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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
104,973 miles

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2003 Chrysler Town & Country Owner Comments

problem #6

Nov 022011

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 190,688 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

11/2/11 while parked & running idle, van shuts off and all power is lost. After 15 min the van finally starts. However, after driving 200 feet it loses power again. Road side service jumps the battery, all seems to operate normally. Over the next couple of days the same thing happens many times. 11/8/11 a new battery is installed. (starter & alternator pass tests) new battery van still losses power when running idle parked/in operation(at traffic light). Frequency increases and eventually van loses power/ stalls while driving. At times van is able to start up right away, other times it has to sit for a few min. Some warning or indication that system may fail, van may shutter a bit/RPM gage needle fluctuates wildly. Another new glitch, the door power locks and power door locks alarm. Power door locks stop working 2/12. Fuse is replaced. Problem is fixed temp, locks stop working days later. Fuse is removed and reseated. Power locks work but only for a short period of time. This process is repeated several times. Battery cable is taken off in hopes of resetting power module but upon reconnecting cable, battery has no life. End result, battery is replaced, tests are run again on starter/alternator, they pass. Van runs okay for about a day, locks stop working again. Next door open alarm and interior lights are set off repeatedly. As of today all issues are still present but seem to come and go. Service/repairs since April 2011, brake system flush 2-11, coolant system 2-11, tune up 2-11, oil/filter 2/11, reconditioned trans/ rebuilt torque converter 4/11, muffler 5/11, solenoid and evap harness 6/11, oil/filter 7/11, gaskets/lower intake manifold 9/11, radiator 9/11, rear cooling hose 9/11, battery 11/11, thermostat 11/11, intake manifold and valve cover 11/11, crank shaft position sensor 11/11, oil/filter 11/11, fuel filter 2/12, tune up 2/12, oil/filter 2/12, battery 3/12.

- Burlington, NJ, USA

problem #5

Apr 012010

Town & Country

  • 75,000 miles
Dash board instrumentation failure and additional engine issues. Fuel gauge pegged. Tachometer and other gauges fluctuating, engine falters and stalls, all warning lights illuminate, radio becomes intermittent. Car alarm activates and will not shut off. Low voltage to dashboard cluster circuit board. Instrument error codes E400.1, E100.1, E100.3, E100.4, E100.5 dealership can not diagnose or repair issues, which happen while driving, often the car stalls and will not restart in traffic. Numerous internet reports of same problem by many people. (see edmunds.com, under Town & Country electrical problems) suggested repairs are re-soldering of circuit board cold solder joints in cluster board, and replacement of the cluster board. Recommend a safety recall of Town & Country's and Voyager from 2000-present to inspect for this issue.

- San Bernardino, CA, USA

problem #4

Aug 212009

Town & Country

  • 92,151 miles
We are the original owner of a 2003 Chrysler T & C. in August, 2009, my wife began experiencing problems with the window motor suddenly becoming inoperable for a short period of time, then suddenly working again. One day, as I was driving the van, the check engine light came on. I immediately parked the vehicle. After a few days, the car restarted and the check engine light went off. However, on August 20, the check engine light came on while I was leaving a conference. After less than mile, then van began shuddering, the lights began blinking then the vehicle died. I was traveling at approximately 40 mph when this occurred. The van would not restart, in fact the only thing I received was a click. I had the car towed home and again left alone. This time, the when I turned the key, the response was just a click. Also, there was an electrical drain that caused me to replace two batteries. In order to keep this from recurring, I disconnected the negative post. After checking and replacing the starter as well, I had it towed to a facility who confirmed the problem was a bad PCM. The cost to remedy this was $750.

- Camp Springs, MD, USA

problem #3

Feb 112008

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2003 Chrysler Town and country. The contact stated that the brakes squeaked and pulsated when depressed. All of the brakes and rotors were replaced. The air conditioner compressor made a grating and scraping sound and was replaced, along with the alternator. The contact was afraid to remove the key from the ignition because it would take ten minutes of jiggling to get it back in and start the vehicle. The vehicle would make a clunking noise when shifting into gear. The cylinoid was replaced. The gasket and seal on the water pump and the accessory belt were replaced. The contact was informed that the water pump needed to be replaced within six months. The liftgate was replaced as well. The following recalls were referenced: NHTSA campaign id numbers 03E053000 (fuel system, gasoline), 04V386000 (steering: Hydraulic power assist hose, piping and connections), 05V134000 (latches:locks:linkages:hatchback/liftgate lock), and 06E022000 (service brakes, hydraulic). The current and failure mileages were 80,000. Updated 04-02-08 the water pump needed to be replaed after 1 year and 8 months. The transmission solenoid and seperpentin belt were replaced.

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #2

Jan 082007

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
The weather has turned cold again and the moaning noise from the P.S. pump is back. I had a brand-new P.S. pump, water pump, serpentine belt, and tensioner installed a week ago. I don't know what else to do. Some people have had belts, hoses, pumps, and even steering racks replaced and the moaning noise will not go away. I'm not spending any more money on this vehicle. I suppose I can just ignore the noise along with all the other ones coming from my vehicle. I think its time for another mini-van.

- Bonaire, GA, USA

problem #1

Sep 172003

Town & Country

  • 147,000 miles
Vehicle would hesitate when accelerating over 25 mph, causing a distraction to the consumer. Had taken vehicle to dealership mechanic, but the problem has not been resolved.

- Shelby Township, MI, USA

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