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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,690 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2005 Chrysler Town & Country Owner Comments

problem #14

May 052012

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Town and country. The contact stated that the headlights stopped illuminating while driving 40 mph. The vehicle was taken to the dealer on numerous occasions, but they were unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 85,000 and the current mileage was 108,943. Updated 6/15/12 the consumer stated the headlights would stop working or dim after they were turned on. The consumer stated it has been going on for a couple of years and has become more frequent. There have been approximately 12 incidents where the lights would go out with no warning. The dealer has never been able to isolate the problem. Updated 06/22/12

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #13

Sep 202011

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Town and country. The contact stated that the headlights would fail without warning. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and the vehicle was taken to a private mechanic who replaced the stalk however, the failure continued to occur. The current mileage was 89,000 and the approximate failure mileage was 90,000. Updated 11/14/11 the consumer also stated the parking lights and dash lights failed as well. The dealer was unable to duplicate the problem. Updated 11/18/11 updated 11/22/11.

- Palmyra, VA, USA

problem #12

Aug 052009

Town & Country

  • 66,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Town & Country. The contact stated the headlight covers began to haze due to moisture. Over time, the headlight covers turned yellow, limiting the illumination of the headlights when driving at night. Neither the dealer nor the manufacturer was contacted. The failure and current mileages were approximately 66,000.

- Spring , TX, USA

problem #11

Jun 012010

Town & Country

  • 93,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Town and country. The contact stated that the headlights would sporadically flicker on and off without warning. The vehicle was taken to a local repair facility yet the mechanic was unable to duplicate the failure. The mechanic advised he could replace the on/off switch with the expectation that it would correct the failure. The mechanic was advised by an authorized dealer that the part was not readily available and was on back order. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were approximately 93,000.

- Florissant , MO, USA

problem #10

Apr 282010

Town & Country

  • 87,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Town and country. While driving at speeds of 40 mph, the headlights randomly failed intermittently. The dealer advised bringing the vehicle in for further diagnostic testing and would not be able to duplicate the failure unless the vehicle was brought in while exhibiting signs of the actual failure. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure and current mileages were 87,000.

- Port Washington, OH, USA

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problem #9

Dec 152007

Town & Country

  • 76,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Town & Country. While driving at approximately 45 mph at night, the headlights suddenly turned off. The contact pulled over and continued attempting to turn the lights back on. Eventually, the headlights did illuminate. The failure occurred several other times. The vehicle was taken to the dealership but the dealer could find no problem. The contact had not called the manufacturer at the time of the complaint. The failure mileage was approximately 76,000. The current mileage was approximately 86,000. Updated 05/13/10.

- Poplar Buff, MO, USA

problem #8

Jun 012007

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,000 miles


Flickering headlights and display functions, causing lights to dim to a dangerous level at night.

- Overland Park, KS, USA

problem #7

Feb 152006

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles
Headlights turn off without warning and fail to turn on during night time driving. Vehicle must be stopped and restarted for headlights to activate (which doesn't always work on the first attempt). Very dangerous condition. First date of incident is an estimate--condition has occurred over 6 times in past two years.

- Norfolk, MA, USA

problem #6

Jul 012006

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
I have the same intermittent headlight problem as described in the below article but my Chrysler Town & Country is a 2005. It appears the problem is not limited to 2001-2002 model years. I am afraid to drive this vehicle at night. The headlights sometimes suddenly turn off while driving (although the running lights stay on) or when starting up the vehicle the headlights won't turn on. Was there ever an official recall for this""make=Chrysler date: 06/08/05 make: Chrysler NHTSA investigates Chrysler minivan headlight problems June 2005 the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has upgraded an investigation of 813,597 Chrysler minivans including Dodge Caravan and Grand Caravan, Plymouth Voyager and Grand Voyager and Chrysler Town & Country and Voyager minivans from the 2001 and 2002 model years to check for problems with headlights, the dow jones news wires reported. The investigation is a response to consumer reports that the headlights are flickering, dimming and periodically shutting down while the vehicle is in motion. The problem has led to the minivans being towed in some cases. The company has received 675 complaints and more than 35,000 warranty claims related to the alleged defect, NHTSA said. NHTSA investigations can lead to vehicle recalls.

- Ijamsville, MD, USA

problem #5

Mar 142006

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,914 miles
05 Chrysler Town & Country van limited purchased 5/22/05 with 25 miles on odometer from dick hannah Chrysler Jeep in vancouver, Washington.[xxx]. on 03/14/06 vehicle was taken in for routine maintenance plus the complaint that headlamps and dash lamps are pulsating when driving vehicle. Response from dealership was compared to another like vehicle. Both are doing the same. Contacted techline..told normal operational characteristics for this year and model. Contacted Chrysler customer service 3/20/06 and received no help. Updated 07/16/2012 information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Vancouver, WA, USA

problem #4

Dec 202005

Town & Country

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,500 miles


The headlights on our new 2005 Chrysler Town and country minivan turn off during operation. We've taken it to the garage (it's still under warranty) and the mechanic advises that he has seen this same problem on several vehicles. He was unable to locate the cause of the problem. This is an extremely dangerous condition at night, as the driving lights cut out without warning and do not reactivate by turning the light switch off and on.

- Norfolk, MA, USA

problem #3

Nov 012004

Town & Country

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Headlights cut off intermittently while driving. The cause of this problem is undetermined.

- Imperial, PA, USA

problem #2

Feb 082005

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,000 miles
While driving at night the headlights failed. Intermittently headlights would come on then off again, causing poor visibility when raining/fog.

- Wolvereen Lake, MI, USA

problem #1

Apr 122004

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 250 miles
The headlights can not be adjusted up. When driving, the headlights are not illuminating the road clearly. The front end angle changes. The consumer stated that the vehicle is safe while driving under 30 mph. The area the light hits is bad enough to start with as fuel is consumed it gets worse.

- Monticello, IN, USA

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