If the transmission is slipping in first gear or Reverse—or if you experience delayed or loss of gear engagement after initial startup—the transmission may require removal and disassembly.Google+
Car Problem Reports
Dodge Caravan Transmission May Fail Causing Slipping in First or Reverse Gear
Dodge Caravan Problem
Average Mileage: 180,285 mi (118,814 mi - 230,000 mi)
Visitor, 2000 Dodge Caravan, 223,000 mi
Transmission fails to engage when vehicle is cold. We wait a moment for the transmission fluid to build more pressure and then it seems okay. No official remedy yet... at 223k it may be sent to the boneyard rather than the shop. LOL. Great van!
Visitor, 2002 Dodge Caravan, 217,000 mi
The problem I had with my van, happened as I slowed down to make a turn off of one road onto another . As I made the turn I heard a noise and then the van slowed down as if it was stalling. I coasted down the road for about a mile before the van came to a completely quit pulling in forward in drive. After a day I went back to the van and it started up as normal and when it was put in drive it pulled forward about a half of a mile before stalling again. I had the van towed to my residence, and i move it about once a week around in the yard, by going around in a circle as the van will only move forward for a short distance. HELP- CAN ANYONE TELL ME WHAT HAPPENED AS I HAVE HAD SEVERAL MECHANICS GIVE ME DIFFERENT ANSWERS AND I NEED TO GET THE VAN FIXED AS IT IS IN GOOD CONDITION OTHER WISE. THE VAN HAS BEEN SERVICED AS REQUIRED, AND THE MOTOR HAS BEEN REBUILT.
Visitor, 1999 Dodge Caravan, 129,900 mi
all of a sudden van started slipping when cold forward and reverse
Visitor, 2000 Dodge Caravan, 163,000 mi
My van has problems engaging in first gear when starting from park. Once its been on the highway and warms up it does fine.