really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
33,616 miles

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2005 Dodge Grand Caravan transmission problems

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2005 Dodge Grand Caravan Owner Comments

problem #10

Apr 052010

Grand Caravan

  • 94,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph the transmission shut down. The vehicle was driven onto the emergency lane and towed to her residence. A local mechanic informed the owner that the transmission would have to be replaced. A local transmission mechanic stated that the vehicle could be repaired at the contact expense for approximately $3,000. Dodge was notified and stated that they never heard of that type of transmission failure. The failure mileage was approximately 92,000. The current mileage was approximately 94,000.

- Tacoma , WA, USA

problem #9

Jan 152008

Grand Caravan 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,287 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan. Ever since the vehicle was purchased, the contact hears a thumping and knocking sound when the transmission is placed into drive. There is also tapping in the engine. He took the vehicle to the dealer several times, but the failure persists. On January 15, 2008, the dealer stated that the engine lifters failed and all of them needed to be replaced. The dealer replaced one lifter and declared the vehicle repaired. After leaving the dealer, the noise was still present. The current mileage was 66,128 and failure mileage was 61,287. Updated 02/11/08

- Camden, NJ, USA

problem #8

May 092004

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan. After purchasing the vehicle, it began to shift out of gear. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer over ten times, but they could not duplicate the failure. The issue occurred whenever there was an incline in the road. The contact expressed extreme concern for the defect and the manufacturer informed her that they would not repair the vehicle for free. The most recent failure occurred while driving 50 mph. The current mileage was 51,000 and failure mileage was less than 100. Updated 05/13/08 the transmission slipped out of gear, T went from drive to neutral. There was also a rattling noise when the vehicle was in reverse. It took several tries to get the vehicle out of reverse. The rattling noise was due to the sway bar being broken. Updated 05/13/08

- Taneytown, MD, USA

problem #7

May 202007

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,600 miles


Transmission shifed from fourth gear to second gear at 60 mph. Check engine light came on and transmission would not shift. Dealer replaced trans mission control module. Nine days later transmission would not shift out of second gear. Dealer replaced transmission solenoid.

- Keystone Heights, FL, USA

problem #6

Feb 262007

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,900 miles
Transmission failure at 38,000 miles. Vehicle out of warranty, although this was clearly a failure that started before the 36,000 mile warranty expiration. Transmissions light came on, and upon inspection at 2 certified mechanics, I was shown black transmission fluid, and scanner showed major transmission damage.

- Albany, CA, USA

problem #5

Dec 252006

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,352 miles
1) leaking transmission fluid; noisy steering 2) no failure, promptly took to mechanic 3) replaced steering rack, front- end aligned.

- Temple, TX, USA

problem #4

Oct 042006

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,751 miles


Dear sirs: 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan SE. It has had numerous problems, few of which were fixed properly when brought back to the dealership. Finally, on October 04, 2006, with 29000+ miles on the vehicle, an axle broke as my son, daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren under two years old pulled out of a parking lot onto the road. Had this happened on an interstate, with the vehicle moving at a high rate of speed, there is every likelihood that a fatal accident would have occurred. Axles do not break except under extreme circumstances or when there is some fatal fault with the manufacture itself. This is not a vehicle which has been abused. It has been used to Transport housewives and small children back and forth to school, to grocery, etcetera. It has been serviced at all proper intervals at the mechanicsville, va dealership where it was purchased. Except to move the vehicle so as to avoid storage charges, I will not have any member of my family transported in this vehicle. The service department at mechanicsville Dodge claims to have repaired the vehicle and that it is safe. They have all ¿¿¿¦ driven it and it drives fine!¿ that is illogical for a number of reasons. First, it ¿¿drove fine¿ right up until the moment the axle broke, even though numerous electrical and other problems existed which were not fully repaired at that time. Second, I have absolutely no reason, based on my past experiences with shoddy work and outright falsehoods at this store, to believe that this shop is capable of properly repairing the vehicle. Third, there is no reason to believe that other life threatening problems do not exist, lurking in this vehicle to strike my family if we were to trust it or mechanicsville Dodge once again with our lives.

- Aylett, VA, USA

problem #3

Feb 202006

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,385 miles
After stopping vehicle in driveway, with foot on brake. The vehicle lurched forward and struck the vehicle that was parked there.

- Franklin, IN, USA

problem #2

Feb 142006

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,784 miles
: the contact stated there were multiple occasions were the transmission failed. When the transmission stuck in first gear the vehicle was taken to a dealership which replaced the veil body. Two years later the vehicle stalled twice while idling. Upon inspection the dealership determined although the rpms increased the vehicle failed to accelerate. The transmission stuck in second gear and the check engine light illuminated. The dealer rebuilt the transmission. Later, when the transmission slipped between first and second gears the dealership replaced the throttle position sensors. Afterwards the transmission had slippage and was slow to accelerate. Every incident occurred at 40 mph or less. The check engine light illuminated. Updated 03/09/06

- Hebron, IN, USA

problem #1

Aug 182005

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2005 Dodge Grand Caravan. The consumer stated when the vehicle was put in drive it went backwards. Ittraveling about 25 meters and vehicle did not stop when hitting the brakes. A tree stopped the vehicle. The vehiclewas at the dealership, they E investigating why this happened. He also filed a complaint with DaimlerChrysler.

- Orland Park, KS, USA

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