2005 Chrysler Town and Country 3.3L V6 from North America
Our Town and Country van is a pleasure to own and drive
Very little has gone wrong with this car. I'm actually pretty surprised, after hearing the horror stories about Chrysler. The amazing thing is that nothing has broken since it went out of the extended warranty. The repairs are as follows.
O2 sensor at 40,000 miles.
EGR valve and water pump at 65,000 miles.
In addition to those repair items, I've noticed that the van EATS brakes. The front brakes only last 30,000 miles. Other than those minor issues, all I've done is basic maintenance.
My wife and I have been extremely happy with this car. We bought it new after our daughter was born. My wife decided the 2-door Focus was too small for all the baby gear, so we bought the van. I was a bit concerned buying a Chrysler after hearing so many bad things regarding reliability. We decided on the Town & Country; because it was so inexpensive, we figured we could afford to fix it if it broke.
I guess we won on that bet... The thing has been a real pleasure to own, and we haven't had many repairs.
The primitive V6 is easy to maintain. No coil on plug ignition, easy to reach oil filter, etc... I generally do all my own maintenance, so those are big bonuses. Additionally, after 5 years and 110,000 miles, our Town & Country doesn't have any interior rattles, squeaks, or creeks. It is definitely a solid vehicle.
As for the owning experience, we are very pleased. The engine provides ample power off the line and for passing. This isn't a sports car, but the handling is precise and predictable. After taking three vacations that required lots of two lane mountain road driving, I can say that it is much more car-like than I ever expected.
I also like the fact that the Town & Country is easy to maneuver in high traffic down-town areas. My wife dries it to work every day, and it sees lots of tight traffic and parking. She never complains about visibility or having trouble finding space to park.
In conclusion, I am totally satisfied with my wife's van and I plan to keep it as long as I can. When we do replace it, I'm sure a Town & Country will be at the top of our list for replacement options.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 2nd August, 2010