really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
76,389 miles

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2008 Dodge Grand Caravan Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #43

Dec 102016

Grand Caravan

  • 180,000 miles


The esp bas light has randomly come on and the system is automatically applying brakes unnecessarily. This makes it tough to control the vehicle at times. This first occurred when starting the van stationary in a driveway, the light has remained on driving on streets and highways and has the greatest effect when turning.

- Dover, DE, USA

problem #42

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 #41

May 312016

Grand Caravan

  • 130,000 miles
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 #40

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 #39

Mar 112016

Grand Caravan

  • 149,000 miles
While in motion, the van will completely lose power for no apparent reason. There are no warnings, strange sounds or any indicator that it is about to shut off. The car just shuts off--the power steering is gone, I can't accelerate or keep moving at constant speed. The car is completely off and control is barely possible. It can happen anywhere, including at stop signs, driving along the road, the middle of an intersection, which makes it a severe safety issue. Once it is in park, it can be restarted, usually aided by pumping the gas, and then it goes on as if nothing happened. However, shifting into park isn't always an option when you are driving in the middle of the road. The check engine light does not come on, so no error code is produced. It has been taken to a dealership service center twice, but the problem is intermittent and cannot be duplicated easily, so they don't know what to fix, tell us nothing is wrong and send us on our way. It is alarming that they don't give more urgency to finding a source, considering that the car turns off while driving. Our ignition switch/key have been replaced after the recall, which we were hoping was the cause of the problem, but it was not. It is still occurring. I have done an internet search and it seems that this problem is not unique to me. Other drivers are experiencing the same issue. Minivans often carry children in them. If this problem were to occur in a busy intersection, the results could be devastating. I urge you to seek a solution/source to this problem quickly! I wish we could simply go buy a new car to keep our family safe, but unfortunately, that isn't our reality, as we are still working to pay off this one, so we are hoping the problem will be researched and resolved promptly. You are welcome to use our van to do so!

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #38

Oct 082015

Grand Caravan

  • 78,960 miles
Within the past several weeks on driving vehicle 2 block, my warning lights came on relating to esp and the traction control light indicating upon evaluation by a private mechanic that attention was needed in the steering column mechanism (air bags?), and traction control sensor "idiot" light appeared causing vehicle to grasp the pavement more than usual, my tires appeared okay, and I was advised that when the esp light comes on, traction control is automatic...please send me verification that this is a recall issue. I plan to have my vehicle towed by aaa to scott robinson Chrysler, Dodge in torrance and would request coverage of my rental vehicle for one week.

- Playa Vista, CA, USA

problem #37

Mar 172015

Grand Caravan

  • 140,083 miles


The first thing that happened was; we were driving down the road and the van just stopped running. Luckily we were only going 20 miles per hour and there wasn't a lot of traffic. The power steering wasn't working but my husband was able to steer the van off the road to safety. We called aaa and my husband went to the store to get dry gas because we thought that there may have been moisture in the tank from condensation. When he got back to the van he put in the dry gas and he decided to try to turn the van on and it turned over. We went home after that. After that the van seems to work for a while, then one day my husband came home from work and tried to shut the van off, but it would not shut off. The horn started blowing and the wipes, wiper fluid, lights and door locks were all working all by themselves. We unattached the wires to the battery but that did not work and finally started pulling fuses until it all stopped. He drove to work without the fuses until we could get it fixed. I called Chrysler and they said that there was a recall around May 2015. We brought the van into the dealer and they replaced the ignition module and gave us new key fobs. The van stalled again on the way home from work and we called aaa to get the van and take it back to the dealership. They said that they checked all the electric and ran a purge monitor test and others. The dealership said that they could not find anything the matter with the van and charged us $200. Just recently we were driving in traffic at around 20 miles per hour and the van stalled again. This time we did not have time to move it and a truck driver helped to push us out of traffic. My husband took the wires off the battery and put it back on and the van started. We went to the Toyota dealership and bought a car that day. We still own the van, but I am afraid to drive it.

- Newmarket, NH, USA

problem #36

Apr 192015

Grand Caravan

  • 33,238 miles
The contact owned a 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan. While making a right turn at 5 mph, the steering wheel shook violently and seized without warning. In addition, the brake pedal was depressed and failed to respond. As a result, the contact crashed into a wall and the air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed and no injuries were sustained. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 33,238.

- Melrose, MA, USA

problem #35

May 192015

Grand Caravan

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan. While driving approximately 20 mph, the vehicle stalled and the steering and braking ability seized. The contact maneuvered to the side of the road to a complete stop. There were no warning indicators illuminated. The vehicle restarted normally and was driven to the contact's residence. The dealer was unable to duplicate the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure recurred five additional times. The contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14V373000 (wireless ignition node). The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Dorchester, MA, USA

problem #34

Apr 022015

Grand Caravan

  • 92,000 miles
Engine shuts off while driving!!! dangerous situation if I was going faster I could have crashed with my 7 year old daughter in the car. Isn't this the same thing that happened to GM and they had lawsuits? respond please: [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- West Bloomfield, MI, USA

problem #33

Mar 312015

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 95,000 miles


Call switched from on to acc. There are no additional keys nor key chains on the fob. Why is it taking so long for recall repairs to be made"??????"

- Avondale , PA, USA

problem #32

Sep 132014

Grand Caravan

  • 81,000 miles
This relates to Chrysler safety recall L25 for wireless ignition node. Our van shuts off while driving without any warning and there is no steering and braking. This is the primary vehicle we carry 2 young children in and it is extremely upsetting that this recall has not been addressed. Our van shut off 3 times in the last 2 weeks while carrying our kids. The local dealership reports there is a national back-order and no parts are available to fix it. How is this possible" what are we supposed to do" this is very unsafe and totally unacceptable! please help!

- Duncansville, PA, USA

problem #31

Oct 102011

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 25,000 miles
While driving down the road at slow speed in the neighborhood, the car randomly shuts off. The power steering, the power brakes and the engine stop working. It is happening now more frequently - twice today and my wife and kids nearly had a head on accident. Luckily the other car was able to swerve to miss our van otherwise there would have been a head-on. I took the car to my dealership several times over the last few months based on a recall notice that was issued for the van. I was told that they do not have the parts to fix it and that they have no idea when the parts will be available. How many people need to be hurt by this issue before they start delivering the parts to fix it?

- Coeurdalene, ID, USA

problem #30

Feb 172015

Grand Caravan

  • 96,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan. The contact stated that a loud noise was heard near the front end of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the hose on the power steering was cracked. The dealer informed that the VIN was not included in a manufacturer's recall related to the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 96,000.

- Quincy, MI, USA

problem #29

May 132013

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 92,000 miles
When the problem first occurred, the car power would blip: The gauges would go to zero, the clock would go off, the lights would flicker on and off. I took it to the dealer and they said they fixed some wiring. After the car was returned, the problem persisted and worsened. Now, when the car slowed down (at a stop sign or light) the power would turn off completely, the engine would stall, light would go off, clock would go off, etc. I had to turned the key off and on to start the car again. I took it back to the dealer. They replaced two different parts - the ABS module and the main fuse panel for the car. When the car was returned, the problem persisted and got worse again. Now the car, when stopped or slowed down, power would shut down completely, shutting everything down as before, but now the key wouldn't turn. I couldn't turn it off or on or do anything for minutes at a time. The car power would suddenly turn back on it's own. So, once again, I took it to the dealer. This time they did a software update to several modules. I just received the car back from that visit on 12/17/14. The problem still persists. On 12/22/14, I lost power in the car while driving at a normal speed (30 mph) going down a hill. The power steering and brakes went out and I had trouble getting the car to a stop. I was finally able to put enough pressure on the brakes to slow the car and pull to the side of the road at the bottom of the hill. Since then, I've lost power twice when stopped at stop lights. I've been able to turn the key off and then back on. I called the dealer again. They said that it's most likely related to a recall and there was nothing they could do because they didn't have parts. They advised me to remove all other keys and rings from the ignition key. Even after that, I still lost power once so far.

- Beaver, PA, USA

problem #28

Dec 202014

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 41,357 miles
Vehicle just quits. Only thing showing is the anti lock brake light. Have taken to dealer and there have been no codes associated with these continuing problems of the engine quitting. This has happened on numerous occasions.

- Belleville, IL, USA

problem #27

Aug 292014

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • miles
My vehicle stops running while driving down the road.......this happened occasionally but is happening more frequently. This morning it happened while driving around a curve and I nearly wrecked.

- Winchester, OH, USA

problem #26

Aug 182013

Grand Caravan

  • miles
Several times since approximately August of 2013 the vehicle power has cut off while driving causing loss of power steering. I had the ignition replaced once at my own cost but it did not fix the issue. It has happened several times since then with the latest being in October of 2014. I am aware of the recall but what is the point if there is no fix? the fact that we are still waiting on a fix is unacceptable. This is a safety issue not an inconvenience issue. I have three young children and it is unacceptable that I have to drive them around in an unsafe vehicle because Dodge doesn't yet have a fix.

- Locke, NY, USA

problem #25

Oct 242014

Grand Caravan

  • 133,122 miles
Was stuck with no way to start vehicle because plastic fob key was cracked and wouldn't start van. There's a recall on the plastic ignition module but parts are not yet available and this recall is from June 2014. The ignition switch has moved a few times while I was driving from on to acc. Causing hard brakes and steering. Luckily it was at low speeds and no traffic around. Called dealer to see if there's a way to start with metal door key and I was told no. Also dealer wants to charge me to fix even though there's a recall out on it. Dodge is the cheapest pos and unsafe cars period !!!

- Littleton , NH, USA

problem #24

Jun 022014

Grand Caravan

  • 97,000 miles
The van dies while turning at slow speeds, typically in traffic. Van will easily restart after putting in park/neutral and cranking. Has happened 3 times in the past few months.

- Edmond, OK, USA

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