Dodge Caravan - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Dodge Caravan owners have reported a total of 6,651 problems for their cars built in the 24 model years listed in the chart below. The chart shows the number of problems reported across all service years for each given model year of the Dodge Caravan. The 1996 Dodge Caravan cars have the most problems reported (1,408 problems).

Table 1. Total number of problems by model year for Dodge Caravan

  Common problems of Dodge Caravan

The following chart shows the 27 most common problems for Dodge Caravan cars. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's air bags (995 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's electrical system (924 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Dodge Caravan

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Air Bag
995
  Electrical System
924
  Engine And Engine Cooling
819
  Power Train
622
  Service Brakes
453
  Gasoline Fuel System
336
  Steering
317
  Latches/locks/linkage
264
  Exterior Lighting
255
  Equipment
218
   
  Visibility
192
  Suspension
190
  Structure
183
  Seat Belt
161
  Tire
128
  Other Fuel System
119
  Vehicle Speed Control
108
  Seats
98
  Unknown Or Other
82
  Child Seat
69
  Wheel
46
  Electronic Stability Control
30
  Parking Brake
25
  Air Brake
11
  Interior Lighting
4
  Traction Control System
1
  Diesel Fuel System
1

  Compare Reliability Across Model Years Using PPMY Index

It would not be fair to compare the Dodge Caravan of an older model year to newer model years since older vehicles have been in service longer and thus are expected to have more problems. In order to compare the reliability across Caravan model years, we use the PPMY index which is defined as the problems reported per thousand vehicles per Year. A smaller PPMY index indicates greater reliability of the given model year cars.

    PPMY = P / S / Y * 1000,

where P = total problems reported during the life of a Dodge Caravan model year; S = total units sold of the model year; Y = years since the debut of the model year (the age of the vehicle).

The results are shown in Table 3.

Table 3. Use PPMY Index to Compare Reliability Across Caravan Model Years

Caravan
Model Year
Problems Sales [1] Vehicle
Age
PPMY Index
  2007 10232,94012    
0.26
  2006 19462,39713    
0.24
  2005 58993,56814    
0.45
  2004 7726,18715    
0.20
  2003 20086,41016    
0.14
  2002 25983,18317    
0.18
  2001 26169,64018    
0.21
  2000 479126,89319    
0.20

  Number of Problems Reported During the First Year

Another way to measure the reliability across the model years of the Dodge Caravan is to use the total number of problems reported during the vehicle's first year in service, as shown in the Table 4.

Table 4. Number of problems in vehicle's; first service year

Model YearProblems Reported
  2019 Caravan
1
  2017 Caravan
11
  2015 Caravan
3
  2013 Caravan
4
  2012 Caravan
7
  2010 Caravan
19
  2009 Caravan
4
  2008 Caravan
16
  2007 Caravan
17
  2006 Caravan
12
  2005 Caravan
31
  2004 Caravan
10
  2003 Caravan
35
  2002 Caravan
21
  2001 Caravan
22
  2000 Caravan
36
  1999 Caravan
31
  1998 Caravan
47
  1997 Caravan
36
  1996 Caravan
172
  1993 Caravan
1


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