really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,265 miles

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2008 Dodge Grand Caravan brakes problems

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2008 Dodge Grand Caravan Owner Comments (Page 5 of 7)

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problem #46

Mar 242010

Grand Caravan

  • 20,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan. While driving at approximately 20 mph, the contact heard a loud rubbing and knocking sound from the front passenger side when he depressed the brakes. The vehicle was taken to the dealership for possible repair. The vehicle identification number was not available at the time of the complaint. The current and failure mileages were approximately 20,000.

- Monticello, KY, USA

problem #45

Mar 202010

Grand Caravan

  • 44,000 miles
I have 44,000 miles on vehicle and on 3rd set of front brakes with new rotors. Rotors were turned and brakes replaced at 26,000 miles as well. This seems excessive and repair tech suggested I investigate recalls/complaints on this, of which there seem to be over 100.

- Fayetteville, AR, USA

problem #44

Jun 282009

Grand Caravan

  • 13,788 miles
Bad or inferior brake systems for 2008 Caravan. At 13,788 miles it began squealing (kind of like a squeaking hamster wheel) in front (left) but sometimes the right front. Took car several times, they finally verified it there was a noise at 21,000 miles and could not find it but recommended pads and rotors although the fronts were just getting to the point where they needed replacement. Replaced pads and rotors, kept squealing took car about 6 times to midas and a few more times to Chrysler. Now the right front or right rear? passenger side is grinding at 30K miles. We're afraid it is the drum. This began and has been off and on for about 2 weeks (today's date is 3/17/10. I have never had problems like this before with brakes. The minivans I bought in 1993 lasted 63K until I needed new pads and one I purchased later and at 43K when I turned in one in 2000 there were still no issues.

- North Riverside, IL, USA

problem #43

Feb 272009

Grand Caravan

  • 49,000 miles


At less then 50K on a 2008 Dodge Caravan, the back rotors are completely gone again. When will Dodge or the government do something for us, the consumers? someone will get hurt or killed soon if this is not fixed.

- Knightdale, NC, USA

problem #42

Oct 102008

Grand Caravan

  • 10,536 miles
2008 Dodge Grand Caravan brakes and rotors are of poor quality. Every 6 to 9 months the front rotors/pads have been resurfaced/cut or replaced. I have 27,000 miles on the car and the front rotors have been replaced 3 times and rear once already. The dealers admit that Chrysler has placed "thin" and poor quality rotors causing significant pulsation. The whole steering column shakes and reduces braking performance making for an unsafe situation especially in rain and adverse weather and traffic. It is also inconvenient and costly to have the vehicle repaired so often.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #41

Mar 042010

Grand Caravan

  • 22,350 miles
1.) standard driving city and highway noticed squealing couple days ago 2.) at 22,000 mile our van has no pad and rotor is defective on passenger side, and driver side brakes pads are worn but rotor showing signs of wear. 3.) will have to replace the brakes.

- Ridgeville, SC, USA

problem #40

Mar 012010

Grand Caravan

  • 16,000 miles


I noticed a loud grinding from the passenger side front wheel when applying the brakes. Car was inspected at dealer and found to have completely worn out brakes and damaged rotors as a result of metal to metal contact. Repair costs are $230. Dealer states this is not covered by warranty even though it is premature brake and rotor wear. Vehicle is only 14 months old with 16,000 miles.

- Allentown, PA, USA

problem #39

Feb 232010

Grand Caravan

  • 22,815 miles
Premature brake failure and required replacement at 22,000 miles on new 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #38

Feb 092010

Grand Caravan

  • 26,000 miles
2008 Dodge Grand Caravan brakes wear out prematurely. We purchased this vehicle new. At 26,000 miles our vehicle requires new brakes and rotors.

- Lebanon, OR, USA

problem #37

Jan 292010

Grand Caravan

  • miles
High pitch sound turned out to be brake pads need replaced. Service man is surprised that the pads are worn out with only 21K miles on the van. Rear rotors also rusting bad. I found out that this is a common complaint. Chrysler Dodge should upgrade the brakes so the pads will not wear out fast. The pads are also very expensive compared to other vehicles. Are they going to wait until an accident happens before the brake is fixed?

- Cumberland, MD, USA

problem #36

Jan 192010

Grand Caravan

  • 19,000 miles


Premature wear of brakes and rotors. Original front-end oem brakes and rotors needed replacement before the vehicle even reached the 20,000 mile mark. Saw this same problem reported by many, many owners of same model/year van. Others have stated when dealership replaces rotors/brakes, the new brakes/rotors wear just as fast. This seems to be a dangerous situation because new owners are not expecting brake problems so soon, and thus may overlook squeals from brakes as being caused by brake dust, or glazing, not realizing their brakes/rotors are completely worn and in need of immediate replacement (like I did). I do have the brakes/rotors that were replaced, I asked to have them returned to me from the dealership when they were replaced with new parts.

- Cypress, TX, USA

problem #35

Aug 122009

Grand Caravan

  • 20,000 miles
Brakes started grinding and squealing loudly when coming to a stop. Van had less than 20,000 miles however when I had the service technician look at it, I was lucky I hadn't lost brakes altogether. I had to purchase new brakes and new rotors as the ones that came from the factory were so worn down that it wouldn't even help to simply turn them. This is outrageous and yet another problem I have had with this van since I bought it. All of the issues I have encountered are very unsafe and I am thankful that so far I haven't had my children with me during these episodes. I believe Chrysler should be reimbursing all owners for the cost of the brakes and rotors as the ones that were from the factory are quite obviously faulty and defective.

- Chuckey, TN, USA

problem #34

Jul 162008

Grand Caravan

  • 19,000 miles
I have a 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan. I started noticing that my brakes were at acting funny, they would make a strange noise everytime I stopped. This was at 15K miles. I took it in to a dealership for an oil change and asked that they also check the brakes. I was told nothing was wrong. At 19K miles my brakes went from making that noise, to completely being metal to metal. There was not a Dodge dealership anywhere around and I needed this fixed asap, since I had three small children in the car. I took it to midas. They showed me both the front and back brakes. The brake pads were completely gone, and the rotors were horrible. I had to get everything replaced. This was 6 months ago, and now the brakes are squeaking. I now have 30K on my car. The guy's at midas informed me that I am not the only one that has brought in the newer model Grand Caravan in for a new brake job. They said that ever since the bodystyle has been changed, they have seen an increase in their customers. I don't want to shell out $700 every 6 months for brakes. This time I am taking it to the Dodge dealership to have it looked at. But seeing that I am not the only one with the issue, I think it's something to look into.

- Round Lake, IL, USA

problem #33

May 102009

Grand Caravan

  • 24,000 miles
Heard terrible grinding noise from brakes when stopping. Took it to local tire shop for brake inspection. Was told the pads were completely worn and rotors needed replaced. Vehicle had 24,000 miles on it. Replaced pads but not rotors. Now at 30,000 miles, I'm hearing the high pitched whistle that says the pads are about to need replaced. Will replace rotors this time also if a second mechanic states they need replaced.

- Maysville, KY, USA

problem #32

Jan 062010

Grand Caravan

  • 17,521 miles
The brakes on 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan are a joke, after 17,00 miles and several trips to the dealership with concerns about squeaking brakes, they say the van needs all new pads and rotors! after 17000 miles!!!

- Desoto, MO, USA

problem #31

Jan 042010

Grand Caravan

  • 26,000 miles
Getting ready to replace the brakes on my 2008 Dodge Caravan vehicle for a second time. I have 52,000 miles and now the brakes and rotors need replaced. I understand Chrysler is well aware of the problem and that they know the brakes are not adequate enough for this vehicle. I would like an investigation to be done because I think this could become a serious problem due to the brakes not being adequate enough for this size of vehicle.

- Indian Trail, NC, USA

problem #30

Dec 242009

Grand Caravan

  • 14,756 miles
I have a 2008 Dodge Caravan ant the brake pads went out at 14756 with no warning. It was christmas eve my wife was nine months pregnant and I have 2 small children. There was no warning then suddenly the brakes were metal to metal and no parts store open we were stranded. They would not tow it under warranty. So I had to wait for a tow on christmas eve. Dealer said not under warranty not our problem I was lucky to get 14,000 out of them that's pathetic. Thanks Chrysler...... last one I ever buy..

- Dallas , GA, USA

problem #29

Dec 152009

Grand Caravan

  • 18,000 miles
Squeaking brakes at 18,000 miles. Need my rotors turned and new pads. I was appalled!! there has to be something said when there are so many people complaining about the life of these brakes. Called Chrysler and got the "12 mos. Or 12K, I'm sorry" I'm not buying it!! imagine how many people do not realize this is not normal. I would like to see Chrysler build or buy a better quality product that will last at least 36,000. I paid alot of money for my new van so I would not have to worry about this kind of nonsense so soon. Please, I plead with everyone who has this same complaint to take it as far as you can. Don't let the "customer service" at Chrysler just tell you nothing can be done, take it as far as you can. There is strength in numbers people, this is America. We can build a car that lasts 100,000 miles without an oil change, but rotors and pads only last 13K to 20 K, that's just bologna and we all know it!!

- Windsor, CT, USA

problem #28

Dec 152009

Grand Caravan

  • 16,000 miles
I own a 2008 Dodge Caravan. It has 16,234 miles on it. I took it in to be serviced for its first major service appointment. The mechanic at the dealership came out to talk to me and said that the pads, shoes and rotors were near failure. He also stated that the car was unsafe to drive in that condition. This was a Dodge dealership and I assume that they know their product. I was concerned about the failure so I looked into it and found that this was a fairly common problem for owners of this car.

- Windsor, CO, USA

problem #27

Dec 092009

Grand Caravan

  • 19,250 miles
Brakes needing replacement under 20,000 miles on a new vehicle less than 2 yrs old. This is a common & costly problem to have on this vehicle designed to Transport families. There is a problem with the brakes that Dodge/Chrysler needs to address asap and issue a recall.

- Owings Mills, MD, USA

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