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2006 dodge grand caravan rear airconditioning

70000 klms-rear evaporator core and air lines leaking . Core on back order . Dealer tells me that approximately 3,000 units are on back order and that this is a reoccurring problem with this vehicle even with under 40,000 klm.

Does Chrysler not admit to this being a problem and should it not be considered for a recall????

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  • Ivarthenorsk Jun 28, 2008

    same problem here, same make and model. Poor designing to have it
    directly behind the rear wheel where it can come in contact with a lot
    of crud thrown off by the rear wheel. Have not been to the dealer yet
    but will soon. Also had a wiring harness problem in the front bumper
    for the air bag deployment system being corroded. Models before 2006
    were recalled but so far no 2006 but that could and should change I'm

  • Anonymous Jul 01, 2008

    In the exact same boat my friend. Dealer is looking to charge me over $1000 for the stupid design flaw. We are barely over 40,000. Hope for a cool summer....

  • NoMas Jul 03, 2008

    Our problem is with respect to both front and rear airconditioning. The dealer says that there is a leak at the rear H valve, and the evaporator needs to be replaced as well. The parts are on back order until the end of July! How can a car company be this incompetent? We've owned various Caravans since 1989, and this one will be our last.

  • Anonymous Jul 03, 2008

    I have

  • tralynn3 Jul 03, 2008

    Two weeks ago, I bought a 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT with 27000 miles. The A/C went out three days ago. We haven't even made the first payment yet!!!!! We were first told by the dealership that they could not see any leaks so they put in 2lbs of freon and a dye so that the leaks would show up. I was told to drive for about 2 weeks and then bring back to the dealership so that they could check for leaks. Within 10 mins. of leaving the dealership, when I got out of the van there already was a small puddle of bright neon green dye on the pavement behind the rear passenger tire. I ,immediately, returned to the dealership across the road and everyone seemed shocked that it had leaked so quickly. They checked the van and said that it was the rear evaporator valve. After waiting a day for that part to come in, I returned to the dealership. They replaced the valve, but told me that was not the problem and that the van needed the rear evaporator coil replaced. Unfortunately, the rear evaporator coil is on "national back order" and that it could be "one week, two weeks,... I just don't know." Although the dealership has provided a van for our use while we wait for the part to arrive, we are extremely frustrated and disappointed. We will not be buying anymore new or used Dodge/Chrysler vehicles.

  • Anonymous Jul 12, 2008

    Same problem here. 2006 Grand Caravan with 75000 kms

  • Terray Jul 14, 2008

    2006 Dodge Grand Caravan with 81,000. Bought in December, 2007, huge leak in rear hoses. Dealer told me that there are now 4,200 of these cores on back order, and that 2,700 were released on July 3, 2008. Not nearly enough for Canadians to get their vehicles in working order to take planned vacations in comfort. I have been told that I will not likely get the new part until October or November. My mechanics have told me that this has been happening in alot of the Grand Caravan since 2003. There is no protection at the back of the vehicle, these should be warranteed.

  • cfperk Jul 18, 2008

    Rear evaporator went out at 59.300 miles on our 06 Grand Caravan. Same story. We will not be buying another Chrysler product.

  • rglubka Aug 04, 2008

    I have the same problem with my 2006 dodge grand caravan with the airconditioning evap plus hoses are on back order been waiting for 1 month i think they should recall im starting to wounder about quailty of DODGE/CARAVAN'S

  • tchaffey Sep 03, 2008

    TRear evaporator out of service.Chrysler says cost to fix is approx $ 1,000.00. Dealer admits it is a frequent problem.

  • Anonymous Mar 26, 2014

    rear evaporator core is leaking


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Chrysler has recently extended the warranty for this problem to 7 years/70,000 miles. They will also pay for repairs you have already had on this rear evaporator. Contact your dealer or call 800-992-1997.

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Rear evaporator replaced on my 2006 Grand Caravan under the extended warranty but Dodge Canada says it will not cover the "lines/tubing that is damaged or rotted. They want over $300.00 for the tubes and 3-4 hours labour to replace the lines. This is BS!
Clearly this is a known problem. Come on Dodge, this is pathetic.

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  • tirewidow1 May 31, 2011

    2006 caravan here....80g miles and the rear evap is leaking to the tune of almost a grand to repair. I'm VERY upset about this! The tech at the shop says they have seen MANY caravans with this same problem...and the design is so bad that it's very labor intensive to repair.
    Also had the electric locks go bad twice, drivers side window motor out twice, water pump replaced twice, power steering pump replaced 3 times. Had all new breaks/rotors put on 1 year ago and all 4 rotors are warped and have to be replaced again. LEMON LEMON LEMON i cannot WAIT until this piece of junk is paid off. we will NEVER buy another dodge/chrysler product again!


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Had the same problem and going to dealer in morning, my poor children are baking in this heat. Also I had to replace the steering rack, front brake rotars, and my ABS light is on constantly. My mechanic say's this another fault that Dodge are unwilling to repair. I have spent over $5000 since the summer of 2006 when I perchased this caravan brand new. That is not to mention the numerous other faults Dodge fixed under warranty. Once this vechile passed 36,000 miles it started to fall apart. I had bought another new six months behind the first, so I traded it in for a Honda before racked up another five Grand on that one. I will never buy American again.

Posted on May 25, 2010

Same problem here. 2006 Grand Caravan with 75000 kms

Posted on Jul 11, 2008

2006 Grand Caravan SXT - 44000 km/27300 mi - Rear evaporator, line, rear hose/tube AC heater bundle, A/C system test, recovery and recharge, refigerant replaced. Warranty covered parts/labour. The dealership/service representative mentioned he has dealt with a few of these issues already lately. Seemed very quick to diagnose/repair the vehicle, parts in stock, known issue?? There definitely should be a recall if this is a known issue - is this toxic? hazardous to the ozone (even if newer refrigerants are "safer")? If it was 100% safe, they wouldn't need special equipment to "recover" and "recharge" or require safe disposal - they could just open the valves and let it out. This is what Chrysler LLC is doing by turning a blind-eye.

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