10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 1
Average Mileage:
68,913 miles

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2008 Dodge Grand Caravan brakes problems

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2008 Dodge Grand Caravan Owner Comments (Page 1 of 4)

problem #70

Jun 152009

Grand Caravan

  • 15,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The brake system on this van is a constant problem and is costing us thousands of dollars in repairs. The brake system on this van is running very hot even on cold days. The brake pads and rotors fail prematurely and the wheel hubs fail from constantly overheating. The ABS starts feeding too much pressure to the wheel calipers and causes the brake pads to constantly touch the rotors which creates excessive brake pad and rotor wear as well a overheating of the grease in the wheel hubs which causes them to fail. Nobody should have to replace brakes every 7,000 to 10,000 miles. This is a factory defect in the design and Chrysler is not going to do anything about it because it will cost them too much money.

- Westlake, LA, USA

problem #69

Jan 162018

Grand Caravan

  • 111,829 miles
01 /13/18 the very first morning I had it I worked at 6 am about 5 mins into driving 11 degrees! the traction light came on without me pushing the button. Then a eps w/ des lite up"? they both went on by themselves as well. Also the roads were not wet! this continues every morning despite the temperature. Up to current day 01/16/18 we received a dusting less the 1 inch on the ground. I pushed the traction button on despite that me and my 3 children slid into a mail box thankfully slowly! had to be pulled out due to in not starting up and stuck.. this van is loud and runs behind, kind of stutters..it went through a half tank of gas in 1 day! there is at times but frequent we can smell gas." Also this van started acting to the point of almost stalling out!

- Waynesboro, PA, USA

problem #68

Apr 242017

Grand Caravan

  • 106,000 miles
As previously occurred, Chrysler concealed a known safety defect from its customers and then refused to help with repairs. The defective component is called the totally integrated power module (or tipm). The tipm consists of a computer, fuses, and internal relays, and is responsible for controlling and distributing electrical power to the entire vehicle¿everything from steering and brakes, to the alarm, headlights, and the fuel pump. Since the tipm controls power to a wide variety of essential vehicle systems, including safety and security systems, the defect often leaves the vehicles incapable of providing reliable or safe transportation. Many class vehicles fail to start (or take dozens of attempts before the engine will turn over) because of the defect, and vehicles start up at other times only to stall, sometimes while traveling at high speeds. Vehicles also continue running without the key in ignition. The tipm defect has caused headlights and taillights to suddenly shut off. It has also caused horns to honk, car alarms to sound, and windshield wipers to activate all on their own. The tipm has also caused airbags to not deploy in some scenarios.

- Kingwood, TX, USA

problem #67

Feb 182017

Grand Caravan

  • 58,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

At only 58,000 miles, the anti lock brake modular failed. Chrysler warranty covers 70,000 miles or 7 years, which ever comes first. There is a serious problem with Chrysler vehicle brake modules. Brake warning light and other lights went on in dashboard. While driving in the rain, vehicle does not stop as it should when the anti lock system is working.

- Beverly Hills, FL, USA

problem #66

Feb 012017

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 186,601 miles
The clock spring in my Grand Caravan failed and causes the bas and esp system to apply brakes randomly before failing and offering no traction control. This happens each time I start driving forward and is worst when going from a stop sign around a turn.

- Dover, DE, USA

problem #65

Oct 282016

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • miles
While driving down the road the van loses complete power--steering, brakes. Electronic stability/traction control light comes on. Very scary/dangerous situation. With my 2 year old in the van!! I can usually pull off to the side of the road without any power steering or power brakes. After getting the van to a stop and shutting off the ignition, the van will fire right up and not have any problems for maybe a few days. Then it happens again. Today getting it to the side of the road and turning it off became a bigger problem when the van than didn't want to turn over it would act like it was going to and than not this persisted for 25min and finally turned over as I remained pulled over on a hill with my son in the car not a safe situation I have had it in the shop numerous times to try and diagnosis with absolutely no luck and for them to make me feel like I am making this up!

- Victor, NY, USA

problem #64

May 312016

Grand Caravan

  • 130,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan. While driving 45 mph, the brakes and steering failed and the vehicle stalled without warning. As a result, the contact crashed into a large rock and the vehicle landed in a ditch. The air bags failed to deploy. There were no injuries and a police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V373000 (air bags, electrical system). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000.

- Buchanan, GA, USA

problem #63

May 012016

Grand Caravan

  • 153,000 miles
This van dies while in operation, most often within the first 5 miles of driving in the morning. It has gotten to the point where it happens every single day, sometimes multiple times a day. It appears to happen most frequently when decelerating (upon taking our foot off the gas, the tachometer bounces way down (~500rpm or so), then stutters a bit, then the vehicle stalls/dies. This has happened while turning at an intersection several times, and we narrowly escaped a collision. We have had 2 key fob recalls performed, as Chrysler had attributed the problem to faulty fobs/ignition switches....the most recent recall was performed less than 6 months ago. No change was noted after the recall work was performed. The problem rarely happens on the highway, although it did happen to my wife last week while she was at highway speed on the interstate. I'm listing today's date in the field of "when did this happen?", as it did happen to me today while in an intersection, turning left - I immediately shifted into neutral and restarted it, narrowly missing the car to my right which was also turning left...but it happens virtually every day now.

- Forest Lake, MN, USA

problem #62

Mar 182016

Grand Caravan

  • miles
A few week ago, in the morning when me and the wife had just dropped one of our children off at elementary school, got back into the car, turned it on and started to drive away; the car did a hard jerk motion and then all the lights came on. So the next I took our van to Firestone because cause my ABS, brake, esp and other breaking information lights came and their was a strange noise coming from the from driver side of the car all at the same time. When Firestone tech found the problem he told me that the ABS system was faulty and I was also told that Dodge company knows about the problem but is not a safety recall. So for a small part that helps with the safety of my four young children and wife I paid 675 to fix the problem. And at this date and time my van is now setting at transmission shop so that I can find out if the ABS going out some how did something to my transmission.

- Erwin, NC, USA

problem #61

Sep 012015

Grand Caravan

  • 160,000 miles
I was just getting onto the street and was just maybe going 10-15mph, when the vehicle traction control and stability control and ABS lights came on and increased acceleration and pulled to one side when the dash lights mentioned came on. Also sounded like brakes were being applied at same time. I was barely able to make it to dealer without being in am accident. The clockspring had to be replaced.

- Somerville, AL, USA

problem #60

Jun 012009

Grand Caravan

  • 12,500 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan. While driving at an unknown speed, the brakes made an abnormal noise when engaged. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the brake pads, rotors, and calipers failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The brakes, brake pads, and rotors were repaired seven times and the failure recurred intermittently. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 12,500.

- Brunswich, ME, USA

problem #59

Aug 052015

Grand Caravan

  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V373000 (air bags, electrical system); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. When attempting to place the vehicle in park, the brake pedal would have to be depressed at abnormal pressure and several attempts to shift the gear would have to be made. The approximate failure mileage was 110,000. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Alpena, MI, USA

problem #58

Oct 102015

Grand Caravan

  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan. The contact stated that there was a progressing failure in which the brake pedal would not respond when depressed. The contact had to apply force to the brake pedal each time the failure occurred. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the parts were replaced for the brake system, but the failure recurred within weeks. While driving at an unknown speed, there was an abnormal noise and smoke appeared in the rear of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer a second time for diagnosis and repairs to the brake system. The vehicle was not repaired. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 09V351000 (service brakes, hydraulic). The manufacturer was notified of the failure and provided no permanent remedy for the condition. The failure mileage was not available.

- Edison, NJ, USA

problem #57

Sep 112014

Grand Caravan

  • 5,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan. While driving at 30 mph, the contact smelled the odor of burning rubber inside the vehicle. The rear brakes were smoking. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the brake routers needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 5,000.

- Edison, NJ, USA

problem #56

Oct 072014

Grand Caravan

  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan. While driving at 35 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. Additionally, the key failed to release from the ignition. The contact was able to release the key and restart the vehicle. The contact also stated that the brakes started to grind while driving with the illumination of the esb and ABS traction control warning lights. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the front routers and brake pads were replaced; however, the failure recurred. The contact later received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V373000 (air bags, electrical system) and stated that the part needed for the repair was not available. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Barrington, NH, USA

problem #55

Oct 012012

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
The car was parked stationary at the top of a hill. It started to roll down the hill while it was off. Three children were in the car. Their brother tried to stop the car, and got caught under the car wheel, and died. The car was in park...updated 10/11/17

- Burnt Hills, NY, USA

problem #54

Jun 102015

Grand Caravan

  • miles
Rear passenger side brake caliper has seized

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #53

Nov 252010

Grand Caravan

  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, an abnormal noise emitted from the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the caliper was jammed on the rotor. As a result, both needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred on two other occasions. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 80,000.

- Covington, LA, USA

problem #52

Jan 172015

Grand Caravan

  • 85,000 miles
Jan 2015 was driving 40 miles per hour slowing down for red light ABS light came on and rear left side brakes locked up and released shortly after replaced brake pads. April 2015 van felt like it was dragging found brake pads worn again. August 2015 same problem replaced pads rotor caliper caliper bracket and guide pins van ran great. Two days later smoke began pouring out of the rear left side wheel well, stopped to check it was so hot could feel the heat 6 inches away. Caliper needs to be replaced again after 2 days (28miles). Wife loves the van but this problem is getting old fast. Being disabled cannot afford to keep paying to have the same problem fixed every 3 or 4 months.

- Wyandotte, MI, USA

problem #51

Jul 272015

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • miles
I received safety recall L25/NHTSA 14V-373 earlier this year advising me of the problem with the ignition key but saying that I would be contacted again by mail with a follow-up notice when the remedy part is available. In June 2015, I received safety recall R03/NHTSA 14V-373 which replaced safety recall L25. On June 10, 2015 I contacted my Chrysler dealer to schedule the repair. They informed me that they had to order the part and when they received the part they would schedule a repair appointment. As of this date, July 27, 2015, I have called them back twice and all they can tell me is that the part is still on order and they do not know when they will receive it.

- Quincy, IL, USA

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