21st May 2010, 13:56
Own a 2005 Town and Country. Have had it since new and it has its good and bad points.
1. Great gas mileage.
2. Ultra smooth ride.
3. Plenty of passenger space with the extra bench seat.
4. Climate controls work great. Cold AC and hot heat.
5. Comfortable ride. Long distances are no problem.
6. Sufficient power.
1. Stock stereo leaves a lot to be desired. Sounds like one speaker made out of a tin can.
2. Component issues (radiator, sliding door flex wire loom, axles, and transmission). All of which I've had it in the shop for numerous times, which the guy at the dealership says, "yeah we have issues with those parts". Luckily have a service contract or I'd be angry as hell.
Overall, if you have a family and need the space, it's great. Just make sure you get a service contract. Its no slug off the line. You can take extended rides in comfort. But, if you're a music fan, opt for a different stereo system.
20th Jul 2010, 17:03
I just bought a Town and Country van 2 days ago. I absolutely love it. Before long, I will need to get tires as they aren't so good.
After reading what is said here, it appears as though all the great points are the stow away, the ride, and the gas mileage. From what I'm reading, it scares the hell out of me as to what's gonna go wrong in the engine and radio system.
6th Oct 2010, 23:41
I own a 2005 T&C Limited with the 3.8 liter engine.
Taken in to dealer for noisy power steering 5 times. They ended up greasing the rubber boot on the firewall.
Brake pads last 15,000 miles max!
Tires last 24,000 miles max!
Gas mileage has dropped to 16 city and 21 highway. Even after I added a K & N air filter. I am going to try to replace the O2 sensors. Highest was 19 city and 25 highway up to about 45,00 miles.
Exhaust pipe is too close to the side of the van. My son's shoe fell off on exit and he used his foot to pull it out from under the van and didn't see the exhaust pipe and burned his leg.
Overheating problem finally diagnosed on the 4th visit as a bad thermostat. Covered under warranty but I was charged $120 for a radiator flush and fill at 35,000 miles.
Overhead storage bin broke and hangs from one side.
Stow and go.
Heated leather seats.
Great road trip vehicle.
22nd Oct 2010, 23:08
It's now Oct 23, 2010.. and in July 23, 2010, I purchased a used Town and Country Touring with 140,000 miles.. The engine looked good and clean, and the interior/exterior in excellent condition..
Notes on performance so far.. biggest is digital mpg/trip ododometer.. etc indicates a max of 12mpg, and usually 9 mpg in the city. This I hate. Was not wanting the car, as I saw the Consumer Reports reviews, but was nice deal.. paid $8k and great condition..
Now the brake light indicator is on, the steering doesn't seem as um "tight".. the ride is good, but I'm weary.. and think maybe replacing parts in advance.. might be keeping me from being stranded, LOL.. Also known as "preventive maintenance".. but so far so good overall..
Oh, the cruise control won't release, and the car keeps on driving. Scary.
Smiles from Myrtle Beach, SC.