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 / 8
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
73,995 miles

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2005 Chrysler Town & Country electrical problems

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2005 Chrysler Town & Country Owner Comments (Page 5 of 7)

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problem #56

Jul 162011

Town & Country

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Town and country. The contact stated that while driving 60 mph, all of the lights on the interior and exterior stopped illuminating. The instrument panel stopped illuminating and the power door locks also stopped functioning. The vehicle continued to drive during the failure. The failure occurred on two occasions. The only light that would illuminate was the check engine light. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer on two occasions where they were unable to duplicate or diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 130,000. The VIN was unavailable. Consumer stated she filed a complaint with Chrysler on 7/20//2011. Case #10413496. Updated 09/01/2011

- Carroll, OH, USA

problem #55

Jun 202011

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
My wife was driving our 2005 Chrysler Town and country on 6-20-11 and when she was making a right hand turn the vehicle completely shut off. She stated she almost hit cars on the other side of the road and was almost rear ended with our three small children in the car (7,5 and 4 years of age). She stated it started right back up and seemed to drive normal afterwards. We took it to a Chrysler dealer on 6-21-11 and they could not reproduce the problem and they stated the only error code found was a low voltage battery. The battery was replaced. It waits to be seen if this happens again. We are very concerned and I have read about a current recall on 2010 models. I don't know if this could be the same type of problem or not but we feel it should be reported and or investigated if possible. Our van is the 3.3 L V6 with 80,000 miles and we have had it for a few years with no problems like this before.

- Coventry, CT, USA

problem #54

Mar 252005

Town & Country

  • 50,000 miles
Used left blinker, blinker began to blink erratically, then the right blinker started to work (with the blinker arm set for the left).

- Poctaello, ID, USA

problem #53

Jan 302009

Town & Country

  • 40,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Town and country. The contact stated that since 2009, the vehicle would stall while traveling at various speeds. The instrumental panel lights would flicker on and off before the stall. Also, the headlights would turn off intermittently or just flicker as if there was a shortage. The vehicle was inspected by a dealer who informed the contact that they were unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 40,000.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #52

Dec 122010

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
My 2005 Chrysler Town and country has the gauges go out erratically along with the headlights, interior lights and the radio goes haywire. Chimes are also erratic, this is very distracting while driving. I have heard there is a possibility of the car stopping too.

- Denver, NC, USA

problem #51

Nov 172010

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 48,000 miles
We are seeing the blinkers stop working, or the wrong blinker activated. Pushing the blinker switch down (left) turns on the right blinker. Sometimes blinkers do not work at all. Van is now at dealer for multifunction switch replacement. Failure occurs intermittently--recently about twice a week. Will usually act up for the whole day then correct itself for a few days.

- Broken Arrow, OK, USA

problem #50

Oct 262010

Town & Country

  • 69,000 miles


2005 Town and country door failed to open more than 6 inches using remote opening. This may prevent safe egress from vehicle in an emergency. This seem to be a known common problem with vehicle type, but no action from NHTSA has been taken.

- Pierre, SD, USA

problem #49

Oct 242010

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 48,600 miles
2005 Chrysler Town and country power door locks inoperative. The power locks have stopped working at different intervals. Pulling the 20A iod fuse and reinserting it after 10 minutes or pulling the cable off of the battery for 10 minutes has fixed the problem so far. This starting happening when the van had approximately 48,000 miles.

- Bellevue, NE, USA

problem #48

Sep 202008

Town & Country

  • 40,000 miles
The vehicle headlights go out randomly while driving and cannot be turned back on immediately. High beams still work if manually held on by pulling the high beam switch. This has occurred numerous times. Also the electric door locks fail randomly. Also the electric door locks fail randomly. Also elec windows fail randomly. Dealer always reports, unable to duplicate the problem. Also vehicle has one time totally shut down electrically while driving at 60 mph. All electric components went out and vehicle stopped running. It restarted after turning off the key and re starting. Headlight problem is the most dangerous as they just shut off randomly while driving and cannot be immediately turned back on. This is not a one time problem but a constant re-curring malfunction.

- Bellefonte, PA, USA

problem #47

Jul 202010

Town & Country

  • 114,340 miles
1. car will be running, and while driving, the dashboard gauges will stop working or jump around erratically (speedometer, RPM). Dashboard warning lights will turn on and off intermittently. Headlights turn on and off intermittently, power doors or locks do not work when trying to enter or exit the vehicle. Vehicle will not start, will start 20 minutes later when you try again. 2. problem happens in intermittently. Drive a short distance and turn the car off (gas station). When you try to start again, it won't start. Sometimes it will be a few days between problems, other times it is every time the car starts the gauges will go haywire. There are different warning lights that come on each time> you never know what is or isn't working. This has been happening for a few weeks now. 3. taking the vehicle to the dealer to get checked out.

- Livonia, MI, USA

problem #46

Mar 222010

Town & Country

  • 70,000 miles


2005 Chrysler Town and country power door locks inoperative. Pulling the 20A iod fuse and reinserting it fixes the problem for about 3 or lock/unlocks of the vehicle. After that the locks are broken again. Kids can open the door while in motion because the door does not lock at this point.

- Sumerduck, VA, USA

problem #45

Jun 242010

Town & Country

  • 90,000 miles
I had to have the clock spring replaced on my 2005 Chrysler Town & Country van. This same part was the subject of a recall in 1999-2002. It seems they still don't have it right. I was told by the dealer that Chrysler did not cover the repair. It controls the airbag! can you help? [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Rome, GA, USA

problem #44

Apr 252010

Town & Country

  • 54,000 miles
2005 Chrysler Town & Country: Wiring damage by rodents causing multiple electrical systems failure including failure to start necessitating in vehicle towing to dealer for repairs. Material in wire insulation appears to attract rodents. Problems occurred in 2009 & 2010.

- Spencerport, NY, USA

problem #43

Mar 242010

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
Headlights frequently don't come on when turned on. Sometimes, if I turn the switch over and over again, they will turn on. Also, the high level head lights don't stay on unless I hold the level to keep them on.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #42

May 182010

Town & Country

  • 62,000 miles
My 2005 Chrysler Town and country van has an electrical problem that causes the dash light gauges headlights, door locks, interior lights to flash off and on. Then the car will cut off and will not start until the car sits for a while. There is no warning as to when this will happen. Has been in for same repair problem 5 times all types of things have been replaced but problem recurs without warning. Very dangerous when headlights go off without warning and car cuts off without warning. Date below is 5 the occurrence.

- High Point, NC, USA

problem #41

May 062010

Town & Country

  • 56,000 miles
Our Chrysler T&C 2005 lmtd, will stall while in motion. The dash and all cabin electrical will flash and eventually shut off at once. This happens at slow speeds, approaching intersections and when accelerating at intersections. Yesterday my wife was crossing a intersection when the van stalled causing her to stop abruptly in the intersection. If it wasn't for a police officer behind her interceding and stopping traffic, she would have been hit by several cars. We have brought the car into service over 8 times to our local dealership to no avail. The BCM was replaced, alternator. They can't replicate the issue and have no answers. This car is a danger to drive. This issue happens on a daily basis while in traffic. At highway speeds the car is fine.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #40

Apr 232010

Town & Country

  • 47,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Town and country. The contact stated while driving at approximate speeds of 30 mph, the check engine light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing. The mechanic advised that the egr valve would need to be replaced. The contact declined however the mechanic did reset the vehicle central computer. The dealer was unaware if repairs to the egr valve would be covered under the contact's factory warranty. There were no further repairs made to the vehicle. The contact believes that the vehicle auto warranty should take the liability for the vehicle repairs. The approximate failure and current mileages were 47,000.

- Middletown, NY, USA

problem #39

Apr 142010

Town & Country

  • 93,000 miles
Electrical system failure. Dashboard flickers on and off when pressing on the gas. Headlight went out. This has happened for months and no one at Chrysler will say anything is wrong. They won't even drive in the van to see it do it.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #38

Aug 072009

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 43,500 miles
Electrical problems. Headlights flicker on and off, speedometer goes to 0, fuel gauge goes to empty, radio goes off then on, all lights flicker on and off, turn signal flickers off and on, locks do not work on occasion. Van does not always start and sometimes stalls, air blows out the vents even when the vents are off. I have had the BCM replaced 3 times, the cluster panel replaced, the alternator replaced 2 times, fan replaced, replaced power distribution center. Chrysler service center claimed they checked all wiring. Van is still not fixed. I feel it is dangerous for my children. This happens all the time while driving. I have had it towed because it would not start. I have had it worked on so many times. I have read other people have this problem. Airbag light is now on again.

- New Martinsville, WV, USA

problem #37

Jan 152010

Town & Country

  • 92,000 miles
I own a 2005 Chrysler Town and country minivan. I noticed that there is a recall on the front crash sensor that doesn't start until June, but my airbag warning light is already illuminated. It started lighting up a couple of months ago. When I contacted my local Chrysler dealership, they denied any knowledge of a recall. I called Chrysler directly and was told that I could get the sensor fixed right now, but it would have to be at my own expense. The dealership was going to charge me $130 for diagnostics, when they should already know about the recall. My concern is this: If (god forbid) I happen to be in a crash between now and June, what happens if my airbag doesn't deploy" Chrysler is aware that my sensor is out and is doing nothing. What are my options for ensuring the safety of my vehicle over the course of the next three months, before the "official" recall begins" I truly think this is a sham that Chrysler knows about the problem, but is taking their sweet time in coming up with a solution and fixing our defective vehicles.

- Maple Grove, MN, USA

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