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#1555 of 4276 Sliding Door Problem 2001 Grand Caravan
Nov 17, 2002 (8:38 am)
My Passenger Side 2001 Grand Caravan Door opens and stays locked open intermittently. The only way to close is is to wrestle it closed. I have a block of wood in there to keep it from opening all the way, so I can use the door manually. The Local Dodge Dealer (Smithaven Dodge, Lake Grove,NY) told they would have to replace the whole latch assembly at $800.00 plus. The problem started at 50,000 miles when the truck was one year and and out of warranty. It now has 67000 miles and Dodge stays tough luck. I can see why Dodge increased the warranty on the truck, It's been a nightmare. Any similar problems out there?
#1556 of 4276 Tranny problems
Nov 17, 2002 (9:51 am)
I'm thinking about purchasing a 2002 GC used with 15,000 miles on it (short term lease return)it has the 3.3 engine and the salesman tells me the transmission problems have been pretty much resolved by Chrysler and they are giving an 8 year 80,000 mile Chrysler warranty on it. I love the way that van drives and handles, not a rattle in it, it seems more solid than my '99 Sienna and handles better. I want a van with lower miles than my Sienna has but a new one is priced out of sight. I'm still skeptical about the tranny however, irrespective of the warranty I just don't want the hassle. Is it true that the newer vans have better transmissions in your experiences? Thanks for your input.
#1557 of 4276 reply kenovo
Nov 17, 2002 (2:30 pm)
The question is, better than what? Better than my '94 GC with 60K miles which is on it third trans, probably. Not as good as a GM powertrain, IMO. I shopped for an 02 and then an 03 GC, waiting for DC to replace the Gen 3 buckles, to no avail. Ordered a large sedan instead. BTW, the large sedan has the Latch system and will secure 3 car seats. If I had gone for the new GC I would have been more concerned about electrical problems than with the trans.
#1558 of 4276 Chrysler Tranny
Nov 18, 2002 (7:05 am)
I might be one of the lucky ones, but our 97 GC LE that we bought new, has 111K miles on it, with no tranny problem ever. I had the fluid and filter changed at Dodge dealer at 50K, 75K, and 100K.
We have been very happy with this van, I would not hesitate to buy another Dodge Caravan. I know Chrysler has a very spotty quality record with a lot of you, and that is a shame.
#1559 of 4276 Brande new 03 GC won't drive straight
Nov 21, 2002 (12:46 pm)
Got delivery of a brand new '03 Grand Caravan w/3.3L and almost from the start (first week and first 100 miles) I noticed it will not drive straight. I did not notice it when it was driven off the lot with 12 miles on it. It pulls and drifts to the right while cruising at 55 and while accelerating. It isn't a severe pull, but it is definitely noticeable and will direct you toward the road shoulder if you let it. I had to put on 2500 miles in a week's time before I could get it over to the dealer so now I've got a 2 1/2 week old van with 2500 miles on it and the dealer has had it for three days and can't find the cause. They agree it drives erratically but the tires check out OK, the alignment is within spec, and they even replaced an axle thinking it might be a torque-induced problem.
Has anyone out there had any experiences similar to this?
Nov 21, 2002 (5:22 pm)
I would check tire pressure and maybe try 2 or 3# less on the L front. I'd also ask if brake drag was rulled out. I would also try moving rear tires to front and crossing front tires onto rear axle. (left front to right rear etc).
#1561 of 4276 Pull to right
Nov 21, 2002 (6:40 pm)
I've had this happen with two different sets of Dunlops. In my case, the tire itself was the culprit. As royallen suggested about moving the tires, if this cures the problem, make whoever the tire manufacturer is replace the tire. I personally don't feel that fudging air pressure to make the problem disappear is the correct approach. With even air pressure all the way around and with the alignment in spec, the car should steer straight, period.
#1562 of 4276 stalling/won't start
Nov 21, 2002 (11:04 pm)
I'm back with another problem on our '94 GC with 3.8 engine.
this time it's stalling and then it takes a few times to try to restart the van. it usually happens if the van has been idling for a few minutes.
i'd appreciate any troubleshooting/advice.
#1563 of 4276 1998 Voyager Leaks Oil
Nov 23, 2002 (1:05 pm)
Could anybody help with a 1998 Voyager leaking oil? Seems to be splashing around the engine compartment and driping down in a wide area on the garage floor. Shop said it looked like a head gasket, somewhere north of $1000 to repair. Yikes! The whole car is worth maybe $5k. Was there a recall? Thanks for any help.
Nov 24, 2002 (6:52 am)
Get another mechanic or at least a second opinion, pronto. A head gasket will not generally leak oil external to the engine, coolant yes but not oil. I have seen oil leak into the coolant but not externally. Far and away the most likely culprit is a valve cover gasket which isn't hard to replace and for far, far less than what you were quoted.