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Chrysler Town and Country, Dodge Caravan, Exterior, Van
#283 of 411 Re: 2008 Town and Country - big quality control issues [britsys]
Sep 03, 2008 (10:10 am)
We purchased a T&C in October of 2007 and have nothing but problems with it. From the third row seating not stowing, to them locking up, to the radio not working, replacing a catalytic converter, the A/C not cooling and the super sensitive power doors and now having to replace brakes AND rotors with only 17,000 miles on it. We are super frustrated and called Chrysler customer service to only get a telephone rep in INDIA! We have been told there is no local Chrysler rep to discuss our issues with. If I were you I would ask for my money back and get a HONDA!
#284 of 411 2008 T&C Brakes and Rotors Need Replaced
Sep 03, 2008 (10:19 am)
Is anyone having any issues with their 2008 T&C Van brakes and rotors? We have a van with 17,000 miles that our local service department advised us that both the brakes and rotors needed replaced. The tires were rotated around 11,000 miles in May and evidently the rotors and brakes were fine then. Now the brakes have embedded into the rotors so bad that they have a cut a lip in the rotor and now the rotors can not be turned. The service department advised us that the cost to replace the brakes and rotors was $350 and that it was NOT covered under warranty! Could live with replacing the brakes every 17,000 miles but replacing rotors every 17,000 is ridiculous. Anyone else having this issues? If so, e-mail me at cwilcher24yahoo.com.
#285 of 411 Re: Contact me whether or not you have loud pinging noise on 2008 T&C [cwilcher]
Sep 03, 2008 (11:56 am)
So sorry to hear of your many problems with your T&C. Seems you might have something that would fall under the lemon law. Because of your response about the pinging noise I now have hope that we may be able to get the noise fixed. We will be taking the car in with your note and insisting they change the catalytic converter. I'm assuming this stopped your noise. If it didn't please let me know.
Thanks so much.
#286 of 411 Re: 2008 T&C Brakes and Rotors Need Replaced [cwilcher]
Sep 03, 2008 (3:04 pm)
Could live with replacing the brakes every 17,000 miles but replacing rotors every 17,000 is ridiculous.
I'm sorry to hear about your brake troubles. The pads have a metal warning sensor that contacts the rotor when the pad thickness wears down to a certain point. It is there to prevent continued driving with severely worn pads and eventually wearing them down to the rivets and cutting a groove in the rotor, as yours apparently did.
Didn't you notice a high pitched squealing whenever you applied the brakes? That was the warning sensor rubbing on the rotor. The sensor would not cut a groove in the rotor but the rivets in the pad sure would.
I'm not sure of the reason for the low pad life in your case. However, I was following a Grand Caravan to work today. We were descending a 3/4 mile long hill. As soon as we started down the hill I noticed their brake lights come on and he/she rode the brakes all the way down. I was following behind in my auto trans Sebring and I only had to tap the brakes once about halfway down. I wondered to myself just how often they had to replace their brakes.
On the warranty, you might be able to successfully argue for new pads if they find that the calipers are sticking. However, they probably will not replace the rotors under warranty if it was determined that you continued to drive it after the pads were worn down to the metal.
#287 of 411 Re: 2008 T&C Brakes and Rotors Need Replaced [cwilcher]
Sep 04, 2008 (9:31 am)
I just emailed you! I am going through this right now as well and am incredibly frustrated. I bought the T&C brand new in Oct. 07 and with 20,000 miles on it we were told the same as you. $350 - new brakes & rotors. I am so glad I came across this post, I can't wait to call the dealer back to argue that it is indeed their problem and not my driving. While 20,000 is a bit much in 10 months, it is all highway, no stop and go, so we find it hard to beleive that it needs this kind of workd one already.
#288 of 411 Major electronical issues with '08 Town and Country
Sep 04, 2008 (8:25 pm)
We bought our van September '07. At 18,000 miles the Brakes and Roters completely wore out and had to be replaced, which was not covered under warranty. Shortly after, all the problems began...The sliding doors constantly reopen after closing them or will get stuck open. The engine light comes on. The headlights go out and the dash lights go dark while driving at night. The satellite TV/Radio went out. A new part from Sirius had to be ordered which took over a month to come in. The car forgets that the engine is on while driving. Seven times now I have been on roads and/or freeways at speeds up to 80 mph, when all of the sudden the car just turns off. And with power steering, the steering wheel becomes VERY hard to turn when trying to get off the road before getting hit!! Every time the car is in the shop, the answer is always some sensor gone bad! It's a Lemon and Chrysler knows it. The design of the '08 T&C is too electronicly equipt for the brain that was put into it. The dealership continually assures us that this is the only T&C with this problem..But I know this is not true. It's like finding a needle in a haystack. One electric short in the brain triggers another problem. I get the van back and within a week it's back in with the same or a new issue. We were told to call Chrysler Corp to report it, which we have, but which ever location the call center is based out of, they have not mastered the English language yet... nothing more frustrating than already being upset having to make the call, and then trying to communicate with someone with very broken english!! We have now contacted our Attorney to address the Major problem
#289 of 411 Re: Contact me whether or not you have loud pinging noise on 2008 T&C [cwil
Sep 06, 2008 (11:33 pm)
I just got a 2008 T&C touring last week , i dont hear a loud pinging noise on my van but i hear this hissing noise like the AC compressor when i am cruising around 40 km/h , but if i accelerate the noise goes away and for example if i am travelling around 65km/h and when i leave the gas pedal and let the van slow down down to around 40 km/h or less i hear this hissing noise....i have my AC completed shut when i an hearing this noise . Let me know if you have the same noise.
#290 of 411 2008 Town &Country Touring
Sep 10, 2008 (9:05 pm)
I bougt this Van last week brand new.....Has anyone noticed a HISSING/ LEAKING noise from the dash when the vehicle travelling 60 km/p or lower. The noise is almost constant but goes away for a few seconds and comes back again, i took it to the dealer and the service manager went for a test drive with me , the manager said that this was the first time he has ever heard of this complaint about this hissing noise and he also said that he has never noticed this on any of the van, so we went for a test drive on another Town & Country that was in stock....and it made the Hissing noise. He was surprised that no one noticed this Hissing noise and he said he will look in to it .
Can anyone let me know if your 2008 T&C does the same ? Just to compare ..Please let me know as this is driving me nuts , unless if all the T&C are making the same noise then i will have to live with it .
#291 of 411 Chrysler Minivan stow n go latch problem.
Sep 11, 2008 (12:42 pm)
The latches which are going into Chysler minivans since at least August 2008 are not made with certified material. They are being supplied by a Chinese company named Jinyi. Instead of using approved material Jinyi has mixed in recycled material. This causes the latches to break easily. These latches are being bought by Magna International the Load Floor supplier to Chrysler. Magna knows the latches do not meet standards, but they are a huge cost save. They have not told Chrysler of the change.
#292 of 411 Re: Chrysler Minivan stow n go latch problem. [concerned7]
Sep 11, 2008 (3:08 pm)
Link to an official (not some blog) source, please.