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Dodge Caravan Transmission May Fail Causing Slipping in First or Reverse Gear

Dodge Caravan Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1996, 1999, 2000, 2002

Average Mileage: 172,942 mi (118,814 mi - 230,000 mi)


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.

  • Visitor, , 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!

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  • Visitor, , 129,900 mi

    all of a sudden van started slipping when cold forward and reverse

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  • Visitor, , 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.

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