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4.9

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,771 miles

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1996 Chrysler Town & Country engine problems

engine problem

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

problem #35

Jun 152008

Town & Country

  • 215,000 miles

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

During a light rain, I drove my 1996 Chrysler Town & Country through 2 inches of standing water. The water splashed into the engine compartment and caused the serpentine belt to jump off the pulleys. Internet discussion groups shows that this is common complaint among 1996 - 2000 Chrysler T & C owners. I have purchased an aftermarket kit designed to prevent this from occurring.

- Wilmington, NC, USA

problem #34

Jun 102004

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 131,000 miles
While driving the transmission failed and the vehicle was unable to shift gears. Transmission was replaced twice, however the problem recurred. The horn airbag and cruise control have been replaced. The vehicle had brake problems. The dealer determined that the front brakes were at 45% but the rear brakes were at 70%. the dealer cleaned and adjusted the brakes. The A/C failed, the dealer replaced the fan module. The power door locks failed. The cd player doesn't work. The low beam head lights do not provide enough light therefore the consumer has to leave the high beams on to see. This problem has been checked three times but the dealer said they seem correct. The passenger seat broke. The starter failed and as a result the vehicle would not start. The steering pump failed and as a result the steering wheel became tight when making turns. The rear heater lines were leaking. The water pump leaked.

- Waconia, MN, USA

problem #33

Jan 192004

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 94,000 miles
1996 Town & Country minivan 3.8 L engine, cracked rocker arm pedestal. After a little investigation on my part this appears to be a widespread problem. Chrysler modified the engine in 98 to improve part performance and my replacement head has this modification. This is clearly a design or manufacturing defect.

- Greenville, SC, USA

problem #32

Jul 022003

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 123,000 miles

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

While driving, primarily at low speeds, the vehicle stalled without warning. At higher speeds there was a clunking sensation..

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #31

Apr 142003

(reported on)

Town & Country

  • 100,000 miles
The engine sensor failed, which caused the vehicle to stall.

- Woodland Hills, CA, USA

problem #30

Mar 192003

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • miles
The crank shaft failed, which caused the vehicle not to move.

- Pittsburg, PA, USA

problem #29

Mar 182003

Town & Country

  • miles

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

While traveling on the highway without prior warning the crank shaft broke and caused the vehicle to stall. Dealer is aware of the problem. Please provide any additional information.

- Pittsburg, PA, USA

problem #28

Nov 092001

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,000 miles
Cylinder head towers supporting rocker arm assemblies on both cylinder heads cracked and cylinder heads had to be replaced. Mechanic stated he had seen this on at least two other Chrysler 3.8L V-6 engines. Replacement cylinder heads had beefed up towers. Chrysler refused to pay for replacements as warranty was for 60,000 miles and problem was not diagnosed until 64,000 miles.

- Wayne, PA, USA

problem #27

Jul 262002

Town & Country

  • miles
While driving at any speed and no warning vehicle will shut off, and will be hard to start back up. Dealer notified.

- Anacortes, WA, USA

problem #26

Jun 272001

Town & Country

  • miles
Differential blew out while driving and putting a whole through transmission case, destroying flywheel/ blew out transmission, and killed engine. Dealer has been notified. Please provide additional information.

- Ft. Scott, KS, USA

problem #25

Jan 291999

Town & Country

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

The consumer lost the power steering while starting to drive due to slipping off of the vehicle's main belt from the pulley. The vehicle had a cooling system problem. The vehicle was overheating due to belt and tensioner failures.

- Saint Pete, FL, USA

problem #24

May 012000

Town & Country

  • miles
Took vehicle into repair shop for inspection, and was told that vehicle needed a new head gasket. Problem has occurred more than once. Dealership was aware of problem.

- Rochester, MN, USA

problem #23

Oct 262000

Town & Country

  • miles
Idler pully broke, lost power steering, cooling, also broke pulley on power steering pump. $500.

- W. Columbia, SC, USA

problem #22

Sep 272000

Town & Country

  • miles
Engine serpentine belt tensioner broke is very dangerous since it is difficult to steering the car due to the lost of power assistance.

- Novi, MI, USA

problem #21

Aug 082000

Town & Country

  • miles
Reporting the bolt on the engine pulley broke off and causing engine failure; vehicle taken to independence repairs shop and informed that the problem was due to a defected part. Dealer/mfr's was not contacted at this time. Please provide any further details:

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #20

Jul 011999

Town & Country

  • miles
Engine mounts cracked within six months, and car started making a knocking noise. There were no warning lights. Also, bearings on the bottom of the motor broke, and vehicle needed a new motor. While car was under warranty the transmission went out. Vehicle is still having problems with transmission leaking. Dealer refused to fix vehicle under warranty.

- York Town, NY, USA

problem #19

Jul 011999

Town & Country

  • miles
Engine mounts cracked within six months, and car started making a knocking noise. There were no warning lights. Also, bearings on the bottom of the motor broke, and vehicle needed a new motor. While car was under warranty the transmission went out. Vehicle is still having problems with transmission leaking. Dealer refused to fix vehicle under warranty.

- York Town, NY, USA

problem #18

Oct 121999

(reported on)

Town & Country

  • miles
While driving at 5 mph turned at a curb, and bolt that holds idler pulley sheard off which could have caused loss of vehicle control. Manufacturer claimed it was a worn part.

- Olathe, KS, USA

problem #17

Aug 231999

Town & Country

  • miles
While driving the bolt that holds the engine pulleytensioner broke off, causing all power to be lost. The van has been towed to the dealership for repairs. Owner experienced this same problem 18 months ago at 30,000 miles. Repairs were made at owner's expense.

- Ashland, OR, USA

problem #16

Jan 271999

(reported on)

Town & Country

  • miles
Had engine cylinders regrounded, now #6 bad again, warranty out, dealer closed.

- Chicago, IL, USA

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