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Chrysler Town and Country, Van
Aug 22, 2012 (6:39 pm)
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kcram - Pickups/Wagons/Vans+Minivans Host
Mar 23, 2013 (4:01 am)
I have had problems with my brakes from the first month on (I bought my Town & Country new in 2006). I never had any major issues (muffler, EGR valve, and of course brakes). Anyway, my van ran fine until about two months ago. I stopped for fuel, pulled out of the gas station and it died. It wouldn't start back up. About a month before this incident the battery went dead and gave me the "done" code on the dash with a clicking under the hood. Sine then I have had my van in six repair shops (including Chrysler where I got treated like crap-) and have had five brand new (not refurb) starters, flywheel, battery, sensor, all the recalls have been done by Chrysler (which up until they touched my van it would start every once in a great while and run for about 10 minutes and the clicking under the hood was present), coil pack, plugs and wires, and new fuel pump. Now I spent close to $30,000 for this van seven years ago (it has about 75,000 miles), and it seems like it is never going to run again.
It is now in the sixth shop where they are running more electrical tests to try and find out where the problem is. It has been close to three months and it still hasn't run. I am at a loss as to what the problem could be. There is no check engine light, but it keeps throwing random codes (P0645 is the main one). I have spent almost $2,000 just in parts and a few shops (not counting tows, labor, and some shops gave me a freebie because they couldn't figure it out). I think Chrysler needs to make this right- not to mention the new starter the dealer ruined (Chrysler, when they also lost my starter plate). I did not pay $30,000 for my van to just die and never run again.
#12 of 12 Re: 2010 TnC Brake Bug; Lemon [dbmarie1]
Mar 23, 2013 (8:53 am)
"The 2010 has had multiple recalls to include the brakes, rotors, key fob, ignition module, wheel bearings, radio, etc... "
I think we need to be a little careful when using the word "recall." Looking at the NHTSA ODI (Office of Defects Investigation) database, it appears the 2010 Chrysler Town & Country has one recall, Campaign 11V1390000, for the ignition key module. We also received a letter from Chrysler advising that they were issuing an extended warranty on the front wheel bearings, but that was not a recall.
It would make more sense to criticize these vehicles for the number of "Complaints" they have on the ODI database.
Our 2010 T&C Limited has had some issues in its 30k miles to date, but fortunately nothing like some of the horror stories covered in this thread. The worst was when it died one day at a stop light and refused to restart. It was towed to the nearest Chrysler dealer and, after two days of testing, they replaced the engine wiring harness. That was when it only had 2,620 miles on it, so naturally we wondered what might be next, especially in view of what others on this forum were saying.
We took it back to the dealer for the iginition key module recall (never a problem for us) and again when the lense covers for the turn signal inidicators on the outside mirrors fell off. On that last visit I had them do a reflash of the transmission software, and that cured a shudder that was occuring when backing slightly uphill.
I personally replaced the rear brake pads two weeks ago (did the rotors, too, but the old ones were really ok; now have all NAPA parts on rear). The front brake pads still have another 5-10k miles left on them. This is our fourth Chrysler minivan. We knew before buying it that I would probably be replacing brake pads and rotors every 20k-25k miles like with our other ones, but this one has performed a little better.
Regarding a class-action lawsuit, good luck. It really is true what they say: the only ones who make out in these things are the lawyers. To those of you complaining the loudest, I can only imagine how frustrated you feel. Perhaps you might consider simply getting rid of your Chrysler minivan and moving on.
Frankly, a lot of the problems I've had with vehicles over the years were caused by me not taking the time to read the owner's manual and doing scheduled maintenance. I think we can get away with that on some vehicles, but not so much on these.