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 1 of 7)

problem #136

Sep 012016

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Town and country. When using the key fob to open the tailgate, it opened but slammed down without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for further diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 60,000. Updated 01/05/17 the consumer stated it only happened in cold weather. Updated 01/12/17.

- Rossford, OH, USA

problem #135

Jul 032016

Town & Country

  • miles
Power locks dont work. Tried resetting iod fuse and unplugging battery. Locks works a few times then stops working. This is a safety and security feature. I have read so many complaints on this issue. Passenger seat belt does not set when put on. If in an accident passengers SE as T belt will not restrain. We just bought this van and the two previous owners said locks hasn't worked correctly since 2005.

- Deland, FL, USA

problem #134

Jun 022016

Town & Country

  • 117,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Town and country. The contact stated that when the vehicle was bought, the key fob failed to lock the doors automatically. In addition, the power door switch failed to lock the doors. The failure occurred constantly. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the key fob was working correctly and the cause of the failure could not be determined. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 117,000.

- Florissant, MO, USA

problem #133

Feb 122016

Town & Country

  • 200,000 miles


The headlights failed numerous times at night while driving in boca raton, Florida on February 12, 2016. Service manager at massey yardley denied extended warranty to replace the faulty headlight switch. Case manager, laura denied extended warranty to replace the headlight switch.

- Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA

problem #132

Mar 082016

Town & Country

  • 106,000 miles
While driving on rural road at night, shortly after turning right and disabling windsheild wipers: The headlights and entire instrumental panel completely shut off working without warning. Pulling back on the blinker lever and holding it back activated the brights and those worked. After toggling headlight switch off and back on, instrument panel and headlights reactivated. This failure mode doesn't exactly match EA11010, which claims that the instrument panel remains in operation while only the headlights fail. However I am unclear on whether my van's problem could still be at least partly caused by the headlight switch, so I will replace it at my own cost. My Chrysler dealership tells me they will only replace the switch under warranty if they can reproduce the problem, and otherwise they will charge a $150 diagnostic fee... more than the cost of the switch! I'm not falling for that trick! I am very disappointed with the decision to not resolve EA11010 with a recall. Headlights failing without warning at any time is a real safety issue, and it is too intermittent to diagnose on demand. Thus a recall is the only appropriate response to ensure safety. Instead, in order to proactively protect my family, I am forced to spend my own money for replacement. I thought the NHTSA was here to help?

- Gaston, OR, USA

problem #131

Feb 232016

Town & Country

  • 265,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Town and country. While traveling 60 mph, the vehicle stalled. After ten minutes, the vehicle restarted. When the fuel tank was half full, the vehicle immediately ran out of fuel. In addition, the warning lights on the instrument panel no longer illuminated and the seat belt sensor warning indicator illuminated intermittently. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 265,000.

- Minneapolis, MN, USA

problem #130

Feb 162016

Town & Country

  • 170,000 miles


Interior and exterior lights flicker to varying degrees on an intermittent basis. This electrical problem sometimes causes the engine to die while car is in transit thereby creating a safety issue. It also is a danger and annoyance to oncoming traffic at night. Several entities have attempted to correct this problem, including attempts by my local Chrysler dealer. No one has been able to fix the problem. It is still ongoing as of 2-16-16 and began shortly after I purchased the car in 2007.

- Brighton, TN, USA

problem #129

Mar 032014

Town & Country

  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Town and country. The contact stated that the key fob failed to lock and unlock the rear doors. The dealer was notified of the failure and stated that there was no manufacturer recall to address the repair and they did not inspect and diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The vehicle was to be taken to a dealer for diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was not available.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #128

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 #127

Sep 302015

Town & Country

  • 127,000 miles
Was driving through an intersection (after stopped at a red light) and vehicle shut off in the middle of intersection with no warning. Also, for months now, the lights and gauges in dashboard have flickered on and off while driving... we took it to dealer and they re-set the computer but it didn't resolve the light flickering issue. We have replaced the alternator and also had the battery checked.

- Martinsburg, WV, USA

problem #126

Aug 042015

Town & Country

  • 136,000 miles


After filling up gas tank, vehicle stalls and jerks. A little while later, it may shut down entirely or the vehicle may stall again while pressing the accelerator. Vehicle has shut down on major road and stalled badly on main highway.

- Pasadena, TX, USA

problem #125

Sep 032015

Town & Country

  • 89,000 miles
My 2005 Chrysler Town and country has an issue: The sash and engine totally shuts down. When it shuts down, all the lights, mileage display, drive selector, and radio resets to it default. The speedometer and tach needles go to zero and the engine shuts down. When this happens I have to get the car stopped so that I can put into park in order to restart the engine. After a few minutes the power comes back up and the needs on the speedometer and tack start recycling. When mechanics from Firestone and a local Chrysler dealer here attempted to find the issue, there were no codes to trace.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #124

Jul 272015

Town & Country

  • 143,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Town and country. While stopped at a traffic light or while idling in park, the vehicle stalled. The contact was able to restart the vehicle on the first attempt. The contact stated that the failure was intermittent. The vehicle was taken to an unknown location to be diagnosed; however, the mechanic was unable to duplicate the failure. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 143,000.

- Dickinson, TX, USA

problem #123

Jul 152015

Town & Country

  • 62,483 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Town and country. While driving at approximately 25 mph, the vehicle stalled and the entire instrument cluster illuminated for a brief moment. The contact also stated that the vehicle did not start after turning the key in the ignition switch. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the BCM, FCM, and ipm needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 62,483.

- Macon, GA, USA

problem #122

Apr 102015

Town & Country

  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Town and country. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V373000 (air bags, electrical system); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Canastota, NY, USA

problem #121

Jun 052013

Town & Country

  • 148,000 miles
My air bag and ABS lights stays on and my door locks and rear tail lights stop working I have to get fuses and lights regularly

- Cleveland Htgs, OH, USA

problem #120

Jun 022014

Town & Country

  • 90,000 miles
During the driving, headlights went out at 55 mph and I made several attempts to toggle the switch and headlights came on. After a long period with this issue, it gets worse, it takes me at least 2-3 minutes toggling the swtich to turn it on. It is not safe to drive with this issue. Headlight switch is recalled by Chrysler but it doesn't apply on my vehicle.

- Glen Burnie, MD, USA

problem #119

Dec 052011

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
Vehicle automatic door locks suddenly stop working and can only be manually used unless you pull the fuse under the hood to reset the system. Then it works again for a time (sometimes a day, sometimes longer) and then it will trip again and stop working until you pull the fuse to reset - rinse and repeat! very annoying and found many complaints about this on the internet with others having problems as well. Here is one as an example -

- Kalama, WA, USA

problem #118

Apr 132015

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 300,000 miles
Sliding doors makes sound but does not open or close electrically. Sliding door locks does not work.

- Coral Springs, FL, USA

problem #117

Feb 102015

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 45,304 miles
While driving the radio will shut off and the warning lights on the dash light up just for a few seconds. I am using the one key only with nothing else on the ring. I have been told that there is a recall for the ignition but have not been notified or been able to find out any further information. I am afraid to drive my van when this happens for fear it will shut down and cause an accident.

- Eastpointe, MI, USA

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