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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
38,696 miles

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2006 Dodge Grand Caravan engine problems

engine problem

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2006 Dodge Grand Caravan Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 252011

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 76,000 miles


While driving down the highway in heavy traffic the engine blows out of no where leaving the van almost inoperable. I have come to find out that this is a very common problem with these 3.8 liter engines. It was driving fine and then there was extremely loud knocking and a sudden loss in power. Once I was able to get pulled over I checked the oil and it had "disappeared". to correct the issue a new engine is needed and these newer engines from Chrysler have a modified oil pump which tells me they know about this problem and are correcting it but only after you spend thousands of dollars for the new motor.

- Sharon , PA, USA

problem #2

Dec 112010

Grand Caravan

  • 5,089 miles
Back rear window imploded for the second time(first time 2009, second time 2010), nobody seems to have an answer for why this happens other than it was cold and snowy outside so the weather must have caused this to occur, (that is what they say) my family was in the van in the driveway getting ready to leave so I know for a fact that "nothing" went thru the window just a major defect of Dodge. Numerous issues with this van starting when van had 5000 miles, air bag sensor on, sliding doors do not work properly, loud sound from engine, tie rods need replaced for third time, control arm broke, locks make a whiny sound, check service engine light on told 3 times that we needed new spark plugs. Really at 30,000 miles. We changed them, light still on today. After an inspection of van now dealer sates that the alternator, water pump, serpentine belt, egv valve, valve gasket, all needs replaced and the light on had nothing to do with spark plugs, go figure. I have sent dealership and Chrysler letters in regards to my safety concerns. This would be my fourth time calling chyrsler about major issues. They lack customer service and nothing ever done. We purchased new and van is now 5 years old with same and new problems since 5000 miles, now has 77,000. I will not be purchasing a Dodge van again!!

- Bucyrus, OH, USA

problem #1

Dec 012008

Grand Caravan

  • 35,000 miles
When driving in wet conditions, particularly splashing through water, the vehicle serpentine belt begins to chatter and the vehicle experiences a brief reduction/loss of power. This becomes particularly troublesome when pulling out into traffic. The dealerships have stated that there is no mechanical defect with the vehicle that they can find. This happens on repeated occasions and can be reproduced even today. It has been occurring for some time now.

- Oxford, MI, USA

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