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Dodge Grand Caravan repairs by problem area

Engine (30%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (7%)

Brakes and Traction Control (8%)

Suspension and Steering (17%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (28%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (6%)

Other (5%)

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Dodge Grand Caravan transmission repair cost distribution

$2500+ (4%)

$1000 - $2499 (7%)

$500 - $999 (10%)

$100 - $499 (29%)

< $100 (50%)

Chart based on 125 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2016 Dodge Grand Caravan 4dr Minivan, ext.

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

4000.0 mi Software Update performed for enhanced shifting of transmission 

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2015 Dodge Grand Caravan 4dr Minivan, ext.

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

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2014 Dodge Grand Caravan 4dr Minivan, ext.

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

5580 mi Whine/Howl noise at 90kph. Dealer replaced 5th and 6th gears and bearings. Noise better but still can be heard. Not present in 4th gear, only 5th or 6th. 
37200 mi Transmission kick when changing reverse to foward and first gear to second and they fix with the computer 

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2013 Dodge Grand Caravan 4dr Minivan, ext.

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

11000 mi Transmission is shifting strangely, particularly exhibiting a "flare" in RPM when shifting from 4th to 5th and from 5th to 6th. Also, it sometimes bangs into drive pretty hard when shifting from R to D. They reprogrammed the TCM. Problem has returned. 
20000 mi This is my 3rd trip to try to improve transmission operation. This time I went to a different dealer. They said the same things the first dealer did, but they did do some reprogramming and add'l checks. Shifting is better, tho not perfect 
51000 mi Rough shifting. Torque converter clutch failed, causing facing material to contaminate internals. New TC installed, transmission overhaul kit installed 
27000 mi Transmission clunked when shifting. Checked for flash program updates...Also rear quarter vent window switch recall (P25/NHTSA 14V-234) 
8000 mi trans slams into gear when shifting from reverse to drive. Erratic shifting of 6 speed trans at all times. 
18000 mi computer reflashed because of harsh shifting 
42000 mi Transmission had a hard shift at low speed. M38 recall addressed the problem 
46000 mi The transmission failed completely and they replaced it under warranty 
9300 mi Transmission would 'clunk' when selecting gears - dealer reset the computer and indicated that it was a known software issue. Transmission now operates very smoothly. 
11400 mi Clicking noise coming from front left wheel when steering moved away from centre (both directions). Diagnosis was that axle nut not properly torqued (!) and allowed for play. 
Transmission clunked when shifting. Checked for flash program updates - all controllers were up-to-date. Cleared variable line pressures and performed "quick learn" procedure. 
10000 mi In Economy mode, transmission "clunks" as car slows to 15 mph. 
18000 mi Transmission "bumps" when slowing to 15mph in economy mode. 
24800 mi The transmission has always "clunked" when slowing to 20 mph in Econo Mode. I was told this is normal. Now the transmission does the same thing in non Econo Mode which it had not done before. Again I was told this is "normal." 
42000 mi CEL keeps illuminating, throwing transmission codes. Dealer reset codes. Still returning codes 
1000 mi Transmission banging into drive when shifting from reverse or park. Re-programmed transmission computer. 
10000 mi Bangs into drive when shifting from reverse to drive. Problem corrected. No more bangng since van was in shop. 
620 mi Whirring noise when slowing down. Still trying to figure this one out. 
51800 mi Replaced flex plate under powertrain warranty. 
68200 mi

US $250
Transmission shifts very rough and sometimes fails to shift up a gear under heavy acceleration. 

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2013 Dodge Grand Caravan 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

68000 mi Transmission failed a week after initial repair. Needed to replace more parts. 

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2012 Dodge Grand Caravan 4dr Minivan, ext.

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

36620 mi Automatic transmission hose leak. Replaced hoses or o-rings. 
45880 mi Rough shifting in and out of gear and when downshifting. Dealer updated software and resolved the problem. 
60760 mi While waiting to bring in for repair. Flex plate in transmission also broke. 
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 
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. 
3100 mi tranny harsh shift from zero to first gear 
84560 mi

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

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2011 Dodge Grand Caravan 4dr Minivan, ext.

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

3000 mi Poor shifting, harsh engagement, and whistling/whining while slowing down. Dealer unable to fix, says everything is normal. This transmission is terrible. 
12000 mi Hard shifting, especially downshift. Dealer reprogrammed, better for now. 
37000 mi Customer Satisfaction Notice M38 - reprogram transmission computer for better shifting. No longer slams into gear after backing up, less "harsh" shifts when in ECON mode. Covered under powertrain warranty. 
40000 mi When coming to a rapid stop, a "bump shift" occurs while the transmission tries to figure out what to do. Fluid drained, new filter, re-fill with fresh fluid. No apparent repair available, software up to date with M38 flash. 
45000 mi Warning light for torque converter, replaced. WONDERFUL SERVICE FROM MY LOCAL DODGE DEALER. ALL COSTS WERE COVERED BY MANUFACTURE. DEALER EVEN ASKED TO TEST DRIVE IT 2 DAYS AFTER REPAIR, AS A FOLLOW UP. 
12400 mi Van was shifting irregularly, especially between 75 and 80 kilometers per hour...thats about 50 miles per hour..was told the torque converter was locking up and failing to release between gears 
9000 mi

US $100
Shifting hard and jerky. 
10000 mi

US $80
Transmission was jerky and car shook in reverse. Dealer flashed control module. Drives much better now, shaking in reverse still there. Dealer opened up a case. 
35000 mi Seal in transmission went bad, needed replaced. Also flashed update for recall on transmission shift points 
19540 mi M38 reflash 

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2010 Dodge Grand Caravan 4dr Minivan, ext.

251-horsepower 4.0L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

65400 mi

C $355
Neutral safety switch was replaced, because vehicle would not start at times. 
64000 mi

US $3000
Dealer diagnostic fee on failed transmission bearings in transmission failed less than 1 month after warranty ended. 
64200 mi Leaking side plate cover on Transmission. Possibly related to transmission flush. Repaired under warranty 
80000 mi

US $190
Leaking transmission pan seal, and leaking transmission cooler lines 

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2010 Dodge Grand Caravan 4dr Minivan, ext.

175-horsepower 3.3L V6 4-speed shiftable automatic FWD

20460 mi Bad seal replaced 
22940 mi same seal had to be replaced again. no clear explanation given as to why a seal failed so soon 
26660 mi Same oil leak returned. After making some noise the dealer took me more seriously and discovered a deffective drive shaft that damaged the seal 
68700 mi

C $10
Right side axle seal leaking. $10 for parts, 0.5 hrs of labour 
31700 mi Gear shift lever moved, but was not reported correctly by the transmission. Although in park, the vehicle would not start. Cable was replaced. 

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2009 Dodge Grand Caravan 4dr Minivan, ext.

251-horsepower 4.0L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

60760 mi

C $350
The van would go into limp mode while driving. Dealer flushed trans. fluid and billed us $350. Didn't solve problem. After we replaced the battery (ourselves) the problem has mostly gone away. Happened 1 other time since. 

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2009 Dodge Grand Caravan 4dr Minivan, ext.

197-horsepower 3.8L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

124000.0 mi

US $2000
Will have to replace transmission. 
37000 mi Minor transmission fluid leak in area of transmission pan. 
72000 mi Transmission whining in all gears. Replaced defective bearings in transmission. 
144300 mi

US $37
Transmission cooler hoses seeping fluid. Replaced the hoses. 

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2009 Dodge Grand Caravan 4dr Minivan, ext.

175-horsepower 3.3L V6 4-speed shiftable automatic FWD

6200 mi Replaced leaky transmission hose. 
87700 mi

C $500
After replacing that module, dealer told me the manual shift is not working and they are not responsible for it. 

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2008 Dodge Grand Caravan 4dr Minivan, ext.

251-horsepower 4.0L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

95000 mi

US $280
Under Drive solenoid failure code threw. Turned out just to be water in the wiring harness. 
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  
32095.0 mi Waranty replacement of L/F axel shaft because C/V boot leaking.  

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2008 Dodge Grand Caravan 4dr Minivan, ext.

197-horsepower 3.8L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

37600 mi Transmission shot, replaced 
95000 mi

US $110
Fluid leak at transmission cooler lines. Replaced lines. 
81000 mi

US $450
Transmission gasket leaking, was replaced. 
116760 mi

C $220
Transmission slipping a bit on cold start-up. Flushed transmission to see if problem could be corrected. 

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2008 Dodge Grand Caravan 4dr Minivan, ext.

175-horsepower 3.3L V6 4-speed shiftable automatic FWD

200.0 mi Replace Torque converter 
87420 mi

C $150
Replace trans oil cooler lines due to small weep/leak at crimp. 
165000 mi Trans starting slipping and breaking away during shifts. Had to have a NEW transmission installed. Covered under the Unlimited Powertrain Warranty 
12400 mi Transmission lever was difficult to move 
31000 mi Leaky transmission seal 
27280 mi transmission was leaking fittings replaced and fluid added. 
57340 mi

C $60
Transmission fluid leaking out and dripping into the ground 
116000 mi Check engine light came on. Code said it was the shifter. ordered transmission shifter awaiting part.l 
58900 mi Position switch would not sense when vehicle was in Park. Adjusted shift cable. 

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2007 Dodge Grand Caravan 4dr Minivan, ext.

200-horsepower 3.8L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

108000 mi

US $500
wheel spindles front left and right ..left spindle loud humming noise... 
155000 mi

US $168
Shift shimmy problem from toque converter. I took it to AMCO and they dropped the pan and changed the filter and added some anti grab fluid to the new tran fluid. Then got worse before it improved. 
77000 mi

US $185
Clicking from front axles when going into gear. Re-torqued front axle nuts. 
56000 mi

US $2650
Transmission started to "shudder" at about 35 to 40 mph. Transmission had to be replaced with a rebuilt transmission. 

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2007 Dodge Caravan 4dr Minivan

200-horsepower 3.8L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

6000.0 mi Replaced torque converter in transmission. Part was faulty from the factory, TSB was issued, and faulty part was replaced with new/upgraded part. 

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2006 Dodge Grand Caravan 4dr Minivan, ext.

180-horsepower 3.3L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

84320 mi

C $114
left cv-axle to be replaced 

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2006 Dodge Caravan 4dr Minivan

180-horsepower 3.3L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

22940 mi vibration from 60 to 80kph slow accelaration 

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2005 Dodge Grand Caravan 4dr Minivan, ext.

207-horsepower 3.8L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

90000 mi

US $875
Torque converter replaced 
120000 mi Shift lever was stiff and resisted moving; found that the shaft at entrance to transmission needed lubricating-that was all-works great now. 

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2005 Dodge Grand Caravan 4dr Minivan, ext.

180-horsepower 3.3L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

238000.0 mi

US $1800
Internal failure. Transmission overhaul. 
90000 mi

US $450
The Check Engine light reported a problem with a relay on top of the transmission. Transmission would not shift out of 2nd gear for a while. The problem then went away. However we had to resolve the Check Engine light prior to inspection. 
164500 mi

US $750
Had to replace transmission with used lower mile transmission. 
73800 mi

US $500
Transmission has slight oil leak; diagnosed & part ordered and replaced on same day 
flywheel cracked while on vacation, downtime 4 days 
26000 mi

US $450
Left CV joint bad 

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2005 Dodge Grand Caravan 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

63000 mi Heard clicking noises when making hard turns, knew from previous vehicles that this could be CV joint. Shop insist that both half axles need to be replaced to verify that problem is solved. Saving up money. 
65000 mi

US $230
My son took to another shop and was able to inspect undercarriage with mechanic. No leaking of steering parts visible. Driver side half axle replaced after obvious joint noise thru boot. Prev. shop claimed couldn't tell which side. 

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2005 Dodge Caravan 4dr Minivan

180-horsepower 3.3L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

104000 mi

US $18045
CV spindle replaced. 
67000.0 mi Transmission does not always go into gear when shifting from reverse to drive when engine is cold. After adding transmission fluid, problem seemed to be resolved. 

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2004 Dodge Grand Caravan 4dr Minivan, ext.

180-horsepower 3.3L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

80600 mi Apparently linkage from auto transmission selector was not quite engaged and after 20 km it went into neutral during acceleration and the computer showed error which was the transmission shift module or something similar. It faulted as the power to the module is cut when car is in neutral so there might be a sticking cable from the drivers control stick to the auto transmission. I was able to drive the van normally after making certain the transmission is engaged correctly without any trouble. It os possible that a long winter in which vehicle was driven little allowed the linkage to stiffen and not engage as it ought to. We shall see as a replacement of this module is more than the vehicle is worth. 
113340 mi Tranny slipping 
114700 mi Tranny slipping, never fixed. 

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2003 Dodge Grand Caravan 4dr Minivan, ext.

180-horsepower 3.3L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

131000.0 mi

US $780
Transmission electronic shift controller. I was from out of state and it took them 11 days to repair. Small town dealer just did not get in a hurry. Unexceptable time for one of the most popular cars on the road. 
161000 mi

US $400
leaking transmission solenoid pack, replaced and reprogrammed 
145000.0 mi Replace transmission solenoid pack 
124000 mi

US $2560
bad tranny 
114000 mi

US $30
transmission speed output speed sensor fail. Removed and replaced speed sensor. 
220000 mi

US $350
At around 190000 miles engine service light came on. Light has stayed on and sometimes will not shift out of park into gear. Still regularly drive vehicle. Check tranny fluid regularly. Add fluid every 6 months or so. 
232000 mi

US $350
Engine Transmission light has been on frequently recently. The car runs and drive but somtetimes takes a while to get into gear 

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2003 Dodge Grand Caravan 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

71300 mi Automatic transmission defaulted to "limp" mode or lockup in second gear; required full rebuild. Problem occured in Spring '07 with milage of 98K so factory warranty applied. 

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2003 Dodge Caravan 4dr Minivan

180-horsepower 3.3L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

61000 mi

US $125
In for routine tranny service, mechanic found a leak in the sensor pack on transmission; problem corrected. 
78680.0 mi

US $20
noticed "shudder" in transmission in 1-2 upshift from standing start, more pronounced when turning left. Dealer adjusted transmission computer, not sure yet if problem completely solved. 
86800 mi

C $700
Replace leaking solenoid pack 
142300 mi

US $1600
Transmission fluid leaking. Pin in differential failed, contacted transmission housing, cracking it. Replaced transmission w/used unit. 
144000 mi Transmission failed-No go. 

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2003 Dodge Caravan 4dr Minivan

150-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

64000 mi

US $109
I've replaced a transmission solenoid Pack 

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2002 Dodge Grand Caravan 4dr Minivan, ext.

215-horsepower 3.8L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

43320.0 mi

US $617
Replaced trans solenoid and trans filter. 
261000 mi Hard shift between 3rd and 4th. Dealer wanted $98 to look at it and $95 to "flash". Went to a local shop, "flashed",took two minutes for free which fixed the problem and wouldn't except payment. Just asked me to send business his way. 

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2002 Dodge Grand Caravan 4dr Minivan, ext.

180-horsepower 3.3L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

137000 mi

US $800
Sudden transmission failure, required replacement.  
86000 mi

US $45
vehicle was stalling when cold, mechanic/shop could not find a source but noted that the transmission fluid was really dirty & due a change & that it might fix the problem. We did the fluid change and since then no cold start stalling. $45 to diagnose t 
86000 mi

US $350
trans pan and solenoid pack leaks 

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2002 Dodge Caravan 4dr Minivan

215-horsepower 3.8L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

110000 mi

US $2400
Transmission went out. Entire transmission replaced with remanufactured version with a 75,000 mile warranty. 
145000 mi Transmission failed. Tranmission was still under 75K mile warranty. Shop replaced the transmission as a whole unit for no charge. 

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2002 Dodge Caravan 4dr Minivan

180-horsepower 3.3L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

130000 mi Trans oil leak. 
141000 mi Transmission failed. Sold for salvage (scrap) 
171000 mi

US $1570
transmission rebuild input out put sensor replace 
127000 mi trans cooler broken loose from its supports. had to re-rivet all the brackets back on to it. 

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2001 Dodge Grand Caravan 4dr Minivan, ext.

215-horsepower 3.8L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

94000 mi

US $1945
The transmission failed, and the mechanic was able to cripple it to their transmission shop for a complete rebuild. 

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2001 Dodge Grand Caravan 4dr Minivan, ext.

215-horsepower 3.8L V6 4-speed automatic AWD

197000 mi

US $1600
Transmission (the 2nd one) had to be rebuilt again (first time was about 130k) 

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2001 Dodge Grand Caravan 4dr Minivan, ext.

180-horsepower 3.3L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

126000 mi

US $640
control cable to transmission failed 
160000 mi Transmission not shifting well when sold. 

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2001 Dodge Caravan 4dr Minivan

180-horsepower 3.3L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

170000 mi

US $2700
Perfect transmission with no problems or warning. Reverse worked in the A.M. pm to pick up kids no reverse. Total rebuild or replace required. 3 opinions. 

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2001 Dodge Caravan / Grand Caravan

Engine not specified

32240 mi

C $399
Odd lawn-mower like sound when driving slow or idle. 

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2000 Dodge Grand Caravan 4dr Minivan, ext.

180-horsepower 3.8L V6 4-speed shiftable automatic FWD

86000 mi

US $380
Midas replaced leaking trans. fluid cooling hose that goes thru radiator. But they used a hose intended for fuel and it broke down 30 days the fluid leaked out leaving us stranded near our destination requiring a tow to a reputable repair shop to fix it. 

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2000 Dodge Grand Caravan 4dr Minivan, ext.

158-horsepower 3.3L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

185000 mi

US $200
replaced transmission shift solenoid. 

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2000 Dodge Grand Caravan 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

80000 mi leaking gaskets in new transmission installed in May 2006 

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2000 Dodge Caravan / Grand Caravan 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

133000 mi Transmission died 

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1999 Dodge Grand Caravan 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

169000 mi Transmission pump making noise. I sold van for $500 instead of spending $1400 - $2000 for repair. 

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1999 Dodge Caravan / Grand Caravan 4-door

6-cylinder automatic AWD

86000 mi

US $1200
Replace AWD right rear axle shaft AWD transfer case shot, replaced after waiting a weeks for another transfer case, new seals, bushing installed at the same time. 
129000 mi

US $2700
Replace transmission with a rebuilt. 100k/3 year warranty on parts and labor on the rebuilt transmission. Also replacing the transfer case for the AWD system. 

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1999 Dodge Caravan / Grand Caravan 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

178000 mi

US $150
Transmission was downshifting harshly out of 4th, changed ATF Fluid and Filter, Shifting improved immensely. 
161200 mi

C $130
The outer CV boot on the passenger side was burnt through thus letting water into the joint. 

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1998 Dodge Grand Caravan

Engine not specified

245000 mi Transmission failed. Transaxle housing cracked due to internal failure; resulted in external fluid leak. No repair. Van donated to Goodwill. 
155000 mi

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

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1998 Dodge Grand Caravan 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

146000 mi

US $200
Left front axle shaft snapped in half at U-joint. Towed to trusted transmission shop, who repaired it same day. 
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. 

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1998 Dodge Caravan / Grand Caravan 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

202000 mi

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

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1997 Dodge Grand Caravan

Engine not specified

323000 mi Transmission failure. No repair. Junked vehicle. 

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1997 Dodge Grand Caravan 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

190000 mi transmission went out - van junked 

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1997 Dodge Caravan / Grand Caravan

Engine not specified

238000 mi

US $116
Limp mode 

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1996 Dodge Grand Caravan

Engine not specified

156000 mi

US $150
Slipping with very cold weather. Replaced fluid, filter and solenoid. 

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1996 Dodge Caravan / Grand Caravan 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

143100 mi

US $500
cv axles 
147000 mi Transmission problems. Replacement to costly vs purchase of another vehicle. Traded it in. 

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