The Most Common Caravan Problem

We've pulled together a list of the problems Caravan owners.

  1. AHR Randomly Deploys

    The active head restraints in some Dodge vehicles are handing out free concussions. A mechanical breakdown inside the restraint means they could deploy randomly at any time.

    Continue
  2. What Are We Missing?

    We know there's more problems than this. Let us know which one you'd like to see us cover next.

    Continue

What Caravan Owners Complain About

Sometimes it helps just to tally up the complaints and see where the biggest stacks are. Use this information to learn about troublespots or to run for the hills.

What Breaks

Years to Avoid

Caravan Generations

The Caravan has 4 generations, each with their own issues. Using the same PainRank™ system we've determined that you're better off avoiding the 4th generation (2001–2007).

  1. 4th Generation Caravan

    Years
    2001–2007
    Reliability
    36th of 54
    PainRank
    18.05
    Complaints
    713
    Continue
  2. 3rd Generation Caravan

    Years
    1996–2000
    Reliability
    31st of 54
    PainRank
    13.91
    Complaints
    270
    Continue
  3. 2nd Generation Caravan

    Years
    1992–1995
    Reliability
    19th of 54
    PainRank
    3.13
    Complaints
    38
    Continue
  4. 1st Generation Caravan

    Years
    1986–1990
    Reliability
    11th of 54
    PainRank
    0.6
    Complaints
    14
    Continue

Caravan Key Numbers

  1. 1,024 complaints

    Running tally of owner grievances filed to CarComplaints.com.

  2. 446 service bulletins

    Documenting the process of troubleshooting common problems.

  3. 70 recall campaigns

    Time-sensitive, free repairs for widespread safety problems.

Recent Relevant Lawsuits

The Caravan has been named as a class vehicle in the following lawsuits.

  • Costa, et al., v. FCA US LLC, et al.

    The plaintiffs argue FCA should have told them about defects in the active head restraint systems, but instead the automaker concealed its knowledge about the headrests.

    Status
    pending
    Problem
    AHR Randomly Deploys
    Class Vehicles
    • 2010-2012 Caliber
    • 2010-2018 Caravan
    • 2011-2018 Durango
    • 2010-2018 Journey
    • 2010-2011 Nitro
    Location
    Massachusetts
  • Nuwer, et al., v. FCA US LLC, et al.

    A Chrysler headrest that deployed without a crash caused a 2014 Ram C/V owner and others to file a lawsuit that alleges the active headrests make driving dangerous.

    Status
    motion to dismiss read original case
    Problem
    AHR Randomly Deploys
    Class Vehicles
    • 2010-2014 Avenger
    • 2010-2012 Caliber
    • 2010-2018 Caravan
    • 2011-2018 Durango
    • 2010-2018 Journey
    • 2010-2011 Nitro
    • 2011-2018 Ram C/V
    Class Members
    All consumers in the U.S.,excluding California
    Location
    Florida