Automatic Transmission problems of the 1999 Dodge Caravan

32 problems related to automatic transmission have been reported for the 1999 Dodge Caravan. The most recently reported issues are listed below.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 1
Failure Date: 07/09/2010

Driving 20 miles an hour under normal conditions. My transmission fell apart in my 1999 Dodge grand Caravan se 3. 3 automatic transmission. There is a pin inside the transmission that simply breaks apart. You receive no warning of the defect. When this happens your vehicle seizes and stops. I was lucky I was close to home. When the pin breaks it destroys the case as well. In researching this defect I found out it also happens in 1999,2000, and 2001 Dodge Caravans, Plymouth voyager and Chrysler town and country vans. This breakage can occur at any speed. It seems to happen at around 100,000 miles. Again in my research came across a person who replaced the transmission 5 times in one year and another who was going 60 miles an hour when it happened luckily they gained control of the vehicle and no one was hurt. There are still a great many of these vehicles on the road and present a danger to all occupants and even those who are next to them on the road when all systems shut down. You must purchase an after market built case that stabilizes the pin and helps prevent the metal fatigue or the problem will continue to happen. Chrysler needs to offer some assistance to owners as this is 2000. 00 or more repair. They do not acknowledge the problem and it seems to be very common.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 2
Failure Date: 08/14/2008

While driving about 45mph I heard a loud thump. A few moments later the van stopped pulling itself. I took it to a shop and they said that a pin in the transmission had broke and tore up the housing of transmission causing all of the fluid to pour out onto the road. No one was hurt but I was told that it was a common problem and think that if it is common Dodge should help pay for some of the damage.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 3
Failure Date: 10/15/2005

While driving through the neighborhood the rear end pin came loose in the transaxle and cracked the housing. Lost all the transmission fluid and vehicle became inoperative. Vehicle had 49,992 miles and Dodge would not repair under warranty. They dealer recommended a new transmission for almost $3000. I had it rebuilt with replacement parts at a transmission shop for $1600.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 4
Failure Date: 07/13/2004

I bought a used 1999 Dodge grand Caravan se in 2002 with 28000 miles. The original mfg warranty had expired so we bought extended warranty. From the first week this car gave us trouble ending with a major accident due to gear shift. On the day of the accident while driving the car the gear shifted on its own from drive to lower gear. 5 min later the car when parked on my driveway moved from park to reverse on its own. Since I was out of the car I was run over by the car causing severe injuries but I was lucky that I did not die. The fatality rate is over 50% in such accident but I escaped with rib fractures, internal blood loss and extensive bruising.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 5
Failure Date: 02/24/2004

While driving at 35 mph, the consumer heard a clanking sound come from the engine compartment. A few seconds later the vehicle loss power steering and stalled. After repeated attempts the vehicle would not restart. The dealer examined the vehicle and found that holes were punched into the transmission housing case.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 6
Failure Date: 01/16/2004

Last week my wife was coming home from work when she thought she ran over something. She said that the steering wheel shuttered and it scared her a lot. I'm just thankful she was not on the interstate when that happened because it could have put her life, as well as others, in danger. She was turning a corner after the light changed for left hand turns as was only traveling around 25-30 mph. When she looked she did not see anything in the road. The Caravan suddenly stopped. She got off the road. She was able to restart the car and make it home, about 5 miles. I had the Caravan towed to a transmission repair shop. They told me that this problem is very common with Dodge Caravan's with an engine rating of 3. 1 to 3. 8 litter and the 41te transmission. I need the car so I had it fixed for $2,265. F Dodge (Chrysler) knows about this problem, why is it still happening to owners of this vehicle?.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 7
Failure Date: 09/28/2003

At 72,000 miles my 1999 Dodge Caravan needs a new transmission due to a pinion in the pinion shaft coming loose and tearing through the transmission casing. Over $2400 worth of work was required. No injuries, but I lost control when incident occurred and was able to drift to the grassy edge of a rural road.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 8
Failure Date: 06/16/2003

While driving at 40/50 mph a pin from the automatic transmission flew off and blew the transmission. Engine shut off, and driver was unable to change gears.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 9
Failure Date: 04/11/2003

Wife was loading grand kids into minivan, grandson crawled across drivers seat and grabbed the shifting lever, which the caused van to go into reverse and back up into step wall, we realized you do not have to put foot your on the brake to shift into gear when engine is running.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 10
Failure Date: 04/05/2003

The transmission locked up, and caused the rear tires to lock up, which made it difficult to control the vehicle.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 11
Failure Date: 01/30/2003

While driving, the vehicle stalled out. The dealership indicated that this was caused by a pin in the automatic transmission which was coming a loose, and had blown a hole in the transmission. Ph scc.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 12
Failure Date: 01/01/2003

1999 Dodge Caravan has two baseball size holes in casing of transmission after bringing down to ? sound of transmission and was told it was fine by dealers , I feel as though this is a defect in transmission. I would like a transmisson replaced due to only having for 11/2 yrs and owe 10. 000. 00 still on loan.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 13
Failure Date: 11/26/2002

This is the third Dodge I've owned that the transmisson has failed. I know this has been problem but I thought it had been corrected but I guess it hasn't. I'm having it repaired by an independent garage and would like for Dodge to pay for it. Dt.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 14
Failure Date: 09/21/2002

I notified the first incident to the dealer about its speed sensor, over the phone, which blew away just after the two weeks of buying this car from his showroom. Last month, the break went bad and were not covered under the warranty, I had to end up replacing the rotor and complete brake set, paying around $300 from my pocket, from a midas in pennsylvania. The third incident was most dangerous, and donã‚t know how I saved the life of my two little kids including the one with 11months infant baby, the automatic transmission blew away while driving normally and lost control on the downhill, in the city of norristown, since its break and the entire system went off due to the failure of automatic transmission and I eventually took a great risk of pulling the car all be myself on the sidewalk and somehow protected each of my family members. This car is proven to be very unsafe and does not worth the life of my kids and my family. I sincerely request to help me have my money back at the earliest. The dealer is very rude and rough over the phone and does not let me speak at all. It took me several years to save this money to buy this car but the dealer has really deceived me by giving a faulty car. It seems to me that this car did not undergo for any kind of safety inspection as long as it was sitting in his showroom and I am very afraid of driving now.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 15
Failure Date: 07/03/2002

No summary listed for above vehicle.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 16
Failure Date: 06/26/2002

In order to change gears has to step on brakes twice.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 17
Failure Date: 05/03/2002

No summary listed for above vehicle.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 18
Failure Date: 12/17/2000

At 15,000 mile check I requested the transmission be checked, it felt as though it may be slipping. Service department found nothing wrong at that time. Transmission has to be totally replaced in 1999 Caravan with only 43000 miles on it. We have never towed anything with the van and are shocked that it needs a new transmission with so few miles on it. Surely there must be a defect in the transmission for it to have gone out so soon after the warranty expired.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 19
Failure Date: 10/23/2000

Transmission went out on our 1999 Dodge Caravan while traveling 50-60 mph in a remote area. This is the second transmission problem I have had with this car. The first was a sensor that went bad, and now the entire transmission had to be replaced. The van has been with the dealer for 5 days.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 20
Failure Date: 08/10/2000

After starting engine and moved transmission, it will not work, only functions in reverse. Had taken vehicle to dealer, and they could not explain what happened. Vehicle still at dealer.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 21
Failure Date: 07/21/2000

Speed sensors have failed 3 times in the last 12 weeks causing the transmission to shift erratically and violently. All dash gauges also go dead intermittently. Vehicle has been in the shop a total of 5 times in this same timeframe. (July 21- oct 16) Chrysler has been contacted but refuses to do anything further till the vehicle breaks again. (Chrysler file # 7858395).

car   Automatic Transmission problem 22
Failure Date: 11/28/1999

While driving with cruise control activated vehicle will not downshift when going up hills. Dealer cannot identify or correct the problem.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 23
Failure Date: 06/10/1999

I felt a jerk and the transmission would not change, this is the second time and I am scared someone will get killed in this van.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 24

A bolt in the transmission broke and dislodge a bearing that blew a hole in the housing. This resulted in vehicle being unable to go into gear, and driver losing control of the vehicle.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 25

The transmission pin broke and went through the casing.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 26

Vehicles transmission line keeps disconnecting for the bottom of the vehicle. This results in a fuel leak, which can cause an accident, due to the fact if a vehicle is behind when the fuel leaks they can slide into the back of consumer. The dealership replace parts but the problem recurs. This is a common problem with this make/model vehicle. Please provide more details. Ts.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 27

Vehicles transmission line keeps disconnecting for the bottom of the vehicle. This results in a fuel leak, which can cause an accident, due to the fact if a vehicle is behind when the fuel leaks they can slide into the back of the consumer. The dealership replace parts but the problem recurs. This is a common problem with this make/model vehicle. Please provide more details. Ts.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 28

Vehicle has trouble changing gears. Also, has problems accelerating. When consumer keeps trying to make vehicle accelerate it will shut off. Contacted dealer, and the dealer is not willing to do anything.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 29

The van was taken in 2 times during the warranty period. They attempted some repaires. The second time they said they could not find the problem, but they would document it incase there were problems later. . I contacted the manufacturer who stated that they new there was a problem with that model year, but there was no recall so they were not going to do anything about it. No safety defect listed.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 30

While driving at any speed front wheels will lock up causing loss of vehicle control due to a pin within transmission assembly that jams. Please give any further details.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 31

When driving at 40 mph vehicle surged forward/ downshfited due to transmission going bad, and has been replaced on three different ocassions. Consumer has contacted dealer. Please provide any further details.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 32

The front driver side power door switch burn out, put a new transmission in van rebuilt. Tt.

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