How a 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan Transmission Could Leave You Stranded

Posted by on Monday, October 8th, 2012

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About halfway through the last decade, Chrysler started to notice their numbers were down. So in 2007 they started offering an unlimited powertrain warranty on all new cars. This was great news for wary customers, concerned with the notorious reliability issues of the past. Of course, this warranty was only good for customers who bought the car new and kept up with a strict maintenance schedule. But if this was you, you were golden.

But what if you bought a used 2008 Dodge Caravan? Well, you might be in trouble. Imagine the scenario: you’re having a sing along with your kids one day and your transmission starts to grind. There is only one place you’re going next: the side of the road. You try to quiet your miserable kids while a tow truck hauls away your soccer mobile. It’s time for a remanufactured transmission.

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Of course, since you bought your car used, you’re not covered under the factory drivetrain warranty. Unfortunately, the 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan transmissions are notorious for breaking and leaving people stranded, and many of those people are stuck without warranties.

You have two options:

  • Take your van to the closest dodge dealer. Some dealers will replace your transmission with a  rebuilt trans. Others will replace it with an OEM (original but new) transmission. No matter which option you choose, you’ll probably be right back in the same situation a few years from now. These transmissions have problems, bottom line.
  • Buy a completely remanufactured transmission from ETE Reman. This is by far the better option. First, the warranty on a remanufactured unit is among the best in the industry. So even if it breaks down again–and it won’t–you don’t have to worry. Second, their engineers improve upon the original design of the 2008 Dodge Caravan transmission and only use the best available parts.

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Unfortunately, the 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan transmission has a multitude of problems. You might be one of the lucky few with a healthy minivan. If you’re not, ETE Reman is here to help.

Sooner or later due to high mileage or abuse, you will be faced with a decision to replace your transmission. I highly recommend you replace it with a re-manufactured transmission over one that was simply rebuilt. A re-manufactured transmission will include major modifications and upgrades designed to make it both more durable and stronger. A rebuilt transmission will not. A re-manufactured transmission also comes with a much better warranty: three years compared to an average 90 days for a rebuilt unit. Let’s not forget to mention that after-sales customer service is top notch for companies that re-manufacture transmissions. They are a quick call or email away in the rare event you may need to contact them.

One Response to “How a 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan Transmission Could Leave You Stranded”

  1. […] when it was loaded with people and their gear, it became quite heavy. The weight contributed to many problems, including those with the transmission. If you’re fortunate to still have one of these minivans, […]

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