1997 Chrysler Town and Country LXi from North America - Comments

17th Mar 2009, 13:01

I bought a Chrysler T&C LX 2 years ago at 135000K.

On the way home from the dealership the check engine light came on.

I've replaced EGR valve, O2 sensor, cat, auto tranny, brakes & rotors, plugs, wires, coil, & had 2 worn lifters replaced.

I'm still having various wiring problems and the check engine light stays on constant. Mechanic says no codes are coming up, and now it's developing a knock.

All in all, I've put less money into this thing than I would have with a 2 year lease, but it's still frustrating!

Also, I've had many minivans and this is the only one I've had that has any power. May not mean much to most people, but I'm usually a truck kind of gal, so this van is nice for me.

18th Mar 2009, 13:45

As far as the hazed headlights go, I replaced my bulbs with Silverlight bulbs ($38 a pair, but still cheaper than new headlights) and they shine no problem, even through the haze.

23rd Mar 2009, 18:45

I have a 97 LXI and overall love the vehicle.

My cruise control doesn't work except once in a while... wondering if it's the clock spring that I have heard about on this message board...

Brakes are perfectly adequate... never any issues for me...

Started having a hesitation/rough engine, but intermittent and the "check engine" started staying on at the same time... codes were PO201 and PO301... indicating cylinder 1 having injector problems... checked with local repair shop and they said it's not usually the injector, but could be a dirty injector, or dirty fuel filter... not sure, but have bought the fuel filter and have put injector cleaner in tank... repair shop has a much more comprehensive injector cleaner that hooks into the fuel rail and flushes the injectors... could be the fix... will post the results.

I bought the vehicle with 197,000 on it, and now have 237,000... really don't have much invested in the vehicle, and only want to have it running for my girls who are starting to drive.

I did have the belt slipping off when hitting a puddle, and decided to replace the belt tensioner pulley... this did the trick, and also took care of the squealing sound coming from that area.

24th May 2009, 15:30

We have a 98 T&C that has been a great car, although starting to have a few problems now that we have 269k miles on it.

Trans did go out at 137, but other than expected repair such as brakes, an alternator, batteries, etc., we have had only one other.

Like other posts that I have read, we could not in the early years keep a serpentine belt. After numerous trips to several mechanics and the repeated installation of tensioners, a buddy and I determined that there had to be an alignment problem that was a design flaw. A simple brass shim placed strategically between the tensioner and the block brought relief, and we have never experienced that problem again.

17th Jul 2009, 15:25

Well let me just say, yes, these vans are $$$$ to maintain. I bought my Town and Country LXi 97 last year with 145k. Transmission wasn't shifting, so replaced the solenoid pack and solved that problem.. They're known for that.

Also I had to do the timing chain and water pump as they were bad. I'm a mechanic and did know what I was getting into.

The only recommendation I have is that when you buy replacement parts, buy them from the dealer.

Other than these problems, I just recently drove the van out to Orlando Fl from NYC and back with no problem whatsoever. I got 415 miles per tank. It's one heck of an awesome van... would buy again anytime..

25th Jul 2009, 15:38

I own a 97 Town and Country LXI with 185,000 miles last year so far my issue has been Wipers failed to operate when most need it; after two wiper motor replacement we narrow it down to the BCM located under the dash board left of the brake pedal behind the fuse box. hopefully this will solve my problem. Ensure the BCM is for that specific year, Other than that I had the alternator replaced and the electric fan motors. 200,000 miles on it so far.

12th Aug 2009, 17:37

My 98 Town and Country has had many problems, but all have been taken care of and or the past 2 years (knock on wood) all runs fine. There is however a knocking sound from the wheels when I drive on dips or bumps... Replaced everything that could be replaced, but the sound is still there... Any help?

28th Aug 2009, 20:42

I have a 97 T&C LXi that needs to have the BCM replaced. I was so trying to avoid this expense, but now my speedometer has stopped working... before this, the inner dome lights stopped working! Previously, the horn stopped working; windshield wipers had to be by-passed with a switch; and the stupid door locks click up and down of their own accord.

Does anyone know where to find an inexpensive used BCM? I hate to buy from the dealer because the part is over 300.00 dollars. That doesn't include installation.

I love this van! I just don't want to pay a huge amount to get the BCM replaced. I have listed my request on a couple of part locate sites, but any advice on how to find this part would be greatly appreciated.

18th Mar 2010, 12:28

I have a problem with my fan; it stays on all the time out of nowhere. It's a 97 Town and Country, it just started today, any help???

19th Mar 2010, 18:53

Which fan? The radiator fans? The blower motor? It's difficult to diagnose this problem without that kind of information.

19th Sep 2010, 03:36

I just got a 2002 T and C LX with 155K on it. Anything I need to watch first? Thank you.

25th Sep 2010, 15:51

I have a 96 Chrysler T & C with just under 160,000 miles. I have owned this van approx 3 months, and have driven it from Idaho to Oklahoma. The van runs great, is very comfortable, and the only problem I have had is the fuel gauge fluctuates.

9th Nov 2010, 09:02

I just bought a 1997 T&C AWD had to fix a few things on, but there is one problem that I can't figure out: the driver side front turn signal! It will not work and the daytime running light on that that bulb will not work either. I replaced the signal switch, the bulb and bulb socket and still no go!

Anyone one with same problem who might have a solution?

11th Nov 2010, 12:57

I found the answer to LF signal switch and daytime running light. Anyone who was looking for the same solution, it was the flasher switch located under the dash on driver side. It's on the fuse panel at the top, about 1 inch by 3 inch in diameter. That's the unit that controls both signal and daytime lights. It's a combo unit. It cost me nothing at the wreckers and new it will cost you around $100.00!

Hope this helps someone out there.

28th Nov 2010, 23:19

For those of you who have had intermittent or irregular cycles with your windshield wiper, try replacing the relay in the wiper circuit. It's located in the fuse box under the hood at the right side of the engine compartment.