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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
126,976 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2005 Chrysler Town & Country engine problems

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

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problem #15

Apr 242014

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 92,000 miles


I was driving when vehicle suddenly shut down completely. I had no power whatsoever. Was unable to steer or brake the vehicle. The van rolled through a stop sign and stop light before stopping completely. It was about ten minutes before I could start it up again. Now I do not trust the vehicle. I am afraid of driving the vehicle. Feel like I had a brush with death. Prior to this incident, about two weeks beforehand, all lights on the vehicle stopping working while I was driving at night. I purchased new bulbs to replace the headlights but suddenly all of the lights started to work again.

- Warners, NY, USA

problem #14

Apr 112014

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 157,000 miles
The vehicle experiences sudden power failures. The engine shuts off while mobile with a sudden loss of power steering and brakes. It is very dangerous as I could have lost control or been rear ended. Internet research has noted that dealers have diagnosed that the evaporator valve in the fuel tank was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure but did not offer any assistance.

- Stroudsburg, PA, USA

problem #13

Apr 032014

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 118,000 miles
While driving engine shut off all functions, steering and power brakes failed to work. Once stopped placed van into park. After stopping, van started. Same event happened 3 more times in a mile 5 drive.

- Stone Mountain, GA, USA

problem #12

Aug 052013

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 1,120,000 miles


Driving on the turnpike at 60mph. The engine turned off. Coasted to a stop. Engine started right up again. No interruption with electrical power. Lights and radio still on. Searched online and found multiple complaints with the engine just turning off. Dealer could find nothing wrong. This has now happened 3 times. Afraid to drive the car.

- Middletown , DE, USA

problem #11

Mar 072013

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 119,000 miles
Van looses 1 quart of oil approximately every 700 to 1000 miles, I am having to put in 3 to 4 quarts of oil between oil changes. Chrysler says it is normal oil consumption. There are many complaints on the web yet Chrysler has done nothing to correct this problem. Engine should not be loosing this much oil between oil changes. Chrysler should rectify and correct this problem customers are having.

- Chula Vista, CA, USA

problem #10

Jan 302013

Town & Country

  • 130,000 miles
First incident: Filled up low gas tank at a gas station. Hopped in the car, started it, and drove off. About 1 minute later, the car shut off completely. It started up again a moment later. Second incident: Same as the first incident, only a week later. Empty tank, filled it up, shut off about a minute later. Third incident: Same as first two forth incident: This continues, occurring every time now.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #9

Jul 022012

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 170,000 miles


Instrument cluster lights all go on, then the gauges stop working, the trip computer stops fails, the lights flicker high to low or low to high beam and can't be changed sometimesthe engine stops running while traveling down the road at 25-75 mph! the first indicator seems that the air bag light comes on as being "off". sometimes the lights & gauges go back to normal. A guaranteed short-term fix is to remove the battery to reset the battery button under the battery, or take the positive terminal off & ground it against an exposed bolt. Many seem to have been fooled into buying a new battery, only to have the same problem re-arise, inadvertently "fixed" when the a new battery, but just lifting the old battery a little would have done the same short-term trick. The sequence of failure seems to be (rain influenced?): air bag light comes on, lights flicker, all gauges & gear position indicators light up, speedo & tach pulse then fail, then you can just drive with all warning lights lit -no tach or speedo...then every thing resets in 10 seconds to 10 minutes, or, dash lights go out then the engine quits, leaving you driving a powerless rolling brick in traffic, fighting the steering wheel without power steering, having only inertia (if you are smart enough to have thrown the van into neutral) to coast off the road, through an intersection, etc. Our dealership's diagnosis was a "bad instrument cluster" - hardly, as I don't see how disconnecting the battery will instantly "fix" the instrument cluster for a while, or how the cluster will affect switching between high & low beams, or kill the engine after a sequence of events. This is a well know progressively dangerous problem, of failure leading to sudden loss of power. There are many, many electrical complaints relating to electrical failures regarding loss of functionality and engine power.

- Huntington, WV, USA

problem #8

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 #7

Jul 092013

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 67,000 miles
We recently purchased van with 66000 miles on it, do not feel safe driving now because of its problem. Stalls at traffic lights, all lights do a pulse/ surge, and effect driving vehicle. We have done some research on this problem and see that we are not the only one dealing with this problem.

- Gastonia, NC, USA

problem #6

Jul 022011

Town & Country

  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Town and country. The contact stated that while driving 50 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning on several occasions. In addition, the rear passenger's sliding door failed to open electrically. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnosis where it was determined that the electrical module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the problem still persisted. The manufacturer was notified. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 90,000. Kmj

- Laurel , MD, USA

problem #5

Feb 062013

Town & Country

  • 80,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Town & Country. The contact stated that while driving 15 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact mentioned that the failure recurred several times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 80,000 and the current mileage was 88,000.

- Alpharetta, GA, USA

problem #4

May 072013

Town & Country

  • 91,000 miles
I had just started the van to start to exit a parking lot. I was traveling about 5 mph. As I rounded a corner to the exit, the van's engine just shut off. I couldn't steer and the brakes didn't work. I had to coast until the van stopped to the gear in park and attempt a restart. After I was at a complete standstill I was able to change the gear to park and restart the van. After that it didn't stall at all on the ride home.

- Romeoville, IL, USA

problem #3

Apr 202013

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
Spark plug blew out of engine ripping out the treads shop recommends replacing the head. Because engine caused spark plug to come loose. This is a poor design to have parts work their way out and could be a danger if it hit someone.

- Citrus Heights , CA, USA

problem #2

Feb 082013

Town & Country

  • 83,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Town and country. The contact stated that while at a stop, the fuel gauge, odometer and the temperature gauges began moving erratically. In addition, the instrument panel lights began flashing on and off as the vehicle stalled. The failure occurred sporadically and when the contact was driving at various speeds. The vehicle was taken to the dealer to have a diagnostic performed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 83,000.

- Cincinnati , OH, USA

problem #1

Mar 102012

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
Vehicle was traveling at freeway speed when engine sputtered, all warning lights lit up on the dash and the vehicle immediately lost all power/function.

- Jackson, MI, USA

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