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 11 of 12)

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problem #39

Jul 092009

Grand Caravan

  • miles


The headlights on my 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan either randomly turn off (briefly) while driving, or they won't turn on when switched on. After playing with the switch some, they will turn eventually turn on. A website that I used to find out information regarding this issue indicated that this is not an isolated issue.

- Ohio, IL, USA

problem #38

Jun 242009

Grand Caravan

  • 51,000 miles
Power door locks stopped working. Checked owners manual to figure out which fuse to check and it didn't list the fuse for power door locks. Did an online search for my vehicle make, model and year and found that lots of people have this problem. They say pull iod fuse for five seconds and then put it back in. The fuse is not even blown, but it needs to be removed for at least five seconds and then put back in and the power locks work again. This has now happened to me twice in two weeks. This is a safety issue because if you are in the car with your children in the back seats in their car seats and the doors won't unlock and you need to get them out quickly in an emergency the only doors that have a key hole to use the key from the outside are the drivers side and the trunk.

- Uncasville, CT, USA

problem #37

May 222009

Grand Caravan

  • 83,000 miles
Power door locks don't work with switch or remote like all the other complaints for the 2005 Caravan. What the others don't include is that the only way to open the rear hatch is electronically and it is also disabled when the power locks don't work. If for some reason this was the only way to get a child out there would be no chance to rescue them other that breaking out the glass.

- Pennock, MN, USA

problem #36

Sep 012008

Grand Caravan

  • 68,000 miles


Our used 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan worked perfectly for about a year until strange things started to happen to the electrical system. The van will loss all power, just like removing the battery, a few times a week and it remains dead for about 60 seconds. Also periodically, the instrument cluster gauges will act crazy, the odometer will pulsate as well as the headlights, the side electronic doors will cease to function and about twice all electronics in the vehicle died except the odometer yet the car was running normally. I have replaced the battery, alternator, ignition switch and body control module all to no avail. The van is unsafe to drive due to the 60 second blackouts that can happen without any notice. There are a lot of internet complaints about this year and model Dodge needs to solve this crippling problem.

- Tempe, AZ, USA

problem #35

Apr 142009

Grand Caravan

  • 48,000 miles
2005 Dodge Grand Caravan 48,000 miles. Power door locks failed. Disconnected battery and cleaned terminals: Locks worked for a week. Replaced battery and they worked for another week. Consulted web forum, which recommended removing door lock fuse for 5 seconds. This worked for another week. Now believe that body control module (BCM) needs replacing, which is expensive (over $700). Web forums reveal hundreds of same complaints about '05 Caravan. Big safety problem is that when remote lock is activated, horn beeps, signifying doors are locked, though they are not. This poses the danger that someone could enter the van at night undetected and assault the driver or hijack the car when owner returns. Chrysler Corp. Should be compelled to fully repair this fault by a general recall.

- Phoenixville, PA, USA

problem #34

Apr 252009

Grand Caravan

  • 40,000 miles
The automatic locks just suddenly stopped working, which is a huge safety issue on a minivan with kids. I went online and discovered tons of people had the same problem with 2005 Grand Caravan/Caravan. There is a quick, temporary fix of removing the 10D 20A fuse or the negative cable on the battery, but the problem apparently recurs with ever diminishing periods of time in between. The permanent fix is apparently an update to the software, which clearly states that Dodge/Chrysler is aware of the problem, that it is a problem with their engineering, and that they are only too happy to take money from consumers to fix a safety problem inherent in their faulty design. It should be recalled and fixed by them before we start hearing about tragedies, especially as this occurs without notice.

- Claremont, CA, USA

problem #33

Apr 182009

Grand Caravan

  • 52,000 miles


Automatic door locks quit working. Trouble with car computer after battery change.

- Green Bay, WI, USA

problem #32

Nov 102008

Grand Caravan

  • 76,000 miles
The door locks open or close from the switches or the smart key buttons. They also do not lock at twenty mph as designed. This due to a known failure of the body controller in the vehicle, however the dealers I have spoken to say 'yes', this is a known problem that consistently comes up after warranty periods. This failure puts the occupants of the vehicle (mini van) at risk when locks don't work as designed, especially considering that the van only can unlocked with the key at the driver's door.

- Norwalk, IA, USA

problem #31

Apr 242008

Grand Caravan

  • 62,649 miles
Head lights, dash lights and radio lights keep flickering. I have took my Dodge Grand Caravan back to a Chrysler/Dodge dealership 7 or 8 times so far in less than 1 year for this same problem. Body control module, alternator and several other electrical circuits have been replaced and I am still having problems. Sometimes it is so severe that the headlights and dash lights completely go out and come back on. I drive a lot of highway miles 1/3 of it in the dark. It is very unsafe for me to drive without lights, but I have no other option if I want to remain employed. Please let me know what I can do about this.

- Mcminnville, TN, USA

problem #30

Jan 012008

Grand Caravan

  • 40,000 miles
We have a 2005 Dodge Caravan that has electrical problems. We cannot get the power door locks to work and the turn signals behave poorly. We have tried replacing the fuse, to have it work for a few hours or days. We have also replaced the battery.

- Farmington, UT, USA

problem #29

Aug 312008

Grand Caravan

  • 34,000 miles


Normal driving, vehicle has been involved in no accidents. At about 34,000 miles on vehicle, and 3 and a half years old, airbag light on dash started illuminating. Would turn off sometimes, but usually stayed on. Dealer diagnosed failure of "clockspring" in steering column, which had to be replaced at cost of about $250.

- Tigard, OR, USA

problem #28

Jan 182009

Grand Caravan

  • 41,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan. The contact stated that the power door locks do not work at all. When the battery is disconnected for a few minutes and then reconnected, the power locks still did not work. The computer must be reprogrammed in order for the locks to work again. The dealer stated that they would repair the failure at the contact's expense. The contact has researched several complaints regarding the same failure that he is experiencing. The failure and current mileages were 41,000.

- Norwaki, WI, USA

problem #27

Dec 072008

Grand Caravan

  • 45,000 miles
Power door locks broke twice on my 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan. I had to pay $100 to get it reprogrammed and then it happened again. There are over 36 complaints on the web page about this from people you can check it out at www.carcomplaints.com/Dodge/Caravan/2005/electrical/power_door_locks_quit_working.shtml this should be recalled and I should get my money back like all these other people.

- Boulder, CO, USA

problem #26

Dec 242008

Grand Caravan

  • 48,524 miles
The power door locks on our 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT stopped working, including the auto-lock feature when the vehicle hits 20 mph. The internal power locks did not work and using the remote to lock or unlock the vehicle also did not work. The internal auto side door opener mounted with the information center did not work as well as the chimes that sound when the key is in the ignition and the driver's door is open. After searching the internet, I found that pulling the oid fuse for 5 seconds had worked for a large number of other people who all have encountered this problem. Pulling and reinserting the fuse has corrected the problem for the time being. (forum link where solution found: autoforum.classifieds1000.com/Dodge-grand_caravan/power_locks_will_not_lock_or_unlock ).

- Mcdonald, PA, USA

problem #25

Nov 052008

Grand Caravan

  • 112,000 miles
The locks on my 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan no longer work. I am reading forum after forum and everyone with this year model is having the same problem. They are saying that Dodge dealerships are having to replace the body control module and some are having to be reflashed. This is a huge problem, because the lights flash and you are unaware that your car is not being locked. It is open and vulnerable for all to enter. I only noticed this as I locked it (I thought) and then had to get right back in for something. This is a common problem among this year of vehicle and needs to have someone look into it.

- Springboro, OH, USA

problem #24

Nov 082008

Grand Caravan

  • 34,500 miles
Multiple electrical failures. Backup lights, door locks, interior lights, right side power window, and sliding side doors. The items do not function on our van. Upon pulling the battery terminal these items will work for a short period of time and then cease to function again. After extensive research on the internet and several hundred dollar in dealer "repairs" I have discovered that this is due to a software problem with the body control module on the 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan. The fix is supposed to be a firmware update to the BCM provided by Dodge. The issue I have is that if this is a software/firmware update to the van's computer why should the dealer expect me to pay $70 so my vehicle will function properly the same as it did when purchased. No modifications have been made to the van and it currently has just over 60K mileage. These problems have been around prior the end of the 3/36K warranty but since such a long time has passed the dealer will no longer honor any type of warranty on this vehicle. My complaint is that if this is a known software issue/fault with the van's software then Dodge should upgrade them for free. It's not as if this is a wear and tear or customer induced failure. This is a fault in the core design of the vehicle.

- Hazard, KY, USA

problem #23

Sep 262008

Grand Caravan

  • 44,065 miles
Radio was replaced. Intermittent failure of electrical system while driving started after replacement. The only pattern to events is they start with application of the brakes. All of the gauges gyrate post to post, the radio shuts off and restarts and the dash lights and headlights flicker. The car eventually dies and will not restart until several minutes have past. After restarting, the dash lights continue to flicker for a period of time. I have taken the van to the radio installer, two independent mechanics and a Dodge dealer. No one can duplicate or fix the problem. The last time this happened my wife was on the freeway when an incident started. It created a dangerous situation as she tried to exit the freeway in rush hour traffic. She was able to exit, but the van died on the offramp and blocked traffic. After several attempts the van started and she was able to complete exiting the freeway.

- Santa Ana, CA, USA

problem #22

Jul 012008

Grand Caravan

  • 51,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan. The contact noticed that all the doors could not be locked with the power locks. The only door he is able to lock with the power lock feature is the rear middle door. The dealer stated that the computer lock module was the cause of the failure. The dealer will replace the computer module at the cost of $450. The manufacturer stated that they would not assist with the repairs since there is no recall. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 51,000 and current mileage was 53,000.

- Wauwatosa, WI, USA

problem #21

Sep 052008

Grand Caravan

  • 60,000 miles
Power door locks fail to operate. Remote keyless entry fails to operate. Power lift doors fail to operate. Simple disconnect of battery fixes issue temporarily. Keyless entry honks horn as if it's locking, but no doors lock.

- Big Lake, MN, USA

problem #20

Sep 042008

Grand Caravan

  • 37,200 miles
The locks on my 2005 Dodge Caravan stop working. After searching on the internet for a fix or other people with this problem, they suggested pulling the iod fuse for 20 seconds and replacing the fuse. I did so and it fixed the problem for today. I do not know if this will continune to fix the problem or not but it looks like a lot of people are having the same problem. I would like to file this complaint so a recal will be issued to fix the problem. Just pulling the fuse will not fix the problem permanently. Thank you

- St. Louis Park, MN, USA

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