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Dodge Caravan, Dodge Grand Caravan, Chrysler Voyager, Plymouth Voyager, Chrysler Town and Country, Van
#753 of 4276 2001 Grand Caravan, 3 weeks, bum engine
Aug 14, 2001 (1:51 pm)
My brother and his family were on their way back from vacation in their 3week-old GC, and they experienced major engine trouble. They were stranded along the interstate(with a 4-yr old). The van is currently at the dealership where the early prognosis is a thrown rod, and major resulting damage. Does anyone here familiar with Dodge think that he may get a new van? I don't know because I've never had it happen. I hope that they do what is right. Needless to say, he is less than happy to think that his new van is about to undergo major engine work.
If Dodge says that it won't hurt the resale of the van, I'd be curious to see what they'd give him for the van if he took the van straight from the service department after the repairs, and asks what they'd give him for a trade-in. I think I already what has happened to his trade-in value in 3 weeks.
#754 of 4276 Flashing climate control lights (holland11)
Aug 16, 2001 (6:23 pm)
I just replaced the battery on my 1999 Town & Country and had the same problem you described. Four lights blinked on and off together. My resourceful wife was speaking to a Chrysler customer support person about an unrelated issue and happened to ask about the flashing lights. Somehow this person knew what to do:
1) Start the vehicle and let it idle
2) Turn the AC blower switch to its highest setting (all the way to the right)
3) Turn the AC mode switch to the 'panel' setting (all the way to the left)
4) Set the temperature level to cold for both the driver and passenger sides
5) Depress the Rear Washer and Rear Wiper buttons at the same time and hold for 5 seconds
6) The Rear Wiper, Rear Intermittent Wiper, A/C, and Recirculation buttons will now flash alternately (not in unison as before). Let the van continue to idle. One by one, the lights will stop blinking until only the Rear Wiper light blinks. When this happens, press the Rear Wiper button to end the sequence.
My wife actually performed this voodoo ritual and it worked. So I don't get to take credit for my incredible knowledge of cars or for fixing the problem. But I do get to pass the information on. Good luck.
#755 of 4276 Light up the sky!
Aug 19, 2001 (7:23 am)
To all Chrysler employees, what do you think of working for a company that knows about a major safety issue and refuses to do something about it?
To all people who come to these message boards, beware of the "Chrysler Demons". If you buy a van and it developes a major safety flaw, you will be on your own. Maybe they will respond when one of these poetential "Death Traps" lights up the nightime sky!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
#756 of 4276 HELP!! 96" 3.0 litre Caravan intermttent rough idle/stalling
Aug 19, 2001 (8:32 am)
I've dumped $1,100 into my Caravan and still have the same problem. Problem is this: Van runs fine for awhile and usually when I'm at an idle it will suddenly start sputtering and running very rough. If I give it gas it sometimes "comes back to life". If I let it just idle it will usually stall. I'm thinking fuel pump/filter, but when my mechanic hooks it up to the computer it gives all sorts of fault codes EXCEPT for fuel deprivation. I'm really at a loss. It's out of warranty (76K miles) and I DO NOT want to take it to the dealer. The other wierd thing is that it'll run fine for a few days then start it's rough idle thing. However, the frequency of rough idling seems to be increasing.
Should I go ahead and get the fuel pump replaced? My mechanic is beginning to think it's the tranny, but I don't think that's the problem and I don't particularly want to spend $1,800 for a new tranny only to find that's not the problem.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!!! Thanks!
#757 of 4276 Any advice?
Aug 19, 2001 (11:52 am)
Yeah, find a competent mechanic!!!
Anyone who knows anything about cars probably would ask if you had the throttle body cleaned? There are several possible causes depending on how your van was maintained. At 76K miles, it could even be something as unlikely as your timing belt if it wasn't changed at 60k miles. Instead of having us guess at all the possibilities, why don't you help by telling us what got for your $1,100 besides ripped off?
#758 of 4276 gatogonow
Aug 19, 2001 (6:39 pm)
I don't even think its worth listening to gatogonow anymore. He's twisted the facts and made it seem like everyone ridding in a DC minivan is in a time bomb. "Chrysler demonds"? Oh, com'mon. Please tell me that you have something more constructive to do than spread this false information around on the edmunds.com forums.
Aug 20, 2001 (6:51 am)
Let's see, false rumors! Is it true that on two differenct tests the part cracked and on one of the tests it leaked, yes it's true. Is it true that Chrysler immedicately changed the part on current production and redesigned it for 2002 models, yes it's true. When you call Chrysler and ask about the problem do they give you the run around and not specifically answer your questions, yes it's true. Does it seem that Chrysler cares about the safety of those that bought the defective product, no it doesn't!
Would I or anyone else reccommend dealing with a company that treats its' customers that way, only if you work for them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Aug 20, 2001 (11:36 am)
I have a 2000 Grand Caravan SE. We've had it just under a year. The AC compressor has been replaced four times. Has anyone else had this problem? Our right passenger sliding door also has been a problems. Thanks!