Last post on May 13, 2007 at 9:25 AM
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Dodge Caravan, Chrysler Voyager, Plymouth Voyager, Dodge Grand Caravan, Van
#11 of 20 Re: 2001 Caravan rusted hood [mfahey1]
Apr 11, 2006 (7:08 pm)
I've got a 2001 that has a rusting tail gate. It seems to be rusting from the seam at the bottom of the tail gate. I noticed this problem when the van was 2yrs old. Took it back to the dealer, but they simply sanded the rust and re-painted the seam. It ended up rusting again 6 months later. Took it back to the dealer a 2nd time, and guess what? It started rusting again 6 months later. The problem is that it is rusting within the seam and the only way to fix it is to open up the seam and sand away all the rust. Too expensive to do, which is why the dealer went for the quick fix. My hood doesn't seem to be rusting, but I have noticed pin size rust spots on the lower half of my doors and tail gate. I would say that my van has a paint issue, but unfortunately the rust hasn't gone thru the panels so Chrysler won't do anything.
#12 of 20 Re: 2001 Caravan rusted hood [mfahey1]
Apr 18, 2006 (11:29 am)
I feel your pain. My 2001 ES is also suffering this problem. My 5yrs is up in July and I am 5000mi from 100k. I took it to the dealer body shop and they said that yes it is rusting, and yes its coming thru from underside but intil it is a "perforation" they will not fix it. I doubt that it will perforate prior to expire warranty.
He told me I could contact regional rep but said he has never had a customer come back, meaning the regional rep will deny also.
Sounds like a flaw to me that they should addess for their customers.
He told me it would be a ballpark cost of $1500 to fix.
#13 of 20 2001 Hood corrosion
Oct 23, 2006 (5:16 pm)
Earlier this year, I found a quarter size bubble forming on the leading edge of our 2001. It was 2 months over the 5 year corrosion warranty and Chrysler stood on that as the basis of denying any help in fixing the problem. I even offered to take on most of the cost of the repair if they just supplied the hood but no deal. It was very clear in looking at the hood that it had not been properly sealed where the inner and outer sheet metal met. At least one other person responded that they had had the same problem.
The point of this post to is urge people to closely inspect the hood on your 2002 or 2003 before the corrosion warranty expires.
#14 of 20 Re: 2001 Hood corrosion [mfahey1]
Oct 24, 2006 (8:29 pm)
We have an 01 DGC EX and have some surface rust under the hood too. It can be easily fixed by sanding the rust off and applying some of that stop rust spray. Are tail gate has been rusting for the past two years now where the two metals meet. When I talked to the dealership about it before the corrosion warranty was up, they said that they would not repair it unless there was a hole in the metal. So I will have to sand it too.
#15 of 20 Re: 2001 Hood corrosion [masterpaul1]
Oct 25, 2006 (5:37 pm)
Trust me, this has corroded from the inside out so just sanding it and repainting won't fix the problem.
#16 of 20 Dulled Headlight Lenses
Feb 15, 2007 (8:20 pm)
Is there a way to reduce the dullness of the plastic lenses of my '97 Caravan? They are so dull that it has significantly reduced the headlights distance and brightness. Can they be buffed out or polished? If so, how? I would like to avoid purchasing new ones at about $150/ea.
#17 of 20 Re: Dulled Headlight Lenses [medic604]
Feb 16, 2007 (9:55 am)
Most auto parts stores sell plastic headlight polish. You could google it and get hundreds of replies.
#18 of 20 Re: Dulled Headlight Lenses [medic604]
Feb 16, 2007 (3:45 pm)
I had that with my old Windstar. It was in an accident and one of the lights had to be replaced and you could really see the difference. I had some dents pulled at the time it was being fixed and had the light "buffed" for $30. It was a little high but you could not tell the difference between the one that was 7 years old and the new one.
#19 of 20 Caravan rear window / windshield
May 13, 2007 (9:25 am)
Hello everyone, nice to meet y'all. I am looking for information on rear windshields on Caravans. I have a 1995 Grand Caravan and am looking for a replacement rear window (windshield). Does anyone know what other year model(s) might have the same piece of glass in that big hole? I compared it to a 1993 model, and they look and measure pretty close, but can't be sure if they will fit each other. Thank you!