really awful
Crashes / Fires:
7 / 5
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
45,958 miles

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2008 Chrysler Town & Country electrical problems

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2008 Chrysler Town & Country Owner Comments (Page 54 of 56)

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problem #41

Aug 022011

Town & Country

  • 16,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Chrysler Town and country. The contact stated that while driving 60 mph, a burning smell was emitted into the vehicle and the passenger door caught on fire. The fire department was notified and no injuries were reported. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where they were unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure, but offered no assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 16,000. The VIN was not available.

- Brooklyn Center, MN, USA

problem #40

Aug 022011

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 47,850 miles
After dropping off passenger after lunch the horn blew intermittently and wipers came on for a few seconds and stopped on my 2008 Chrysler Town and country that I bought a year ago as a certified preowned. Drove across parking lot and horn blew once or twice and decided to head to dealership (40 min away) for diagnosis. Was driving down highway 20 mintues later and horn blew continuously, wipers going, washer fluid spraying, vehicle shut off, lost power steering and power brakes. Had to coast to side of the road and call tow truck while waiting in 95 degree heat with no air. Thank god I was in the right lane and traffic was light. Dealership found 11 codes that had to be reset and drove it around and didn't come back on. They didn't know cause of problem but suggested a tip module but said that wasn't for sure the issue. Excellent dealership service department that didn't want to just throw needless parts and money at a potentially fatal problem had it happened on a busy interstate. So now we're waiting to see if it happens again.

- Millers Creek, NC, USA

problem #39

Mar 012011

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 49,000 miles
When driving the vehicle will suddenly loose power, lights, washers, washer fluid and horn will start blaring and goes crazy, will have to pull over stop the car, wait few minutes and restart the car, will then honk and wipers/fluids will go for a brief second and then stop, happens at least 2-3 times a month, will even happen as locking or unlocking the car with the remote key= took to dealer, nothing wrong, charged $200 for new key, still doing the same thing, owe too much to trade in.

- Newberg, OR, USA

problem #38

Jul 202011

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 35,500 miles


After arriving at work and entering my office, I heard a horn continuously going off and realized it was coming from my 2008 Chrysler Town and country. When I went outside, I also noticed that the front and rear windshield wipers were on at a high speed, as well as my lights. The instrument panel inside was flashing and the hazard lights were flashing. I then realized that the van was actually on and running... without the key in the ignition! somehow it had started itself up (mine does not have that feature). I tried everything I could think of to get it to stop by turning on the ignition with the key, pressing and holding the brake - nothing worked. After about 5 minutes, a coworker came to help me disconnect the battery but just before we disconnected it the van stopped and it was quiet again. I cranked the car up with the key and everything seemed to be normal. I have yet to drive it so I will see in a few hours if anything is affected. I plan on calling my dealership today about this problem!

- Ware Shoals, SC, USA

problem #37

Jul 102011

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 62,891 miles
Van stalled unexpectedly on a highway almost causing an accident, resulting in a traffic jam. The electrical system goes haywire unexpectedly while driving, resulting in the horn going off for minutes, front and rear wiper blades and windshield washer fluid going off, head lights and interior lights going on and off. Van will not turn off when ignition switch is put on off and key removed. The van has been taken to the deal several times, but the problem has not been resolved. The dealer has been unable to identify the problem. Both children and myself have been in the car exposing us to potential safety risk and life threatening situations.

- Sandy Hook, CT, USA

problem #36

Jun 192011

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
My 2008 Chrysler Town and country sporadically acts up. The wipers go nuts, the washer fluid empties, the horn goes off, and the last time the car shut down, and I had no power steering and no brakes. I had my 2 children in the car and it was very scary. Thankfully I was able to get off the road and bump into the curb to stop. If I were on a highway or busy road it would have ended in an accident and could kill my family or someone else. The service dept thought they fixed it by reflashing some modules but it happened a few more times after that and now they say they can't replicate the problem again so they want me to take the car until it happens again. I think that is poor service for a problem that is definitely a safety issue and can cause a death. This issue is not new as I have read about it online I am just trying to find someone who has had it fixed so I can tell the service dept. What they need to do and I can drive my car safely with my family. This should be an issue Chrysler needs to address!

- Jackson, NJ, USA

problem #35

Jun 262011

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 28,000 miles


I purchased my 2008 T/C van in 2010 from eastgate Chrysler Jeep in indianapolis, in. The van had less than $30K miles. From the time I purchased it, I have had problems with the van ┐turning itself off┐ while I am driving. I have reported this to the dealership more than once and since they cannot duplicate the problem or find anything on the computer they can┐T fix it. I do a lot of highway driving and it has happened while I am going 60 mph. It has even done it while going 30 mpr. There is never a warning. You just realize the car is slowing down with your foot on the accelerator, the radio turns off, and everything else electrical stops. It may do this twice a month or twice a week. I have had this happen twice in 1 day. The dealership did replace the key, but that did not help. I've had 1 instance where the van continued to run, but I had no power to the wipers, windows, radio, air conditioning/heater or lights. I drove straight to the dealership and showed them nothing was working. It was only until I touched my keys that everything came on. I didn't turn the key┐I only touched the key chain. The man at Chrysler saw this happen and was just as confused as I was. I have posted this problem on a website called www.edmunds.com looking for other people with similar problems. I have received several emails from people having the same issue with their T/C vans. The problem is not limited to just the 2008 models. This is definitely a safety issue. Please look into this as I don┐T feel safe while I drive this van.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #34

May 052011

Town & Country

  • 54,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chrysler Town and country. The contact stated that the windshield wipers would turn on involuntarily and all the lights would illuminate on the instrument panel. This failure also causes all the of the gauges on the instrument panel to fail. The contact stated that the last light to illuminate was the (no bus) light, which causes the headlights and brake lights to flash. As a result, vehicle would stall. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer on several occassions in which a wiring harness was replaced. The failure continued. The failure mileage was 54,000.

- Southern, MD, USA

problem #33

May 142010

Town & Country

  • 14,000 miles
Problem 1 - the van vibrates violently when braking downhill. Changing brake pads, rotors and calipers does not repair the problem. Problem 2 - during warm weather (80 degrees and above) the wipers run continually, the powered drivers seat goes back and forth, the gauges do not work, all of the warning lights come on, the headlights come on, the stereo/nav will not work, the A/C quits cooling but the fan continues to blow, the power window will not work and the lift gate will not open.

- Mountain House, CA, USA

problem #32

Jun 122011

Town & Country

  • 70 miles
While driving down the interstate at speed the warning indicator sounded and all the gauges zeroed out and the van temporarily lost power this has happened on three occasions it only last a second and the van seems normal afterwards. Not sure if its a computer glitch or something else.

- Stockbridge, GA, USA

problem #31

May 232011

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • miles


The protective lenses covering the mirror mounted turn signals falls off as it was only lightly glued on at the factory. This leads to rain and other items coming in contact with the bare circuit board the controls the led turn signals. This can lead to malfunction where the mirror mounted turn signals will not properly activate especially when raining. Chrysler has fixed the design issue in the newer replacement leds however the dealer charges $80S per side for parts only. I was quoted several hundred for installing the new parts.

- Thornton, CO, USA

problem #30

Oct 062010

Town & Country

  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chrysler Town and country. The contact stated the driver side automatic side door would release without assistance. In addition, the passenger and driver side automatic doors failed to open and close properly. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnosis three times pertaining to the same failure. The vehicle was repaired yet the problem persisted. Most recently, the contact received a recall notification associated with the NHTSA campaign id number 10V235000 (electrical system: Wiring) but the vehicle had not yet been repaired. The failure mileage was 30,000.

- Cleveland Heights , OH, USA

problem #29

Sep 012009

Town & Country

  • 12,000 miles
Vehicle stalled on slow right hand turns. Happened 5 or 6 times. Electrical system appeared to be dead, no dashboard lights and the indicators stopped blinking. Vehicle restarted every time after stopping and putting the transmission into park position. Chrysler 5 star dealer in ellington ct could not find a problem. The vehicle had the ignition key module replaced under warranty prior to this because it died. The dealer didn't think the new module could be the problem.

- Bolton, CT, USA

problem #28

Oct 142010

Town & Country

  • 52,000 miles
My 2008 Chrysler Town & Country minivan turned off while driving 65-70 mph on the highway. I was driving a consistent speed for minutes when it felt like my car was slowing down despite pushing the gas pedal. I looked at the instruments and the speedometer and RPM gauge both read "zero." I coasted in heavy traffic until I could pull over to a safe shoulder on the highway. It was a scary experience that my car would not respond to pushing the gas pedal. Also, it felt like the power brakes were not working while stopping. This is the third time this has happened in the last 3 months. On two of those occasions the transmission downshifted into 2nd gear for no known reason while driving highway speeds. In all cases I pulled over, turned the car off, took the key out and the vehicle worked fine for 2-4 weeks. I took the vehicle to the dealership and they could not find any problems with it. They said there were no error codes for the engine or transmission.

- Bogart, GA, USA

problem #27

Aug 012010

Town & Country

  • 48,000 miles
The problem started with the windshield wipers doing a few cycles occasionally when making a right turn. We could be driving down the freeway or start from a stop sign. It progressed until many systems:speedometer, and other gauges shut down and come back on, the warning chime sounds. The dealer in elkgrove Dodge had on of its service people drive it home and had multiple failures. They have had the car for over a month and have still not found the problem. After reading the other complaints and connecting a few dots, I wonder if there is not a computer processing/programming problem causing these multiple electrical problems. Especially after the dealer said there were multiple failures on their diagnostic report, ie multiple module problems and other indicated failures.

- Herald, CA, USA

problem #26

Sep 072008

Town & Country

  • 19,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chrysler town and country. The contact was driving approximately 60 mph when the vehicle lost coolant fluid and the brakes failed. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer yet the dealer was unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was taken to second dealer where the front brake rotors and pads were replaced. The failure recurred one month later. The contact stated the brake pads and rotors were replaced three times to no avail. The contact stated that both sliding doors would become jammed and he would have to remove the battery cable to restart the computer for the doors to close properly. The vehicle was not further repaired. The failure mileage was 19,000 and the current mileage was 53,000.

- East Haven, CT, USA

problem #25

Jul 292010

Town & Country

  • 35,000 miles
My 2008 Chrysler Town & Country mini van with 35K miles will unexpectedly have the horn go on, front and rear wipers go on, lights flash, washer fluid squirt out in both the front and back window. This has been going on for the past 2 1/2 months. Additionally the remote key does not work to open the door and the car will not start start. The only remedy is to pull the fuse or disconnect the battery. This has happened 5 times while the car is not running nad 2 times when the car was running. It has been to the dealer 3 times and they say they cannot find anything wrong. I had them change the clock spring but that did not correct the problem, then had them change the tipm, still waiting to see if that works. Either case this is a safty issue!

- Allentown, PA, USA

problem #24

Aug 032009

Town & Country

  • 28,000 miles
I have a 2008 Chrysler Town and country with a sliding door problem. I sporadically have a problem with the door (has happened to both sliding doors but especially the driver's side) closing part way and then opening. Seems like some kind of sensor problem. It will also at times open of itself after it has been closed and I have walked away from it or gone into the house. Have complained to the Chrysler dealer. They said is was a computer problem and said it was fixed. It is not. I don't have much faith in the dealer as I have read about many others who have experienced the same thing and with no permanent fix. This has happened multiple times, not just the date cited.

- Kingman, AZ, USA

problem #23

Aug 202009

Town & Country

  • 25,000 miles
Car stalls at highway speed combined with electrical freak out. Has happened four times since August of 09 with two additional partial incidents for a total of six tows to the dealer. Car will completely lose power and cut off while driving. At the same time, everything in the electrical system goes haywire. Horn blasts, wipers fly, washer fluid sprays, bells ring. One additional full electrical freak out while in the garage. Additional instance of car refusing to come out of park or start one day home from the shop. This amounts to six times since August O 2009, with Chrysler continually putting my family back into this vehicle which then stalls again on the highway at great risk to life and limb.

- Chantilly , VA, USA

problem #22

Feb 202010

Town & Country

  • 20,630 miles
Problem started in July 2009 with 20,630 miles. All warning lights on dash flash, wipers run, warning chime sounds. Problem has persisted intermittently since then. Local Chrysler dealer has looked at it several times but problem cannot be duplicated. Initially codes were stored in the obdii but not on most recent occurrences. Problem seems related to outside temperature (hasn't occurred when temperature is below 30) and vehicle body movement (90% of occurrences were when turning left). Problem was a nuisance but I believe yesterday's events escalated it to a potential safety issue. On February 20, mileage 26,500, temperature in 40S problem reappeared; only now it was constant. We were about 30 miles from home and had to drive home, at night, with dash warning lights constantly flashing, all instruments intermittently going to zero, windshield wipers intermittently running, and head lights and fog lights flashing. This repeated about every 10 seconds for the whole trip home. Most of the trip was on a four lane divided highway. I was driving about 50 mph but can┐T be sure because speedometer kept going to zero. I stopped near the beginning of the trip and removed the wiper fuse to prevent damage to the windshield.

- Johnson City, TN, USA

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