Our best friends have driven the Town and Country (and before that the Dodge Caravan) since they came out back in the 80's. During that 25-year span they have only had 3. The Dodge Caravan and the '90 Town and Country made a quarter million miles with no problems. The current '97 Town and Country has over 150,000 miles already. They have relatives on both coasts and drive a lot. They think nothing of taking a cross-country trip in one of these vans with over 200,000 miles on it. On the other hand, our Honda was a very unreliable vehicle and was junked at less than 100,000 miles. I'd stick with Chrysler.
2009 Town & Country mfg 4/09. Just received a recall notice dated 5/28/10 to have the A/C discharge hose replaced due to known issues with cracks causing refrigerent loss. You 08' owners might be able to get in on this one!
We bought our Town and Country in Apr 08. We have had the same problems with the doors. In addition to not shutting, the safety door latch doesn't lock every time when in the open position, and will close on someone.
The van recently hit 29000 miles, and we are having the brakes replaced.
As in other comments, the ride was very quiet at first, and now minor rattles.
Some of the parts feel a little cheaper than what I think they should be, but for the price you couldn't touch any other mini van for the same options. We have a fully loaded Town and Country with leather seats.
I had purchased my 2008 Town and County October of 2007. I have had both the back and front brakes replaced at 15k, and have had many trips to the dealer for the sliding door as well. I also thought the doors were supposed to open if something was in the way, my doors will shut on you. I had the back brakes done again at 41k and the A/C has also stopped working. I have been without A/C for a few months, but hopefully this recall notification will correct the issue. I love my car but am tired of all these issues and trips to the dealer.
I purchased my new 2008 Chrysler Town and Country in 2009, and had no problems until the vehicle reached about 30000 kms.
We then started to have rattles in the right rear sliding door. The dealership managed to fix the rattle, but it has since come back worse than ever. Now it is both doors.
Also at the 44000 km servicing, we were advised that the front brakes were shot.
They advised that they are waiting for advice from Chrysler regarding the doors, and I have to pay to have the brakes repaired.
I previously owned a Caravan and had no problems. Why does the higher end vehicle give so many problems?
The more features and accessories a car has, the more there is to fail. Plain and simple.
As a mechanic, car enthusiast and former car dealership employee I TOTALLY agree. The more accessories and gadgets a vehicle has, the more there is to fail, and the faster a vehicle depreciates because it costs so much more new. A stripper ALWAYS returns more of its original purchase price than a loaded version of the same car. I have found that both the Dodge Caravan and Town and Country are excellent vehicles. I've seen a number of these go well over 250,000 with no major problems.
"Replaced front rotors and brake pads at 25,000 miles."
Commenters also complained about replacing brakes around 30K miles... how long do you people think brakes should last? 25-40k miles for pads and rotors on a "large people and stuff carrier" is absolutely normal. At least the parts are cheap and there are many after market options.
STAY AWAY FROM HONDA! The Odyssey is overpriced and not as reliable as the Dodge vans... I speak from experience. I downgraded to an Odyssey a few years ago...
Update on my initial review:
Chrysler replaced the discharge hose under extended warranty and refunded my money a few months later. The dealer also reprogrammed the sliding door a 3th time and so far so good.
The brakes are still questionable on this vehicle, but I'm getting better wear on aftermarket rotors. I initially replaced the front rotors myself with cheap rotors (not too many aftermarket choices the year this redesigned van was launched) and used some Wagner Thermoquiet pads. I really think Chrysler should have put a larger front rotors on this van.
Front end rattle has also gotten louder. There is a TSB for complaints on front end noise that indicate a problem with the struts. I am way out of the warranty period, but the struts are on my list to replace.
2008 T&C 4.0 Liter.
Replaced brakes at front brakes only at 15K, and then replaced front and rear brakes at 35K miles.
Replaced the navigation unit 4 times under warranty.
29K miles, the lifters were replaced under warranty.
Problems with the power sliding doors and seatbelt assemblies.
Now the blower fan is squealing in the car.
I am getting rid of the vehicle. I wish Chrysler the best of luck; I will never buy another one.
My blower fan is squealing as well, but that's the only problem so far at 37000 miles. I can't complain.
I feel your pain. Along with these issues, I have also experienced random stalling while driving, and the dealer can't find a reason for it. Time to dump this van. JUNK.