2008 Chrysler Town & Country electrical problems: multiple electrical issues

Multiple Electrical Issues


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
101,700 miles
Total Complaints:
11 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (10 reports)
  2. returned car for replacement by impartial services (1 reports)
2008 Chrysler Town & Country electrical problems

electrical problem

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2008 Chrysler Town & Country Owner Comments

problem #11

May 222019

Town & Country Limited 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 128,904 miles


The horn honking, windshield wipers and wiper fluid going off, rear wipers, and flashers going WHILE DRIVING. Some reports that this may be a TIPM related problem. Had to unhook the battery cable to stop the mayhem.

- Larry T., Benkelman, NE, US

problem #10

Feb 152018

Town & Country Touring 3.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 170,000 miles

Bought an 08 Chrysler Town and Country. The control on the driver's door that controls all the windows won't work. I spent over $100 for a new controller. It was difficult to find one since Chrysler used multiple different ones with different wiring in the same year and model van. Why do they do that?!!!? With new controller in it still won't let me put down any windows. All the windows work on their own controllers. I had the driver's window tested and it works to. Also a regulator was replaced. Still I have no way of putting windows down so I can go through drive thru restaurants or pharmacies. I've taken it to a repair shop and they couldn't figure it out. I'll have to take it to a more expensive repair shop next. Also, the windshield wipers work off the regular stick to determine the speed, but when you turn the stick to the OFF position, the wipers still intermittently work.

The previous owner had to run a wire from outside the van to inside the van with an ON/OFF toggle switch so if it rains, I first have to flip the toggle switch and then select the speed on the indicator stick. There are multiple problems with other things as well. Engine problems. Transmission has a mind of it's own. Most people agree that the 6 speed transmission is terrible! It doesn't downshift right and it jerks around all the time. Yet Chrysler remains using it in their vehicles. My 08 Town and County has one. My 09 Dodge Journey has one, and my mom's 2014 Dodge Caravan has one, and they all suck!!

- Ted H., Fort Wayne, IN, US

problem #9

Sep 012018

Town & Country

  • Automatic transmission
  • 125,000 miles

I have a 2008 Town and Country and over the last year and a half or so the radio and mapping cut on and off. Sometimes the screen goes blank but the radio will stay on. Other times it just goes dead but comes back on after driving awhile. The radio sometimes also stays on with key out of ignition and everyone out of the car and the doors locked with the fob, it finally goes off after about a half hour. The key in ignition chime sometimes also comes on with the key out of the ignition and everyone out of the car and doors locked. I also get idiot lights and dash lights flashing on and off. I've been told this is a problem with the vehicles computer and is common in Chryslers.

- Marc W., Joliet, IL, US

problem #8

Jun 282018

Town & Country LX 3.3L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,400 miles


I was driving on the GSP on 29 Jun 18 at about 65 mph when all of a sudden there was what seemed like a power surge and the horn started going off, the wipers started going off, the windshield washer started going off. I was able to get off of the parkway and pulled into a parking lot. I then shut the car off to stop the honking and the wipers.

When I tried to start the van again, there was nothing, nothing at all. Someone attempted to give me a jump, but that was useless. It was like there wasn't a battery in the vehicle. So I had to call a tow service. They towed the van to my home.

The next day I tried to start the vehicle and it started right up. I turned it off and left it. The next day the vehicle was parked in front if my house and without doing anything the lights started blinking, the rear windshield wiper washer fluid completely squirted out until empty. The key fob did absolutely nothing, I could not stop it. Then after about 15 minutes, it stopped, but I could not start the vehicle. What is being done about this strange electrical happening?

Update from Jul 2, 2018: After the vehicle sat for a day and a half I went to try and start it. It started right up. I let it run for a minute or two and then shut it off. The next day, while the vehicle was parked in front of my house, without doing anything, the lights started blinking. The rear windshield washer started squirted windshield washer fluid until it was empty and it continued for and additional 15 minutes. Then all of a sudden it stopped. I tried starting the vehicle, but it was like there wasn't even a battery in the vehicle. The key did nothing. I don't know what to do or who to turn to. I've been reading 100s of blogs about similar incidences. Why isn't there a safety recall for this?

Update from Apr 30, 2019: I basically have a van that i rarely drive. A couple of months later I was sitting in my house, no one was in the van and the horn started going off, the front and rear wipers were going squirting windshield wiper fluid, the lights were flashing. This lasted for about 15 minutes and stopped. So now i have a van that I am afraid to drive and am still paying for. Why doesn't Chrysler or the NHTSA do something like reimburse owners.

- Richard S., Bayville, NJh, US

problem #7

Jul 122016

Town & Country Limited

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

intermitten problems with door locks, driver seat going back and fourth, windshield wipers going randomly, radio not wanting to turn off car cranking but not starting. they replaced tipm for $1100 car starts every time now but still having all the other issues

- Wendy D., Las Vegas, NV, US

problem #6

May 272016

Town & Country Limited 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 155,000 miles

Went to start the car and it started honking, locks going up and down, front and back windshield wipers going back and forth and washer fluid emptied. Nothing I did with keys or buttons or starting or trying to turn off car would fix problem. It just eventually stopped and now the car acts like it never had this freak-out. Of course, I am afraid it will happen again, assume it will! Took it in for a check, could find no issues.

- Amy M., Zionsville, IN, US

problem #5

Nov 082015

Town & Country Limited 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,000 miles


Still having intermittent electrical failure. This time I started van and the lights started flashing and the horn honked several times, but eventually started.

- Michael W., Houston, TX, US

problem #4

Oct 112013

Town & Country Touring 3.8L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles

The electrical system on this van is possessed. The horn will go off on it's own. The wipers will start going back and forth. Sometimes the doors won't unlock. The sliding door has closed on my son. The transmission won't go out of first gear. I've taken it to mechanics and they look at me like I'm crazy. I've read about multiple owners having this same problem and how frustrated they are when trying to get it fixed. Chrysler needs to recall these vehicles and issue a full reimbursement. They're not safe!

- Mary B., Charleston, SC, US

problem #3

Apr 032012

Town & Country

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,061 miles

Chrysler dealership cannot fix the problem. Dealership after charging me already, said that to diagnose could start at $100 dollars, and if that diagnosis doesn't find the problem; then an additional fees will be applied for more diagnosis. I could be out of an additional 1500-2000 dollars because of the computer glitch!


- fin2016, Mount Pleasant, TX, US

problem #2

May 062015

Town & Country

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles

All lights on dash board are on and won't go off. The wipers come on and won't go off. The alert rings won't go off. The lock and window buttons don't work. Can't roll window back up because controls stopped working.

- Gerald D., Southfield, MI, US

problem #1

Nov 052007

(reported on)

Town & Country Touring 3.8L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 250 miles

We picked up our new 2008 Town and Country Touring with swivel and go seating after waiting for the dealer to scour the north east to find one.

First couple of days we are happy as can be, its a fantastic car. The we discover an issue.

We purchased the 25L package which comes with heated front and rear seats. My wife tells she found the rear heated seat buttons on both sides but the front are missing. After closer inspection, checking the photos on Chrysler.com and looking at the owners manual we are 100% certain that the buttons for driver and passenger heated seats are missing. We call the dealer who tell us to bring the car in on Monday so they can check it our (it was Saturday). Sunday afternoon the van starts running very roughly, all the engine management and warning lights are on and it has no power. We turn the car off, then try to start it again and it wont start. Let me tell you it was no fun pushing the car into a parking space. Monday morning i call Chrysler and have it towed to the dealer. Tuesday evening the electrical problems are fixed (crimped wire in engine bay) and the car runs. I tell dealer i don't want car back until they have determined if its just the heated seat buttons missing or more.

Thursday i get an update, all the wiring and heating elements for the heated seats in the front is missing.

- Doug W., North Bellmore, NY, US

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