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8.0

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
$392.00
Average Mileage:
38,960 miles
Total Complaints:
24 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. brake pads and rotors were replaced (15 reports)
  2. class action! anyone? please? (3 reports)
  3. solution would be to crash this P.O.S. into a tree (3 reports)
  4. learn to fix your own brakes!!! (2 reports)
  5. not sure (1 reports)
2008 Chrysler Town & Country brakes problems

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2008 Chrysler Town & Country Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #24

Oct 012013

Town & Country Limited 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles

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

Sorry I am late to this complaint session but, I am glad to vent!

2008 Limited T & C Loaded with every option! Beautiful looking van! We bought from Chrysler dealer 3 years ago with about 38,000 miles on it. We are now at 79,000 Miles......6 .....THAT'S 6......SIX ..sets of brakes!!!!

Dealer did one set under warranty!!! Never heard of brakes under warranty, but they said they were new when we bought it and they were shot in less than 6000 miles. Can't count the money spent on brakes! Rear Power seat has stopped working twice....$400 each time. HEATER HOSES at 59,000 Miles $375

NEVER AGAIN CHRYSLER!!! NEVER AGAIN!!!!!

- , Troy, MI, USA

problem #23

Jan 012015

Town & Country XL v6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles

Very poor brake life. Brakes overheated and warped rotors on a normal mountain road. I am easy on brakes using my right foot (other car is stick shift) and van was not overloaded. l usually do my own brake-jobs expecting intervals 35000 to 60000 miles. My 2003 Chevy Venture had 1 front and rear brake-job in the 89000 miles I owned it. Chrysler has created a dangerous and costly situation for owners. I am sure their dealers and brake shops are not complaining.

- , Scottsdale, AZ, USA

problem #22

Apr 142009

Town & Country Touring 3.8L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,268 miles

Intense shaking and vibration whenever the brakes were used. My opinion, you must have good working brakes or the vehicle is unsafe to drive. Brakes were bad at 8,268 miles - unbelievable.

Dealer reported the front brake disks were warped and initially tried to blame driver misuse, ie dragging and overheating could have caused the rotors to warp. I refused to pay or to accept the return of the vehicle because I was very sure that my (very conservative) driving style did not cause the problem. Eventually the dealer agreed to a compromise - I paid the dealer's cost for new pads and the dealer turned the rotors. The mechanic said there was nothing wrong with the pads but I did not wish to drive with pads that had been slamming against warped rotors.

The brakes worked OK for a short time but the problem was not fixed. I soon learned the problem was with the design of the brakes, nothing else. Chrysler came out with a limited warranty on the front brakes - if you ad the vehicle between 12 and 24 months there was a $50 deductible, if between 24 and 36 months a $100 Deductible applied.

The problem re occurred at 10,205 miles. Date was 08/26/10 which was more than 24 months. Chrysler redesigned the front rotors (supposedly) to fix the problem. At this point the rear rotors were also warped. This makes sense considering the front brakes were under designed so the rear brakes were overloaded. By this time Chrysler had been sold to Renaut and for some reason a decision was made to reduce the number of dealers resulting in the dealer I purchased my vehicle being relieved of his Chrysler dealership.

The new dealer I went to I have come to loath and will never use again. However at this point I had the brakes repaired, new pads and rotors on the front and the rear rotors turned and new pads at a cost of $396.15. Surprise ! The problem was not fixed.

Same dealer,same problem, 12/06/13, mileage 19,051. Front and rear rotors were warped. All pads and rotors were replaced and I had the brake fluid replaced at a cost of about $1,200.00. Difficult to be more exact because the dealer's invoices are impossible to decipher.

What I got is a piece of @#$&* minivan with 9,000 mile brakes. I don't drive it much, it now has 22,000 miles and I figure I need to do something in the next 4,000 miles like find a substitute for the rotors and pads.

The vehicle has a lifetime warranty, which means it is under warranty until it costs more to fix than the value of the vehicle. Of course the warranty does not include wear parts such as brake pads or rotors.

- , Germantown, MD, USA

problem #21

Sep 252009

Town & Country Limited 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,000 miles

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

Front rotors and pads lasted 12,000 miles. I thought its because of my wives driving habits but later found out its not. These brakes are terrible - the worst van brakes ever. For a small fee of about $800 you can replace both front and back rotors and calipers with the HD version of these brakes from the 2013 model. Finally redesigned to make it last.

- , Middletown, OH, USA

problem #20

Aug 012014

Town & Country Limited 3.8L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,000 miles

POS brakes are going out again. This time it's the front. I already had to have my rear brakes completely re-done. I don't drive the vehicle a lot either.

Update from Mar 30, 2015: Just to provide an update on what happened on my rear brakes. I was driving down the highway at normal speed, when I heard a whining sound coming from the rear. I noticed the vehicle was quick to slow down when I disengaged the cruise control. I got out to inspect, and my passenger rear rim was glowing red. The caliper seized!!! Well, when stuff gets that hot, any grease that was present has now been liquified.

It's going to take people getting killed before Chrysler wakes up and fixes the problem. The tolerances are WAAAY too tight.

- , Green Bay, WI, USA

problem #19

Aug 142014

Town & Country Touring V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,500 miles

Brake issue with this van is crazy to say it simply. Bought this 2008 T&C used from a dealer in July 2012, with about 55k miles - they just performed "extensive brake work" prior to me purchasing.

Earlier this year, had brake issues and had all rear brake system parts replaced at about 75k miles at a cost of about $450! Few weeks after replacement the brakes still hadn't "adjusted" so took back to my mechanic, and they change a caliper due to it be a defective part - free of charge.

Now, currently with 87k miles, steering wheel begins to shake upon braking - all I hear is $ cha-ching cha-ching $, take into my mechanic today for regular oil change & check of this annoyance. Yep it's the brakes AGAIN!

2 years - 30k miles and 3 major brake repairs is simply unacceptable! I have owned many of vehicles, and over a longer stretch of time have had NO brake repairs. Brakes aren't something you can ignore when they go bad, so what's a mom to do but pony up and get it fixed.

- , Saline, MI, USA

problem #18

Feb 152012

Town & Country

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,000 miles

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

I had to replace the brakes on this vehicle for the first time at 23000 miles. I made my complaint on mycarstats.com because that's the website I found at the time. There are now over 260 brake complaints on that website for the same blasted issue and Chrysler's fix was to have us take it to a dealer to "fix" the brakes and giving us a $50 cut in price which is laughable considering it cost $300 plus for 99% of the people that had it fixed. What the heck is it going to take before Chrysler actually does something about these blasted vehicles? Most would say get rid of it. Well, when you're a single parent with an income on the lower end of $20k, that's not such an easy proposition, especially when they inflated the price before selling it. I will NEVER purchase another Chrysler vehicle and I want the issues with my current vehicle fixed considering I'm still paying on the blasted loan for a vehicle that is undrivable at the moment. TWO HUNDRED AND SIXTY ONE brake complaints on that other site and NOTHING has been done. I even tried to get it declared a lemon and couldn't.

- , Fort Walton Beach, FL, USA

problem #17

Nov 252013

Town & Country Touring 3.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

Chrysler engineers designed the brake rotors too small, to help shave weight anywhere they could for gas mileage. I fixed the problem by installing cross drilled and slotted brake rotors, and upgraded the pads from ceramics to semi metallic pads. Three years of hard Atlanta driving, and I'm just now slapping another set of Bendix global semi metallics on the wife's van. No warping, no accelerated pad wear, it stops like it should. Happy wife, happy life!

- , Canton, GA, USA

problem #16

Jul 282009

Town & Country Limited 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,566 miles

Replaced front pads and rotors at 11,954 miles; replaced front pads, turned rotors at 19,540 miles; replaced rear pads at 22,081 miles; replaced front pads at 29,323 miles; replaced front calipers at 37,335 miles; replaced rear pads, resurfaced rotors, & replaced rear calipers at 53,651 miles; replace front pads and resurface rotors at 62,566 miles; replace rear pads at 74,xxx miles (having last one done today) WTH!!!!! All this was done at my dealer and I have all the paperwork substantiating it!

Shouldn't this be a class action against either Chrysler or the dealer? It's like I can't drive over 10,000 miles without having to replace brake pads!!! I wish I hadn't bought this van. :(

- , Kirkwood, MO, USA

problem #15

Oct 052013

Town & Country Tourning 3.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,945 miles

I have a 2008 Town n Country Touring, it has today 41950 miles on it, THIS IS THE 4TH SET OF BRAKES I'VE PUT ON THIS VEHICLE. I KNOW HOW TO DRIVE A VEHICLE AND IN ALL MY LIFE, I HAVE NEVER, NEVER REPLACED BRAKES ON MY VEHICLES AS MANY TIMES AS THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THIS IS CRAP, I BELIEVE CHRYSLER OWES US MONEY BACK AND FIX THE CRAP WITH THIS VEHICLE AND I AM CALLING CORP OFFICES, I AM FED UP WITH THIS PIECE OF SCRAP METAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- , St Petersburg, FL, USA

problem #14

Jun 252013

Town & Country Touring V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,000 miles

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

So, this was the THIRD time this van needed the brakes and rotors replaced in THREE years. Additionally, it needed new brake hoses because there was apparently a kink or something in the hoses that was causing the brake fluid to clog up. I don't know, Midas probably saw me coming a mile away. This van is a piece of junk, though, so I'm never surprised when it needs repairs.

- , Fishers, IN, USA

problem #13

Sep 132012

Town & Country Touring V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles

My van had just had the brakes and rotors replaced in 9/2012 when they started squealing AGAIN. I'm not a driver who slams on the brakes, zooms between stop lights, and races through city streets. I do mostly city driving, though. However, I expect my brakes and rotors to last longer than 12 months and 15,000 miles. This was the second time in A YEAR the brakes and rotors needed replaced. Very frustrating!

- , Fishers, IN, USA

problem #12

Sep 152010

Town & Country Touring V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles

We bought this van in early July 2010 and just over a month later, the brakes started squealing like crazy. I took it to Midas and they said the front rotor needed replaced along with front and rear brake pads. I thought perhaps the previous owner had driven it roughly and the problem would be solved. This was just the beginning of the many brake problems we've encountered.

- , Fishers, IN, USA

problem #11

Aug 302012

Town & Country LX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,345 miles

My car has just over 76,000 miles on it and I have replaced the front and rear brakes for the third time just now. I am averaging around 20,000 miles between brake jobs. This is my third Chrysler minivan and my last. As soon as this van is paid off I am dumping it for a Honda.

- , Westford, MA, USA

problem #10

Mar 012011

Town & Country Touring 3.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

Rotor replacements. Brakes and rotors are going out 6-9 months. The rotors warp. Now it is a convenience issue. Dealer forgot to call Chrysler for authorization for payment, so I had to pay for the labor portion of the warrantied rotors.

- , Arvada, CO, USA

problem #9

Jun 152010

Town & Country Touring 3.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

Chrysler started to pay for rotor and brake replacements. Brakes and rotors are going out 6-9 months. The rotors warp. Now it is a convenience issue.

- , Arvada, CO, USA

problem #8

Oct 042010

Town & Country Touring V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,000 miles

DON'T BUY CHRYSLER, IT'S ALL CRAP! Brake job needed at 22,000 miles, the tranny shifts funny, electrical, its a real piece I hate it.

- , Shakopee, MN, USA

problem #7

Feb 022010

Town & Country LS V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,542 miles

Went to Tire Kingdom to check the squealing noise that I have had since I got the vehicle new. It seemed to get much worse. They put the car up and called me in the back to look at the damage to all the brakes. replace everything. 2 months later Chrysler did a recall on the brakes, but only reimbursed me for the front brakes. 20000 miles later I am forced to get my back brakes done again because a bracket is not working properly. Called Chrysler Customer service and was told, that because I had an independent fix my brakes the last time, they would not cover it, even though the brackets are original to the vehicle, and the Chrysler service department said the cause of everything else wearing out was because of the brackets.

This was my 4th Chrysler/Dodge Minivan and my last. Goodbye Chysler.

- , Ludington, MI, USA

problem #6

Dec 062010

Town & Country V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,000 miles

This is the SECOND time the pad wore down. The first time was at 12k miles. At 36k the rotors were also worn and it was just outside the 3 year warranty (which doesn't normally cover brakes but because of the number of problems with brakes in T&C the first time the dealer offered to fix it, at 12k miles) . This time at 36k miles the basic warranty was out and the dealer wouldn't touch it so I called Chrysler. They were very nice and quick to replace the pads with a higher quality pad but they resurfaced the rotors, which I wish they would have replaced. We are at 66k miles now and the brakes are the least of our worries!

- , Dublin, VA, USA

problem #5

May 092011

Town & Country Limited 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,000 miles

Same story as everyone else. Couldn't believe front brake pads were completely worn out...uniform wear pattern...but down to metal on metal with the rotors in less than 25k miles. I purchased the best ceramic replacement pads I could buy....and they lasted about the same amount of time. In all cases, they are wearing evenly...just wearing out way too fast. I'm now on my third set. At least with the ceramics, they chrome rims don't look like crap with black brake dust as they did with the initial OEM pads.

- , Franksville, WI, USA

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