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1998 Dodge Caravan / Grand Caravan repairs by problem area

Engine (44%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (11%)

Brakes and Traction Control (7%)

Suspension and Steering (9%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (24%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (0%)

Other (4%)

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1998 Dodge Caravan / Grand Caravan repair cost distribution

$2500+ (4%)

$1000 - $2499 (2%)

$500 - $999 (11%)

$100 - $499 (47%)

< $100 (36%)

Chart based on 47 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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1998 Dodge Caravan / Grand Caravan

Engine not specified

Dodge in Florida, United States
Jun 2011 - Jun 2012
Dec 2011

118000 mi

US $200
power steering pump replaced, loud whine even with reservoir replacement 
Jun 2012

118000 mi

US $250
Fuel pump failure, starts and immedialtely stalls, fuel starvation 
Dodge in Oregon, United States
Feb 2011 - Mar 2012
Mar 2011

156000 mi
The gauges on my dash suddenly stopped working, but the car still ran fine. Mechanic said it wasn't a fuse. Had an appointment to come back 2 days later so he could open up my dash, but then just as suddenly they all began to work again. Individual gauges, and sometimes all of them stop working periodically. Since they are on more than off, I try to keep my tank topped off and am living with the problem. 
May 2011

157000 mi

US $80
Car very noisy for some time. Diagnosed as the bearings in the AC compressor. Chose not to replace compressor, a $600 repair, but eliminate the belt to it. Now I have no AC, but the car sounds much better. 
Jan 2012

US $150
Transmission fluid leaking, replaced pan seal. Still leaking, needs another seal replaced too. 
Mar 2012

162000 mi
AC never fixed. 
Dodge in Colorado, United States
Aug 2011 - Dec 2012
Jun 2012

109000 mi

US $10
radiator cap bad 
Nov 2012

116400 mi

US $300
replace radiator 
Dodge in Colorado, United States
Aug 2011 - Oct 2011
Sep 2011

151000 mi

US $3000
broken timing belt 
Dodge in Indiana, United States
Jul 2008 - Jan 2009
Jan 2009 Transmission failed. Transaxle housing cracked due to internal failure; resulted in external fluid leak. No repair. Van donated to Goodwill. 
Dodge in Ohio, United States
Mar 2009 - Jul 2009
Jul 2009

115000 mi
Cruise control not working. 

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1998 Dodge Caravan / Grand Caravan 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

Dodge in California, United States
Oct 2010 - Jun 2013
Jan 2011

US $350
car overheating. was a waterpump problem 
Apr 2012

188000 mi

US $430
water pump failing, coolant leaks 
Dodge in Pennsylvania, United States
Nov 2010 - Mar 2013
Oct 2012

160200 mi
Coolant leaking from water pump. Recommend replacement estimated $1000. Declined repairs. 
Mar 2013

161000 mi
Same problem as before, coolant leaking. 
Dodge in Ontario, Canada
Feb 2011 - Mar 2011
Mar 2011

117180 mi
Brake line leaking badly. Brake line and hose replaced. Front strut broke. Towed to dealer to trade in on new Grand Caravan. 
Dodge in South Dakota, United States
Oct 2010 - Jul 2011
Jan 2011

120200 mi

US $300
changed front brake pads, and turned disks, replaced cylinders in rear brakes 
Dodge in California, United States
Sep 2011 - Dec 2012
Oct 2011

122000 mi

US $100
Would not start. Upon web research, fixed starting issue by. Taking out instrument cluster, inspecting factory faulty solder connections on main board. Found error,resolved by resoldering cracks not getting a positive current flow. 
Oct 2012

127300 mi

US $90
Cooling system. Small cracks in plastic sides, OEM radiator. When failure occured,hot coolant. Caused serpentine belt to dismount. Replaced radiator, put belt back in place. Pressure tested system, good to go. 
Dodge in Iowa, United States
Jun 2010 - Jun 2011
Jul 2010

127000 mi

US $225
Transmission was experiencing "bump shift." Dealer flushed the system and relearned the computer. Dealer stated this would be a temporary fix and the transmission would probably fail within 3 to 6 months. Bump shift is gone. 
Dodge in Ontario, Canada
Jun 2009 - Jun 2013
Sep 2009

186000 mi
Cruise control became intermittent and finally stopped working. Could not switch the cruise "ON". Occasional SRS warning light came on. Checked on internet and found a recall to replace the clock spring in the steering wheel. Fixed free by dealer. 
Jan 2010

194680 mi

C $300
Just after car was started, the transmission did not drive the car. It took a minute for transmission to warm up or get pressure or something, to move the car. I think that this was caused by a blocked transmission oil filter. Leaky pipes replaced  
May 2010

201500 mi

C $690
Steering track rod end required replacement. 
Jul 2010

202740 mi

C $50
Rear exhaust manifold cracked and progressively made more and more noise and smell until owner did not want to live with the problem any more. Repair shop removed cracked manifold and replaced with new one. Car now quieter. Muffler, which had been replaced previously and "guaranteed for life" was rattling, and this became noticeable after manifold leak repaired. Repair shop replaced muffler under warranty. Owner paid only labour. 
Dec 2011

219480 mi
Water pump leaked - replaced water pump. 
May 2012

226360 mi

C $27
Brake lights failed sometime over the weekend. Checked the fuse under the hood marked "Brake lights" and it was OK. Removed the switch under the dash which is operated by the brake pedal. One of the contacts had broken. Replaced switch. 
Sep 2012

233120 mi

C $120
Fuel pump failed 
Dodge in Missouri, United States
Jun 2008 - Mar 2010
Nov 2008

127000 mi

US $120
Starter solenoid went bad; entire starter had to be replaced. 
Dodge in Pennsylvania, United States
Oct 2009 - Apr 2010
Jan 2010

144000 mi

US $100
AC compressor locked up. Replaced compressor with bypass pulley and new belt. 
Apr 2010

145000 mi
Electrical failure in the ignition system - temperature-related problem. 
Dodge in Indiana, United States
Jan 2010 - May 2013
Jun 2010

125000 mi
Would not start; worked after tow to Dealer. 
Dec 2010

131000 mi

US $740
Instrument Panel Control Board failed for third time in last 5 years! Immobilizer was (falsely) indicating it had been tripped (same as in other 2 times); would attempt to start 3 times and then nothing, 
Jul 2011

135000 mi

US $280
Driver side power window motor assmbly 
Dec 2011

140000 mi
Passenger window motor burned out-cost would be $280 so I taped up the 2" to top. 
May 2013

150000 mi

US $293
Water pump leaking, replace brittle (original) hoses. 
Dodge in New York, United States
Jun 2008 - Sep 2012
Jul 2008

132000 mi

US $140
a/c blowing warm. O ring replaced, system recharged 
Sep 2008

134000 mi

US $75
cruise control not working, vacuum hose and battery accumulator tray replaced. could not get the old vacuum hoses off the accumlator tray without breaking the connection tabs. 
Mar 2011

152000 mi

US $100
Vacuum hoses for cruise control operation cracked. Replaced hoses and battery accumulator tray.  
Mar 2012

157000 mi

US $135
water pump replaced transmission fluid cooler lines adjusted 
Aug 2012

158000 mi

US $400
proportioning valve and rear brake lines replaced 
Dodge in Michigan, United States
May 2010 - Oct 2011
Feb 2011

140000 mi
I replaced the EGR valve myself in my driveway. 
Mar 2011

141000 mi

US $600
Noticed a loud noise and that the rear end was real loose when cornering on the highway. Shop discovered both my rear tires had nails in them and my right rear wheel bearing is bad. Replaced all 4 tires and bearing. 
Oct 2011

146000 mi

US $200
Left front axle shaft snapped in half at U-joint. Towed to trusted transmission shop, who repaired it same day. 
Dodge in Florida, United States
Feb 2010 - Feb 2011
Mar 2010

202000 mi

US $500
Transmission went out at 202k miles. Limp home mode due to no overdrive clutch left. 

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1998 Dodge Caravan / Grand Caravan 4-door

4-cylinder hybrid automatic 2WD

Dodge in Michigan, United States
Jan 2009 - Jun 2011
Sep 2010

130000 mi

US $1000
Had on going problems fixed to make a 7000 mile journey for www.runusa.com so we needed a good vehicle. Transmission was flushed and filter changed, New serpantine belt, new water pump, new oil pan, new windshield, new wipers. 

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1998 Dodge Caravan / Grand Caravan

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

Dodge in Alberta, Canada
Jul 2010 - May 2013
Oct 2010

176900 mi

C $4500
Master brake cylinder failed less than 18 hours after dealer completed brake repairs. Dealer claims it is a coincidence, that the car was so old this was bound to happen. Charged me an extra $355.28 for attempting to murder me. P0406 EGR failure. Oil leak repaired (cam seals, front crank seal, rear cam plugs, timing belt, pcv valve, pcv hose, serpentine belt tensioner, valve cover gaskets, engine shampoo) Replaced rack and pinion assembly. Wheel alignment. 
May 2013

208320 mi

C $480
OBDC error code P0403 = bad EGR Oil pressure sensor failure causing alarm. Replaced sensor. 

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