What Are Some Common Problems With the Chrysler Town & Country?

As of 2015, common problems with the Chrysler Town & Country minivan include excessive oil consumption for low-mileage vehicles, as well as harsh shifting and shuddering of the automatic transmission. Other common problems are that drivers cannot remove the key from the vehicle ignition, or the key may not start the vehicle. Front suspension noise may be due to worn end links and sway bar bushings, and the Town & Country’s regulator and power window motor may fail.

Hundreds of Chrysler Town & Country minivan owners have reported their vehicles consume excessive amounts of oil. The problem spans 17 model years from 1990 to 2011 and affects vehicles with 3.3-liter, 3.8-liter and 4.0-liter V6 engines. For vehicles that have less than 50,000 miles, consuming excessive oil means burning more than one quart for each 1,000 miles the vehicles travel. For vehicles that have more than 50,000 miles, consuming more than one quart of oil for each 750 miles is excessive. Defective or worn valve cover gaskets, camshaft plugs, exhaust valve guides and crankshaft seals can cause vehicles to consume oil excessively.

The Town & Country automatic transmission shuddering and shifting problems affect vehicles that Chrysler produced from 1990 to 2014. Owners describe the shuddering as feeling like they are driving the minivans over roadway rumble strips.