1997 Chrysler Town and Country LXI AWD 3.8L OHV
Can't give up on the ones that fail
Power train control module replaced.
Strut towers rusted through.
Body control module has a mind of its own.
Multiple belt tensioners.
Power steering pump.
Power steering high pressure line.
A whole bunch of sensors, fuses, and relays.
Alarm is touchy.
Overhead display is dead.
Had to re-solder gauge cluster.
Broken OHV pedestal in cylinder head.
Broken flywheel "marbles" sound.
Eats rotors and brake pads quickly.
Got the van used for $1,600 because of the AWD option for MN winters. I had previously owned '98 and '99 Grand Caravans (same vehicle), none of them bought brand new. For some reason, I keep returning to these vehicles.
It's a good thing I can do my own repairs and parts are (relatively) cheap for these vans. Otherwise, the repair and maintenance costs would have been unbearable. Granted, my current van is approaching 15 years old now, and most of these repairs are maintenance and upkeep.
Even basic tune-ups require removing the wiper assembly and upper intake manifold to reach the rear spark plugs.
AWD system works extremely well.
Very comfortable inside with captain seats.
Stock Infinity sound system is not bad.
3.8L engine provides enough "move" power to get around town, but eats gas like crazy. About $65 to fill up a full tank now with about 15-18 mpg around town.
Transmission 4th gear "overdrive" kicks in at around 45 mph, and runs about 2,000 rpm at 60 mph smoothly.
Will probably drive this van until 200K miles.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 11th May, 2012