1st Dec 2007, 01:04
I bought my 2005 Grand Caravan SE in July 04. I have had it in for the following: replace rear wiper motor, replace driver's dide rear door lock actuator, (3) front air bag sensors-replaced, rear cargo door hinge-relaced.
My current problem is whining in what sounds like the power steering. This usually occurs when the vehicle is cold and seems to change with the pitch of the engine (go figure). I have it scheduled to go this week for the above problem and the recall on the front airbag sensors (most have already been replaced).
This is my 3rd Grand Caravan, the prior ones being a 1996 & 2002. By far the 2005 has been the worse in terms of defects and repairs.
I've been thinking of getting a 2008, however I may be considering other brands.
7th Dec 2007, 21:00
WOW! I own a 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT since brand new, currently at 43,000+ miles on it, and I do not have such problems as mentioned above! I religiously abide with the owner manual regarding recommendation service. The only problem it had was a power steering reservoir clogged up, but it was replaced-n-flushed. As it fail to state on owner manual that such as power steering and brake fluids should be flushed at every 2-3 years intervals. Just had transmission service recently as I decline to abide 60,000 miles transmission service intervals by going with every 40-45K miles intervals.
I have another Dodge Caliber... 13,000+ miles so far. No problem. As long "Dog" being a good boy to me and I would continue buy another Dodge in long run as long they keep up with attractive designs and improve fuel mileage. Only time will tell... Thank for excellent communications. Contiune... Please...
31st Dec 2007, 19:40
I have a 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT. The Minivan has dual automatic sliding doors, the door on the drivers side will open partially then lock up, no problem opening it manually. Any suggestions for repair short of taking it to the dealer.
6th Jan 2008, 09:58
Just bought a used 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan with sport trim.
Had been reading for the past month all the comments (complaints), but I love the look and the ride of the car. Have driven the Honda and Toyota mini-vans, and they are not as quiet or drive as well, plus I don't like their looks compared to the the Dodge (just my tastes).
I noticed the knocking sound also from the front-end, and will have to deal with that. Tire wear looks uneven, outer edges of all 4 tires are wearing quickly. Will probably need a 4-wheel alignment to adjust the camber and toe angles.
From day one, the power door locks went out and had to do it manually. Found a site that has an easy solution that worked in seconds (not sure if is a permanent solution, will know in a week or so). To reset the BCM unit (body control module), open the fuse box in the engine compartment on the left. Locate the 40-amp BCM fuse and pull it out for a few seconds (I kept it out for a minute), and then replace and you should be good to go.
Otherwise, everything else is great. I owned a 1996 Grand Voyager prior to this that I traded in, and that is another reason I stayed with a Chrysler car. It had 180,200 on it when I traded it in. No major problems, original tranny, and still runs great. I just got tired of its old looks :)
Another thing, I hate that horn chirp when locking the doors with the key fob, so I disabled it, another easy thing to do. You don't even have to be in the car. Just press and hold the Lock button on the key fob for at least 4 seconds, but not more than 10 seconds, then while still pressing the Lock button, press and hold the Panic button. I held both down for just a couple of seconds, and voila! No horn chirp to shock a passer by in the parking lot, or my neighbours :)
I imagine that repeating the same procedure will re-enable it.
Cheers all... and my sympathies to those with all the problems. Am new to this 2005 Dodge, so hopefully I won't be screaming on this forum in the future.
By the way, to get a complaint lodged formally with the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) go to their website and submit a complaint. Very easy to do, and takes mere minutes. http://www.nhtsa.gov/
If they receive enough on these specific problems, then they might get on to Chrysler to do something.
25th Feb 2008, 14:40
I have a 2005 GC SXT and a 2005 Chevy Impala. Since new the Chevy has had the front rotors turned to get rid of some pulsing. 56,000 on the Chevy. The GC SXT with 42,000 has had, new rotors, new pads, air bag sensor recall, sway bar bushings, new tailgate assembly, waterpump, and the tires are much more warn than the Chevy.
I do like the Stow N Go, don't really care that I have to have the front seats forward to put the middle seats down, but its still pretty cool storage for traveling. The ride and drive is real nice for my family of 4.
I purchased the extended warranty for 5 yrs and 100,000 miles on the GC. It has a 100.00 deductible and would recommend you get it. The above repairs on the GC have been under 500 out of pocket so far.
30th May 2008, 11:15
I have owned my 05 Dodge Grand Caravan since Dec 04. There were a few problems but most of them have been covered by the warranty. If not by the warranty fully, I only had to pay the 100 dollar deductible on my warranty coverage.
So far since owning her, these have been the things that have happened...
Passenger side brake caliper, water pump, recall for the air conditioning duct system, air bag light sensor 2x.
Now the only thing I have to go get checked out is the rear hatch mechanism; it will not open from the outside, and I believe the shocks for the rear hatch are bad also.
It has 68000 miles on her, and I run Mobil 1 oil and get her serviced on time. She has been a great van and would own another in a heart beat.
We just purchased a new 08 Caliber. It should be here by the end of June. I am really excited to GRAB LIFE BY THE HORNS.. Ya'll have a good day.
17th Jun 2008, 16:44
I have brought my 2005 Grand Caravan SXT (loaded), back more times than I care to remember. Now, it is hot out and the AC is not working!! It's 3 yrs old with 50K on it! I am bummed as I love the feel of the car and the Stow & Go, but I think we may move to the Journey.. every other Dodge owner I know loves their car... I think 2005 was just a bad year.. anyone else having AC issues?
25th Jun 2008, 16:51
I bought A 2005 Grand Caravan SXT 4 days ago, 45,000 miles on it. Decked out with stow-n-go, 6 disc DVD as well as AM/FM cassette, CD, power everything, DVD, optional side curtain airbags... paid $14,000 at a dealer.
When we test drove it, my hubby thought it had a brake sticking, which they agreed to fix. Took it in today:
1) Needs all 4 brakes and rotors
2) "Rack and pinion are bad" (I'd heard a clunking noise yesterday on country roads and asked them to see what the noise was. Is that expensive to fix? If it has been bad for a while, could it have damaged other things?
3) Electric window passenger side rolls down fast, rolls back up very slow. Window motor needs replaced.
Thank God I paid an extra $1800 for a 4-year, 48,000 mile "gold package extended warranty" but this is still Very Worrisome to have this much wrong on a van with 45,000 miles - and there may be more, I've only driven it a total of 50 miles. Is there a "lemon law" that applies if you buy a used car that turns out to be a lemon? Do you have a certain number of days (it's been 4) to change your mind and return it for a different van?
Thanks for any info - this is all new to me!