definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,545 miles

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2011 Chrysler Town & Country brakes problems

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2011 Chrysler Town & Country Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #38

Dec 142016

Town & Country

  • miles


Bought 2011 Town and country new in Sept 2011. 3 months after purchase, car was shuddering badly when brakes were applied. Took it in, was told they could not duplicate, and would not repair. Tried a second time, same result. Took to a small repair shop who easily identified the problem, produced a quote for work and told me to take it back to the dealer so they would repair. Took it and dealer found that all four rotors were warped and needed replaced. Same problem 6 months after that, same repair. The next year saw the brakes fail after a loud sound from rear of car and the fluid dumping from the line. No visible object was hit. Same thing happened last week. Currently the van is in the shop for the 7th time in the last four years for brakes. Additionally, had to have the alternator replaced in the last 6 months. The amount of repairs required for a vehicle this new and expensive is insane. I have paid out of pocket for most of these issues and even had to pay for diagnositic fees were the problem could not be reproduced, only to require a repair shortly thereafter I also had to pay for. Asked dealer today for a full detailed log of all repairs done, could not produce a full repair report, only the last 4 years worth. With five years of ownership car has 60,000 miles. Will never ever buy again.

- Warrenton, OR, USA

problem #37

Jan 042016

Town & Country

  • 75,000 miles
Dash board warning brake lights come on intermittently, and the dealership says they can do nothing about it, and we should go ahead drive it with the warning light on. We can't get it to the dealer while it is on because the light won't stay on long enough for us to get it to them while the light is on. We had to the shop and they can't find any problem. So we have been told to drive the vehicle even though the brake warning light is on. How do we know when there is actually a problem"??" it may stay on for 10 seconds or 90 seconds, and in a few minutes it comes on again. It may come on every 5 miles, or a hundred miles. We have little confidence in it the dash brake warning light. That is no way to drive a car!!! this has been going on for several months.

- Bay Minette, AL, USA

problem #36

Feb 102012

Town & Country

  • 58,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chrysler town country. While driving 50 mph, the steering wheel shook and made a humming noise. The failure occurred on numerous occasions. In addition, the blind spot sensor malfunctioned and created a constant beeping noise. Furthermore, the windows opened and closed by themselves. The vehicle started and locked from the inside on its own many times. Lastly, the brake pads melted and were replaced more than once. The vehicle was taken to be diagnosed, but was not repaired. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 58,000.

- Levant, ME, USA

problem #35

Jan 012013

Town & Country

  • 46,000 miles


The contact owns a 2011 Chrysler Town and country. While driving 20 mph, the vehicle shook violently when the brake pedal was depressed. The contact stated that this was a recurring issue. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 46,000.

- Andover, KS, USA

problem #34

Sep 302015

Town & Country

  • 49,000 miles
Van is driven by two seniors who do not abuse brakes. At 27000 miles, rotors required turning due to warpage. At 49000 miles, problem has recurred and rotors will again require service or replacement.

- Green Cove Springs, FL, USA

problem #33

May 152015

Town & Country

  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chrysler Town and country. While driving at approximately 40 mph, there was a loud abnormal noise and smoke coming from the brakes. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing and repaired. The details of the repairs were unknown. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 30,000.

- Brubank, IL, USA

problem #32

Mar 062015

Town & Country

  • 23,800 miles


I was driving southbound on I-95, on the right lane. I passed the entrance after conner street, and as I continued to drive, there was a huge pothole which was unavoidable. As a result of pothole, my rims cracked and wheels lumped up on the sides. I had to replace the rims and wheels on my vehicle.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #31

Sep 122012

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 12,648 miles
Pulsating brakes due to warped rotors. Dealer replaced front pads and rotors twice, also replaced rear rotors. Vehicle now has 55,374 miles and I just had fourth set of front pads and rotors installed. Rear brakes are on third set of pads.

- Ft. Thomas, KY, USA

problem #30

Oct 032014

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 30,800 miles
The primary issue occurs whenever the brake pedal is depressed, emergency situation or just reducing speed, from around 70 mph to a slower speed around 55 mph. During this phase of speed reduction the vehicle exhibits an almost uncontrollable instability where the front end and the steering wheel must be held with two hands in order to control the vehicles direction. This defensive act is very tiring. Prior to pressing the brake there is no indication of tire problems of any kind. Speed can be increased after releasing the brake and no problem is detected until the brakes are activated again. This is a serious safety issue. The required repair is to replace the rotors. The repair station stated that this is both a common and a serious issue with Chrysler because the rotors are manufactured to thin and those thin rotors warp after about 30000 miles. Also it was stated that this is a known problem at Chrysler but there is no recall to correct it. Chrysler states that if this problem occurs within the warranty period (36 mos/36000 miles) that the rotors may be replaced at no charge. The subject vehicle has 30800 miles but is outside the 36 month period. Regardless of the warranty period this should be classified as a manufacturing/design problem and Chrysler is allowing the customer to test the quality of the product and allowing the customer to assume the risk of vehicle failure. Chrysler should be required to issue a safety recall of all affected vehicles.

- Allen, TX, USA

problem #29

Jun 152014

Town & Country

  • miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chrysler Town and country. The contact stated that while traveling approximately 40 mph attempting to engaged the brakes, the brakes made a loud noise. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who was not able to replicate or diagnose the failure. The VIN was not available. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was not available.

- Jacksonville, NC, USA

problem #28

Jul 292014

Town & Country

  • 27,000 miles


Van shakes and makes grinding noises when brakes are pressed. Brought it to dealer told me that front brakes and back brakes and rotors need replacement for $765. The car has 27000 miles on it the brakes and rotors should not have gone this quickly. This car is less than 3 years old. It was brand new when I got it. Chrysler needs to step up and be responsible for all these brake problems.

- Lakewood, NJ, USA

problem #27

May 012014

Town & Country

  • 42,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chrysler Town and country. The contact stated while at a complete stop, a strong burning odor emitted from the brakes. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who stated that the failure was contributed to both rear brakes sticking. The rear brakes and calipers were replaced. In addition, there was a leak in the rear air conditioner evaporator. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was unavailable. The approximate failure mileage was 42,000.

- Waterville, OH, USA

problem #26

Jun 272014

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 46,000 miles
Exiting freeway ramp, made a sharp right turn, alerted by vehicle passing by that my rear brakes were visibly on fire. Pulled over exited the vehicle where rear brakes where still smoking. Car towed to service station where the vehicle was deemed non-drivable due to the complete searing of the rear brake pads, calipers, rotors, and rear tires. This was an extremely frightening experience as I thought that the Town and country was labeled as one of the safest mini vans.

- Redford, MI, USA

problem #25

Jun 202014

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 46,000 miles
Brake pads replaced at 44,000 miles. At 46,000 miles the brakes started vibrating the entire car (like ABS pulsating X10) regardless of speed. Dealer found locked caliper pins which had warped the rotors on the left side. This is a common problem. So common that Chrysler decided to post a bulletin, instead of a recall because they haven't put enough thought into the issue to find an effective fix. Meanwhile, my family's safety is in jeopardy.

- Windsor Mill, MD, USA

problem #24

Mar 052013

Town & Country

  • 32,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chrysler Town and country. The contact stated that the rear driver" side brake was making a loud abnormal sound. The contact stated that he replaced the calipers on the same wheel several times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 32,000 and the current mileage was 55,000. Updated 8/19/14

- Bay Harbor, MI, USA

problem #23

Mar 052014

Town & Country

  • 16,460 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chrysler Town and country. The contact stated that the ABS brake sensor illuminated intermittently. The brake pedal was depressed and the vehicle began to shake abnormally. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, who diagnosed that the front brakes, the rear brakes, the rotors and the brake pads needed to be repaired. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 16,460.

- Stamford, CT, USA

problem #22

Nov 122012

Town & Country

  • miles
After about 4 months of purchasing the vehicle, I had issues with the brakes, system had being replaced already 4 times (in less than 2 years), I had pay out of pocket for the work, still having issues. There is a noisy from the engine every time you change either from parking to drive or drive to reverse. Had it checked already 3 times. My power window and lock control is always having issues and get's pretty warm. Summarizing my experience with this vehicle it had being a complete nightmare, I don't feel safe driving the vehicle and had spend more money out of pocket than my previous mini-vans. Another issue is that sometimes the side doors open by themselves, without us even touching the controls, or they open half way and we must place in park the van, turn it off and start it again in order to close the side doors.

- Dania Beach, FL, USA

problem #21

Apr 282014

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 47,700 miles
On 8/3/13 (or within a day or two of that date), I took the car to the dealership. The car had less than 36,000 miles on it. It needed the rear brakes replaced, and there was uneven wear between the R & L brakes. Dealership replaced brakes and calipers on both rear wheels. Have felt some pulsing when breaking, have been getting a horrid burning smell when driving, can feel extreme heat from lr wheel after driving. Took to dealer. 4/28/14 rear brakes again have uneven wear (L 6mm; R 8mm) lr outboard brake pad backing clip dislodged and contacting rotor. Lip is damaged. Removed lr caliper and found pads frozen in caliper bracket. Approximately 8 months since both were replaced by dealership; and apx. 12,000 miles put on the car. Rotors were damaged as well and had to be replaced. Had to put new adapter brackets on the van, because the oem ones were causing brakes to seize up - per dealership. Dealership all for fixing problem, and so is Chrysler, as long as you are willing to pay for the repairs for their defective and design flawed brakes.

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #20

Dec 022013

Town & Country

  • 45,000 miles
While braking, there is a lot of shuddering and clicking from the rear brakes. Conclusion is that this is a warped rotor. Chrysler dealer says it is normal, but the van has less than 50,000 miles. While researching online, found that this is a common complaint. Some have replaced rotors several times with less than 50,000 miles. These should be replaced with better parts at the dealer, for free; however, they refuse to honor their customers.

- Rochester, MI, USA

problem #19

Dec 232013

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 23,430 miles
At 23,430 miles, brake rotors (all 4) excessively out of round. Vehicle shuddered upon braking, especially at highway speeds. All 4 rotors were resurfaced at Chrysler dealer. Again, at 28,630 miles, same vehicle, brake pads down to 15% and had to replace all 4 brake pads and machine all 4 rotors again at same Chrysler dealer. Vehicle shuddered slightly upon braking once again, especially at highway speeds. These incidences are only 4,200 miles and 4 months apart, and $1,000 out of my pocket and not covered by warranty, as are said to be "normal wear and tear." Really? hmmm...

- La Canada, CA, USA

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