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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
104,076 miles

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2008 Chrysler Town & Country engine problems

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2008 Chrysler Town & Country Owner Comments (Page 7 of 8)

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problem #30

Feb 212014

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 74,055 miles


My 2008 Town and country Chrysler which had 74,000 miles locked up on me while driving. It was determined that their was no oil in the vehicle. I have had my oil changed every 3000 miles and I didn't have any signs of an oil leak at all. There is no sign of an oil leak in my driveway. Where did the oil go? the check engine light on the dash never came on nor the oil light came on. I have been told that my engine is gone and will have to be replaced. I want some type of explanation as to why and how this could happen from Chrysler. I have never had anything like this happen and the sad thing is I'm still paying for this vehicle. I have had numerous issues with the vehicle before. You couldn't have never convinced me that Chrysler had defective/lemon vehicle till now. I would appreciate some kind of reimbursement and a recall for current and future Town and country owners.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #29

Feb 012014

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 67,000 miles
Bought this car used with 64,000 miles. 3.8 L engine. Car burns approximately 1 quart of oil for every 1000 miles driven. No leaks and no smoke. Pvc valve ok. According to my mechanic who owned the same car there is some issue with cylinders/piston rings seating and a common issue from a bad batch of manufacturing and/or rings. He tore down the engine in his van to investigate, replaced with new rings and hasn't burned a drop since. Chrysler has come out to say 1 quart per 3000 miles is normal but this is not normal.

- Clarkston, MI, USA

problem #28

Apr 012013

Town & Country

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chrysler Town and country. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph, the vehicle stalled. The failure was recurring. The contact notified the dealer of the defect but the vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Edwards, MS, USA

problem #27

Jan 182014

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 92,000 miles


As I was driving 65 mph, the minivan just completely shut off (engine and dashboard). The speedometer dropped to zero, the car began to shake and I had to cut through high speed traffic (with my kids in the car) to safely get over to the side of the road. I put the car in park and then the gear shift became stuck in park. I had to shut off the car for 5 minutes, restart and the car was fine. I am terrified to drive this car with my two small children. I am the original owner and never had this happen before. From what I have read online this is common with Chrysler. When I called Chrysler in mi the customer rep replied "oh wow, I've never heard that before". if you do a search online this has affected many car owners. There needs to be a recall before someone gets into a serious accident. If this happens again I will contact legal representation.

- Holbrook, NY, USA

problem #26

Dec 012011

Town & Country

  • 60,000 miles
The first problem we noticed with the van was the brakes. They wear out way to quickly. In the 5 years we have had the van we have replaced the brakes 6 times and rotors 2 times. The next problem was what seems to be a well documented leak of the coolant on to the engine causing smelly smoke. We were forced to by the part from the dealer as it was not available anywhere else and paid over $100 for it. Thankfully my husband was able to replace it. Now at 80000 miles the key and ignition has been having issues. It started with not being able to remove the key fob. The engine will cut off but it will only go into accessory. If left overnight or for sometime it will kill the battery. It started occasionally and has progressed to almost every time you cut the engine off you cannot remove the key fob. It will release but it is after sometime sitting in park. It is very frustrating having to leave your key in the ignition and be forced to leave it sitting in a random parking lot and just hope that when you return the battery is not dead. I have researched this issue and it is very common among this van and other Chrysler vehicles. At this point I am so fed up with it if someone decided to steal it because they saw the key in it I would just wish them good luck. I will never own another Chrysler ! seems like there has to be a fire injury or fatality for them to do anything to satisfy all the unhappy customers they have.

- Bluff City, TN, USA

problem #25

Dec 112013

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chrysler Town and country van. The contact stated that while driving approximately 5 mph and attempting a turn, the engine shut off and the power went out. The contact had to shut off and restart the vehicle to correct the failure. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer or mechanic for diagnosis. The manufacturer was not made aware of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 85,000. Updated 3/5/14

- San Antino, TX, USA

problem #24

Aug 152013

Town & Country

  • 42,000 miles


The "Y" fitting on heater hose is cracked and leaking coolant, big plumes of coolant steam escapes from the drivers side wheel well until leaking fluid has evaporated. Until the evap happens I cannot use the defroster as it takes the climate control off recycle and the coolant fumes then enter the cab. Chrysler was made aware of the issue, as well as another on December 5, and refused to fix or help with repair costs, vehicle still not repaired, still leaking coolant. 2 small children, 5 yrs and 14 months, ride in this vehicle on a daily basis and can be exposed to the fumes. Also cannot use remote start due to the fumes leaking into cab until the vehicle key is in place and climate control recycle kicks in, so in cold weather like this week I can not warm my van up without physically going out and starting it up. If I am contacted I will provide VIN.

- Conroe, TX, USA

problem #23

May 282010

Town & Country

  • 45,000 miles
It started by engine cutting off while running down the road 20 - 50 mph we shift to neutral and restart it. This has been happening ever since we purchased it from the dealership in myrtle beach. They worked on it and said it something about the valves were dirty and charges us $300. And it continued cutting off on us on the way back home. This happens every time we drive it. We took it to the dealership in conway, SC and they could find nothing wrong. I left there, drive away on the busy highway and it cuts off a number of times. I have complained to both dealerships a number of times and they do not know what to do. I have taken it to a local mechanic and he is also puzzled. We have replaced the fuel pump, water pump and timing belt, battery. Yesterday, November 30th we came from long ave. To 701 approximately 3-5 miles and it cut off 5 times while doing approximately 45 - 50 mph. We turned onto 701 and it cut off 3 times in less than a mile. The last time it cut off we making a left turn, luckily the light was green (busy intersection - 4 way traffic/shopping center. We got through the intersection and pulled off road because it would not start. When we turned the ignition on it would just click one time. After about 10 minutes it started and we went the last half mile home with the vehicle jumping and skipping all the way. We are afraid to leave home on it for fear of an accident or getting stranded. We feel this is a factory problem and should not be a burden on us. Since 1995 we have purchased 10 Chrysler products and this is the worse.what do you plan to do about this problem.

- Conway, SC, USA

problem #22

Sep 122012

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 36,000 miles
Car started smoking for few minutes when car first started each day. Took it to a repair shop, who changed the oil, put in a new filter, plugs, etc. It then worked fine for a couple months, and then climbing a hill a loud knocking started. Took it to a Chrysler dealer who refused to fix or replace the engine, because I could not produce receipts for oil changes, since that work was typically done by me, or one of my workers. I contacted corporate and was told that they would not honor any warranty for any part of the car because they had decided that I didn't take good enough care of the van, even though it was in perfect condition, except for the engine. I have since talked to many auto repair places and was told that even if I had not done anything to the car at all, the engine should not have blown at only 30,000 miles. Now I have had a $42,000 top of the line limited minivan sitting in my driveway, which is technically still under warranty. Talked to an attorney and was told that it was impossible to win against auto dealers anymore, especially since the new CEO is a criminal who fixed the failing company by ripping off customers.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #21

Apr 172009

Town & Country

  • 36,006 miles
Check engine light came on, took it to get the code determined. Code came up with the egr valve was bad, dealership stated I was to far outside of my 36000 warranty to get it covered. $225 to replace. Egr valves are defective.

- Farmington Hills, MI, USA

problem #20

Nov 022013

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 76,217 miles


Antifreeze sprayed over the entire engine compartment making the car smoke from antifreeze spilling onto the engine manifold. The heater hose assembly, the "Y" that separates is cracked at the molded portion of the where the to parts meet.

- Farmington Hills, MI, USA

problem #19

Oct 252013

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 58,500 miles
About to get onto a major highway when smoke started to come from under the hood. Pulled over to a gas station and found antifreeze sprayed over the entire engine compartment. Mechanic at the garage found that the rear coolant heater hose was cracked where it attaches to the engine. He said the Y design is a bad flaw and very common. He said no reason with only 58,500 miles should that have cracked already. Van had to be towed 32 miles to the nearest Chrysler dealership, van is still under extended warranty.

- Absecon, NJ, USA

problem #18

Oct 082013

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 56,000 miles
Heater hose started leaking antifreeze on engine making the car smoke really bad. Took it to our mechanic and he looked at it and said "you don't even need to show is the heater hose. I can't even tell you how many of these we have done. We actually just finished one up yesterday." Seems to be a really big problem with these vehicles and nothing is being done about it.

- Ontario, NY, USA

problem #17

Jun 292013

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 8,552 miles
Faulty transmission. Constantly hard shifts everywhere. Feels like the transmission is going to fall out of the vehicle every time you shift from reverse to drive, or drive to park, or park to reverse. This is the second transmission on this vehicle.. I had the powertrain checked and the vehicle came out with no problems. Im afraid that I will be in an accident the vehicle shakes and stops abruptly while driving.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #16

Jun 142013

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 81,875 miles
Car started smoking on near drivers side with an awful smell. Was able to drive to a dealer who determined that the radiator needed to be replaced. I paid over $950 dollars. As I drove away from the dealership, the same smell and smoking occurred. I took the vehicle to pep boys where it was determined that the rear heater hose assembly needed to be replace. From what I can determine from researching that Chrysler knows the "Y" plastic part is faulty and does not sell just the "Y" part of the unit. Consumers are forced into buying a heater hose and line assembly for over $100. The dealership did not take responsibility for this.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #15

May 172013

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chrysler Town and country. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact coasted the vehicle off road and restarted the engine. The vehicle was repaired by the dealer where the PCM module was replaced. The contact stated that the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to a local dealer for inspection but was neither diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the incident. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000. Updated 10/17/13

- Decatur, GA, USA

problem #14

Aug 232013

Town & Country

  • 75,417 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chrysler Town and country. The contact stated that while having the vehicle serviced, he was advised that the egr valve needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 75,417.

- Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #13

Nov 012011

Town & Country

  • 110,000 miles
1.there are times when right after shutting the vehicle off and coming back to the car several minutes later, it will not start. The key turns but there is no power. I have replaced altenator, and battery and starter. The problem appears to be in the ignition. 2. I have replaced the front wheel bearings at 80,000miles, also in the 3 years of owning this vehicle I have had to replace front brakesand rotors 2 times and rear brakes once. 3. oil seems to "disappear" usually 2 quarts in a matter of 1000 or less miles. This vehicle is the most unsafe vehicle I have ever bought. I bought this vehicle on the word of Chrysler that it is a safe and trustworthy van. I have been stranded more times than I choose to count, in parking lots and what not miles away from home, with my 3 small children. It is absolutely [xxx] that I have to have a "survival pack" food and water and strollers and things of that nature in my vehicle at all times in case we get stranded somewhere. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Hastings, MN, USA

problem #12

Jan 012013

Town & Country

  • miles
My 2008 Town & Country is burning oil and I it started who knows when. I took it to the dealership and they replaced the valve cover 3 times now. It needs replaced again but they are waiting to hear from Chrysler. I think the whole van should be recalled. I bought a vehicle that was supposed to be safe and reliable not take it to get fixed every month. I shouldn't have to check the oil every 500 miles. My 1997 Chevy Blazer was never this much trouble. I don't think I will ever own another Chrysler again unless maybe it's free. Also the key is getting stuck in the ignition after being shut off. I have oil in my driveway and I'm stick of the repairs!

- Fort Wayne, IN, USA

problem #11

May 222012

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
Brakes wear out and stop working every 10K miles. Engine consumes 1 quart of oil every 800 miles with no visible leaking or dripping.

- Mission Viejo, CA, USA

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