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Dodge Caravan, Dodge Grand Caravan, Chrysler Voyager, Plymouth Voyager, Chrysler Town and Country, Van
#1689 of 4276 2000 Dodge Grand Caravan Leaking Fuel Tank
Feb 25, 2003 (2:31 pm)
In September of last year, we found that our Grand Caravan leaked fuel, not just a drip, when parked on our inclined drive. My mechanic showed me that the gas was leaking from a seal on the top of the tank. The seal was dry rotted and deteriorated and the tank had to be replaced ($737.00) The van was one month and roughly 10k over the warranty period. I explained that gas tanks are not supposed to wear out. However, DiamlerChrysler acts like they don't know me. The dealership doesn't remember me either. They have great customer service until you actually need customer service.
My letter writing to DC continues, to no avail. My anti-Dodge campaign also continues.
Having said all of this, has anyone else experienced this problem. If so, what was the outcome?
#1690 of 4276 2000 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport-Premature Rust
Feb 25, 2003 (3:26 pm)
My wife just showed me the advanced rust and paint peeling eminating from underneath the exterior door lock module. Unbelieveable! This thing is 30 months old and rusting like a 70's riceburner! I'm also past the warranty by 6,000 miles but I will definitely campaign for Chrysler to cover.
#1691 of 4276 engine misses
Feb 26, 2003 (12:25 pm)
I have a 92 Dodge Caravan 4.0 cyl. It has 140K miles. I have owned this van for 10 years. With minor repairs this van has been GREAT! Now when I drive it, sometimes it seems to miss allot when driving. Any suggestions, other that could be the tranny.....I have maintained the van properly and hope that it is something else. Please advise... thanks!!!
#1692 of 4276 From the transmission forum...
Feb 26, 2003 (12:43 pm)
Get this: new 2003 T&C Limited, bought 7 weeks ago, have put 2100 miles on it. Yes, this is a car that hasn't even had it's first oil change.
Tranny started shifting strangely: bad vibration when shifting from 1st to 2nd, engine slip and rev up when changing from 2nd to 3rd or 3rd to 4th (overdrive?). Also felt "strange" when downshifting - held on too long so that the car slowed down a lot with engine compression, let go suddenly, etc. None of this happened every time - you know, the usual pain in the a$$ intermittent problem that means you'll have nightmares with the mechanic.
Took it to the dealer expecting the run around. They had it less that four hours and called me back saying yes, the transmission has a problem. Yes, it is internal to the transmission. No, we won't bother trying to fix it - we'll just put in a new transmission. Not what I expected, honestly. This REALLY makes me wonder if they aren't painfully aware of some kind of problem.
Anyway, what's also weird is that supposedly there is no transmission to be found closer than California (I'm in Richmond, VA). And of course, it's a reman transmission.
1) They have to ship a transmission from CA? By truck? To Virgina?
2) A reman? Should I accept this? Remember, the car HASN'T EVEN BEEN 3000 MILES YET!
#1694 of 4276 2002 T&C Engine Howl
Feb 27, 2003 (10:19 am)
We have a 2002 Town & Country with 16,000 miles. It's been making a "howling" noise after it warms up. Had it in to dealer for a look last week. They replaced belt tensioner, water pump, and power steering pump. Also drained power steering fluid and replaced with tranny fluid per a service bulletin from DC. Over the weekend, howl came back. It's back in shop now and dealer's mecahnics say "they all make some kind of noise like that." Funny thing is, the loaner they gave me to use doesn't! Any thoughts on why they replaced all this stuff and why it's still doing it. Dealer is replacing power steering pump again this morning, thinking this is the problem. I think DC service shops have lost the ability to diagnose a problem and they just shoot from the hip and start replacing things.
Also already had ignition switch replaced as it wouldn't release key when put into park. That's starting to happen again as well.
Feb 27, 2003 (2:55 pm)
My 2001 T&C made that kind of noise and the dealer fixed it. DC supposed to fix that problem for 2002 but it won't hurt to show the TSB to them and see it is the same one http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/TSBScans/sb629155.pdf
#1696 of 4276 98 Caravan Sport cigarette lighter not working
Mar 10, 2003 (8:57 am)
About 3 days ago, two cigarette lighters (one in the center console and one in the rear of the van) in my Caravan sport stopped working.
I was using them to charge my cell phone. Everything else (power windows, radio, AC, all lights inside, and etc.) works just fine. I read the owners manual but found nothing regarding this problem. Any idea? Thanks in advance.
#1697 of 4276 A/C Problems
Mar 10, 2003 (10:42 am)
I have a Plymouth Grand Voyager with the 3.3L, it has back and front a/c's
The problem I have been having is that the R134 is leaking out of my a/c both back and front
First the back starts loses coolness then the front looses it, the a/c starts making squeelling noses (just like a pig) when you turn it on and its not cooling. I brought it to multiply independent mechanics and they have used dye and couldn't find the leak so they just filled the R134 back up, 4-6 weeks later the coolness drops I need to bring it in to be filled up again. I brought it into different Dodge and Chrysler dealers and they have used dye and could not find any leaks either. BTW, its a 1999 year model.
Has anyone else had this problem either in their DGC, CT&C or PGV (since they are carbon copies
of each other) And what have you done short of replacing the a/c units to resolve this problem?
This has been my only problem I have had since buying the vehicle.
Mar 10, 2003 (1:40 pm)
Sure sounds like a fuse. BTW, most late model Chryslers have an open, second fuse slot that keeps the lighter hot when the engine is off. Perfect for charging cell phones.