Transmission Failure problems of the 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan

15 problems related to transmission failure have been reported for the 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan. The most recently reported issues are listed below.

car   Transmission Failure problem 1
Failure Date: 10/24/2006

Transmission failed while going 60 on interstate. Power would come and go leaving me stranded in the middle of traffic and attempting to get to the side of the road without getting hit. The engine light didn't come on until I was pulled off the road. No prior warning of the pending failure.

car   Transmission Failure problem 2
Failure Date: 08/10/2004

While driving 65 mph transmission failed. As a result, the vehicle shut off in traffic. No impact reported.

car   Transmission Failure problem 3
Failure Date: 07/07/2003

1998 Dodge Grand Caravan: massive transmission failure. The shaft of a pin extending into the core (sorry if I have the technical details wrong) sheered of completely and destroyed the entire transmission at around 50,000 miles. Shortly after the failure when the vehicle was first being looked at by my mechanic, the transmission "locked up", meaning the vehicle could not be started or moved. The reason I am reporting this is because my mechanic indicated that had this "lock up occurred" at the wrong time and place that there is good chance my wife (who drives this vehicle daily) and my children (who ride in this vehicle daily) would have been seriously injured or killed. I have digital pictures showing the failure and damage inside of the transmission, and my mechanic is available to provide any further technical details or information.

car   Transmission Failure problem 4
Failure Date: 05/08/2003

Transmission failure. The transmission in my 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan began to slip and stay in second gear around 50k miles. I had it diagnosed by the dealer and the cost of repair is more than I could ever afford. I have taken it to two other mechanics and there is not much variation in price. Generally the cost is going to be from $16,000 to $2,400. I cannot afford a new car either. I am reading all of the complaints about this, so why hasn't there been a recall? the dealer should gladly replace the transmissions since they are aware that this is occurring on a regular basis. It is because they do not want to absorb the cost themselves. They will recall something small like brakes or fan belt. I also have had the serpentine belt slip off twice when driving through puddles of water. Both times my engine overheated and the steering column locked, both fatally serious probems. What is the deal? I demand relief! no one is going to trade this piece of junk with me. What is the dealer willing to do?.

car   Transmission Failure problem 5
Failure Date: 04/22/2003

Complete transmission failure at 65,000 miles. Van needs complete replacement at cost of $2,400. Previously repaired one month earlier with transmission valve problem at same dealer. Opening cases with cfas and zone rep also. Please advise.

car   Transmission Failure problem 6
Failure Date: 03/15/2003

My 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan had a complete transmission failure while I was driving it late one evening. It would no longer respond to any gear change and in fact, it sounded and smelled terrible! I was completely stranded for several hours on a dark windy road until I could obtain help. Upon investigation on the internet I saw that this is unfortunately a commonly known problem for Dodge owners. I have never towed anything with my car and had all routine maintenance completed. The transmission repair shop said they see this all the time with Chrysler products. Dangerous!!.

car   Transmission Failure problem 7
Failure Date: 01/30/2003

Consumer was driving and the transmission failed. Dealer was contacted.

car   Transmission Failure problem 8
Failure Date: 11/10/2002

Vehicle exprienced a complete transmission failure and required a new transmission with only 55,000 miles on the vehicle. In our research, we have seen numerous complaints of this type with Dodge Grand Caravans.

car   Transmission Failure problem 9
Failure Date: 01/13/2002

Vehicle was at a stop sign, and without prior warning, front wheels locked up because of transmission failure.

car   Transmission Failure problem 10
Failure Date: 05/10/2001

Transmission failed suddenly; transmission failure at <70k mi has occurred with 3 other family members - recall needed?.

car   Transmission Failure problem 11
Failure Date: 04/15/2000

The transmission failed at 48,000. When I contacted the dealership the service manager diagnosed the problem over the telephone. When I asked him how he knew what was wrong, his response was " happens on these vans all the time, it's a common problem". When I asked why Dodge didn't do a recall and fix them all, his response was "we would rather handle them on an individual basis". I'm sure it's a cost factor. My position is that Dodge, (Chrysler), has a major transmission problem on their vehicles, they knowingly installed them anyways and have deceived the public. If a survey of Dodge owners was conducted, I'm sure that transmission problems would be frequent. Dodge split the cost of a re-built tranmission with me which cost me $864. 00. I am confident that there are a number of people who have had the costs split like me, had the whole thing taken care of and those who suffered the burden of paying for the entire cost. I feel that Chrysler owes me $864. 00 and that they should be punished for putting "bad" transmissions in cars.

car   Transmission Failure problem 12
Failure Date: 01/08/2000

Transmission failed while operating. Engine surged several times, lost acceleration, then stalled. Vehicle operated with only passenger weight. Dealer no explanation for failure. Suggest complete replacement of transmission.

car   Transmission Failure problem 13

While driving, the consumer heard a "pop" then the vehicle stalled. The mechanic stated the transmission pin came in contact with the casing which caused the caused the transmission to fail.

car   Transmission Failure problem 14

Transmission failed. Nlm.

car   Transmission Failure problem 15

Transmission failed at 40 mph. Transmission was replaced by the mechanic.

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