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2012 Dodge Grand Caravan repairs by problem area

Engine (21%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (13%)

Brakes and Traction Control (23%)

Suspension and Steering (10%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (27%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (4%)

Other (3%)

Chart based on 71 repairs.
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2012 Dodge Grand Caravan repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (7%)

$500 - $999 (11%)

$100 - $499 (36%)

< $100 (46%)

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Chart based on 56 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2012 Dodge Grand Caravan 4dr Minivan, ext.

283-horsepower 3.6L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Dodge Grand Caravan in Washington, United States
May 2014 - Dec 2016
Aug 2014

59900 mi

US $400
Rear shocks replaced 
Nov 2014

61000 mi

US $700
Frunt struts worn causing clunking in front end 
Dec 2016

80000 mi

US $800
Driver side window fell into door breaking brackets, regulator and window. Regulator failure. Hvac control head failure, fix attempted but unsuccesdful. Needs full replacement, elected to not do so. 
Dodge Grand Caravan in Quebec, Canada
Jul 2014 - Sep 2015
May 2015

36620 mi
Automatic transmission hose leak. Replaced hoses or o-rings. Rear sliding doors internal panels rubs against the rear wheels wells. 
Dodge Grand Caravan in British Columbia, Canada
Feb 2014 - Jun 2017
Sep 2014

39680 mi

C $319
Had random brake pads rubbing around all wheels. Eventually right rear pad wore through and gouged the rotor. Found rear wheel cylinders and parking brake mechanism sized, Replaced calipers, rotor and pads. So far stopped random brake probl. 
Jul 2016

56100 mi

C $708
Replaced the alternator. 
Dodge Grand Caravan in British Columbia, Canada
Oct 2013 - Sep 2017
Jun 2014

45880 mi
Rough shifting in and out of gear and when downshifting. Dealer updated software and resolved the problem. 
Mar 2015

60760 mi
Engine light on, rough idling, needed a new left cylinder head, known issue through Chrysler on small number of pentastar motors. Water pump was replaced as well While waiting to bring in for repair. Flex plate in transmission also broke. 
Oct 2015

68900 mi
Transmission shifting very rough into third. Took me going down to the dealer to replicate the issue for them. Broken spring inside the transmission, clutches unevenly worn. Had full rebuild done 
Dec 2016

89900 mi

C $465
Driver side wheel bearing was going, very loud humming. Replaced by shop 
Dodge Grand Caravan in Alabama, United States
Aug 2014 - Aug 2014
Aug 2014

60000 mi
It needed the fuel injectors cleaned mainly. 
Dodge Grand Caravan in Alaska, United States
Apr 2015 - Jul 2015
Apr 2015

54000 mi
PCV system pressure error. Mechanic did not tighten oil fill cap. 
Dodge Grand Caravan in Quebec, Canada
Jun 2017 - Jul 2018
Jul 2017

114700 mi

C $1800
rear tubing and evaporator suddenly leaked down, was corroded 
Oct 2017

120900 mi

C $40
Horrible noise in AC - thought it was related to the previous repair, but seems to be in the compressor. Didn't fix, as everything seems to work. 
Dec 2017

126480 mi

C $1300
Battery suffered from alternator failure and also failed Alternator failed and was replaced 
Dodge Grand Caravan in Ontario, Canada
May 2016 - Jun 2017
Jul 2016

124000 mi

C $90
rear sliding door actuator needed replacing for the lock 
Jun 2017

142600 mi

C $150
Dodge Grand Caravan in Wisconsin, United States
Apr 2017 - May 2017
Apr 2017

113000 mi

US $1000
Engine cam replaced then blew up at dealer Dealor replaced with new engine for $1000 deductible. 
Dodge Grand Caravan in Ontario, Canada
May 2016 - Sep 2017
Jun 2016

13640 mi

C $1
Control arm bearings wore out. Replacement by dealership estimated at 1100 before taxes. I took it to a private repair shop and it was repaired for 791 including taxes. 
Jul 2017

17980 mi

C $150
New rotors and pads for the 4th time in less than 30,000 kms. Finally put ceramic on. Will see if these last better. Replace muffler 
Aug 2017

18600 mi

C $850
After 4 rotor replacements in less than 30 thousand km I decided to go to a private repair shop and have ceramic rotors and Pads put on all around. The dealer rotors rotted out every 6 months costing me 450 to 500 each time. 
Dodge Grand Caravan in California, United States
Feb 2012 - Jan 2019
Apr 2012

9000 mi
Stability Control warning light on. Replaced dynamic sensor. 
Jan 2013

16000 mi
Alternator failed. Repaired under warranty. 
Jul 2015

30500 mi
Check engine light for one cylinder miss. Left side cylinder head was replaced. Problem is known to Chrysler. No cost. 
Feb 2018

46000 mi

US $400
Replace coolant I had pulled the end off the parking brake cable by setting it with too much force. Cable and foot perl (all one part) were replaced. 
Apr 2018

47000 mi

US $400
Window regulator failed. Replaced. 
Dodge Grand Caravan in New Brunswick, Canada
Apr 2013 - Dec 2013
Aug 2013

59960 mi
Cylinder head, #6 misfire. Exhaust valve would not seal properly when closed, leading to misfire. 
Dodge Grand Caravan in New York, United States
Apr 2012 - Sep 2018
Mar 2015

52000 mi

US $397
Right rear wheel bearing replaced. 
Feb 2016

68600 mi

US $244
Left rear wheel bearing replaced. 
Aug 2017

95000 mi

US $550
Replaced rear wiper motor (and all wiper blades) . Some noise and pulsation. Installed new pads + rotors - front and rear. 
Dec 2017

101000 mi

US $491
Replace Resonator Pipe Assembly 
Mar 2018

105000 mi

US $407
LR Wheel, new Hub & Bearing Assy. 
Dodge Grand Caravan in Saskatchewan, Canada
Oct 2015 - Sep 2018
Jun 2018

102300 mi

C $1300
Flex plate And trans oil and filter 
Dodge Grand Caravan in Ontario, Canada
Feb 2012 - Jun 2018
Jan 2013

21700 mi
Temperature control unit replaced. 
Aug 2016

84560 mi

C $190
transmission cooler line replaced after it started to leak at the connection with the radiator. 
Nov 2016

87860 mi

C $160
Thermostat replacement, had failed. Oil sensor due to code. 
Dodge Grand Caravan in Maryland, United States
Feb 2012 - Jun 2018
Oct 2016

49000 mi

US $100
Driver window regulator broke, replaced under extended warranty. However, receipt said replace defective window regulator which leads to me believe this an issue with this model. 
Dec 2017

56000 mi

US $180
Replaced front and rear discs and pads Battery died, replaced it 
Dodge Grand Caravan in Ontario, Canada
Jul 2012 - Jan 2017
Jan 2013

3100 mi
tranny harsh shift from zero to first gear 
Mar 2015

19840 mi
one of the Fobs stopped functioning and was replaced. 
Jul 2015

22420 mi
had to change a stuck PCV valve new style soooo if changed out of warranty will cost over $108...plus labour....new style PCV alone is around $60.....usual style PCV is usually around $3 to $10...so what a rip off 
Dodge Grand Caravan in Ontario, Canada
Jul 2012 - Oct 2018
Mar 2012

60760 mi

C $480
Front right wheel getting hot. Serviced front and rear brakes. Replaced rear left rotor with scratches. Replaced rear brake pads. 
Nov 2012

7440 mi
no work done. But I noticed the TPMS seems to be unreliable. I switch on my winter tires and steel rims w/o TPMS. I expected the TPMS alert to come on but it didn't, even after I drove with winter tires for a week. 
Aug 2013

15500 mi

C $90
I was driving on highway and heard squealing from the back. I stopped the van and found out that the passenger rear side of the brake was extremely hot and could smell burned rubber. The dealer checked and said the rear brakes seized. I was driving on highway and heard squealing from the back. I stopped the van and found out that the passenger rear side of the brake was extremely hot and could smell burned rubber. The dealer checked and said the rear brakes siezed. 
Feb 2015

31700 mi
high pitched whining noise lasted about 5-30 seconds in sub-zero cold weather during cold start. Idle pulley was replaced as per TSB. 
Aug 2015

37640 mi
Reported rough shifting issues to dealer. The dealer ended up rebuilding the transmission. After the rebuilt shifting is somewhat better but still no where near what I would call smooth shifting. 
Jan 2017

56420 mi

C $360
Battery light came on while driving. Mechanic said alternator failed and as a result battery was not charing. Replaced alternator. 
Apr 2017

57660 mi

C $35
Rear left caliper pins rusted and seized, causing deep scratches and grooves on 6-month old rotor. 
Aug 2017

60760 mi

C $484
Brakes making noise. Had brake service performed and replace rear brake pads and rear-left rotor. A few swollen lug nuts were replaced. 
Dodge Grand Caravan in Mississippi, United States
Apr 2013 - Jan 2014
Jun 2013

27000 mi
Left side sliding door rubbing quarter panel. Interior panel was removed and all the fasteners were replaced to keep panel from rubbing quarter panel when opened & closed 
Oct 2013

33700 mi
Power seat blowing 40amp. fuse. Seat lumbar switch shorted and was replaced. 
Dodge Grand Caravan in Ontario, Canada
Oct 2012 - Apr 2015
Nov 2012

14440 mi
When I pressed hard on the gas pedal to pass a vehicle, the pedal stuck and would not release for several seconds. It did it again when I was parked in a parking spot,engine off and floor mat removed. When pressed far enough, it sticks. 
Dodge Grand Caravan in Wisconsin, United States
Aug 2012 - Apr 2018
Mar 2013

3000 mi
Belt area squeaked at low temps at morning startup - and only at that time. Finally the dealership was able to make the problem stop by replacing the idler pulley. 
Oct 2014

11200 mi
Rear brakes malfunctioned causing squealing noise. Dealer found faulty caliper and replaces rear brake system. 
May 2015

15100 mi
climate blew hot air into rear vents when the AC was on 
Dodge Grand Caravan in Colorado, United States
Mar 2016 - Apr 2018
Jan 2016

57000 mi
vacuum assist vacuum assist 
Sep 2016

65000 mi
replaced shifting cable 

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2012 Dodge Grand Caravan 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

Dodge Grand Caravan in Saskatchewan, Canada
Jun 2013 - Oct 2014
Feb 2014

111840 mi

C $1
replaced alternator 
Dodge Grand Caravan in North Carolina, United States
Mar 2012 - Jun 2013
Aug 2012

17500 mi
Some electrical problem with the power seats. It is not fixed yet. 

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