really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
48,940 miles

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2010 Dodge Grand Caravan drivetrain problems

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2010 Dodge Grand Caravan Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #26

Apr 012016

Grand Caravan

  • miles


I bought a 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan about 3 years ago and within the last 4 months the van has been making a loud high pitched squeal when switching from 1st to 2nd gear. The van has under 70,000 miles and 3 different repair shops said it was the transmission. Anywhere from 2500-3000 to fix. They also said it was not worth fixing because it's just going to continue to have transmission issues. I still owe over 7,000 on it. It's completely unfair that the transmissions are not being covered by the dealerships. So now I have to get another vehicle and start all over again.

- Leicester, MA, USA

problem #25

Apr 232016

Grand Caravan

  • miles
While driving the vehicle just stalls out of no where and is very dangerous. Almost wrecked 3 times during the stall period because power steering and engine did not respond.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #24

Jan 192016

Grand Caravan

  • 115,000 miles
This problem has happened numerous times and continues to do so. When the van is running and in park it will not shift out of park unless I play with the key (jostle it around) the shift lever then is very hard to shift (as if it is half engaged). When the van is off I try to start the car but it doesn't start unless I remove the key and put it back in numerous times. The key has come out while it was running and I could not turn the car off until I put it back in the ignition and played with it for a few minutes. From the forums I have read this sounds exactly like what is happening with the recalled ignition parts but my VIN number doesn't seem to be on that recall list? there is no key-chain on the keys and never had any.

- Niagara Falls, NY, USA

problem #23

Nov 152015

Grand Caravan

  • 110,000 miles


The vehicle has unexpectedly shut off (I.e. gone dead) 30-40 times in the past 9 months. I previously took the vehicle to Dodge dealership and they did not find any problem with the ignition. There were no error codes in the vehicle computer. Dearlership suggested removing all extra keys/key rings...so did so. When it shuts off, the engine stops running, loss of power steering, loss of power brakes, and im guessing the air bags. Although the van predominantly shuts off at low speeds (10-15 mph) shortly after starting the car, it now occurs more frequently at highway speeds (60 mph) and after the car has been running for 2 hours. The shut down has got to be electronic as the engine does not sputter (the engine and all electronics go dead). Also we use only the key in the ignition (no key ring or extra key weight) and the key does not move out of the on position. This rolling death trap needs to be recalled and repaired immediately.

- Oswego, IL, USA

problem #22

Aug 052015

Grand Caravan

  • 72,000 miles
Car stalls while I am driving it. Took it to car dealer and it doesn't pop up with codes, so they say they can't figure out what is wrong. Head over mechanics drove it and he was driving it at 30 miles an hour and it turned off and he said he almost wrecked my car. Mechanic also duplicated it, but no codes, so they are saying they don't know what to fix. It is the only transportation I have, but is very dangerous to drive as when it stalls I have no power steering or brakes. I am at my wits end, because I have tried to reach Chrysler itself and all I get is customer service and they have a case open, but getting no results. I also have clunking in my transmission, but again no codes. I am at my wits end and don't know where to go from here. I can't afford to keep putting money in this car and it not get fixed. I still owe 5 years on this car also. I have had people riding in the car with me when it has happened. I am going to put a date at this end here, but not sure of when it first started happening, but know that the transmission started happening last year and told them about it and they said that was natural for that type of engine, but they hadn't even drove it.

- Drain, OR, USA

problem #21

May 092014

Grand Caravan

  • miles
Transmission feels like it is going to come out of the front end of my car. It makes the car move forward when it does it. Notified dealer and they tried it, it did not do it for them, so they say they can not fix it. Tried it once. Under warranty, but no codes again.

- Drain, OR, USA

problem #20

Jun 012015

Grand Caravan

  • 54,000 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan. The contact stated that after starting the engine, the vehicle would hesitate to accelerate. After approximately fifteen minutes of driving, the failure recurred. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 54,000.

- Upper Darby, PA, USA

problem #19

Jun 262014

Grand Caravan

  • 73,800 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan. The contact stated that the transmission failed to shift properly when the vehicle was turned on or off. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V373000 (air bags, electrical system); however, the part needed to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The approximate failure mileage was 73,800.

- The Villages, FL, USA

problem #18

Dec 172014

Grand Caravan

  • 131,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan. While driving approximately 55 mph, unknown warning indicators illuminated and the gear shift would not move. The contact stated that this was a recurring failure. The vehicle was driven to a dealer, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 131,000.

- Liberty, IN, USA

problem #17

Sep 072012

Grand Caravan

  • miles
The contact owns a 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan. While attempting to turn the vehicle off, the key became lodged in between the start and on position. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who diagnosed that the gear shifter needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V373000 (electrical system, air bags); however, the part needed to repair the vehicle was unavailable. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Water Town, SD, USA

problem #16

Apr 072015

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 103,000 miles


I was driving slowly, making a turn, and the power steering stopped working, then the braking stopped, and the car had no power. The stability control light came on. This has happened intermittently multiple times, and the dealership cannot get the car to repeat the error. It did have one key fob error on the codes, but that was many starts in the past. Other VIN's in this model/year have been recalled due to electrical/ignition problems. This is probably what is wrong with this car, but it is not under recall, and the dealership cannot figure out how to fix it.

- Beaver Falls, PA, USA

problem #15

Dec 042014

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan. While driving 65 mph, the vehicle would shift into a lower gear causing the speed to decrease without warning. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic; however, the failure was not diagnosed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 40,000. Updated 03/30/15 the consumer stated the dealer rebuilt the transmission at the manufacturer's expense. Updated 6/23/2015

- Turlock, CA, USA

problem #14

Jul 102014

Grand Caravan

  • 44,000 miles
After put the gearshift on park position, and turn off the engine, the key fob will stuck on acc position and can not come out. Need to restart the engine and switch the gearshift to other positions and push back to park position one or more times, then it may come out. The key stuck issue happened about 3 out of 10 from a month ago.

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #13

Jul 052014

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 57,000 miles
I live in troy Michigan and on a trip to go pick up my teenage daughter driving.on M-59 my car started expelling coolant in the form.of steam from underneath the hood and inside the vehicle. I immediate stopped at the closest automotive store.less.than a mile from where it started the incident. It was discovered by the mechanic at bell tire that the steel intercooler lines that run to the interior heater had ruptured. I contacted Chrysler as steel tube should not fail unless some manufacture issue was overlooked. As a senior systems engineer mean time before failure on a component like this should have never happened at the low mileage on the vehicle. I followed up to find.out cost to repair and the sales rep also let me know that a second Grand Caravan 2008 model had just come.in with the same failure. This is absolutely Chrysler failure to engineer this correctly and I would.lile to see this resolved before greater damage is done.

- Troy, MI, USA

problem #12

May 272014

Grand Caravan

  • 103,000 miles
While driving the ignition switch turned off and resulted in a loss of power steering and brakes. Vehicle was in heavy traffic and almost caused a multiple car pileup. This has been happening for months. Dodge charged me $89 to diagnose and the result was the dealer told me to get an oil change and my radiator cap might be leaking. I contacted Dodge corporate escalating to a manager with no results. My wife and kids could have been killed. I was forced to trade to vehicle which costs me lots of money loss. Dodge did not care and either did the dealer. There are no other keys on the key ring to interfere.

- Greenbrier, TN, USA

problem #11

Mar 102014

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
Vehicle intermittently shuts off while driving resulting in the loss of hydraulic systems (power steering, brakes, etc.) once restarted the vehicle will perform within normal specifications. No code is generated by the on-board computer regarding the malfunction.

- Bluffton, OH, USA

problem #10

Feb 012012

Grand Caravan

  • miles
Bought vehicle used from a Dodge dealership in 2012, after several months engine shut off while driving on highway and then spontaneously restarted. This happened maybe once a month but then became more frequent until it is now almost a daily occurrence. When this occurs sometimes car will restart if you slightly turn the key towards start quick enough, otherwise you have to shift into neutral to have some control and then turn the key to restart (not fun or safe in traffic at highway speeds). This can happen while sitting in the driveway before moving or at any speed, bumpy roads especially bad. Once we realized what the problem was with the ignition switch/key I did some research and found the recall 11V-139 and determined that our van was built during the recall manufacture dates. Called Dodge 3 times, first two calls was told recall did not exist. On the 3rd call was told it did exist but my VIN was not included in recall. I asked to at least have the ignition scanned with the witech scan tool (as described in the instructions in the L25 recall notice sent to dealers) dealer to determine if it was a marquardt, siemens or Continental win module. I was told I could do this at my expense but even if the results showed it was a recalled ignition it would not be covered since my VIN was not in the recall. This situation is extremely dangerous and if it has not caused any deaths yet as with the current GM ignition problem it will. Something needs to be done. P.S. vehicle also has the transmission bearing noise problem and the leaky/noisy power steering problems that Dodge has described in service bulletins but has also not recalled.

- Maysville, MO, USA

problem #9

Jan 062014

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 15,000 miles
Purchased Dodge Grand Caravan (modified for handicapped accessibility) in September of 2011 with approx. 10,000 miles. Several months after purchase the vehicle developed a potentially catastrophic fault. While accelerating onto an expressway the vehicle spontaneously accelerates to over 8000 rpms. The brakes are not sufficient to control the vehicle's speed. In order to correct the fault the driver must turn off the ignition key then shift the vehicle into neutral and drift to the side of the road. In order to reset the vehicle power train to safe operating conditions, the driver must start the vehicle with the ignition key. If the fault is sustained the driver must turn off the key before the engine over accelerates. This process must be repeated as often as necessary (several times) in order to cause the system to reset and allow for normal operation. This is not an easily repeatable fault. We have left the vehicle with the local Dodge dealer for almost two weeks and the mechanics drive the vehicle to / from work (200+ miles) to try to repeat this fault. They are having little success observing this powertrain fault. Chrysler case id [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Harrisburg, PA, USA

problem #8

Aug 212013

Grand Caravan

  • 50,000 miles
Was entering a parking place. Right foot on top of brake. While my car was moving at idol speed-the engine RPM's speed surges causing no control in steering, brake. The surgeing over rides the brake. Steering, everything.. hit parked car. You have no control in situation. Had another "2010" van & same thing happened going thru garage door -2nd time almost hit building at my dentist building. Dealership made deal & switched to present van. Now this one has done it. Chrysler has inspected van for two weeks. They found nothing wrong. Case number at Chrysler is #23859956. Can't drive this van again. Next time may injure or kill someone. Found many with same trouble on internet. How do we get Chrysler to notice before someone is badly hurt. They are waiting for me to pick up my van"???". don't know if I can do it. Also have to fix bumper for $800.

- Jenison, MI, USA

problem #7

Apr 262013

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 53,000 miles
The distance was about 35 miles from our home, bout 45 minutes drive. Driver didn't notice anything wrong with the engine or see any warning lights. The car was swaying like on a windy day, another car honked at us, then we heard loud road noise. We pulled over and turned off the engine. Saw the rear passenger tire was flat to the rim. Noticed a smoky smell. Saw little puffs of white smoke coming from under the hood. To be safe we removed children from the car; two 4 yr old children were in the backseat buckled in their car-seats. Infant was in the middle drivers side seat buckled in his car seat. Driver and car owner were in the front. Keys were removed from the ignition. We walked away from the vehicle, waited at the fence-line away from the vehicle while calling for a tow. Smoke appeared to have stopped for about 5 minutes. Suddenly black smoke started pouring out of the engine, embers dropping to the road from under the front of the car. We moved the children further away from the vehicle. Several truckers pulled over and brought fire extinguishers. One opened the hood flames flared up the fire truck arrived after the fire had been extinguished. One said the fire appeared to have started in the fan. The chp officer said the firefighters would disconnect the battery. When we looked at the inside of the front of the car everything was burnt and melted, the hood was buckled, front grill melted. The fire was extinguished before the rest of the car was damaged.

- Carmichael, CA, USA

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