definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,003 miles

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2005 Dodge Grand Caravan lights problems

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2005 Dodge Grand Caravan Owner Comments

problem #6

Jan 042012

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 139,000 miles


Headlights only work sporadically. At times, they won't turn on at all (running lights and rear lights still work) and it often takes several tries to get them turned on. Holding the lever activates the high beams, which still work. Early this morning, they simply failed while I was driving down a busy road in the dark. Extremely unsafe. Research indicates a recurring problem with the switch as my exact issue has been detailed by many, many individuals. As big as a safety issue as this is, it's hard to imagine how this hasn't spawned a recall.

- Beaverton, MI, USA

problem #5

Aug 282011

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Headlights either will not turn on or go out while driving. Parking and tail lights not effected. Flipping switch on and off will sometimes work. Updated IVOQ 10/19/11.

- Warrensburg, MO, USA

problem #4

Oct 282010

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
Intermittent problem of headlights not turning on when operating headlight switch or shutting off on their own while driving. Updated 07/25/11

- Northborough, MA, USA

problem #3

Feb 082006

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 19 miles


Purchased 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan used in Oct, 2005. Vehicle had approx. 9000 miles on odometer. Four months later the headlights would only work intermittently. Mileage was approx 13,500 miles. Dealer replaced dashboard switch under warranty. Approx. One year later headlight problem returned...very intermittent..so continued driving. Another year later, driving at night, on vacation, 2000 miles from home, headlights went out. Switching light switch on-off numerous times fixed lights temporarily. Lost lights several times that night. Texas dealer diagnosed bad switch. Replaced at approx 52800 miles. Paid for this repair. One year later switch again inop. Mileage approx 67700 miles. Lights will not work at all. Cannot drive car at night. This makes three times in three and a half years of ownership that headlights become inoperative. Internet search brings up hundreds of others with similar complaints. Dealer says no reported problems with Caravan headlights and car is out of warranty. Owner responsibility. This car has documented problem with headlights. Something not right here. Updated 09/11/12 the consumer sold the vehicle on June 30, 2012. Updated 09/12/12.

- St Helens, OR, USA

problem #2

Apr 112007

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles
When using the switch the headlights will not come on. Sometimes either need to turn off the engine and restart and then turn switch on again or turn headlight switch off and on several times before the headlights will come on.

- Cobleskill, NY, USA

problem #1

Dec 272005

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Automatic light switch is defective, lights come on at night and run battery down. This is a 2005 Caravan and only 41000 miles on it. The fuel pump went out today. We were driving down the street and it just died in the middle of the road, almost got us run over. At over $25000 you expect a car to last longer than 10 months. I will not buy another one! the dealer said after 36000 miles its not covered. That's bull!. now its gonna cost us $500 or more to fix just the fuel pump, not the defective lights. This van is a lemon!!!!!!!!!

- Longview, TX, USA

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