hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
103,160 miles

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2005 Dodge Grand Caravan Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #21

Sep 102016

Grand Caravan

  • 116,000 miles


2205 Dodge Grand Caravan stalls after refueling. Multiple occurences. Happens in motion straight line, while accelerating.

- Spartanburg, SC, USA

problem #20

Mar 142016

Grand Caravan

  • 105,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan. After refueling the vehicle, the engine started and stalled. The oil warning indicator illuminated on the instrument panel. The failure was intermittent. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 105,000.

- Clarksville, TN, USA

problem #19

Aug 192016

Grand Caravan

  • 65,000 miles
Every time I fill up the vehicle with gas, it stalls every time within the first few minutes, last week daughter was merging into traffic when it happened and almost got rear-ended. This has been happening for a while now. Last winter I wasn't able to fill the vehicle, the pump kept shutting down but that went away after the weather warmed up.

- Maple Shade, NJ, USA

problem #18

Nov 202015

Grand Caravan

  • 140,000 miles


Engine sputters or stalls shortly after filling the tank. It typically happens when taking off at one of the first intersections after filling the tank. It put me in danger, because it stalls in the middle of the road without warning. This has happened several time in 2015. The date below is approximate for the time the van was last filled up.

- Galt, CA, USA

problem #17

May 092015

Grand Caravan

  • 92,000 miles
The vehicle stall immediately after 1st startup fill up of the gas tank. The steering locks and car engine hesitates and dies. After waiting couple of minutes, the car will start up and not have the problem until next refill of the gas tank. I never overfill the gas tank. The problem is similar to an existing recall on 19 gallon gas tanks on Dodge chargers.

- Burke, VA, USA

problem #16

Aug 012014

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 150,000 miles
After I fill up the gas tank the van stalls within a couple of minutes. This has happened numerous times and has almost caused several accidents.

- Weston, FL, USA

problem #15

Jan 082015

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 143,400 miles


While slowing down motor will try and shut off. If you come to a stop it will shut off. Seat belts do not lock in place. Rear windshield wiper will not move. Passenger side cargo door will not unlock. Some settings for heat and ac will not work. Left turn signal won't shut off after turning.

- Lafayette, IN, USA

problem #14

Feb 122015

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
The engine stalls while driving within five or six minutes after filling the gas tank. This has happened multiple times.

- Greenwood, IN, USA

problem #13

Nov 012014

Grand Caravan

  • 115,000 miles
Car stalls when I fill the tank up with gas. The car stall out shortly afterwards while driving.

- Medford, NJ, USA

problem #12

Jan 022015

Grand Caravan

  • 135,400 miles
Vehicle stalled twice after filling up with gas. First stall happened approximately 500 feet from filling station, while still in a parking lot. The second stall happened approximately 0.5 miles from the filling station while turning from a roadway into a business. Each stall required several cranks of the engine to re-start. When the engine quits, the power steering also goes away. This has been an intermittent occurrence since early 2013, with it becoming a regular occurrence after each gasoline fill up (later in 2013). The tank is always filled until the pump shuts off. It is never partially filled, so I cannot say if it only occurs with a full fill up. This is the first time I decided to research the situation and file a complaint.

- Woodstock, GA, USA

problem #11

Jul 082014

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 99,000 miles


2005 Dodge Caravan SXT stalls unexpectedly at highway speeds and at low speeds shortly after being fueled to a full tank of gas. This has been happening more often after the mileage has gone over 100000 mile. It has been starting back up after it stalled but has taken longer to start with each passing stall. If I disconnect the negative battery post wait a few moments and reconnect the van will get me home till the next day when the stalling start again. After the gas tank is below 3/4 the stalling issue goes away. In it's current condition not a very reliable or safe automobile for any family to be using on the highways.

- Rockford, MI, USA

problem #10

Mar 212014

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 172,000 miles
Took ownership of the vehicle in January 2014. Nearly every time the gas tank has been filled up (to full), the vehicle will run ok for a brief period of time, it will then begin to buck and stall. This happens at nearly any engine speed. Once the vehicle stalls it is difficult to restart for one attempt. After the gas tank gets just under full the operation is completely normal. This is dangerous as usually you are in traffic.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #9

Jun 012007

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
Have had numerous problems with van starting 3 months after purchase. Dash lights flash but only for seconds so no code can be read. Electric windows failing, batteries replaced numerous times. Have gotten to point I purchase window tracks and replace myself to save on cost. Most recently dash lights and headlights flashing rapidly radio and air go out and vehicle wanting to stall. This is a conversion van by braun. Had handicapped person in wheelchair in passenger side front. Van stalled in intersection but was able to get off to side of road. Where I was, I could not get wheelchair out of van. We could have been killed not to mention I live in Florida and heat was at a feel like temp of 108. After 10 or 15 minutes van restarted and was able to limp home. Auto electric repair shop replaced ignition wiring harness but after 30 days it is now doing same again only worse. I now have no Transport for handicapped person because why fix something that cannot be resolved without changing every part to figure out real problem. I know even if the BCM is replaced that is only temporary according to other reports of same problem I have.

- Deltona, FL, USA

problem #8

Apr 012013

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan. The contact stated that after refueling and driving at 25 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact mentioned that the vehicle stalled after refueling. The vehicle was able to restart. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the failure was not able to be duplicated. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 75,000. Updated 10/8/14 10/24/14 updated 02/03/15

- Chino Hills, CA, USA

problem #7

Jul 152010

Grand Caravan

  • 154,000 miles
Nearly every time the we fill the tank full of fuel the engine shuts down after leaving the station. Typically it will happen mid turn while pulling out of the station or else within a block of leaving. When it happens the steering stops working normally. We have to shift the vehicle to neutral and restart it and then put it back in drive and go.

- Rowley, IA, USA

problem #6

Feb 012006

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
I originally called Dodge when this issue started and they would not do anything about it but when we would put the van in reverse the engine would not go into reverse and if you were not listening for it to "catch" you would put on the gas and be going forward. After calling a few times we just gave up and began a habit of shifting into reverse and making sure the vehicle was indeed in reverse. After several years of this we started having a problem with the vehicle speed. The engine would rev but the vehicle would not go if it was under any kind of strain, uphill or grade. After replacing everything from fuel injector to catalytic converter to spark plugs, wires and sensors and spending close to $1000 on it we ended up in a transmission repair shop which found our problem to be a cracked flex plate. That was $1500 more but the problem was fixed. The reverse is now working properly as well so I feel that this flex plate may have been the reverse issue as well.

- Natural Bridge, VA, USA

problem #5

Oct 072013

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
After filling vehicle with fuel, our van has been stalling upon stopping at a light within 5 minutes of leaving gas station. Most recently vehicle cut off less than 1/4 mile after refilling when driving on road. When this happens, electric of vehicle shuts off along with losing power steering. The problem of vehicle shutting off has gone on intermittently for about 1-2 years now but is getting worse. Until about a week ago, this always happened at a stop but the last incident is concerning considering it happened while the vehicle was in motion. This is a serious safety issue, especially considering my wife uses this as primary transportation for her and our 3 children. What if this cuts off on the highway or in an intersection? I did a lot of research online trying to find possible root causes. There seems to be an overwhelmingly large number of people having this issue with the 3.8 liter V6 on Dodge/Chrysler minivan models in the 2003-2007 range. I am also told the only way to fix this is to replace the entire gas tank due to a faulty valve/separator. I hope that Chrysler is willing to do something about this problem at no cost to the customer considering the high level of danger that we are presented with here.

- Burlington , KY, USA

problem #4

Jun 012012

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
For at least a year now (dates and mileage above are some sort of approximation) our car has been having trouble upon refueling. As I drive away from the fueling station, within about the first mile the car hesitates, chokes and either threatens to stall or actually stalls. After a few moments, or upon restarting, the car does fine. I have asked the dealer about this and they expressed no knowledge of Chrysler notices about it or what might be causing it. They said it would be expensive to pull the gas tank, so I have left it for now. But having the car do this is dangerous. I googled the problem and found that there are numerous people with this 4th generation Caravan that have the exact same problem. Dodge's mediator suggested that it's a problem with topping off the tank, but I have found that not topping it makes no difference, and as you can see from the online strings I am attaching, there are others who never top off their tank and have the same problem as we do. This is apparently a design flaw that creates a danger. It is expensive for the consumer to fix, and my impression is that it will steadily get worse. We were part of the headlight problem with these cars too. The headlights on the car were unstable from the time we bought the car. After years of complaining, our dealer finally seemed to have fixed the problem, but we had to pay part of it. Since then we have received a notice that Chrysler is taking responsibility for the problem. I hope this gas tank problem will not take so many years to correct as the headlight problem.

- Danbury, CT, USA

problem #3

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 #2

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

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