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 4 of 12)

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problem #179

Jun 032010

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • miles


I love our van as far as convenience and features, but have had progressive electrical issues. The first issue was the automatic sliding doors stopped working. We had to switch off the power and use them manually. The interior light at the driver's side slide shorted out. Every now and then it decides to work. Then the door locks on both of the slides stopped working. Some times the door locks will not unlock the lift gate and we have to open it with the key. The front map lights work some of the time. My front windows have stopped working at different times and the begin working again. Sometimes the things have reset if I had to get my battery jumped off or when I replaced my battery. The most concerning thing to me is that my right rear brake light and turn signal lights keep blowing. I have replaced them numerous times and the last time it still did not work. Now I just don't have a light. Not sure how expensive this will be to fix. Very frustrated at the continuous and complex issues that are going on. Seems that there should be a recall since I have heard of various others that I know having these type of issues.

- Easley, SC, USA

problem #178

May 252012

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 62,250 miles
The vehicle shuts off and all the dash lights and every thing shuts down.

- Chillicothe, OH, USA

problem #177

May 012009

Grand Caravan

  • 40,000 miles
Power door locks do not work properly. Practically not at all.

- West Valley City, UT, USA

problem #176

Mar 122012

Grand Caravan

  • miles


The driver side window stopped working. Both sliding doors work only occasionally. Most of the time they have to be opened and closed manually. None of the door locks work. I have to open the driver's door with the key then reach over to the other doors and manually pull the locks up to unlock and down to lock. Neither the remote nor the internal auto lock works. Only the trunk lock works with the remote.

- Durham, NC, USA

problem #175

Apr 232013

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 89,720 miles
Power locks suddenly quit working for driver & passenger rear sliding doors. Unable to remotely lock/unlock those doors and have to manually lock each door separately. If battery is disconnected/reconnected, still doesn't work.

- Ocoee, FL, USA

problem #174

Apr 152013

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 137,500 miles
Passenger side power sliding door would not unlock manually or with any of the remote buttons. Problem was resolved by replacing defective right side sliding door actuator.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #173

Sep 282012

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles


Auto locks are not working for driver, passenger and 2 rear sliding doors. Unable to remotely lock/unlock the car and have to manually lock each door separately. If battery is disconnected, it works for a few days and stops working again.

- Gilberts, IL, USA

problem #172

Oct 222008

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 37,900 miles
Power door lock continues to blow fuses. Dealership failed to update the software in the body control module in 2008.

- Columbia, SC, USA

problem #171

Oct 152012

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
Automatic door locks do not work. I disconnect the battery and reconnect it and it seems to correct itself for a day or two, but then goes back to being defective again. I'm aware of several other people with the same problem with this model. This should be a recall.

- Canyon Country, CA, USA

problem #170

Mar 042013

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan. The contact stated that he attempted to enter the vehicle but the vehicle could not be unlocked whether using the key fob or using the key manually. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for inspection. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified but provided no assistance. The failure mileage was 74,000. Updated 4/24/13 the consumer stated the drivers door would open with the key. However, the power door locks and power doors would remain inoperative, until the body control module was reset. Updated 05/0613

- Auburn, KY, USA

problem #169

Mar 012012

Grand Caravan

  • 45,000 miles


Power locks have to be reset by disconnecting and reconnecting the battery every few days. Since this apparently is a widespread problem, why hasn't there been a manufacturer recall to fix this defect?

- San Rafael, CA, USA

problem #168

Feb 012007

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
The automatic locks stopped working, I was able to reset them by disconnecting the battery but the fix is only temporary. Now only 1 door is affected but on occasion the problem starts over again until I reset the locks by disconnecting the battery.

- Mineola, NY, USA

problem #167

Feb 032009

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 54,000 miles
The power locks on this vehicle stopped working correctly. I have looked online and many other people have the same issue. The manufacturer should have to pay to fix this issue. The only fix is to have the computer reflashed at a dealer at a cost of around $400. I have locked myself out of my vehicle a few times because the door locks will just intermittenly lock for no reason or if you put the windows down, the doors will lock. It is a mess. This is an obvious flaw with the manufacturing of the vehicle and the manufacturer should have to fix it.

- Litchfield, OH, USA

problem #166

Jun 012011

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 105,000 miles
The power locks stoped working. They will not luck/unluck with the interior door switch nor with the remote on the key. The tail gate lock will luck/unlock with the key remote only. Removing the iod fuse for a while will correct the porblem for a day or two.

- Galt, CA, USA

problem #165

Jun 272008

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 63,254 miles
Power door locks stopped working. I found articles online to disconnect battery and reconnect at which time the issue went away. After a week or so the locks stopped working again. I went to the dealer and they informed me that I needed to microcode update to correct the issue. Since my mileage was above 36K there was a $175 fee. I refused to pay it since the car was under 3 years old and it was a computer issue. I contacted Dodge and they refused to waive the fee. The car is now 8 years old and Dodge has not released the updated microcode to any service companies and only allows dealerships to update the microcode where most will upgrade for free. I believe this is done intentionally to charge current Dodge owners for poor engineering.

- Medina, OH, USA

problem #164

Jan 112013

Grand Caravan

  • 70,854 miles
The power door locks on this 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan just stopped working. Key fob sounds horn when locking, but locks do not engage. Very dangerous for travel as locks do not engage when vehicle reaches 18 mph.

- Punta Gorda, FL, USA

problem #163

Jul 092012

Grand Caravan

  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan. The contact stated that both sliding doors stopped working. The contact stated that when the failure occurred, it prevented the front driver and passenger doors from working as well. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and was told that the vehicle needed a software upgrade. The dealer also stated that if they disconnect and reconnect the battery, it will temporarily correct the problem. The failure mileage was 50,000 and the current mileage was 59,000.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #162

Dec 282012

Grand Caravan

  • 92,794 miles
Driver's side automatic sliding door only opens a few inches and then stops. The door will not close automatically at all I hear are loud clicks like the locks are being engaged. The door can only be opened or closed manually. The problem occurs every time either of the 2 inside buttons are pressed or the key fob button is pressed. The doors are clearly not geared for manual opening/closing, that is, they are extremely difficult to open or close manually. This is major a concern as it is very difficult to get out of the vehicle for someone sitting in any of the rear seats.

- Columbia, MD, USA

problem #161

Nov 152011

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
The automatic locks on the vehicle repeatedly fail. For a while pulling the fuse connect with this system helped and they would work for a period of 1-7 days, now nothing works. Dodge doesn't seem to have a solution or to want to work on a solution.

- Loveland, CO, USA

problem #160

Apr 212011

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 87,000 miles
Power locks don't work. The doors should automatically lock when I reach 15 miles per hour, but they don't lock. Even the manual door lock switch doesn't work, so the doors are open all the time.

- Roselle, IL, USA

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