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Dodge Grand Caravan

In a Nutshell

This article will explain how to install new car stereo gear in your Caravan. Check it out and then use our vehicle selector to find the gear that will fit your van.

Replacing the receiver is a good first step with this minivan. The improvement in sound quality will be impressive, of course, but you can also add lots of cutting-edge features that will enhance any drive. The 2008-2010 Caravans are a bit more challenging than the later models, but a reasonably talented DIY-er can handle the job.

The Caravan has a lot of speakers, and replacing them will really bring out the best in your new receiver. Generally speaking, they're easy to deal with, and your passengers will appreciate the results. If you're into big bass, we recommend a powered subwoofer, which will give you plenty of thump without taking up cargo space.

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Overview of the Dodge Grand Caravan

The redesigned 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan retained all that was good about Chrysler’s genre-defining minivan line, while adding a host of family-friendly comfort and entertainment features. Some, like the slightly larger overall size and increased interior space, were subtle. Others, like the three available interior configuration options, were a little more obvious. Either way, this is a comfortable, capable people-mover with plenty of room for infotainment improvements.

The Grand Caravan is obviously not the Mopar to choose if you’re looking for oohs and ahhs down at the drive-in, but then again, you wouldn’t want to haul four kids to soccer practice in a ’70 Challenger R/T, either. This minivan is what it is, and does what it does, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be a great place to be. With the right gear from Crutchfield, you can rock out to Blondie while the kids are watching Barney. Minivan or not, that’s still pretty cool.

In 2011, the Grand Caravan (along with its sibling, the Chrysler Town & Country) received a mid-cycle update that included a major revamping of the interior and dashboard. The changes actually made it much easier to remove and replace a factory radio, and we’ve noted the differences below. All other installation instructions are identical to the 2008-2010 models.

This article is an overview of your vehicle's audio system and its upgrade options. If you're looking for step-by-step instructions on how to install a car stereo or speakers in your Grand Caravan, there's nothing better than our exclusive Crutchfield MasterSheet™. This detailed, well-illustrated document is free with your Crutchfield order, or you can purchase one separately for $9.99.

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The Grand Caravan's factory radio with the DVD player at the bottom of the console (Crutchfield Research Photo)

Factory stereo system

The Caravan’s base system was an AM/FM/CD/MP3 player with four speakers. The next level of trim added speakers in the corner dash. The Premium Sound System adds a center channel speaker, rear pillar tweeters and rear side panel subwoofer, along with a main amplifier and dedicated subwoofer amp. Optional features, like navigation, Bluetooth® connectivity, satellite radio, and rear seat DVD entertainment pumped up the GC’s entertainment quotient.

As you might expect, the rear-seat entertainment system was a very popular option on the Grand Caravan. The DVD player is separate from the radio, and is located in the lower dash. If your van is equipped with this entertainment system and you’re planning to install an aftermarket stereo, you’ll need to purchase a radio replacement adapter to power the DVD player.

Once everything’s hooked up, your passengers can watch a video while you enjoy music or use your aftermarket navigation system up front. Aftermarket DVD/nav receivers will not work with the factory fold-down screens, so you’ll still need the above adapter to retain the factory DVD player.

Replacing your factory radio

The degree of difficulty involved in removing the Grand Caravan's factory radio depends on your vehicle's model year.

Removing the factory radio (2008-2010)

A wide variety of single-DIN units will fit neatly into the Grand Caravan’s dash with the aid of the mounting kit that’s available at a deep discount with most stereo purchases from Crutchfield.

Modifications for DD stereo

These four tabs need to be removed in order to fit a double-DIN stereo (Crutchfield Research Photo)

If you’re planning to install a double-DIN receiver, be prepared for a bit more work. The culprit is a metal support bracket that gets in the way when you’re replacing the factory receiver. You’ll need to cut this bracket out using a hacksaw. If you’re extremely confident in your skills, proceed. If not, you might want to consult a car stereo installation professional.

The 2008-10 Caravan’s dash assembly is actually a series of interlocking pieces that starts at the A-pillars. You’ll need to pry those off, then gradually work your way through a series of trim panels that eventually expose the factory receiver. This takes some time, but it’s not difficult. Be sure to work slowly and carefully, though. You don’t want to scar the trim panels or break off the plastic retaining clips, so don’t rush through this stage. No matter how great your new system sounds; that broken trim panel will annoy you forever.

Once you’ve worked your way through the various panels and pieces, installing your new stereo is simply a matter of securing the receiver to the mounting bracket, connecting the wiring adapter to the stereo wires, and plugging that into the Caravan’s wiring. The mounting kit is avaiable at a special price when you purchase your stereo at Crutchfield, as is the special adapter that you'll need to make the new stereo work with the van's electronics.

Tools needed: Panel tool, Phillips screwdriver, Torx T-30 driver, small flat blade screwdriver

Removing the factory radio (2011- 2016)

A 2011 dashboard redesign made the radio removal process a lot easier. The painstaking process of removing multiple trim pieces with multiple tools was gone, replaced by a stereo removal process that can be summed up in two sentences.

  1. Starting at either upper corner, pry out the receiver trim panel to release the clips and remove the trim panel.
  2. Remove four Phillips screws securing the receiver to the dash, disconnect the harnesses and remove the receiver.

And that’s all. Your neighbor with the 2009 model will be green with envy. Unfortunately, these later models still have the same metal support in the dash, so if you’re installing a double-DIN receiver, you’ll still need to cut this away with a hacksaw. This isn't easy, so be prepared to consult a professional of you’re not comfortable doing the job. Or, you can always ask your neighbor.

Tools needed: Panel tool, Phillips screwdriver

Steering wheel controls

It's relatively easy to retain the steering wheel audio controls when you install a new stereo in your Grand Caravan. When you enter your vehicle information, our database will choose the adapter you need to make your factory steering wheel controls work with your new receiver.

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Replacing your factory speakers

Depending on the model, the Grand Caravan offered factory speakers in the front doors, the dash, the rear side panels, and the rear pillars.

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The Dodge Caravan's stock front door speakers (Crutchfield Research Photo)

Front door speakers

The Caravan’s stock front speakers, regardless of trim level, are 6"x9" units. The base models are 4 ohm, while the premium models are 2 ohm. No 6"x9" speakers will fit into the factory openings because of space restrictions (unless you're willing to do some cutting), so we recommend smaller speakers for this location. A wide variety of 5-1/4" or 6-1/2" speakers will fit using mounting brackets available from Crutchfield with your purchase.

If you’re keeping the factory amp, you’ll need to use low-impedance replacements (from Infinity or JBL, for example). Installation is relatively simple. You’ll need to remove the front door panel, of course, but the detailed, illustrated instructions in your free Crutchfield MasterSheet™ will help make this a straightforward process.

Tools needed: Panel tool, small flat blade screwdriver, Torx T-20 driver

Dash speakers

Upper-end Grand Caravans are equipped with dash speakers – two corner speakers and, in the premium system, one center speaker. They’re nice to have and hard to replace. The corner dash openings are too shallow for most aftermarket 3-1/2" speakers. The center speaker has a 3-1/2" bolt pattern, but again, there’s isn’t enough space for an aftermarket speaker.

Instead, this a great location to mount tweeters. You'll need to create a mounting bracket for them, and we offer a universal backstrap that we often recommend for just that.

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Dodge Grand Caravan rear speaker, located behind the side panel (Crutchfield Research Photo)

Rear speakers

The Caravan’s rear speakers are 6" x 9" models located on the mid-rear side panels. They’re very easy to access and replace; you only need to pry off the speaker grilles to get to them. Aftermarket 6" x 9" speakers fit right in, but you can also install 5-1/4" or 6-1/2" speakers using mounting brackets. 

Rear tweeters

A pair of rear pillar tweeters was included as a part of the premium stereo package. They’re hard to reach and harder to replace. A fair amount of trim must be removed to access the tweeter location, where you’ll find 2-1/2" tweeters clipped into the factory bracket. If you want to replace them with aftermarket units, you’ll have to fabricate a new bracket. We suggest leaving them where they are.

Tools needed: Panel tool, Phillips screwdriver

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Bass in your Grand Caravan

Part of the joy of a minivan (Yes, we said joy….) is having the ability to carry plenty of passengers and/or cargo. On the other hand, rows of seats and multiple configuration options can make it tough to add big-time bass.

Sound Ordnance B-8PTD powered subwoofer

Powered subs like the Sound Ordnance B-8PTD are good options for minivans.

That’s why powered subwoofers have long been favorites of minivan owners who want better sound, but don’t want to give up cargo space to get it. These compact subs deliver a big, beefy low-end punch without taking up tons of room in the back of the van. Available in a variety of shapes and sizes, these subs sound great and fit in out-of-the-way places.

The 10-speaker premium sound system came with a factory-installed subwoofer and amp. An aftermarket 8" sub will fit nicely in the opening, which can be reached by removing the rear side panel. This isn’t a quick job, but it’s not difficult. You’ll have to re-drill the mounting screw holes to install your aftermarket subwoofer, but the new piece will fit under the factory grille. 

Factory subwoofer (Crutchfield Research Photo)

Factory subwoofer in the premium system (Crutchfield Research Photo)

If you do replace the 8" factory sub with an aftermarket model, we recommend that you also add an aftermarket amp. The factory amp, located behind the left rear quarter panel below the left rear speaker, served its purpose well, but if you’re investing in a better sub, you should give it all the power it needs.

To replace it, remove two (2) 10mm bolts securing the sub enclosure to the side wall, disconnect the harness and remove the enclosure. Loosen the three (3) 10mm bolts securing the amp to the side wall, lift the amp, disconnect the harnesses and remove.

Tools needed: Panel tool, Phillips screwdriver, drill       

Shop for vehicle-specific subwoofers for your Dodge Grand Caravan

Other options for your Grand Caravan

There are plenty of other ways to improve your Grand Caravan. Here are some of the ways Crutchfield can help.

WeatherTech floor mat

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Factory sound processor

If you don’t want to replace your factory radio, a sound processor is a great way to improve your Grand Caravan’s system performance. The factory stereo is programmed to make the inferior factory speakers sound their best, which often means dialing back the bass output as you increase the volume. This can make new speakers under-perform and sound weak. A sound processor will strip out that sound shaping and give you a clean, flat signal to send to your aftermarket speakers and amps. Read more about factory sound processors.

Floor mats

If you’ve ever owned a minivan of any kind, you don’t need us to remind you of what can happen when you hit the road carrying any combination of adults, kids, pets, and food. Floor mats and cargo mats from WeatherTech will help protect your floors from dirt, damage and discarded juice boxes. 

Security systems

Installing a security system in your Grand Caravan isn't easy (security systems rarely are), but it's definitely a good idea. Our Crutchfield Advisors can help figure out what you need to get the job done, but we usually recommend taking your car and new gear to a professional installer.

Shop for car security systems for your Dodge Grand Caravan

Find the audio gear that fits your car or truck

Visit our Outfit My Car page and enter your vehicle information to see stereos, speakers, subs, and other audio accessories that will work in your vehicle.

  • Al Dodds from Satellite Beach, FL

    Posted on 6/17/2015

    Is there a replacement for the ear cushions for the headphones? I have a 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan with headphones that are wireless, they have "Ves" logo on the right ear piece.

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/17/2015

    Al, Alas, we can't help you on that one. We'd suggest checking with your local dealer or visiting a Dodge/Chrysler minivan owner's forum. Good luck!

  • Rich Sitz from Woodbury, MN

    Posted on 9/9/2015

    My 2008 Dodge GC radio works intermittently and now rarely comes on at all. I've removed the radio to confirm no bad connections and confirmed no fuse issues. Is this repairable? If not, I'm moving to replace it. The local Dodge dealership wants $420 for a refurbished radio and $1,400 for new. Do you recommend a model I can buy locally (I have the backup camera screen version of the radio where the screen rotates slightly to expose the CD slot on top)? I don't need top end at all but rather the basics. I'd appreciate any suggestions.

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/10/2015

    Rich, I'd say your old radio's a paperweight at this point, so yes, it's time for something new. But unless you're serious about maintaining the factory look in your GC, an aftermarket receiver is a better (and almost certainly cheaper) option than what the dealer has to offer. Enter your vehicle info on our Outfit My Car page and see which stereos will work in your van. If you have any questions, just give us a call. Good luck!

  • Steve from Orchard park, ny

    Posted on 8/29/2016

    I'm working on a 2008 Grand Caraven, I replaced the front door speakers with Memphis 15PRX6C component speakers. It seems the doors are only supplied with a low frequency signal. I'm not getting any mids or highs out of them. If the doors are 6x9 "Subs" would it be an acceptable method to tie into my factory rear tweeters or would it effect the impedance too much? Being that I have already installed these speakers, returning them isn't an option. Are there any relatively inexpensive workarounds you can come up with?

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/29/2016

    Steve, You didn't mention this, but if you're using the factory amp, that might be the trouble. Those 4-ohm speakers aren't going to get along very well with a low-impedance system. If you bought your gear from Crutchfield, you can call Tech Support for free help troubleshooting your system. If you purchased your equipment elsewhere, you can still get expert Crutchfield Tech Support - 90 days-worth for only $30. Check out our tech support page for details.

  • Steve

    Posted on 8/29/2016

    Thank you sir, the passenger door is still stock and the signal for that is very poor too. After further inspection this van does not appear to have the factory amp so I'm thinking that it may be the signal coming from the stock headunit. I have decided to replace the headunit. Hopefully it doesn't megatively affect the stock speakers @22w per channel. I can recall if that's RMS, it a single din Kenwood KDC-HD262U.

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/30/2016

    Steve, Glad that helped, a least a little bit. I'm going to forward this along to our sales team. They'll be in touch soon, an they'll be able to help you choose a receiver that will work with your speakers. Good luck!

  • Fred h from Brooklyn

    Posted on 9/27/2016

    How do I replace the front dash speakers? Step by step please on how to remove the dash and access the speakers. Thank you.

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/27/2016

    Fred, If you purchase the new receiver from Crutchfield, we'll include our vehicle-specific instructions free with the order. You can also purchase them separately for just $10.

  • laurent from canyon country

    Posted on 11/4/2016

    planing to buy a 2016 Chrysler Town and Country Touring and change the radio with a DVD/GPS. how can I keep the rear video screen working?

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 11/7/2016

    Laurent, We can help you figure something out. I've sent your question to our sales team for the best answer, and they'll be contacting you via email soon. For immediate help, you can contact them via phone or chat.

  • Benjamin

    Posted on 12/7/2016

    I'm looking to buy a 2012 grand caravan r/t. This van has everything except for a dvd player. I've been told that sometimes those vans will have the wires ran to the entertainment system even if the van doesn't have a screen. Have you heard of that? Also if I cant put in the stock system what good aftermarket options. I really like clean and professional look. Thanks for any advice you've got!

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/8/2016

    Benjamin, We'd hesitate to confirm a "sometimes" (That never works out!), but there are some good aftermarket options available for your Grand Caravan. Give us a call and let one of our experts help you find the one that's right for you.

  • Greg A Swain from Canaseraga

    Posted on 5/30/2017

    Where do I hook the red wire on the radio cause it came seperate from wire harness on 2008 grand caravan I bought stereo and harness from you radio can get power but no stations with new boss radio

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/31/2017

    Greg, Since you bought your gear from Crutchfield, you can call Tech Support for free help troubleshooting your system. And even if you purchased your equipment elsewhere, you could still get expert Crutchfield Tech Support - 90 days-worth for only $30. Check out our tech support page for details.

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