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#3781 of 4276 Kudos For '99 Grand Caravan
Mar 18, 2006 (1:00 pm)
I want to post this in case anyone is looking for positive feedback on Grand Caravans, model year 1999. (Mine was made in Windsor, Canada.) I bought it "pre-owned" with 24K on it -- it was a fleet vehicle that came to a local Dodge dealership. I compete actively in the sport of dog agility; because of this, I drive alone with my dogs far more than the average number of miles per year. From March 2000 when I bought it until two weeks ago (March 2006), I put 150,000 miles on my van. I never had a single bit of trouble with it--ever. The only "issue" I dealt with was brakes--I did have to have brake work done periodically. But the engine ran like a champion, and the transmission was perfect. It never seemed to need tune-ups, although I was diligent about maintenance servicings. I changed the oil every 3,000 miles, and rotated the tires every second or third oil change. I loved that van and had planned to drive it another 50,000 miles and then trade it in. Unfortunately, I had the bad luck to have my very first traffic accident two weeks ago. I was behind an SUV in stop and go traffic. He suddenly hit his brakes and I didn't have time to stop my van before I hit him at about 10 miles an hour. There wasn't a mark on his SUV, but the entire front end of my Grand Caravan was crumpled in. Because of the height of the SUV's bumper, it also caused internal engine damage, and with the age and mileage on my van, my insurance company wrote my Grand Caravan off as a total loss. I can only hope to be as lucky with my next vehicle, because in terms of reliability and dependability, I couldn't ask for a better van than my 1999 Grand Caravan. I'll miss it.
#3782 of 4276 Re: 2002 Grand Caravan engine coolant problem (3.3L engine) [appie]
Mar 18, 2006 (5:55 pm)
Ordinarily symptoms like yours indicate that you have a bad radiator cap. I'd start by replacing that.
#3783 of 4276 Re: Where is the pcv valve on a 2001 DGC 3.3L? [dodgeguy2]
Mar 19, 2006 (8:25 am)
I don't want to look back there. If you find a way to change it let us know.
#3784 of 4276 1997 Grand caravan (3.8L) Cruise & Engine cutting out
Mar 19, 2006 (10:42 pm)
This is driving me mad! The cruise keeps cutting out momentarily when the engine is cold (in the first 30 min), not very interesting you may think BUT the rpm and the speedo needles both fall to zero and the 'check engine light appears'. All of this only lasts for around 1/2 second (as if the van cuts out)with the van then cutting back in and the needles resuming normal positions/check engine light going out.
Incidentally the only way to then set cruise back on is to cancel it and then turn back on.
This only seems to be happening when cold (and is getting more frequent) but if taken for a long trip (over 2 hours) the thing runs faultlesley!!
It has recently also started to just cut off when idiling........I would be grateful for any advice as all the mechanics and Dodge dealers in the area are at a loss to the fault!!
#3785 of 4276 Re: 1995 dodge caravan Hesitates when idle [blacklab78]
Mar 20, 2006 (8:51 am)
What you found are MIL codes (Malfunction Indicator Light)
12 means 'battery disconnect within the last 50 cycles', and 55 is 'End of code' display.
You can find those codes in automotive manuals like Haynes.
My '97 T&C shows the #12 code for a long time now, even though the battery has not been disconnected in the longest time.
If you do an OBDII scan, you get more precize pinpointing to a specific problem.
Mar 20, 2006 (9:24 am)
I have a 2002 Dodge Grand Caravan. I have about 60k miles on my van and so far I've had problems with the sway bar bushings, tie rods, sliding door wiring (chain) instrument cluster and transmission leak in a cylinoid. That being said, Question #1. Does anyone know if there is any maintenance you can do for the sliding door chain? I just paid to have one side replaced and the other door is making the same noise (gritty sound) the other side made before it broke. The dealer said to "wait untill it breaks". Because the chain is plastic I wasn't sure lubrication would do any good? #2 The lighting on my instrument panel is fading from about 0-40. The dealer said I needed a new Instrument Cluster and quoted me $552.00! Any advice?
#3787 of 4276 Re: 1997 Grand caravan (3.8L) Cruise & Engine cutting out [rickyd3]
Mar 20, 2006 (5:04 pm)
I had the same problem with my 1999 Dodge Grand Caravan with a 3.0 L engine. I ended up replacing the throttle position sensor and that solved the problem. Might work for you.
Mar 20, 2006 (5:36 pm)
My 2002 Voyager A/C, pw, radio stop working as the car starts. When the key is on ACC, everything works fine. When the car warms up, everything starts working fine. Transmission is also a little eratic when these gages are not working. The dealer wants to replace the console cluster as the poster above. I hate to spend $600 on this. Any advice?
#3789 of 4276 Re: 1998 Dodge Caravan Stalls [virg5410]
Mar 21, 2006 (3:58 pm)
I have a 96 T&C with same problem. Also looses power momentarily at speed with no change in rpms. Replaced cam and crank sensors and computer and ingition switch. Problem persists. There are no codes on computer. Anybody have an answer?
#3790 of 4276 Re: 2002 Grand Caravan engine coolant problem (3.3L engine) [shipo]
Mar 23, 2006 (8:55 am)
Thanks for the advise Shipo. Replacing the rad cap did not solve it. Further testing revealed that one of the cylinders leaks to the cooling system via the head gasket. The leak is so small that it does not affect engine performance, but I still need to replace a whole bunch of gaskets at considerable cost. Is this a common problem in these engines? I sure hope it does not happen again.