This version of the Grand Caravan is pleasant to drive, handles soundly, and has a roomy interior. We also found it to be quiet, with good wind- and road noise suppression. Still though, it can't match the quality and refinement of the better minivans. Limited interior flexibility and subpar fit and finish detract from the overall package.
    Alerts
    There are 3 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

    Reliability

    Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

    Overall Reliability
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    Owner Reported Trouble Spots

    The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2003 Dodge Grand Caravan owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

    Brakes

    Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

    What Owners Say

    Antilock system (ABS)

    "One of the sensors was bad at about 160000 miles"

    Lewis J., IL (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan None 3.2-L V6)

    "The abs warning light has been an issue since I got the car in the summer especially. It goes on when driving on hot days after about 15 miles. When taken to the mechanic it was fixed but it has repeatedly been a problem since"

    Anonymous, FL (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport 3.2-L V6)

    "ABS power unit has failed, but the regular braking is still fine."

    Anonymous, ON (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport 3.2-L V6)
    Calipers

    "Front brakes were locking up and there is something in the lighting system that keep turning the lights on and running the battery down"

    Bruce K., FL (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport 3.2-L V6)
    Normal routine brake wear

    "Brake lines corrosion"

    Anonymous, IN (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan)

    "Brake fluid lining was leaking fixed."

    Anonymous, PA (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan None 3.2-L V6)

    "break line was clogged new line fluid used to fix the problem"

    Anonymous, PA (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan None 3.2-L V6)

    "Not much else to report."

    Anonymous, ON (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport 3.2-L V6)

    "Brakes began making noises and it took longer to make a complete stop. Brakes were reqplaced."

    Anonymous, (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan Unsure Unsure)

    Paint/Trim

    Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

    What Owners Say

    Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

    "Gel coat failure, paint fading, no longer shiny."

    Anonymous, PA (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.7-L V6)
    Rust

    "Small area of rust at rear fender, and below 2nd sliding doors."

    Anonymous, PA (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.7-L V6)

    "body rust, especially in side rear."

    Anonymous, MD (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan)

    "Within a week of purchasing the 2003 Dodge Caravan I delivered the Caravan to Ziebart for rust proofing and have taken it back every year for touch up by Ziebart. It has rusted at the front doors, sliding doors, tailgate, fenders, and hood. This group of vehicles just seem to be rust buckets."

    Gary J., MI (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan None 3.2-L V6)

    "In Michigan you can't find a Dodge/Chrysler minivan without sliding door rust. I even had mine Ziebarted to no aavail"

    Gary J., MI (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan None 3.2-L V6)

    "It will not pass a safety inspection in VA. It has been rusting for years. It was in MI for most of it's life so suffered lots of winters. Although it still runs great, we'll have to get rid of it soon."

    Anonymous, MN (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan None 3.2-L V6)

    "Despite taking this van to Ziebart every year, it still rusted out. Ziebart wouldn't back there work"

    Anonymous, MI (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan None 3.2-L V6)

    "Body rust started 3 years ago and the estimated cost to fix the rust is $4300."

    Anonymous, CT (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport 3.7-L V6)

    Suspension

    Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

    What Owners Say

    Shocks or struts

    "Worn out spring and struts"

    Anonymous, MN (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport 3.7-L V6)

    "Drivers side strut leaked out all of its oil"

    James P., IL (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport 3.2-L V6)
    Springs or torsion bars

    "The front end felt really loose & I heard a lot of clicks and squeeks"

    Nancy H., AL (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport 3.2-L V6)
    Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

    "replaced rack and pinion - seemed more expensive than in sedans"

    Anonymous, PA (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.7-L V6)
    Tie rods

    "I had a problem with the tie rods needing repair or replacement. I ended up with a new rack and pinion steering to eliminate the problem. There was also some leakage of steering fluid that the new rack and pinion steering also corrected."

    Anonymous, WA (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport 3.7-L V6)

    Electric System

    Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

    What Owners Say

    Exterior lights (other than headlights)

    "tail lights electric short somewhere"

    Anonymous, (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan None 3.2-L V6)
    Headlights

    "there is something that keeps turning the lights on and running the battery down"

    Bruce K., FL (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport 3.2-L V6)

    "The plastic deteriorate. I clean 3 times and finally replace with new ones."

    Robert K., MO (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport 3.7-L V6)
    Warning lights

    "started 5 years ago,unresolved"

    Anonymous, ON (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan ES 3.7-L V6)

    "Gas seal improperly seals after 3 replacements"

    Anonymous, BC (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport 3.2-L V6)

    Body Integrity

    Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

    What Owners Say

    Air or water leaks

    "Antifreeze line going to rear heater was rusting out; had to replace it"

    Anonymous, MN (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport 3.2-L V6)

    "the condensation tube inside the van kept leaking inside the passenger area causing a big water stain around and under the carpet"

    Luz R., NY (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan ES 3.7-L V6)
    Seals and/or weather-stripping

    "Water leaked into the front passenger floor area when air conditioning was on."

    Anonymous, MD (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan)
    Wind noise

    "Air leaks in around the doors while driving and it makes it hard to hear what is being said in the car."

    Anonymous, MI (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan None Unsure)

    Fuel System

    Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

    What Owners Say

    Emission control devices (includes EGR)

    "This 2003 Dodge Caravan has had ongoing emissions problems with a lot of replaced parts and hoses"

    Gary J., MI (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan None 3.2-L V6)

    "The catalytic converter had to be replaced at a cost of $770."

    Anonymous, CT (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport 3.7-L V6)
    Fuel cap

    "I had Azone and O'Reilly's to check for an engine light problem; replaced cap and seal. The light was out just for a few miles and never was resolved."

    Robert K., MO (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport 3.7-L V6)

    Transmission Minor

    Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

    What Owners Say

    Transmission computer

    "An engine trouble light indicator says we have a sticky valve in the transmission. I’m not spending the money to find out more since the car is old and I’m not detecting any issues other than the trouble light."

    George E., SC (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport 3.7-L V6)
    Transmission leaks

    "There is a slow leak of transmission fluid. Not sure where the problem is. Have not had it fixed and will only do so if cost is reasonable because the car is not worth much and not sure how much life is left in it."

    John B., GA (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan ES 3.2-L V6)

    "Transmission leak - cost approximately $600 to repair."

    Anonymous, KY (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan None 3.2-L V6)

    Exhaust

    Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

    What Owners Say

    Catalytic converter

    "Check engine light stayed on - exhaust was smelly."

    Anonymous, TX (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan)
    Other/unsure

    "The airbag warning light on the passenger turns on and off intermittently but is on (i.e.warning) most of the time."

    Anonymous, SC (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan)

    "Warning light is on, need to have it checked out."

    Anonymous, (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan None Unsure)

    Transmission Major

    Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

    What Owners Say

    Transmission rebuild or replacement

    "noticed driving was not as smooth; mechanic identified transmission problem; transmission had to be replaced"

    Anonymous, BC (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport 3.7-L V6)

    "Transmissions are known to fail at about 100,000 miles and are very expensive to rebuild. Mine went at about 120,000 and cost almost $2,000 to rebuild"

    Anonymous, WI (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan ES)

    "We had a rebuilt transmission installed and then about 5 months later the solenoid malfunctioned. There was an intermittent problem with the vehicle not being able to shift out of low gear. The engine would rev to high RPMs, but the transmission would not shift. Consulted a technician and had diagnostics run, but no problem was detected after shutting off the engine and restarting. Still a worry because it was a bad problem and we don't know what caused it and/or when/if it will happen again"

    Anonymous, MD (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan EX 3.7-L V6)

    Climate System

    Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

    What Owners Say

    A/C compressor

    "Replaced - Electrical"

    Anonymous, OH (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan None 3.2-L V6)

    "Compressor worn out after 16 years; had to be replaced."

    Anonymous, MD (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan)
    Blower (fan) motor

    "The blower fan motor has needed to be replaced twice"

    Anonymous, FL (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport 3.2-L V6)

    Engine Cooling

    Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

    What Owners Say

    Overheating

    "Overheating was an occasional issue but took an abrupt turn. By that time, the radiator and water pump were needing replacement. Replaced broken parts and is running again."

    Anonymous, (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan None 3.2-L V6)
    Water pump

    "Water pump went out and there was a very loud bang under the hood and it became undrivable and would not start either."

    Jim L., (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

    Drive System

    Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

    What Owners Say

    Driveshaft or axle

    "We had to have the rear driveshaft replaced (very expensive, even using a re-purposed part). Wear on the previous one caused a heavy vibration and loud banging noise when under heat and load driving up an incline (mountain - East Coast, ~3,000 ft.). It felt like it was going to come apart. Technician said there was heavy wear and it needed to be replaced"

    Anonymous, MD (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan EX 3.7-L V6)
    Electrical failure

    "dash lights out on left side, the lights dim when you turn headlights on"

    Luz R., NY (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan ES 3.7-L V6)

    Power Equipment

    Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

    What Owners Say

    Alternator

    "alternator failed, replacement required."

    Anonymous, PA (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.7-L V6)
    Engine harness

    "Some animal chewed wiring to several sensors. Self repaired."

    Anonymous, MO (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan None 3.2-L V6)

    Engine Major

    Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

    What Owners Say

    Head gasket

    "gasket was leaking, needed to be replaced"

    Anonymous, PA (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.7-L V6)

    Engine Minor

    Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

    What Owners Say

    Oil leaks

    "Oil pan seal"

    Anonymous, MN (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport 3.2-L V6)

    In-car Electronics

    CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

    What Owners Say

    CD player

    "It's not operated for about years"

    Anonymous, OH (2003 Dodge Grand Caravan None 3.2-L V6)

    Body Hardware

    Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

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    This score shows whether the model had more or fewer problems overall than the average model of that year, calculated from the total number of problems reported by subscribers in all 17 trouble spots.
    Recalls
    PROVIDED BY
    STEERING
    Aug 05, 2004
    POWER STEERING FLUID LEAKAGE IN THE PRESENCE OF AN IGNITION SOURCE CAN RESULT IN AN UNDER HOOD FIRE.
    Summary:
    ON CERTAIN MINIVANS EQUIPPED WITH 3.3 OR 3.8L V-6 ENGINE, THE UPPER POWER STEERING COOLER HOSE MAY SPLIT AND CAUSE A FLUID LEAK.
    What should you do:
    DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE UPPER POWER STEERING COOLER HOSE. THIS RECALL BEGAN ON SEPTEMBER 27, 2004. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT DAIMLERCHRYSLER AT 1-800-853-1403.
    For more information:
    RECALL NO. D37.CUSTOMERS CAN ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).
    NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 04V386000
    Potential Number of Units Affected: 681000
    FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
    Oct 24, 2003
    A POSSIBLE FIRE CAN OCCUR IN THE PRESENCE OF AN IGNITION SOURCE.
    Summary:
    CERTAIN AFTERMARKET REPLACEMENT FUEL FILTERS, MODELS WIX FILTER PART NUMBERS 33576, 33577, 33734; NAPA FILTER PART NUMBERS 3576, 3577, 3734; AND CARQUEST FILTER PART NUMBERS 86576, 86577, 86734 USED ON 1996-2000 DAIMLERCHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY, DODGE CARAVAN, AND PLYMOUTH VOYAGER VEHICLES, CAN CAUSE THE FUEL LINES TO LEAK.
    What should you do:
    WIX WILL NOTIFY ITS CUSTOMERS AND REPLACE THE FUEL FILTERS FREE OF CHARGE. NOTE: THIS DOES NOT INVOLVE ANY PRODUCTS MANUFACTURED BY THE DAIMLERCHRYSLER CORP. NOR ANY DAILMERCHRYSLER DEALERS. OWNER NOTIFICATION IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING NOVEMBER 2003. OWNERS WHO DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT WIX AT 704-864-6711.
    For more information:
    THIS RECALL ONLY PERTAINS TO AFTERMARKET REPLACEMENT FUEL FILTERS AND HAS NO RELATION TO ANY ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT INSTALLED ON CHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY, PLYMOUTH VOYAGER, AND DODGE CARAVAN MINIVANSOR ANY OTHER PRODUCTS MANUFACTURED BY DAIMLERCHRYSLER CORPORATION.CUSTOMERS CAN CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).
    NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 03E053000
    Potential Number of Units Affected: 68563
    STRUCTURE
    Mar 07, 2003
    THIS OVERHEATING CONDITION CAN CAUSE THE RUNNING BOARD TO MELT OR CAUSE A FIRE.
    Summary:
    CERTAIN PICKUP TRUCK, VAN, AND MINI VAN CONVERSIONS EQUIPPED WITH SOUTHERN COMFORT BUILT RUNNING BOARDS THAT CONTAIN CERTAIN COURTESY LIGHTS MANUFACTURED BY AMERICAN TECHNOLOGY COMPONENTS, INC. THESE UNITS CONTAIN A COURTESY LIGHT OR LIGHTS THAT MIGHT OVERHEAT WHEN THE WIRE HARNESS IS EXPOSED TO EXCESSIVE MOISTURE AND ROAD SALT.
    What should you do:
    DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE WIRING HARNESS ON THESE RUNNING BOARDS. OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN MARCH 7, 2003. OWNERS WHO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER ON AN AGREED UPON SERVICE DATE AND DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT SOUTHERN COMFORT AT 1-800-745-6096.
    For more information:
    CUSTOMERS CAN ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).
    NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 03V094000
    Potential Number of Units Affected: 3674
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