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:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,356 miles

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2005 Chrysler Town & Country Owner Comments

problem #18

Feb 262015

Town & Country

  • 65,000 miles


Every time I get gas the engine stalls a few minutes later causing power steering and brakes to fail and stopping acceleration into traffic. A very dangerous situation.

- Payson, AZ, USA

problem #17

Mar 012014

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
Every time the vehicle gets a complete fill up of fuel. When I drive off onto the highway, the vehicle starts acting very erratic and hesitates severely. It happens every time and is very dangerous. I have read online that this issue has happened to many others as well.

- Decherd, TN, USA

problem #16

Jul 082010

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 56,000 miles
2005 Chrysler town county minvan the instrument panel and the heat and A/C and all gauge go black went you are driving VIN number is [xxx]. information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Stanton, KY, USA

problem #15

Apr 102014

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 96,000 miles


After fueling, this vehicle stalls 1 to 3 times. We do not "top off the tank", but stop fueling when pump shuts off. It does not matter the temperature outside. The engine shuts off and power steering and power brakes are lost. There have been times that an object, such as a mail box, is almost hit because it's very difficult to control the vehicle. This is no doubt a safety issue because control of the car is lost. If you pull out into traffic thinking the vehicle is going to accelerate and it does not, you are in danger of being hit by oncoming traffic. Apparently this is quite a common problem for these vans. This needs to be addressed by Chrysler.

- Ray, MI, USA

problem #14

Oct 022014

Town & Country

  • 200,000 miles
My headlights, odometer & prnd21 began flickering intermittently. Condition worsened and gauges would turn off and back on, warning lights would flicker off & on, radio cuts out. Condition has progressed - now van has stalled out while driving three times. Battery is good, grounds are connected. This complaint seems to be common, yet dealerships do not seem to have repair information from Chrysler. Stalling while driving is dangerous - Chrysler should help identify a solution and issue a service bulletin.

- Hope, ID, USA

problem #13

Feb 052013

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
While driving the vehicle the headlights turned off. Now almost ever time going out to the vehicle when it is dark the light do not come on the first time, I have to keep turning the headlight switch on and off.

- Tracy, CA, USA

problem #12

Jan 022013

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Town and country. The contact stated that while attempting to accelerate from a complete stop, the vehicle would not respond until repeated force was applied to the accelerator pedal. The failure recurred ten times. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified and they informed the contact that there was not a recall available that was related to the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 27,000. Updated 6/14/13

- Charleston, SC, USA

problem #11

Mar 182010

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 81,000 miles
Gas pedal is sticking. It seems like you have to push down harder on the pedal to get it unstuck.

- Warren, MI, USA

problem #10

Jan 042010

Town & Country

  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Town & Country. The contact was driving approximately 2 mph backing out of a parking space. The gear was shifted into the drive position with his foot on the brake pedal. The accelerator pedal was engaged and immediately, there was a loud noise underneath the hood. The vehicle accelerated to rapid speeds and crashed into the front end of a vehicle. The vehicle did not stop and proceeded to crash into the front end of a second vehicle. The contact attempted to apply the brakes and crashed into two other vehicles and a bus. The police was not at the scene. There were no injuries. The manufacturer was notified and advised the contact that there were no recalls on the vehicle. The manufacturer did not investigate the vehicle. The authorized dealer inspected the vehicle and there were no failures within the throttle, braking or accelerator linkage system. The vehicle was destroyed. The failure and current mileages were under 40,000.

- Modesto, CA, USA

problem #9

Mar 212003

Town & Country

  • 30,000 miles
I have a 2005 Chrysler Town and country it started with my locks stopping working I disconnected it and than it worked for a couple of weeks than it would go out again. Now my ABS and traction control light came on and quit working for a week now the light went out and works I tried the battery thing again but did not work. I'm afraid the computer may stop working when diving. I only have 48,000 miles on it.

- Ramsey, MN, USA

problem #8

Jan 242007

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


2005 Chrysler Town & Country with 30000 miles has had to have the throttle body cleaned 3 times, at 13.5K, 23.8K and 30.1K. Each time accelerator pedal began to stick upon slow acceleration. Service says carbon buildup is to blame. I use name brand gas, mostly city driving. My 3rd Chrysler van, never had this problem. Dealer now considers this 'routine' maintenance - after initial two cleanings were done under warranty, had to argue to get third time covered.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #7

Mar 022007

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,200 miles
While accelerating under "cruise control", the brake pedal becomes unusable and the car cannot be slowed down or stopped unless you turn off the control. This is something you do not have time to do in a "panic" situation. I have complained about this since day one. The dealership has not been able to duplicate the incidents, and has no information on what may cause it let alone how to fix it. I have had passengers see me use both feet on the brake pedal in an attempt to slow down. Please note that this happens while driving within speed limits and under good driving conditions. The latest incident will be reported below.

- Wheeling, WV, USA

problem #6

Nov 152006

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,972 miles
: the contact stated while the vehicle was stopped and the gas pedal was applied, nothing occurred, then rapid acceleration occurred suddenly without warning. The contact had to slam on the brakes to avoid an accident. This happened on a permanent to worsening basis. The dealer was contacted, and determined the vehicle was not included in any recall due to the VIN. The vehicle had not been examined. Updated 1/29/2007 - the vehicle did not accelerate immediately when the accelerator pedal was pressed. As a result the consumer continued to apply pressure at which time the vehicle finally accelerated suddenly. The accelerator pedal only becomes stuck when accelerating from a complete stop.

- Wilmington, NC, USA

problem #5

Aug 312006

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,432 miles
: the contact stated while driving various speeds, the vehicle lurched forward without warning. The vehicle was inspected by a dealer who determined the throttle body was sticking. The dealer determined a lubricant was needed on the throttle body. The manufacturer was not alerted.

- Sevierville, TN, USA

problem #4

Jan 172006

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,500 miles
Accelerator petal engaged to the floor and took off down the NJ turnpike. I started braking trying to slow the car down while signaling to get over in order to bring the car to a stop.(I was on the truck side..) once over on the side and at a full stop the car continued to run. The engine was running as if I was going 55 miles per hour. I placed the car in park and heard a loud shift/clank nose. I turned the car off and the motor finally stop racing and stopped. My wife and I was so scared... we started to get out if it had not stop running. We thought it would start a fire. We waited a while, started up again, got of the turnpike immediately and drove home very slow. I took it to the dealer the next day. They kept it for a day an a half and told me they couldn't find any problems with the car. The supervisor of repairs said that the computer/diagnosis reads a code: P299S. He also say that the current problem I stated was shown in the computer 260 miles ago. And, that the computer showed that the car was traveling 50 mph while the brake pedal was engaged(at the same time !). who in their right mind would drive a car at high speed while stepping on the brake?. oh, also the supervisor said he wouldn't go changing the computer just because of this. I got my car back, drove it home and parked it. I'm scared to drive it and my wife is too. I haven't decided what to do next.(ps. They were quick to tell me that my car was out of warranty.... II do have an extended warranty.

- Newark, NJ, USA

problem #3

Aug 012005

Town & Country 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 300 miles
2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee limited VIN# [xxx] - three times within the first 1600 miles, this car exhibited un-commanded acceleration when the brakes were applied. The first time to 2500 RPM, the second to 3000 RPM and the last time it went full throttle! throwing the shift lever into neutral and waiting a few moments would end the incident. My dealer could find no defects and felt the car was safe to operate as is. I felt otherwise and sold it back ( suffering a loss). I hope you find this of interest and will be able to inform any future owners of this serious defect before a disaster occurs. Thank you! updated 07/18/2012 information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Gardnerville, NV, USA

problem #2

Aug 022005

Town & Country

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2005 Chrysler town and country unexpectedly accelerated resulting in the vehicle jumping the curb, knocking down a handicap sign and running down a steep embankment.** answer required***. the first sudden acceleration incident happened shortly after the vehicle was purchased.

- Clemson, SC, USA

problem #1

Sep 122005

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,000 miles
The contact had a problem with the malfunctioned light coming on. She called the dealership and the rmps revved. She was afraid to drive. She had the vehicle towed to dealer. On 9-12-05 they told her the van was ready. They said what was wrong with the car was not under warranty, but they were not going to charge her for it. The dealership told her that the wiring harness had been cut. The dealer told her they had spliced the wires. The consumer talked to someone she knew who worked for Honda, and this person said there was no way the wires were cut while driving the car, the wires had to be that way when the car was manufactured.

- Jackson, GA, USA

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