like mine) that I have counted so far. We have 4 children and only one way to enter or exit the vehicle! we have spent hundreds so far on fixes that are only temporary. Based on the number of complaints I have read after just 30 minutes of searching the web, there is no way Chrysler is not aware of this hazard...

- Avon, OH, USA

problem #54

Dec 132009

Grand Caravan

  • 86,000 miles
Recently my automatic door locks on my van have stopped working. After researching on the net about how to fix it, I noticed many many people with the exact same situation! how is this not made a recall by now" how can we get this to become a recall? the fix to my problem was explained on the net, to pull out the fuse and after 5 seconds to plug it back in. I did that and it worked however, many people say this is not a permanent solution. I now have problems with my interior and headlights flickering, as if they were going to the sound of music. It seems as though there could be a short somewhere causing electrical problems. Can you please help us to obtain a recall in this matter" I sincerely hope you consider! just research it on the net yourself and you will see many complaints!

- Coplay, PA, USA

problem #53

Sep 012009

Grand Caravan

  • 34,000 miles


2005 Dodge Grand Caravan intermittent electrical issues with dash lights and door locks door locks will not lock, door locks cycle up and down while vehicle is being driven, rear passenger doors will not open with remote or unlock with remote or buttons inside of vehicle.

- Manchester, NH, USA

problem #52

Dec 282009

Grand Caravan

  • 129,000 miles
About one week ago I got back from buying groceries, and when I parked, got out and was going close the door, I heard the warning sound. The same sound that rings when you leave your keys in the ignition or the headlights on, but I had the keys in my hand and the lights were all off. From then on the power locks will not unlock or lock by either the remote or the door switch. I read online that removing the iod fuse for 5 seconds and replacing it would work, and it did, but many on the online forum also said this was temporary and that it would happen again. I'm sure thousands of people have complained, please make this a recall. :(

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #51

Aug 152009

Grand Caravan

  • 40,000 miles
The headlights come on and go off on their own. Sometimes they won't come on. Sometimes they won't go off. They have come back on and killed the battery. They have even gone off while I was driving down the road at night in a rainstorm. This is very dangerous.

- Waldorf, MD, USA

problem #50

Dec 142009

Grand Caravan

  • 71,915 miles
Headlights would not work...drove about a mile when someone flashed their headlights at me. Pulled into a parking lot and realized that only my parking lights were on. The lights on the dashboard were still on, so I was unaware that I had no headlights. Took about 4 times turning the van on and off before they came back on...very dangerous situation!

- Mukwonago, WI, USA

problem #49

Oct 102009

Grand Caravan

  • 98,000 miles


Driving at night, when dimming lights, headlights went out. This has happened three time in less than 100,000 miles. By holding dimmer switch control in "up" (bright lights) lights stayed on. After a period of time the lights again worked properly. When taken to a dealer, technicians could not duplicate the problem.

- Dayton, WA, USA

problem #48

Oct 302005

Grand Caravan

  • 47 miles
Doors fail to lock automatically with power locks or key transponders.

- Walworth, NY, USA

problem #47

Jan 012009

Grand Caravan

  • 50,000 miles
Power locks fail to operate. I am being told this is a common problem on the 2005 Grand Caravan and that it is a problem with the ECM. Why has this not been recalled?

- Wattsburg, PA, USA

problem #46

Oct 202009

Grand Caravan

  • 62,000 miles
I'm writing to request that an investigation is conducted into the failure of the automatic door locks of the 2005 Dodge Caravan. Please review the following website for multiple incident reports of the same issue: www.carcomplaints.com/Dodge/grand_caravan/2005/electrical/electric_door_lock_failure.shtml I have owned a 2005 Dodge Caravan for 3 years now. The problem is that the power door locks stop functioning completely on the vehicle. The fact that there is only 1 keyhole on the vehicle on the driver side door makes for loading and unloading children from the vehicle very difficult. The driver side door needs to be unlocked and the driver needs to reach throughout the vehicle to pull up the lock knobs to open the other doors. I'm hoping that the outcome of the investigation is that Dodge will be required to repair the problem without any cost to the many Dodge customers that this problem has affected.

- Bensalem, PA, USA

problem #45

Oct 192009

Grand Caravan

  • 30 miles
Sliding power door will not close. Sounds like the motor is not working properly. Will open to close partly but will not close to lock. I had to tie a cord through that door then loop it around the passenger's door to keep it shut until I get it to the dealership. This happened late at night so the van sat I the drive unlocked.

- Charleston, SC, USA

problem #44

Sep 262009

Grand Caravan

  • miles
I went on line to see how many customer complaints there is regarding my 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT. The problem I have with the safety issue is by turn signal don't function correctly. For example when I turn the signal for left it goes right and vise versa. Sometimes the signals don't come on at all. Well there's several complaints regarding this issue and I think it should be recall or fix due to the defect which is a safety issue.

- West Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #43

Jan 072007

Grand Caravan

  • 60,000 miles
Occasionally when I try to turn on headlights they will not come on - or they will turn off while driving and continue to flicker.

- Nampa, ID, USA

problem #42

Sep 052009

Grand Caravan

  • 95,077 miles
The other day my automatic locks ceased to work in the 2005 Grand Caravan SXT. The door switch, key remote and when the car goes over 20mph did not lock the doors at all. Have looked in the manual, no help. From what I understand, I will have to take the van in to the dealer to have them change the software in the body control module. Since there is no recall on this, I will have to pay $150-200 to have it repaired. Since this is such a safety issue, we will take the van in, but after reading the internet sites--many other people are having this problem. I have also had several problems with the lights going off without notice (while I have them switched on). Eventually they will come back on, but there are times they do not come back on while I am driving. Another safety issue reported on the internet by other users. This has happened several times a year since I have had the van. Electrical problems exist with this van and have since I purchased it new. Lights going on and off, doors not working when buttons were pushed (should be automatic after buttons pushed), windows not working at all when button is pushed (eventually work--happens several times a year) and now the locks do not work at all. The door controls were eventually replaced by the dealer under warranty because they eventually would open so slowly. This problem was reported to the dealer over six times in the first year of ownership. Replaced and have worked fine since.

- Rochester, IL, USA

problem #41

Aug 222009

Grand Caravan

  • 54,000 miles
Electric door locks stopped working. They wont lock by remote or on the door button.

- Naples, FL, USA

problem #40

Jul 102009

Grand Caravan

  • 58,000 miles
2005 Dodge Caravan - the automatic door locks do not work. I have investigated several solutions, have tried them, and they only work temporarily, such as battery disconnects, fuse replacement, software updates. I am very concerned because my grandchildren are small and I am afraid they will open the doors and I cannot not catch them in time because I cannot get to the back seat. I have read numerous complains about this problem. I feel that a recall is needed.

- Greenwell Springs, LA, USA

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