1998 Chrysler Town and Country Reviews from North America

1998 Chrysler Town and Country LXi 8 cylinder

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 8 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired135000 miles
Most recent distance185000 miles
Previous carDodge Caravan

Summary:

Get stranded in luxury!

Faults:

A/C lines developed multiple leaks - estimated $1700 repair.

Radiator fans seized, left me stranded; fixed myself for $100.

Instrument cluster flickers on/off; Odometer sometimes wrong.

Brake system needed replacement.

Transmission cooling system hoses fell off and left me stranded.

Mysterious electrical problem would prevent starting for several hours; happened about once a month.

Heated seats didn't work.

Body rust.

Finally a brake line failed and nearly got me killed, so off to the junkyard it went - good riddance to that heap.

General Comments:

It's a very comfortable and quiet car, handles nicely, the seats are wonderful, and I liked the interior. This was the most gussied-up luxury model they make with many options. I never paid so much for a used car, but it has been one of the worst, most unreliable I've ever had.

My old Dodge Caravan ran like a champ, and I mistakenly sold it at 210,000 miles, but this one just started to fall apart very quickly.

I will say though that the engine and transmission ran smoothly, and they never failed.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 27th October, 2012

1998 Chrysler Town and Country LX 3.3L

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 3.3L Automatic
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired135000 miles
Most recent distance176000 miles
Previous carChrysler Town and Country

Summary:

Once you learn more about it, you care more about it

Faults:

176k on this van.

So far the transmission has been replaced twice. 1st time it broke, my lady got ripped off. They charged 2000 and said it was a rebuild. It came from the junk yard. It shook and rattled like crazy. They put cut up rubber hoses in the mounts.

Well a few months pass by and I tell her to take it back to them, ha! They were closed down. So this one goes out and paid 500 for a rebuilt one, and me and my friend replaced it ourselves, very easy; common sense and some muscles got the job done.

Wow! I never felt the van so smooth since we bought it. Oh yeah, the mount that made it shake so bad was 14 bucks. People these days.

General Comments:

I love this van. Not only does it still look great, but I fixed something that cost so much at a reasonable price. Maintenance says it all baby.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th October, 2009

1998 Chrysler Town and Country LX 3.8L

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 3.8L Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired65000 miles
Previous carChrysler Town and Country

Summary:

Take care of it and it will take care of you

Faults:

I never had a major problem on any vehicles I owned.

I guess first of all, I should say that I am a Master Technician, but what I am trying to say is that no matter what kind of vehicle you've got, and if you don't know how to treat it right, then you will have a problem. Like people, you don't treat them right then you will have problem.

I do my schedule maintenance on time, and I throw in a little extra like high mileage oil and some additive, transmission flush and some additive, fuel system flush and some additive, see what I'm talking about, take care of it and it will take care of you. I bought with a 65K on it, now it has 187K without seeing the dealer or one of their technicians.

General Comments:

Used to owned a 1997 Town & Country, it was awesome, I had a heavy heart when I sold it and bought a 1998, and it didn't take me long to love this minivan. Great van, comfort ride, roomy, and it has power.

I didn't hear anything bad about the 3.8L engine.

Brakes? I do it myself, piece of advice, tell your mechanic adjust the brakes in the back, I know it's automatic,but if they set it right then your front brake will last you forever, and it won't take all the load of the vehicle during braking. Trust me the mechanic will say no, but have them do it, they're just lazy, well some of them really don't care or are just lacking the knowledge.

Flush all liquids regularly including your AC system, so it won't put a strain in the system, any system that never went through some flushing, will break on you.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th March, 2009

Average review marks: 6.4 / 10, based on 9 reviews