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2006 Dodge Grand Caravan repairs by problem area

Engine (25%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (1%)

Brakes and Traction Control (12%)

Suspension and Steering (18%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (36%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (5%)

Other (2%)

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2006 Dodge Grand Caravan electrical repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (10%)

$500 - $999 (16%)

$100 - $499 (65%)

< $100 (10%)

Chart based on 31 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2007 Dodge Grand Caravan 4dr Minivan, ext.

180-horsepower 3.3L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

159400 mi electrical problem with power windows 
169700 mi

US $120
AC system held vacuum, so we recharged. Two days later, coolant was gone again. Dye traces showed possible leaks at the valve under the rear passenger side wheel, and perhaps in condenser. No further work yet. 

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2006 Dodge Grand Caravan 4dr Minivan, ext.

207-horsepower 3.8L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

47000 mi

US $50
Plastic button on electric mirror switch (switches from left to right mirror) broke and failed to operate. Purchased new switch for about $50 and installed it myself in about 15-20 minutes. 
47000 mi Power locks on passenger-side stopped working. Troubleshooting pointed to failed moto/solenoid. Owner purchased for about $40 and installed replacement part. System now functions normally again. 
53000 mi

US $150
Intermittent starting problem became severe, resulting in vehicle being towed. Battery found to be defective (holding a charge but failing under load). Replaced battery and problem was resolved. 2nd time battery has been replaced in 3 yrs. 
99000 mi

US $275
Air conditioning compressor bearings burned out at 98,500 miles. Had not been using air conditioning and had not for weeks. 
201000 mi

US $297
No cold air. had lines replaced and recharged. 
11000 mi Wheel speed sensor went out, causing the ABS light to illuminate. 
44640 mi Driver side power sliding door not working due to faulty wiring harness. Passenger side power sliding door not working due to wiring harness malfunction. 
48980 mi Power sliding doors not working when sold due to faulty wiring harness. 
92000 mi

US $40
Passenger sliding door lock actuator 
100700 mi

US $300
Towed to the dealer where a battery was recently installed, in case it required a warranty replacement. Alternator was the culprit and was replaced. 
40000 mi

US $100
a/c clutch fell apart and took out serpentine belt, dealer replaced under extended warranty 
138000 mi

US $280
noise @ idle from alternator, wife nagging, replaced alternator 
4700 mi Clock Spring replacement 
142700 mi

US $1000
Drivers side power window switch broken. Sometimes wouldn't work. 
72000 mi

US $400
rear condensor was leaking 
75000 mi

US $2000
AC broke, there was a leak and compressor could not hold pressure. 
40000 mi Unswitched cigarette lighter/power socket has no power. I bought this used van through a Saturn dealership - where I have 0 deductible repair plan. They state that they can't find info on wiring of socket - I should go to Dodge and maybe pay $100 deduct. 
45000 mi

US $300
Airbag light came on, at first intermittently then constant. Took in to dodge dealer, told it needed front sensors. Total around $300 including oil change. annoyingly, 05 caravans were recalled for exact same part, exact same problem, but we had to pay. 
70000 mi

US $200
AC did not cool. Husband attempted to recharge but didn't work. Shop evac/recharged and said problem was fixed, but within 5 days problem recurred. It will go back to shop next week After AC failed, went back to shop. Shop discovered leaking o rings in rear AC lines and replaced. 
101000 mi

US $1400
car did not start even with jump. replaced starter and battery. 
22630 mi Rear A.C evaporator replaced under warranty 
21700 mi Rear condenser leaking, a.c quit working.  
27280 mi Door lock actuator not working on right sliding door. 
63000 mi

US $35
Used dye to find leak in air condition system. Will return in May to fix the problem. 
63000 mi

US $1012
Parts ordered to fix A/C 
80000 mi

US $560
Both side automatic opening doors (2nd row) had to have the electrical wiring harness replaced. Missing links or broken links on each side. 
96000 mi

US $289
Replaced front window washer pump and switch. 
166700 mi

US $430
Had to replace the alternator. 
174000 mi

US $1012
Condenser needed to be replaced for air conditioning system. 
8900 mi Headlight switch replacement - Warranty 
13500 mi Wiring for remote starter was undone when headlight switch was repaired. Wiring fell down and tangled in steering linkage preventing right turns and causing wiring to be torn apart. 
30000 mi Clock spring for airbag was intermittent. Trip 1 to identify problem and order parts, 2nd trip to install part. 
30000 mi Clock spring for airbag was intermittent. Trip 1 to identify problem and order parts, 2nd trip to install part. 
40000 mi

US $45
Turn signal would not turn off when indicating left turn - replaced multifunction switch myself. 
66000 mi Air bag light came on for 1 day and reset itself. 
69000 mi

US $425
Determined rear AC evaporator had failed due to design flaw. Dealer quoted over $1000 to fix - Contacted Dodge for help Rear air conditioner evaporator replaced and system recharged. 

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2006 Dodge Grand Caravan 4dr Minivan, ext.

180-horsepower 3.3L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

63860 mi

C $400
Heating system failed 
53320 mi

C $526
Bearing in alternator gave out. Also changed belt. 
63700 mi

US $200
Power lock on passenger sliding door stopped working. Dealer replaced door lock actuator under extended warranty. Second time this specific door has has this problem. 
72540 mi

C $100
Passenger side sliding door power lock actuator died. Got a replacement Mopar part from the dealer and replaced it myself. 
76220 mi Uconnect (Bluetooth) and autodimming rear view mirror conked out for no reason. Disonnected the negative battery cable for 5 hours to reset body computer, reconnected cable, and presto - Uconnect and autodimming mirror back to life. 
83700 mi Uconnect stopped working again. Had to disconnect the battery, leave it overnight, and reconnect the battery in the morning to reset the system. No cost but irritating - second time in 13 months of ownership that I've had to do this. 
93620 mi Had to reset Uconnect AGAIN by leaving the battery disconnected overnight...love the Stow'n'Go, absolutely hate the flaky minor systems on this van. This happens so often that I'm considering just always keeping a battery wrench in the van. 
94860 mi Uconnect stopped working again...disconnected battery, left overnight, reconnected - works again. Irritating. I'm thinking about just leaving a battery terminal wrench in the van for when this happens again because it's frequent & regular. 
102920 mi Had to disconnect battery to reset Uconnect TWICE this month. Irritating - the battery has to stay disconnected all day to reset the system...a couple hours isn't long enough for it to "forget" and reset itself. 

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2006 Dodge Grand Caravan 4dr Minivan

180-horsepower 3.3L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

90920 mi

C $425
Defective starter 
93000 mi

US $85
Driver side window stuck in up position. Window regulator motor failed. Replaced motor / regulator assembly. 
24800 mi Air bag light came on. Replace bumper sensor corroded. 
8000 mi Went in for repairs to heater controls; temp regulation was iffy but service dept could not replicate 
43400 mi Discovered AC wasn't working when the weather got warm enough to use it. The door locks for sliding doors and hatch would not work with the key fob or using the automatic locks on the driver's or passenger side doors. They had to replace the motors on all three doors. 
57840 mi

C $500
Blower motor needed to be replaced. 
71300 mi Started lound noises while turning and turned out to be the reservoir. Shortly after a different noise turned out to be the steering rack. 
40300 mi

C $800
Air Conditioning blew warm air 
62620 mi

C $110
Replaced right sliding door lock motor. $40. 
16740 mi rear brake light replaced 
17980 mi

C $20
rear brake light bulb burnt out again 
50840 mi

C $244
Right passenger sliding door no longer locked/unlocked with automatic lock. Replaced lock activator 
66340 mi

C $305
left air bag sensor had to be replaced 
75020 mi battery failed and replaced by auto club 
77500 mi

C $485
light came on and diagnosed as air bag sensor it took 3 separate trips to the dealer to get it first replaced and then fix corroded wiring 
65720 mi

C $85
Changed battery 
71900 mi

C $20
Replaced drivers side headlight 
136000 mi

US $260
Alternator was making a noise, it was still charging and working properly, but the noise was very annoying and probably would have failed soon. Replaced with alternator from Autozone and all is good (also replaced water pump/idle pulley) 
41540 mi Engine shaking, then stopped. Generator pulled down, wires there repaired. 
73960 mi

C $350
Heater not working 
128000 mi

US $350
Alternator failure 
152000 mi Failed alternator. 3rd part in 5 years. 

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2006 Dodge Grand Caravan Electrical Problems

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