Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: What the heck happened here? A year after getting our "seal of pretty good" for the 2004, Chrysler turns around and delivers this crapwagon.

This minivan has problems ranging from rack and pinion steering failure to door locks that won't let you out. And trust me, you'll want to get out.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 8
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
74,099 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2005 Chrysler Town & Country electrical problems

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2005 Chrysler Town & Country Owner Comments (Page 2 of 7)

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problem #115

Mar 212015

Town & Country

  • 99,276 miles


I was making a left turn and the steering wheel was hard to turn left, not to the right.while turning left the steering column made a load noise.when I parked took the key out the switch the motor continued to run for about 3-5 seconds before it stopped. When I came out of the store cranked up and went straight home slowly and the left turn was still hard to make and when I stopped in my drive way I put the vehicle in park and took the key out the motor ran for about another 5 seconds.I checked the power steering fluid, the oil and coolant all looked okay I waited about 15 min. And cranked the vehicle up the key seem to turn farther than normal but it cranked up okay, so I shut it back off took the key out and the motor ran another 3 -5 sec. I put the key back in the switch and the radio and mileage started flashing on and off so I took the key out and talked to a mechanic about it.

- Savannah, GA, USA

problem #114

Jul 052014

Town & Country

  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Town and country. While making a right turn, the vehicle stalled several times without warning. Also, upon using the power windows to roll down the windows, the window failed to roll back up intermittently. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V234000 (electrical system) and 14V373000 (air bags, electrical system). The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was not available.

- Wilmington, DE, USA

problem #113

Jan 202015

Town & Country

  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Town and country. The contact stated the air bag light was illuminated at all times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and the diagnosis was that the connector and a cluster of wires were corroded and needed replacement. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000.

- Redford, MI, USA

problem #112

Mar 012014

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles


Since about March of this year, our van headlamps will not turn on with the switch. It takes playing with the switch several times before they go on. Recently the headlights randomly go off as we are driving, we have to pull over and play with the switch to get the lights to go on. Also as we park and turn the car off, sometimes the headlights or the dash lights will go on by themselves. Currently we are having to jump the car often as if there is a drain on the battery. We took the battery to the location where it was bought and they tested the system, and battery and charging system passed all test. In other incidents which may or not be related our power sliding doors are not working properly. The left side does not function at all, and the right side closes and opens when the button is depressed. It takes two tries before it locks properly. When we take the van to the local dealer they know nothing of these issues, and have been quoted $300-600 to repair each incidents. We appreciate any and all assistance regarding these issues.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #111

Jul 082010

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 56,000 miles
2005 Chrysler town county minvan the instrument panel and the heat and A/C and all gauge go black went you are driving VIN number is [xxx]. information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Stanton, KY, USA

problem #110

Dec 052014

Town & Country

  • 149,000 miles
I was driving G South on interstate 35 as I was entering the intersection where interstate 35, 80, 235 meet a semi hauling what looked like gravel was merging onto 235 at the same time I was. All of a sudden all my vehicle lighting went dark and the truck driver saw me.. I was frantically trying to get them on and I did not see him and just when he merged he saw me and slammed on his brakes. Resulting in my vehicle being pelted with sand and rock. My wind shield had numerous dings in it and since it was totally dark I didn't notice them till it was to late to stop him. My lights go off and on and until it's fixed I can't drive after dark. I went to the local Chrysler dealer only to find out it was not covered under any warranty and since I am a disabled veteran I do not have the money at this time to get the lights fixed and now the windshield is cracked.

- Woolstock, IA, USA

problem #109

Nov 102014

Town & Country

  • miles


The contact owns a 2008 Chrysler Town and country. The contact received a notification for NHTSA campaign id number: 14V373000 (electrical system) and stated that the part needed was unavailable to repair the vehicle. The dealer was unable to inform the contact of when the part would become available. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Sterling Heights , MI, USA

problem #108

Oct 152014

Town & Country

  • 100,000 miles
My Chrysler Town & Country constantly has issues with flickering lights, whacked out speedometer, all lights in dash go haywire including headlights. Sometimes the engine shuts down temporarily while driving or even fails at stoplights. Well a while ago I had taken my son to the doctors and on the way home my van started acting up so bad that the engine completely shut down including power steering and caused me to go into the next lane and luckily we weren't hit by another driver! after sitting there in the middle of the lane during rush hour for about 10 minutes it finally decided to start up but this is now a constant issue. After seeing so many complaints with the same issue I don't understand how the manufacturer is getting away with no recall. I fear for my safety every day and have already forked way too much money into it trying to find a solution to the problem. Please anybody having the same issue please file a complaint in hopes that they will issue a recall. Thanks

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #107

Oct 312014

Town & Country

  • 127,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Town and country. The contact stated that the coil that heats the driver seat burned a hole through the seat. The contact sustained a burn on the leg that did not require medical attention. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 127,000.

- Austell , GA, USA

problem #106

Oct 022014

Town & Country

  • 200,000 miles
My headlights, odometer & prnd21 began flickering intermittently. Condition worsened and gauges would turn off and back on, warning lights would flicker off & on, radio cuts out. Condition has progressed - now van has stalled out while driving three times. Battery is good, grounds are connected. This complaint seems to be common, yet dealerships do not seem to have repair information from Chrysler. Stalling while driving is dangerous - Chrysler should help identify a solution and issue a service bulletin.

- Hope, ID, USA

problem #105

Oct 032014

Town & Country

  • 129,850 miles


While driving to work my headlights went out. I had to turn the headlight switch off and on a few times to get the lights back. Good thing that I was just leaving town and not on the freeway yet.

- Kaukauna, WI, USA

problem #104

May 252007

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 25,000 miles
Whenever we fill up with gas, shortly after pulling out of the station the engine stalls. Sometimes sooner than later but sometimes while in an intersection. It always starts back up and problem goes away, but when the stall happens is unpredictable. I fear for my life as well as my families life. I've seen several other complaints similar to this and maybe there is a repair with this but none are definite and very expensive. Please help with any info.

- Whitehall, PA, USA

problem #103

Jul 172005

Town & Country

  • miles
On multiple occasions when I owned this vehicle, when driving highway speeds over 65 mph the car suddenly lost all power when I hit a bump in the road complete with loss of power steering. Although I was not in an accident, there were many close calls including almost being hit from behind by a tractor trailer. Shaken, I called the car Agency every time I had an experience and brought the vehicle in after each incident both in NJ and in South Carolina. On every occasion, I was told there was nothing wrong with the car and no error codes were produced from the computer. I questioned whether there were any recalls or bulletins, and demanded that a Chrysler rep. Review the complaints, to no avail. I have since traded in the vehicle for a Kia but feel compelled to report this after reading reports about this for cars 2007-2009. This problem extends further back than being reported.

- Wayside , NJ, USA

problem #102

May 082014

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
My 2005 Chrysler town/country came to a complete stop on a residential street after my hand/purse ran into the key in the ignition. I coasted to a stop. Luckily, since it was on a side street with no one behind me I was able to remain calm, put it into park and started the vehicle back up with no problem. There has not been a problem since then. I have made sure to lighten the load on my keychain, only having 2 keys and nothing else. I can not imagine what would have happened had I been on the freeway going 70 mph!!! that is why I am submitting this complaint. The key surely should have a safety feature built into it that would not allow it to turn the vehicle off while it is being driven and in gear (drive). A simple bump should not make that key move into a non-drivable position. I think a defect like this could indeed cause a fatal crash and needs to be fixed. My dealership assures me all my recalls are up to date.

- Livonia, MI, USA

problem #101

May 072014

Town & Country

  • 140,000 miles
Vehicle was running while parked. Smoke started coming from the steering column and air vents with a burning electrical smell. Got out of car to check under hood and airbag deployed. Turned the key off and found a fuse in the fuse box had melted. Car would then start, but die within seconds. The power door locks and radio would not work, but the power windows would.

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #100

May 052014

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 102,000 miles
My power locks do not work with the fob or with the inside power lock button. I've read so many complaints online about this exact issue that it is actually making me more angry. The door looks are a pretty basic feature of a vehicle. Not to mention the fact that people don't normally buy minivans unless they have kids etc. We have 3 kids and not having this door lock feature is ridiculous. By the way, it makes the automatic opening doors pretty useless, bc they won't unlock!

- Succasunna, NJ, USA

problem #99

Apr 242014

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 92,000 miles
I was driving when vehicle suddenly shut down completely. I had no power whatsoever. Was unable to steer or brake the vehicle. The van rolled through a stop sign and stop light before stopping completely. It was about ten minutes before I could start it up again. Now I do not trust the vehicle. I am afraid of driving the vehicle. Feel like I had a brush with death. Prior to this incident, about two weeks beforehand, all lights on the vehicle stopping working while I was driving at night. I purchased new bulbs to replace the headlights but suddenly all of the lights started to work again.

- Warners, NY, USA

problem #98

Apr 032014

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 118,000 miles
While driving engine shut off all functions, steering and power brakes failed to work. Once stopped placed van into park. After stopping, van started. Same event happened 3 more times in a mile 5 drive.

- Stone Mountain, GA, USA

problem #97

Feb 052013

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
While driving the vehicle the headlights turned off. Now almost ever time going out to the vehicle when it is dark the light do not come on the first time, I have to keep turning the headlight switch on and off.

- Tracy, CA, USA

problem #96

Oct 032013

Town & Country

  • 215,000 miles
2005 Chrysler Town and country power door locks & radio/dvd player inoperative. The power locks have stopped working at different intervals. Pulling the 20A iod fuse and reinserting it after 10 minutes or pulling the cable off of the battery for 10 minutes ** not*** fixed the problem so far. Van is currently in shop and we were told it was the fuse box module.

- Southfield, MI, USA

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