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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
33,630 miles

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2005 Chrysler Town & Country brakes problems

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

problem #21

Oct 202011

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 102,000 miles


Having trouble with ABS light coming on and off. Replaced ABS sensor, charging system failed, replaced alternator. Driving at freeway speed when traffic stopped. Brake the vehicle, the anti lock braking failed and the brakes locked up causing a skid and was unable to stop and hit the car in front of me. Vehicle was repaired and returned to the road, ABS lights continue to go on and off. Took the vehicle to my repair shop and they say that the rear speed sensor is coding for the left side. Repair shop advised that tsb information is known. Tsb information: There are known software conflicts on this vehicle which may set the incorrect trouble code and also may show incorrect scan data. Service bulletin # 05-003-07 group: Brakes date: June 13, 2007 this tsb is for Chrysler pacifica 2205-2006. My Chrysler T&C has the same sales code (bgf) as the pacifica. I am concerned that this vehicle is a safety hazard as the ABS lights are on most of the time. When the ABS light is on the computer also states that the traction control is off.

- Bellevue, WA, USA

problem #20

Jun 072011

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 151,118 miles
I pushed on brake pedal and it went to the floor. Found that the brake line going to passenger side front caliper was worn thru as if something had been rubbing it. The pressure from me pushing on the pedal caused the brake line to burst at the place that it was rubbed thru. I purchased a new brake line at a local auto parts store and had to replace all the fluid in the resevoir because it all leaked out through the hole.

- Fairborn, OH, USA

problem #19

Jun 012010

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 33,500 miles
I own a 2005 Chrysler Town & Country which was purchased new in April of 2005 directly from a dealership. The car has 33,600 miles, I was recently told after a brake inspection my rotors need to be replaced but the pads still had 5K miles left on them. I have never had a problem like this where the rotors wore out faster than the pads. I believe rotors are defective and should be recalled for safety reasons due to premature wear. The dealer told me this is normal wear, I disagree and will not purchase another Chrysler product due to this attitude.

- Killeen, TX, USA

problem #18

Apr 052010

Town & Country

  • 32,000 miles


I have a 2005 Chrysler town&country minivan with $32K miles. I am looking at my second brake job. This is my 3rd minivan - the two I owned previously brakes lasted 50K miles or more!!!!!!! is this just a way for Chrysler repair shops to make more money"??" ps I have no idea what the equipment description is for the brakes made by Chrysler - I just know they stink!!!

- Harker Heights, TX, USA

problem #17

Dec 012009

Town & Country

  • 64,000 miles
In October 2008 my left rear brake line appeared to have been cut and was reported to police. However they were uncertain if that was the case and I have pictures of this incident. It was replaced at that time and again today - almost 14 months to the day later and about 12,000 miles later, the very same brake line broke while I was driving and I came within inches of rear-ending someone. After speaking with the service provider, it was determined that in his mind it is a very bad design and a huge safety hazard. I again have pictures and the part in question with me.

- Morrison, CO, USA

problem #16

Jun 102008

Town & Country

  • miles
Front brakes overheated due to calipers sticking. Rotors etc. Replaced. 4 months later pedal vibrations takes me back to the non-dealer shop and rotors are warped from brakes overheating. Everything replaced under shop warranty. 2 months later - same thing - shop is now going to replace the parts with Chrysler parts instead of aftermarket ones. After reading 15 similar complaints in this database - makes me wonder about this being a faulty design.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #15

Oct 242008

Town & Country

  • 58,000 miles


1) normal driving 2) brake pads wear out faster than usual when comparing it to other Chrysler minivan models not Town and country. 3) I had the brake pads replaced more often than expected.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #14

Jan 232009

Town & Country

  • 41,000 miles
Have an O5 T&C Chrysler touring - have had to replace the brakes 2X under 30K. Car currently has less than 40K miles and have been told that the rack and pinion needs to be replaced. The car was making a loud whining noise when trying to steer. Was louder when cold. Steering was getting harder to do. Dealer is replacing rack and pinion for approx $900.

- Ashburn, VA, USA

problem #13

Jun 052006

Town & Country

  • 15,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Town and country. On several occasions, the ABS indicator would flash and fail to turn off on the instrument panel. The braking system has not failed. The dealer stated that the fuse needed to be replaced and they repaired the vehicle. A couple of weeks later, while driving at an unknown speed, the indicator illuminated again and failed to dim. The vehicle was returned to the dealer, but they found no failures. The mechanic stated that the illumination of the ABS indicator did not necessarily mean that a failure was occurring. The vehicle has not been repaired. The contact is in the process of notifying the manufacturer. The failure mileage was 15,000 and current mileage was 42,000.

- Port Madison , IA, USA

problem #12

Oct 222005

Town & Country

  • 9,800 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Town and country. The contact experienced issues with his braking system. He noticed that the proportional valve was faulty and there was 100% braking power on the front wheels, and 0% braking power on the rear wheels. Subsequently, the brakes were dangerous in wet weather. He took the vehicle to the dealer at least four times, but the failure continued. The dealer replaced the front brakes, but never inspected the rear brakes. Due to the failure, the disc pads and calipers also had to be replaced. In addition, there was no ABS in the vehicle. The manufacturer has not been notified. The current mileage was 32,240 and failure mileage was approximately 9,800.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #11

Jan 142006

Town & Country

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Town and country. When the vehicle was started and placed into gear, it would not move. The dealer stated that the rear wheels where frozen. The vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign id number 06E022000 (service brakes, hydraulic); however, the failure recurred. The dealer stated that the failure would continue to occur because there was no permanent repair. The VIN, engine size, and number of cylinders were unknown. The failure mileage was 15,000 and current mileage was 20,800.

- Noble , IL, USA

problem #10

Jul 142007

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,000 miles
I own a 2005 Chrysler T&C at 23,000 miles I had to replace both front rotors and brake pads. The rotors were warped beyond machining and the pads were completely gone.

- Uniontown, OH, USA

problem #9

Apr 012006

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Town and country. While driving 55 mph, the contact heard a grinding noise coming from the vehicle. The dealer discovered that the brake pads were worn out. Chrysler paid for the pads to be replaced and the contact paid the labor costs. The pads have begun to grind again. The current mileage is 32,000 and failure mileage was 13,000.

- Noblesville, IN, USA

problem #8

Sep 052006

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,000 miles
I have a 2005 Town and country that is 14 months old and has 17000 miles on the odometer. The steering wheel was vibrating when the brakes were applied. I took it in and had to pay for new brake pads and the rotors to be refaced. The service advisor insisted that this was normal. They charged me $200 for the repairs.

- Sterling Heights, MI, USA

problem #7

Mar 092006

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,700 miles
Vehicle brakes and steering stopped responding while vehicle was in motion. This lead to crash with a steel gate in an elementary school. Chrysler replaced a defective fuel pump but denies any problem with brakes/steering or any correlation between fuel pump problem and failure of brakes/steering. This is an update on my earlier ODI 10152826 to include repair details and manufacturer/dealer response on this critical safety issue.

- Rochester Hills, MI, USA

problem #6

Jun 142006

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,000 miles
Vehicle fire. Brakes failed then fire came from engine. Reported to desoto fire department, incident number 06-006210 extinguished by fire department then salvage & overhauled.

- Desoto, TX, USA

problem #5

Apr 272006

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,000 miles
Re: 2005 Chrysler Town & Country (touring model) -- on 4/27/06 I entered uniontown, pa via us rt. 40--- a steep grade which I have traveled frequently in the last 20 years using many vehicles including a fully loaded G-20 Chevy passenger van (3/4 ton), as well as other Chrysler mini-vans---- all previously without incident. This however was the first time I traveled that route with my new 2005 Town & Country --- and midway down the mountain, the brakes started to feel "spongy" and I could smell burning brake pads (which at first I attributed to a preceding truck) --- however, on reaching the bottom of the mountain and the stop light in hopwood, the brakes felt quite marginal, and I had to press hard to get the van stopped. I pulled off the road and all four wheels were smoking!! and very hot to the touch. The next morning (prior to unloading) I had the van weighed. (loaded weight = 5560 lb. Gvw ---- which is below rated capacity for this vehicle). Then I took the van to the dealer to have the brakes inspected.... they found no problem..... but I am still having 'pulsation and spongy' brakes when traveling any steep grades ----- never a problem with previous mini-vans.

- Greensburg, PA, USA

problem #4

Mar 272006

Town & Country

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,000 miles
I have a 2005 Chrysler T & C w/ 17K miles. Heard grinding metal to metal noise. Dealer says needs new front brakes. 1 dealer says "all of the T & C's & Caravan are coming in for brakes between 15K-20K miles." Another dealer says shouldn't need brakes until 26K or more. Chrysler says, "sorry, we have not heard of this defect, so we will not cover it." When asked, "so you are not receiving reports of these vans needing brakes so soon?" their response is "no". dealer says they have called Chrysler about this many times, but Chrysler will not cover it, so the dealer has decided to tell customers needing brakes this early on vans is "normal maintenance" because the vans are so "heavy". bottom line-dealer is charging me $352.98 to replace front pads & resurface rotors. Chrysler will not compensate.

- Simsbury, CT, USA

problem #3

Jan 132006

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,997 miles
1-reported vibration in steering wheel between 20-50 mph [2-possible exhaust leak, I was getting sleepy after 20-30 min drive time, I use recycle mode on A/C due to having asthma [ 3-reported noise from the muffler/exhaust area[4- A/C compressor makes a laboring noise [5-vibration and a growling noise in rear suspension, axle or transmission[6-transmission seems to slip or jerk into and out of gear between 15-45 mph. Service department could not duplicate any of my concerns but by the same token my mileage out was the same as my mileage in so I'm not sure it was even driven. Three[3] days later I came in and ask for someone to drive with me and the technician was able to hear the noise before we had gone a mile, at that time he thought is was just a loose spare tire but when I came back that afternoon I was told it was the catalytic converter but there was not one in town and as soon as it came in it would be repaired. It was supposedly order on Thursday Jan 19,2006 and received on Jan 26,2006. Catalytic converter was replaced on Jan 27,2006 as well as exhaust manifold gasket. [7-on this date I also reported on Jan 26,2006, when I was braking to slow down to turn right the car engine surged forward and almost lost control of car-nothing was listed on the service copy as cause or what was tested for the engine surging when braking.[8-rear brakes have crystallized and need to be replaced at my cost. Am getting other prices at this time.

- Bulverde, TX, USA

problem #2

Sep 052005

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,115 miles
Vibration and in brake petal and/ or steering wheel. When turning sharply to left makes a grinding noise also has a bumping feeling like something is loose. Service department checked and had warped rotors and needed front disk brakes for the vibration, the grinding and the bumping noise was loose suspension sway links front brakes were replaced and rotors were resurfaced- I had to pay for the brake and rotor repair; the suspension loose sway bar links were replace listed was replaced front sway bar link and a link-sway eliminator. Driver seat feels like it has lost its cushion sometimes feels like there is a hard knot of something in the tail bone area of the anatomy. The A/C vents are unable to adjust for cooling the front and side windows. The floor vents do not line up with the openings in the floor console causing any air to be moved toward the front and under the dash. Was told the seat and A/C was all in normal operation.

- Bulverde, TX, USA

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