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Question by AKWolfe
Submitted on 10/11/2003
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The transmission just went on my 1998 Dodge Caravan (125,000Km). No warning, no noise, no past history. I now see that this has been a common problem with Chrysler/Dodge products and in particular the Caravan. Do I have any legal recourse with Chrylser/Dodge to demand any or all of the repairs to be taken care of by them, rather than a cost to me?

Answer by LV Enigma
Submitted on 11/17/2003
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I would like to know too....My  1998 Caravan has been a total lemon and now my Transmission has gone too at 83000.


Answer by ken
Submitted on 11/18/2003
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Can't really give you an answer to your problem , but i guess I'mlucky. My trans mission went out at 21,000, a year old . A 2002 model. I bought the 7 year, 70,000 warranty package so I'llbe covered for the next 3 time it leaves me sitting, at least. According to the reports i read on the net , this transmission is a pure unadulterated piece of junk. It had its name changed by Chrysler to let customers think it was a new type of transmission .


Answer by Jimmy Howell
Submitted on 11/28/2003
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I had two dodge caravans in the last 3 month, one a 1996 the other a 1998.The 1998 had the transmission go out today thanksgiving .Dodge needs to either get it together and start producing quality products or  at least do recalls on these vans.


Answer by Bob13753
Submitted on 12/4/2003
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I thought I would post just to say that my 98 caravan has 78,000 miles and the transmission is still good.  I do have the trans fluid changed by the dealer once a year, which is about every 15,000 miles.


Answer by john
Submitted on 12/21/2003
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i got a 98 grand caravan, with 101000., tran is great and 3.0 uses no oil.    I keep the fluids changed often.    oil at 3k and trans fluid at about 20,000.


Answer by Joe
Submitted on 1/2/2004
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I just brought my 98 caravan in today for the transmission.  It wouldn't change into 2nd or 3rd gear.  It has only 35,000 miles on it.
Is there anything that all these people can do to get some kind of compensation from Chrysler?


Answer by Eddie
Submitted on 1/16/2004
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I have a 1998 Caravan it has 198K no kidding original trans and engine. I just serviced according to mfg recommendations still runs great.This is the best car I have ever had!


Answer by Steverino
Submitted on 1/17/2004
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I've paid to have a couple of these transmissions replaced, too. Your only defense is to change fluid early and often. Make sure you use the recommended fluid (type 7176); standard non-Ford automatic transmission fluid has the wrong friction characteristics and will wear out the transmission. Also, a mechanic elsewhere on the net recommends the factory filter over others because it may fit better, thus filtering better.  


Answer by Tennessee Bob
Submitted on 2/3/2004
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154,000 miles and I'm installing the second rebuilt transmission after an additional rebuild which failed after 12,000 miles on a 1994 Dodge Grand Caravan. Seems the best way to go is to get the rebuild with the warranty so Dodge can share in the repairs. Unfortunately they don't share the lost time.


Answer by LISA
Submitted on 2/6/2004
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My 1998 dodge caravan is on it's second tranny. first one went out about 18,000 and replaced with a 3 yr warr. it broke again right after the factory warranty. shucks!! never thought i had a problem, but i noticed alot of other unhappy caravanners.


Answer by dennis
Submitted on 2/10/2004
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My 2000 dodge caravans transmissions gone out. think it has some thing to do with the "direct inner seal"


Answer by Billy
Submitted on 2/15/2004
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I have '98 Caravan with 320,000 kilometres on it, about 200,000 miles.  I replaced the factory transmission at 239,000 kilometres.  Thank fully the a604, or whatever its called, has limp mode.  I got home, had the vehicle towed to my mechanic, rebuilt the tranny and no problems ever since.  You absolutely must use the factory receommended fluid in this transmission.  Don't settle for anything less and pay the difference.  Have the fluid changed every 60,000 km or 40,000 miles.  The color of the fluid changes indicating it needs changing.  A new solonoid pack can also, in most cases, resolve a number of common transmission problems, and costs a heck of a lot less than a new tranny.  Yeah the transmissions are problematic, but, in my experience that's the only problem with these vehicles.


Answer by Andrew Gaylor
Submitted on 2/22/2004
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I just bought a 94 Dodge caravan 2 months ago and the trans went out the repair was $1865. It still feels like it has problems. The right cv axil has been changed 4 times, and it still shakes, the trans was just rebuild at Cottmans transmission.2 days after the repair it has new trans problems.
   It there a recall or a lawsuit about this yet?????


Answer by geezwhiz
Submitted on 2/24/2004
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i left my 98 Caravan at Miami International Airport long term parking and someone stole my transmission, the whole thing. Now i have a van with no transmission and no core. I guess i should have just left it there.


Answer by bluretired
Submitted on 2/27/2004
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just had the transmission pan dropped on 1998 caravan,,,,flushed,,,new filter;;;saw some foreign materials in the pan and around the magnet;;;;had this done at 68,500 miles;;;reason= would not go into gear when it was cold !!!was told that fluid should have been replace at 60k miles at the most!!!  oh!!! well ,,,shall see how long this baby lasts!!!  


Answer by Dave K
Submitted on 3/9/2004
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I too have concerns about the tranny on my 98 Caravan (3.3 L w/75K miles).  I have had the transmission fluid & filter changed twice since I bought the van (at 36K miles) and both times the shop has mentioned ominous metal filings in the pan, indicating excessive wear and possible internal breakdown.  I bought an extended used car warranty, hopefully any major problems will occur before it runs out at 81K miles.


Answer by Rob
Submitted on 3/11/2004
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One thing to be aware of is that virtually all of these problems occur on the 4 speed automatic. The 3 speed one that comes with the 4 cylinder motors is quite durable.


Answer by CMOORE
Submitted on 3/12/2004
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1998 Dodge Caravan's Automatic Transmission just went out.  Well it won't reverse.  I put it reverse and it sounds like a belt is slapping around inside.  The van only has 60K miles and is serviced regularly.  That's what we get for buying American crap.

I think a lawsuit is around the corner.


Answer by CMOORE
Submitted on 3/12/2004
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1998 Dodge Caravan's Automatic Transmission just went out.  Well it won't reverse.  I put it reverse and it sounds like a belt is slapping around inside.  The van only has 60K miles and is serviced regularly.  That's what we get for buying American crap.

I think a lawsuite is around the corner.


Answer by rcardenas
Submitted on 3/17/2004
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my grand caravan transmission went out at 98128 miles. from all other testimonies it seems that dodge is producing faulty equipment.


Answer by kevin
Submitted on 3/22/2004
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I have a 97 dodge caravan and the  transmission just went on it at 137,000 km.Hopefully i can find some sucker to buy this piece of crap van.


Answer by foo
Submitted on 3/23/2004
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Bought Grand Caravan with 105000 miles from friends. Great shape. 3 weeks after we bought it stopped dead in street with no reverse and only could drive in low.
Watched mechanic take trans apart and one gear was totally stripped.
Had it rebuilt and now it is making whirring noise at slow speeds. Reverse is making grinding noise. Taking back to mechanic....fun.I new the rep that the transmissions had in these vehicles and bought one anyway ....just call me stupid.


Answer by Paul
Submitted on 3/24/2004
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I once owned an 1985 Caravan with the 2.6L and 3 speed automatic. The original transmission had to be rebuilt at 100k and again at 150k. Had I changed the transmission fluid I expect I could have done much better. My 95 Voyager has over 150k with only one rebuild ( by previous owner ). If your Chrysler product four speed goes into "limp mode" ( stays in one gear )and speedometer doesn't work the problem can usually be fixed with a new speed sensor which costs only a few bucks and can be replaced in 5 minutes. I wouldn't be surprised if some shops are ripping people off for a rebuild when replacing a speed sensor is all that is needed.


Answer by Dan
Submitted on 3/29/2004
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Me too, I will never buy another Dodge I'm through..Never anything like this with a GM..Junk
1998 Dodge Grand Caravan=Lemon Tranny from the get go!


Answer by Marco
Submitted on 3/29/2004
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My 1998 Dodge, Caravan's transmission had to be rebuilt at 43,000 miles at a cost of $2300.  It seems that this is common for this type of car.  I will think twice next time I buy a dodge, caravan.


Answer by Mylove2five
Submitted on 4/3/2004
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I have a 97 Dodge Crapavan, transmission is slipping, worse when its cold outside, have to rev up engine to get it to move. There's a low sounding humming noise, been there since I bought it last year, thought it was the tires.....guess not. The Airbag light starting to come on at odd times. Ticking noise in the front end most likely near the breaks. I know I saw several recalls for specific items on this model and thats how I found this forum. Well off to continue my search and looking to dump the junk and get me a new car......this one WON'T be a dodge.


Answer by sjy506
Submitted on 4/3/2004
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Just had my transmission replaced / rebuilt on a Caravan 3.0 3 speed today, cost $1700.
Looking at the receipt seems they have put in Ford Mercon oil instead of the recommended atf +3. Guess I will be phoning up on Monday. It was Aamcom too, you would have thought they would have known better. It seems the so called experts know less then we do, just they have the tools to do the job.


Answer by Ron
Submitted on 4/19/2004
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I've owned three Caravans and have had to put transmissions in all three of them.  I won't own a fourth.


Answer by Conjurer
Submitted on 4/20/2004
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I bought a '98 Grand Caravan with about 18,000 miles on it, at 45,000 the transmission went, but I had an extended warranty. Now I am out of warranty with 115,000 miles on it.  Transmission is sending the Service Engine Signal saying there is slippage in the torque converter.  Looks like a $2,200+ repair.  From the list here I guess I should be pleased I got 70,000 out of the 2nd transmission.

The rest of the car seems solid so I will bite the bullet, but this transmission is a definite piece of crap!


Answer by Ken
Submitted on 4/28/2004
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My dad bought an 86 Caravan in 87 and he went threw Hell with that thing. i was about one we had it for nine years too. i was ten when we got rid of it. Caravans are cheaply made. My dads first engine in that thing blew up. then after that the new one that he spent 3000 dollars on it, it blew up and then he got a new one and then that blew up too. Caravans are weak and they are cheaply made. Dodge is cheap and puts out a lot of new and cool features for the car and the car itself is weak and cheap. There was a new car commercial for the 2002 Caravan. a movie i saw on it. a document. the funniest thing i saw in my life. It was advertising the new caravan and they were driving and some music was playing like all of these new car commercials. in the first take, the car overheated and the car ran into the guardrail. After that, they put anti freeze in it and thought that that was the problem and then they started it back up...After it started up (just to see if it would start) The muffler fell off and the guy got out and he left the scene and went to Chevy Commercialling studio.


Answer by 3moores
Submitted on 4/30/2004
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One thing I can say, after doing some research is don't even bother calling cottman'sfor transmission problems.  I have a 1990.  All of a sudden one day I had problems going from a stop.  Turns out I was really low on transmission fluid, which was all filled 2 months prior and shouldn't have been a problem.  We filled it up and a month later i walked outside and saw a huge red puddle under my van. it was leaking like a civ!  My husband tightened everything up and it reduced the problem to a slight drip. Only a few days later I ended up in "limp home mode" and wasn't aware i even had that feature so I though my transmission was really shot.  I did some quick research and found out that you can disconnect the battery for a few minutes and reconnect it which takes it out of "limp home mode" for free.  After that incident we realized that the van only leaked when we made a right turn.  If the wheels were straight when parked it wasn't a huge deal.  We called Cottmans and they agreed to work on it for $120 to replace seals and tighten everything.  They kept the van for 2 days!  Everything was fine for a month and I ran low on fluid again!  Knowing that I only needed the van until I got our tax return we decided to keep an eye on fluid level and drive it as is for 2 months.  In that time the leak got worse and worse (stop leak is useless) I was filling every 2 weeks, 1 week and then finally every 3 days!  



Answer by headtrip45
Submitted on 5/2/2004
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bought a used 98 caravan w/115k miles. have hardly driven it. had trouble getting into reverse yesterday and noticed the indicator was slipping back out of position. this one is a 3 speed auto/4 cyl mtr which one post here said is more durable then a 4 speed automatic. will find out i suppose. guess i've joined the duped club here too. i've had a number of chrysler products before but never had this kind of problem yet. only in fords until now. it will break my back if the trany needs replace or even repaired.


Answer by Jay
Submitted on 5/4/2004
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Our van won't reverse after only 75,000.  Taking it in for either Solenoid Pack or Tranny repair today.  I am in the club! No prob so far with my Ram 1500 Pickup, 98 and 90,000 miles.


Answer by Trina Thaboune
Submitted on 5/4/2004
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Answer by Larry
Submitted on 5/9/2004
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I own a 1998 Dodge Caravan 3.0 6 banger...No overdrive...Just turned over to 106,000 miles.  Noticed when in reverse or drive there is a noise which sounds like a squeaky pully.  Took it in to a Dodge dealership...They thought it was a flywheel pully, and it would be $500 as you have to pull off the cover down by the transmission.  Later that day after leaving the dealership with the idea of possibly getting this fixed there....It felt like someone bumped me from behind at a stop sign...But no one was there.  It did it again at the next traffic light.  And then noticed a slight slip starting out after sitting at another traffic light.  It only seems to do this when idling at a stop sign after 20 or more seconds.  Called Dodge and asked what they did..  We just looked at it.  If you want to bring it back it will be $70 to look it over more.  I said no thanks...Took it to a tranny shop and they said looks like you need a transmission...

Go figure!  Called Dodge, and of course they won't help foot the bill.
Haven't had the repair yet...Was wondering what the solenoid packs does as people have mentioned that here?


Answer by enraged
Submitted on 5/25/2004
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I have a 1997 Dodge Grand Caravan and at just a little before 100,000 miles, I lost the transmission.  I had it replaces (WITH NO HELP FROM DODGE!!) they said that there was no other compliants about it.  I know at least 3 other people that have Dailmer-Chrysler cars and they all had the same problems. Anywhere between 80,000 and 100,000 miles (with regular maintanance and oil changes), lost their transmissions too.


Answer by Mom of 5
Submitted on 6/1/2004
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My parents bought me and my kids a 98 Dodge Caravan, September 2003. The transmission went out Easter 2004, was rebuilt in May 2004, only to go out again the same month. That's why I have always bought Ford vehicles. Whew, Expedition here we come!!


Answer by mikeb
Submitted on 6/1/2004
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Maybe you guys need to insist that Dodge offer a stick shift again!  I can't really complain.  Our 95 Caravan auto 3-speed had 205K on it.   Is leaking a bit now though.


Answer by lemon
Submitted on 6/8/2004
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2000 Grand Caravan, 3L, 50,400 miles, had meticulous routine care/fluid changes.  Transmission died just last week with virtually no warning.

I was very leery of buying a Caravan because of the history of problems with their old transmissions from early/mid 1990's.  I bought this one because I believed they had fixed the problem with a new/better transmission.  I will never buy another Dodge.


Answer by tom
Submitted on 6/9/2004
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We purchased a new 1996 dodge grand caravan. The transmission went out at 99,099 miles while still under warranty, 100,000. This was a extra at the time of purchase. At 140,000 we had to have the transmission replaced again. Chrysler has a bad product, transmissions, on the market and needs to fix the existing units already sold and fix their design of their future modles. If anyone is interested in being part of a class action suite lets get one put together.


Answer by fosfate
Submitted on 6/14/2004
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Bought a 2000 caravan last december with 90,000 km.I was driving down the highway in the country,when the tranny started slipping.By the time I pulled over, I had no gears.It now has 120,000km and Im not taking this lightly.Will be talking to dealership tommorrow,and I'll tell you how I made out.7 months for 12371.35 canadian.They can suck my uknow what.


Answer by COMM114
Submitted on 6/17/2004
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Our 1997 Dodge Grand Caravan AWD (3.8L)just had its transmission fail at 116,105 miles.  Car was serviced religiously since purchased new.  I knew that the late 1980's and early 1990's Caravans had transmission problems but felt that Chrysler had addressed these problems.  I am told that the A604 and 41TE transmissions are only good for about 100,000 miles and that the transmission are too cheaply engineered and built to ever be reliable.  You think Chrysler would get tired of the call backs. Overall I really liked the van for its roominess, ride comfort, handling and fuel economy.  Now we have to decide what to do with the car given its book value of about $7500 and its repair cost of $2500.  Anyone with any great ideas??


Answer by frustrated
Submitted on 6/21/2004
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I bought a 2003 Grand Caravan 3 months ago with 20,000 miles on it and had the valve body replaced last week. Got it home (friday)and that evening the transmission started making grinding sounds when I put it in drive.  I took in back today (Monday)and they told me it was the valve body AGAIN.  Thankful it is still under warranty and bought an extended warranty.  


Answer by Family Man
Submitted on 6/23/2004
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I have a 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan, 3.0L Mitsubishi engine, 3sp auto w/overdrive.  Bought it used with 45K on the odometer; it now has 67K.  Fortunately, we haven't had any problems with the transmission - yet.  Our main problem has been a persistent oil leak somewhere at the top of the engine.  They have replaced the valve cover gasket twice and it still leaks, so it may be the head gasket (this is another common problem with Caravan engines).  

Even worse, the valve train is making a terrible racket when the engine is cold.  A friend told me it's a design flaw in the Mistubishi engine, something about easily-clogged oil ports.  I'm about to take it in *again* to be looked at.  Worse than the poor quality of the van is the terrible customer service provided by Dodge - I have vowed over and over that I will never be stupid enough to buy another Chrysler product.

And on a less important note, the two front speakers have gone out.  Small, but annoying, and certainly not something that should happen on a car with such low mileage.


Answer by steve
Submitted on 6/27/2004
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We have a 1997 Dodge Grand Caravan. Has 180,000 miles. Transmission lasted to 150,000 miles--was convinced by local tranny repair guy to have it rebuilt, cost $2200. Worked ok for a few months but then went back to the same old "jolting" between 2-3 gear, usually when going from coasting back to accelerating. Have taken it back several times but its getting bad again. now i wanna just get rid of it but its not worth anything.


Answer by misty
Submitted on 7/7/2004
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I was taking my mom to her heart doctor which is about 3 hours away from where we live when my transmission went out. I had no warning. It started making a whining sound and felt like it was stuck in low gear.  Also, it would jerk. We had to get it pulled home. Is there any way of making the dealer realize there is a problem with these transmission? If so or if anyone has any advice about my 1998 Dodge Caravan please email me at misty430@hotmail.com


Answer by Pakieser
Submitted on 7/15/2004
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I have a 1998 Grand Caravan.  My tranny went out at around 85,000 miles.  Cost me around $3000 for a complete rebuild.  The differential pin failed and shattered the transmission casing.  The guys at AAMCO said I was lucky I didn't get killed.

My advice to anyone who owns a Caravan - RUN, don't walk to the transmission shop, or sell the van.

Got to admit I love the van, and now that the tranny has an AAMCO warranty I'll hang onto in until the wheels fall off.


Answer by spunkyjo
Submitted on 7/15/2004
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My 2000 Dodge Grand Caravan's transmission went out yesterday -- no warning - had it serviced at the dealership 15,000 miles ago.  Coming back from lunch and a big thunk - thought at first I blew a tire - then the engine started whirring....  I pulled over and shut it off -- hubby came - no fluids, smoke, etc -- he started it - put it in gear and -- chunk a chuck - pieces of casing flew everywhere and a big puddle of red came out.  Shop said my differential broke and shot pieces up through the transmission -- need rebuilt one (which they had in stock) $1600 -- van has 117,000 miles on it.  Said nothing I could have done - just broke.


Answer by Nick
Submitted on 7/16/2004
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I thought I was going to ask a question rather than an answer...

A few days ago, I drove my 98 Dodge Caravan (70,000 miles) from home. 15 minutes later, it sounded like a little bump, click, and the engine seemed stopped. I pulled it over and found that the transmission case was cracked and the fluid was leaking all the way. I looked back and didn't find anything on the road which could hit my car. I called AAA service to tow it directly to a Dodge dealer nearby. I paid $3400 (fair price or what?) in total to have a new transmission replaced. I was told that it cost about $400 more to have the case replaced along with the core part since there were three holes in the case which could not be rebuild. I don¡¯t understand what happened and what¡¯s wrong with the transmission, or, could it be only the case was broken? Yes, I've never had transmission fluid changed, was it a reason to cause the problem? ¡­ Can I get some explanation from any expert?  


Answer by Winston D'Souza
Submitted on 7/20/2004
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My transmission went just after 3 years warrently period ( 55000 KM ). I wrote to Crysler canada, and they cooly said "some time these things happen and consumer has to bear the  cost". They don't know  after paying around 34000C$ for a 2000 model caravan, I ended up paying 3000C$ in a rebuild transmission. I advice not to buy Dodge Caravan as they are crappy and should be banned from manufacturing


Answer by Ryan Murphy
Submitted on 8/4/2004
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Well, I have a 2000 Dodge Grand Caravan with the 3.3 v-6.  My transmission started slipping around 70,000 miles.  Took it to the dealer because it was still under warranty, and they said I would need to pay for the transmission fluid service because it had not yet had one, but they also replaced that selenoid pack.  It is ok so far, and the van just rolled 100,000 miles.  But many other things have gone wrong with this van.  Make sure you know what you are getting into before buying a Dodge Caravan.


Answer by tornadomom
Submitted on 8/10/2004
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I have a 1997 Grand Caravan....it is in the
shop as we speak being "diagnosed"...the repair guy is someone I totally trust but I
am bracing myself for the worst.  I have
EXACTLY 146,000 on the odometer.  This is my
second Caravan...probably my last, although
I do love the van otherwise.  In the other
Caravan, I replaced the tranny at 140,000 and replace the entire engine at 151,000.
I do know that Dodge needs to address this.
I have it serviced religiously according to
manufacturers recommendations...my dad taught me that.  I am also making sure that
a neighbor guy comes with me to make sure I
do not get taken advantage of when they tell
me what's what.  I am a single mom with three kids, but I am NOT stupid...I know a
thing or two about cars and repairs...I have
taken care of these things even when I was
married to a NON mechanical person for 18 years.  I would like to know what Dodge says
about these complaints.  I can't even get through to them...


Answer by Dreadmon
Submitted on 8/11/2004
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98 Caravan, 4 cylinder, auto. Just over 100K mi. Religiously maintained. Tranny took a dump on my wife. No reverse, tried to run it to the house in forward, it started making real bad noises like something was breaking and beating itself to death, next thing I know it wouldn't move forward at all. We can't even push it (forward or reverse). Called Aamco, they said about $2k to rebuild. The vans only worth $1300 in the blue book, if it runs. $0 if not running. Nothing wrong with the engine (now). Just replaced the water pump, you have to remove nearly the whole front end of the engine to replace pump. Replaced the timing belt again, since I was in there. Other historical problems, the exhaust manifold mysteriously developed a crack and hole and had to be replaced, the electrical for the steering wheel (cruise control, horn, airbag, cassette deck, rear wiper) all stopped working. We've always had an oil leak from somewhere on the back of the head. Dodge has fixed it once, while still in warranty, I don't want to pull the whole top end to fix it, so we live with the leak, keep a pan under it in the garage, check oil every other day. I have replaced the front brake pads 4 times, rear shoes twice. Replaced so many serpentine belts, I've lost count. Looking at getting rebuilt tranny and installing myself. See if I can drive it to trade it in on a Jap something. I was trying to buy American, but the quality just isn't there.

I'm very disappointed in Dodge, they are putting out crap. We'll never buy a Chrysler product again. Back to Japaneez for us. Sad, really sad.


Answer by clubernj
Submitted on 8/16/2004
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I have a 2000 Dodge Stratues and my transmission started leaking with no warning too.  I guess that is what you get when you buy Dodge.


Answer by clubernj
Submitted on 8/16/2004
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I have a 2000 Dodge Stratues and my transmission started leaking with no warning too.  I guess that is what you get when you buy Dodge.


Answer by mommalove
Submitted on 8/20/2004
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Crap! You can add us to the list with our 00 Caravan with 65,000 miles on it. No problems until yesterday, when I noticed it winding up and whirring when I hit the accelerator. And then the gears started slipping. Today, it won't budge. Loved this van until today.


Answer by Tnewc
Submitted on 8/26/2004
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As a Mechanic (not on transmissions) Ive purchased a 1996 Town and Country Minivan for my wife. We now have found out that it is starting to stick in low gear. First All of you go and have a Regular Mechanic Run a Code check on any thing 96 and up, these cars have a seperate section of codes just for the transmission that will NOT set off a check engine lite and this route will be a lot less time and $$ than a TRANNY shop diagnostic( as they allmost ALLWAYS want to rebuild the tranny(its their job lol)). If it is like mine then some with the same problem will find a cade for a faulty L-R Solenoid (LOW and REVERSE). Tomarrow i am going to find out how bad this is going to be to replace and how much the "dealer only" part will cost. Some Other things to consider are faulty connectors from the Transmission Control Module to the Solenoid Connector and things like a well charged battery and good charging system. NOTE Dodge uses a voltage regulator in the main computer as opposed to one in the alternator. not all "no-charge" situations are faulty alternators. But the up side is a good Tech with a Snap-on Scan tool can check and test all of these things out for ya and usually ALOT cheaper (our shop charges $39.99 first hour for hook-up and diagnostics)Found mine in ten minutes. Dont wanna toot my horn yet gotta get the sucker in and working first. LOL. Just remember the guys who design these vehicles are not the ones that work on them day in and day out. and like the government they prolly go for the lowest bid/cost products. have faith and fight for your rights.


Answer by Matt
Submitted on 8/29/2004
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I have a 1997 Dodge Grand Caravan SE I bought on ebay a few months back...great van, great price. Bought van for cleaning business.....after 1 month, tranny starts slipping going into 3rd gear (usually only happens when not accelerating and is very hot...kinda BANGS into gear) Now (today) tranny starts BANGING downshifting into 2nd gear and when I let off the gas, van slows down quicker than normal....again- usually when hot outside. Fluid levels OK and 2 ASE certified mechanic friends say van was ok 1 month ago. I guess I now have to fork out close to 3 F***ing G's to rebuild the tranny. I should've bought a HONDA.


Answer by Gary
Submitted on 8/30/2004
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We have a 1997 Grand Caravan with an automatic transmission.  When winter came the mileage was around 163K.  It would take a long time to go into reverse.  I advised the wife to take it in and have the transmission fluid and transmission filter replaced.  She didn't and didn't tell me she didn't until several months later.  She called me at work to "share" with me that the car wouldn't go out of second gear and after driving five miles at 55 mph in second gear there was this burning smell.   There is no drain plug to drain the transmission fluid so I dropped the pan, got a transmission filter kit plus the liquid gasket (that thin gasket that came with the kit was a joke) and put it all back together again.  I had to tap two of the holes as the bolts had stripped the threads in the housing when it was manufactured.  Good thing the housing was aluminium as it was easy to do.  Put new fluid in and BAM it worked fine.  Until 2K later...the thing won't go into reverse and you have to hit really high rpm to get it to move forward and then it won't shift.  I think I will try replacing the speed sensor.  If that doesn't do it...do I hear junk yard?


Answer by Eric
Submitted on 9/5/2004
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My 97 Dodge Caravan has more problems then you can shake a stick at, despite sticking to a regular maintenaince program.  Transmission started slipping at 60,000kms, phantom wipers that turn themselves on anytime but when its raining, a plethera of noise and shaking issues.  Worst vehicle I have ever owned.  I will never own another Dodge/Plymouth vehicle.  These vans are a insult to any person who has ever own a quality Imported or domestic vehicle.  


Answer by Neverdodger
Submitted on 9/7/2004
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My 95 Plymouth Caravan cannot stay on the road more than on trip with out cutting off. It will start up right away and drive another mile and cut off again. These cars have notorious wiring problems stemming from the under air filter area, over the engine. The wires crack and burn up causing problems everywhere in the car.  Unfortunately I still have a torque converter part throttle unlock solenoid circuit error code # 37 which shows up on the car's computer and although major rewiring has been done, this problem will not go away.  Wonderful car, too bad I can't go anywhere with it. Chrysler/Dodge Caravans are awful!


Answer by M Miller
Submitted on 9/11/2004
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Have 140,000km's and I think the Tranni has had the biscuit. Hopefully after I changed the Tranni fluid I can dump the van. No wonder people don't buy Domestic vehicles had a jeep & also nothing but problems.
Our second vehicle is a Nissan Pathfinder and thank God,at least we have one reliable vehicle!!!!


Answer by Gina
Submitted on 9/13/2004
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My Dodge Grand Caravan 1998 tranny was serviced, we found many fine particles and pieces of metal in the pan..Took it to Aamco for a build he priced it reasonable $1700 as he thought it was not bad no codes nor issues when test driving..Came out the torque converter needed realacing, electronic modules, complete gasket set, carrier many many hard parts inside trans..$1700..seems to be acting up a bit (not sure) still in Aamco warranty..Aamco are real good folks I could recccomend them to help updating similar to recalls & such..But if Chrysler thinks this publicity does not hurt them please,,I have a new PT Cruiser which is a great vehicle I bought after whole family owning Chevy's..(40+) over the years..If they can not handle issues I will stick and go back to chevy..anyone ready for massive online petition? I am!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Chevy recalled Quad 4, many issues with customers in mind..This keeps brand loyality happy customers will return, unhappy will never for many generations to come..Think Chrysler quick its on


Answer by mr62buick
Submitted on 9/14/2004
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all chrysler front wheel drive have issue with the transmissions. If you have 80k on the car, I wouldnt be surprised if you went through 3 rebuilds by now.  Also, for trans are crap too. especially the E4OD. (large trucks f150-F350 and the big vans too. they are made to explode the converter and take all the metal through the trans. Also the mercury "unstable" and the ford "tortoise"  (sable and taurus) are made to fail too. Just type in "ford federal lawsuit in taurus transmission' in the yahoo search word and you'll see there is a failure issue.  Stay away from chrysler and fords... please... unless you want to send more mechanics children to college.


Answer by FreePom
Submitted on 9/16/2004
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Do yourself a big favor and steer clear from buying ANY Chrysler/Dodge Caravans.  My first Caravan lost its transmission at 68K...warranty repair...then the rebuild fell apart at 80-someK...came out of my hide.

I was stupid enough to roll the dice on a new 1998 Grand Caravan because I really liked the form factor/utility, but I have been screwed again...lost the trainy at 58K under extended warranty...have had van in the shop 11 times since 1998...trainy rebuild, leaking engine oil, power door lock inop, power window inop, cruise control inop, several more instances of leaking trainy lines, fittings, gaskets...

Guess what?  The Mechanics at my Dodge Dealership said "These Caravans and Jeep Cherokees Keep us (mechanics) in business"..."These engines are know to leak"

Heard this line from more than one dodge dealership's mechanics by the way...

So, in so many words the Dodge mechanics told me I was a fool to buy one of these vehicles..

And I thought maybe the Germans would clean up Chrysler's act and bring some quality to their vehicles...the mechanics siad that Daimler has pushed to be more stingy on warranty claims and has presses dealers to make the customers pay more...

Do yourself a big favor and buy a Honda Odyssy or Toyota Sienna!  


Answer by UNHAPPY
Submitted on 9/20/2004
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First time I own American car and unfortunately, it's an used 2000 Dodge Caravan with less than 50K miles. It's a worthless piece of crap. Consumers should stay away from Dodge products.


Answer by chuck strong
Submitted on 9/24/2004
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Hi everyone.
I have owened dodgesall of my life, and I have heard of all the problems.The tranny stories are true, as drivers are seeing a constant tranny problem. Well I would like to say that the caravan trannys has a distant problem. One of the main issues with this TRANSMISSION is  that the wrong fluids are being used. The only fluid that goes into these trannys are, ATF+ 3, OR ATF+4, and now there are some other kinds of fluids from chrysler, which is for the 04's, and 05,s.But needless to say always use these fluids in your van, DO NOT substitute. Sometimes we as guys will feel macho, and think we know a lot about cars, and are too kool to read the manual, and will add ,atf, dexron, or mercon to the tranny, and really think we have done something great, but has actually, put that tranny on its death bed.ATF +3, AND +4, was engineered for these trannys for superior lubrication, it has far more lubrication than the average fluid, that I mentioned earlier.So why substitute the fluid.Another real issues is that these tranny does not like to have the tires spun. INNEW ENGLAND, ITS NOT HARD TO SPIN THE TIRES IN THE SNOW, BUT THIS IS A REAL SERIOUS ISSUE. Spinning the tires, car shear the differential pin, or weaken it, and it will break on you later. Do not spin the tirer, or dog the tranny at all. Going into reverse, let the car come to a complete stop, beforeou put it into drive, as this causes problems with the gear train.  A good way to always have the right fluid on you so you dont have to buy it from a gas station is to just go to autozone, buy 3 quarts, its really inexpensive from there. Put one of the quarts, under the hood next to the battery, actually you can fit 2 there but one quart there is safer, then put the other 2 in the back, or under the seat, where the pull out tray is at.You can even do as I did with my wife was to put a milk crate in the rear, it hold car washing stuff, SPARE tranny fluid, and other stuff, like rollerblades, and baseballs. Synthetic oil is all that I use in my engine it is worth it. Evewryone has an uncle or brother that can change oil for us, for nuthin right. Well go to autozone and buy the synthetis, since it is cheaper, and have then put that in the car at the oil change, instead of getting the  12.99 deal at your local stop, and oilchange shop. Always check the fluids in the caravan, well you have free time dont you, just check the fluid level, and if needed grab the quart on the side, and fill the tranny properly, meaning do not overfill it. This causes another problem with the tranny also, just pour in a very little then check it again. Oh yeah START  the car then check the fluid in the tranny, you CANNOT check the fluyids with the engine off, only the oil for the engine with the engine off. Try some of these tips, and maybe it will help in the future. By the way I have 145,000 on my tranny, for the 98 caravan, and it still shifts good, and no unusual, problems yet, mechanic test drove, and says it pulls great :)


Answer by Julie
Submitted on 9/28/2004
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The transmission in my 97 Dodge Caravan went out after just 6 months of leasing it.  It had 105,000 miles on it.  The dealerships for the used vehicles should know something is wrong with the transmission or other parts from the person they get it from.  I've had lawyers and other people help me out on this.  I may even call the person who had the Caravan prior to me and ask them if they had any problems and if the dealer knew about it when they traded it in.  I mean, for them to put them up for sale, they have to put them under dino...right?  Something would have come up but they won't admit to it so they don't get into trouble.


Answer by Donna
Submitted on 10/4/2004
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I bought a 1997 Dodge Caravan in April 2000 for just under $20,000. It only had 40,000 kms on it at the time. No warranty, and we didn't purchase an extra warranty. Within the first year the entire brake system went. By the second year we had spent close to $2000 trying to trace an electrical problem that caused the van to stall every time we made a right hand turn (made merging onto the freeway REALLY FUN!). The motor went in January 2003 at 120,000 kms. Had a rebuilt put in (with 1 yr warranty), and THAT went this August. Had another rebuilt motor put in, and now we're just waiting for the transmission to go. Stupid piece of junk van! We have put so much money into it already we're kicking ourselves for not just buying a brand new good quality vehicle back in 2000. Sure would have been cheaper in the long run. THANKS DODGE >:-{


Answer by Therese
Submitted on 10/8/2004
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I completely agree that the Caravan is a piece of garbage. I was dumb enough to buy a 2nd 1 2002) because I was convinced I should "buy American". What a fool! My trans went out at 38k & it was less than 1 month past the 3-yr. At least my last 1 lasted until I had over 78k then just completely died w/ no warning & I was in the parking lot at work. This time I was stranded on the side of the road w/ my children. Betcha I don't buy another one!


Answer by Lord of the String
Submitted on 10/9/2004
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My 94 Grand Caravan, has 293,500 miles on it as of yesterday.  With the original 3.0 liter engine and original 4-speed transmission, I can highly recommend changing the fluid often. The trans has never been out of the van.  I change the trans fluid/filter in my driveway about every 10k miles. This works out to 2 or 3 times a year. It pays.  Shifts are as smooth as when it was new.


Answer by Lisaroo
Submitted on 10/11/2004
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My 98 Dodge Caravan (automatic) is stuck in second gear.  It has 81K miles on it, and after reading all these stories, I am afraid that it is the transmission..something I can definately not afford right now.  My sister bought the Windstar the same year and hasn't had a problem with it.  I guess I should have done the same.


Answer by Charlie
Submitted on 10/13/2004
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I too lost the transmission on my 1998 voyager on  9/29/04 at 107,573 miles. I had little warning, and immediately dropped of the van on Sunday evening, at the key drop. I was called around 9:00 Monday and was told that they couldn't even get it into reverse, the diagnosis was that it failed internally and would need to be replaced.
Needless to say I had it replaced, but will never purchase another Chrysler product again, since I previously had a 92 caravan that also blew a transmission. Twice burned, never again..


Answer by nun
Submitted on 10/21/2004
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Answer by mike family of 8
Submitted on 10/21/2004
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The transmission just went on my 1998 Dodge Caravan (160,000kms). No warning, no noise.
Seems that when I googled this on the net I found this site, very common problem.
I cannot afford a new or rebuilt one, so we are out of luck, I am writing Dodge about this....but it will probably fall on deaf ears as it is like writing Bill Gates for a computer repair.


Answer by Scott
Submitted on 10/23/2004
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Bought a 1998 3.0 new and have changed the transmission fluid 5 times since I new. Now has 109500 miles on it. Last time I had the fluid changed I had a new pan gasket changed and the tiny leak I had stopped. Has worked like a champ from day one. Also change oil every 3k and no problems with the engine. I have been told the 3.0 v6 transmission last longer than that of the 3.3 or larger. Happy owner


Answer by Corey6996
Submitted on 10/25/2004
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Hey I have had the same problems with what you people here are having with your transmissions. My van has 101,000 KM on it i bought it in july of 2004 with 97,700Km. I am now on my third transmission with this car because the second one that was in it was put in before i bought the van my radiator had a internal leak and the anti freeze got into my transmission and screwed it up for me because i had no van for a week. Now I have a Re-Built trans and a New Rad. The disadvantage is that I have a huge Credit Card bill to pay off...


Answer by 1994- 3.8L  Tranny/OD
Submitted on 10/28/2004
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I had to get here! Well Got a call from a Chevy Dealer asked me if I wanted a van for $100 and it was a trade in but had a bad tranny. Bot really excited! Paid the 100 and towed it to the nearest friend for repairs. Bought a pint of Black Velvet for him, $8 , went to NAPA auto for filter and 4 quarts of Valvoline ATF +3 total $25. Paid a guy $20 to pull the old filter and replace fliud, still no go! Called around and a guy had a 3.0 used tranny that he said would work in this van for $450. Hmmmmm! I called Pick and Pull, they wanted $2 to get in the yard and look for one, wanted $80 if they had one. The gas to get there and back, forget the time, cost me $20. So far I am out of $175. In the morning as soon as I get up, I will give it away to the first $200 dollars that hits my palm. The motor is sweet, interior sooooo soooo clean, stereo is the bomb! But after reading here all these horror stories- Halloween - I do not want to be BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOED I am so glad I found this page!


Answer by Steve Harper in Ottawa, Canada
Submitted on 10/31/2004
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Bought a '95 Grand Caravan from a dealer,
trannie went out at 120,000 km .. sure am
glad I bought the GE bumper to bumper
extended warranty.
Years later, bought a '92 Caravan privately,
trannie blew at 210,000 km. Not trying to
plug them, but Mister Transmission, for a
few hundred extra (total abt $3,000.00),
install some beefed up parts and will
warranty the thing for 3 yrs...
Just (yesterday) bought an '02, from a
dealer, but in spite if salesman assuring
me the trans problems were fixed, I told him
"no extended warranty, no deal" ... recommend
EVERYONE buying a Caravan or Grand get a good
extended warranty .. the $1,800.00 price is
cheap compared to changing a couple of
trannies in the life of the van ... BTW,
other than trans, AND THE IDLER PULLY... IT
SIEZES UP... I love the Caravan (3.3), great
performance, economy, ride, etc...


Answer by Mark
Submitted on 11/2/2004
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Our 98 Dodge Grand Caravan transmission went out at 90,000 miles, I think.  The AAMCO guys took several tries (six?) to try and repair it; they finally just dropped in a rebuilt one because they couldn't properly rebuild mine.  AAMCO blamed a bad design; I say, if you can't fix it right, then don't accept the job.  Dodge is crap. I'm buying a Honda or Toyota minivan next.  Now (120,000 miles) our Caravan's cam plug needs replaced. While you're in there you might as well get the timing belt and water pump replaced...now you're talking $1500.  And that doesn't explain why the car shut itself down suddenly, causing the power steering and brakes to go out.  Don't even think of buying Chrysler.  If you have a Caravan, sell now and get something with a low maintenance record before you spend thousands on maintaining a Caravan.


Answer by léa
Submitted on 11/3/2004
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i have a 2002 grand caravan and the transmission just went. muy milage 69391 km


Answer by VANMAN
Submitted on 11/5/2004
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I had a 1994 Caravan with the 3.3 engine and 4 speed tranny. Shortly after 100,000 miles the transmission began to slip and would not shift from second to third gear. The problem was worse in cold weather and when starting in the morning. It also would not shift into reverse until warmed up for a few minutes. I asked a friend and he recommended a product called Trans-X. I added a can of this to the transmission and the slipping stopped within 10 minutes. I had to repeat this every few thousand miles until I finally junked the vehicle at 170,000 miles. At $5.00/can it was a lot cheaper than a rebuild.


Answer by Robert
Submitted on 11/10/2004
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Our 1997 Grand Caravan 3.3L transmission just had to be rebuilt.  I suppose we're lucky that we got 140,000 miles out of it, but the cost is close to $3000.  Cheaper than a new van I guess.


Answer by DeadDodge
Submitted on 11/13/2004
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Another 1998 dead transmission--had it rebuilt @ 98k and the thing is stuck in low gear again and i am going to take it in for a diagnostic--now has 121k


Answer by John Kin
Submitted on 11/15/2004
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I have a 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan with 101,000 miles and it has been babied.  All Highway miles... Paid 29.9 (30 Grand in my book)..  

The transmission blew and it's in limp mode at this time.

Never buy another Dodge NEVER.  I had a 1999 Dodge Stratus and the head gasket blew on that with 41,000 miles..



Answer by Andrew
Submitted on 11/16/2004
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I have had 2 Caravans - '94 SE 3.0 and 4 spd trans - the trans was rebuilt just before I got it at 90k and I had it rebuilt again at 253k - sold it at 350k with the trans making that ominous whining noise. Bought a '98 LE last March - rebuilding the trans at 185k - My wife made the observation while parked at the trans shop to pick me up - all the vehicles there to be repaired were dodges (mostly caravans) and fords, the only GM's were the owner's trucks.... Hmmmm...


Answer by Peter H. Reese
Submitted on 11/21/2004
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Trany self distructs when you spin the wheels on a doge caravan. I am Facing a $3500 repare on a 2001 caravan because we spun a wheel as the brake was froze on. Just over 100000 km. No warning from the dealer or in the manual as to this flaw.


Answer by cartech78@yahoo.com
Submitted on 11/21/2004
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I am a dodge mechanic I can tell you for a fact half of these story's in here are people that dont have trannys serviced regularly.
Our they have these services done "by there mechanic" who 9 times out of 10 will put in whatever fluid is on sale like it our not.The common problems with caravan trans is speed sensors,50.00dollar part our low on fluid which will cause a delay going into gear while cold.I work at a 5 star dealer in IL I half to say I see about 4 tranny rebuilds a month come through the whole shop.


Answer by Marty
Submitted on 11/24/2004
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Just had the transmission replaced in our 1997 Grand Caravan.  I too heard several stories of people I know who had to replace the transmission in their vans, but the Caravan was the only van we could afford (not in retrospect).  I was dumb enough to think Dodge would have fixed the design after the model was out for a few years.  Cost $2000.  I guess I should dump the van or start up a transmission budget.


Answer by Doug
Submitted on 11/25/2004
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My 96 Dodge Grand Caravan just had the transmission go bad at 131,000 miles, V-6, 3.0L,dealer replaced with remanufactured transmission. He recommends having the fluids and filter changed every 30,000 miles.


Answer by FRANK
Submitted on 11/27/2004
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Answer by NC Joe
Submitted on 12/1/2004
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I have 1998 Dodge Gr Caravan and the transmission went up at 79,000 miles and the fluid had been changed by the dealer 3 times.   I serviced the hell out of this van and it is crap.

I won't ever buy Dodge again..   It's not in the servicing, the Transmission specialist in my area said they see 2 of these vans a week (same tranmissions over several different model years) ..  He said the new torque converters and all the TSBs do NOT make this an acceptable transmission.. He said one would be LUCKY to get 35,000 out of a rebuilt transmission...  He said he's seen them go 50,000 but only once..

Very depressing...  He said the Transmission is so weak in these vehicles.. He's had them where they've failed at 40,000...  He told me it's got no one thing to do with maintenance ... as my records atest...    It is a bad design - period.


Answer by jay
Submitted on 12/1/2004
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i have a 1994 dodge grand caravan AWD still running at 100,000 no prob with transmission just drive carefully
i do bi-monthly drive between atlanta & tampa still runs


Answer by Mhssez162489@hotmail.com
Submitted on 12/4/2004
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I have truly learned alot from this site. Used to be a Ford guy. Never had any problems until I threw a rod in a Ford Taurus Wagon.  Had almost 200k so was a good car.  So thinking of my family I went out and bought a 1996 Dodge Grand Caravan.  4 months later started getting a shutter just like everyone else. 3 days later,which was last week, it wouldn't shift into 2nd, reverse went and so I guess it is in the limp mode I here about. I will try to see if disconnecting the battery will work, to reset and get back to you.  Another stupid thing is I needed a second car so guess what? I bought my wife a Dodge Stratus.  I have replaced the fuel pump, it now leaks oil quite freely, and now the tranny is whinning.  I will research my future purchases. The only positive is the info I have gathered from this site. I do most of my own repairs. So have not incurred the expense. I received an estimate of 1500.oo to rebuild. Shucks sells a kit to rebuild for $139.00. I have rebuilt a tranny before, will attempt the transaxel if nec. Thank you for all of the info. Thank you again
Matthew R. Zink
Spokane WA.


Answer by Bruce
Submitted on 12/4/2004
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I have no answers to any of the problems but I to have owned two caravans and one voyager.  Both the 1994 dodge Caravan with 80K miles and the 2000 Chrysler Voyager with 100K had transmissions replaced.  Each time I had AMOCO Transmission repair mine but I bought the lifetime warranty.  The 1994 Dodge had the transmission rebuilt (4) times before I got rid of it.  I believe that it is worth every dollar ($3200)


Answer by J L Friend
Submitted on 12/6/2004
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As I read through the postings above, I see many people are replacing the factory transmission at approximately 75,000 miles.  Rookies!

Our '96 Town and Country is in the shop right now, getting it's fourth transmission.  The van has a grand total of 88,000 miles on it.  Two transmissions were lost due to the differential pin shearing off while the van was under operation.  I'm not sure what happened to the other one.  We've been lucky to not have to pay for the first two transmissions.  The first went while the van was still under it's original warranty.  Chrysler agreed to pay all but $235 for the second transmission.  Chrysler doesn't want to pay for the third, but I have not yet begun to fight!

Regardless, we won't be shopping for any more Chrysler products.    


Answer by randy
Submitted on 12/6/2004
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when you put the car in reverse and then back up . make a complete stop before slipping in drive. i have a 1992 dodge caravan and t has 249,754 miles. plus its the original trans.   i love my van and have been greatly pleased with its performance. f you are rough to your car it will break.


Answer by Neelskit
Submitted on 12/6/2004
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Have a 93 Plymouth Grand Voyager with a A604E Ultradrive...  210,000 miles... original engine, on its 5th tranny.  Moral of the story- Chrysler needs to go back to school on how to design a transmission!!


Answer by Ray
Submitted on 12/10/2004
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The transmission on my Dodge caravan  went out at 90k w/o any warning. As far as i know just about all of them have to be replaced. Great after market for Dodge.


Answer by KnowHowe
Submitted on 12/13/2004
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I have a 1999 Dodge Grand Caravan with only 55K miles and the now infamous four speed transmission and it's a real P.O.S. as the differential pin slipped out of position and wore a hole in the transmission casing. Now the only thing I can do is buy a factory "rebuilt" transmission from Dodge for $2,900 including labor. This is apparently a very common problem with the four speed and the government should force Dodge to recall these cars and fix the transmissions with the "new differential pin retainer guards" that are supposed to be installed in my new/used transmission.


Answer by Steve
Submitted on 12/15/2004
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Please...do yourselves a big favor and do not ever buy any Daimler-Chrysler products, especially any of their minivans.

I have had the transmission replaced at about 40K miles, then the tranny solenoid junction box, then the tranny pan seal, then the engine was torn apart for $1600 to fix numerous oil leaks, and now they want $400 more to fix some other hose or fitting that somehow isn't covered under any previous repairs.  In addition, the power door lock on the driver's side, the driver;s side power window, and the cruise control have all needed replaced.  I religously follow the vehicle service schedule, and then some.

The Dodge mechanics here in my local area have told me repeatadly that "The 3.3 V6 engines in the Grand Caravans leak, and there is no lasting fix.  If it wasn't for Caravans and Jeep Cherokees, half of us Dodge mechanics would be unemployed."

Another person told me he received Christmas cards and chocolates from his Dodge mechanics thanking him for his business;  one even told him he could afford to go on vacation one year due to his business (his misfortune).

Do yourself a big favor...no matter how well you like the Caravan's features and no matter what incentives they entice you with, buy a Honda or Toyota minivan instead and enjoy your ride, instead of wasting your time getting rides to and from the mechanics' shop and draining your bank account.  In the good old US of A the consumer has zero rights and is always left holding the bag...once a business has your money, you are thrown away like yesterday's newspaper.

I hope Daimler Chrysler customers all buy other company's vehicles in the fututre, and that the whole rotten outfit goes belly-up.  They deserve to be in the soup line wishing for a job!


Answer by Michiganer
Submitted on 12/19/2004
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My 1998 Chrysler Minivan'stransmission failed today. It started making a whining noise and would not go into gear last night. Today it failed and locked up completely. The van has 84000 miles so it is right in the middle of the range of failures.


Answer by Carol
Submitted on 12/20/2004
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Yep, another Dodge Caravan tranny issue here. My husband and I were coming home from Christmas shopping Saturday and the van started making a whining noise and wouldn't shift right. By the time we got home (about 6 miles) it was slipping in and out of gear really bad. Yeah, we really need this crap right now. Oh, and it's a 2000 Grand Caravan SE with just over 87K miles on it. Oh, lucky me.


Answer by Luis juliano
Submitted on 12/23/2004
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Dodge Caravan 1996 i have my trans rebuilt last year(20000K) and start linking this in not a god car sey never GM caravan i will buy Japan


Answer by Kerri
Submitted on 12/29/2004
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I can't believe all of these complaints and there are no lawsuits or recalls being spoken of. My mom's 2000 Dodge Caravan transmission went at 140,000 km's $5000 to fix it. My grandfathers 1998 Caravan transmission went the other day, not sure yet how much it will cost. My cousins transmission went and he had it repaired and did the smartest thing any caravan owner could do, GET RID OF IT!!!!! Chrysler and all those mechanics out there are making a killing off these Dodge Crapavans.


Submitted on 12/30/2004
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Answer by rufus
Submitted on 1/3/2005
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i have a 1994 dodge caravan and this is a factory defect , i removed the transmission, because fluid was leaking from behind the torque converter, i replaced the seal then i noticed it was not the seal leaking the transmission case has a small hole in it and it is located where it has a ruff place in the casting when it came out of the mold,i think they should take pay cuts and use the money to have Toyota build their transmissions for them since they can not seem to get their act together, this is my last dodge i will ever own, GM and Toyota is the only way to. i am having the hole heiliarched tomorrow , reinstalling it and it is going to an auction this week and i will cut my losses, Chrysler i hope u go bankrupt TED in GA


Answer by mysterious
Submitted on 1/6/2005
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my dad has a 1996 grand caravan se and its is at 99,000 miles i belive the tranny whent on it but it still reverse and drive but only in first it wont shift into 2 or 3 i would like know does any one know where i could get the 3-speed tranny for a 3.3l email me at mysteriousrob1@aol.com


Answer by Greg Smith
Submitted on 1/11/2005
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When I was in the market for an inexpensive minivan I compared everything available up to 1995. The cost of purchase is one thing but operating costs are another and so I bought a '94 Caravan 2.5 liter with an A-523 5-speed tranny. Naturally this van has none of the dreaded 41TE problems and averages 20mpg around town. On the highway with my family and camping gear we average 26 mpg. The 4 cylinder is just fine for all needs except perhaps a full load of adults driving around our hilly city, but in that case you just gear down and wind the thing out to 4000-4500rpm. I bought this plain-Jane silver bullet at 160000km and have 210000 on it now. I've replaced the plugs, the airfilter and changed the oil in the tranny (10W30 I think) once even though it was clean. The brakes haven't been changed since I've owned the van probably owing to the ability to gear down at stops. Being that I formerly was a mechanic, the idea of saving money by being able to change my own clutch (if ever necessary), sychro-rings and bearings in the tranny (again if ever necessary) and even re-and-re the engine if it ever decides to puke were considerations of no small amount. The 2.5l has a long history of being reliable provided they're naturally aspirated and can be rebuilt at a minimal cost if necessary; it is a basic TBI 4 banger after all. I don't have the concerns of not having the tools and manuals to attempt a automatic rebuild never mind the fact that I've been told the 41TE, or 604a as you like, cracks their center supports becoming recyclable scrap. These vans are rare and rarely wanted so they're dirt cheap to buy; case settled for me.


Answer by Joolz
Submitted on 1/12/2005
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We bought a 94 Caravan in April of 2004.  Last night on the way home from work in the middle of the night, in the middle of nowhere, the transmission quit.  No real warning and nothing my hubby could do.  Never knew about Limp Home Mode...  LOL  Had it towed to a Dealer and am waiting for them to call to say they have looked at it this morning.  We live on a very thin shoestring and we can't afford the sort of repair bill you all are mentioning.  I just hope my hubby's folks can help us out this time otherwise, we are up the creek without the proverbial paddle.  After reading all this, I guarantee this will be our last Dodge.  :(


Answer by jayforte
Submitted on 1/19/2005
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I've got a 96 w/a 3.8 and 4spd tranny.  had it rebuilt by AAMCO around 128k miles for $1500.  It lasted 38k miles and is now broken again.  AAMCO said "they cant back the parts, only the labor".  Load of crap.  Anyway - the torque converter locks up after about 10 miles.  Shifts fine till that happens.  Love the way the van sits and rides.  very comfy and practicle.  not reliable though.


Answer by I Guess I am Stupid
Submitted on 1/21/2005
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I have a 1993 Caravan with a 3.3 4 speed automatic transmission.  First transmission went at 117000 km, just past the 112000 extended warranty.  Third transmission installed 18 months later.  Now the fourth is in order.  At $2300 each I could have bought a fairly good second hand Ford, or possibly Toyota van.  But what do you do you need a van to pack all the kids around, and you have spent $25,000 plus on the thing. Go a head put the fourth transmission in to it?  Just maybe I can find some one stupid enough to buy it from me, it must have some value! It does doesn't it?  or maybe I am the stupid one for originally buying my last Dodge ever product.


Answer by Gottaluvit
Submitted on 1/23/2005
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We have a '90 grand caravan w/180k+ miles. It on transmission #3. First one went @ 45k. Also had a constant problem with ruined axle shafts. Front motor mount is flimsy piece of rubber that tears within a year or less, sometimes within a mile of the trans shop. We never notice the failure while driving, only by inspection.
Once the mount is torn, the engine moves back and forth under acceleration/deceleration. This movement changes the alignment of the trans with respect to the axles and is what eventually destroys the axles.
We believe that it is also a main factor in the destruction of the trans since the movement with a torn motor mount would be similar to a "neutral drop", or popping the clutch.The large jolt of pressure weakens and eventually blows the seals and causes premature wear of other parts as well.

We have since replaced the stock rubber mount with a solid Delrin mount. The added noise and vibration are sometimes annoying, but shifting is much more solid, decisive, and smooth. We have had this mount in over a year, and have noticed no problems with the axles or trans.

We don't yet have enough data to prove this, but the poor quality design of the front motor mount may have been one of the biggest issues with these transmissions all along.


Answer by stopcomplaining
Submitted on 1/26/2005
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All of you people need to make sure that you take care of your vans yourself.  The dealership and mechanics are out to make money and cannot be trusted.  I own a 1997 Dodge Grand Caravan 3.3L engine and it has 137K miles on it.  I have had no problem with it at all and it is very comfortable.  It is a strong and cozy van and everything is original.  I have had no problems with it because i take care of it.  My van is in perfect condition.  So just take care of it and stop complaining!!!


Answer by electronicsmanis
Submitted on 2/1/2005
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I have a 93 dodge caravan 146K miles and on my 4th 3 speed transmission.  First got water in it at 60k, my fault, drove through real deep water.  250 deductable got a rebuilt installed at dealer under insurance warranty.  That transmission died at about 92k and 250 deductable again brought the third rebuilt.  That transmission started slipping at 142k and unknown to me, it slips in first gear when vehicle exceeds gross weight.  I put a half quart of ford fluid by mistake in it and it burned up.
1480 for another rebuilt at dealer should last another 60k.  I have a 94 grand caravan which had its transmission changed at 39k for the 250 deductable.  this one is 4 speed and vehicle now has 98k on it and transmission started slipping after a 1k mile trip.  I checked fluid before leaving and now the fluid does not even hit the stick.  I guess I will have my friend (tranny man) at the chrysler dealer check it for leaks.  I hope that it fails in the next 1k miles so it will only cost 250 for the replacement.   About the 3.0L  mitubishi engine leaking oil, it is probably the cam shaft oil seals along with the front and real crank oil seal.  I had those changed and now it only burns a little through the valve guide seals.


Answer by R  Anderson
Submitted on 2/7/2005
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I'm replacing my third Caravan Transmission.  My advice:  Change fluid at recommended intervals using only the recommended fluid.  If you start noticing funny activity with the transmission, take immediately for diagnostics/repair.  If you wait, more damage can occur costing more $$$.  My first caravan, a 92 currently has 230,000 miles on it and I've replaced its trans twice (85k seems to be the mileage they go out for this year/model).  My second caravan is a '98 and I am just now experiencing problems at 125,000 miles, but that again appears to be a common point for this year/model.
We love our caravan, but are disappointed that Chrysler can't seem to get the transmission right.


Answer by cynthia harris
Submitted on 2/10/2005
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I have a 2000 Dodge Grand Caravan. The transmission went out suddenly without warning last week. $1300.00 to repair. Add me to the list!


Answer by jjc
Submitted on 2/12/2005
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Bought a 98 Voyager in 2002  Great vehicle.  
Replaced the starter and had regular maintenance and fluid changes.  It had 100,000 km when purchased and 130,000 km now.  I expect tranny problems at some point and took that into consideration when I purchased.  Advice.  Get the fluid changed with the proper ATF4 and know how to reset the module by disconnecting the battery.  Good luck!!!!


Answer by bigbirdwray@aol
Submitted on 2/12/2005
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Man the tranny is full of coolent on my 96 2.4Lt 3 speed caravan. anyone no if tranny from 83 2.2 Lt Reliant will fit the $1300. I spent on this one already hurts.


Answer by Rick
Submitted on 2/17/2005
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I bought my 1993 Grand Caravan new, the tranny went out at 69,000 miles and luckily was still under warranty. It went out again at 130,000 and I was stuck with almost a $4000 bill for a rebuilt one through Chrysler. Now at 165,000 it seems to be going out again!! I have my solution in mind. Never to buy another Chrysler Corp. product again in my life!! 6 guys I work with have owned these vans over the past 15 years and EACH one has their tranny go out!!! Unbelievable!!


Answer by Renee
Submitted on 2/21/2005
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I own a 1996 Grand Caravan.  I bought it with 77,000 miles in 1999.  In 2003, I found myself rebuilding the transmission.  The transmission lasted for about 2 months.  I went back to the guy who fixed it.  He changed the oil and the filter.  It lasted for four more months.  He then stated the tran was gone again and I needed a new one.  Put one in and now it's gone (6 months later - the length of his warranty).  I am about to donate this van to someone and get something other than a Dodge.


Answer by bauer
Submitted on 2/25/2005
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Okay, I have a 2002 Grand Caravan, had it serviced regularly for the routine things, oil changes,etc...3 weeks ago my transmission blew...I was with my 2 yr old son and it just coasted over the railroad tracks after the grinding sound. No indication or warning...just got the car back after 3 weeks of bull...different pieces of the engine needed to be delivered and then after they supposedly completed the work it was still running rough. From what I have read so far the 1998 through 2002 has had the same problems with no recall yet from Chrysler? Email me with your story and hopefully we can do something about this so there will be no more "near death" experiences with these cars. Chrysler doesn't seem to care...but they will when slapped with a lawsuit if they don't recall these! ldybug1230@aol.com....


Answer by Jane
Submitted on 2/27/2005
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I own a 1997 Caravan, bought it at less than 30,000 miles. The transmission went out completely at about 50,000 miles, again a yea and a half later, again a year after that, lost the reverse about 6 months ago, again at the end of January, and once again, last night. I have this van serviced regularly, took it to a reputable transmission shop for repairs, but was also told that Chrysler was known for putting out a piece of crap. I wish I had known before I spent all of my money buying and repairing this vehicle. Complaining to Chrysler does no good whatsoever, although I tell everyone never to purchase another one. It's hard to know what to do. I am a widow, my money is gone, now my car is down again.


Answer by Neil
Submitted on 3/3/2005
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I have two caravans; one 1996 and the other a 1998.  Both have 109k miles, both had their fluids changed every two years with no problems.  Last week March 2005, I took the 96 out and the trans started to slip so I went home to use the 98 to go to the parts store; guess what!!it started slipping too!!! No one can give me an answer as to why both gave out, but they want anywhere from 2k to3k to rebuild. Anyone have a how to book to rebuild these trans?


Answer by 3.0 litre
Submitted on 3/3/2005
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I have a 1998 grand caravan with 223000. Original tranny. Can't complain


Answer by iluvmycaravan
Submitted on 3/10/2005
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You know, I've got a 2000 Grand Carvan...3.0, OD tranny...no problems as of yet, with over 90,000 miles. I've tried to convince the wife we should buy a Ford truck, since that was my biggest concern with this van, that wonderful crappy tranny Dodge has yet to improve....The dealer told me a couple weeks ago that from '96 to '99 the trannys are garbage. In 2000 they improved them, and that the worst thing for them is to spin the tires in the snow, ice, etc...now supposedly they are better....maybe, maybe not...I can't complain...the only thing gone wrong with my van is the belt tensioner went out once. I tow a 2000 lb. pop up camper behind it, and as long as I keep it out of overdrive, all is good...also did any of you have tranny coolers? That would be a wise investment if you don't...The only thing I wish I had was a 3.8 instead of a 3.0.....good luck to all!


Answer by Meriam
Submitted on 3/11/2005
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2000 Dodge Grand Caravan. We bought it in June of 04. It has 125000km on it and yesterday the diff pin flew through the transmission casing. The service department at the dealership, Canadian Tire(major automotive shop here in Canada) and our transmission shop all said these vans are famous for this and it will usually happen to all of them eventually and there is no way to avoid it. Just a crappy product.
What is especially irritating is that we bought the Dodge to avoid the tranny problems we had with the Aerostar. The Aerostar was at least over 200K km before it went.


Answer by Tony
Submitted on 3/18/2005
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NEVER, NEVER buy Dodge Paid 31 K for a 1998 with EVERY OPTION possible.  The Transmission went up at 85,000 and I paid big bucks for the dealer to fix it right.   125,000 the Transmission blew up again.  Babied this Van and had all maintnance done at Dealer as prescribed by Manual.

It's Honda or Toyota for me from now on..  Third American Vehicle I lost big on.

Don't have enough money to continue to support Dodge and GM.


Answer by ajh1138
Submitted on 3/26/2005
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1999 Caravan...was a great vehicle until a couple of weeks ago...tranny crapped out.  The repair show took out the tranny and there was a huge HOLE in the bell housing.  You could see into the reverse gear housing thingy.

Estimated cost to get a rebuilt tranny w/labor, etc. is about $1800 - $2100.  After reading these posts, I think we'll just let it go and buy a Honda of some sort.  My '90 CRX has NEVER let me down, so I think I'll go with another car from them rather than play Detroit Roulette with another Caravan tranny.


Answer by Joe
Submitted on 3/28/2005
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Same thing happened to me today on my 1996 Grand Caravan, 105k miles.  Pulled out of the gas station, gave it about 3/4 throttle, and a big clunk sound came from under the car.  Lost all 4 forward gears and reverse.  With the car still running I put it in park and then it really started making noise.  Looking to find out what my options are from the dealer tomorrow...


Answer by NascarBabe76@aol.com
Submitted on 3/29/2005
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I am having issues with a 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan. I bought my caravan in August of 2002 with 48,348 miles on it. In March of 2003, (seven months later) I had to replace the transmission because the case broke. The van only had 53,261 miles on it. Now, two years later, same month, with 74,766 miles, the case broke in the transmission again and I am looking at almost $2000 to replace the transmission again!!! I am fighting with Chrysler Corporation because my warranty is up and I am looking to pay out of my pocket, I just returned to work part time after major surgery 3 months ago. I certainly don't have two grand for another transmission. I see other people are having this problem with dodge caravan transmissions, if you are still having these problems please contact me via email @ NascarBabe76@aol.com Thank you....


Answer by Warren
Submitted on 3/30/2005
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I own a 2000 Dodge Caravan with 51000 miles. It was never used hard or rough,but the transaxle let go last week. I'm told by the dealer that it is a common problem for the pin holding the pinion gears to wear out, let go, and usually throw metal shavings all through the transmission. It's going to cost me $2500-$3000 to replace it. I wish someone would have warned me like I'm going to warn everyone I see.    


Answer by 1998 Caravan owner
Submitted on 4/1/2005
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My 1998 Vans tranny went out while on the freeway the other day. Since we bought it from a used car lot we have no warranty. The repair man told us it will cost us $695 just to take the tranny out and find the problem Looks like we are facing $1500 or more in repairs. This really sucks. Just bought this stupid car and already have paid $2297 for it now we have to put more money in to fixing it. Oh and it shakes all over the place when driven at 65 mph. Nobody told us caravans had this problem. It is a nice van I was so happy to have it until I was stuck on the freeway. Guess I know better next time. All American cars/vans/trucks are junk. We also own a Ford Mustang that breaks ever other month. I look forward to buying a Nissan Quest


Answer by Tough Caravan Love
Submitted on 4/1/2005
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My 98 Caravan had a noise in the transmission at 84,000 miles. It was still functioning fine, but as I had bought an extended warranty that was good to 88,000 miles. The dealership decided to change the transmission. This one is making a little noise in a tough uphill climb, but seems fine otherwise. The van is great, it rides great even with 130,000 miles. I really wish Chrysler would own up to the more than obvious transmission problem. I would like to buy another Dodge Van, as we love this one. But I'm not sure I want to take a chance on reliablilty. They had better get their act together, or Honda, Toyota and Nissan will clean their clocks even further.


Answer by Sam
Submitted on 4/12/2005
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My 98 Grand Caravan died at 95,000 and we had it rebuilt for $2500.   I babied this thing and religiously changed the trans oil at the Dodge Dealer.  

These things are will die and there's nothing you can do about it.

Piece's of Crap that's what they are..


Answer by John
Submitted on 4/14/2005
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I know how you all feel. I just hit 91,000 miles on my 98 Dodge Caravan 3.3L. I was driving up a hill, felt a chatter and thought I was driving over some rough asphalt. As I came to a stop the car started to jerk. Long story short, I'm flipping a $2400.00 bill to get the tranny rebuilt. After reading some of your stories, is it worth it? When will it fail again? Should I get rid of it before it becomes a money PIT. It would seem to me that Crysler would catch a hint, that the product they are producing is of poor quality and should be removed from the market!!


Answer by Mark B.
Submitted on 4/17/2005
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Former Chrysler Tech
ASE Master
Learned all the tricks to fix 'em for good...I know what they won't tell you
Auto Trans Teacher

If you want 'em fixed for good to last for good get in touch...good quotes way less than dealers/shops

Mark Barton
422 Park Court
Goshen, IN 46528


Answer by Cam
Submitted on 4/18/2005
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I was thinking about buying a dodge caravan. Tried one out today, has 80,000 miles on it. After reading reviews I'm running scared. Maybe I'll go back and look at the Ford Windstar!


Answer by John
Submitted on 4/24/2005
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Well....I have a 1993 Grand Voyager 3.3L with 163K and the ORIGINAL transmission! My secret - I think - is the towing package (which included a tranny cooler) and the fact that I changed the fluid every 2 years and used only Dexron/Mercon fluid. Read somewhere that Chrysler ATF is lower viscosity because of a design flaw in the engine cases - the cases were made smaller and the oil passages shrunk because the trans would not fit in many vehicles. The transmission was actually a very heavy duty and reliable unit in it's original  form. I have developed a minor leak however....anybody ever try one of the many leak-stop products with any sucess?


Answer by mountain_elk
Submitted on 5/9/2005
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to all those with problems with their DC 4 speed transaxles (a604 or 41TE)...quit whining!!!
did you change the fluid with the mopar required 7176 (ATF+3)..???
did you do it as specified in the 'severe duty' portion of the owners manual???
did you buy it used and NOT change out the fluid right away ??(did the previous owner drop a pint or two of Dexron or Ford Type F in there?? that is a NO-NO!!!)
Did you tow with the thing at all??
Ever get stuck in the snow and spin the tires like there is no tomorrow??
I bet you think you know more than a Chrysler engineer and maybe threw a pint of STP tranny flush (or similar product...) in there.
Did you ever think to drop it in D from OD going up a steep hill? (Overdrive to 3rd).
Hey folks...its a light duty transaxle ina light duty car..it aint a truck...and in order for it to fit in there and cost what it does , chrysler had to make it tiny. Used properly and taken care of, it will last a long time...abused ONCE and it will bite back.
Wife is on her 2nd van...first went 142,000 miles without a problem, on her second  (1999) with 97,000 miles on the clock.
Quit yer whining!!!!!!!


Answer by jennie r. s.
Submitted on 5/10/2005
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I have a '97 grand caravan.  I had pros and cons about buying a dodge.  I am probably going to have to replace the trans in mine too.  I am having it looked at tomorrow, but I have already been told that it's probably the trans and it's probably about $2,500. to fix it.  It only has 120k and the fluids get checked and changed.  Seems to be much more than coincidence about the rumors of this happening and facts of this truely happening.  It should need to be resolved with some type of compensation for all the damage, time and money they are quiet neatly ignoring.


Answer by Eric R
Submitted on 5/16/2005
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'95 Grand Caravan - just lost the transmission at 90K miles.  It's not worth investing in... never had luck with Chryslers.  Is Dodge doing anything?


Answer by dodge87
Submitted on 5/16/2005
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Dodge Caravan auto transmission cause and cure..
... Thank you for a great forum.. Just some advice to save you some $$$..Change your trans fluid & filters (and have bands adjusted) when problems like this show up.. my 1987 auto 3-spd caravan sometimes seemed like it was slipping when starting off- was actually starting out in 2nd gear- (you can check this after coming to a full stop- then select 1st gear with column. If you feel your trans shift, it wasn't ready to start off in 1st...the same is true when it feels like it is slipping when starting off, you can check to see if it shifts to 1st with the column). I also had heard a occasional shudder, only under acceleration, around 40 MPH or so... other than these symptoms, it seemed to operate normally. Though the trans fluid was at normal level and looked pretty clean, a trans mechanic pulled the pan and found some metal around the magnet, dirty clogged filters etc. A change of trans fluid & filters and adjustment of bands completely restored operation to normal. I've had zero problems with it since. Two trans mechanics before this said I needed a rebuild. A third opinion proved otherwise!


Answer by swirly
Submitted on 5/18/2005
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I have a '98 Grand Caravan...same transmission problem.  I just sent an email to "Edwards Law Firm" that has taken legal action against Daimler Chrysler before, and asked them what can be done about our problem.  I hope to hear back soon and let you all know.  


Answer by laurie
Submitted on 5/19/2005
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To Misty 430@hotmail.com

I have had nothing but problems with my 1997 Caravan.  Not only the transmission but the engine also.  My tranny has been silent until recently, 121,000, and in the mean time, has done extensive damage to my engine.  There should be some kind of relief.  My email is larann89@hotmail.com or laurier@om4x4.com.



Answer by emma
Submitted on 5/22/2005
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thats a bummer.  I have a 1992 caravan and its been in the family since it was brand new, its got around 180,000 miles and it was doing great until i had what seemed like a minor wreck in January. We spit up almost  $2000 to fix it since that was the only major problem its ever had.  Now the transmission is going out.  It jumps when going up hill and lags when going downhill...everything else about it has been great. the trans guy looked at it and it had NO fluid in it. he said its cracked. he put new fluid in it just as a temp. fix.  it leaked out and trans guy is still backed up.  WHAT KIND OF FLUID DO I USE??


Answer by dartpower
Submitted on 5/24/2005
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You MUST use Mopar type 7176 transmission fluid. no atf+3. The only other option is Lube guard, black. 90% of the transmissions you all are describing as "going out" are only symptoms related to other issues. '93-'94 have programing problems in the body control module pertaining to rolling door locks. My Father was heavily involved w/ designing the torqueflite (simpson design) 30 years later this is my profession.fluid is pre-measured in "packs" controlled by soleniods. any deviation from spec will trip limping.Chrysler know(knew) some of these issues pre build . If You go to a good dealership you will (would have) recieved newer software. ie. 8.2. 3 speeds have governor issues clearance and grinding mainly.also mopar computers(controllers] do not like 4 digit dates ie. 1994 ect. 94 get it. how would you like to be in charge of 20 million drivers w/ different habits ,styles and such.not to be harsh , because my last 8 or so Mopar front drive vehicles require attention also. the bottom line is the public "demands" all these potential problems,automobiles are not one size fits all.If Your teenager drives ,then You drive data is miscconstrued.also cut out quick connect fitting in coolant lines these are for assembly convienence, not longevety.if 7176 fluid contacts rubber [d. side suspension ]loose ,rattle, tire wear wobble at low speed. Please do not contiue to operate these vehicles if not normal. I repair at a cost to me of about 30-50$ thanks


Answer by Bert
Submitted on 6/2/2005
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MY BATTERY DIED ON MY 1998 DODGE CARAVAN AFTER I replaced the battery I noticed that the lights on the controls for the wipers, air conditioning switch, rear window defrost & washer switch are all flashing. I disconected the battery again thinking that there may be a computer reset in doing so, this did not help as they are still flashing.
everything is working normally but with flashing lights.   I NEED HELP:  ANYONE OUT THERE HAD THIS PROBLEM?  


Answer by carrick
Submitted on 6/6/2005
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I have a 2000 Grand Caravan.  Transmission went after 74,000 Km.  Bought an extended warranty and it had just expired. Phoned customer service and they said even if my extended warranty was valid the transmission would not have been covered as the extended warranty does not cover the transmission.  My advise is to CHECK YOUR WARRANTIES.  I think DaimlerChrysler has form letters they send out as I got the same response as Winston.  I think marketplace is my next stop.


Answer by Larry
Submitted on 6/7/2005
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I see alot of complaints about the Chrysler caravan, and people asking about a recourse against Chrysler, You have a big one DO NOT BUY ANOTHER ONE. ChryslerCorp. does not care about your satisfaction, they know americans are stupid and that you will continue to buy their crappy vehicles!


Answer by eric
Submitted on 6/15/2005
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I have a 1998 grand caravan 6 cyl and a 1999 caravan 4 cyl and both have transmission problems going into the freeway gear, after I park and turn the car off and put in park, they usually shift ok for another 5 min.


Answer by ron_2000_grandcaravan
Submitted on 6/19/2005
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i have a 2000 g.c. with the 3.8 litre and
the 41te auto.
the vehicle has 52kmiles on it and we had the head gaskets replaced at 2kmiles and the
xmission valvepack leaked at 12 kmiles.
we had the 72 month-72kmile warrenty,so the dealer fixed it all.
i knew that this xmission was a very compact unit and was subject to overheat damage,so
the first thing i had done was to put the heavy duty cooling package on the van at 700 miles.this package consists of a real crossflow radiator and a small,but functional
engine oil cooler.
the stock radiator is ok for the 3.0 litre engine,but is not enough cooling for the 3.8
and 41te application.


Answer by Concerned in rural Wyoming
Submitted on 6/19/2005
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I have a 1998 Dodge Caravan.  Sometimes when I start out from a stop or go around a turn the van bucks and the speedometer jumps...

Has anyone else experience this?


Answer by Wayne
Submitted on 6/22/2005
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My advice is change the fluids and filter in the transmission on a regular basis-every 30,000 miles.  My 94 just lost the original transmission at 230,000 miles. Never had any problems. But my sister in law has a 01 Town & Country that had 2 transmissions replaced under warranty. And now at 145,000 it's shuddering and making noises.  Yes,the transmission in these Dodge vans are suspect, you may get a good one or a P.O.S. But that helps make them cheap to buy used. My family-Mom & Dad, brothers & sisters- have owned 14 of these things. The earliest that one had a major failure was 35,000 miles which was the 01 Town & Country mentioned above.  The longest ran for 330,000 miles before the engine gave out.


Answer by Troubled Caravan owner
Submitted on 6/24/2005
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My 1998 Caravan had the tranny replaced at 100,000 kms , i just had the heads off needed a total valve job $2800.00  let me tell you this is my lastChrysler ....


Answer by bige
Submitted on 6/25/2005
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i have a 96 dodge caravan yesterday the instruments started to go on and off so i cleaned the batterie and than where you push to get the air on and the back wipers on. the lights started to blink all the time is this a relay. than today when i went to work it did the same. but on the way home it went back to normal could that have been because it was 98 here yesterday


Answer by gregg
Submitted on 7/6/2005
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I am quit surprized to see so many posts saying " i had "ONLY" 100,000 MILES ON THE CAR OR VAN" MY GOD, HOW LONG DO YOU THINK THESE THINGS LAST??? 80,000 TO 100,000 MILES IS A PRETTY LONG LASTING TRANS, especially the way most people drive... hard on the start, hard on the stop. these things wont last forever.
most problums with these transmissions is the fluid they get serviced with. i have seen "dealers" even put in the wrong fluid. once this happends, and its run for a long time... there goes your trans. these 41te or old A604's are very sensitive , and MUST BE SERVICED CORRECTLY.

WWW.PHOENIXHARDPARTS.COM IS A GOOD CHEAP PLACE TO BUY, AND they have a auction on e-bay for there transmissions, or you can just paynow for one.
jaspertransmissions.com in jasper in sells complete re-mans, just look!!!  
dont pay this high price to these "rippoff punks at the dealer or trans shops
do your home work, and stop crying about paying to much BECAUSE YOU DIDNT DO YOUR HOMEWORK.


Answer by Cleveland Tom
Submitted on 7/11/2005
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Our 2000 Grand Caravan transmission went out at 51,000 miles.  Bit the bullet and had it rebuilt at a local shop.  Now every time I pass the shop, I see at least a couple Caravans sitting outside the door waiting for service.  This is my first and last Chrysler product.  How many GM or Ford transmissions problems have I had?  None.


Answer by Annette
Submitted on 7/11/2005
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I bought a used 1994 Dodge Caravan in 2004. I only had it on the road 4 mo and the transmission went out with my 3 kids in the car one was newborn.I was stranded 120 miles away from home headed to see family in another state.We live on a fixed income so the van sat in my yard for 9 mo so I can get the money together to fix it. $1300 dollars. I picked up my van from the mechanic and 3 days later I and 400 miles I was headed back home late at night in Feb with my kids in the car again and wham felt like something hit me. It was the transmission it went out again I cried. 3 days I could not believe it it took all the money I had to fix. it was under a 6 mo warranty so it got rebuilt. 5 days later I was taking it home again and I heard the squealing noise again. took it back to he mechanic and he said I am just paranoid and there is nothing wrong with it. ever since it was rebuilt it jerks into gear and now I feel nothing when it changes it is squealing and when put into drive it hesitates before jerking into drive. I have a month left on my warranty I am taking it back to be fixed he better not tell me nothing is wrong again. It is my only form of transportation and it has eaten all my money up this van sucks and if I knew of the transmission problems I would have never bought it.


Answer by IK
Submitted on 7/14/2005
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Chrysler cars are some of the best looking affordable cars on the road.  They out perform most cars in power and general maintenance.  My 95 Eagle Vision has had 3 tranny replacements but it's at 485000 km.  The fact of the matter was that it wasn't properly maintained while it was on taxi.  There are specific transmission fluids for this car.  Change the fluid every 25000 to keep it running well and the fluid level must be exact, which most mechanics have a hard time doing for some stupid reason :S.  The engine on this car is beautiful.  After half a million kilometers, I can still smoke most people on the road and the car is stock.  These cars are so technologically advanced that most mechanics don't even know how to assess their problems (even the dealer doesn't know how to assess their symptoms).  My best bet to you is buy a haynes manual for your chrysler, look at all the advanced engineering involved in the car and have some knowledge before you go and spend 5G's on a new tranny.  Either way, I bought a used tranny from a junk yard for $400 and installation was $400.  Don't rebuild twisted metal, REPLACE IT!


Answer by ENFINTY
Submitted on 7/19/2005
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Answer by jameshar
Submitted on 7/19/2005
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I have a '99 Caravan (A604 tranny) that went to limp home mode one hot afternoon.  The speedometer stopped working, but according to my wife there were no strange noises.  With 76K miles I was sure that I would see a big bill from the local repair shop.  I looked online and found http://www.allpar.com/fix/trans-testimonials.html and took some of their advice.  Replaced the Solenoid pack $120, (when I got the part, the dodge parts guys said "wow, that part has been revised 11 times in the last 4 years")but that was not the problem.  Local repair shop found that the input speed and the output speed sensors were bad.  Less than $400 and I was back on the road.  Also, it is EXTREMELY important to use  the exact ATF fluid for your transmission.  Mine is ATF+3.  Using the wrong fluid will kill it faster than not changing it all.  Hope that helps.


Answer by letad
Submitted on 7/25/2005
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I was wondering if a class action suit against Chrysler is necessary to open their eyes and make them do something. I have a 96 Town & Country purchased in 2000 and have replaced the transmission twice. When I wrote Chrysler about the problem they did absolutely nothing. They didn't even care about the matter. reading all of these comments makes me feel better to know I am not alone, but maybe if enough people band together and make a formal complaint Chrysler will be forced to correct their wrong.


Answer by Elaine Johnston
Submitted on 7/26/2005
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My 1999 Caravan All wheel drive went out yesterday at 64000 miles. It went into limp mode and we took it into the shop and was told that the computer showed that there is a problem shifting into 2nd. So now we need a new transmission. I am wondering if there is a class action suit going on and if not how many of you would like to try and start one. I have  no idea how to start one but I am very upset over this and feel that something needs to be done!  Please feel free to email me  elaine.johnston@comcast.net. Lets stand up!!


Answer by Thankful
Submitted on 7/30/2005
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Thank all of you for your posts. I am a rural carrier and have been looking into buying a right-hand drive converted Dodge Caravan for a mail van. Now that I know about the trans problem, I can definitely start looking elsewhere. Thanks again!!!


Answer by Liam
Submitted on 8/5/2005
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'97 Caravan SE, 127,000 miles We have had the leaking oil gasket ($148 x two repairs) and now the transmission cannot go into reverse.

Making a grinding noise when turning. I was able to drive home (about 1 miles distance).

Why is there no class action lawsuit about these shoddy transmissions?

Lets start one today.


And they want $66 to 'diagnose' the problem?


Answer by Liam
Submitted on 8/5/2005
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Here is a site for a class action lawsuit company. They have won a case involving Chrysler Dodge re seatbelts I think.

I have asked them to investigate starting a lawsuit against Dodge re transmissions.

Hope you will all get involved. I will let you know what happens.

regards, Liam


Answer by L. Sykes
Submitted on 8/5/2005
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I purchased a 1996 Dodge Caravan from an auction. The mileage is 152,000 and the transmission is gone. Although this is a major problem, I've invested over $3,000.00 in the a/c. Has anyone else had this problem?


Answer by Tammie
Submitted on 8/8/2005
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My boyfriends parents own a 99 caravan with 60,000 miles on it.  Without any warning at all the transmission crapped the bed.  Now they are facing $3500 in repairs for a new one and dodge says their sorry and they can't help.  After looking on line I'm finding that they are not alone.  These things obviously suck!


Answer by Shoe
Submitted on 8/9/2005
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Wow.  Reading this is really making me feel dumb.  All I had to do was do a quick internet search on "Caravan 1997 transmission junk" and I would have found out that I should not have bought a used 1997 Dodge Caravan.  But no.  I bought it and three days out of the used car lot the transmission failed.  I'm going to go hide for a while.


Answer by Christy S.
Submitted on 8/14/2005
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Big Surprise! I was told by many dealerships and by Dodge Canada that the transmission problems we have are not common. Since 9000km we have had repeated issues with our transmission. Every time I bring it to a dealership they try to tell me there is nothing wrong. Lucky for me it is still under warranty but you can bet we will be unloading this piece of crap right away. Aside from the tranny, we had the passenger side cargo door window blow out for no reason throwing glass all over our 9 month old in the back seat. The CEO of dodge says this isn't a concern of theirs since the warranty on the glass is up. NOT A CONCERN>>>what a joke. Huge safety concern to me. If anyone is interested, the CEO for Canada is Mark Norman (519) 973 2000


Answer by mickey c
Submitted on 8/31/2005
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same deal - 140,000 km, tranny blew up - $1800 - OUCH!


Answer by C-Dubs
Submitted on 9/5/2005
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I think everyone needs to realize that Dodge Grand Caravan's do have a problem with their transmissions- they do give out! I am not sure if it's necesarrily because it's a crappy product, I feel like maybe they are putting in a tranny made for a car into a vehicle that is much heavier and more demanding. My parents bought a 96 Ford Windstar and it's tranny blew exactly at 125,000- the engineer we took it to, scotty, said that Ford's had a tendency to do that.

Before you say "man I'm such a sucker" realize that no one ever said these vehicles would run perfectly for the rest of your life, especially if you dont take care of it or you drive it "hard" (heavy accel, mountainous driving, city driving, hauling lots of stuff or people). If you really want a quality product, spend the extra money on a Sienna or a Odyssey. I'm gonna get a 2000 Grand though, because I am a sucker :)


Answer by donald7150
Submitted on 9/6/2005
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My '98 has 267,000 kms and was purchased new by a friend of mine, he had no problems up until about 218,000 where he lost the trans, had it rebuilt at the dealer and sold it to me, now has 267,000 haven't had a problem yet except for a wheel bearing


Answer by OSCAR
Submitted on 9/6/2005
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I Fixed my 1996 200k Grand Caravan transmission by myself with just 40 bucks. It was stuck between second and third gear. I found out it was a gasket that I have to cut by myself. I can tell you where it is located.


Answer by lostinspace
Submitted on 9/7/2005
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comment: 98 dodge truck 46RE transmission 96k miles gone south. Bad experence at Cottmans Harrisonburg, Va. They refuse to use correct fluid and seem to known it all. Their tech has peach fuzz and when shown information from ALLPAR.COM - either can't understand or read I haven't figured out. Left before shots fired...


Answer by loren
Submitted on 9/8/2005
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Gee after reading all these comments, I feel lucky. I bought an 89 Caravan with 162000 mi on it.  I now have 225000 miles on it.  Everything including AC (converted before I bought it) still works, but seal is gone on the transmission so it leaks like a sieve, but it still works.  Mechanic says he has to take it apart to fix it. I don't think its worth it.  I'll just get another one.


Answer by Buckaroo
Submitted on 9/9/2005
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Hi guys, my good friend owns a tranny shop and says if you spin the tires you will need a transmission. He also sells rebuilds with lifetime warranty. Look at your local tranny shop instead of dealer reaplacement stuff. BTW: my 1998 tranny went at 245000km. Just put in the new one and no complaints. Do your maintenance!!!


Answer by conceptzrqt
Submitted on 9/20/2005
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AHHHHH, I guess I can not complian. I have a 91 Caravan with 173,000 miles. The trans went out and it cost me way to much to get it fixed. More than the van is worth. I have a family of 5 and my wife just lost her job...does Chrysler time this to happen at the worst time poss????? It is to bad, I love(loved) this van.


Answer by San Antonio
Submitted on 9/20/2005
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We've had our 1996 Caravan for about three years.  Since then we've also had THREE "new" rebuilt transmissions put in it by the Dodge dealership.  Naturally, under warranty the first two times, and at a cost of nearly $3400 the third time.  This past weekend, a gear broke off at midnight while we were driving to Houston with our children.  No warning at all.  Thankfully we did not get hit from behind as the van came to a complete stop and we went into "limp mode" My husband kept re-starting the van - like "rebooting" a computer to get it to an Exxon because it wouldn't even stay running for very long.  A friend towed the vehicle from Houston to the dealership in SA - Found out today that a gear sheared off and they can fix the gear at a "convenient" cost to US of $1478.40.  Don't want to forget that .40!!

I am piping mad!  Of course, this is NOW the FOURTH time in three years that the tranny has croaked, and I told the dealership that I am aware that they rebuild the transmissions from the 1996 casings which means that unless they GUT the parts - then the problems from the defective products in 1996 are STILL GOING TO EXIST.   READ THAT AGAIN FOLKS!  I don't think we should have to pay the $1400 and I told Dodge that if they need this $1400 so bad, then we will pay it, but when we buy our NEXT car in a few months, WE WILL NOT BUY A DODGE.  FOLKS, WORD OF MOUTH is the BIGGEST MARKETING TOOL there is.  USE IT!  Get out there and tell everyone how bad your experience is with DODGE and DON'T buy their products!  Do your research!  

Blessings and good luck!

The J's from San Antonio


Answer by Rick
Submitted on 9/30/2005
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1st Tranny at 72,500
2nd tranny at 143,000

V6 motor still runs good but trannys are horrible


Answer by tee tate
Submitted on 10/2/2005
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I have a 98 Dodge Caravan and the transmission went out on it. It didn't make any noise it just won't go in reverse. I would have to sit for a while before it would kick into gear then finally it gave out. I had to buy a used one for 200. And now my A/c doesnt work, my horn doesn't work and the oil leaks and there is a funny smell everytime I drive it. I believe that Dodge Caravans weren't built propertly and shouldn't be sold on the lots of dealerships.


Answer by bbqking
Submitted on 10/5/2005
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Answer by Stratford Connecticut USA
Submitted on 10/12/2005
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Just for the record.  The tranny in our 98 Grand Caravan went out in the spring of 2005 around 95,000 miles.  Cost $3,000 to be repaired by the dealer with three year warranty.  I'd like to be able to keep the van so I can stick it to the dealer when the tranny goes out again (and again) but it's now leaking fluids.  Go figure.  Dodge sucks.


Answer by Tom
Submitted on 10/16/2005
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Alright I guess I'm Part of the Club. I bought a 1990 dodge Caravan 3.3ltr with 240k on it..Drove it For About 6months..Then the Tranny Started to Act Funny..When u come to a Stop it Jerks Into 1st Gear and about 30-40mins of stop n go driving it gets Stuck in 2nd Gear..Im Thinking About Replacing the Tranny Cuz The Motor Runs A-1..Does Any One Know a Fix or shall i Just Replace


Answer by dave
Submitted on 10/27/2005
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New member of tranny failure club.  My 2000 Caravan, 3.3L, 4 speed transmission, at 120k kilometres(80k miles), stopped shifting without prior warning.  It has had 2 transmission oil flushes(20L used to do the job), no metal seen in the pan prior to failure. So this was not a lack of maintenance issue.  Two estimates- both $2500 Canadian.  Given a prior 8-visit-and still-not-fixed problem with the serpentine belt squeal, and other minor but numerous issues, this will be my 3rd and last Caravan.


Answer by Neil
Submitted on 11/6/2005
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I'm not going to buy a Dodge Caravan, thanks to all you nice people.


Answer by yankee
Submitted on 11/10/2005
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all chrysler transmissions automatics have trouble I have 2 in shop now yes I fix them 90 caravan 121,000 4 spd auto goes forward no reverse fluid changed regular with correct fluid; week design. 97 dodge ram 1500 blown trans 4spd overdrive get this 1997 only will fit no other trans will work I will rebuild myself for about $800 all new internal components. All other shops told me these transmissions are the worst please note 193,000 miles on truck so I really can't fuss.  FOR YOUR INFO   I also own a 2000 Tundra with 198,000 miles bought new it started knocking at 65,000 miles and it still knocks / had bad smoke problem took engine apart clean the sludge off of everything and opened ports put it back together no smoke runs excellant still knocks. All of these were bought new. I use the trucks for service. We own towing company so I understand your frustrations.  good luck and don't buy dodge or ford Taurus  


Answer by Robin
Submitted on 11/12/2005
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Well, I am happier than a maggot on a carcass that I stumbled on this site I can tell you as I have been looking at buying either a Caravan Grand or just a regular in the 1999-2002 range. Methinks that I will now be considering a Pontiac Voyager instead. Thanks for the heads up everyone!!


Answer by julofmaine
Submitted on 11/15/2005
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I've had my 1998 Grand Caravan for 4 years, loved it until last night, I tried to put it into gear, felt like it was stuck on something, but there was nothing around to be stuck on, I made it about 2 miles (making noises the whole time) made it into my nephews driveway(he's a mechanic) and it just stopped. He said my Tanny is gone, and just for the new one is about $2500. I still owe $7000 on it. what should I do?


Answer by Gabriel in CT
Submitted on 11/26/2005
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1998 Gran caravan Le

My view on my caravan is:
Great utility van due to is size

BUT rebuilt tranny at 32k and now at 92K it's doing the bump shift.

Time for a second rebuilt, 2 tranny's before 100k???? Just seems a bit much for a van that been maintained properly.Dodge should recall these pieces of crap!!!!!



Answer by bob
Submitted on 11/28/2005
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200 grand caravan sport - 49,000 mles and 4 transmissions Got a 10k under lemon law from Chrysler so I can keep replacing this junk. No need to replace fluid, it leaks out too fast! Sticker was 29k, now worth less than 4k. Should have bought a Honda!


Answer by Ashley
Submitted on 11/30/2005
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We bought a 1996 Dodge Caravan and have had the transmission replaced 4 times.  The first one went out at 20,000 miles.  The last one (4th) was put in 13 months ago at 63,000 miles.  We are one month off of warranty.  On Monday the Caravan started missing, jerking and not excellerating.  We had it towed in and they said the fuel pump and filter needed to be replaced at a whopping $860.00.  They just test drove it and called back stating that there is a problem with the transmission and a sensor needs to be replaced at another whopping $230.00. I actually feel lucky!   We are dumping this piece of garbage and never buying another Dodge.  I would be first in line for a class action suit against the Chrysler Corporation.  Statistics will show that their transmissions are a piece of garbage at best and yet they continue to install them in their vehicles.  


Answer by ozzy
Submitted on 12/2/2005
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I think that most Caravns with the 3.3 moter in it are the ones that go out . Mines a 3.0 and it has over 100.000 on it and it still runs great.


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Answer by Greg
Submitted on 12/9/2005
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Hello, My check engine light came on and the transmission went into limp mode (would not go past low gear).  Anyway, I did some research and found out that most of the time its a fault sensor in the tranny.  I called around to different shops and some places wanted to replace the whole tranny for about 2 grand.  I didn't buy that, I went to one place and the guy plugged in his computer and told me that it was a problem with the INPUT SPEED SENSOR.  The part was $30 and the van runs great now.  FYI - if you get an OBD II computer and plug it in to check out the check engine light code and get 0700 or 0731 or 0732, then it probably a problem with a sensor.  In my case it was the input speed sensor.  (The sensor is facing the front and is under the air intake and tranny cooling pipes.) Moral of the story:  Don't replace the tranny if it goes into LIMP MODE.  Get the sensors checked, before you even let anyone start taking anything apart.  Insist on it.


Answer by Ken R B
Submitted on 12/11/2005
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I've worked in the auto recycling industry, and maybe one in ten vans to be scrapped has a good tranny. Those with good trannies are usually collision victims, and even then sometimes these wrecked vans will have a tranny that just barely makes them move...


Answer by Double Van Man
Submitted on 12/14/2005
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After returning from a 3 hour trip, and parking it in the garage the previous evening, and with no warning, my 1994 3.8L Dodge Grand Caravan's 4 speed transmission's differential pin failed and gouged the transmission casing at 192,000km. .   Needed a rebuilt one which cost me $2880 Cdn.

Had a 1988 Voyager with a 3.0L engine; its 3 speed tranny needed fixing after 11 years and about 110,000 km. Drove it for another 2 years, after which I got rid of it due to leaking rad and engine oil.

It seems that Chrysler can't build dependable trannys or engines that don't leak oil. Otherwise they'd have a great product.


Answer by Frank
Submitted on 12/18/2005
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Answer by Steve
Submitted on 12/21/2005
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Just bought a used 1997 Dodge Grand Caravan AWD 3.8L with almost feature. It was the top if the line model I guess.

Any ways just after 2 weeks the transmission crapped out on me from just normal daily driving. I had a Dodge Intripid a few years before and the tranny crapped out too.

Dodge makes undurable engines & transmissions.

I think I'm just going to go by a Japanese van. My honda civic has lasted me over 13 years now with no problems besides the alternator dying after 10 years.


Answer by williams
Submitted on 12/21/2005
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i have an 96 dodge caravan,  and have lost tranny 3 times . it has 206 thosand  miles on it , so my total on it is 400.00$ a year. new van  cost 10.000 $ a year to buy new yearly so  thats only 400. a year in repairs verses buying a new one every year at a loss of 10,000 a year __stop complaining__ no motor work ever just maintance    


Answer by Shana/Darnell
Submitted on 12/21/2005
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Bought a 1998 Grand Caravan from a friend 111k miles coming home from work and heard a thumping noise followed by a grinding followed by the sound of water flowing from my transmission praying that the thumping noise was a flat tire, upon exiting and looking no flat. pop the hood and what do i see a pool of red got towed home and looked at transmission with better lighting only to find out there is a huge hole in the case of the transmission. going to crazy rays $75.00 for used transmission. will never ever ever ever ever buy another dodge of any sort not even a dodge ball again


Answer by top tec
Submitted on 12/24/2005
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i set here and read all the vanowners talk about how bad the transmissions are and not one person has stop to thing i have been in the repair of these transmissions for 20 years and 98 percent of the problem is custmers donot change fluid often.also this transmission is not one of the eseyer ones to diag and repair it seems the only way 98 percent of shops know how to fix them is to just rebuild it or just replace it . when some times its somthing that is much cheaper such as a sensor or wire broken. i myself have seen these transmissions with over 500.000 miles on them with lettle problems it goes back to you get what you pay for .take it to the dealer and aske questions also get another est if possible just donot settle for one because it may be the wrong one


Answer by James
Submitted on 12/27/2005
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Me too; a sucker!!!! Now what are all of us supposed to do? Keep paying for something that we can't drive?
There should be a law suit on the way!!!


Answer by Barney
Submitted on 12/28/2005
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I have a 2005 DODGE 1 ton cummins 4x4. I had the transmission replaced at 2000 miles because it jumps out of reverse and chatters in 5th and 6th gear. It is getting ready to go back in for another transmission at 8000 miles. The dealer will not do anything but replace the transmission with the same thing.


Answer by R.I.P Dodge
Submitted on 12/30/2005
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First off I have a 2000 Dodge Fuc.... car... at about 44000 miles 3 speed auto 2.4l and the trans drop dead its a shame that even A Hyundai's trans last longer then Dodge  and its not only the vans some trucks I heard  also I  guess cheaper products = more money in there pocket Had I known about the van I wouldn't of got it also in this 2000 van there some defect which they have to fix like if your horn/ air bag lights stay on/and a few others I forget but I no this cause I went in to get them fix after I got a letter from them wow you would think it be for there trans those parts I said cost about $15.00 well they can surely fix that for yea I just hope this other trans I got stays alive for awhile at least till 130K :) but thats a wish  well I might sell it but also I feel bad selling a van which I no its a trans problem with this being my first and most likely my last Dodge its sad cause Dodge is up there with the big boys like G.M.C and Ford good thing it cost me 1K for this 28k miles . used trans. not so hard to install but as for many  costly is the ? if the vans don't sell they will fix it the more peeps don't buy they will fix. Like they say G.M.C Baby...:)


Answer by bottomm
Submitted on 1/1/2006
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I have A 1996 dodge grand caravan with 170000miles on it.  It has been really great on repairs and now the tranny is starting to slip.  I really have no complaints I got my use out of it.  It was pretty reliable.  I mean it had matinence to take care of and thats it


Answer by hksimpson
Submitted on 1/4/2006
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My 1997 Dodge Caravan with the 3.3 L engine has 172,000 on the original tranny and it still works like new. Not only that, I have a hitch installed without the tow package and tow motorcycle and JetSki trailers.

I am sure there are lots of lemons, but many people do not take good care of their cars and this leads to failure...


Answer by Vic Harris
Submitted on 1/4/2006
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4 Chrysler products in the family and all 4 have new trannys. We will never buy another MOPAR product. WAY TO GO CHRYSLER. Let's make everyone in this country buy imports. Your master plan is working. Toyota this year will be #1 in the world.


Answer by Bizwiz
Submitted on 1/5/2006
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I have a 94 Grand Caravan with 200K Kms on it, 3.3 engine. Still have the original transmission, change fluid every 50K, but because of bad tranny reputation I drive it very carefully so far so good.


Answer by Smittyseng
Submitted on 1/6/2006
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I am a transmission re builder in the frankenmuth/saginaw mi area and run my own small shop from home. I am very familar with the problems these vans have and have rebuilt over 40 of them in last 5 years. They have 2 main problems,the first one is the gears,shafts and drums for overdrive,underdrive and low reverse are STAMPED SHEET METAL!!!! These drums and shafts have splines that strip off suddenly around 60-120 thousand miles depending how hard they are driven. If you have one rebuilt insist that these parts are replaced completely with NEW not re-manufactured parts (that is how I rebuild them).If parts are used that are re-manufactured they will last substantially shorter than new ones. The other problem they have is they shear off the lock pin that holds in the differential crosspin very easily,to avoid this try to NEVER spin one wheel while stuck or in the snow.My wholesalers sell a 3 $ part that helps to prevent the x-pin from breaking the lock pin,this goes in EVERY trans I rebuild,Chrysler NOW also upgrades this part as they are fully aware of what a piece of junk these transmissions are. If the x-pin comes loose on highway it usually destroys the transmission case completely and will lock your tires up sending you skidding out of control or give you a good scare. There are a few EASY to fix problems they have also that ANYONE with very minimum mechanical skills could fix. If your ever driving and speedo quits and trans goes to limp,the output sensor has went bad,it can be changed with a 13/16 box wrench from above in about 5 minutes. If you think your planetaries,shafts,drums may be wearing(they all do as mentioned earlier)you can pull this same sensor and you will see metal fuzz pieces stuck to it (it is slightly magnetic and attracts metal). When you open hood and look down at tranmission on drivers side you will find this sensor within 1 " of transmission end cover facing the backside of drivers side headlight with a 2 wire plug on it. You unplug the plug and in-screw the sensor. The best thing for transmission longevity is skip the 7176 fluid,all it "special" property is a anti-shudder additive for the torque convertor clutch. There is a aftermarket additive called LXE platinum that retails for 15$,one bottle converts ANY dexron/mercon fluid to Chrysler specs. Fully synthetic fluid with this additive in it will greatly reduce the wear that destroys these transmissions. When the case isn't destroyed I charge 1600$ to fully rebuild one of these and include other longevity upgrades not described here,Smittyseng at yahoo.com(for any one in mid Michigan area looking for further info)Smitty


Answer by shma123
Submitted on 1/7/2006
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My father-in-law and I own Dodge Caravans-1992 and 1993. Whatever happens to his van happens to mine (we live over a hundred miles apart!) and vice versa. His tranny blew and now mine shifts between neutral and drive on low speeds but is fine on the highway. Hate the van but can't afford to fix it - just waiting for the day when the other van's engine blows up because mine will be next!


Answer by Muralsby Eileen
Submitted on 1/9/2006
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I have a 1998 Dodge Caravan and the transmission went (1500$) the Mechanic said that this is a common thing and they put a little metal bracket in to repair the problem if you hear a knocking. If this small town guy is seeing it alot then its a problem that Crysler should fix. My problem could have been worse and more costly if I didnt constantly have my car checked.


Answer by okie
Submitted on 1/9/2006
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quit wineing get a chevy assholes


Answer by trans tech
Submitted on 1/14/2006
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If you are bummed about how your trans failed you should go to a transmission shop and just check out what is going on. You'll see all manufactures of car being worked on including imports. People that have trans trouble often should get a different mechanic. I have to say the older Chrysler 3spd or 4spd transaxle was vulnerable and might have at least a seal failure by 150,000 miles. When a Chrysler trans has the wrong fluid in it, due to servicing, the torque converter clutch will suffer and likely fail because of the friction co-efficient engineered into the t-conv clutch. The 3spd transaxle could be prone to seal shrinkage and/or hardening. Most of the problems with the 4spd are electrical input/output components relative to the controlling of the trans. The same type inputs and outputs are used on an engine and will fail just the same; the difference is the engine won't be blamed. The last thing I'd like to say is Daimler Chrysler Corp is fast becoming superior to all of the manufactures; no doubt due to the influence of the Daimler-Benz technologies. I know this for sure because I have until now been making steady income at a Dodge dealer doing warranty repairs on customer vehicles; now I am like the Maytag repairman without much to do, and I will need to change careers. Maybe I'll go to work for one of the other big three until they can learn to do it right.


Answer by Stratos
Submitted on 1/25/2006
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Due to increase in family members, came to my mind the idea of buying a minivan. So the question was:  which one should I buy?  
After thinking about all makes and models I decided to buy a 1993 Dodge Caravan just by appearance. Big mistake!! the transmission went out @ 105 k  I pay almost 2000 to have it rebuilt. @ 106 the driver's side axle was replaced, I paid $180 for it. a couple hundred more miles the water pump went out too,  I paid $475 to have it replaced. But that was not all, @ 118k the transmission quit going on reverse, then I decided to take it to the junk yard instead of throwing my money down the drain.
I know that in this revolving world many things will come and go. but, I'm sure on one thing: I will never buy a Dodge Again!!!!!


Answer by brian
Submitted on 1/30/2006
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I have a 98 caravan (junk)the clutches went in the tranny at 85,000. I took it out and had it rebuilt $1200.00. 20,000 miles later the tranny blew.There is something wrong with this picture.I will never own dodge again i'mbuying toyota. I hope someone from dodge reads this because you guys have a serious problem with this year and something should be done about it.DODGE SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!


Answer by allen
Submitted on 1/30/2006
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With only 100K miles, I have had major problems with batteries, leaking oil, leaking water, A/C, and now transmission. What a piece of Junk, should have bought a toyota.


Answer by Barbara Peplow
Submitted on 2/6/2006
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I had a 1986 Caravan that I finally traded-in when it hit 185,000 miles.  I never had trouble with the transmission, only the A/C.  We then bought a brand new 1997 Grand Caravan.  The transmission went out at 70,000.  It wouldn't go into any gear and had to be towed.  We had serviced this car at the dealership regularly according to schedule.  It cost $2500 to replace the transmission.  It could not be rebuilt.  The warranty on the new one was for 3 years or 36,000.  I have just hit 105,000 after 3.5 years on the new transmission and it is slipping when I go from coasting back to accelerating. I, too, was told that there weren't any other complaints about these transmissions and there were no recalls.  I love my caravan, but after reading all these problems, I am afraid to buy another one.  How do we get Chrysler to recall them?  


Answer by Nampud
Submitted on 2/7/2006
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I was really lucky, I have a 1998 Dodge Caravan and it just rolled over to 201556 and the Transmission pump started wining, I took it in and they rebuilt my Transmission for $2000.00 which in my area is cheap, it didn't just quit on me, it gave me ample warning it was going, if your Transmission goes, my advise to you is don't waste  your money on a used one, rebuild it, cheaper for the long haul, I was told once it has been rebuilt  you should never have to worry about it again because they don't install the Chrysler crap that they used when building the vehicle, the main problem with these Transmission are the "Pumps" it stops pushing the fluid through properly and things get hot, another thing is the coolers, make "Sure" they are operation at there fullest, the number one killer of any transmission it "HEAT", any mechanic will tell you that, another big killer is "Abuse", if you like spinning your tires on ice or pavement then these vans aren't for you, they have a pin in them that spin thousands RPM'sand one of these days your not going to move, this is more costly then a rebuilt due to you just busted the casing cause the pin flies out the side of the casing, now in a rebuilt as I found out they put a retaining clip on the end of this pin as well as the main pin to prevent this pin from ever flying out, the mechanic told me that if the main pin breaks the after market retainer keeps the pin in there so you still can drive fine. For the price I paid to have this done to my van in which is in very good shape is well worth the comfort of knowing I'm going to get to where I'm going now. If you would like to know more you can email me at nampud@hotmail.com


Answer by Ricardo
Submitted on 2/9/2006
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I was thinking about buying a Dodge Caravan but after reading about all the transmission problems, NO WAY!!!!

I had a 1992 Dodge Caravan I purchased new and owned for over 13 years, never spent a penny on the transmission or had a single problem or clutch adjustment (it is still fine) because.....it was the 5-speed manual transmission.

Dodge apparently had a good transmission...but in typical Detroit fashion they stopped offering it in 1993. When I purchased the Caravan you could order a tachometer for cars with automatic transmission but it was not offered with a manual transmission van?????

Apparently they enjoy selling vehicles with transmission problems as it appears after 20 years they still haven't corrected the problems with automatic transmission.


Answer by Eileen
Submitted on 2/15/2006
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My 1998 Dodge caravan w/ 117,000 miles transmission just died no warning, nuthin'  piece of s***.  Brought it in it also needed struts, tire rod ends, steering rack & gear boxes.  I guess the dodge is a true piece of garbage.  Im buying Honda or Toyota next time around.  I think when a car company fails so misserably with its major components they should be liable for repairs.  I have always changed fluids and done regular maitenance on this van.  Can anyone guess the cost of this trip to the dealer? how's $3400.00 Oh, and the switch in the steering that controls airbaglights, cruise control and horn ....Ya that went too only this was covered by dodge as there was a recall on this.  How nice of them to cover that $50.00 piece.


Answer by DAVE SCOTT
Submitted on 2/16/2006
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Answer by Leffty
Submitted on 2/17/2006
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my 1996 dodge caravan has gone for the third tranny in 125000 miles.  How can Chrysler get away with selling these doomed transmissions


Answer by George
Submitted on 2/25/2006
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I purchased a 96 Dodge Grand Caravan in 1999 for 11,500.  We purchased an extended warranty and had chronic transmission problems.  The dealer/service supposedly reconditioned the transmission several times.  When it came time to take our van on a cross-country vacation, we had to be towed 7x within the state of Oregon.  The transmission had to be replaced. The service department we took it to said that our dealer/service dept. never ordered any parts when they "reconditioned our transmission".  Our warranty had just run out at this point, but since we had taken the van in multiple times for the transmission, they did cover that expense (thankfully).  We still ended up spending about $1500 for other repairs.  Dodge caravans are notorious for chronic Transmission, A/C, and Fuel Pump failures.


Answer by t johnson
Submitted on 2/28/2006
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the problem is with the differential . the pin that holds the spider gears in place , has a pin to hold in in place it shears off and lets the pin come out , then it hits the case and knocks a hole in it fluid runs out , the van wont move because the differential is not engaged . but before this happens there is a whinning sound if you hear this have your differential looked at


Answer by Andy
Submitted on 2/28/2006
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97 Grand Caravan 3.3 transmission just went. Kablooey. That wasn't the exact sound of the failure, but it will be my reply when someone suggests that I purchase another Dodge.


Answer by moby
Submitted on 3/8/2006
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I have a 1993 dodge caravan that would not shift I put a 4oz bottle of stopslip in it and have went over 30.000k with no problem I now have 190,000 on it. you can get stopslip from www.stopslipindustries.com


Answer by caravelle van man
Submitted on 3/18/2006
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well ive had 2 caravans in life the first one was a 1990 and it was slipping like crazy, the reason i say it was funny well i didnt know that you can use a plymouth transmission in the caravan at the time but iknow now, that 1990 caravan is now known as the caravell-van lol. and the second one i am still working on it- 1991 caravan and this project is a you know what, or maybe not, lets say i have learned a few cussing and swearing words put together. well lets say this 91 will be named caranasty- caravan dynasty88, or yorkervan= chrysler newyorker88+ caravan. and thats what i found out about transmission. lol. all thanks to ALLPAR.com, thanks allpar for the comparisons of transmissions, and speed sensors, and transmission filters.


Answer by Dan  Wu
Submitted on 3/18/2006
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I am having problem with my 97 dodge caravan too, will cost $1,600 to rebuild it.


Answer by Nan
Submitted on 3/22/2006
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So, we bought a 98 Grand Caravan 6 months ago....seemed like a cream puff....guess what, the transmission went......so, if Chrysler won't address this issue, isn't that what class action suits are for?   I am NOT a lawsuit person, however, when a company is in denial and won't address an issue, there may be no other way.   We owned a Subaru once and the timing belt went and a year later we received a letter and an apology from Suburu with a CHECK inside!   And guess what, we had never even contacted them......now, there is a company that knows how to do business......I will not buy a Dodge again, but here I am at my first week of work with a borrowed car (it went on my way home after my first day of work.)   Someone warned me of the problem, but AFTER we had purchased the used van.   Since there are so many of you out there, shouldn't we ban together??????  $2-3000 for a repair for something that is NOT a routine fix in most vehicles at 98,000 is definitely NOT in my budget.   Shouldn't these companies be held accountable?????


Answer by Never Again
Submitted on 3/23/2006
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My tranny is on it's way out the door on my 2000 Grand Caravan....108,000 miles....A couple repair shops said I was driving on borrowed time. Anywhere from $1300-2200 to rebuild with the updates....The van still drives and shift ok, but made a loud whining noise while running or driving it...I guess I should be thankful it happened close to home and not while travelling....


Answer by lumpy
Submitted on 4/4/2006
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I have a question for every one of you having trouble with your transmissions.

did you faithfully have your Transmission Fluid and Filter changed at every 24,000 miles like the manual says you are supposed to?

99% of all dead transmissions I see are due to neglect and abuse.  You will not drive your car without changing the oil so why do you ignore changing the tansmission oil?

Not changing the transmission oil is neglect.  I have had 3 caravans and 2 grand caravans 1 1998 with over 260,000 miles on the origional tranny and it still shifts smooth.  Why?  I change the tranny fluid and filter every 2 years.

It's basic maintaince of your vehicle and most people refuse to do it.


Answer by TEXAS`
Submitted on 4/8/2006
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Answer by Stan
Submitted on 4/8/2006
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We have own two Dodge caravans.  The 3.0 engine is bad news and blows the head gasket at 100,000 guaranteed.  The 3.3 92 van has a great engine but the transmission has been replaced several times.  


Answer by moobear
Submitted on 4/13/2006
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Our 1989 Grand Caravan had the tranny replaced at around 125,000 miles.  Not too bad, IF it was the original tranny.  Not sure, because we bought it shortly after the new one was installed and have no prior maintenance history for the van.  Now, three years later, the tranny has gone out again.  An ever-intensifying loud whirring noise and some rather large metal shavings in the pan were the main symptoms.  Unfortunately, this all happened just three weeks AFTER the tranny's 3 year/50,000 mile extended warranty expired.  Though there were still 17,000 miles left on the warranty, the 3 year provision ended it.  The new tranny only made it 33,000 miles before giving up the mechanical ghost.  So much for Dodge replacement parts.  After hearing about the downright scary history of Chrysler Corp's mini-van transmissions (and reading the posts in this forum!), our plans to purchase a late model Caravan or Voyager are history.  We're now researching Chevy and Ford models.  Maybe someday, if Chrysler ever openly recognizes, admits and corrects their long standing tranny problems, we'll just might give them another look.


Answer by Jim
Submitted on 4/23/2006
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I have had two(1992&1996)minivans from crysler. The 92 had the tranny go at 65000, it was covered under the then standard 7/70 warranty. The 96 tranny went while going up an incline about 100 miles from home. Could only run in limp mode and the speedometer still works. Took it in and the shop consulted with a tranny shop across river in Canada and they said it needed to be rebuilt without looking at it. I am wondering about the solenoid pack or sensors. If anyone can help me I would really appreciate it. Also if anyone could let me know it there is a recall or a class action suit on these trannies.    jafabc@yahoo.com


Answer by mom of 6
Submitted on 4/24/2006
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Our '98 Grand Caravan has been clunking into gear for quite some time and when we try to pass cars and are pushing hard on the accelerator, it gets stuck in gear and we have to pull over to get it to come back down.

It has over 200,000 miles on it and is on its 2nd engine. The engine died because of lack of oil, not because it was a bad engine.

As far as I know we have never serviced the van for the transmission fluid and filter. And if we have, it's been so long that my husband didn't even know there was a transmission filter!

I would not buy another Dodge. Too many problems with this puppy in the 8 years we’ve had it!


Answer by Mista man
Submitted on 4/26/2006
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Dood, the tranny on my 3.0 96 Crappyvan, Er, um, I mean, "Caravan" went out at like 150,000 miles or so and gave us heck around 100,000. I had it replaced and it worked fine for another 80,000 miles or so. It started acting up around 300,000 and pretty much died at 375,000. Great durable van other than the tranny. It will now cost more to fix than it is worth. I feel a class action law suit is in order. Email me if you are interested.


Answer by mista man
Submitted on 4/26/2006
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Tom, I'm with you about the class action law suit. Have you ever seen that movie fight club? Basically, the maufacturer will only do a recal on a vehicle if the price of the recal exceeds the price of the lawsuits that have been filed. Even if the lawsuits are for wrongfull death! Pretty much, if someone wants to take Daimler-Chrysler to court and go through all that time/effort just for their transmission, it may not even be worth it. Even if they did win, its still gonna b cheaper for the manufacturer to come out of pocket for that lawsuit than to do a recal. THATS WHY US ANGRY CRAPPYVAN OWNERS SHOULD FILE A CLASS ACTION LAW SUIT!!! If the Caravan owners won, they would send out as notice to all owners stating that they may be (and most likely are) eligible for compensation. That would most likely cause Daimler-Chrysler to use a more reliable tranny. Hey, it may be a great van, but if its gonna sh*t on me every 100,000 miles, I'd much rather buy a Honda Oddessy thats easily going to last me twice as long without any problems. I know there are a lot of defective engines and/or transmissions on many different makes and models out there but has anyone filed a law suit and won? Are there any Lawyers out there who know anything about the details? I'm sure there are tens of thousands of angry Caravan owners out there who would love to testify. Haha.


Answer by roompa
Submitted on 5/8/2006
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Folks remember that used vehicles typically NEVER have the transmission fluid and filter replaced every 30,000 miles like it is supposed to happen in the Caravan.

The lame fluid replace that they do through the fill tube is a waste of money for fools that know nothing about cars.  Get the pan dropped, have that filter replaced and the RIGHT fluid installed.  Most shops will screw up your tranny by putting in the wrong stuff.  ATF+3 and ATF+4 for caravans (depends on year, find out WHAT y ou are supposed to have and ask the monkeys what is supposed to be in it, if they answer wrong go elsewhere.)

Caravans have weak transmissions. with proper care (Yes you have to spend lots of $$$ on maintaince of a car kids!) you can easily get 200K out of a caravan tranny.  That means a yearly Fluid and filter on that transmission (or every 2 years of you drive it light.)

If they cant prove that they did that on the used vehicle or you are not doing it then the transmission will fail.


Answer by trayford
Submitted on 5/14/2006
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98 caravan 3.3 engine light went on tranny wont shift into 3rd and 4th " limp mode?" going on my second tranny, i guess maybe 3rd,


Answer by Kv
Submitted on 5/19/2006
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I have a 1997 grand caravan. drove for 95k miles. One day my wife drove it to work and the transmission fail on the high way. It would shift from 3rd to 4th. We took it to rebuilt at The Transmission Store. The transmission NEVER be the same since that. It will work for a few days and quite work for a few weeks. I took it back to The Transmission Store every week after that and they just doesn't want to do any thing about it.

I hate this car so much, I just want to get rid of it. I can't stand this Dodge things after I've talk to several shops & heard from these people. I'll never buy a Dodge again.


Answer by fordnut29
Submitted on 5/28/2006
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I have recently purchased a 2003 Dodge Grand Caravan with 55,000 miles, I have had it in 3 times now for shifting problems, each time it's a little different, the keep relearning the shifting computer but only temporarily fixes the problem. I bought this so I could have a vehicle that wouldn't need to be worked on every two months. Guess I was wrong.


Answer by jen
Submitted on 6/1/2006
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I have a dodge grand caravan and a dodge caravan. Ive replaced the tranny on the 94 and now need to on the 98 after owning it for 6 months. I had a warranty that only covered 12000 miles i drove 14000 - the dealer said too bad. I am taking them to court - cant hurt.


Answer by JR
Submitted on 6/5/2006
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Hey, why not join the column of Caravan crap. After reading these testimonials, my '97 is now in the shop on it's second rebuild @ 176K. If I can get a couple more years out of it, GONE- unless I burn the junk first!


Answer by Kelly
Submitted on 6/9/2006
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I was driving home from work yesterday and suddenly it felt like I had run something over, I heard a loud bang, crash, hiss and marble sounds. transmissions fluid everywhere. What a mess. Three days ago, I had it in to my mechanic to find the occasional bang bang noise that had been only occurring for 2 weeks,not even once a day for 2 seconds.  But he couldn't find it, of course. Regularly  maintained with brand name products. Just topped up fluids last wknd. I don't know what else I could have done. Now a rebuild is going to cost me $2500. plus tx. and a week without a vehicle to get to work. I didn't get home till 9:45 pm waiting since 5:30 for CAA. Long day.


Answer by Theripper_2
Submitted on 6/10/2006
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I've been totally Screwed on my Dodge 1500 Ram 4x4.  
The Transmission:  I've had it in the shop several times before the warrenty ran out and it craped out on me at 85037 miles...."Imagine that"!!  The Ram 1500s have a known problem...I see at least 7 or 8 in my little town that are "Parked" due to Trany Problems....This was my First and my "LAST" Dodge.....

Front End:
I've had the whole Front end replaced twice while under warrenty.....of course the most expensive parts wern't covered (Out of pocket expense)

Brakes Lock up on the Discs and won't release...changed the calipers both sides twice....What a Rip

Screw Dodge....!!!!


Answer by Greg ($1200 annual maintenance requirement for Chrysler product)
Submitted on 6/17/2006
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Just spent $2700 to get 1998 Grand Voyager, 3.3L V6 transmission rebuilt (120K miles).  Vehicle eats $1500 annually in engine related problems.  Has left my wife stranded 5 times. (Chevy we owned for 10 years prior never left us stranded) Will never buy Chrysler again.  I have 2 teenage kids.  They've witnessed the annual requirement and are convinced to never, ever by Chrysler products.  It's the only one I've every owned, and will be my last.  The best bet is to spread the word and convince others to NOT BUY CHRYSLER PRODUCTS!!  It's the only message the manufacturers ever listen too!! Your kids future Dollars speak!!


Answer by Wayne MacLean
Submitted on 6/20/2006
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Just bought our third Caravan.  The first was a 1990 Caravan, 3.0L, four years old when we bought it.  After over 300,000 km was still running well but did smoke alittle when we laid it up after buying a 1991 AWD Grand Caravan.  So far, it is still serving us well,as is our 1989 Dodge 1/2 ton 4x4.  I quess we're one of a very few owners without trouble.


Answer by Alden
Submitted on 7/1/2006
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My wife's 1998 Caravan had 60,350 miles on and transmission went out. No warning. Our mechanic said they had a problem in early 1990's, however, problem had been solved. So much for that answer?


Answer by carlitros
Submitted on 7/4/2006
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I own a 1998 Dodge grand caravan and  we had to rebuild the transmission at 90, 000 miles.   Not happy about it. You are right Caravans and Voyagers have a bad problem with transmissions.


Answer by Harvey D
Submitted on 7/4/2006
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My 93 Caravan just crossed the 150,000 mark.   Most of these miles were stop and go city driving. (Chicago) It has recently developed a light single tap or knock in the trans when starting from dead stop or on rapid deceleration.  Doesn't do it every time.  Still shifts ok.  It's definitely a trans noise, not CV or steering.  Original engine and trans.  No major problems with this vehicle before.  Biggest repairs in 13+ years have been a fuel pump, a radiator and CVJs.  Small amount of rust just beginning to show at front of rear wheel wells.  Original owner.  Will buy another if this one ever dies.


Answer by ASMOOTHER1
Submitted on 7/7/2006
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I was just looking to trade in my 1997 Ford Explorer which has had no problems and 145K on it for a 1998 dodge caravan with 106k on it I noticed a squealing noise which the dealer assured me was a stopped up filter they will fix it and i can pick it up tomorrow.Well good thing I decided to do some research after hearing all these horror stories I'll be sticking with old trusty.


Answer by Rick  Y.
Submitted on 7/8/2006
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Answer by oneeye
Submitted on 7/11/2006
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Good experience with Van - I bought a '97 Dodge Grand Caravan (ES model with trailer towing package with oil-tranny fluid cooler, etc.) new. Have 210,000 km. on it. No major problems. Have changed tranny & rad fluid each 2 years since new. Plan to buy new 2006 G/C now & use the '97 in the Winter.


Answer by Keith
Submitted on 7/11/2006
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My experience was nothing but BAD with my 91 Caravan AWD. After replacing the tranmission, engine mounts, rear axles, drive shaft to find a roaring noise, oh yes, all tires were changes 2x a 1st year apprentice disconnected a plastic tube that engages the rear wheel drive when needed. $12,000 cost to Chrysler for a ten dollar part. AND THEN I traded the van with the transmission going for the 3rd time. I would need some heavy convincing to buy another.


Answer by Dodge the dodge
Submitted on 7/14/2006
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This is too late for you poor guys. Could it be more clearer that "rebuild transmissions(1000-4000 Dollars)" just might be same ass giving a little blow in to a stucked pipe or something like that.

Today there are no professionals like those who are takeing the money. Your money too.


Answer by DaveC
Submitted on 7/15/2006
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I had my '97 Caravan with the V6 rebuilt at 110,000 miles. They also changed the Solenoid pack. Cost about 2300 bucks at the dealer. They told me it was a high mileage vehicle.  They saved me a lot of money with those words though, and kept me from getting the wife a Jeep Liberty.  We got her a Honda CRV.  Whew.


Answer by blackzebra
Submitted on 7/20/2006
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problem 2000 dodge caravan transmission,pin comes out and destroys casing ,common problem, Dodge as come out with a new plate to go over pin to keep it in place check with your local mechanics or if purchasing a rebuilt make sure the plate is in place or problem will reoccur


Answer by Al
Submitted on 7/24/2006
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Gee! You guys are lucky. My 97 Caravan has gone through 5 transmissions. These transmissions are pure junk. 1st one at 83,000. 2nd one under warrenty 12,000 miles later. That one didn't even make it out of the dealer's shop. They couldn't get it in reverse to get it off the lift. 3rd one 0 miles. 4th one rebuilt by Amco. 30,000 miles and it is acting up. Went into limp home mode and overheated.


Answer by keyzcan
Submitted on 7/25/2006
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i never see any answers here but here goes, my caravan make a whining noise and doesn't go into gear most times, slips outta gear, im reading all this transmission crap about the A604 whats up with that dodge buck up and fix this prob it seems its an ongoing thing, the rich get richer and we keep fitting the bill thx alot richy rich


Answer by abf
Submitted on 8/12/2006
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Given the problems published above, is it possible to change the automatic for a manual transmission?


Answer by HeartlandCupie
Submitted on 8/13/2006
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This is not really an answer. More like a union of souls. I just bought a 1994 Dodge Caravan. (buyhere payhere). I had it out an hour when the transmission stopped shifting.
I have had it flushed with new filters etc, 3times still same old high pitched whining from tranny and sluggish, hard shifting. The faster I go the louder the whine gets. The car lots blames the trans people they bought it from, the tranny blame the garage who put it in. Im stuck in the middle. WHERE ARE YOU
TO HELP DODGE? Since I was foolish enough to buy a Dodge product Im stuck with 11 more payments. But, I will never buy Dodge agian.
We have to buy another trans payday...there goes payday!


Answer by Brijesh Patel
Submitted on 8/14/2006
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my 1998 dodge caravans transmission went out at onli 40,000km. its known that the company had problems with this matter with thses makes and models


Answer by brendhan
Submitted on 8/14/2006
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i bought a 1995 caravan, 3.0litre, 3 speed no overdrive about four and a half yrs. ago. paid about $7800.00 after taxes and financing fees. It had about 60.000 thousand kms. (36.000 miles) it now has 270.000 (161.000 miles) the only problem with the trans. was a big leak from the inspection cover when you shut off the van. it would leak like crazy for about ten min. and then stop! (but it would lose about a litre of fluid!) i pulled the trans, replaced the pump housing gasket, o-ring and seal, no more leaks! still works great! I have to admit i dont keep up on regular fluid changes and my wife and i drive the wheels off this thing, but i know its a matter of time. I am a fourth year automotive apprentice who has moved on to aviation and does not like working on vehicles during my spare time, but i know with this van im most likely going to be busy! and as far as oil leaks, look at the cam seals first, then the head gaskets and also the valve cover gaskets!


Answer by busybees
Submitted on 8/14/2006
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My transmission just went out on my 1998 Dodge van.  No warning, just all of the sudden wouldn't go forwards or backwards.  Seems like every time I turn around it is something else with that car.  Not long again it was a terrible oil leak, then the windows and so on and so on.  It only has 60,000 miles on it and they are easy not hard miles.  It has also been well taken care of.  I''ve put so much money into repairs I have to keep it.  I will not by another Dodge of any kind again.  I agree with a previous statement in this case thats what you get when you by American in this case.  Dodge needs to make things right.  In there case the customer is never the king or queen just the poor sap who bought their brand.  No more Dodge for me.  


Answer by Russ
Submitted on 8/17/2006
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I work for dodge and we are instructed to put faulty parts in your vans to creat costumer come back and earn more money on the vans than we sell them for.


Answer by torcvic
Submitted on 8/19/2006
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I have a 1996 Dodge caravan 3.3L, and i'mon my second transmission already..now I'm leaking plenty of oil that I might need a third one. This Van is a piece of crap. No wonder people are buying Japanese cars this days.


Answer by ali alaw
Submitted on 8/31/2006
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i get Dodge Caravan...19996  it was 9 years had been used on my side /  now i get problem with gear shifting  it reached   almost max  of pointer speed no shifting  , computer exam said turbine speed sensor  error it was replaced by new one still not solved   my mail xxx120sa@yahoo.com


Answer by JR
Submitted on 9/5/2006
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My 2000 Grand Caravan:  First tranny went at 89,0000 miles and the Factory Rebuilt met the same fate with only 40,000 mile.  The rebuilt had a 3 year 36,000 warranty.  It was two year old to the day and had 40,000 mile.  Once again Chrysler said SOL.  At what point does the government push for a recall.  Maybe it's time to get a fancy lawer for a class action!


Answer by Jed
Submitted on 9/7/2006
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My 93 Grand Caravan had limp-mode-itis for a few years, starting at about 150,000 miles. It would be ok if I shut the engine off. Recently this would not help, and I was told that the sensor pack, or whatever it's called, needed replacing at a cost of $357. A few weeks later the transmission (auto with overdrive) slipped and would not go into gear. It will drive for a minute or two in gear and then just slip out of gear. It has 178,000 miles so I guess I am luckier than most Caravan owners. But it is a 93 and although otherwise in good shape, and I wonder if it is worth fixing, since the value of the vehicle is not more than $2,000, the cost of repair. And repairs don't seem to last on these transmissions, once they go.


Answer by Bill B- Cincinnati
Submitted on 9/9/2006
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Wow, caravan bashing! I personally have put my 95 3.0l, 3-speed through hell & back, it has 130k, and I have towed a 3000lb + pop-up camper through the smokies to orlando 7 times. Now after all of the abuse the tranny is starting to have problems upshifting to third. The mitsubishi engine is a beast. If I hadn't towed the camper I don't think I would have had any trouble.


Answer by cunokyle
Submitted on 9/13/2006
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We have a 1998 Dodge Carvan that just turned 200,000 miles. It has the original tranny and we noticed a few months back that it was acting up. Did a tranny fluid flush/change and filter change as well and noticed a lot of metal chunks and shavings in the pan.

Well, this morning my wife was taking it to pick up the kids and it went out.

We will not be buying any Dodge product again.


Answer by Rippie
Submitted on 9/14/2006
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Re: Code 41 Alternator field control circuit open or shorted. (phrases for brevity) Had this problem last week and it began with the engine "bumping", hesitating for a split second traveling on interstate at 70 mph. At first suspected trans--shifting ranges, overdrive, etc. At times, slower speeds, trans would go into "limp home" mode-running in 2nd gear/range, which would clear when stopping, turn ignition off and restart, shifting returned to normal till next episode. Found some information about retraining/programing trans control unit/module by disconnecting battery momentarily & reconnect then driving steady through ranges to 55 mph approx. 15 to 20 times from a dead start & 5 down shifts below 25 mph plus 5 down shifts above 25 mph (from 3rd to 2nd ,etc.) Did this and seem to run good next 100 miles. ( In retrospect this shifting and rpm probably(?) changed the ambient condition or temp. of alternator affecting slip ring brush contact. See below) Next morning "bucking and hesitating" again, at low speed. After warm up, smoothed out a bit. Begin to get "check trans" along with "voltage improper" at different times on clock/info console. During a “hard bump”,"hiccup", slightly longer hesitation, noticed the clock/info console switch off, like it was initially powering up again. Separate from this, also noticed continuous static noise from radio speaker during this trouble code 41. The static sequence increased at a rpm rate, but not the same as engine rpm or trans rpm, but seemed to be a rate of its own, slow rise, slow fall. Believed to be the field current rate coming from the PCM controlling field current voltage. Possibly from slip ring brushes. See below. The voltage regulator/computer is integrated in one unit. ( A sticker comes with the alternator stating that “the field current voltage is controlled by the computer”.)

With a consistent code 41, took alternator off and tested at two different O'reilly auto parts. Tested good both times. Still suspecting alternator, (approx. 110 thousand miles on it) took it to auto zone---tested good, 14.0- + volts output. Then next morning took alternator cover off--removed slip ring brushes and holder. FINALLY---found problem. The brushes were worn to limit. One brush moved approx. 1/16 inch and the other one was stuck, both just lightly touching slip rings of rotor. O'Reilly ordered in a new 120 amp alternator (1 hr 30 mins) When I installed it ALL PROBLEMS and codes disappeared--(except code 12-battery recently disconnected). Conclusion: Believed to be that the alternator field control circuit was momentarily opened (split second) due to the wear limit on the slip ring brushes. This may have triggered a "loss of power-voltage" to all engine sensors/components/injectors,etc. Maybe ASD, Auto-shut down relay activated(?) or field current voltage switching from alternator to battery. (the alternator field initially "turns on" with ignition key current from battery then switches to alternator-voltage regulator for field current after "starting" re: how alternator works, Internet.) Possibly this caused a "hiccup". Actual cause not known but this "hiccup" caused "all kinds of problems" pointing to trans, shift problems, "limp home" mode (running in 2nd gear/range). The test machines at auto parts would put a heavy load and or heavy sense/field current through slip ring brushes to "start alternator" therefore tested good. But under certain conditions would not work under small currents from PCM/voltage regulator in car. (Chrysler 3.3L '90) Suspect a lot of transmissions have been worked on THAT MAY ALSO HAVE "NEW ALTERNATORS" (????) . Car runs great and actually engine seems to run better/stronger. Hope this experience may help others. Al


Answer by Jerry Wachowiak
Submitted on 9/29/2006
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We have a 98 GC Se.We had the tranny go out at 92K. $3,000 later and 49K miles we need it replaced again. We have also had Dodge repair claim the battery died. I was told by other Dodger owners it was a starter problem and was replaced under warranty. The Dodge Dealer claimed there was no such problem. Dodge and electrical problems are abound.


Answer by Rippie
Submitted on 10/5/2006
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Limp Home Mode may not be transmission problem in some cases. At first thought there was a problem with trans.  

TRANSMISSION PROBLEM??...NOT REALLY!--MY EXPERIENCE     '90 Chrysler 3.3L                                     Re: Code 41 Alternator field control circuit open or shorted. (phrases for brevity) Had this problem last week and it began with the engine hesitating, "hiccup", for a split second traveling on interstate at 70 mph. At first suspected trans--shifting ranges, overdrive, etc. At times, slower speeds, trans would go into "limp home mode"--running in 2nd gear/range, which would clear when stopping, turn ignition off and restart, shifting returned to normal till next episode. Found some information, details Chrysler TSB-18-24-95, about retraining/programing trans control unit/module by disconnecting battery momentarily & reconnect then driving steady through ranges to 55 mph approx. 15 to 20 times from a dead start & 5 down shifts below 25 mph plus 5 down shifts above 25 mph (from 3rd to 2nd ,etc.) Did this and seem to run good next 100 miles. ( In retrospect, this shifting and rpm probably(?) changed the ambient condition or temp. of alternator affecting slip ring brush contact. See below) Next morning "bucking and hesitating" again, at low speed. After warm up, smoothed out a bit. Begin to get "check trans" along with "voltage improper" at different times on clock/info console. During a “hard bump”,"hiccup", slightly longer hesitation, noticed the clock/info console switch off, like it was initially powering up again. Separate from this, also noticed continuous static noise from radio speaker during this trouble code 41. The static sequence increased at a rpm rate, but not the same as engine rpm or trans rpm, but seemed to be a rate of its own, slow rise, slow fall. Believed to be the field current rate coming from the PCM  controlling field current voltage. Suspect the static was due to poor or weak contact of slip ring brushes. See below. The voltage regulator/computer is integrated in one unit. ( A sticker comes with the alternator-- “EXTERNALLY REGULATED this unit is regulated by the computer”.)

With a consistent code 41, removed alternator and tested at two different O'reillyauto parts. Tested good both times. Still suspecting alternator, (approx. 110 thousand miles on it) took it to auto zone---tested good, 14.0- + volts output. Then next morning took alternator cover off--removed slip ring brushes and holder. FINALLY---found problem. The brushes were worn to limit. One brush moved approx. 1/16 inch and the other one was stuck, both just lightly touching slip rings of rotor. O'Reillyordered in a new 120 amp alternator (1 hr 30 mins). When I installed it ALL PROBLEMS and codes disappeared--(except code 12-battery recently disconnected). Conclusion: Believed to be that the alternator field control circuit was momentarily opened (split second) due to the wear limit on the slip ring brushes. This may have triggered a "loss of power-voltage" to all engine sensors/components/injectors,etc. Maybe ASD, Auto-shut down relay activated(?) or field current voltage switching from alternator regulator to battery. (the alternator field initially "turns on" with ignition key current from battery then switches to alternator-voltage regulator for field current after "starting" re: how alternator works, Internet.) Possibly this caused a "hiccup". Actual cause not known but this "hiccup" caused "all kinds of problems" pointing to trans, shift problems, "limp home mode" (running in 2nd gear/range). The test machines at auto parts would put a heavy load and or heavy sense/field current through slip ring brushes to "start alternator" therefore tested good. But under certain conditions would not work under small currents from PCM/voltage regulator in car. (Chrysler 3.3L '90) Suspect some vehicles with these transmission symptoms have been worked on, THAT ENDED UP WITH "NEW ALTERNATORS" (????) . Car runs great and actually engine seems to run better/stronger. Hope this experience may help others. Al


Answer by mitch
Submitted on 10/11/2006
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I have a 2002 Dodge Caravan. The transmission started to go at about 68,000 miles. It started out as a low whinning sound. At 71,000 the entire transmission was fried. To have my transmission replaced cost me $2,200.00 out of my own pocket. I will never buy a Dodge product again. There needs to be a lawsuit placed on this auto company FAST.


Answer by Chris
Submitted on 10/19/2006
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My 98 Dodge Caravan dropped its first transmission with 8,000 miles on it. The second with 62,000 miles (luckily still under extended warranty). It just dropped its third at 98,000 miles.


Answer by kabinda
Submitted on 10/21/2006
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I must agree with most of the people on this thread.  My '98 Grand Voyager is by far the WORST car I have ever owned.  In the 4 years that I have owned it, it has gone through a computer, a transmission, a clock spring, 2 starters, 2 alternators, 4 cv axles, the list goes on and on.  Even with brand new tires, and brand new axles on BOTH sides, it still vibrates at anything over 65 mph.  I can't wait until February(tax time) to finally replace the biggest money pit that I have ever owned.  This will be the last mopar product I ever spend my money on.  Hello Chevy, here I come!


Answer by Rachael
Submitted on 11/8/2006
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My Dodge Caravan has 141,000 miles on it and without any warning about three weeks ago it went out. I have not evaluated the repair cost yet, but rumor has it it will cost around 1500 to replace is there anything new on a lawsuit against dodge for this?


Answer by one of the pack
Submitted on 11/12/2006
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well your not the only one to get in to the transmission problems. I was on my way to work early in the morning and heard a bang and pulled over to find i had no gears tryed to put it into netural to push it off the road further but it was locked up soild. I had it towed home and that week-end found another transmission to put into it got a week of driving it and died the same way again right when i got to work. its been there for two weeks now figuring out what to do next. What a piece of garbage 94(3.0 litre)


Answer by veronica
Submitted on 11/13/2006
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I just bought a 1998 dodge carvan for 900$ with 170,000 miles was that a mistake.


Answer by chicondn
Submitted on 11/14/2006
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I had recently bought a 1997 dodge caravan SE from a tow company. it had high miles on it but I needed one for my family,the car worked fine considering it has over 2,222,666 miles on it.then the transmission started slipping and jerking,but I found a way to deal with it I stop the car and turn it off, start it again and it catches gear again until the next time I slow down,and thats how I drive it.Its drove me an additional 156,000 miles.but after reading this I don't know if I'm gonna fix it.


Answer by missydk2002
Submitted on 11/24/2006
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I have a 94 caravan and the tranny went out about 6 months ago. We had problems with it for about a year and a half (it would jerk when it was being strained(like climbing hills) and when you let off the gas and then accelerated again it was fine) then one day we were going to visit family and started across a four lane highway when ti sounded like the motor fell out and hit the road. We were stopped in the middle of the highway and it would not move,after pushing it out of the highway found that it was the tranny and that something in it is shattered. We haven't replaced it yet because I don't think it is worth the cost. It is just a BIG eye sore in our driveway.


Answer by paintflake
Submitted on 11/26/2006
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My '99 Caravan's transmission has sprung a leak!It has been sluggish to shift and finally left my wife stranded. This is after the engine has burst several gaskets and leaks routinely. Has anyone ever heard a Caravan with an engine that does not sound like a sewing machine? If I did not have all of these expensive problems to repair on a throw-away vehicle then I'd have enough to buy a trouble-free Honda.


Answer by Garrett Gurney
Submitted on 11/27/2006
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I have a 97' Dodge Grand Caravan and I use it to deliver mail in the rural areas. I put it through alot of stress and really work the engine, tranny, brakes and suspension. My van only has 97,500 miles on it and the tranny went out.


Answer by James
Submitted on 11/28/2006
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We had a 1998 Dodge caravan and its transmission went at 155000 Kilometers, 1500$ to replace.  We then bought a 2002 dodge caravan , it has about 133000 Kilometers on it and the transmission is starting to slip and jerk, unfortunately it seems like another transmission problem.  I wonder why the big three are having such a hard time competing with better designed competitors...


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Answer by Jed Mills
Submitted on 12/13/2006
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My 93 Grand Caravan had 177K miles when it stuck in low gear; replacing some pack cost about $400. Shortly thereafter the tranny failed; a different shop charged me $500 to analyze and told me repair would be $4000. Back to the first tranny shop for $1600 repair with warranty; car usually works but sometimes will not go into gear when starting. No more Caravans. The repair shops seem to be as bad as the transmission.


Answer by Dee
Submitted on 12/20/2006
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We own a 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan and after only 15 months, the car began surging and reeving up before jerking when going up to 40 miles an hour. We're thinking it might be the speed sensor. Anyone else having problems with this?? Let us know please. Anybody for a lawsuit?? Email: dlangehennig@gmail.com


Answer by bigon42
Submitted on 12/22/2006
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I came to work in Canada on a two year contract, bought a North American van.
Dodge 97 caravan First month 1 water pump second months 1 gear box. (Fixing it now. I am a mechanical engine)
    Coming from the EU we wanted to use this van to see this country, unlike north Americans I BELIVE THAT I GO TO WORK TO MAKE MONEY FOR MY FAMILY NOT TO BUY GAS.
Chrysler tried to sell that van (these type vans are call passenger carries in the EU) in Europe they had to fit them with a standard box, engine's are 2L & 2.5L, funny our speed limits are higher and we do put lots of miles on our cars, i.e. I have 55,000 miles on my car in the first year.
In any case Daimler. Daimler- Chrysler is stopping the caravan, and a VW in its place.
The VW Runs on diesel (been running on diesel for 6 years in the EU) can’t be brought to North America as North American diesel is too dirty.
In the EU diesel cars are just as quite as Gas and they don’t stink.

I deserve what I got as in the EU I have family that works as mechanical engines and they laugh at North American cars.


Answer by Brian
Submitted on 12/22/2006
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At 200000 kms I am putting a third transmission into a 1998 Caravan.  The 2nd transmission didn't last 2 years.  This is the last dodge I will buy or recommend to others.  The only reason I still have it is the cost of repair is cheaper than the cost of replacement.


Answer by waffler
Submitted on 1/5/2007
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Answer by Mark
Submitted on 1/15/2007
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I've got a 99 Grand Caravan ES with 156,600 miles and the original transmission.  Never a problem.

I have the tranny cooler since I have a 3.8 and tow stuff.  I also am religious about my 15,000 tranny service interval.

Sounds like if it ever goes that just bite the bullet and get a remanufactured tranny, dont pay some schlump to do a shoddy rebuild!!



Answer by Hussain
Submitted on 1/19/2007
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I have a 2000SE  dodge caravan and the  transmission just went on it at 117,000 km.Hopefully i can find some sucker to buy this piece of crap van.
I will bot buy American crap any more Good bless Toyota and Honda


Answer by fedrytup
Submitted on 1/19/2007
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my 98 grand caravan is on its third tranny repair as a result of inferior craftsmanship and design. i know it doesnt make any difference to chrysler,seeing as they have our hard earned cash. but when are we as tax payers going to get some bang for our buck and see recalls on this crap. we all know how the big three and oil companies influence our governments on judicial matters regarding our safety. WE ARE EXPENDABLE. so what if someone dies as a result of poor workmanship. what do i say? "BUY FOREIGN"


Answer by Gil Davis
Submitted on 1/19/2007
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Hmmm...let's see.  I have a 2001 Dodge Caravan which I bought used.  The transmission is leaking right now, but it seems like it's just a transmission pan gasket.  At 85,000 the original tranny did fail and was replaced at a cost of $2200.  The van now has 140000 miles on it and the tranny seems to be doing fine except for that annoying leak which I should be able to fix myself, I hope.  I own a 2003 Dodge Neon with the 41TE and it's just fine, had a 1994 Chrysler Lebaron that needed a tranny after 85,000 miles...I ran over a rock and into a pothole breaking the transmission mounts...the aluminum ones on the transmission case...ouch.  Other than that, I've always used either ATF+3 or ATF+4, depending on what Chrysler recommended and have had no real mechanical difficulty or complaints with it.


Answer by Alden
Submitted on 1/27/2007
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I have 97 Dodge Caravan with 170,000 miles original transmission and engine, and it still runs like a dream.


Answer by Jim_NH
Submitted on 2/15/2007
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I had a 1996 Dodge Grand Caravan and the transmission failed at 96K miles.  I also have a 1998 that has 150K miles, and the transmission is just now starting to give me trouble -- specifically, it wouldn't engage if the temp was below freezing.  I had the fluid sucked out, flushed and changed using one of those new machines at the oil change place.  The old fluid had been changed at 90K on this car, but was really awful looking when it was replaced.  Have not had a problem since getting it changed...even in very cold weather.  I think the recommended interval for changing the fluid is 35K miles...probably should stick to that, except that I drive about 40K miles/year -- so that's a lot of servicing.  The transmission pan gasket on the 1998 weeps a bit, but I can live with that...would have to drain the transmission again to change the gasket.


Answer by ramminjammin
Submitted on 2/20/2007
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2002 caravan , 111,000 km transmission y blown up. they might not honor warranty, they want us to pay to have the tranny removed to see if it was "abuse" that made it fail. What a joke. We are going to fix it and never deal with chrysler again


Answer by GB in Houston
Submitted on 2/22/2007
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Bought 2002 Dodge Caravan Sport new.  Serviced every 3000-4000 miles by dealer for the 66,000 miles now on odometer. Transmission serviced twice by dealer during this time.  Van is in shop with complete meltdown of transmission.  I'm not a happy camper.


Answer by Peter
Submitted on 2/24/2007
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Drive Dodge/Chrysler daily (still race chevy)my 93caravan 3.0 3 speed w/ lockup convrtr, 430000km+ (driven 1400-2000 km weekly)have replaced filter and fluid.
I get shudder at converter lockup, especially under light throttle load. Tranny shop says converter problem. Does anyone know how the system works/activates??
Oh ya the 3.0 uses about 1 - 2 litres oil/month but with regular maintenance, seals, components as needed no breakdowns.


Answer by Caveman
Submitted on 2/24/2007
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Just traded my 98 (3 spd auto)for a new Toyota this morning after my tranny took a crap. Left me at an AutoZone (ironic, no?).  Had the thing serviced at 60K as recommended, died at 98500 with one of the ugliest sets of noises a car has ever made at me.  I will stick with Japanese rides from now on.


Submitted on 2/28/2007
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i just bought a 98 caravan with 112k miles on it... looks good runs good. !!!!60 miles later!!!! the transmission goes out... i paid 2200 down on this thing, with a total price of 3700... the kreeps that sold it to me argue the 'as is' theory... after a week or 2 of arguing, they agree to pay HALF the cost to repair or replace it, *if i pay it all to the shop, they will give me credit for the other half off my payments.... best i could get without a lawyer... problem is 2 weeks later they can not find another transmission to put in it. one day it will get fixed... should have bought a CHEVY!!!! the chevy venture beside it was 7300 i really wanted that but they wouldnt come off it. said a guy was gonna buy it... its still there. need to make them give me that one and shove this caravan...!@#@$%%


Answer by Trash Them All
Submitted on 3/1/2007
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I've had several caravans. In short they are pure pot-metal junk. Those at Dodge responsible for building these money-pits should be publicly hung!


Answer by EDDIE
Submitted on 3/2/2007
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Answer by Steve B.
Submitted on 3/3/2007
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Answer by goosemon
Submitted on 3/7/2007
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99 Grand Caravan owner.  About 96,000 miles.  A little over a year ago, I had to replace the solenoid pack, since it was leaking.  ThIs summer, my gauges all failed and the thing wouldn't shift out of low gear.  That was the tranny speed sensor.  Now, when I shift into reverse, there's a big clunk, and nothing happens.  The van won't move. Sometimes if I rev the hell outta the engine, it'll creep back.  When I put it into drive, there are all these scraping sounds, and you really need to rev the engine to get it to move.  Once I turn the van off, and re-start it, it seems to work the way it should-for now....Gonna call my tranny guy tomorrow.  I think it's going to be bad.....


Answer by trina
Submitted on 3/23/2007
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i will never ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever by a dodge again i had so many problems it does not make any sense my advice to anyone go with a different kind of car


Answer by craigster
Submitted on 3/30/2007
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i have a 1996 Caravan nearly 300,000 miles, Rule number 1 change trany fluid & filter every 60,000 , this transmission should last, it did for me!!!! and Rule # 2 change trany fluid every 60,000!!!! this works..


Answer by kris
Submitted on 3/31/2007
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I just wanted to say that I've had pretty good luck with my 92 Plymouth Grand Voyager. We have put 273,000 km on it, all original drivetrain, and the tranny just went. No sound, no warning...just went. But it had a good run


Answer by Nio1Realtor
Submitted on 4/13/2007
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I am looking into filing a class action suit against Chrysler in reguards to the 1998 Dodge Caravan Transmission.
If anyone is interesting in this Please email me at No1Realty@aol.com
To anyone interested in this, or if you have a tail of woe in reguards to dodge transmissions. Please email me and let me know your story.
Good Luck to all
God Bless.
Chester Morofsky


Answer by Ned
Submitted on 4/14/2007
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Had a brand new 1996 Plymouth Voyage; problems galore. Constant brake problems, soft trim coming unglued, gear shift indicator fell behind instrument panel, runs in clear coat, "tiger striping" in paint, HORRID, HORRID headlamp optics, 2.4 liter engine was a major mistake to order. Sold this vehicle after one year. I could have kept it and reaped the benefits of the warranty, just to have a lowly minivan sit in the dealers repair shop for an eternity!


Answer by BC
Submitted on 4/26/2007
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I remember back in the 1970s/80s we were doing good to get 50 to 75,000 miles on a tranny, today many trannys fail at 90,000 to 100,000, A huge improvement!!!

while a few folks are lucky enought to get 150k and few 200k that is not the norm.Most of these vehilces that go that distance were hiway miles, but the stop and go of town driveing is tough on trannys.

Today when a tranny fails at 100k thats normal wear and tear, and a normal repair.


Answer by Brice Overman
Submitted on 4/27/2007
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I just lost my trans. at a 148,000 miles which i think is pretty good. i own a 1996 dodge caravan and have always had the trans oil changed at 40,000 miles. It cost me $1200. to have it replaced with a 3 year warranty. i think that isn't a bad price


Answer by earnesty
Submitted on 5/4/2007
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Help! I have a 91 Dodge Caravan, it stays in 2nd gear and won't shift this is the third transmission for this thing and I don't know what to do. Anyone out there who can give me an idea?


Answer by kathiejl
Submitted on 5/12/2007
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My 1994 Caravan's transmission went out for the second time.  Just driving and went to put in reverse and nothing!  Had to have it towed and estimate is $2500 to fix because I live on Kodiak Island in Alaska.  It sucks because otherwise I absolutely LOVE my van.  Looks like I'll be parting it out and buying an older used vehicle.  Can't afford anything else right now.


Answer by Daniel
Submitted on 5/12/2007
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Little sound and kabloooowy! I rebuilt my a604 41te transmission about 5 months ago and on a trip to visit family the case broke. The fluid just dumped out. Of course I didn't know what happened until I got it home and dropped the tranny. I knew the little shards of aluminum were not a good sign, but I was still hoping for the best. Unfortunately, a fist size hole in the case was the end of my hoping.


Answer by huggybear
Submitted on 5/13/2007
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I have a 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan, 3.8L engine with 167,000 miles. No trouble with the tranny or engine, but the strut support under the hood are rusting off. I heard this is a know problem with these vans but Chrysler will not pay for any of it. Rebuild kit cost over $1000. You know now why American made cars are loosing business to the Honda's and Toyota's. That will be my next Car.


Answer by paul
Submitted on 5/28/2007
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have a 97 Caravan and the transmission seems to slip out of gear above 35 miles an hour and giving it gas will only raise the rpm's and not accelerate.. then after coasting a ways it will suddenly go back to working.. Sounds like a popular problem


Answer by pierre
Submitted on 6/4/2007
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i have 3.0 caravan trans went out i flushed the trans with gas and now it drives forward in all gears even in reverse it goes forward or in neutralit goes forward has no reverse  


Answer by lookinout
Submitted on 6/8/2007
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Before you take your car in to someone and tell them you think the transmission is going out you need to know that other, much cheaper things will cause problems that will make you think its your transmission going out.  I have a 1998 dodge caravan 3.o 140000 miles and this car started surging at low speeds every now and then and then just wouldn't shift out of 1st gear.  I thought for sure the trans was going out.  Then I did a little research and found out that the speed control sensors in/out could be causing the problem.  The car didn't give a exact code it just come up transmission malfunction.  I bought both the input and output speed control sensors and after replacing the output sensor the dodge ran great. I wasn't that difficult and the sensors cost $22.00 a piece.  I wouldn't jump to conclusions too soon.  Use the Internet to find information and make yourself knowledgeable.  I'm sure the dealer wouldn't of minded charging me $2,200 for a transmission when it was a speed control sensor.


Answer by sundaughter83
Submitted on 6/9/2007
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I have had 2 99 caravans both lost their tranny at about 80,000. When I bought the second caravan i was told by the DODGE dealership that the tranny in this one had already had the tranny problem fixed. to be on the safe side i got the warranty and the tranny broke 2 mos. after the warranty was up. that was $2500 well spent.


Answer by Junkyard Johnny
Submitted on 6/27/2007
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Hey, I've made a small fortune changing out these transmissions. I had one '96 I've changed out three times and still less than a 100k on the engine. Chrysler needs to do a total recall on these pieces of junk. Good engine,, bad tranny. Very bad.
I had my '99 go out in Myrtle Beach, SC.. Drove it home (400 miles)in 2nd gear at about 6k rpm. Motor never blew and I replaced tranny next day.


Answer by raptor
Submitted on 7/4/2007
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I had three caravan 1989, with a transmission replaced around 300k K/M wasn't bad.. the town n' country 1990, with the tranny replaced around 255k K/M wasn't bad too according of other people... and the last one is a caravan 1999 I have 189k K/M on it and the only problem I had with it was the speed sensor so far... I know they are not too good but I like to drive them...   the only thing I can tell you GM are not better because I have a Lumina APV and I spend over then 20K $$$ just to fix it and now the transmission is gone on it... at 160K K/M...  so we can say the American Vehicule is good for the Yard crap...  


Answer by Damien
Submitted on 7/5/2007
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I bought a 94 Dodge Grand Caravan LE in 2005, It had 80K. I drive 2000 miles a week the transmission just lost 2nd gear. I have 250K on it. The 3.8 Engine is great. Best automobile i ever had and still have. I guess i was lucky because everyone i talk to who has a Dodge says the transmissions are the down fall on these vans.


Answer by Bill
Submitted on 7/9/2007
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Lost my '98 Caravan tranny at 132K miles yesterday.  Limped home in "safe mode" at 40mph and 3200rpm.  Dealership originally quoted $3100 - 3600, but when I told them I was going to get a second opinion they magically lowered the price by $1000 by giving me "employee pricing" on the parts.  What a crock.  Still waiting on the diagnosis from Edward's Transmissions...


Answer by carivan
Submitted on 7/11/2007
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we are on our 4th transmission with our 1998 dodge caravan....


Answer by hectec
Submitted on 7/11/2007
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i bought 1997 dodge caravan 3 years ago with 80k miles on it.12k miles later transmission started slipping in reverse and made aloud bang and broke.had tranny replace.now reverse gear slipping.broke at 100600k replace tranny again.till i could afford to buy a different van.my advise is a toyota sienna or honda oddysey van.thats my next move.dodge suck should had listen to my father because he had same problem.


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