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Dodge/Plymouth/Chrysler Minivan Problems & Solutions

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  • jpelderjpelder Posts: 235
    Well, I finally got the whining sound fixed. You may remember my earlier post, when I told of the whining sound which was loudest at 2300RPM on my '02 GC. Two weeks ago, the dealer replaced the Alternator, but this did not fix the problem. Today, they replaced some one-way water hoses, and no more WHINE!! Apparently, they learned of the problem after talking with some Chrysler "experts". Anyway, I hope this helps someone whoever experiences this problem.
  • I think mine has the same problem. I thought my pants/ jeans were too thick to feel the heat and didn't pay to much attention about it...and now when I think of it, I do remember it used to burn my butt when I accidently turned it on...
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    Yes, you can't miss it if the seat heaters are actually working.....
  • I have a brand new (3 month old) '04 Grand Caravan SXT AWD. And I'm wondering if anyone else has had a problem with the power hatch. I think Chrysler has been offering this as an option since '01... so there should be lots of them out there, and some good info.

    Here's the problem : While parked in its normal spot (my driveway, here in Seattle Wa.) I used the key button remote to open the rear hatch. I loaded some things into the back while the engine warmed up for one minute. While sitting in the driver's seat, I pressed the console button to then close the liftgate. It made the usual sound but then stopped... the hatch never even started to close. I waited a minute and tried again... same thing. I got out and tried to close it manually (which you can usually do) but it would not budge. I then tried repositioning the van to a couple different parking angles... still no luck.

    My van was now locked in an open configuration with no way to secure it. There is no emergency release to close the hatch if the motor fails and locks the liftgate in the open position.

    After being late for work and causing me much aggravation... I drove the van to the dealer that I bought it from. Yes, with the hatch stuck up wide open. I opened the windows and turned on the vent. system.

    All the service techs said that they'd never seen this before. They ordered a new motor from Detroit, and it was of course fixed under warranty... a one time fluke they all decided.

    Then two weeks later it happened again! This time though, after several button pushing attempts, it finally closed. Needless to say, I am very gun-shy about this feature... You are completely open to the environment when this liftgate is locked up and of course you have no way of locking up your vehicle. So now, I only use the auto feature when its not raining and I can drive right over to the dealer if it should get stuck. This is not a good situation... so I'm wondering if anyone out there has any info or advice regarding this perplexing problem.

    By the way, BOTH times this has happened, the situations have been exactly the same : parked in the exact same spot on my driveway, in a slight downward slope. Not steep at all, just not totally flat. Enough that a beachball would roll downhill there. ALSO, both times it was just below freezing out. Somewhere between 29 and 30 degrees F. Enough that both mornings I scrapped some good frost off the windows. And that's about all I can tell you.

    I read the owner's manual again and it didn't give any warnings about using the auto rear hatch on a slight downhill or in 29 degree weather. In fact in the last couple months I have used that feature on exactly the same driveway spot many times... and I have used the auto hatch up skiing many times in much colder weather and with more snow and ice ... so I am very concerned. Any helpful thoughts??? Greg
  • Suspect a wiring or switch problem. I once removed a good starter and installed 2 rebuilt starters one after the other in an afternoon before figuring out the ignition switch was faulty.
    It's most likely a defective plug connection. Look for one of the wires inserted in a plug that is not "locked in" and backs out when the two halves of the plug are pushed together. This can be most irritating as the problem will come and go. The dealer has a wiring diagram showing where the plugs are located.
  • petraspetras Posts: 6
    hi all...recently the fm only part of my optional infinity sound system has stopped working, am and cd are still good, occasionally fm will start working ok for a few hours and then it suddenly stops with only hissing heard...any ideas? thanks
  • uga91uga91 Metro AtlantaPosts: 1,065
    The rubber stopper on my passenger side sliding door came off on my 2003 Chrysler Voyager LX and I lost it. It's about 2-3 inches down from the top. I went and bought a new rubber piece from the dealership. The service guy told me to stick a thin sharp object (such as a pen or small screwdriver) into the small hole on the top to get the anchoring piece on the back of the stopper to "pop" into the hole and stay. I tried and tried, but to no avail. I'm starting to tear it up. Has anyone else had this happen? I doubt it, but I thought I'd ask. I might try super glue to see if I can at least get the stopper "glued" to the door or something. Without the stopper, a metal "clank" is heard on the back side of the door (opposite the handle) when the door closes and I'm afraid of possible long term damage. Thanks.
  • jpelderjpelder Posts: 235
    Your are not so odd, as that has happened to me on 2 different caravans. On one van, I simply pushed and twisted the stopper "nipple" until it popped in. On another, it wouldn't go in so easily, so I lubricated the nipple, then did the push and twist action and it popped in. It takes several turns, all the while keeping the pressure on, but it will work.
  • davids1davids1 Posts: 411
    How many miles does you 2003 van have. If it's still under warranty, make the dealer fix it, the right way.
  • uga91uga91 Metro AtlantaPosts: 1,065
    Well, that was kind of what I was hoping would happen. I guess I could have pressed the issue. I just turned 10,000 miles. I bought the replacement piece at the dealer and got a guy in the service department to tell me about it, but there was never an offer to fix it under warranty. I get the feeling that the stopper is classified as "trim" and trim does not get covered under warranty, I believe. I took some Devcon Super Glue and glued it to the door. We'll see how that works.
  • davids1davids1 Posts: 411
    You may want to check your warranty booklet. Trim is not a wear item and therefore should be covered under your warranty. Since you were there buying the part already, you might as well have them do the work for you.
  • jpelderjpelder Posts: 235
    How did you glue the piece on? Did you cut the nipple off? I have a feeling the superglue will not work for long (I work for a glue company) as the the Devcon is a cyanoacrylate, and has poor heat/cold resistance. May last a year or so.
  • Hi,

    I am new to this board and not sure if it is the right place to post the following. If not, please
    pardon me for disturbing.

    I would like to buy my first van. I got a quote from a dealer. Is it a good deal for me?
        2004 Dodge/Caravan SE. $17,500
        Options: sunscreen glass and rear defroster.

    Thanks .
  • hansiennahansienna Posts: 2,312
    Edmund's TMV pricing on a 2004 Caravan SE with the same options is $17,603. MSRP as equipped is $23,110. There is currently a $3500 DaimlerChrysler rebate on all 2004 Caravans.
         The price you were quoted is only $103 more than Edmund's TMV so it appears you are getting a reasonably good deal.
         Have you test driven the Caravan SE with 4 cyl engine? Is your budget very limited? A Caravan SXT with the 3.3L V6 is quieter with much better performance and almost the same gas mileage. I feel the 4 cyl engine is too small for satisfactory performance in a minivan that weighs about 3800 lbs. If you have been driving underpowered vehicles like a Volkswagen bus, you would be satisfied with a 4 cyl Caravan that has much more comfort with better performance and better fuel economy than the VW bus.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    Advertised price on a 2005 Caravan SE in my town (Twin Cities) is $16,999, less $1000 trade-in bonus = $15,999. But I don't know what equipment that van has. The 2005 short vans aren't much different from the 2004s, but the depreciation on the 2005s will be a little less. The same dealer has 2004 Caravan SXTs with the Popular Equipment Group for $17,599 (after the trade-in bonus).
  • Thanks for your message.

    hansienna: I haven't tested drive it yet. Also my budget is really tight. Since I haven't checked the quotes for SXT yet, as you suggested, I will try to get some.

    backy: I don't think I will have a trade-in. I only have a 88 Honda which broke down recently and motor needs work. From what you suggested, will I be targeting for something around $16,500?
    I think it is not like Toyota/Sienna, for Carvan, supply is way greater than demand, there should be some room for the price. Is is correct?
    BTW, I'm in southeastern Atlantic.

    Thanks again
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    You might want to at least check out the details of that trade-in bonus, e.g. what if any car you can get into the dealer qualifies?
  • uga91uga91 Metro AtlantaPosts: 1,065
    I did not cut the nipple off. I put some on the nipple and on the rubber piece itself. If it holds a year then it would not be too much of a hassle to do this once a year. I was going to go with a Loctite product, but the Devcon gave me more glue for the same money. We'll see what happens.
  • benamaebenamae Posts: 1
    I am looking into buying a 2001 Grand Caravan Sport and would like some input from those who already own one. The one I am looking at has 30,000 original miles and was owned by a rental co in S. Carolina. I would also like some info about towing a small boat behind it, and if it is going to cause any trouble. Any info will help. Thanks!
  • uga91uga91 Metro AtlantaPosts: 1,065
    Which engine does it have? Is it set up for towing now? I would be careful buying a vehicle from a rental company--you know how folks treat rental vehicles! If it's been properly maintained then I would think you should have no problems. I used to have a 2001 Chrysler Voyager (the twin van) and drove it with no problems for 2 years until I upgraded to a nicer 2003 model. I've had it almost a year with no real problems with it, either. Good luck!
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