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 6 of 12)

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problem #139

Feb 152012

Grand Caravan

  • 135,122 miles


The headlights on my 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan would not turn on. Only my parking lights would turn on. After several dozen attempts at turning on the low-beam headlights they would finally turn on. This is not the first time this has happened. The headlights on my Dodge Grand Caravan have also failed at night while I have been driving. Fortunately, I was only a couple miles from home. The lighting system in this vehicle is not reliable and I would hope the government would examine this matter closely.

- Corry, PA, USA

problem #138

Sep 062011

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • miles
Power door locks do not work. Power on side doors does not open doors.

- Round Rock, TX, USA

problem #137

Dec 232011

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 121,000 miles
Dash board lights and interior lights went out came on again for five minutes and went back out.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #136

Feb 132008

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles


Every once in a while, my headlights won't turn on when I start my van. If I turn them off and on a few times, they will eventually turn on. A couple of times, my lights have shut off while I was driving in the van. Turning the lights off and on brought them back on, so I was not in an accident. Also, a couple of times all of my dashboard lights and gauges have gone crazy all at once. After about 10 seconds, they would be fine again.

- Windham, ME, USA

problem #135

Jun 132011

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
Dash light will flicker then go out then come back on, so will the radio at the same time. Also engine will cut out but not always at the same time. Also sensor light will come on.

- Dent, MN, USA

problem #134

Jan 112010

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 105,000 miles
Our head lights would not come on. After turning the switch on and off several times they would come on. Now when driving down the highway they will start going on and off then completely go off. I have to travel a lot at night for my work. If you pull the dimmer/wiper switch toward you and hold it the high beam will come on but will not stay on. Now I am afraid to go any where after dark. Have called several Dodge garages service departments and when ask if they think replacing the switch could fix the problem they tell you, well you can bring it in and we can try that but can't guarantee that will fix your problem. Why should we pay to replace something that they don't know what the problem is. We believe that Dodge should have recall since there is so many of the same problems with other owners evidently there is a defect in the switching of the headlights and this is a serious problem.

- Mount Morris, PA, USA

problem #133

Apr 052011

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles


We are constantly having problems with the power door locks failing which is a huge issue with two small children and them being able to pull on the door handle and have a door open without warning. We are also having issues with the dash lights not working therefore you cannot see anything at night... not the speedometer, not the fuel gauge, not the heat controls, nothing!!!

- West Bend, WI, USA

problem #132

Jan 012010

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 78,000 miles
The power locks on my 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan do not work consistently. Just like the many other people experiencing the same problem, I have to take the iod fuse out for 10 seconds, and put it back in to get the power locks to work. Even then, the power locks will work for maybe a few hours, and then they stop working. Very frustrating. This is also a safety concern. Dodge needs to recall these vehicles and fix this electronic/computer problem.

- Sylvania, OH, USA

problem #131

Apr 202011

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 91,000 miles
Door lock function failure. Can't find a fix. Have to reset PCM to get locks to function, and can work temporarily for 1 to several times, and always fails again.

- Ankeny, IA, USA

problem #130

Oct 192011

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,700 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan. The contact stated that the key fob could not lock or unlock the vehicle. The contact also stated that only one of the door locks would unlock the vehicle, but it would cause the alarm to sound. The dealer was not notified of this failure, but the manufacturer was not. The failure mileage was 56,700. Updated 01/24/12 the consumer stated when the malfunction occurred, the key fob would no longer work and the electric door locks won't work. So, the van remains locked or unlocked. Updated 01/25/12

- Burlington, KY, USA

problem #129

Aug 242011

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 87,500 miles


The power door locks are failing regularly. Pulling the iod fuse and reinserting resolves the issue for a few hours to a few days, at which time the door locks stop working again. Failure prevents key phob, inside lock switch and auto lock features from working.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #128

May 012011

Grand Caravan

  • miles
Right side van door stopped closing and opening correctly. It gets stuck part-way. Now it doesn't close properly or lock, you have to work hard to close it.

- West St. Paul, MN, USA

problem #127

Aug 152011

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 96,514 miles
Turn signal intermittently fails to work at all. Worse, left signal will be selected, but right signal will be delivered. Sometimes, signal works correctly. Dangerous. Wipers work very unpredicatably, or not at all. Will not come on, then will not go off. Will run very fast or very slow, and won't adjust.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #126

Oct 012010

Grand Caravan

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan. The contact stated that none of the interior or exterior door locks would function. The contact replaced the vehicle's battery, but the failure recurred approximately one week later. The contact then replaced the fuses for all of the locks. The failure began to recur a few weeks later. The contact also stated that the automatic rear sliding doors no longer functioned and would only open and close when operated manually. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and the contact was informed that the electrical software needed to be updated. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure continued. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 100,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Plainfield, IL, USA

problem #125

Nov 022011

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 89,000 miles
While driving the headlight began to flicker and dim almost to where the light would completely go out.

- Potosi , MO, USA

problem #124

Aug 012008

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
The power door locks repeatedly fail - I understand this to be a common issue with this vehicle - making it difficult to get access to vehicle from the outside, especially problematic with children in the backseats who have difficulty unlocking the doors manually. Also, the passenger side power sliding door has not been operational for some time. We have also recently experienced a, as yet still undiagnosed, complete power failure in the whole electrical system - this occurred suddenly while the vehicle was traveling 65 mph with the cruise control engaged (it had been engaged for several miles). These issues range from very inconvenient to potentially hazardous.

- Santa Maria, CA, USA

problem #123

Oct 272011

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 63,000 miles
Sometime when I was driving, my headlights turned off mysteriously. Now I cannot get my lowbeams to turn on. High beams, parking lights, fog lights all work. May be an issue with the switch. I believe there is currently an open investigation regarding this issue.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #122

Aug 092010

Grand Caravan

  • 38,000 miles
Electric locks: After 36000 miles and no more warranty on the vehicle the power locks quit working. I found that pulling the battery would resolve the issue for a short while but it would come back again and that doing this could cause issues with how the engine ran for a while and of course the radio and clock would have to be reset. After researching the issue I found that this is known issue and that it would require a firmware upgrade on the vehicle on board computer. The manufacterer nor dealer would do this at no cost. It cost me $85 to get the update. I do not feel this is right and only hope that others will file complaints to get Dodge to correct this and re-imburse their customers who have had to do this. As for me, this is my third Dodge and will no longer buy another.

- Havelock, NC, USA

problem #121

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 #120

Oct 212011

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 6,500,024 miles
Power door locks stopped working 2 days ago. The key fob and switch on the front doors do not control the locks anymore; they have to be locked and unlocked manually.

- West Allis, WI, USA

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