really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,175 miles

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2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Owner Comments

problem #4

Jul 032015

Grand Caravan

  • 46,000 miles


On 7/03/2015 my 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan with 46000 miles was having starting, stalling and idle issues. Throttle body was repaired by shop and refunded money because car still had same issues. The mechanic said take it to the dealership because it was not kicking out any codes I contacted the dealership and had to wait for an appt until Aug 4th. The car was acting up so I went in without an appointment on 07/21/15 they said because the issue was so intermittent that I would have to leave the car for a few days. On 07/22/15 the dealership called and said they found two issues with the van 1st it needed the left cylinder head replaced and 2nd the tipm unit was bad. The good news was the cylinder head which would have cost $2000 was covered under warranty. The bad news was the tipm ( totally integrated power module) was going to cost $1100 to fix. The whole point of buying a newer car was to not have these huge repair bills. But in one shot this van just cost $3600 in repairs that is just insane, who has this kind of money laying around. The second this tipm unit is a safety issue after doing some research a lot of other cars manufactured by Chrysler are having this same issue. I could not imagine being stranded somewhere with my five children or god forbid stalling out while driving it could have caused an accident. This tipm should be recalled not happy with our choice in this vehicle on top of everything else wrong with this car I have a head and tail light that are getting water into them. I say once again this car is 4 years old and has a whole heck of a lot of problems. Updated 09/09/15

- Apollo Beach, FL, USA

problem #3

Sep 282011

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 9,700 miles
When starting, the engine occasionally makes a rattling noise and check engine light comes on. I took it to the dealer and after stating that no codes were captured, they cleared the code. The check engine light came on again so I took it back and they replaced the cam position sensor, which they said would fix it. It didn't and the check engine light continues to come on with a rattling at the start which now occurs more frequently. Now the traction control light comes on at the start and occasionally when driving at road speeds and dry conditions. The van loses power and is slow to accelerate. I have to pull over when driving, or if it occurs at starting, I have to shut the van down and restart the van and this corrects the problem. The next time it occurs, I will just drive it to the dealer and show them because they don't seem to believe me or they tell me there is nothing they can do. I see that I am now not the only one that this is happening too.

- Fort Rucker, AL, USA

problem #2

Dec 032011

Grand Caravan

  • 7,500 miles
Check engine light came on in early December. Dealer reset the error code and said it was probably nothing. Light came back on a few days later so we brought back to the dealer - the consulted with Chrysler and replaced the cam phasers and said that should fix the problem. Within a couple of days the check engine light and traction control light both came on and the car lost all ability to accelerate. Driving on highway at 70mph, gas pedal to the ground did nothing and car coasted to 50mph before it would lurch forward and coast back down and eventually corrected itself but lights remained on. Dealer consulted with Chrysler again and they replaced the cam phaser sensors and said that should fix it. Within a few days same thing happened, driving on highway, check engine and traction control light turned on and car lost all acceleration and coasted down to 50mph and would lurch forward and then cost down - rpms wouldn't go above 1300rpm and couldn't get acceleration back. Took car back to dealer (fortunately was only a few miles from the dealer) and they had it for 2 weeks and Chrysler recommended replacing both wiring harnesses and that should fix the problem. Within a week, same problem, driving on highway at 70mph - check engine and traction control light comes on, no ability to accelerate or maintain speed, car coasted down to 50mph and would lurch forward and cost back down. Returning car to dealer again (mid February). Quite dangerous to (repeatedly) loose acceleration and with no ability to maintain speed when driving at 70mph on a highway.

- Freeland, MI, USA

problem #1

Jun 292011

Grand Caravan

  • 1,500 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan. The contact stated that the check engine light was illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where they advised that there was an electrical issue and they reset the system. Later, while driving at highway speeds the vehicle suddenly decelerated before stalling. The contact was able to restart the vehicle and it was taken back to the dealer where she was advised that the cam sensor had malfunctioned. The vehicle was not repaired. In addition, the driver side rear third row seat belt suddenly locked with a passenger in the seat. While trying to loosen the seatbelt, it only continued to tighten around the passenger. The seat belt was eventually cut and the passenger received minor bruises to the abdomen as a result. The vehicle was taken to the dealer again where they replaced the seat belt. The failure mileage was approximately 1,500 and the current mileage was approximately 4,200.

- Belle Chasse, LA, USA

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