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#1575 of 2083 2002 Dodge Grand Caravan (first posted months ago)
Jan 25, 2008 (9:35 am)
Well, it's official. Our 2002 Dodge Grand Caravan's transmission is going out. Just got the news. The vehicle only has 90,000 miles on it. I posted about it a few months ago, and I had to stop in to say my husband was right!
Does anyone want to guess what the MSRP is on a "fully loaded" car like this? TOO MUCH! Not if it's only got 6 six years, and 90,000 miles on it.
Whatever happened to the cars that would run forever? Oh yeah, America doesn't make them anymore...
#1576 of 2083 Re: 2002 Dodge Grand Caravan (first posted months ago) [classic7]
Jan 25, 2008 (9:42 am)
At least you got 90K out of it. I just had my FOURTH tranmission put in my 2002 Honda Accord that I bought brand new in March 2002. I have 81K on the odometer right now. The first transmission went at 13K!! We actually just bought a 2008 Town & Country because I could not stomach another Honda even though the Odyssey is well regarded.
Jan 30, 2008 (7:51 pm)
We own a Chry TC '01 minivan w/ 44K miles on it. It was bought used and is equipped as a handicapped vehicle. (Side door opens, car side lowers, ramp extends.) Car has been well cared for and all fluids reg checked. Today, w/ no warning the trans broke down...2 coughs and enough speed to get us to the road side before it stopped. It has NO trans now. There was a burning smell at the time. Trans is 6 yrs old and 44K miles, am I out of touch or is this par for the course? Chry said it had a 3yr/36K warr on "power train" so too bad for me. Do I have ANY recourse? 44K miles and the trans breaks totally as in: I need another trans for xxxx$/?
#1578 of 2083 Chrysler Van transmission problems
Jan 30, 2008 (9:39 pm)
#1579 of 2083 Chrysler Van transmission problems
Jan 30, 2008 (9:39 pm)
I have a 2002 Chrysler minivan with only 40,000 miles on it and the transmission went, of course out of warranty. It was working fine, then the engine light came on and now we have go get a whole new transmission, something about the torque, pieces broke inside something.
#1580 of 2083 Transmission Reliablity
Feb 07, 2008 (9:31 am)
I just went back over the maintenance records for our '94 Caravan (which we no longer own). The transmission was rebuilt at 56,000 miles, but cost us zero because the power train warranty at that time was 7 months/70,000 miles. Over the next 121,000 miles (we got rid of the van when it had 176,900 mile on it), only work done on the tranny was a fluid change at 113,000 miles, and another at 160,000 miles as part of fixing a leaking transmission pan gasket. We never experienced any hesitation in shifts, "clunks" when downshifting, or any of the other symptoms that others have complained about.
One of the options our van had on it was the towing package. In addition to a heavier duty suspension, that package also came with a transmission cooler, if memory serves me correctly. I think the transmission cooler has a lot to do with extending the life of the transmission fluid and, directly, the life of the transmission, IMO.
BTW, this was the standard length van, not the grand.
#1581 of 2083 Re: 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan front end problem [engr2go1]
Feb 08, 2008 (8:41 am)
Your front end shake sounds similar to mine in a 83 eldorado. After checking all the suspension components several times, and finding nothing worn out, I noticed alot of play in the front axle on the right side. The shake was noticible when driving on the right front. The axle did not make any noise while driving or turning. Replacing the axle solved the problem. On opening the boots of the axle, I found the outer bearing to be out of grease and burnt, but no broken parts. The inner bearing was leaking grease but very little. I would never have expected the axle to have this kind of symptom, because it felt like the wheel assembly was loose.
#1582 of 2083 Re: 2002 Dodge Grand Caravan (first posted months ago) [classic7]
Feb 10, 2008 (7:47 am)
I am sorry for your trouble. I have had a disaster with my 2002 Caravan. I am currently on my third transmission. The first went out at 51K miles, the second went out at 102K miles. What luck! Both were replaced by Dodge dealerships and both were remanufactured because there are so many failing they can't get their hands on a new one. The first under extended warranty, the second over $3,600 to me. I spoke with Dodge Corporate and they told me sorry and politely said go away.
Dodge junk. I am considering my first foreign vehicle.
#1583 of 2083 Re: 2002 Dodge Grand Caravan (first posted months ago) [livingproof]
Feb 10, 2008 (9:58 am)
Yikes, what the heck are you doing to those transmissions?
I ask because while we did lose one in our Gen 3 DGC with (a 1998 model), that one lasted 109,000 miles, and my suspicion is that it failed due to incorrect fluid being put in (it worked perfectly before the transmission was serviced).
We also have a 2003 (with the same transmission that's in your 2002), and that one currently has 105,000 on it with nary a problem in spite of the fact that it is still running on the factory fluid and filter.
FWIW, if you've been having your transmissions serviced by non-dealers, the sad truth is that many-many service institutions believe that there is such a thing as universal transmission fluid. Nothing could be further from the truth, if you don't have ATF+4 as the exclusive fluid in your transmission, it is almost guaranteed to fail, period, full stop, the end.
#1584 of 2083 99 caravan transmission problem
Feb 09, 2008 (6:45 am)
last night i had the oil changed and later my tranny started to shift hard or not shift at all. i took it and had the following codes pulled up.
P0720-output speed sensor malfunction
P0732 gear 2 ratio incorrect
P0731 gear 1 ratio incorrect
P0700 transmissio control system malfunction
could they have kncked somethig loose or do i just have a separate problem going on ? its a 3.0 with 100,000 miles on it. thanks jeff