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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
59,900 miles
Total Complaints:
7 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace rack and pinion component (5 reports)
  2. not sure (2 reports)
2005 Chrysler Town & Country steering problems

steering problem

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2005 Chrysler Town & Country Owner Comments

problem #7

Aug 202009

Town & Country 3.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles


Lame to have it fail at 35000 miles. Replaced Rac and Pinion, has been good for much longer than original.

- Ryan W., Earlysville, VA, US

problem #6

May 222012

Town & Country

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles

This is the SECOND time in 3 years that I have had to replace the rack and pinion on my 2005 Town and Country!!!! The first time was the first year after I bought it and it was still covered under the dealers warranty so they replaced it no charge to me. This time around it's going to cost around 800 bucks after labor and tax to replace....... Can ANYONE tell me how the heck a van burns through a rack in 3 YEARS??!!!!

This car is literally falling apart around me (don't even get me started on the fact that my hood and front fenders are rusting away.....soon there won't be any left) Never again will I buy a Chrysler.........

- kahunagrl, North Syracuse, NY, US

problem #5

Sep 162011

Town & Country 3.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,000 miles

Have read many people had same problem. Some had same problem repeatedly. Wish Chrysler would step up and take responsibility for defective engineering.

- andrewhuss, Hammond, IN, US

problem #4

May 102009

Town & Country Touring 3.8L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,000 miles


Rack started growling and upon diagnostic, found that rack & pinion needed replaced. Apparently whent he developed the stow 'n go seating they forgot to allow for the difference in pull. No recall of course. Nice.

- Lindsi D., Fortville, IN, US

problem #3

Jun 092010

Town & Country

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles

With only 42,000, our van started leaking steering fluid. After doing research and having it inspected by mechanic, it was determined to be the rack & pinion steering -- after only 42,000 mi!! This was only several months after the steering bushings completely failed and had to be replaced. The mechanic just put in an additive to the power steering fluid that will temporarily help the problem, but the whole thing will have to be replaced soon.

This has truely been the worst car we have ever owned. It has had numerous problems, and extended visits to the repair shop, even though it has less than 50,000 miles. Our toyotas have had less problems, even the one that now has 175,000 mi. DO NOT buy this van, there is a reason Chrysler was the first car company to tank -- it makes a clearly inferior car on every level - ride, engineering, design, maintanence .. .. Unless you have time and money to burn to continuously repair this vehicle, do not go near it!

- Susan B., Portland, ME, US

problem #2

Jul 082009

Town & Country Touring 3.8L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,000 miles

This is not the first time this power steering system as failed. The second time was the worst. I was driving on the George Washington Bridge heading back to NJ when I noticed a strange noise, I thought it was coming from the AC which is also going, so I turned the AC off. Then when I was change lanes, the noise would get louder. Then I realized the power steering was no more when I was driving on the exit ramp and almost ran myself off the road. The power steering completely failed rendering my car almost useless. I did manage to get myself to the nearest shop in my area, but they did not have the power steering system available. So I waited three days. I go back to the shop and they told me the part was on backorder, so they gave me a power steering system that was on another Chrysler minivan that had been in a wreck. So far I have had no problems, but the steering wheel vibrates more often, especially at idle. This van has had so many problems I don't even know where to begin.

- Greg Z., Ridgewood, NJ, US

problem #1

May 082007

(reported on)

Town & Country LX 3.3 V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,000 miles

The van has literally fallen apart after it hit the wonderful 36K mile warranty expiration. The Power Steering pump and the rack and pinion didn't even give us a warning before it went. Also will be listing the Water Pump, six sensors and a leaking brake line in other complaints. The sensors started going out last week (the check engine came on, the Airbag light, the low fuel light(with a full tank of gas) all came on the same day (and at around $80 a piece to fix)and they found the water pump starting to leak and a faulty brake line while they was inspecting the rack and pinion.

I forgot to mention that it only has 38K miles on it and that it never missed a scheduled maintenance or oil change . What makes it even more frustrating is that the car that I traded in for it, I put over 100K miles on it in about a year and a half, changed the oil twice, and never cared about the scheduled maintenance and it ran just as good as the day I bought the car.

- Kenneth W., Colorado Springs, CO, US

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