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Posted on Fri, Oct 1, 2010 : 10:49 a.m.

Top 10 most-stolen vehicles in Michigan: Dodge Caravan leads list

By Staff

The Michigan Auto Theft Prevention Authority has released its list of the most stolen cars in Michigan.

The list is dominated by Chrysler-made vehicles.


Chrysler minivans are popular among thieves.

The top 10 most-stolen vehicles were:

  1. 2000 Dodge Caravan
  2. 1999 Dodge Caravan
  3. 2000 Dodge Intrepid
  4. 1998 Dodge Caravan
  5. 1996 Dodge Caravan
  6. 1999 Dodge Intrepid
  7. 2000 Jeep Cherokee
  8. 1997 Dodge Caravan
  9. 2002 Dodge Intrepid
  10. 1997 Ford Taurus

You can find the full report on the organization's website.


Jill Mueller

Sat, Oct 2, 2010 : 11:10 a.m.

I happen to drive a 2002 Chrysler/not Dodge Intrepid. It has nearly 116,000 miles. Body is in good shape and it drives well--gets me to where I need to be. Being a "Chrysler" instead of "Dodge" that should exclude me, Right?? Hopefully so.


Sat, Oct 2, 2010 : 9:08 a.m.

@dextermom I've heard that Dodge vehicles are easier to break into, but not being a car person I don't know why. It did have to do with the door locks.


Sat, Oct 2, 2010 : 7:50 a.m.

I'm surprised that no one has commented about what makes them steal-able. I'm curious. Does anyone know? Given the cluster of years as well as make/model, it seems like there must have been something about the locking and/or ignition system that made them easier to break into. There were similar vehicles by other companies. Kind of like finding a computer/program that is easiest to hack into. Just wondering.

Do not taunt Happy Fun Ball

Sat, Oct 2, 2010 : 6:38 a.m.

I say ban Chrysler Caravans. It is a leading cause of car theft. If we ban the Caravan - there will be fewer cars stolen.;)


Sat, Oct 2, 2010 : 6:01 a.m.

This vehicle until the last several years has been a top 10 seller nationwide for many years and a top 5 seller in Michigan for many years because of all the Chrysler employees in this state that buy them. With the bad economy, many people are keeping them longer and driving them beyond 100k. That requires repair/replacemnt parts. Good for theives and unscrupulous salvage yards.


Fri, Oct 1, 2010 : 10:37 p.m.

I had a 98 Plymouth Grand Voyager stolen from an apartment complex on the south side of Ann Arbor 3 years ago. The A2 police said it was probably stolen for transportation and not for parts. However, recent reports, and the fact that it was never found, lead me to believe it was taken to a "chop shop". It was a very unpleasant experience!


Fri, Oct 1, 2010 : 1:34 p.m.

Well I guess if we ban Chrysler vehicles and espcially Caravans, we'll reduce car theft crime, right?


Fri, Oct 1, 2010 : 12:33 p.m.

interesting that the data is almost 2 years old on the report. Also, it would be more interesting to see the rate of theft among a particular models' population - not just the gross # of thefts.

Fri, Oct 1, 2010 : 11:58 a.m.

Wow, I can't believe how many times Dodge Caravan is on there. Crazy!