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:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
81,075 miles

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2005 Chrysler Town & Country drivetrain problems

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2005 Chrysler Town & Country Owner Comments

problem #12

Nov 032015

Town & Country

  • 50 miles


Unstable dash, warning lights, cut off while idling, traction control circuit. As described in many postings from other customers as far back as 1996. As described in the post. These problems are well known to Chrysler and their dealerships but you receive no help in solving these problems without spending $$$$ and still no relief.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #11

Jan 152015

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 54,500 miles
When braking rather hard to slow/stop quickly, transmission hesitates to downshift so when starting to accelerate again, engine revs up but transmission does not engage. Then it will engage suddenly with a hard jerk which can be dangerous. Also, when braking hard to slow quickly and because the transmission does not disengage as it should, the engine sometime kills when I have slowed. In an instance when that happened, I was making a turn and, of course, lost power steering so barely avoided hitting a vehicle waiting on the street into which I was turning since steering was very heavy to accomplish. Brought this up to a technician who said, "yes those vehicles are known for their transmissions failure to disengage and occasional slippage on starting and then suddenly engaging with a very hard jerk". updated 5/10/2015

- Venice, FL, USA

problem #10

Mar 032014

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 135,000 miles
Numerous times, upon filling gas tank, vehicle stalls in first few miles of driving. Has almost caused numerous accidents. Apparently this is a common problem, the NHTSA really needs to push for a recall. I cannot fill up totally for rear of getting hit.

- Manassas, VA, USA

problem #9

Jun 212014

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 54,800 miles


Car stalled out without warning at 55 to 60mph. No warning lights, full fuel, no blown fuses. Coasted to emergency lane. Restarted vehicle with no warning lights or problems. Has done this several times with different drivers.

- Cudahy, WI, USA

problem #8

May 082014

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
My 2005 Chrysler town/country came to a complete stop on a residential street after my hand/purse ran into the key in the ignition. I coasted to a stop. Luckily, since it was on a side street with no one behind me I was able to remain calm, put it into park and started the vehicle back up with no problem. There has not been a problem since then. I have made sure to lighten the load on my keychain, only having 2 keys and nothing else. I can not imagine what would have happened had I been on the freeway going 70 mph!!! that is why I am submitting this complaint. The key surely should have a safety feature built into it that would not allow it to turn the vehicle off while it is being driven and in gear (drive). A simple bump should not make that key move into a non-drivable position. I think a defect like this could indeed cause a fatal crash and needs to be fixed. My dealership assures me all my recalls are up to date.

- Livonia, MI, USA

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problem #7

Feb 282014

Town & Country

  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Town & Country. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph, he attempted to accelerate but the vehicle engaged into an idle mode without warning. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 75,000.

- Millsboro, DE, USA

problem #6

Aug 282013

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 150,000 miles


My airbag has came on and will not go out. The place where I bought the vehicle, refuses to help and Chrysler will not van leaks transmission oil. It gets stuck in a gear. I bought a lemon.

- Black Mountain, NC, USA

problem #5

Feb 152013

Town & Country

  • 60,000 miles
Started with erratic jumping of instrument needles synchronous with electrical popping in sound system and flickering of all lights. Has gotten progressively worse to now, killing the engine suddenly while under power conditions, leaving vehicle without power steering and necessitating shifting to neutral while at full road speed, and restarting the engine to regain operative control, all while in operation on the road in traffic. This has happened on four occasions during the past three weeks to this date. Vehicle also has electrical "hiccups" resulting in disengagement of transmission under operating conditions, which has so far (six incidences) re-engaged within ten seconds pursuant.this morning, July 11, 2013, while awaiting a traffic light, the engine killed and the entire system locked up for several minutes, including inability to move shifter, no response to key in ignition; complete shutdown. Approximately four to five minutes later, it suddenly unlocked, was able to be put in neutral and restarted, and driven away with no indication of any difficulty, as if nothing had happened. All of the above events have been similarly intermittent and unpredictable. It is apparent to me that something is defective in this vehicle, and I have encountered several other owners of Chrysler trucks and minivans who have experienced some or all of the above. Chrysler should be accountable for the parts it installs in it's products and needs to address and correct these very real and expensive safety hazards at the first possible moment.

- Stockton, CA, USA

problem #4

May 082013

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 122,547 miles
My car was put into drive with out there being any key in the ignition rolled forward I tested it again to see if there was something I did not do and again on a flat serface no key in the ignition not foot on the brake I was able to get it into drive.

- Everett, WA, USA

problem #3

Jul 252012

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 112,000 miles
Dash lights flickering, gauges jumping. Headlights turned off during driving at night. Transmission shortly disengaged. Dangerous situation! Chrysler can not find the problem. NHTSA case EA11010 is open. Need urgent support.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #2

Aug 172011

Town & Country

  • 99,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Town and country. The contact stated while driving in reverse into the driveway the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was towed to a local mechanic who performed a diagnostic test that located the failure in the transmission. The transmission was replaced and the manufacturer denied assistance with the repair because the extended warranty expired. The failure mileage was 99,000 and the current mileage was 100,000.

- Belfair , WA, USA

problem #1

Nov 012007

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
It started actually quite some time ago. It seemed that every once in a while I would lose my power steering. Once it almost caused me to run off the road and into a cement curb. Luckily, I was able to work the wheel around and after about five minutes of trying to control the van, the power steering came back. There has been a noise at the front of the vehicle for quite some time and then I noticed the van was leaking something. I took it to the dealer and they said there was a leak in the steering gear assembly and that it needed to be replaced. They also said that they are replacing so many of them that the part was backordered and they were unsure when they would get one. That was in Nov. 2007. It is now April 2008 and I am still waiting. In Feb of 2008 I was told they had one for me and I took my van in and then was told that it never arrived and that they told their parts dealer that they needed it immediately because the power steering fluid is leaking onto other parts and can cause problems. It's still been two months since then and nothing. The whole front of my van feels and sounds like its going to fall off at any moment. I have had to refill my power steering fluid every 2-3 days since Nov 07 and it isn't getting any better. Unfortunately, this is not the only problem I have had with this van. The right cv joint had to be replaced after only 2 years, the air bag sensors went bad and only after I paid to have it checked out to the tune of $70 were they recalled, there was a recall on the rear heating/cooling tubes because of cold weather conditions, the driver side sliding door no longer works as well as the front passenger window. During a terrible rain storm, I had to go through a large puddle and the spare tire was ripped from the undercarriage because it was never sealed properly and the part was defective. Both sets of brakes have had to be replaced, rotors redone and the tires have been replaced twice.

- Dickson City, PA, USA

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