really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,539 miles

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2008 Chrysler Town & Country brakes problems

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2008 Chrysler Town & Country Owner Comments (Page 7 of 13)

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problem #122

Sep 112009

Town & Country

  • 25,000 miles


Brake failure on 2008 Chrysler town and country with only 25000 miles on my town and country the brakes started to make noise. When I took it to the repair shop my mechanic informed me that the front brakes and rotors need to be replaced and were barely working. I've never own a vehicle were I had brake issue before 38,000 miles. After looking on line it is obvious this vehicle has a brake issue that the government should drop the hammer on Chrysler for.

- Waterford, MI, USA

problem #121

Apr 132010

Town & Country

  • 19,255 miles
My brake pads and rotors had to be replaced on my 2008 Chrysler Town and country van when I had barely 19000 miles on the vehicle. Brakes were tested as fine during a safety inspection in January, and suddenly 3 months later they had worn down to metal to metal contact which then also ruined the rotors. No accident resulted from this, however, I see through research on the internet that this seems to be a trend for this make/model of car.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

problem #120

Apr 082010

Town & Country

  • miles
I had my 2008 Chrysler T&C checked for squeal in front tire area, and they found that I had 5% remaining on my brake pads. Now I wonder why they didn't notice this at my last tire rotation? now it is costing me over $300 to fix. I then read online that this has happened to many people and there is no recall or notice from Chrysler.

- Sumter, SC, USA

problem #119

Apr 022010

Town & Country

  • 15,961 miles


I own 2008 Chrysler Town & Country van and last week when I took my van for regular oil change to the dealer(gurnee Dodge), the technician told me that I have to replace my front brake pads and rotors as they are worn out at only 15,000 miles. I have never had to replace brake pads and rotors at such a low mileage on any vehicle I have owned. I have been driving for 20 years, have owned many vehicles and am not driving any differently than I have driven in the past. The dealer did not give me the vehicle as he said it is a safety issue and I was forced or tricked into changing my pads for $300 (parts and labor) and they said they could resurface the rotor instead of replacing it after seeing my frustration. Later I came to know that there a tsb issued on 2008 Chrysler and Dodge vehicles tsb# 05-006-08 issued Dec.8th. 2008 regarding the brake pads and rotors and I called the dealer and told him about this, he says he has never heard about this and not ready to honor this tsb.

- Gurnee, IL, USA

problem #118

Mar 312010

Town & Country

  • 20,599 miles
Front brakes (pad and rotors) completely worn out by 20,000 miles. Rear brake rotors in need of turning.

- Mechanicsburg, PA, USA

problem #117

Mar 312010

Town & Country

  • 19,877 miles
The contact leased a 2008 Chrysler Town and country. The contact had taken the vehicle to an authorized dealer for routine maintenance. The technician detected during the brake inspection that 20% life was available. The contact stated that the original brakes in the vehicle had not been replaced. The failure and current mileages were 19,877.

- Washington, MI, USA

problem #116

Mar 242010

Town & Country

  • 40,000 miles


I have already filed a complaint with reference to the recurring brake problem on this vehicle (complaint #10300223). This week the brakes are again making noises and vibrating specially in the highway. This will be the third time we experience it, they already repaired, replaced and rebuilt the front and rear brakes twice. I am concern about the safety of my family. At this point, I want to recur to the California lemon law but Chrysler is not helping me. I beg you help me with this issue please. I do all the required maintenance at the Chrysler dealership. We also experience a steering fluid hose failure, "not under warranty" at the same time, cost $250. Also we needed to replace the rubber cover for the parking brake so your foot don't slip, they said they don't sale that part, we had to buy the whole parking brake lever, another $200. This is an abuse to the consumer. [xxx]

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #115

Mar 262010

Town & Country

  • 26,700 miles
I leased a 2008 Chrysler Town & Country in Feb. 2008. Today is March 26, 2010. I have roughly 26,000 miles on the vehicle and have taken it to several mechanic, including Chrysler service shop at local dealership, and the consensus is that all rotors and brake pads must be replaced, none can be turned/machined/lathed, and nothing is covered under warranty, even though there is a 36,000, 3 year bumper-to-bumper warranty still in effect. The rotors and brake pads put on this vehicle at assembly were sub-par. Chrysler has received thousands of complaints regarding this problem from 2008 T&C owners and refuses to cover the rotor replacement or repair and rountinely puts the blame on the owner.

- High Point, NC, USA

problem #114

Mar 082010

Town & Country

  • 12,200 miles
My 2008 Chrysler Town & Country limited suddenly made a grinding noise at 12,200 miles. There was no break squealing/notification, and without warning the brakes were metal to metal. The van needed front brake pads and rotors replaced. I called the dealership and was told that these vehicles don't go very long without needing brakes and that the pads on this van do not squeal. I asked how I was supposed to know that I would need new brakes at such low mileage if they don't squeal, and the dealer said that I would have known if I had my tires rotated every 6K miles. I had him check my history and it was less than 6K since last rotation so he told me to complain to Chrysler. I did, they opened a case and told me to take the van to the dealer. The dealer inspected the van and told me that it needed front brake pads and both rotors replaced and that because of the condition of the brakes, it was not safe for me to drive and they could not let me leave in that condition. They reported this back to the case manager at Chrysler. After 4 days and numerous phone calls from both the service manager and myself, Chrysler agreed to do a "one-time goodwill" repair for me, and I was to asked to pay $50.

- Warrington, PA, USA

problem #113

Oct 152009

Town & Country

  • 12,000 miles
Bought a 2008 Chrysler Town and country with 12,000 miles on it within 2 weeks of owning had to take back to dealer to have new pads on the front and rotors turned front and rear. At 16,000 miles front and rear pads and rear rotors were replaced and front rotors resurfaced again which put them below specs and at 20,000 miles front rotors were replaced due to dealer error in machining the rotors below specs and replaced front pads. Brakes have a very loud squeal that is ear piercing and not normal but I was told by a 3rd dealer that this is a common issue that I just have to live with due to poor design on brakes of these vehicles. Very unhappy with my purchase. I have only had the vehicle for 1 1/2 years and only put 9,000 miles on it so far and I am not interested in replacing brakes to line the pockets of a struggling vehicle manufacturer by purchasing their parts. Aftermarket pads and rotors are more expensive than oem because the model is newer and because they sell so many.

- White Marsh, MD, USA

problem #112

Mar 232009

Town & Country

  • 24,689 miles


My 2008 T&C minivan was in for service, but no known brake problem was present. The technician noted that the brake pads were "90 % worn". they recommended that they replace the pads & rotors. The mileage on the vehicle was 24,689. My issue is that seems very premature.

- Weymouth, MA, USA

problem #111

Mar 192010

Town & Country

  • 17,800 miles
Leasing a 2008 Chrysler Town and country minivan. With 17800 miles heard a noise from rear of vehicle. Took to Chrysler dealer and said rear brakes were down to metal. Had to have both rotors and pads replaced. They warrantied the rotors but paid for labor and pads. They also recommended that I replace front at my own cost about $400. I didn't have the fronts replaced. I have driven new and used cars and never have had to replace brakes at that low mileage. Most of the time it would be the front brakes first then the rear. The service manager said that they have had alot of problems with this model. Some customers have had to replace brakes at 10,000 miles. This something that NHTSA should look into.

- Oneida, NY, USA

problem #110

Mar 192010

Town & Country

  • 22,000 miles
I have a 2008 Chrysler Town and country van. At about 23,000 miles I have had the brakes and rotors replaced now less than one oil change the brakes are squeaky and grinding one more time and I can not pay for brakes and rotors at $500 or more each oil change it is time for a recall before there is injuries or death.

- Crossville, TN, USA

problem #109

Mar 182010

Town & Country

  • 30,000 miles
New front brake pads were needed at 15K miles. At 30K miles, rear pads were down to 10% and needed to be replaced. Also at 30K miles, the front pads had 40% left, but the front rotors where damaged beyond repair. Replaced front rotors and front/rear pads at an expense of $500. Mechanic and Chrysler customer service reps (two csrs so far) acknowledge this is a repeating and known issue. No recalls or resolution from Chrysler to date.

- Murfreesboro, TN, USA

problem #108

Mar 152010

Town & Country

  • miles
1. took my 2008 Chrysler Town & Country in to service squeaky brakes. The mechanic showed me that the pads were between 95 and 100% gone. The rotors were grooved beyond repair. He said they were having a lot of trouble with T&C's having faulty calipers, which in turn caused the brakes to wear out prematurely. 2. mechanic's write-up said "verified customer complaint and found the rear brake calipers to be seized and not working properly. Replaced calipers and everything is ok." The warranty only covers the calipers. My van has 30,000 miles when this came to our attention, and the brakes are worn well beyond a safe amount. The mechanic has seen multiple identical problems. 3. calipers were replaced under warranty, new rotors and pads installed at a cost to the owner of $500.

- Carlisle, IA, USA

problem #107

Jan 052010

Town & Country

  • 17,000 miles
Unacceptable brake wear. Front pads needed replacing at 17,000 miles. I have owned 6 Chrysler mini vans starting at 1985. I have always got 35K to 50K on front pads and more on the rears. Irate and will take action if Chrysler, daimler or Fiat does not react.

- Trumbull, CT, USA

problem #106

Mar 052010

Town & Country

  • 17,900 miles
We took our 2008 Town & Country in for a regular maintenance visit at the local Chrysler dealership. We were told that the brakes all need to be replaced due to normal wear & tear and that with this particular model the brakes go every 12,000-20,000 miles, and that this will be a recurring problem for the life of the van. Our van has less than 18,000 miles on it, and is a lease that we are thinking of turning in November. When we leased the brand new van, we felt confident that issues such as brakes going during the lease period would not be a concern (knowing that we only were able to use 31,500 total miles over the 3 yr lease.) I feel that based on the exorbitant amount of consumer complaints about this exact issue with this year & model of van that there should be a recall issued to owners of this van. There do not seem to be similar problems with the 2007 & 2009 models. It is unfair to 2008 buyers to have to ¿deal¿ with this problem for the life of the van. Clearly, the life expectancy of brakes on a brand new van should exceed 18,000 miles by at least double, if not triple or quadruple that mileage.

- Avon Lake, OH, USA

problem #105

Mar 102010

Town & Country

  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chrysler Town & Country. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for routine maintenance and it was discovered that rocks had gotten in between the brake pads and rotors. As a result, the brake pads disintegrated and made deep grooves in the rotors. The manufacturer was contacted and informed of the failure. The contact was awaiting to hear back from the manufacturer. The VIN was not available at the time of the complaint and the failure mileage was unknown. The approximate current mileage was 23,423.

- White Bear Lake, MN, USA

problem #104

Mar 102010

Town & Country

  • 37,000 miles
We took our van into the dealership for our routine oil change. They did a 27 point inspection and said everything looked great. Yesterday the brakes started grinding so we took it in this morning... the rotors and brakes all have to replaced. This is an occurring problem with this van. The tie between the oil change and the brakes was less than the time we needed to go back for another oil change. The van is a Chrysler Town and country. Our van has 37,000 miles on it. There is no reason that brakes should go out this early in a car!

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #103

Feb 012010

Town & Country

  • 27,000 miles
We have a 2008 Chrysler Town and country minivan. The brake pads are already shot. Reading through edmonds.com shows this is an amazingly common problem. Apparently there are 1000S upon 1000S of other owners similarly affected by these junk components. We literally have owned this vehicle for only 17 months and have to replace the brakes, on what is still a brand new car.

- Branson, MO, USA

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