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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
52,446 miles

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1996 Chrysler Town & Country electrical problems

electrical problem

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1996 Chrysler Town & Country Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #21

Nov 302011

Town & Country

  • 60,000 miles

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

Transmission stopped worked, electrical cluster waving back and forth before and after transmission repair, newly installed transmission broke down 5 days after installation, repair shop claims electrical system not working properly and is cause of transmission breakdown.

- West Chester, PA, USA

problem #20

Mar 062015

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 247,424 miles
My minivan has been not wanting to start, the speedometer has been jumping all over the place. I had my fuel pump and filter replaced in December 2014 due to it not starting. Now within the last 2 weeks or so it started to act like it was going to die as I would be driving and sometimes it would jump out of gear. All this last week it has been giving me problems with starting and every time I would get out of the van it would smell like somethings burning. When I turn the key to start it all you could hear is a click, try to start it a couple more times and finally get it to start. Today it wouldn't start no matter how many times I tried to start it. I open the hood and looked at the battery and one terminal looks like it is burnt.

- Yuba City, CA, USA

problem #19

Jun 132011

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 188,888 miles
When coasting through left hand turns only engine and all electrical components shut off for 1 to 4 seconds causing power steering not to work and braking reduced. This does not happen when accelerating through left turns or coasting through right hand turns.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #18

May 302005

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 117,500 miles

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

On a few seperate occasions while driving my 1996 Chrysler Town and country my daughters seatbelt has just released without any warning. During 3 sudden stops the seatbelts have unlatched by themselves and one time while driving down the road my seatbelt came undone after I adjusted myself in my seat. We just bought this van 2 months ago. Also, without warning the body control module took out my entire electrical system, including my radio. There should be a sensor that it is going bad before it actually goes. Even after going to jack powell Dodge to have it all fixed, the horn doesn't work, the stereo is messing up, the instrument cluster is messing up, and the windshield wipers don't seem to work properly.

- Oceanside, CA, USA

problem #17

Oct 182004

Town & Country

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles
The air bag light started coming on intermittently. Currently, the air bag light stays on all the time. Consumer does not have air bags, and the dealer wants $200 to make the repairs. Dealer repair airbags at no cost to consumer. Consumer added dash lights are not working properly.

- Newark, DE, USA

problem #16

May 252003

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,000 miles
The vehicle stalls while driving creating a loss of power steering and brakes. Chrysler dealers have repaired the vehicle 3 times for this complaint, but the problem persists. Two other Chrysler owners I know have complained of this problem.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #15

Dec 202002

(reported on)

Town & Country

  • miles

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

Cruise control stopped working, air bag light flickers, horn does not sound when alarm is set. Windshield wipers will go on every once in a while with no switch activation. Dimsii IVOQ entry posted after 12/12/02 cut-over to artemis-------------770775.

- Ofallon, IL, USA

problem #14

Mar 252003

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,700 miles
Entire vehicle electrical system shuts down without warning while driving, causing loss of engine power, power steering, and power brakes. This is extraordinarily dangerous during any but the slowest, straight ahead driving, as it results in a nearly complete loss of maneuverability. In the event of such a complete shutdown the vehicle cannot be effectively accelerated, braked, or turned, and lights and windshield wipers also fail. Furthermore, the windshield wiper delay malfunctions continuously in cold weather, resulting in complete loss of wiper function at times. Multiple attempts at diagnosis and repair, including some parts replacement by the dealer, have failed to eliminate any of the aforementioned problems.

- Palo Alto, CA, USA

problem #13

Feb 142003

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,500 miles
Soon after starting the car, the passenger power seat motor began to spontaneously smoke, emitting a putrid odor. After traveling approximately 2 miles (10 min in traffic) the smoke increased to the point that the whole compartment of the vehicle was filled. At that point the vehicle was parked and the engine was shut off. All passengers (two mothers and four children 3 or younger) evacuated the vehicle. The smoke continued to worsen and ultimately the fire department was notified. A fire extinguisher was used and after about twenty minutes all smoke stopped. The manufacturer was notified and recently claimed they had no responsibility or liability in the matter.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #12

Feb 252003

(reported on)

Town & Country

  • miles
The dashboard indicator failed.

- Middleboro, MA, USA

problem #11

Jan 012000

Town & Country

  • miles

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

Vehicle is having electrical problems. Vehicle will downshift without warning causing rpms to increase dramatically. The power windows and air conditioning will stop functioning.

- Honolulu, HI, USA

problem #10

Dec 212002

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 188,350 miles
1996 Chrysler Town & Country lxi mini-van parked at an off-airport parking lot was totalled due to a fire originating in the engine compartment. The vehicle was parked at approx 8:00 am. At approx. 1:00 am the following morning, parking attendants noticed vehicle on fire. Fire department called, responded and extinguished the fire by approx 3:00 am. Fire department foreman responding says fire originated in the engine compartment and suspected that it started from a engine compartment fuse box near the battery. Vehicle deemed a complete loss due to the extent of the fire.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #9

Sep 171997

Town & Country

  • miles
Besides the failures just shown, there were additional electrical gauge failures on 02/28/00, 04/14/00, 05/08/99 and currently there are intermittent electrical gauge failures and other electrical system failures, including fm radio, door locks, electric window controls. Chrysler is not responsive and the dealer has not been cooperative. This vehicle has been a "lemon" since it was new but Chrysler has refused to repair anything not covered under warranty or a national recall.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #8

Aug 012001

Town & Country

  • miles
Airbag clock spring material causes blinkers and other electrical components to malfunction. Dealer has been contacted.

- Escondido, CA, USA

problem #7

Jul 172001

Town & Country

  • miles
Intermittent electrical problems since purchase with no fix from mfg.

- Billings, MT, USA

problem #6

Aug 092000

(reported on)

Town & Country

  • miles
Ref. 727308 vehicle shuts down, PCM affected by radar interference is possible culprit. After new filters and plugs the engine was able to stay running but it shutters when radar interference is encountered, only fix is to replace PCM with rebuilt, probably will re-occur in future. This is a known problem and should get a recall. When vehicle dies it is very hard to handle, due to weight on the front of these vans.

- Rochester, MN, USA

problem #5

Jul 241998

Town & Country

  • miles
Consumer was driving on highway when approaching stopped traffic, while waiting in traffic, the vehicle shut down for for no known reason. After 6 minutes or more the vehicle came back on. Consumer had vehicle towed back to Ohio dealer. Dealer inspected the vehicle, but was unable to find any the problem.

- Hudson, OH, USA

problem #4

Mar 221998

Town & Country

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle experienced electrical problems.

- Storrs, CT, USA

problem #3

Mar 051998

(reported on)

Town & Country

  • miles
Vehicle shuts down and control panel goes blank while vehicle is in motion. Vehicle front end shakes. Child was stuck in built-in safety seat because belt would not release.

- Prescott V, AZ, USA

problem #2

Dec 061997

Town & Country

  • miles
Vehicle stalls and control panel dies while driving.

- Prescott V, AZ, USA

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