Chrysler might have invented the modern minivan, but time has marched on, leaving the Dodge Grand Caravan feeling dated and past its prime. Its Chrysler Town & Country twin has been replaced by the new and improved Chrysler Pacifica. The major competitors, the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna, are both far better choices. Not that the minivan lack good points.
Alerts
There are 2 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
Most Common Trouble Spots
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The 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan has been recalled 2 times by NHTSA. View Recalls
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POTENTIAL TROUBLE SPOTS
Engine Major
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Engine Minor
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Engine Cooling
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Transmission Major
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Transmission Minor
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Drive System
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Fuel System
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Electric System
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Climate System
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Suspension
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Brakes
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Exhaust
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Paint/Trim
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Body Integrity
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Body Hardware
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Power Equipment
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In-car Electronics
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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 for about 329,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2020 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA 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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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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)

"Hood had pealing paint and rust in several areas. Hood was replaced free af charge at dealer"

Dennis G., OH (2017 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT 3.6-L V6)

"paint bubble on front right edge (seem) of hood. Rust under paint right at 3 yr of car."

Anonymous, TN (2017 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.6-L V6)
Rust

"The hood started to rust and bubble the paint around the front edge. The manufacturer paid to have the hood repaired."

Anonymous, WI (2017 Dodge Grand Caravan GT 3.6-L V6)

"Tiny rust bubbles appeared on leaded edge of the hood after approximately 2 years. There was no pitting of the paint."

Anonymous, ON (2017 Dodge Grand Caravan Unsure 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

Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Have had water and air leaks. Heavy rain causes rater to leak in around the back hatch. Hear air around other doors and windows. Had to have the seals replaced but still have wind problems."

Anonymous, GA (2017 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT 3.6-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"General squeaks and rattles experienced constantly. We have rough roads and streets, but my Honda Odyssey never had this problem."

Anonymous, GA (2017 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT 3.6-L V6)

"Lots of rattles in several areas, car if off warranty and I have not addressed the problem with dealer"

Dennis G., OH (2017 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT 3.6-L V6)
Wind noise

"The wind noise inside the Van is very loud. This was also annoying on my previous Caravan (2009)."

Anonymous, MA (2017 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT 3.6-L V6)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Calipers

"Notice the problem in January on our trip a couple of times it was a grinding noise, then, again in February a couple of times, then again in March. At this time is when we realized what the problem was and got it fixed immediately."

Anonymous, ON (2017 Dodge Grand Caravan GT 3.6-L V6)

"caliper /Rubber brake line leaking. Rear left. Both replaced under warranty."

Anonymous, TN (2017 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.6-L V6)
Pulsation or vibration

"Caused b heavy rust on the rotors. The car wasn't driven enough to clear the rotors regularly."

Anonymous, QC (2017 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT 3.6-L V6)
Rotors

"Typical Montreal winter problem. The car wasn't driven enough to clear rust caused by heavy road salt conditions"

Anonymous, QC (2017 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT 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

"Grinding noise. Parts are on order"

Thomas B., WI (2017 Dodge Grand Caravan 3.6-L V6)

"Tailgate and sliding passenger doors quit operating electrically with the remote or push button inside the vehicle. Manufacturer repaired ."

Anonymous, WI (2017 Dodge Grand Caravan GT 3.6-L V6)
Locks and latches

"sliding door electric lock and manual option failed. Talking to friends with the same vehicle it is almost a universal problem for premature failure"

Anonymous, ON (2017 Dodge Grand Caravan Unsure 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

"Rough shifting on low gears , unpredictable shifting. Same with both transmissions (the one that failed and the one installed under warranty)"

Anonymous, CO (2017 Dodge Grand Caravan SE Plus 3.6-L V6)
Slipping transmission

"Clunky, rough shifting and shaking at low speeds, occasional stalling when coming to a stop due to poor shifting."

Jim W., CA (2017 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT 3.6-L V6)
Transmission leaks

"Left a small puddle of transmission fluid when new every time parked overnight (under 1000 miles) had to have dealer repair."

Jim W., CA (2017 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT 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

Blower (fan) motor

"One of the blades on the fan motor broke off and it made of whining noise pick up louder with raider fan speed. They replaced it in less than an hour under warranty."

Anonymous, WI (2017 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT 3.6-L V6)

"Motor installed backwards at factory."

Anonymous, ON (2017 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT 3.6-L V6)
Heated or cooled seat controls

"Heated controls on the driver's side only work occasionally. This also true for the heat and AC."

Anonymous, MA (2017 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 pumps and hoses

"lower power steering hose leaked"

Anonymous, SK (2017 Dodge Grand Caravan Unsure 3.6-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"We have had the shocks replaced 5 times in the past year because of a rattling noise that develops in a few weeks after install."

Anonymous, MI (2017 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT 3.6-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"Warning light has been coming on since taking possession of the vehicle in 2017. Dealer and Braun have not been able to correct the problem. Am currently asking for a replacement vehicle (leased)."

Lawrence B., IL (2017 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.6-L V6)

"the light is on - I haven't had it checked out"

Anonymous, (2017 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 stopped operating in the middle of the highway. Replaced under warranty. New transmission that was installed under warranty made high howl noises on high speeds"

Anonymous, CO (2017 Dodge Grand Caravan SE Plus 3.6-L V6)

"I accelerated to get past a vehicle on my right to make an exit ramp. My van's auto transmission downshifted to speed up, and overtake the car to my right. The van never left the lower gear...I drove the remaining 12 miles home through residential neighborhoods to stay off the highway....was hearing a grinding noise the entire time. By the time I got home, I could not even back into my driveway ."

Anonymous, TX (2017 Dodge Grand Caravan GT 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

Transfer case

"There was a slight difference in shifting. The transmission was covered under warranty."

Anonymous, (2017 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

Warning lights

"I've had door open warnings when there was no door open. I also have a parasitic battery drain, if I park it for more than 1 day the battery goes dead. When I park it for the evening I have to disconnect the battery."

Thomas B., WI (2017 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT 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.

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.

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

Engine Minor

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

Engine Cooling

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

Engine Major

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

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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
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:DELIVERY:FUEL PUMP
May 15 2020
A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source can increase the risk of a fire.
Summary:
Vantage Mobility International, LLC (Vantage) is recalling certain Vantage-modified 2016-2019 Dodge Grand Caravan vehicles. The fuel pump gasket may deteriorate, allowing fuel to leak.
What should you do:
Vantage will notify owners, and will provide parts and reimbursement to owners for repair facilities to replace the fuel tank gasket, free of charge. The recall began May 19, 2020. Owners may contact Vantage customer service at 1-800-488-9082.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 20V278000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 122
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:WIRING:FRONT UNDERHOOD
Aug 09 2018
A vehicle stall can increase the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain 2018 Jeep Renegade, Compass and Grand Cherokee, RAM 1500 and Promaster, Fiat 500x, Dodge Journey, Challenger, Charger and Durango and Chrysler 300x vehicles, 2017-2018 Jeep Wrangler, Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town and Country vehicles and 2018-2019 Jeep Cherokee and 2018 Chrysler Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid vehicles. The powertrain control module may be equipped with a voltage regulator chip in the circuit board that may fail, causing a stall or a no start condition.
What should you do:
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace the powertrain control module, free of charge. The recall began October 2, 2018. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is U87.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 18V524000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 12779
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