CarComplaints.com Notes: What the heck happened here? A year after getting our "seal of pretty good" for the 2004, Chrysler turns around and delivers this crapwagon.

This minivan has problems ranging from rack and pinion steering failure to door locks that won't let you out. And trust me, you'll want to get out.

7.2

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
$24.00
Average Mileage:
74,986 miles
Total Complaints:
25 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (13 reports)
  2. pull out the 20A "iod" fuse, then reseat it (4 reports)
  3. replace bcm (body control module) (3 reports)
  4. make a formal complaint to the nhtsa 18883274236 (2 reports)
  5. pull fuse, then reseat it (1 reports)
  6. reprogrammed the bcm module (1 reports)
2005 Chrysler Town & Country accessories - interior problems

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2005 Chrysler Town & Country Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #25

Apr 222011

Town & Country 3.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles

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

Door locks fail without notice leaving door unlocked. Alarm goes off every time door is opened. To temporarily fix this condition I have to pop hood, pull out IOD fuse, count to 5 & stick it back into socket. If I get that timing just right the radio settings & clock time won't be erased. Otherwise I have to reset clock time & re-scan radio stations. Problem returns randomly, Never know if it will last months or 2 days. Averages about a week or two.

- , Saint Louis, MO, US

problem #24

Dec 172016

Town & Country Touring 3.8L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,900 miles

Left cargo door lock is not controllable electrically with either the key FOB or driver's lock unlock switch. With the ignition off and key out and nothing on, the car draws 0.79 amps from the battery. If the car is not driven frequently, which is our case, this results in a dead battery, having to jump start the car, and eventually having to replace the battery. This is the third time with this problem.

First time removing and replacing the 20 amp IOD fuse temporarily cured the problem but subsequently had to be repeated. This went on for a couple of years until the removal & replace failed to cure the problem. We then took the vehicle in for repairs with the BCM module having to be replaced with the "New" Chrysler firmware which was supposed to cure the problem - Cost $545. That was 2 years ago, now the problem has reoccurred and removing the IOD fuse has no effect.

With all the same complaints and customers paying $400-$600 per repair this should be a recall by chrysler, which is not only repaired for good and for free but refunds all customers monies paid for this "repair" in the past.

If this isn't done IMMEDIATELY, there should be a class action suit initiated against Chrysler.

- , Mission Viejo, US

problem #23

Nov 162015

Town & Country 3.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 141,000 miles

When a solution is available and it is widely understood that it can be easily fixed, I don't understand why the automakers are slow to make it a recall item and satisfy the consumers. If it was difficult or costly it is one thing, but this was a relatively easy fix, unfortunately, it is most likely not a lasting fix.

- , Tuscola, IL, USA

problem #22

Jun 122015

Town & Country Touring 3.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 190,000 miles

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

Safety-Security. Cannot lock or unlock doors by inside lock button nor use key fob to do same. Only one way to enter vehicle--Drivers door.

No panic function--Safety-security.

Everything works on the key fob except door and panic buttons.

- , Bono, AR, USA

problem #21

Nov 152012

Town & Country 3.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 102,000 miles

Its been a real pain I have 9 Grandchildren and its a pain to have to worry about my stuff stollen

- , Vista, CA, USA

problem #20

Sep 032011

Town & Country Touring 3.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 148,000 miles

This is absolutely a known problem by Chrysler: they have a fix. The fact that they haven't stepped up and offered a recall or option to download the flash ROM/BIOS is absolutely unconscionable. When the burning question as to what drove all of our own citizens to buying Japanese and German cars, don't bother - just go on over to China and build that crap for them; that's where our buyout funding went anyway. Thanks:

I've consistently bought new American cars over my entire adult life, only to feel like used toilet paper; now I can go Honda, Subaru, Volkswagen,or Toyota with a clear conscience. Hell the used Hondas, Toyotas, and Volkswagens I have bought outlasted and outperformed the GM and Chrysler cars which I bought NEW. I'm sick of feeling ashamed over the crap we're building here in our own backyard - sorry, the crap we WERE building in our own backyard.

On an aside note, that new Tesla sure does show what we can do when we put some pride and integrity into building something as second nature to an American as Blues or Rock-n-roll. We've gasoline in our blood for pity's sake (Hoooo-yahhh!)

Who builds all the engines for the Indy 500? That stout little guy who came to the table in the early 1970s after he showed us how to really build a motorcycle. Mr. Honda. That's right. The Honda motor company builds the engines for the Indy 500.

During the life of my 6th new American Car - which was intended as "Mama's car" and the family car, I had the opportunity to buy a 9 year-old Toyota van (back before the Sienna or the Previa - which was a revelation in the mini-van market; did you ever notice how many of those damn things are still being driven? They got better than 23 MPG real world, and would smoke any American mini-van

If I was either of the "big three" American car manufacturers, I'd slither off to China with my tail (and some other more intimate anatomy) tucked between my legs, too.

- , Brentwood, CA, USA

problem #19

Apr 192012

Town & Country

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles

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

Remote and inside locks don't work. Complain to the NHTSA 18883274236, and Chrysler 18009921997

Maybe enough owners do this, a recall will happen!

- , Brookyn Center, MN, USA

problem #18

Jul 052013

Town & Country Limited 3.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,000 miles

Do not know when the doors will lock or unlock. Have to use the key to unlock any door while carrying groceries and then make sure to manually lock all the doors when I leave.

- , Grants Pass, OR, USA

problem #17

Nov 082008

Town & Country V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles

After 2 years of blissful service, my door locks stopped working on a cold November day after I had to replace a dead battery. I bought the car used in August 2006 and had no issues until the battery failure in November 2008.

Well, the battery died right there in the Costco fuel pumping bay after I filled that baby up. Bought the new battery and installed it right there in the CostCo parking lot.

I didn't notice until a few days later that my door locks weren't actually working. I don't remember what tipped me off. I attempted to replace the fuse. Nothing. Whenever I press the keyfob, the horn chirps, but the locks don't work. Pressing the interior door lock button doesn't work either.

So, for 4 years I drove the van without working electrical locks.

It is a complete pain in the arse to lean over the front seat to get the passenger door unlocked. EVERY TIME. And the poor passenger side sliding door is so neglected that it now works when it wants to.

I think this is a serious enough issue that Chrysler should give us all the software reboot to the BCM free.

- , Southeast, MO, USA

problem #16

Dec 012012

Town & Country V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,000 miles

This is the 2nd time the door locks have failed. Attempted to unhook the battery and that fix did not work.

For a brief 4 weeks, the power locks worked again after I replaced my 4 year old battery. Then, whammo, that cold December afternoon, they stopped working again.

I think static got something. I had stepped out of the car -- with the keys still in the ignition -- to take a walker out of the back. When I went to leave the car after parking it, the door locks no longer worked when they had earlier that day.

It is frustrating and this is a pain in the arse.

- , Southeast, MO, USA

problem #15

Jan 142013

Town & Country Llimited 3.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 123,183 miles

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

I know I should not mention that this is the Third Time my Power Locks have STOPPED WORKING. However, with 3 Grandkids and only one door that unlocks with a key is like I said in my complaint is: "a pain in the ass".

First repair a mechanic, I believed disconnected the battery, and had me replace batteries in remote keys. Second time, I personally removed every fuse from the relay box and reinstalled. How lucky was that, when it worked. Don't remember the time of each fuse being disconnected.

The THIRD TIME, I discovered www.carcomplaints.com via a Google search. and removed IOD Fuse and it worked, I will now call the dealer to see how much it will cost to Flash Software Updated.

Thanks for your support, where dealers fail miserably.

Jimmy Sprinkle Sr, Barboursville, VA 22923

- , Barboursville, VA, USA

problem #14

Aug 022012

(reported on)

Town & Country

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles

getting tired of having to make sure doors are locked... and having to go under the hood... can do it, but annoying....

- , Sac City, IA, USA

problem #13

Jan 132012

Town & Country Limited 3.8L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,418 miles

I was told the car had lost battery power and the BCM Module was "Flashed". It has been three weeks and so far so good.

- , Vinton, VA, USA

problem #12

Jan 092012

Town & Country LX 3.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,000 miles

Read enough of the complaint on the same problem for T&C and Caravan. Starting happening a few months ago. did reprogramming; reset with the IOD Fuse; it works for a few days and then same problem. Now it is getting worse. Reset the IOD fuse will work a few days. Can someone tell me if spending $400 for a new BCM(body control module) will once for all fixing the electrical problem??

- , Monterey Park, CA, USA

problem #11

Dec 032011

Town & Country 3.8lV6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,782 miles

THIS IS THE SECOND TIME THE LOCKS HAVE STOPPED WORKING AND THE FIRST FIX COST ME 150.00, NOTHING WAS REPLACED ONLY REPROGRAMMED. THIS TIME THE DEALER SAID IT WAS THE BCM, COST TO FIX $450.00. I JUST HAD NEW BRAKES AND EQUALIZER BUSHINGS PUT IN ALONG WITH NEW TIRES. THIS VAN HAS SOME NICE FEATURES BUT I CAN'T AFFORD THEM, IT HAS BECOME A SAND HOLE THAT I THROW MONEY IN.I'M GOING TO FORD!

- , Grand Rapids, MN, USA

problem #10

Sep 012010

Town & Country 3.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

My doors for a while will not lock unless I do it by hand. It has been like this for a while but I just found this site to complain.... Surprised at how many ppl have same issues as my van!

- , Riga, MI, USA

problem #9

Jun 292011

Town & Country Touring

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

So on top of all the other electrical issues I am having, I can't lock or unlock my electric doors with the remote or with the door button. All doors have to be locked manually.

- , Grand Junction, CO, USA

problem #8

Sep 132009

Town & Country LX 3.3L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,562 miles

Constant problem. Can pull the fuse, reset it and it work for a week at the most.

- , South Windsor, CT, USA

problem #7

Feb 052010

Town & Country Limited V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

This has been a recurring problem. The Chrysler Dealership can NEVER seem to find the issue. My van has been "on fire" with some sort of electrical meltdown or burn out EIGHT different times since I bought it brand new with 22 miles on it. The door locks being stuck locked is only the residual effect that seems unable to be fixed. The dealer's solution is to undo the battery's cable so that "no codes" show when a diagnostic test is run. I know of two other personal friends who own this same van model who have similar issues in my area. Chrysler claims this is not a widespread problem. I have stopped driving this vehicle and placed an emergency glass breaking hammer inside the driver's door just in case I am ever stuck inside if the thing catches fire again and the locks fail.

- , Petal, MS, USA

problem #6

Aug 012010

Town & Country Touring

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,000 miles

I've had to reset the fuse a few times now. The fuse isn't bad, as it's still working. However, I may replace it just for kicks. All you have to do is pull out the 20amp "iod" fuse, then reseat it. that's it!

- , Bethel Park, PA, USA

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