definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,150 miles

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2008 Dodge Grand Caravan Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #22

Jun 022014

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • miles


2008 Dodge Grand Caravan. Consumer requests reimbursement for wireless ignition node module detents recall repairs. The consumer stated the vehicle shut off, while in the midst of driving. The crankshaft position sensor was replaced.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #21

Sep 292014

Grand Caravan

  • 83,657 miles
I was driving eastbound on the 10 fwy, about 40mph and in the first lane because I had just got on freeway about 1 1/2 ago and while I was driving I felt the peddle lose power so I tried to accelerate by pushing a little harder and I felt the car gaining no speed only slowing down then I look at gauges and all gauges were non functional as if the car was off, it was then that I noticed I had no control in steering either the car was just completely died. As I coasted to a stop just a little between the first lane and emergency lane I was able to put the car into park, quickly, and turn the key back to the on position as then I also noticed the key was not in on position. Very scary and that's the whole reason I started to look into this matter and found out about this recall. I will provide VIN number upon request if needed. Feel free to contact me at the number provided below.

- West Covina , CA, USA

problem #20

Sep 102009

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 13,492 miles
Air conditioning blowing hot air. Since 09/10/09, I have had the air conditioner repaired five times.the last repair on O5/21/13 I'm tired of the expense that I can't afford anymore being a retired 73 yr. Old widow. I put minimum miles on the van. The mileage to date(06/18/13) is only 29247.

- Sun City, AZ, USA

problem #19

Sep 022012

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 118,000 miles


We are a used car dealership that recently bought a 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan with 118,000 miles on it. A customer was driving the vehicle when the incident occurred. After the vehicle was driven approximately 5 miles and placed in their garage, the customer noticed some smoke/steam coming from the vents. The customer assumed it was associated with the air conditioning and went into the house only to return a moment later to check on the van and at that time noticed a massive amount of smoke coming from the vehicle. The customer quickly backed the van out of the garage, turned it off and called the fire department. By the time the fire department made the brief trip to the customers' house, the van was completely burnt. There is some damage to the siding on the house as well. Luckily no one was injured and the customer was able to get the van out of the garage. Everything is completely burnt in the van-even the glass curled and melted because of the heat. Chrysler has been made aware of the issue.

- Dover, OH, USA

problem #18

Apr 042012

Grand Caravan

  • 79,650 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan. While parked, the contact noticed that the check engine light was illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician advised that the egr valve would have to be replaced but informed the contact that the part was on a galactic backorder. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 79,650.

- Woolwich, NJ, USA

problem #17

Feb 122011

Grand Caravan

  • 30,000 miles
The van has shut off while driving approximately 7 times in the last year. The engine shuts off and there is no power to the brakes or steering. There are no error lights that display on the dash. Once the car is stopped and placed in park the engine is able to be restarted. There is a big safety concern when this happens. It appears that there is a recall on a similiar issue on the 2010 Caravan with the vehicle shutting off while driving. I have also researched the problem and found that there have been alot of the same complaints from consumers owning a 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan. Is there going to be a recall on my van for this problem? thank you

- Peru, NY, USA

problem #16

Dec 152011

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • miles


In December of 2011, we decided to check the oil in our 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan because the sound of the motor seemed to have changed. The van seemed to be running a little louder. We checked the oil, and sure enough there was no oil on the stick. We didn't know what happened to the oil. We wasn't sure if it leaked or burned. We brought the vehicle into the dealership. They asked if we noticed the oil leaking, we said no. They said in situations like these we document the mileage and top the oil off and have you come back up to 1000 miles later. So we did. We did this several times. The dealership admitted this shouldn't be occurring and the vehicle is definitely burning too much oil. They kept the van made a claim with nac our van warranty company to pay for expenses of repair, and nac sent back a report saying Chrysler vehicles are expected to burn up to a quart to a quart and a half of oil for every 750 miles driven. So they sent us away without repairs. Literally less than a week and about 550 miles later we were back at the dealership with more than 2 quarts of oil documented being burned. The dealership kept our van for repairs again...the warranty refused to pay for repairs and we are driving the van as is...im not sure of the safety issues but im sure there are many that can be assessed. I've searched the web and we are not the only consumers who are having this problem. We carry our family of seven to and from school etc and the purpose of newer vehicles are to ensure safety and eliminate worries of problems. Please help.

- Hammond, LA, USA

problem #15

Nov 102011

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
When unlocking the van, the horn starting blowing and the windshield wipers started going. After driving a few blocks, the van went into 2nd gear at 4000 RPM. A mile later, the engine cut off while driving down the road and I barely got off the road in traffic. A few weeks before this the heater did not work one evening. Following that incident there was an episode of the horn blowing, windshield wipers going, and the washer fluid emptied. There have been about 10 incidents similar to these. The first incident was in a parking lot. When I returned to the car from shopping, it was obvious that the windshield wipers had turned themself on. It took 15 minutes for the incident of horn blowing and windshield wipers and washer fluid going to clear itself. Disconnecting the battery did not make the horn and windshield wipers stop concerned about van stopping while driving. This is a serious safety issue.

- Edenton, NC, USA

problem #14

Nov 142011

Grand Caravan

  • 42,850 miles
The problem with the vehicle is stalling. This has occurred 5 times in the past 6 weeks. 2 of the times the minivan stalled while traveling at 65 mph. 2 times the vehicle stalled while driving locally. The dealer has been unable to fix the defect. This is a very dangerous condition. When the minivan stalls on the highway all you can do is coast to the shoulder. Thankfully, no one has gotten hurt yet.

- Ridgewood, NJ, USA

problem #13

Dec 052011

Grand Caravan

  • 58,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan. The contact was driving 70 mph when the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and the manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileages were 58,000.

- Wheeling, WV, USA

problem #12

Sep 262011

Grand Caravan

  • 50,400 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan. The contact stated that after taking her vehicle for inspection she was advised that there was a leak in the coolant system. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 50,400.

- Rose City, OH, USA

problem #11

Jul 012010

Grand Caravan

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan. The contact stated that the vehicle would intermittently stall while driving various speeds. In addition, the vehicle would not always immediately restart. The vehicle was taken to various authorized dealers and numerous different repairs were performed. The failure continued. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure but provided no assistance. The failure mileage was 70,000.

- Simpsonville, KY, USA

problem #10

Sep 042011

Grand Caravan

  • 76,320 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan. The contact stated the temperature gauge displayed that the vehicle had overheated. The contact checked the vehicle and observed fluid leaking. The vehicle had to cool down before it could be taken to the dealer. The dealer replaced the heating and air conditioner hose. The contact stated the failure was a manufacturers defect because the hose was in a metal casing. The current mileage was 76,320.

- Murray, KY, USA

problem #9

Aug 232010

Grand Caravan

  • 75,000 miles
When key is inserted into the ignition and turned, the vehicle does not start. The starter makes a click sound but does not turn over. Several attempts turning the key are needed to start the vehicle. Sometimes after trying 5-10 tries with no start, pulling the key out and reinserting or opening the driver door with the key removed will start the vehicle. Eventually, the car will start normally. First it seemed to happen on after the engine was hot or hot outside 85 or hotter, but it got worse. I took it to the dealer, I told them I checked the starter solenoid and it wasn't reading 12 volts when van wouldn't start only reading under 5 volts, when the van would start it would read about 10 volts. The first trip to the dealer they replaced a starter motor, with in two days it happened again, they replaced the starter motor again with moper brand starter motor. This still did not fix the problem. I switch the battery with my other car to confirm not battery. Still van has starting problems. I was able to leave van with dealer for a week, they couldn't reproduce the problem, but when I got in the van all the electronics were turned off, radio, ac.. that was not an accurate test. The van still has intermittent starting problems. When winter came the starting problems stopped. But this spring and summer is almost here the starting problem has occurred again. We don't if the van will start or leave us stranded.

- Nicholasville, KY, USA

problem #8

Apr 222011

Grand Caravan

  • 63,000 miles
This is an on going problem with our mini van. The vehicle shuts itself off for no apparent reason while in gear. We have the win module replaced as has been recalled in new models, but this did not fix the problem. As a family we are concerned for our safety while driving this vehicle. Internet research has turned up clues that Chrysler knows there is a problem and is refusing to act on a solution.

- Holt, MI, USA

problem #7

Jan 192011

Grand Caravan

  • 65,037 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic for a yearly inspection, and the contact was advised that the engine power pressure hose was leaking fluid. The manufacturer filed a report and stated that her vehicle was not included in the recall for the power pressure hose replacement. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 65,037 and the current mileage was 68.545.

- Manasas , VA, USA

problem #6

Jan 262010

Grand Caravan

  • 5,000 miles
Making a left turn out of the parking lot of my child's parking lot, the vehicle engine stalled with no power. I had to stop where I was since it was hard to steer. Put it in park and started the vehicle. It drove normally after with no error codes but was a dangerous situation in full morning traffic. Took it to the dealer but they were not able to reproduce it.

- San Ramon, CA, USA

problem #5

Jul 312010

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles
The contact owned a Dodge Grand Caravan XLT. While the vehicle was parked the contact noticed white smoke coming out of the hood of the vehicle near the windshield. A passenger attempted to move the vehicle and black smoke was on the outside and inside of the vehicle. Fire was on the ground and the flames were 5 feet tall. She was able to extinguish the flames with cans of soda. The consumers husband jumped in the vehicle to back it up and as he did, the vehicle lost all power. The passenger stated that four trees and the grass caught fire. The fire department was called and the vehicle exploded. A neighbor extinguished the fire in the trees and grass; however, the vehicle continued to burn. A sheriff and fire department report were filed. The contact stated that no one was injured. Since she had a heart condition, a paramedic came and gave her oxygen. The vehicle was destroyed. The approximate failure and current mileages were 25,000. Updated evoq 09/20/10 prior to the fire, the air conditioner cruise control and read passenger door stopped working. Updated evoq 11/09/10

- South Wilwaukee, WI, USA

problem #4

Feb 142009

Grand Caravan

  • 3,000 miles
I bought the car on Nov. 2008, new from mccune Dodge, and for the last year the car has stall on 4 different times, haven't been able to duplicate the problem at the dealer, no sensor light comes on, also have been having different issues with emergency brake pad, the shift gear, interiors light on center-map lights flicker constantly and rear dome.

- Chula Vista, CA, USA

problem #3

Oct 232008

Grand Caravan

  • 834 miles
Brand new 2008 Grand Caravan SXT engine fire. Vehicle was purchased brand new and is three weeks old. Total miles on vehicle 834. Engine fire engulfed whole vehicle for a total loss.

- Dyer, IN, USA

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