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Top 5 Dodge Grand Caravan Repair Problems

October 2, 2023

The Dodge Grand Caravan is the perfect entry level vehicle for transportation services that want flexible cargo area, easy maintenance, smooth operation and good fuel economy. This is why it is included in our best commercial vehicles based on Zubie driving data.

Like any vehicle though, this staple of non emergency medical transportation fleets has occasional mechanical failures. Here are the most common Dodge Grand Caravan repair problems.

#1: Power Window Motor and Switches May Fail

It is very common for one or more power windows to stop working due to a failed window motor or regulator. These parts are widely accessible and can easily be replaced. The $235-$314 for the window motor and $269-$358 for the regulator.

#2: Underbody Coolant Leaks From Rear Heat/AC

Dodge Grand Caravan equipped with rear heat/ac often have coolant leaks coming from the underbody. As part of regular maintenance hoses are replaced, and should be replaced more often in areas with severe weather. Replacing the hoses can cost less than $200.

#3: Shifting Harshness and Shuddering Issue

If your Grand Caravan is shuddering and shifting harshness is experienced then there is an issue with the automatic transmission. Check with your mechanic for recalls and service bulletins. The diagnosis for this problem can cost around $100 but replacing the transmission can be over $$1500.

#4: Key May Not Start Car or Release From Ignition

The first thing to try if your key wont release from the ignition is replacing the key, and If the quick fix does not work then you should try replacing the lock cylinder and tumblers. Both options cost under $100.

#5: Noise in Front Suspension

If you hear a rattling or clunking noise coming from the front suspension during low-speed, then your Grand Caravan may have worn sway bar brushings or sway bar end links. For this problem, typically the front struts are often replaced. Depending on if you have one or both front struts replaced this can cost $300-$800.

Consider An Extended Warranty

Today’s vehicles have complicated mechanical parts. This means repair costs are rising. With an extended vehicle protection plan, your repair costs are covered.  Through Zubie Perks, you can get $100 off an extended warranty package from our trusted partner CARCHEX.  Go to Zubie > Perks to redeem.

As the leading auto warranty insurer, CARCHEX has collected years of repair warranty claim data on thousands of vehicle makes and models. Specific types of Chevy Silverado repairs highlighted in this article are derived from data provided by Zubie and RepairPal, CARCHEX partners. Repair costs derived from both RepairPal, as well as CARCHEX based on actual warranty related data for 2002-2014 vehicles.

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