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Dodge/Plymouth/Chrysler Minivan Problems & Solutions



  • 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: 18,907
    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: 18,907
    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!
  • dustykdustyk Posts: 2,926
    Rental agencies do not always have a good reputation for performing scheduled maintenance.

  • 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: 1,565
    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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