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Dodge/Plymouth/Chrysler Minivan Problems & Solutions

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  • dustykdustyk Posts: 2,931
    Rental agencies do not always have a good reputation for performing scheduled maintenance.

    Regards,
    Dusty
  • roccitroccit Posts: 3
    We have a 2001 one all wheel drive that has had a very serious vibration problem since we got it. We were told it was nothing but it keeps getting worse and now we have been told that they are not planning on fixing it (after they guaranteed us it would be fixed). Other than that we have had a few little kinds but nothing serious.
  • hansiennahansienna Posts: 2,312
    Rental Agency vehicles are usually driven by people who beat the crap out of the rental. After all, they aren't making monthly payments so why care about abusing the vehicle?
  • hansiennahansienna Posts: 2,312
    Doesn't your 03 Caravan have a 3year /36,000 mile Bumper to Bumper Warranty in addition to the 7 year/70,000 mile powertrain warranty (or the metric equivalent to 36,000 miles and 70,000 miles of the USA Warranty)?
         DaimlerChrysler should replace the transmission at NO COST to you if it is not working properly since you had it towed when you first noticed a problem. That is the advantage of buying a vehicle NEW: Factory Warranty.
  • Yes but they say there is NO problem. It has no codes, works fine when they have it .
  • hansiennahansienna Posts: 2,312
    candlemaker: Do you have them write up a service order each and every time you take it in? Be sure you have them put in writing every problems as you tell them. Keep every copy of every service order.
         When and if major problem occur, you will have established a written record of problems that occurred early in the life of the vehicle.
         You will be more likely to get problems fixed at DaimlerChrysler's expense under the written factory warranty you got when you purchased your vehicle new if you keep the documentation.
  • Yes,
    They write it up just as I explain it and give me a copy. I have all they have given me so far. One of them even says the leak was caused by extreme cold weather.I have a file open with Chrysler and have told them if it is too cold for the van they should not be selling it in Canada !
  • gino45gino45 Posts: 52
    I bought a 2001 with 15,000 km on it two years ago. I have had numerous problems with it. Mainly, warped rotors (2 sets), oil leaks due to a defective sensor, transmission oil leaks (Dealer replace the Solenoid pack), electrical ( replaced ignition wires among other parts), rusting tailgate (lower seam). If you read enough posts on this site you will see the same problems reported by other owners.
  • gino45gino45 Posts: 52
    I have a 2001 Caravan with the 3yr 60,000Km bumper to bumper warranty about to expire at the end of March. I still have another 2yrs on the powertrain warranty. My question is - should I buy an extended bumper to bumper warranty for an additional 2yrs. The dealer wants $2000 for this. He has mentioned that the powertrain warranty does not cover any electrical components in the transmission. Is it worth paying $2000 for items not covered by the basic powertrain warranty?
  • gino45gino45 Posts: 52
    2001 Caravan with 45,000KM on it. I have had a hesitation problem with the van for the past 10 months. It was quite bad a couple of months ago and the dealer replace the ignition wires. Though the hesitation problem isn't as bad now it nevertheless still remains. You can feel the steering wheel shake when idling. If you look at the parking/drive indicator you can see the lights flicker ( just slightly). The dealer can not find any codes and has mentioned that I would need a throttle body and fuel injector cleaning ($230). He can't guarantee that this would fix the problem. I can't believe that a van with only 45,000km would need it's injectors cleaned. I have had cars with 200,000km without having had the injectors cleaned. Has anyone encountered a similar problem?
  • hansiennahansienna Posts: 2,312
    I would say NO it is not worth $2000. I think your dealer is wrong or else DaimlerChrysler is very unethical to call it a "Powertrain Warranty".
        Every item in the powertrain should be covered under a powertrain warranty although electrical items such as power windows, power door locks, etc. are obviously not part of the power train.
        If DaimlerChrysler does not cover everything in the powertrain, it may be better to buy a Toyota or Honda for the next vehicle.
  • uga91uga91 Metro AtlantaPosts: 1,065
    "I think your dealer is wrong or else DaimlerChrysler is very unethical to call it a "Powertrain Warranty".
        Every item in the powertrain should be covered under a powertrain warranty although electrical items such as power windows, power door locks, etc. are obviously not part of the power train."

    I don't understand your argument. No manufacturer is going to cover electrical components in the powertrain warranty. Power windows are not part of the powertrain.
  • badgerfanbadgerfan Posts: 1,564
    Hansienna's sentence was just awkwardly worded. What I am sure he meant was that electrical components associated with the drive train should be included in a powertrain warranty, while other electrical components such as power windows are obviously not covered as they are not part of the drive train.

    What is or isn't covered in the basic power train warranty is up to gino45 to determine from the warranty literature that came with the van.

    I myself would never spend $2000 for two years of insurance for a bumper to bumper extension. You can spend quite a bit of money on repairs and not get up to $2000, so I would save the $2k and use it for any repairs that show up. You will likely still have most of that $2k left at the end of the additional two years.
  • I have a 2001 T&C. At 35,000 miles the engine started running rough as though one cylinder was faulty. The replacement of one fuel injector solved the problem.
  • WE got a quote of $18300 plus tax and fees for Carvan SXT with only roof rack as option. (18300 includes 1000 trade in cash and 2000 cash back) Were in New Jersey. From reading this site it appears we ARE NOT getting a great deal, I saw quote of 16000 is this correct? Our deal also has 0% finance for 72 months. Maybe we should wait on this deal, end of month is coming and we've seen newspaper ads were dealer also include their own discount. Any thoughts appreciated.
  • tomtomtomtomtomtom Posts: 491
    I would counter them an offer (reasonable) this coming weekend and tell them they can give you a call if they are interested in selling you the van. Or you can send out the same offer to all dealers close to you.
  • hansiennahansienna Posts: 2,312
    Should have written 2 sentences:
       #1. Everything in the powertrain should be covered by the 7 year 70,000 mile Powertrain Warranty....even if there are electrical components within the transmission.
       #2. Electrical items not part of the powertrain, such as power windows, power door locks, etc. are obviously not part of the power train and would NOT be covered by the 7/70,000 Powertrain Warranty.
  • jbreedenjbreeden Posts: 1
    I have a 1998 dodge caravan sport 3.8 litre and I need to change both the upper and lower radiator hoses. Are there any "trick of the trade" regarding how to access the clamps on each end. The upper hose where it connects to the radiator particularly looks difficult to access

    Any tips would be appreciated
  • uga91uga91 Metro AtlantaPosts: 1,065
    Are there any "trick of the trade" regarding how to access the clamps on each end. The upper hose where it connects to the radiator particularly looks difficult to access

    Any tips would be appreciated

    Yeah, here is the tip that always works for me... get a pro to do it. Seriously, I wish I was mechanically inclined enough to do things like that myself. My dad always did all his own car repairs. Maybe helping him all those years is what causes me to not even want to try? Good luck getting it fixed!
  • hayneldanhayneldan Posts: 657
    Remove rhe air cleaner box and it is easy to access.
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