1996 Chrysler Town and Country LXI from North America


Very unreliable


I recently purchased a Town and Country LXI. During the test drive the van drove smoothly with no problems. I did notice that while idling and talking to the salesperson the van died out. I was told that it needed a tune-up. The day after I bought the van I've had major problems with intermittent stalling. It's been in two different repair shops and they've had the van longer than I have.

I went on-line and did some research on Chrysler vans and have found that it is a common problem. It this is a reoccurring problem, Chrysler should not be putting out these lemons and I've been told by both mechanics that they see this type of problem all the time.

I am so frustrated and stressed out as I work over 15 miles from home. I don't blame the car dealership as the problem obviously was there long before they got the van.

I feel Chrysler should recall the lemons that they put out and figure out how to manufacture something that actually works.

I am far from disgusted and will never purchase another Chrysler product. I will also encourage everyone I know to look into the foreign model vans instead.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 7th April, 2004

26th Nov 2005, 12:03

My 1996 T&C with the 3.8 engine has had problems with the left rear door lock not working, the fan control switch working on two speeds, It has 127,000 miles on it and it is on the 4th transmission and it is setting in my yard now with the 5th one not working. It was a new Chyrsler rebuilt Transmission and has 27000 miles on it. This van was one of the first T&C with the 3.8 engine and Chyrsler only used this transmission a few months until they changed it. I feel sure they new it was to light for the engine.

1996 Chrysler Town and Country LXI 3.8 gasoline from North America


A comfortable, dependable vehicle which we would highly recommend


Our problems have been quite minor. The electric door locks have been repaired and replaced on three of the four doors on two different occasions. We have not had any major repairs done during the time we have owned the vehicle. One annoying problem that we have experienced, however, is that the windshield wipers come on sporadically. Sometimes when the turn signal is activated, sometimes when turning a corner and sometimes when we are just driving straight ahead.

General Comments:

We are extremely happy with the car's performance over the last six years and we wouldn't hesitate to take it on a long trip tomorrow. We would, however like to resolve the mystery of the windshield wipers.

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

Review Date: 21st July, 2003

24th Nov 2004, 23:34

We have experienced the same problem. Only now the signal lights stopped working. I replaced the Multi-Switch, but it did not help.

Any Ideas?

1996 Chrysler Town and Country LXi 3.8 liter from North America


A comfortable high-maintenance 747


Transmission went out and is slipping again.

Front passenger axle went bad.

Windshield wipers are possessed.

Fan Belt Pulley went bad and is starting to whistle again.

General Comments:

I love my 1996 Town & Country. It has everything anyone could every want in a vehicle.

It’s almost like the engineers thought of everything for a comfortable ride. From the sound system to the way the interior lights turn off if left on…I love it all.

But, I’m looking at my second transmission replacement in 3 years owning the van! I too have the self-initiating wipers, the bad axle (repaired), loud tension pulley (repaired 2X). And I still love this van. It’s like dating a super model with character. She’s everything I've always wanted, but she’s expensive to maintain.

It’s a thin line between love and hate.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th May, 2003

1996 Chrysler Town and Country LX 3.3 from North America


An overrated vehicle by far


When I purchased this vehicle we had a complete tune-up done on it. 2 Months and 1500 miles later the spark plugs were miss firing so we replaced the 6 $9.00 a piece platinum plugs again this problem has happened numerous times. I too have windshield wipers with a mind of their own even after a $200.00 new wiper motor that the dealer says is in no way faulty after being replaced twice. My front passenger axle started popping around 90,000 Miles another $650.00 bill. And then My driver side did the same 44 miles later. My transmission also has mind of its own and only acts screwy if the dealership is not driving it. Have replaced lock-out converter since it is a non overdrive. Have replaced fan relay twice. The gas tank leaks even after the latest lock ring recall.

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

Review Date: 21st January, 2003