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 3 of 12)

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problem #199

Oct 092013

Grand Caravan

  • miles


Power door locks stop working. Does not lock at 20mph.

- Warwick, RI, USA

problem #198

Dec 052006

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 21,000 miles
The first problem was the automatic door locks failed to function when reaching the required speed. Even would not lock with the key took it to mechanic was advised that would have to replace the computer, but by disconnecting the battery that it would reset the computer, it is only a temporary solution.second problem was the door motor stop working had that replaced. Third problem was the front axle broke with no apparent wear, had that replaced. Now it's the gas tank, car wants to stall was advised by mechanic that the gas tank would have to be replaced, that it is a defective valve that has since been corrected in the newer models.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #197

Dec 182013

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 136,000 miles
Started up the car and all the lights on the dash stayed on, fuel light, eng light, ABS light....all the lighted squares around the gear (DL321) stayed lit and would not shut off until I turned the engine off and then they didn't shut off until the automatic cut off..shut them down. Checked all the fuses and the fmc and the pdc to clean connections and didn't change. Disconnected the battery cables and then reconnected them. Still nothing called the dealer and he said that they could connect the diagnostic but sounded like the module needed to be replaced at a start of $500. My headlights have been having on and off problems every once in a while along with the drivers window not going down then it works fine for a long time and then stops again.

- Peyton, CO, USA

problem #196

Mar 182013

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 129,324 miles


Courtesy lamp socket melted needing replacement. More recently, the right rear turn signal failed. When I replaced the lamp, I noticed that both sides the socket assembly had melted. The replacement bulb is not able to function as the contacts are not able to connect. The entire assembly needs to be replaced.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #195

Nov 012013

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 69,000 miles
Electric operation of locks quit and has not resumed. Neither keys remote feature works to lock or unlock the van, although they both cause the lights to flash as usual. Lock switches on driver and front passenger doors also do not work. Manual locking via the old fashioned buttons works ok, as do key locks on rear hatch and driver's door.

- Amherst, MA, USA

problem #194

Oct 302013

Grand Caravan

  • 106,500 miles
The same as so many other complaints. The electric locking system and power side doors stopped working. Car does not lock when reaching speed either. This is a safety hazard. I have a child in the back and cannot be assured doors are locked. I do not have the ability to lock or unlock in case of emergency. Rear door locking is hit or miss. If it's true that the system needs an upgrade why do I have to pay for that" shouldn't the company that built the defective part have to fix it" not the first electrical problem I have had. Headlights stopped working while driving multiple times. I replaced the switch, works for now. I also had a defective window motor and switch which had to be replaced.

- Enumclaw, WA, USA

problem #193

Sep 022013

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles


The 05 Grand Caravan that I have has the lock issue the buttons inside nor the key fob will unlock or lock the vehicle. So if I were in a emergency situation and I need to lock or unlock my doors I would not be able to in time therefore I think this is a huge safety issue. My father in law is having the same issue with his 05 town and country.

- Avoca, MI, USA

problem #192

Oct 072013

Grand Caravan

  • 66,000 miles
As I was driving my 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan, the dashboard flickered and then the car shut down. Power steering was disabled but I was luckily able to drift it to the side of the road. After researching online, it seems this electrical shut down is ongoing and problematic for this year and make. I had little children in the car and without warning the car dies. This needs to be a recall as it poses serious safety concerns for the driver of the vehicle and cars around it. Had I been on the highway, I would not be able to tell you about this incident. When I brought the vehicle in to the dealer, I was told it needed an electrical system software update otherwise it will get progressively worse. The dealer also explained that the other electrical issues that I have been having - tail lights burning out, sliding doors opening/closing, window not going down, power locks locking and unlocking) were also a part of this software update. Yet, it is not a recall because it is not considered a safety issue. I am appalled that we have to pay for this software update, that Dodge and the NHTSA have been aware of this issue and that is not considered a safety concern. Recall this make and model for this issue immediately. The car dying in the road is a major concern. The doors closing without notice could have killed my four year old, instead I threw my body in the middle to protect her. Please, please, please recall this to save lives. There are so many of this make and model car on the road with little children inside.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #191

Oct 072013

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 160,000 miles
Door locks stopped working, no one fuse to change for it, different forums says to unhook battery cable and fuses to restore power to door locks, this worked for about 3 days, door locks are not working again. Over it!!!!

- Stanwood, MI, USA

problem #190

Aug 012013

Grand Caravan

  • 132,000 miles
Power door locks stop working. They cannot be controlled by key fob, door controls or automatic door lock over 20mph setting. A driver cannot automatically lock or unlock doors quickly when in an unsafe situation, and due to the size of the van, some locks cannot even be reached from driver's seat.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #189

Oct 222012

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 104,000 miles


This vehicle is a death trap waiting to happen. The van was going 65 mph down the freeway when all of a sudden all of the electric went off, including the power steering and power brakes. If this is not considered a safety hazard, please let me know what is. I have a family of 5 including my husband and this is our main port of transportation since he was unemployed over two years ago. We are now getting back on our feet but cannot afford to trade this vehicle in. By the looks of the complaints, there are 800 or so more in regards to the electric issue. When is this going to get taken care of" when someone gets killed" we are operating ticking time bombs and it is just a matter of time before someone is seriously injured. I have had several people look at this van and they can't seem to find the problem, however, one person did say it needed an additional ground wire added, and it has helped, but still did not fix the problem as the electric is going in and out. Please have this vehicle recalled before someone is hurt.

- Fenton, MO, USA

problem #188

Nov 122012

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 97,254 miles
I pushed the button to open the sliding doors and there have been so many times when the door will close without having been told to. Typically, the sensor will catch when there is a hand or a child pushing it back open, but there have been occasions, like today that it started to open, then about 18 inches after it had begun opening that it reverses and closes and does not have the sensor kick in. Today the door slammed into my left shoulder. I had to use all my strength to push it off my shoulder and to override the motor to get it to open. I am so grateful my 2 year old was still on the shipping cart because that would have crushed his hand if he wasn't able to get out of the way. Most times it is the passenger side siding door that does this. Last week was the first time that the drivers side door did the same thing, which pinned my wrist between the door and the frame, and tried to close on it twice. I am personally afraid that one of these times the door is going to forcefully close and cause some severe damage to one of my children.

- Elgin, IL, USA

problem #187

May 102010

Grand Caravan

  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan. The contact stated that all of the door locks failed. The contact had to disconnect and reconnect the battery in order to get the door locks to function. The failure was sporadic and the driver's side door could intermittently be opened manually with the key. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but the failure was not corrected. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was unknown, but the current mileage was 56,000.

- Mckinney, TX, USA

problem #186

May 132013

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
First and foremost, I see 822 previous complaints (most refer to the exact same problems) with no sign of any intent by the NHTSA-ODI or the manufacturer to respond and/or rectify this situation. Electrical problems: Vehicle repeatedly loses power and stalls while driving. Power door locks stopped working completely from both interior switches and the key fob; will not lock or unlock any of the 5 doors from interior. Manually able to lock and unlock doors individually. Unable to lock back hatch with key fob or from inside vehicle therefore, vehicle remains unlocked. Both power sliding doors and power hatch stopped working. Other mechanical problems: Vehicle shakes uncontrollably when applying brakes downhill; new brake pads installed, problem still exists. My neighbors had the exact same problems with their 2005 town and country. Bottom line: This is a widespread safety issue that requires immediate action. Unfortunately, as you can clearly see below, it is highly unlikely that any of us will ever see a response by the manufacturer, NHTSA-ODI or anyone else for that matter. The manufacturer has no intent to admit responsibility and help consumers resolve this issue. Without action by the NHTSA-ODI we as consumers do not stand a chance in solving this problem.

- Yelm, WA, USA

problem #185

May 012011

Grand Caravan

  • 50,000 miles
Power door locks no longer function. Passenger power window no linger functions.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #184

Mar 052013

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • miles
The brain of the van has gone bad in under 8 years, causing van to read bad O2 sensor reading even after changing them. This causes the vehicle to stutter and idle rough and die while driving. When making repeated stops shutting down and turning vehicle back on, makes the conditions worse. It's been narrowed down to brain as automatic door locks do not work at all. Whether from key fob or using switch inside vehicle. This was family vehicle driven daily, but refuse to put kids in unsafe car.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #183

Jan 022013

Grand Caravan

  • 49,000 miles
Doors won't lock with fob have to lock them each by hand also automatic locking of all doors at app. 20 miles an hour does not work either. I read about pulling 20 amp fuse out then putting it back in it worked. It lasted about 2 weeks then happened again, did the same thing with the fuse it worked again for about 3 weeks then stopped working again, pulled fuse and put back in it worked again for about 2 weeks.

- Renton, WA, USA

problem #182

Jun 242013

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 98,000 miles
The van has had a problem for the last 3 months. Riding on the van, suddenly the gauges in the dashboard start to flicker and jump like crazy and the engine stalls and dies in the middle of the road.this is dangerous. I can cause an accident. I have changed the alternator, the battery, the PCM, and still have the problem. I have contacted the factory and they don't have a solution for this dangerous situation. There are many vehicles in the same situation. Does the factory have to assume some responsibility?

- Oldsmar, FL, USA

problem #181

May 302013

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 152,312 miles
The headlights will flicker, the same time they flicker the dash lights for the odometer will flicker as well. I've also noticed when this started the small light next to my hazard button on the dash flickers as well, even though no one is in that seat. This problem is distracting and makes it difficult to drive at night. This problem has seemed to have gotten worse since it started. I've tried running the van with and without the A/C but this did not solve the issue.

- Floral City, FL, USA

problem #180

Jan 032013

Grand Caravan

  • 64,000 miles
Power locks do not work with door switches or key fob. Key fob only unlocks rear hatch. All other locks must be locked and unlocked manually. I have tried internet suggestions all ending in the same results. After hearing of other complains on this issue, I hope I don't get locked in and cant get out!!!

- Aransas Pass, TX, USA

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