really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
77,721 miles

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

problem #36

Sep 152022

Grand Caravan

  • miles


The heat exhaust from the motor heats the forward cab even if all of the vents are closed.

- Roseville, CA, USA

problem #35

Oct 092020

Grand Caravan

  • 157,485 miles
2008 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT driver side sliding door is stuck I locked position. It will not respond to any of the dedicated buttons like the fob, the master door unlock, the overhead door opener or even manually.

- Highlands Ranch, CO, USA

problem #34

Feb 262020

Grand Caravan

  • 86,000 miles
Electric door locks and air bag system have stopped functioning normally. When you first start driving, the electric door locks are supposed to lock at 15 mph. Sometimes they will not lock until you are going 30 mph or 45 mph. Note that all three speeds are multiples of 15. After the doors eventually lock themselves, all of the door locks in the vehicle will unlock without warning as you are driving. This can happen at any speed - 20 mph, 70 mph, whatever. Once they unlock, the vehicle will continue "unlocking" the doors repeatedly every 5- 10 seconds continuously. The front doors can be manually locked by pushing down the door lock button located at the top rear section of the door. As soon as you manually lock the doors, they will unlock again and continue to unlock the doors every 5 - 10 seconds as you are driving the car. In addition, the air bag warning light in the dash lights up when you start the car and stays continuously lit as you are driving it. I consider these dangerous defects. It is unsafe to drive, and my Dodge dealership told me there no "open recalls" for my vehicle. This vehicle has only 86,000 miles on it.

- Grandview, MO, USA

problem #33

May 102019

Grand Caravan

  • 131,588 miles


Vehicle wipers, wiper fluid, and horn operate separately and independently from human operator input with no response to operators attempts to disengage their operations. Incidents happen intermittently at rest or in motion, situations are not able to be anticipated.

- Afton, IA, USA

problem #32

May 112019

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • miles
Spontaneous fire in the rear driver side after parked for hours. Consumer stated the wires around the fuses weren't burnt. It's all in the back. Around the back hatch and driver side in the trunk. It melted the back hatch so that you can't even open it. I'm guessing where it was locking and unlocking on its own it shorted out back there. Consumer sold the parts.

- Branchland, WV, USA

problem #31

Dec 132018

Grand Caravan

  • 150,000 miles
The passenger rear sliding door is stuck closed and will not open. The door makes a sound when you press the dome panel button and the key fob buttons but the door is still locked shut. I have attempted to open it from the inside and the outside also by holding the interior manual unlock latch while trying to open the door it won't open. I see this a safety issue as I have children and often times we are carpooling. The kids are not able to get out of the vehicle using all doors accessible to them. When pulling up into the pick up lines at school, I have to let the kids out of the driver side sliding door which is placing them facing moving traffic while getting out and having to walk around the van.

- Tijeras, NM, USA

problem #30

Jul 012018

Grand Caravan

  • 120,000 miles


Van started shaking violently while driving. Gets worse when I release the gas and when I put on the breaks. The shop has found that both the motor mounts and transmission mounts are broken.they said it is a known problem with this van and it is un safe to drive. Also wire harnesses in sliding doors wont stay in the track

- Blanchard, PA, USA

problem #29

Jun 142018

Grand Caravan

  • 125,000 miles
I drove my van to town and back, no more than a 10 mile trip. Parked it in the usual spot. Two hours later, while my husband was in the shower and I was in my bedroom scratching off lottery tickets when the neighbor was yelling about our van being on fire. I looked outside and sure enough my van was engulfed in flames! nothing is left of it but a metal frame. We thought it was going to burn our home down. Weird thing is, years ago my supervisor's 2003 Caravan was sitting in the parking lot for 7 years when it caught on fire and caught the car next to it on fire and burnt both down! it's too bad because I actually loved my van!

- Union City, MI, USA

problem #28

Mar 042016

Grand Caravan

  • 86,000 miles
My van dies when I'm driving it I lose all power or no breaks no lights I can't even put emergency lights on, this is been going on for almost 2 years have had it in the shop twice has cost me a bundle, I brought it home the other day drove it to the corner and it died again in the middle of the street this is becoming a real safety issue that they can't seem to fix there is a lot of other complaints for this same problem, something needs to be done before I get in wreck and get killed or my children, I am afraid to take the car, you never know when it's going to die sometimes you can drive it a long ways and never die and other times you can barely get out of the driveway but it doesn't matter it will die going slow it will die going fast, I can't afford another car as I am on a fixed income, you need to do something as this car has give me nothing but problems since I had it I bought it and I am scared it three years ago, only 85,000 miles was on it I haven't drove but about even 4000 miles since I have owned it and I'm scared to get on the highway and nobody seems to know how to fix it, I've been driving this car for two years and this is happening to me probably 10 times at a slow speed and probably six times at approximately 60 to 65 miles an hour fast speedsi am tired of paying mechanics for nothing it dies and they say it doesn't die when they take it out for a drive, well big surprise, because it doesn't give me any warning or tell me when it is going to die either till it does it!! Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep manufacturing company needs to recall and really need to do something about this van because somebody's going to get killed, does somebody really need to get killed before you do something about it, really"?" and if they don't I'm going to have to see a lawyer that will help me with my Dodge Grand Caravan sxl, thank you I

- Tracy, CA, USA

problem #27

Aug 312017

Grand Caravan

  • 208,047 miles
Took my van into jeff wyler eastgate auto mall, in batavia, oh 45103, to have the two recalls fixed on my van and when I call to check up on the progress I get told that the tipm needs replaced and they are wanting to charge me $1,337.60 to fix it before they will even be able to fix my recalls. Both recalls are the ignition and the air bags, both of which are caused by the faulty tipm. So what are they repairing and replacing on my recalls knowing that the tipm is the main reason my van has recalls to begin with. The recall for my air bags is as follows: The airbags will either deploy at will or not deploy at all. The letter I got informing me of my recalls stated that it could be in the wiring harness or other places connecting my van to the airbags. The recall for my ignition is as follows: The airbags will either deploy at will or not deploy at all. The letter I got informing me of my recalls stated that it could be in the wiring harness or other places connecting my van to the ignition.

- Goshen, OH, USA

problem #26

Feb 202015

Grand Caravan

  • 68,000 miles


I have trouble with the ignition. When trying to start the vehicle sometimes it will just click. The module has been replaced, still have problem. Sometimes the key fob sticks and engine keeps trying to start. I then turn the ignition off manually. Starter has been replaced already too at my expense. I have replaced the strut and spring assemblies, but I get rough ride still.when turning I get a snapping sound in the steering.

- Abingdon, MD, USA

problem #25

Jan 272017

Grand Caravan

  • 103,500 miles
While driving down the highway at approx. 60mph the traction control came on and stuck on it would not shut off. Had to get to the side of the road and shut the vehicle off. This has happened at least 3 time in the last month and it only just started, I have owned the vehicle since 2011

- Amsterdam, NY, USA

problem #24

Oct 082016

Grand Caravan

  • 118,540 miles
After parking my car, after about 5 minutes, the horn started blowing, the wipers, front and rear started running and the washers started spraying. The door locks started locking and unlocking on their own. The car, when started had no dash lights, or gauge function. The drivers electric seat started adjusting itself. Radio came on and off on its own. Car acted like it was possessed. I had to unhook the battery to make everything stop. Please note, the car was parked in my driveway when all of this occurred.

- Kirkwood, NY, USA

problem #23

Sep 242016

Grand Caravan

  • 78,274 miles
Tipm module malfunctioning. Wipers and horn will go off randomly, transmission will disengage at the same time. Power steering shuts off as well during episodes while driving! I have had to stop on the freeway with my kids in the car and restart the car.

- Avon, IN, USA

problem #22

Oct 012014

Grand Caravan

  • miles
Nothing has happened to the vehicle. We have just been waiting a really long time to have the recalls taken care of. The shop keeps telling us we are on a waiting list. We have been on this list for almost 2 years.

- Mankato, MN, USA

problem #21

May 022016

Grand Caravan

  • 80,500 miles
Frequently will not start-have to raise hood & smack top of black box & then it will start, will go "crazy" while parked with no keys in ignition-horn honks, lights flash on & off, wipers go & fluid sprays-again have to smack box to make it stop. Between 5/2/16 & 5/18/16, while driving down the road, four times the motor has shut itself off, horn has begun honking, wipers go, fluid sprays, running lights go off. ** it twice on 5/18/16! thank god, was going slowly down a side street-again had to raise hood, smack on top of that black box-fuses and sensors must be in there-and it stopped acting crazy and restarted. My husband has been driving it as I refuse to!! very surprised and concerned that there has not been recall as this seems to be a very frequent issue with these vans-wish I had never bought mine!

- Warren, PA, USA

problem #20

Apr 102016

Grand Caravan

  • 155,500 miles
Car dies without warning. Acceleration, steering and braking compromised and dangerous. Happens randomly, when stopping, when accelerating when cruising at highway speeds. Engine hot and cold. New ignition installed as part of recall program and the problem has gotten worse since the "fix".

- Pleasant Prairie, WI, USA

problem #19

Apr 072016

Grand Caravan

  • 93,000 miles
My van was sitting in my driveway. I used the key fob to attempt to unlock the doors and instead the horn started honking, wipers going, washer fluid spraying and lights flashing. It did not stop and the doors would not unlock. I had to use the hidden key in the key fob to manually unlock the door to open the hood and disconnect the battery. I reconnected it and attempted to drive it to my mechanic. It stalled after about 50 feet. I ended up being able to drive it to the mechanic four days later. My mechanic said it had 6 recalls on it (which I was not notified of) and needed the tipm replaced, which was not a part of a recall. He said Chrysler would not allow him to buy the part and I would have to take it directly to the dealer. He said the part is $780 and does not include labor! I cannot afford this and I need this vehicle! I have three kids! I did some research online and saw that this part on my van was a part of a lawsuit. When they settled the lawsuit, they did not include the 2008 Grand Caravan. This is the same exact faulty part that is in the other vehicles that are covered by the lawsuit/recall! there is absolutely no reason I should have to pay for any of this.

- Lewiston, NY, USA

problem #18

Mar 192016

Grand Caravan

  • 145,000 miles
The van engine shuts down while in drive. This has happened 4 times with in a week. It has shut down completely at an intersection. Even the hazards would not come on to show other drivers that I was broke down. I received a notice last year about a recall for the ignition module and I was put an a long wait list to have it fixed. On January 3, 2016 I had the recall taken care of at sherwood service in salisbury, md. I have never had the engine failure happen before having the recall fixed, and now, it is happening. When the engine shut down the last time, my husband who was driving had to call the police to direct traffic around the van until the tow truck got there so he would not be hit! it blocked an intersection for 30 minutes until the van was towed away, when the van got home on the tow truck, it started up with no problem. Every time this has happened, the van has been in gear and driving when it completely shuts down and it has either gone over a small bump or been turning. I would also like to add that I had an appointment with sherwood Chrysler in salisbury, md today(3/22/21) and they said that they could not find anything wrong with my van and tried send my husband home in the van without fixing the problem! he insisted that they drive it (which they would not do today) to see if it happened again. They still have my van.

- Salisbury, MD, USA

problem #17

Mar 012016

Grand Caravan

  • miles
Timp failurtes have resulted in incidents with random horn, alarm, headlight, door lock, panel and windshield wipers activities.

- N Miami, FL, USA

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