Chrysler might have invented the modern minivan, but time has marched on, leaving the Dodge Grand Caravan feeling dated and past its prime. At least the GC’s ride is very comfortable and settled, and passengers will find a quiet, well-equipped cabin that offers considerable versatility. Both the second- and third-row seats can fold away into the floor, a big convenience for times you need to maximize cargo space.
Alerts
There are 5 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
NA
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2008. Side air bags available from 2001-2004. Head protection air bags available from 2005, standard from 2008. ESC standard from 2008.
Road Test

Chrysler might have invented the modern minivan, but time has marched on, leaving the Dodge Grand Caravan feeling dated and past its prime.

At least the GC’s ride is very comfortable and settled, and passengers will find a quiet, well-equipped cabin that offers considerable versatility. Both the second- and third-row seats can fold away into the floor, a big convenience for times you need to maximize cargo space. Unfortunately though, that trick also compromises the seats' comfort.

Seating
2 front, 2 rear, 3 third
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
minivan extended
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3.6-liter V6 (283 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2012 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)

"The ABS signal is always on"

Anonymous, OK (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan R/T 3.6-L V6)
Calipers

"Brake caliper started sticking then it finally wouldn't release. Replaced both rear calipers."

Anonymous, IA (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT 3.6-L V6)

"one rear caliper needed to be replaced because it was seized. Road salt in my area is the worst in North America"

Lorne A., NS (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan American Value 3.6-L V6)

"stock rear calipers are poor, seem to freeze up after 3 years of use"

Anonymous, WI (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.6-L V6)

"Calipers needed replaced, required a number of attempts"

Anonymous, MO (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan 3.6-L V6)
Normal routine brake wear

"brakes were replace"

Anonymous, MI (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew 3.6-L V6)

"This is the second time we have put front brakes on this van. They stop well and are quiet. They seem to wear out at about 23,000 miles, but stop well."

Anonymous, PA (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan Unsure 3.6-L V6)

"The fix was easy."

Anonymous, OR (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew 3.6-L V6)

"My repair man tells me that the 2012 Dodge Caravans have the worse brake repair history."

Anonymous, BC (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan 3.6-L V6)
Parking brake

"The parking brake cable needs to be replaced since it is "stretched out". First noticed in January and not fixed yet."

Anonymous, NC (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew 3.6-L V6)
Premature brake wear

"Brakes wore out within 1 months. I replaced the pads and rotors with premium quality parts (third party) that have worked and worn very well."

Bob F., IL (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan American Value 3.6-L V6)

"Vehicle is driven mostly highway miles but brakes last less than 50,000 miles. The brakes pulse at the steering wheel due to rotor warpage. A brake shop continues to tell me the vehicle is “under braked”."

Anonymous, NC (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew 3.6-L V6)

"Brakes seem to wear quickly and no warning the rotors are going bad, like I've always had with other cars."

Terry H., FL (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.6-L V6)

"Mechanics have said the suspension of the car is not adequate for the weight so it causes the brakes and rotors to wear more quickly stopping the car."

Terry Z., NY (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.6-L V6)

"I was told by brake experts that the vehicle is “under raked”. Brakes do not last 50,000."

Anonymous, NC (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew 3.6-L V6)

"It appears all Dodge Caravans we own experience same problem. This is an inherent Dodge Caravan engineering issue."

Don A., ON (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.6-L V6)

"I was told by brake mechanics that the van is “under raked”. They don’t last 50,000 in mostly highway driving."

Anonymous, NC (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew 3.6-L V6)

"Had a 2009 as well. These vans are notorious for a poorly designed brake that prematurely wears out the pads as they calipers don't seem to fully release. Chrysler denies it but just go on the internet forms and many people complain"

Anonymous, AB (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew 3.6-L V6)

"Did not have quite 33000 miles on the van when I noticed a grinding noise. Took it into my local mechanic and found out the brakes were all shot. ad to replace all rotors and calipers. I told them to find a replacement that was not Mopar. They must use inferior material for their brake parts since my 2002 GMC pick-up went 96000 miles before I had to replace only the front brake components and the rear still had 60 % left"

Gerald H., FL (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.6-L V6)

"Rotors and calipers have been changed 3 times since new"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.6-L V6)

"Started out on vacation and the brakes were good but during the trip the calipers seized and unknown to me the brakes dragged the entire 4000 kms back completely destroying the pads and rotors"

Anonymous, MB (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan American Value 3.6-L V6)
Regular brake failure

"As stated"

Don A., ON (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.6-L V6)
Rotors

"The vehicle was issued new with the wrong rotors...that was a KNOWN issue that customer were NOT compensated for. And there was never a recall."

Anonymous, MA (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.6-L V6)

"We needed front brakes and front rotors at a cost of $399.00."

Anonymous, PA (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan Unsure 3.6-L V6)

"hard to find voters that don't warp"

Lorne A., NS (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan American Value 3.6-L V6)

"The rotors needed resurfacing because of pulsing after less than 50000 miles."

Anonymous, NC (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew 3.6-L V6)

"Rotors have been replaced three times. They are too small (diameter) for the size/weight of this vehicle in a hilly environment."

Anonymous, BC (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan 3.6-L V6)

"The brake light came on and when we took it to Les Schwab they found a warped rotor"

Anonymous, OR (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew 3.6-L V6)

"This is totally related to the seized calipers I discussed earlier"

Anonymous, MB (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan American Value 3.6-L V6)
Squeaking

"The dealership can't seem to get the brakes to stop squealing/squeaking after replacing pads."

Terry H., FL (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.6-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

"After numerous a/c compressor issues it exploded, damaging all sorts of stuff."

Anonymous, MA (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.6-L V6)

"The A/C, both front and rear, had to be replaced just outside of warranty."

Bob F., IL (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan American Value 3.6-L V6)

"I had a costly total AC system failure that had to be repaired not only for comfort but for the heat and defroster to work properly. the total cost was $2,300 which is excessive to keep an older car on the road. This was also following previous replacements of the sensors 4 times over 5 years, each time costing about 175. I am very dissatisfied with the climate control in this van. I have never had this happen before in any car, including my previous caravans (5 previous over the past 20 years)."

Anonymous, NY (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan 3.6-L V6)
Automatic climate control

"Passenger side temperature control failed 2 years ago. The computer causes the blend door motor to fail. Dodge has been unable to fix it."

Bruce G., MB (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan American Value 3.6-L V6)

"Unable to change temperature on the passenger side due to constant failure of the blend door motor. Mechanic found out it is an error in the computer program but Chrysler is still unable to fix it"

Bruce G., MB (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan American Value 3.6-L V6)
Blower (fan) motor

"air blows out of the left and right side of the dash. When a/c on, left side blows cold and right side blew warm."

Anonymous, (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.6-L V6)

"Bearing going out on fan motor. Very noise at certain speeds."

Anonymous, MO (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan Unsure 3.6-L V6)
Condenser

"No cool air."

Anonymous, MI (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew 3.6-L V6)
Evaporator

"I didn't know that my evaporator had failed until my dealer repaired several leaks in the air conditioner lines. It was only after replacing several lines that they discovered that the evaporator was shot also. My local dealer has been giving me the best service that I could ever hope to receive from a dealer."

Anonymous, MN (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.6-L V6)
Heater system

"Slow leak in radiator system. Unable to detect where it is occurring. about one gallon per month. Discovered when heat went out driving new born grandson to airport. 80 mile trip, early morning minus 35 degree wind chill. Could have been life threatening."

Anonymous, MN (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.6-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"Low"

Anonymous, (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan American Value 3.6-L V6)

"Rear refrigerant lines failed, vehicle was sitting in parking lot for a week. $2,000 to replace."

Anonymous, VA (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew 3.6-L V6)

"continued loss of refrigerant...mechanic suspects condenser or compressor"

Anonymous, (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan Unsure 3.6-L V6)

"I noticed it the day that I took my van in to have my snow tires rotated off and my summer tires rotated on. For some reason I decided to check my air conditioner and discovered that it didn't work. So I asked if they could look at it while they had it in the bay and fortunately they had the time to do so. That's when the leaks were discovered and after they replaced the lines the found out that the evaporator was bad also. I can't praise my local dealer enough for the service that they have provided for me over the years."

Anonymous, MN (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.6-L V6)

"we had issues when we first got the car, the dealership said it was fixed. now, a couple of years ago, it started again. it wasn't cooling in hot weather. there is a leak somewhere, but for the age of the car, it will cost too much to investigate/repair. so we are just dealing with it. We've had issues with this car from the beginning. it has been a very discouraging purchase. however, we are the types that keep our cars for 10 years plus. so, we will just deal with it and purchase better next time."

Anonymous, (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.6-L V6)

"This has been an on going problem with this vehicle. The coolant toobing has had "pin holes" it in since two months after the 3 year warranty had expired. Poor quality tubing was used, which does not last. I have not had it replaced, as the cost is prohibitive."

Anonymous, (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT 3.6-L V6)

"The vehicle has a small leak a/c R134A. adding/ charging the a/c system lasts all summer. Have had to charge the system the last two summer,2018 & 2017. Repair shop can't find the small leak. No other problems with the vehicle"

Anonymous, IL (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan American Value 3.6-L V6)

"Tiny leak was difficult to find and was very expensive to fix"

Anonymous, WI (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT 3.6-L V6)

"I was advised by an independent mechanic that the coolant lines installed in this vehicle are inferior foreign made "metal" materials. Mine failed 2km after the warranty period was over"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT 3.6-L V6)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"when shifting to reverse or forward it would 'clunk' into gear"

Anonymous, WI (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew 3.6-L V6)

"When ever I would shift from park to drive or from drive to reverse I will get a clunking noise in the transmission. The only way it wouldn't do it is if I came to a complete stop and wait a couple of seconds before shifting. I mentioned it to the car dealer and he said there wasn't anything wrong with it. All of the other vehicles that I have had in the past have never had this type of problem"

William C., ME (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT 3.6-L V6)
Slipping transmission

"ruff shiting, hard to downshit, jumps into passing gear at the slightest of grades, OR won't shift on grade unless pushing the accelerator way down. the tranny computer was reprogrammed several times. That cured it.....for awhile. Never left me stranded and warranty covered costs"

Anonymous, WI (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew 3.6-L V6)
Transmission computer

"The car would not start. Battery was fine, ignition system was fine. Car was under extended warranty but it took a couple of attempts at dealership to get it repaired."

Anonymous, (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.6-L V6)

"When starting out, and occasionally after a longer stop. it won't shift up, so you either either redline it or pull over stop and try your take off again. Sometimes more than once. Such a pain to try to exit and regain entrance into traffic whether in city or country."

Anonymous, ON (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan Unsure 3.6-L V6)
Transmission leaks

"The teansmission in this model does not permit replacement of transmission fluid. This is concerning to me."

Anonymous, (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.6-L V6)

"Flywheel broke 1300 exhaust manifold 500 rack and pinion replacement 700 rust on rear quarter panels in wheel well 500. All in the past 3 months."

Anonymous, OH (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.6-L V6)

"Had to replace upper and lower transmission pan gaskets."

Sookraj D., BC (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.6-L V6)

"I wasn't aware of the leak until the van was in for other service but I had noticed some rough shifting prior"

Anonymous, TN (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan 3.6-L V6)

"Two hoses were leaking replaced the same"

Anonymous, MN (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan 3.6-L V6)

"Leak in the transmission lines. Had it fixed at our local garage"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan 3.6-L V6)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"Low voltage to TCM code. Unable to find problem. Intermmitent occurance."

Anonymous, NC (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.6-L V6)

"the solenoid needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, MD (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew 3.6-L V6)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

"rattle that comes from lower body near the back which rattles all the time"

Jim B., MB (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT 3.6-L V6)

"sliding doors rattle all the time"

Jim B., MB (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT 3.6-L V6)

"Annoying continual rattle. Seems to come from underneath of van in the middle/back"

Jim B., MB (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT 3.6-L V6)
Wind noise

"It has always been a problem since day one. On the highway it is worse."

Anonymous, FL (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew 3.6-L V6)

"When purchased used, noticed drivers door did not fit well at top, no wind noise for a while. Has gotten worse in last 5 years. Suspect it was caused by process used to gain access to vehicle when keys locked inside by previous owner. I had this problem last year (my fault) but watching roadside technician gain access explained to me how the door came to be ill fitting. I know what to watch for in future vehicles."

Anonymous, ON (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan Unsure 3.6-L V6)

"I have found Dodge Minivans to have a good amount of road noise. This is my third minivan and it has been the same with all of them."

Anonymous, (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan Unsure 3.6-L V6)

"It is just plain noisy. The side doors seem the worst."

Anonymous, NC (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew 3.6-L V6)

"There is so much noise at highway speed we have to turn the radio way up to be able to hear it. We also have to raise our voices to talk to one another."

Anonymous, QC (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew 3.6-L V6)

"Extremely bad, had to turn up the Radio to hear ."

Anonymous, QC (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew 3.6-L V6)

"Have to crank up the volume on my Radio to hear it above the wind noise"

Anonymous, QC (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew 3.6-L V6)

"wind noise is very noticeable at speeds above 65 mph"

Gerald D., MS (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.6-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

Cruise control

"Steering wheel controls for cruise control and other display information works intermittently"

Jim B., MB (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT 3.6-L V6)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"The turn signals and rear Lamp fixtures have failed multiple times while I have had this vehicle."

Anonymous, (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.6-L V6)

"Tail light unit collects water"

Anonymous, (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.6-L V6)

"The driver's side day light and high beam have been replaced multiple times and they keep going out. There was a broken clip that was replaced. It continues to be an issue. Not serious but aggravating."

Karna J., OR (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew 3.6-L V6)
Headlights

"Unexplained flickering headlights."

Anonymous, ON (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew 3.6-L V6)
Heated or cooled seats

"Heated seats worked intermittantly and one side would turn itself off. Seldom did both sides work at the same time. My research indicates this is a common problem. This problem should be arecall."

Shawn A., ON (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew 3.6-L V6)
Interior lights

"I have started to experience some of the lights on the center dash indicating a desired control is in effect not working. This mainly applies to what area the a/c goes to or if the rear air is on or not. Lights no longer indicate if that function is being used, but the function does actually work."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan 3.6-L V6)
Keyless entry

"On the same day both key fobs quit working, and neither of the manual keys would open the drivers door. Still not fixed. so I have a huge metal decoration on the lawn that I would like to put on the driveway."

Anonymous, ON (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan Unsure 3.6-L V6)

"Doors kept locking even though I wasn't touching the remote."

Anonymous, KS (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan 3.6-L V6)

"One of the remote door buttons failed. Dealer wanted $585 and keep overnight. Local mobile locksmith arrived at house within 20 minutes, replaced with identical unit in about 10 minutes and charged $92!!"

Anonymous, AZ (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT 3.6-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

Power steering leaks

"I have had two hoses fail on this van one I caught before any costly damage was done the second cost me the replacement of a rack and pinion"

Anonymous, AB (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.6-L V6)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"Power steering line started to leak. Loss of fluid caused the pump to cavitate and made steering difficult. Needed fairly urgent service to replace line. After line replaced steering is okay. No problem with the pump."

Anonymous, ON (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan American Value 3.6-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"in my opinion, this seems to be the area that Chrysler's (Mopar) don't do as well in, is the steering system. Now, this didn't happen until 130,000; but the steering is not as solid as some of the foreign cars."

Anonymous, WI (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT 3.6-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Because of a failed power steering fluid hose that leaked out all steering fluid I had to replace the rack and pinion. this happened Previously and caught it before any damage was done. Not so lucky this time"

Anonymous, AB (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.6-L V6)
Tie rods

"Mild jarring when stopping. Problem repaired without charge at time of regular servicing. Problem has not returned"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.6-L V6)
Tire wear is uneven

"Tires are completely worn within 5000 miles"

Anonymous, CO (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.6-L V6)
Wheel bearings

"Noise developed in the rear of the van that varied with speed of vehicle. Noise gradually increased in volume over several hours of driving. Mechanic diagnosed problem with a rear wheel bearing. Bearing replaced, and problem was resolved."

Anonymous, ON (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan American Value 3.6-L V6)

"Only 82000 km and in the end both rear bearings began to howl, and when checked were grinding. Parts on order, glad i caught it before it got worse. i thought it was bad tires, then i thought it was the slotted breaks, but after changing things around, figured out it was the wheel bearings."

Larry B., ON (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.6-L V6)

"Left rear bearing wore out. It seemed way too soon for failure. These are no maintenance sealed bearings"

John N., MN (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT 3.6-L V6)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Don't know what you call it, but the trim below the front bumper came loose. A new one was put on at the dealership."

Anonymous, KS (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan 3.6-L V6)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"The carpet in the rear compartment is loose and does not stay in lace."

Vernon W., TN (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan 3.6-L V6)
Rust

"2015 it started. It is an ongoing battle."

Anonymous, FL (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew 3.6-L V6)

"the hood had rust develop on the underside. The hood was replaced by the dealer."

Bob F., IL (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan American Value 3.6-L V6)

"We bought the clearcoat paint that was not supposed to allow rust. We have experienced rust on the bottom of the Drivers door."

Anonymous, QC (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew 3.6-L V6)

"The bottom of the doors are rusting"

Anonymous, QC (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew 3.6-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

Radio

"They just all stop working, no matter what vehicle I have ever had. Even the new cars I have purchased they never made it to 50,000 miles."

Anonymous, NM (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan R/T 3.6-L V6)

"a lot of static, cheap radio.. replaced with better radio"

Luz R., NY (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT 3.6-L V6)

"RADIO/CD PLAYER QUIT"

Bob F., IL (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan American Value 3.6-L V6)
Routine software updates

"engine light would come on with no apparent problem"

Charles B., WI (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.6-L V6)
Software update fixes

"They happened in 2015 with the fuel injection system. The fourth visit to the dealership, the problem was fixed."

Anonymous, NM (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan R/T 3.6-L V6)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"ignition in 2 cylinders stopped due to an electrical problem, supposedly. there was a recall for a similar problem, but supposedly that's not what was wrong"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan Unsure 3.6-L V6)

"One cylinder head was replaced under warranty."

William B., NC (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT 3.6-L V6)

"i suddenly found myself running on 4 cylinders. it is unclear if this is a problem with the engine or the wiring to the cylinders. the tech writer said it was the wiring, the after-repair report said it was the cylinder head."

Anonymous, FL (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan 3.6-L V6)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"Despite faithful 3000 mile oil changes the engine developed internal noises that ended up being engine failure corrected by total engine replacement."

Anonymous, AZ (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.6-L V6)

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)

"Catalytic converter failed. Have to replace both."

Anonymous, VA (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew 3.6-L V6)

"we needed the (2) catalytic converters replaced"

Anonymous, (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT 3.6-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Check Engine light comes on if there is a drastic temperature change or if gasoline drops under 1/4 tank. Resetting the check engine light fixes the issue- but it reappears if the same condition happens"

Terry Z., NY (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.6-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

"Sudden burning plastic odor from engine compartment, followed three miles later by intense smoke from under hood. Smoke ended up being from the alternator failing. Had to have vehicle towed and call a cab."

Anonymous, AZ (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.6-L V6)
Electronic ignition

"major misfire event at idle, shortly after start. Had to shut off vehicle and restart."

Anonymous, ON (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew 3.6-L V6)
Engine harness

"Wiring harness rubbed against the frame, wearing through outer covering and a wire insulation, shorting it out. Happened unexpectedly. Could run vehicle enough to move it from a major street. Took mechanic a while to discover problem. Replaced part of and taped up the single wire and one beside it almost worn through. Running great now."

Anonymous, ON (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan Unsure 3.6-L V6)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"after taking the car to the dealer, i was told the computer had shorted out and had to be replaced."

Anonymous, FL (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan 3.6-L V6)

"fuel pump relay that lives within the engines computer failed. The shop gave a choice of replacing the entire ECM for $1,300 or installing a bypassed external relay for $350"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.6-L V6)

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

Driveline vibration

"The van has a constant vibration at 45 MPH. the dealer cannot seem to replicate this even though it does it every single time we drive the van. no vibration at 40 or 50 MPH, just at 45"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.6-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Transmission failed completely. I had an extended warranty and the full repair cost to me was $100."

L A., MI (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.6-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"According to the dealer, the warning system is malfunctioning. Repair costs will be $400.00 They could not tell me if the airbags would function correctly in a collision. I have chosen not to repair this item at this time."

Anonymous, (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan Unsure 3.6-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.

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

"Cable breakage and cost to fix is excessive"

Anonymous, CO (2012 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.6-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

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