really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
67,779 miles

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2003 Chrysler Town & Country electrical problems

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2003 Chrysler Town & Country Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #24

Aug 052012

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 150,000 miles


First the dashboard lights went down to O I was going 65 mile per hour when the lights on the dashborad said 0 as if I didnot have gas in the car it said I was going 0 miles per hour when in fact I was going 65 with three children and too adult in the car all of a suttin the car starts operating again this went on for severial miles I was afraid for my life as well as the people who was in the car at the time a finally got home and then the car went dead.

- Hawley, PA, USA

problem #23

Nov 022011

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 190,688 miles
11/2/11 while parked & running idle, van shuts off and all power is lost. After 15 min the van finally starts. However, after driving 200 feet it loses power again. Road side service jumps the battery, all seems to operate normally. Over the next couple of days the same thing happens many times. 11/8/11 a new battery is installed. (starter & alternator pass tests) new battery van still losses power when running idle parked/in operation(at traffic light). Frequency increases and eventually van loses power/ stalls while driving. At times van is able to start up right away, other times it has to sit for a few min. Some warning or indication that system may fail, van may shutter a bit/RPM gage needle fluctuates wildly. Another new glitch, the door power locks and power door locks alarm. Power door locks stop working 2/12. Fuse is replaced. Problem is fixed temp, locks stop working days later. Fuse is removed and reseated. Power locks work but only for a short period of time. This process is repeated several times. Battery cable is taken off in hopes of resetting power module but upon reconnecting cable, battery has no life. End result, battery is replaced, tests are run again on starter/alternator, they pass. Van runs okay for about a day, locks stop working again. Next door open alarm and interior lights are set off repeatedly. As of today all issues are still present but seem to come and go. Service/repairs since April 2011, brake system flush 2-11, coolant system 2-11, tune up 2-11, oil/filter 2/11, reconditioned trans/ rebuilt torque converter 4/11, muffler 5/11, solenoid and evap harness 6/11, oil/filter 7/11, gaskets/lower intake manifold 9/11, radiator 9/11, rear cooling hose 9/11, battery 11/11, thermostat 11/11, intake manifold and valve cover 11/11, crank shaft position sensor 11/11, oil/filter 11/11, fuel filter 2/12, tune up 2/12, oil/filter 2/12, battery 3/12.

- Burlington, NJ, USA

problem #22

Jul 232011

Town & Country

  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chrysler Town and country. While driving approximately 65 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where the mechanic advised that the wiring harness caught on fire and would have to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 150,000.

- Oconomouoc, WI, USA

problem #21

Mar 072011

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • miles


Air bag light stays on.

- Newburgh, NY, USA

problem #20

Apr 012010

Town & Country

  • 75,000 miles
Dash board instrumentation failure and additional engine issues. Fuel gauge pegged. Tachometer and other gauges fluctuating, engine falters and stalls, all warning lights illuminate, radio becomes intermittent. Car alarm activates and will not shut off. Low voltage to dashboard cluster circuit board. Instrument error codes E400.1, E100.1, E100.3, E100.4, E100.5 dealership can not diagnose or repair issues, which happen while driving, often the car stalls and will not restart in traffic. Numerous internet reports of same problem by many people. (see edmunds.com, under Town & Country electrical problems) suggested repairs are re-soldering of circuit board cold solder joints in cluster board, and replacement of the cluster board. Recommend a safety recall of Town & Country's and Voyager from 2000-present to inspect for this issue.

- San Bernardino, CA, USA

problem #19

Jan 172011

Town & Country

  • 159,631 miles
Electrical system failure: All gauges, speedometer, fuel, battery, temp, RPM failed to work, windshield wipers, turn signals, headlight control ability failed to work. Heating and air conditioning also failed to work. Vehicle would start or remain running, mirrors, radio, steering, pedal electrical continued function. Headlights / taillights came on automatically - no ability to turn off, except with ignition switch. Repaired by disconnecting battery for five minutes, reset system all functions restored to normal. Safety issue: Loss of windshield wipers / brake lights / unknown if airbags system affected.

- City, GA, USA

problem #18

Nov 142010

Town & Country

  • 103,000 miles


Chrysler Town & Country, 2003 103,000 miles electrical problem symptoms 1. battery light comes on intermittently, several times an hour. 2. digital displays on dash board flicker and then steady followed by: 3. speedometer and tachometer needles jump. 4. sound only, on radio drops out for 1-2 seconds, every couple of minutes. 5. fuel level alarm goes off and false low level indicated. 6. vehicle periodically won't start, but after second try starts normally. 7. speedometer needle pegs against back of stop pin, all else returns to normal operation. 8. acceleration is slow to respond, lags about a second. 9. periodically misses and tries to stall at highway speed, during acceleration. 10. ABS and brake light frequently illuminate. Recently had rear brakes rebuilt, and complete replacement of front brake system at 90,000 miles. 11. cycle restarts when using turn signals, turning on headlights or A/C. 12. Able to reset instrument cluster buy holding in trip mileage reset after shutdown, but problem recurs. Same problem now 1 year old. No technician can figure it out. Remains in this condition for days or weeks, then everything returns to normal operation. Sometimes it is normal for a few days then the cycle restarts. It always follows the same order of events.

- San Bernardino, CA, USA

problem #17

Nov 022010

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 91,036 miles
2003 Chrysler town&country randomly stalls at highway speeds causing loss of control. Brought the van to several mechanics who can not find mechanical problem say it is in electrical harness, now van is not worthy of driving is this the junk mopar is selling to the public for top dollar. Or is it just another american made clunker.

- Moosup, CT, USA

problem #16

Jan 092010

Town & Country

  • 89,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chrysler Town and country. The contact started the ignition and attempted to activate the headlights; however, the headlights would not operate. In addition, the instrument panel and entire electrical system failed to function properly. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnosis on two separate occasions and they were unable to locate the problem. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the front control module, body control module and light switch module were replaced. The repair corrected the electrical problem and the vehicle was able to operate normally. The failure mileage was 89,000.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #15

Apr 012008

Town & Country

  • miles
A few months after purchasing our 2003 Town and country we noticed that the speakers would not work whenever it rained. We took the car in several times and reported this problem and they told us that they could not find the problem and to bring the van back to the dealership as soon as we hear the speakers go out. It sounds like a reasonable request but we can't take the van back to them as soon as it rains we need to be available to a back up vehicle and we would still have to bring it back for an appointment. It is a year later and we are still driving with a vehicle that has speakers that go out every single time it rains. We were told that this problem is covered under the electrical warranty which is wonderful but we need this item to be repaired the sound is very distracting and can happen at any moment during a downpour and can startle you as you try to Focus on the road.

- Pearland, TX, USA

problem #14

Jul 172009

Town & Country

  • 99,700 miles


Our 2003 Chrysler Town and country ex model which has been well maintained with periodic maintenance, was being driven at highway speed when the engine began to shudder and engine light illuminated. A strong odor of gasoline was present, so the van was towed to a local garage. The original diagnosis was a bad fuel injector (at 99,700 miles, not totally abnormal). We had a new injector installed, however on the way home the same issue recurred. The shop then said the computer gave a huge list and was likely defective. We had the car towed to the local Chrysler dealer. At the dealer, they agreed, and replaced the computer, however the problem was still present. The electrical technician, then spent 2 days tracing the problem. As it turns out there were about 8 or 9 of the 12 wires in the fuel injector wiring harness were bare and shorting together causing the car to run badly, and polluting the oil with fuel in the process. There is an obvious bend in the wire at the point where the bare wires were in the harness. This harness is hidden from view by a protective sleeve, and there were no cuts in the sleeve. The dealer stated that our van provided them with the information needed to fix 3 other vans they couldn't fix before. The bare wiring ruined our PCM, and in the presence of the extra fuel vapors, was extremely dangerous, basically a bomb waiting for the right spark. Because this problem was found in other vehicles, and it is a major safety issue, I believe it warrants investigation, and a possible recall for all vans with this same engine harness. Chrysler was no help in resolving the issue, which in my view was either an installation error or faulty part. Although, there was no external property damage, the faulty part cost me $1400 in repairs and the loss of use for 2 1/2 weeks. The wiring harness is available at my home, and I will be happy to send it upon request.

- Weaverville, NC, USA

problem #13

Aug 082008

Town & Country

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chrysler Town and country. As the contact was placing her child into a restraint system, the passenger side sliding door (equipped with the safety lock mechanism) failed to recognize that a passenger was in between the door. As a result, the door slammed onto the contact's arm. She suffered moderate damage to her upper arm, including a broken blood vessel. Secondly, she noticed that the driver's side sliding door would sporadically open, even while the vehicle was in motion. She took the vehicle to the dealer, but they could not duplicate the failure. The contact is in the process of notifying the manufacturer. The failure and current mileages were 100,000.

- Joseph City, AZ, USA

problem #12

Jul 102008

Town & Country

  • 78,000 miles
Electrical issue with multiple items like, wipers, door locks, windows, automatic doors, dome lights, dash lights etc... vehicle has had several issues with intermittent electrical shorts at different times. I have taken it to the dealer on several occasions and spent thousands of dollars but the problem keeps returning and never gets fixed. No my passenger window will not work and the passenger door button on the side post doesn't work.

- Florissant, MO, USA

problem #11

May 252008

Town & Country

  • 35,000 miles
Started vehicle, and headlights and taillights began flashing. Headlight switch did not affect this. Turning off ignition did not stop problem. Only disconnecting battery stopped flashing. This would be an extremely dangerous situation if driver was moving at night. This needs to be a recall, as many similar problems exist and Chrysler know about hem, see topix.com.

- Alta Loma, CA, USA

problem #10

Jan 132008

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,000 miles
Had a tire blow out on front drivers side. The blown tire ripped out the body wiring harness and the integrated power module of the vehicle causing ultimate power failure. The wires were shredded and wrapped around the rim. We strongly believe that this is a design flaw by Chrysler allowing the wiring harness of the vehicle to be placed directly over the wheel well. This cause failure of the brake system, and total loss of all power to the vehicle.

- Lubbock, TX, USA

problem #9

May 172007

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,900 miles
Car engine shutdown in traffic but would restart. Engine shutdown at highway speeds and jump started without turning key. Plastic wire insulation burning smell noted when returned to driveway. Vehicle delivered to dealer for diagnosis and repair. Tech report verified broken and corroded wire in wiring harness: "upon inspection found fault code P1389 no asd relay output voltage at PCM & P1388 = auto shutdown relay control circuit. Removed D PCM wire harness and found asd output from PCM being lost. Traced bn/wt wire from PCM connector to ipm. Found wire cut and full of corrosion. Cut out bad section of wire and spliced new section in. Reinstalled all components are verified repairs. Vehicle is performing as designed."

- Gloucester, MA, USA

problem #8

Jan 252007

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 115,000 miles
- the contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Town and country. While driving at 65 mph the vehicle stalled. The dealer diagnosed the vehicle and installed a transmission carrier, but indicated that the fuel injection pump could also be the cause of the failure. This incident occurred for three weeks and continued to occur after being repaired. The failure occurred when the vehicle was hot or cold. The contact stated that there were no warning indicator lights when the stalling occurred. However, when the vehicle lost power the oil light indicator was lit. The contact felt unsafe driving the vehicle due to the frequent stalling incidents, including one that occurred at 1 am. Updated 2/22/2007 -now the vehicle exhibits a rough start condition. The steering had become very tight and makes noise. The radio will not play and the vehicle cuts off when it is on. Transmission problems. The horn will not sound. Rear wipers stopped working.

- Akron , OH, USA

problem #7

Oct 072005

Town & Country

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I own a 2003 Chrysler Voyager. I am having electrical problems that cause me not to be able to run my air conditioner along with my radio. I am also having problems with my power windows, windshield wipers, and headlights when my air conditioner is on.

- Loganville, GA, USA

problem #6

Jun 152005

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,725 miles
All lighting goes out. Head lights, instruments, side markers.brake lights. Makes for a very dangers situation at not being able to see when driving at night or bad weather conditions

- Charlottesville, VA, USA

problem #5

Apr 162003

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24 miles
I read the complaint about 2001-2002 Chrysler town&country mimi vans having a problem with dimming headlights. I have the same problem with my 2003 Town & Country, when I hit the breaks I can visably see that all of the lights dim and flicker. I reported this to the dealer and they stated that this was normal and there was no problem. I do not have the exact date it started but it happens everyday.

- Cochranton, PA, USA

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