Last post on May 15, 2013 at 7:51 AM
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Chrysler Town and Country, Dodge Grand Caravan, Van
#1408 of 1446 Re: Security Lock-out [jim291]
Dec 04, 2008 (7:52 am)
I'll admit that I'm not totally sure what you mean by the security lockout, but the door lock issue is a known and very common one. The actual problem is that the software has a glitch, but the dealer will charge you to fix it. The work-around is to pull the IOD fuse (it's located toward the back of the fuse box in the engine) for about 30 seconds or so and the computer will reset itself. The door locks will then work again. Unfortunately, my experience has been that it is a temporary fix. May last a week, may last a day. I hope this helps.
#1409 of 1446 Not all the buttons on dvd remote function...
Dec 04, 2008 (9:34 am)
I have an 2005 GC with a dvd player and wireless headphones. The remote control will only allow me to select from menu, ffwd, reverse and illuminate. The other buttons such as the one to power the headphones do not function. I've put new batteries in it, along with the headphones and I still cannot get them to work. Any suggestions?
#1410 of 1446 Re: 2005 T&C electrical issues [sadvan]
Dec 30, 2008 (6:20 pm)
We started having the same issue in December 2008. We took it to a dealer who proposed replacing up to 3 different parts (front control module, body control module, and a wiring harness - they had no clue what the real cause was). We said thanks but we can't afford that many repairs.
It also happens to us more when it's wet out. Did you ever get a resolution?
#1411 of 1446 2007 T&C fuel economy
Dec 30, 2008 (7:53 pm)
Just completed a 2500 mile trip in my 2007 T&C LX (3.3L). Fuel economy ranged from just over 21 mpg to a high of 27.4 mpg. Also had a tank at 26 mpg and another half-tank at 25 mpg. I found that the fuel economy was dependent on wind and speed (duh). Three tanks at 21, 22, and 22 mpg were achieved with a strong headwind and speeds between 70-75 mph. The 27.4 mpg tank was achieved with an hour of 55-60 mph speeds, but the rest of the day at 70-72 mph, mild temperatures (50s-60s), and almost no wind. The 26 mpg tank was under similar conditions but a little faster speed.
The van was fully loaded with five people, a dog, and the rear compartment stuffed up to the top edge of the 3rd row seat.
If gas had been closer to $4/gallon rather than $1.35-1.55 a gallon, I might have watched the speed more to get better fuel economy. But with 8-12 hour days on the road, even a few mph more made a significant difference in arrival time, so I gladly paid the price at the pump.
This was our first long trip in the T&C and it proved a great cruiser, with a smooth ride (15" wheels) and also quiet, except when we were heading into a 30-40 mph headwind. The driver's seat was very comfortable. I spent some time in the middle row and those seats weren't bad, but the cushions are noticeably firmer than in the front. My daughter staked out the 3rd row with our dog and they were very comfortable back there. All the power points came in handy for our portable DVD player, cell phones etc.
#1412 of 1446 2006 GC 3.3L Fuel Economy-extended trip
May 14, 2009 (6:22 am)
Returned recently from an extended vacation to the desert southwest from Wisconsin, driving our 2006 Grand Caravan. Overall fuel economy was 23.44. Best tank was 26.58. Worst tank was 20.99.
Several legs of the trip included extensive mountain driving during which the fuel economy interestingly didn't suffer much. In fact the worst tank was on the drive west from St Louis to Tulsa. We must have had strong head winds during that stretch. We generally kept the speed on the freeway stretches at the speed limit of 70 or 75 mph in the western plains.
I am pleased with the mileage, given the size of this vehicle. The 3.3 V-6 had all it could handle in the mountain driving, and if I drove in those conditions on a regular basis, would consider a larger engine version, but in our normal fairly flat daily driving, it is just fine. No vehicle problems during the trip whatsoever. It is only now at 25K on the odometer.
#1413 of 1446 Re: 2006 GC 3.3L Fuel Economy-extended trip [badgerfan]
May 14, 2009 (3:40 pm)
That's fantastic. Well done! You can look forward to many more miles since that thing is just getting broken in!
We recently completed a 4500 mile trip from Alaska to Pennsylvania with a '98 DGC AWD (3.8L). We averaged 21.7 mpg, with best tank at 24.6 and worst at 19.7. As with you, the worst tank was driving across South Dakota, running at 79 mph, and bucking head cross/head winds. It was a great trip. We clocked 200,000 miles just about the time we crossed the PA border. I think the 3.8L engine has plenty of power in all situations. We ran with a fairly heavy load of cargo, but the van felt quite peppy nonetheless.
#1414 of 1446 2008 Chrysler Town & Country oil consumption
May 18, 2009 (11:24 am)
Hi all - I've got a 2006 Chrysler Town and Country Touring with about 53,000 mi. on it. Last week the oil light started coming on - nearly at 3months/3000 miles on the nose. Today took it in to have oil changed - repair shop says there was no oil on the dipstick and they only drained about 1 qt. There are no obvious leaks and no signs (smoke, etc.) of consumption. They don't (at this point) have any idea what is causing the consumption.
Repair shop advises monitoring weekly - and having them do it and document so that everything is documented in case there is an issue and we need to file a claim with the extended warranty company.
Has anyone seen anything like this? Thoughts about what might be causing and/or what we should do?
#1415 of 1446 Re: 2008 Chrysler Town & Country oil consumption [tlkiser]
May 18, 2009 (2:26 pm)
Consumption of up to a quart per thousand miles would not produce any noticeable side effects, so it sounds like (for now), you should simply check your oil on a reasonable basis - once every couple of tanks or so. Waiting to check at each oil change interval is just asking for trouble. It may be that consumption did not suddenly increase, but did get to the point that the pressure was low enough to trigger the warning light. Warmer ambient temperatures, slightly more miles, etc., could all have contributed to increased consumption since the last change.
Regular monitoring by you will help a shop determine if a problem does exist. Otherwise, like us, they are left to speculate.
#1416 of 1446 Re: Should I get a Grand caravan SXT 3.8ltr [dm3]
May 29, 2009 (12:04 pm)
Hello! We are thinking of purchasing a 2006 Grand Caravan. How would you rate your experience? Do you still have the Grand Caravan that you talked about here?
Thank you for any help you can provide. We're in a real "pickle".
#1417 of 1446 Re: Should I get a Grand caravan SXT 3.8ltr [cparent]
May 29, 2009 (3:15 pm)
Yes, we still have our 2007 DGC, SXT with the 3.8L engine. We bought it used in Feb 2007. It now has 46,000 miles on it. The only thing we've done to it has been oil changes, wiper blades, and front pads a couple of months ago. The passenger side window no longer works, so I am planning on taking the door apart this weekend to see what the problem may be. I figure worse case it will need a new motor/regulator assembly.
I have no real complaints. Though, to be honest, I really wanted a Honda Odyssey, but could not justify the price difference between it and the DGC.