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Mar 27, 2010 (8:07 pm)
Just took 2010 Dodge GC. On my first long trip MPG 26.6 on 70 MPH and my best result is 27 MPG on 65 MPH. Now van has 1500 miles and MPG will be better soon
#238 of 256 Re: 09 town & country Transmission [hummer1940]
Apr 03, 2010 (3:59 am)
Me and my daughter bought our 4.0/6 speed at the same time and her T&C had the tranny problem and my GC has had none so far. Seems the T&C assembly run at a particular time period had problems.
#239 of 256 Re: 4.0 [candriver]
Apr 16, 2010 (2:16 am)
25.8 on this trip. 16.4-18.6 in city driving. Trans is ok so far!
Anyone think its time to stock up on brake rotors and pads?
#240 of 256 Re: 4.0 [etp]
Apr 24, 2010 (2:49 am)
Dealers are selling oil change packages from $15 to $9 per change depending on how many you buy.. Good deal folks.
#241 of 256 T&C VES system goes to sleep
May 26, 2010 (8:25 am)
We have recently bought a 2008 T&C with the VES dual screen system. I have, on two occations, the VES DVD go to sleep. That is no power lights at all. Then after an undermined amount of time, it comes back. The first time I think it was the next day. The second time took nearly a week. I had an appointment at the dealer to look at it but low and behold it started working again. I asked if there was a software or firmware upgrade but was told not for that DVD and to bring it in if it happens again. I guess maybe there is an update for the DVD behind the display on the dash. Has anyone seen this? We are trying to determine if it is DVD related (new or used) but I don't think that's it.
#242 of 256 Re: T&C VES system goes to sleep [smitty1829]
May 28, 2010 (12:31 pm)
You will find a lot of information about MyGIG(your DVD)
#243 of 256 3.8 vs. 4.0 engine
Jul 11, 2010 (5:27 pm)
I am looking at used 2008 and 2009 models. All the brake issues worry me - I hope the new extended warranty doesn't just apply to original owners. One thing I have found is the resale value on the 4.0 equipped cars seems much higher. I am tempted to pay the difference for the additional power and 6 speed automatic without a loss in MPG. I have owned 4 vans with the 3.3 and 3.8 without a single engine repair issue in about 400,000 miles among the 4 vans - that engine seems bulletproof. My last 3.8 Lxi with AWD was a nice vehicle but got crummy gas mileage 12-13 in town and 17 on the highway. One thing I did on each of my vans was buy an extended warranty, as great as the engines were I had to put a new transmission in 3 of the 4 when they were out of the factory warranty.
#244 of 256 Re: 3.8 vs. 4.0 engine [kope49]
Jul 11, 2010 (6:20 pm)
The 2008 seemed to have more issues. We have a 2009 4.0 with 20k so far no issues brakes are fine. I track mpg per tank in a ledger. Loaded with 4 passengers we get 30 mpg highway a bit less if the Air is on. city is 19 to 21 and can be as bad as 17. We did a lot of research before getting our 2009 new it was an outstanding deal as Chrysler was on the brink at the time. Go for the 2009 with the 4.0 you will get much better mpg and have a more powerful vehicle. We tow our boat and have never had a problem getting out at a steep wet ramp where trucks and SUV's will be spinning there wheels for lack of traction. The 6 speed is a wonderful transmission no idea about longevity but so fare so good. Glad we got the Dodge over the town and country, fewer recalls, also gald we dident get the Honda as I would alwaues have been second gessing its mpg. I usually drive about 72 on the highway and have wondered if a hyper miler could push this van past 30mpg? Maybe on a long stretch in a 55mph zone?
#245 of 256 Re: 3.8 vs. 4.0 engine [drdavidbowman]
Jul 11, 2010 (7:01 pm)
That highway mileage seems unbelievable - but I realize there is considerable variation between similar vehicles. Just watch I will buy a similarly equipped GC and get 13 city and 21 hwy like some others are reporting. Glad to hear you like the 6 speed. My 2002 Lxi with 4 speed always downshifted very roughly when you stepped on it.
Dave in Minnesota
#246 of 256 update
Jul 12, 2010 (2:05 am)
38K and no brake problems. However , I am stocking up and shopping the sales for parts.
As far as MPG, my two 4.0 6 speeds vary. The GC get better MPG than the TC but they have different wheels and drivers. Non synthetic sludge from the dealer bulk tank gets worse MPG in town. I think 5w30 synthetic may be as good as it gets for all around MPG. Tire pressure always affects mpg. And lastly, if I ever wear out these tires I will get LRRs from SAMS. Also time for some fuel injector cleaner.
It seems the trans problems were a specific lot of 2009 TCs that went through the factory line in late 2008.