really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 miles

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1998 Chrysler Town & Country brakes problems

brakes problem

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1998 Chrysler Town & Country Owner Comments

problem #8

Dec 212000

Town & Country

  • miles


ABS brakes failed. Marginal caused brakes to work intermittently. Had no brakes. Brake pedal went to floor when pressed. Took to dealership, and mechanic indicated computer was cause of the problem. Brakes were in a locked mode.

- Beaver, PA, USA

problem #7

Nov 272000

Town & Country

  • miles
Vehicle stopped in parking lot with engine running. Took foot off brake to accelerate, and engine revved up, and vehicle took off. Applied brakes, did not stop vehicle. It sped up to 60 mph, hit cars/ fence. Finally, stopped vehicle. Vehicle still at dealer, damage unknown, Chrysler contacted, said file opened.

- Fort Wayne, IN, USA

problem #6

Oct 022000

(reported on)

Town & Country

  • miles
Rakes had failed 4 times when in use. Always happening when slowing down to stop light or stop sign. Vehicle would increase its stopping distance. Been to dealership for repairs. After repairs, the problem would return. Brake stopping is an intermittent problem. There would be no warning. Can seems to be resolved.

- Gray, GA, USA

problem #5

Dec 241999

Town & Country 4WD

  • miles


This problem only occurs in colder weather of approximately 35 degrees, or colder. Upon starting the vehicle the entire dash (speedometer, fuel gauge, odometer, etc) will be inoperative. While in Virginia over the holidays this problem was occurring every day. Originally, this happened only when starting the vehicle. While in Virginia over the holidays it also occurred while driving on the interstate. At that time, the engine check light also came on, and the anti-lock brake light came on. This vehicle has been at the dealership, until yesterday, since December 30, 1999, when I returned home to beaufort. They have been able to duplicate the problem and attribute it to an unknown voltage rise (from 2.5 amps to 3.0), but have not been able to correct the problem and still do not know what is causing it. We have contacted chyrsler customer service, who has opened a corporate file (#660213), but have no other information from them. This problem has occurred from the very beginning of this particular vehicle, though butler Chrysler believed that they had corrected the problem when we purchased it. We first found that it still existed in November, and has reoccurred problems since, until it was given to them 12/30/99 to be fixed. They returned the vehicle to us yesterday, not repaired, until they decide what they are going to do. We feel this is an unsafe vehicle to be driving.

- Beaufort, SC, USA

problem #4

Jun 281999

Town & Country

  • miles
When applying brakes under normal conditions, no inclement weather, brake pedal went down the floor and van did not stop. When driver swerved to the right to avoid hitting a van in front of her, she hit the same van on the passenger's side. The van will be check by the dealership on July 8, 1999.

- New Canaan, CT, USA

problem #3

Feb 141999

Town & Country

  • miles
In panic stops ABS braking system failed, resulting in extended stopping distance which caused an accident. Been to dealer before the accident, but could not determine the problem nor did they fix the problem.

- Comming, GA, USA

problem #2

Jul 241998

Town & Country

  • miles
When driver pressed on the brake pedal, while the van was in reverse on a steep slope, the pedal went down to the floor 90% and nothing happened. Driver then released the brakes and pressed down again and nothing happened again. When slamming on the brakes for the 3rd time, the driver hit a car parked downhill about 40 feet away. Manufacturer stated that there was not a problem with the van, and refused to talk to owner. An engineering company was able to duplicate the problem, but could not find the cause.

- Culver City, CA, USA

problem #1

Jun 121998

Town & Country

  • miles
ABS brake problems; while driving at 15 mph and applying the brakes, no inclement weather, normal driving conditions, quicker stops than normal. Plenty of room to brake, there was total brake failure and the vehicle did not stop, causing a rear end crash. The dealer was not able to find a problem with the vehicle.

- Plano, TX, USA

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