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 1 of 5)

problem #86

Aug 152016

Town & Country

  • 139,000 miles


In one month our brakes have locked up on us while driving. This past time, a "flash flame" sparked, went out immediately but still smoked. Had both of my kids in car seats at the time. Towed to Chrysler dealership and they "couldn't figure out the problem" so wanted us to pay $4,000 just to replace the entire brake system instead of taking their time to pin point what the problem could be. It was in the shop for 16 days and only 1 of those 16 days was it looked at. Then the gentlemen kept pushing blame on another company, etc. Then when we picked the van up, the engine light was on along with the steering wheel winding. Never has the engine light come on until it was in their hands. They are also stating that there was never a "flame", I had my family and a stranger help me at the scene and there was soot along with the brake line having some kind of damage from being melted. They are not helping us at all! this is a very dangerous matter!! we have read several forums with other people have this same issue and the rotors, brake pads, calipers continuously prematurely having to be replaced. I even emailed Chrysler the links.

- Conroe, TX, USA

problem #85

Aug 182016

Town & Country

  • miles
My brakes seem to last from 20,000 to 30,000 miles. Replacement pads are under a one year warranty and those are free when they need replaced. However, after some research, it is the caliper design that is causing this issue. Guide rods need to be constantly greased to avoid sticking. I have seen the brakes smoking a bit a few times and rims feel really hot to the touch due to brakes dragging. Caliper upgrade to the hd 2 piston design seems to fix the issue in newer models. Tired of putting on brakes once a year and this also causes poor gas mileage. Van has 127,000 miles on it currently.

- Fort Gratiot, MI, USA

problem #84

Jun 152016

Town & Country

  • 91,000 miles
Engine shuts down completely causing loss of power steering and brakes. No warnings, just dies. Diagnostics reveal a bad totally integrated power module. Recalls issued for multiple models but not mine. I was told, I have all the symptoms but I don't have the flu ! now they want almost $ 1000 to fix it ! it's an established, defective part but they'll let me drive away in it unless I can come up with the money. Chrysler said it's the same part as the recalled ones but I don't have a recall on my model. Ant time any where at any speed, it shuts down.

- Baden, PA, USA

problem #83

Jul 152016

Town & Country

  • 50,000 miles


Driving down the road at 55 night driving ! complete loss of power steering engine and braking all hampered by loss of power as I tried to slow vehicle to a safe stop all of a sudden power came back. This was a complete safety issue with no power no headlights no taillights driving 55 at night on a back country highway and the vehicle only has 50000 miles on it.

- Kamiah, ID, USA

problem #82

May 022016

Town & Country

  • 22,000 miles
Brake pedal is spongy. Braking not effective. Master cylinder is leaking. Brake pads wore out at 20,000 miles.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #81

Apr 252016

Town & Country

  • 114,600 miles
After the ignition switch recall was performed on my vehicle we experienced a stall condition that rendered the steering and brakes unusable for several seconds. The situation nearly resulted in an accident. The condition happen on a dry, sunny day while the car was in motion but not accelerating prior to going into a turn.

- Poughkeepsie, NY, USA

problem #80

Apr 042016

Town & Country

  • 90,000 miles


Driver rear brake intermittently hangs and heats up. On some drives after I exit my vehicle my passenger rear wheel will be noticeably hot with smell of burning rubber. It does not do this all the time just seems random

- Cibolo, TX, USA

problem #79

Feb 172016

Town & Country

  • 101,025 miles
Vehicle shuts off randomly while in motion on city streets going between 10 - 30 mph. The recall (R03) for this problem has been done and the shut-offs still happen. Unknown fault or problem. Several diagnostics done over the past 2 years, all to no avail. Engine tune up with plugs performed. Map sensor replaced. No error codes. Help us!!!

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #78

Dec 302015

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 121,000 miles
Engine was started and journey started on tarmac road. 2 minutes later, esp amber warning light illuminated, power steering disengaged and brakes went hard. Acceleration was not possible. Car had to be forced to side of road and restarted. This has happened twice in one month.

- Drayden, MD, USA

problem #77

Dec 112015

Town & Country

  • 93,000 miles
The tipm is a cause of the vehicle horn honking, wipers moving on their own, wiper fluid spraying, and the lights flashing by themselves. I have had the vehicle randomly stall by itself on the highway while my wife was driving it and this has happened several times. These issues seem to mysteriously go away when I try to diagnose the issue. Last week the battery died and because of it being a few years old and now being in the winter, I decided to replace it only to have it die again a day later. Took the vehicle to a mechanic who tested the charging system and said it was all good. Then proceeded to do a parasitic draw test where he determined that the tipm was causing the issues. I did some google searches and found that this is a wide stream problem with many owners of various Chrysler vehicles having the same issue. This is not safe especially when the vehicle shuts down while driving it and there are no power brakes or steering capabilities. A person could end up in a terrible accident or even be killed not to mention other drivers being at risk also. Doesn't seem to make much sense that Chrysler is dragging this on and not doing anything not to mention that I can't even order the part because it's on a national back order. This has happened several times in the last year and a few times last year but the tech was unable to correctly diagnose the issue.

- Gpw, MI, USA

problem #76

Jul 292015

Town & Country

  • miles


The contact owns a 2008 Chrysler Town and country. The contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign number: 15V373000 (service brakes, hydraulic) and stated that the part needed was unavailable to perform the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Beckley, WV, USA

problem #75

Oct 162015

Town & Country

  • 120,000 miles
Premature brake wear - I have owned the car for 2.5 years ($45,000 miles) and have had to replace all 4 brakes and pads 3 times. This is unsafe and needs to be addressed.

- Ann Arbor, MI, USA

problem #74

Sep 112015

Town & Country

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chrysler Town and country. While driving at 60 mph and attempting to apply the brakes, the front end of the vehicle and the steering wheel shook. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the rotors and brakes were beginning to fail and needed to be repaired. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #73

Jul 212015

Town & Country

  • 92,500 miles
The van would stop at low speeds with loss of steering and braking power. No codes would be triggered, it was as if the ignition was just turned off while driving. The electrical power would still be on like the radio and instrumentation panel but the steering and braking would tighten up; very scary feeling. It has happened to my wife driving the kids eight to ten times and myself two times. The dealer said the ignition recall would take care of the problem but I think it is something else (took dealer 6 months to get the part in after our first incident). It got so bad that my wife would have me warm up and drive the van around before she would use it. After my experiences with the issue my procedure to her is to place the transmission in neutral while the van is still rolling and restart the car (this is only in the case of possibly being rear ended). Also, the traction control light would flicker right at engine cut off but no engine light. Five days before the appointment for the recall, my wife with kids and parent were in the van entering an on-ramp to the freeway when the engine cut off again causing the van to rear end the car in front. The accident totaled the van even though the speed was around 8mph; no airbag deployment. Chrysler opened an investigation but found no evidence of any failure from the vehicle. How can they find anything when no codes are triggered when the engine cuts off?

- Millbrae, CA, USA

problem #72

Dec 102008

Town & Country

  • 6,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chrysler Town and country. While driving at an unknown speed and attempting to engage the brakes, an abnormal sound emitted from the rear of the vehicle and the brakes malfunctioned. Due to the failure, the front wheel bearings became defective. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the brakes needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 6,000.

- Wauwatosa, WI, USA

problem #71

Aug 262015

Town & Country

  • 117,000 miles
Breaks keeps acting up, clicking all the time really loud, put about 2 new break jobs on it a year, never get fixed, have tried different pads and rotors.

- Boyds, MD, USA

problem #70

Aug 222015

Town & Country

  • 76,312 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chrysler Town and country. After parking the vehicle, the brakes experienced a malfunction which caused the vehicle to roll away. The vehicle injured the contact and damaged nearby mailboxes. Medical attention was not required. There were no warning indicators illuminated. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V373000 (electrical system); however, the part needed 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 not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 76,312.

- Huntley, IL, USA

problem #69

Jul 252015

Town & Country

  • 16,000 miles
Front brakes grinding. It needs new front pads and rotors at only 16,000 miles.

- Minneapolis, MN, USA

problem #68

Jul 292015

Town & Country

  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chrysler Town and country. While turning the ignition over, the vehicle remained idle and the brakes and power steering seized without warning. The failure recurred on four occasions. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing, but found nothing wrong with the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000.

- Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #67

Jun 012009

Town & Country

  • 15,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chrysler Town and country. While driving approximately 10 mph, the brake pedal was depressed and an unusual noise emitted. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where both front and rear brakes were replaced. The failure recurred and the brakes were replaced on three separate occasions. The vehicle was repaired under a voluntary recall issued by the manufacturer related to the passenger side power sliding door. After the repair was performed, the failure persisted. As a result, the passenger side sliding door failed to close completely. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 15,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- St. Petersburg, FL, USA

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