really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,497 miles

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2008 Chrysler Town & Country brakes problems

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2008 Chrysler Town & Country Owner Comments (Page 5 of 5)

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problem #6

Aug 272012

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 58,515 miles


Bought this car from car max 4 months ago and 4 weeks ago had the front pads, rotors, and calipers replaced. The car was shaking violently when breaking. As it turned out, the inner right front brake pad warped due to excessive heat. It warped in its slot in the caliper...bending backward toward the caliper piston. After it cooled it was not applying force evenly to the rotor and that is what caused the shaking. Ok so I have it all replaced and runs ok except for on several occasions when exiting the vehicle we noticed what I would call excessive heat by the tires. Today my wife drives home from work and a few errands and upon exiting the vehicle she notices flames coming from the left front tire area. I douse them with a hose and then do a google search to see if other 2008 Chrysler Town and country owners have had any problems like this. I am blown away by the inordinate large number of complaints being filed regularly since 2008. Almost all of them are complaining about the braking system on this vehicle. It is undersized for the size and weight of this vehicle. Many owners had to replace everything I had too and some several times a year. Chrysler seems unwilling to do anything and this is serious my whole house could have burned down.

- Overland Park, KS, USA

problem #5

Aug 222012

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
2nd set of brakes prematurely failing. First set of front and rear brakes failed at 21,811 miles and were covered under Chrysler recall in 2010. The brakes installed at that time have failed with 45,000 miles on the vehicle with 23,189 miles on the brakes. Independent repair shop told me that 1mil was left on the brakes and rotors needed to be replaced as well. The repair shop said they have never seen anything like it before with such low miles and brakes completely shredded!!! he said that I was very close to complete loss of brakes which could have resulted in an accident. Total cost of repairs are $379 not including tax. There are thousands of other Town and country owners that are having the same problems - when are you going to do something about!!! these vans are dangerous. Chrysler already replaced the front brakes for this vehicle once before for premature failure - there is obviously a issue with this van. I have contacted Chrysler today 8/22/12 and they refuse to acknowledge the problem and will not offer any assistance. The customer service rep exact words were "we don't know anything about a problem with the brakes."

- Absecon, NJ, USA

problem #4

Jun 172012

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
While driving down a secondary road at appriximately 25 mph the motor shut down as well as power to the steering and brakes. Proceeded to coast down the road until a safe place was identified to turn off the road. Since power had cutoff steering and braking the vehicle was extremely difficulty. Stopped the vehicle safely and placed the shifter into park and turned the ignition to the off position. Restarted the vehicle with no indication of any further problems. Two months later the same problem occured but vehicle was traveling at 35 mph this time.

- Jacobus, PA, USA

problem #3

Aug 012011

Town & Country

  • 40,200 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Chrysler Town and country touring. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph, he heard a rattling noise in the front brake area. Upon further inspection, the contact noticed that the brakes and rotors were too small for the vehicle. As a result, the contact had to change the brakes and rotors every 14,000 miles. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure mileages were 40,200 and the current mileage was 55,000.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #2

Jun 182008

Town & Country

  • 28,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chrysler Town and country. The contact stated that while traveling 60 mph, the brakes failed and began to grind. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer for inspection where they stated that the rotors, calibers and the brake pads needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified and they informed the contact to take the vehicle to the dealer for repair. The failure mileage was 28,000.

- Ballston Lake, NY, USA

problem #1

Feb 102012

Town & Country

  • 65,000 miles
Our 2008 Town & Country touring has begun shutting down while moving without warning. It has happened six times in 3 months at both lower speeds, and once going 60+ mph on a busy interstate. When it loses power, we lose steering and breaking power making it very difficult to control the vehicle. This is a very dangerous situation, particularly for a car normally filled with children. It also occasionally will stall every time you start it. Ours will throw no codes and no warning lights come on, so no one has been able to find the problem. The dealership claims no knowledge. This problem is discussed on multiple forums and going back only one year there are at least 7 other complaints of the same issue (ODI id numbers: 10453837, 10452564, 10450629, 10441113, 10438800, 10428568 & 10422766) and many more dating past that. I know you all are probably very busy reviewing complaints, but Chrysler and NHTSA should not be waiting for some one to get in a serious accident before figuring this out becomes a priority.

- Richmond, VA, USA

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