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#1 of 64 Any experience with 2011 Town and Country?
Feb 06, 2011 (3:03 pm)
I test drove a 2011 Town and Country yesterday and loved it. However before taking the plunge I'd love to hear from those who already bought about their experiences. Please let me know if there is anything I should specifically check out before taking delivery.
#2 of 64 Re: Any experience with 2011 Town and Country? [mic111]
Mar 08, 2011 (9:51 pm)
The V6 engine is all new. This engine (3.6 liters?) is used in other Chrysler vehicles (e.g. Jeep Grand Cherokee). I would check out the forums to see if any issues have emerged with this engine. Good luck.
#3 of 64 Re: Any experience with 2011 Town and Country? [mic111]
Mar 24, 2011 (5:30 am)
I took delivery of my 2011 Town and Country Touring L on March 18th. This is my third T&C. I had leased a 2008 and liked it very much. My first impressions of the 2011 T&C are that it is a much improved van with many new safety features. There are of course some cosmetic changes on the exterior, but the major improvements are not visible to the naked eye. First of all I like the new and improved instrument panel and the new shifter. The information display is much more visible. Second row seats on "Stow and Go" are also much improved with better head rests that do not need to be removed to store the seats. The seats also store much easier that on previous models.
The 2011 has a new engine and now a six speed transmission. This greatly improves the performance of the van. Engine is very quiet and smooth. It is the new Penstar 6 found in many other new Chrysler models.
The suspension has also been improved for a better ride and handling.
The van has a better feel and is very stable on the road.
New tech safety features, such as left lane warning, rear cross path detection, automatic high beam headlamps are great. Please note that many dealers are ordering their T&C's with these features deleted on the Touring L. This deletion shows on the sticker as minus $1,100 and lowers the final price by that much. At first you might think that you are getting these options free as was the case with previous Walter P editions. Don't buy or lease the new T&C without these high tech safety items. I am told that dealers are doing this to lower the sticker price. Some are doing this and then adding other less important options.
You should also consider the Driver Convenience Group that includes several useful options including 2nd row heated seats.
If you haven't driven the new 2011 T&C, I suggest that you do.
#4 of 64 Re: Any experience with 2011 Town and Country? [fredm6]
Mar 24, 2011 (8:28 am)
I also took delivery of a 2011 T&C last 3/21/11. Great van, value and features. I have 200 miles so far. I, however felt a shudder while on slow reverse uphill. I normally park my van rear first up my driveway and it's quite steep. I have stopped parking this way ever since I felt this shudder several times. I'm bringing it back to the dealer. I'd like to hear some comments/opinions from owners first before I bring it, so I have a better idea on what to say to the dealer in case they give me runaround. Is it too much to ask Mr. fredm6 if your van does the same thing? I'd appreciate the help on this. On the other hand, everything else is perfect. The drive is much better than the 2009 Oddy I leased. Feature wise, it's leaps away from the Honda when considering price paid for. I just hope this is something minor. Crossing my fingers.
#6 of 64 Thanks and keep letting us know how it is going
Mar 24, 2011 (9:10 am)
Thanks for your responses. I still want to get this van but am on hold for maybe a month or so until I see if there are any better incentives. If there was one locally outfitted just the way I want I would probably get it but right now it appears I will have to order and I'm not getting good pricing for ordering so am going to wait a bit.
#7 of 64 Re: Any experience with 2011 Town and Country? [keanezra]
Apr 03, 2011 (8:59 am)
I have had no experience with the shudder you mention, since I do not need to back up on my driveway. Hope you find out what the problem is.
I will report that after two weeks of driving my 2011 T&C I find it to be the best one that I have had. This is my fourth T&C. I upgraded from the 2008.
I love the new transmission, engine and handling. I am also impressed with the safety features such as detecting a vehicle either in your right or left lane. I also find the cross path protection to be very good. This is much improved over the rear sensors found on many other cars. Mileage also seems to be better with the new engine. The fit and finish is outstanding , both interior and exterior. The new instrument panel are shifter are much improved. They have also improved the "stow and go" second seats with improved head rests that fold down. All in all a great van that incorporates many new features that you won't find on the Honda or Toyota at that price.
#8 of 64 Re: Thanks and keep letting us know how it is going [mic111]
Apr 03, 2011 (9:10 am)
I hope you will find a van outfitted like you want. As for incentives, my total was $3750. I could not wait to see if they would get better since my lease was up and I had turn in fee of $425 if I did not get another Chrysler.
I found it difficult to find one with just the options that I wanted. As I said in a previous post, do not get this van with the Safety Tech items deleted.
Many dealers are doing this and it shows up on the window sticker as a minus $1,100. All of the Touring L's come with the tech items standard unless the dealer deletes them. I would also recommend getting the customer preference group. Well worth the money. You can do an inventory search of dealers in your area, by going on Chrysler's website. This may not be current or as good as the dealers search is, but at least you get an idea of what might be out there.
#9 of 64 2011 Town & Country Touring L Operating Problems
May 12, 2011 (7:01 am)
We purchased the 2011 T & C Touring L van in January 2011. While having the oil changed at 3,000, it set a "check engine" light. The technician looked for a computer-generated code, but there wasn't any.
A few weeks later, when using the remote starting feature, the vehicle started with a chugging sound which diminished after a few seconds. That day, the check engine light came on again and the vehicle was running very sluggish, so we took it to the dealership for repair. We were told that there wasn't any code setting, but they called Chrysler to be told that there could be moisture in some fitting that should be greased to dry it out.
A few days later, the check engine light came on again, and this time we were told that the CAM Sensor was faulty and it was replaced.
A week later on a Sunday, when the remote start was used, twice it started and then stalled. It was started with the key, and a few miles down the road, the check engine light came on again and it started running sluggish again. The next morning (Monday) it was taken back to the dealership for the 3rd time. When it was first started that morning and driven for about 10 miles it was running fine. It was shut off and restarted and the check engine light came on and it was sluggish again. It was shut off and restarted and the light was out and it ran fine.
That day, dealership called to tell us that there isn't any code setting and they can't recreate the problem. They asked us if they could drive it, so one of the techs has been driving it back and forth to work. This morning we called for a status and were told that on the way home last night, it made a funny sound for a few seconds, but no code was set and the check engine light didn't come on.
Needless to say, we are beside ourselves over all of this. It's bad enough that this is our only vehicle, but the rental cars that we have been given in absentia have been substandard in lieu of all of the features that we so enjoy in the van.
Has anyone had any experience of this nature with their 2011 Town & Country?
#10 of 64 Re: 2011 Town & Country Touring L Operating Problems [sangilp84]
May 12, 2011 (12:07 pm)
Hello, we purchased our car on April 6 and pretty much have had the same issue as you. We have taken it to the dealership 3 times as well and the 3 times have been told pretty much what you great stated. The check engine light and then we believe that we my have a transmission/aceleration problem as well. We are looking into getting a lawyer, because we feel that the car is not safe. The rental car experience was great.