really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,229 miles

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2012 Chrysler Town & Country Owner Comments

problem #20

Mar 072024

Town & Country

  • miles


I have a 2012 Chrysler Town and Country van. In 2021 I had brake calipers replaced on the rear end because they were leaking brake fluid. Again this year same problem. What is going on with brake systems on todays cars" I do not think this is normal wear. How often are consumers dealing with brake problems? Are manufacturers using poorly made parts" I think this needs to be investigated.

- Saint Charles, IL, USA

problem #19

Aug 272022

Town & Country

  • miles
Vehicle has shut off, while driving, multiple times over the past year and a half. The first instance was Summer 2021. Coming to a stop from a highway exit ramp and the van shut off for no reason. I was eventually able to restart and drive within a few minutes. A few days later, the van would shut down, or try to shut down, every time I would slow to a stop during a 2 hour trip. A few months ago, while driving approximately 35 mph, the van dashboard lights shut off, windshield wipers turned on and all other lights and power steering / brakes shut down temporarily. Luckily we were driving in a straight line because I had no power brakes or steering at that moment. Most recent issue occurred 8/27/2022. Driving van on highway, shut off at a light at bottom of exit ramp. We do not feel safe driving this van.

- Glenmoore, PA, USA

problem #18

Sep 262022

Town & Country

  • miles
Van engine dies while driving. Has happened four times at high rate of speed-?" once on the expressway going 65 mph. Dash lights come on when driving and engine dies. Power steering and brakes go out. No codes. I coast to a stop on side of road. When trying to restart, van will have power, but will not turn over. After about 45-60 minutes, starts and runs normally. Could not replicate problem at auto repair shop. Had it towed first time. Three times since it restarted after sitting an hour. Almost was rear-ended on expressway overpass the last time it died. Children were in the car. Also died in the rain at dusk on county highway. Unsafe location. No warning prior to the failure. Also happened to another driver. First event May 2022. Again June 2022. Again July 2022. Again September 2022.

- Sylvania, OH, USA

problem #17

Sep 132022

Town & Country

  • miles


My town and country will shut off while driving, this is very concerning to me I have 4 children with me at all times. I can be going 10 miles down the road and it will shut off atleast 5 times. I live in the mountains so getting it out of the road is an challenge at most times. The other day I was going thru a green light and it shut off. Luckily it had just enough roll to get it out of the intersection and kinda off the interstate. It just does it no warning at all shuts off I loose breaks steering everything! IT IS VERY DANGEROUS!!!

- Ellijay, GA, USA

problem #16

Apr 292022

Town & Country

  • miles
2012 Chrysler Town&Country My 2012 Town and Country has randomly stopped on me three times in April and May of 2022. The car shuts off completely for no apparent reason. The car will not start again until put into park. This was unsafe because I had no control of the car until it rolled to a stop. Fortunately, each time the hazard lights responded and cars behind me went around. The very scary part was not knowing if I would run into the car ahead of me as neither brakes nor steering worked. I took it to my dealership and told them the problem. They said they discovered there was faulty wiring and repaired it at the cost of just nearly $700. I picked up the car. I drove it for under an hour and it stopped in the middle of a busy street. I took the car back to the dealership. They kept it for two weeks and finally said they made it do the event again. They then proceeded to try to diagnose it. After a week or so they called to say they thought they had diagnosed the problem. However they could not get the part that they thought needed to be replaced. None seemed to be available. The dealership then called to say that they had found two parts but only one was available. I was informed that they weren-??t sure they could get the part at all. (The cost for parts and labor will be $1000.) My car has now been in the dealership for almost a month. They tell me that they have no idea when the car will be fixed. I was also informed that even if they put this part in the car they cannot guarantee me the car will be safe to drive. I will not have any confidence in this car again. I will find it a financial hardship to purchase a new car right now. This however is the only choice open to me now in order to feel safe in a car again. 2022, dlr

- Westland , MI, USA

problem #15

Nov 232020

Town & Country

  • miles
Traction control light came on and engine shut off while driving around 30 miles per hour after just starting about 20 minutes after shut off and listening to radio with key in accessory position lost brakes and steering. Traction control would not come back on till I stopped 10 miles after restarting and turned off. Only came back on with engine not on.

- Lakeside, CA, USA

problem #14

May 312020

Town & Country

  • 126,000 miles


The contact owns a 2012 Chrysler Town and country. The contact stated that while driving 10-25 mph, a squishing sound was heard when the brake pedal was depressed. The ABS and traction control warning lights were illuminated. The vehicle was taken to truck farm of easley (296 calhoun memorial hwy, easley, SC 29640, (864) 220-1811) however, the mechanic was unable to duplicate the failure. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer and the contact was informed that the battery terminal was loosened, the brake valve and brake booster wire were eaten by rodents. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and informed of the failure. The contact was informed that the repairs were not covered under warranty. The approximate failure mileage was 126,000.

- Greenville, SC, USA

problem #13

Oct 072016

Town & Country

  • 70,000 miles
We purchased this vehicle at carmax in calfornia, right before christmas of 2014 we had the brakes replaced and rotors. 2015 of August we had to have the front brakes replaced. Not it is 2016 October and my front brakes (right side mostly) is squeaking again. We own a Chrysler 300 srt8 and a Tahoe, my Tahoe of which I had since 2005, has only had 2 brake replacements. I feel there is some other issue with this vehicle and no one is looking into it. There is something defective. And I think it is very dangerous. On top of that my airbag lights continuously go off and on and currently has stayed on, and will not turn off.

- Stockton, CA, USA

problem #12

Aug 022016

Town & Country

  • 85,000 miles
Alternator went out at 86K. Known issue with exact same part # on other Chrysler products have been recalled. Van is in the shop now getting a $480 replacement installed plus 1.2 hours of labor for a part that if on another vehicle would be covered under an existing recall.

- North Wilkesboro, NC, USA

problem #11

Jun 012015

Town & Country

  • miles
I got into a car accident hit from side my car sustained over 5,000 of damage my children and I were in the car at the time the airbags did not deploy. I reported this to Chrysler they just advised me to go to dealer to have airbags checked. Never offered to do any further inquiry. Currently, my van starts at times and at others does not my new battery which was costly continues to be drained I called Chrysler they said it would cost 145. Just to diagnose the problem I don't have that kind of money available to check the car I said to the service dept. "you know these vans are experiencing these problems yet you still charge me so much to have a known problem checked"" they said yes do you want to make an apt." Of course I did not.

- El Monte, CA, USA

problem #10

Dec 082015

Town & Country

  • 4,500 miles


While traveling in the midwest, cleveland, Ohio, my check engine light came on while driving. I tried waiting a couple of gas tanks to see if it would turn off automatically. It did not. I was scheduled to leave cleveland, Ohio and drive back to mobile, Alabama with my grandson and daughter the weekend of Dec. 10, 2015, I felt it was prudent to have the van looked at for the check engine light problem. I took the van into Washington and lee service on Dec. 8, 2015. They diagnosed the problem as a fouled ignition coil, and replaced the coil, all the spark plugs and a gasket. I retrieved my car on Dec. 10, 2015 in the early afternoon. That same evening, the check engine light came back on, so I returned the van to them. I received a call midafternoon that I needed to take the car to a dealer for service, which is when I found out about the service bulletin regarding the engine. I dropped the car off at deacon's Chrysler Jeep in cleveland, Ohio on December 10, 2015 and picked it up on December 14, 2015 at approx. 6 pm. This necessitated finding a hotel room for the duration. In addition, I needed to secure transportation. I picked up the car too late to leave that day and had to stay until the morning of Dec. 15, 2015. Upon returning to mobile, Alabama, the van began T shudder and shake when braking. This has happened before and our mechanic performed the repairs. My husband decided to check on the NHTSA site to see if there were any other defects in the van that consumers were not notified of. We took the van to the autonation Chrysler Dodge, where we originally purchased the vehicle. The dealer determined that the repair did not fall under the service bulletin. I dispute that, the service bulletin specifically states that the front rotor and pads are part of the problem.

- Mobile, AL, USA

problem #9

Dec 112015

Town & Country

  • 65,000 miles
Premature wear of brake's rotors and calipers along with pads both back and front at 65,571 mi. ( $859.95) and 67,283 mi. ( $902.16) respectively. Pads maybe; but not the rotors and calipers with mostly non braking highway miles traveling between Maine & Florida.

- Englewood, FL, USA

problem #8

Oct 072015

Town & Country

  • 37,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Chrysler Town and country. While the vehicle was parked, the push to start button was depressed and the vehicle was shifted into reverse. Suddenly, the vehicle stalled and rolled backwards. The contact activated the emergency brake and shut off the vehicle. The vehicle was restarted. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure occurred intermittently. The approximate failure mileage was 37,000.

- Ocean Side, CA, USA

problem #7

Jun 022015

Town & Country

  • 40,000 miles
Grinding coming from rear wheels. Attempted to remove wheel on passenger side 1 lug nut broke. Dealership claimed to attempted to remove by drilling it out, but claimed couldn't because heat had been applied. I never took it anywhere nor applied heat. Took it some where to have taken off. Turns out I had to replaced rear brake pads and rotors. Funny how theres a hub issue on some Town and country but not mine. They didn't think the lug nut was a defect. I've never seen one break where the cover of the lug not tears off. Then the sides of the lug break off leaving the base of the lug. After driving the van prior to replacement of parts you could feel the heat coming off of the wheels. Possibly, could that have been the heat that caused the lug not to be able to have been drilled out like the dealership attempted. After several searches of the internet I have seen that I am not the only one unhappy with all of the other issues with this Chrysler product or the dealerships selling them.

- Hinckley, OH, USA

problem #6

Sep 012014

Town & Country

  • 18,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Chrysler Town and country. The contact stated that a loud noise emitted from the rear of the vehicle. Also, the contact mentioned that the rear driver's side brakes were wearing prematurely. The vehicle was not inspected or diagnosed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 18,000.

- Rochester Hills, MI, USA

problem #5

Oct 102014

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 20,087 miles
At only 20087 miles had to have rear brake pads replaced and rotors turned poor quality materials must have been used to require this service at this low mileage have had several other vehicles over the years and those brakes lasted atleast 40000 miles.

- Barberton, OH, USA

problem #4

Aug 172013

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 16,500 miles
Rear brakes have been replaced multiple times. 5 sets of pads, new caliper at 35000 miles and new rotors. Even after replacing everything but one rear caliper it still sticks and has a burning smell with all new parts on driver side. Brakes on this van are absolute garbage and Chrysler needs a recall on these brakes and parts.

- Darien Center, NY, USA

problem #3

Sep 262013

Town & Country

  • 53,500 miles
When I start the car it will run fine and then the ignition switch will turn off leaving me with steering and braking power dead. Sometimes I will try to start the car and it will not start and the starter will just keep going so the only way I can get the starter to stop is to put it in drive. This has happened several times and fortunately I was driving at low speed or stopped. Had it happened at higher speeds or on the freeway, it could have resulted in a deadly crash. I took it into the dealer and they said it was a defective ignition switch and replaced the switch. So far the problem has not recurred. My complaint is also that I have asked the dealer and Chrysler motors for reimbursement, $450 and so far they have refused because it was not an item on their recall list and I was out of warranty on mileage. I know that Chrysler has known about defective ignition switches for several years so why have they not notified owners. This is a very dangerous problem, like GM had.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #2

Jun 272014

Town & Country 6-cyl

  • 22,000 miles
This car was a new purchase, and already had 5000 miles on it. ( it was a demo car at dealership). After 17K miles ( 22K total), brakes started smelling of burning parts. When I had to stop at an intersection, car simply would not stop. Thankfully, there was no accident or injuries. Chrysler mentions that this was due to driving habit, and will not take any responsibility. I have been driving for 18 years in total, and never had this issue in any of my other cars.

- Simi Valley, CA, USA

problem #1

Dec 162013

Town & Country

  • 47,000 miles
The brake lights on the drivers side failed. These lights are led lights and meant to last the life of the vehicle. They cannot be changed like a standard brake light. This is a safety hazard when stopping or driving at night.

- Pierceton, IN, USA

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