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CarComplaints.com Notes: Chances are you didn't want to have to buy a used minivan, but chances are you _also_ didn't realize how much stuff you need to travel with kids. When it comes to hauling around piles of diaper bags and coolers full of snacks, you could do worse than the 2004 Town & Country. Especially when you compare it to the 2005.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
82,387 miles

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2004 Chrysler Town & Country electrical problems

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2004 Chrysler Town & Country Owner Comments

problem #19

Jun 262016

Town & Country

  • 10 miles

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

Takata recall the fule rail wiring harness melted down.the wiring harnes is installed right above the exhaust from the factory. The heat from the exhaust over time melted a 4 inch section of the insulation off of the wiring harness causing them to sort out. The van had 130000 miles when this happened. It left me and my family stranded on the freeway, it happened while I was driving. This was very unsafe to have the engine stall out on the freeway. Clearly there should be more than 2 inches between the wiring harness and the exhaust system. I had the van towed to my mechanic $150. Then they replaced the old harness $400 parts $435 labor total $985 dollars!

- Pocatello, ID, USA

problem #18

May 052015

Town & Country

  • 144,963 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chrysler Town and country. The contact stated that while reversing at 5 mph after refueling the vehicle, it stalled without warning. The vehicle was restarted. The vehicle was taken to a dealer but the failure was unable to be determined. The vehicle was not repaired but the failure recurred multiple times. The contact mentioned the last failure resulted in the vehicle being unable to be restarted. The vehicle was towed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 144,963.

- Newburgh, NY, USA

problem #17

Oct 252008

Town & Country

  • 61,000 miles
The ignition switch on my 2004 Chrysler Town & Country minivan has failed four times. It has been replaced each time.

- Bellevue, WA, USA

problem #16

Oct 252008

Town & Country

  • 61,000 miles

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

The ignition switch on my 2004 Chrysler Town & Country minivan has failed four times. It has been replaced each time.

- Bellevue, WA, USA

problem #15

Oct 252008

Town & Country

  • 61,000 miles
The ignition switch on my 2004 Chrysler Town & Country minivan has failed four times. It has been replaced each time.

- Bellevue, WA, USA

problem #14

May 022013

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 128,000 miles
This vehicle turns off when driving and there is no power to the car at all, no brakes, steering, headlights and the car can not be restarted, you cant even unlock it too get out or get the windows down. The dash lights go out, check engine light cant be reset, fan and A/C controls never turn off if the car is running and dings and beeps went it wants to like its crying for help.

- Woodbine, MD, USA

problem #13

Feb 122010

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 75 miles

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

Within a few minutes of filling the fuel tank, the engine will stalls. It can happen at any speed from 0-50 mph. The engine will stall about 80% of the time after fuelling.

- Canton, GA, USA

problem #12

Jan 152013

Town & Country

  • 135,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chrysler Town and country. The contact stated that the warning lights and the interior lights started blinking on and off. The contact also stated that after turning the vehicle off it would not restart. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic where the alternator, ignition switch, and the starter were replaced but the vehicle failed to start. The contact was informed that there was an electrical problem with the vehicle but the technician was unable to locate the source of the failure. The failure and current mileages were 135,000.

- Oxford, NC, USA

problem #11

Aug 222010

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 482,000 miles
Van stalls after fillups. Lose power and control of van when accelerating onto road. Very dangerous. This is a common problem with these mini vans. Check the internet and you will see. I am not sure what to do.

- Gainesville, GA, USA

problem #10

Mar 242010

Town & Country

  • 124,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chrysler Town and country. The contact started the vehicle was parked with the engine off when it caught fire. The fire department was able to extinguish the fire. The fire originated from the driver side sliding door panel. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer. The dealer replaced the panel to the door and the driver's power seat. The door and driver seat were only able to be operated manually and not automatic. The failure mileage was 124,000 and the current mileage was 130,000.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #9

Mar 292010

Town & Country

  • 127,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2004 Chrysler Town and country. The vehicle was parked when someone informed the contact that smoke was emitting from the vehicle. The contact attempting to open the door but it would not open and the alarm did not function. The fire department was called and the as the firemen broke the window to get into the vehicle, the driver side door became engulfed in flames. The fire was extinguished and the main cable cut to prevent any future fires. The fire marshall stated that "the fire was located behind the driver's seat in the B-post where electrical equipment failed causing the fire". the vehicle was towed to the local dealership where the door panel, seat belts, and driver seat were replaced. The vehicle was electrical but the dealer switched everything to manual after the fire. The contact called the manufacturer who stated that there were no related recalls for the vehicle. The failure mileage was approximately 122,000. The failure mileage was approximately 127,000.

- Brooklyn , NY, USA

problem #8

Mar 292010

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 126,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chrysler Town and country. The contact stated the vehicle caught on fire while sitting idle with the engine off. The fire department was contacted and determined the fire originated from under the rear driver's side sliding door panel. The dealer came out to take pictures of the damage and the vehicle was towed. The dealer was able to repair the vehicle however; the contact was unsatisfied with the quality of the repairs. The majority of the vehicle electrical components were no longer operable, such as the power locks and windows, and the air bag warning light was illuminated on the dashboard. There were no further repairs. The failure mileage was 126,000 and the current mileage was 127,000. Updated 8/4/10 updated 08/09/10

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #7

Jun 122009

Town & Country

  • 55,000 miles
Where to begin? 1) wiring that run along passenger side door to control rear hatch, and back side sliding door severed by opening slider door. Car can no longer be locked because the power door look system controls were cut when the wiring was cut. 2) complete loss of displays and controls in the dashboard, with no warning that it was going to happen. Everything worked in the evening, and was lost the next morning. No wipers, lights, displays, etc. Car sat in driveway for 12 hours, from the time it worked, to the time that we discovered nothing worked. 3) problem w/ power steering. Car makes a wining noise and drinks power steering fluid. Several different websites report this as a common problem, and the dealer wants a $1200 repair. This should be a recall.

- Melrose, MA, USA

problem #6

Apr 132007

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • miles
We experienced a recurrence of the vehicle not starting again. This is the 4th time within the past year. This intermittent problem seems to occur when the engine is started and stopped within a short period of time. When attempting to start the van, the engine turns over and starts but then immediately stops. It is as if an anti theft switch is engaged or the remote starter mechanism malfunctions and stops the engine. After letting the vehicle sit for an hour, it was able start up and remain running. The van was driven the next day and a powerful electrical burning smell was noticeable from the engine compartment. A faint clicking/squeaking noise was also heard in the vicinity of the alternator. The vehicle was towed into the dealership about two months ago for the same situation, but the vehicle started the next day and service was unable to determine the cause.

- Newington, CT, USA

problem #5

Jun 282006

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,500 miles
I had taken the vehicle for repair on two occasions due to turn signals malfunctioning, power windows malfunctioning, and back sliding doors malfunctioning. On the first occasion malfunctions could not be enacted. On second occasion, a switch was replaced. On June 28, 2006 van was hit in rear pushed into another car and thrown into an 18 wheeler traveling 60 miles per hour and no airbags deployed.

- Dallas, NC, USA

problem #4

Nov 212005

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,000 miles
My 2004 Chrysler Town & Country has been in the shop 4 times for the same problem. It was for a problem Chrysler has put a bulletin out on regarding malfunction indicator lamp illumination with diagnostic codes P0300-P0306 (spark plugs). The light has come on 4 different occasions during a 7 month period. Dealer replaced spark plugs all 4 times and reprogrammed the tran module. They are giving me the excuse that I am probably just getting defective spark plugs. I have had a computer in the car that I drove with and it showed nothing to them as they tell me. They say car isn't doing anything when they drive it. After 4th repair I have brought it back after driving only a few days telling them it still is not fixed, they say it doesn't do it for them and they can't do anything else unless the light comes on again. The car bucks, surges, transmission seems to mis, car has back fired going up hill, no power going up hills or inclines, car even loses power going 55 mph plus on highways, when light does finally come on car will not let you go over 10 miles per hour, feels like it is going to stall bucks and surges. The light has not come on again yet for the 5th time but it will eventually with the same codes for the spark plugs, and again I will bring it back to have it not fixed again, by them changing the spark plugs yet again. I also saw a bulletin on this site about a creak, tick, and pop sound in steering column which I asked dealer to check when it was brought in last visit, they said it was nothing, and did nothing about it, now I see other people obviously have same problem, , not fixed. I have no clue if this is a safety hazard and what, if anything, could happen. Sway bar was replaced for noise when going over bumps, and rear window motor was defective and replaced also on this car.

- Hackettstown, NJ, USA

problem #3

Jun 152004

Town & Country

  • 1,800 miles
While driving on 3 separate occasions vehicle stalled. Then, vehicle lost power, and all the warning lights on the dashboard came on. Dealership reprogrammed the main computer twice. Vehicle is currently at dealership for the same failure.

- Andover, OH, USA

problem #2

Nov 252003

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles
My Town and country has been in the repair shop approx. 11 times now. It has 20,000 miles on it. The first incident happened at about approx 3,000 miles into it, about 1 month old, it shuts off by itself. This progressivly got worse, it runs very rough and loses power while driving. The steering fluid has leaked twice, first time at 6,000 miles, approx 2-3 months old. Brakes replaced approx 15,000 squeal in belt. Odor in A/C.

- Fallston, MD, USA

problem #1

May 012004

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
Chrysler has discontinued backlighting of door light switches, power door switch, power mirror switch, headlamp switch, and low line window switches. During night time driving, it's very hard to locate these switches without distracting your driving ability. Took the van into dealer to have the lights re-activated (they are there), but service department couldn't enable them. (Chrysler has a bulletin on this, #08-018-02.

- Sussex, WI, USA

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