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Chrysler Town & Country/Dodge Caravan Door & Window Problems

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  • srs_49srs_49 Posts: 1,394
    My experience has been more in line with samnoe's. I have a 2007 Grand Caravan (the last year of that version) with 52,000 miles and have only touched the front brakes - nothing else.

    It's unfortunate but Chrysler and D3 products tend to have significant teething problems every time they revamp the line or even come out with a new model.
  • jerry109jerry109 Posts: 4
    Yes, the dealer told me while replacing the front wheel bearing (yes already) that mine needed replacing. I have owned several and this has not been a problem. There should be a recall on these. This is after I have had back bumper cover replaced, anti thief switch which will shut van down, gear switch is noisy and button hangs and goes from 1750 rpms to 2500 in speed control continuously.
    They say it is normal to do that.
  • mom2lnsmom2lns Posts: 1
    I have the same problem (but on the passenger side). I took it in to the dealership--and they told me it was the motor and would cost about $450 (if I remember correctly--maybe it was $650). It's so frustrating because it went RIGHT after the warranty expired. We've kind of adjusted to only using the driver's side door. I don't want to pay that much, and I'm totally sceptical everytime I go to the dealership.

    Does each door have its own motor? I can't believe one door would stop working but the other still works absolutely fine.
  • mgibbamgibba Posts: 1
    town & country, '96, and the window & lock suddenly stopped working...is there a fuse to change or manual to look at (mine's missing)? thanks
  • I have had a 08 TC for 9 month. Today morning when I tried to move backward out of my garage, It just stopped there. I pushed the accelerator, after hearing two huge Peng Peng sound, the car started to move backward. Does anyone have some idea on this?
  • noni4noni4 Posts: 6
    No I do not have that problem so far. I do experience wierd noises when it's raining though like the drive shaft is coming apart. My rear quarter panels are loose again, otherwise, not so far on the engine. Sorry to hear about your problem. Has it been resolved? :sick:
  • noni4noni4 Posts: 6
    :lemon: Yes, I too was frustrated when I found out my front brakes were shot at 9,500 miles. I bought my car in March of 08 and for the first 4 months it was in the shop for one reason or another. I had a 2000 Dodge van and never had problems with brakes or anything else. This one is falling apart. I already had struts, brakes numerous replacements of the radio which goes out for who knows why. The panels keep coming loose, the doors do not shut as it shows the obstacle message, it makes a siren like noise when driving, the defrosters, hmm of course they cannot duplicate the problem as it takes over a 1/2 hour to get to the dealer it's like driving a clunker. I cannot afford to trade mine in, if I could I would
  • We have a 2009 Town & Country 4.0L, and it's been great. The power doors are a little overly sensitive when closing, so occasionally they'll reverse for fear they might hurt someone! Silly. Other than that it's been smooth and nice. I would like to have seen more anti-roll, but I guess it's a minivan, not a sport sedan...

    I actually got the 4.0L on this 25th anniversary Touring edition, which apparently is kinda rare? I guess the 4.0L is mostly on the Limiteds. The 4.0L engine and 6-speed automatic are a great combination -- you can floor it from a stoplight and it acts like a wannabe racecar, zipping through the gears and accelerating to 60 in about 7.8 seconds.

    Compare published 0-60 times for current model year vans, and you'll find that the Town & Country with the 4.0L can actually outrun Odyssey's & Siennas.

    The 4.0L isn't the most powerful engine in its class, but it's very torquey. It has a long stroke for improved low rpm torque, which is exactly what's needed for a heavy VAN for engine response around town. The 4.0-liter V-6 engine improves the torque curve in the low- to mid-range for more pep during acceleration from idle. Focusing more on low- to mid-range means that maximum power of 251hp is not as high as you might expect from a 4.0L engine, but a few horsepower at the top end won't be missed in a VAN, while the broad torque curve throughout the rpm range is really appreciated.

    But the 4.0L engine is just an enlargement of the 3.5L SOHC V6 and is just a stopgap measure until the new Pentastar engine line debuts shortly. Keep in mind that the 2.7L DOHC, the 3.3/3.8L pushrod engines, and the 3.5L/4.0L SOHC engines are basically all the same engine family. (Only the 3.7L V6 seen in Durango and Liberty is different, being based off of the 4.7L V8.)

    So we'll have a whole new "Pentastar" V6 engine family to replace all these V6's very soon! Several sizes will be available including a 3.6L with 280hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. and possibly a future 4.0L.
  • moosetntmoosetnt Posts: 18
    Have a 2008 Town&Country Limited. Problems from the start. Air conditioner not cooling properly, sliding doors rattle, don't close properly at times, rear power seat fails constantly, Uconnect resets, NAV system looses my data. Just picked it up from service. They flashed the computers with updates. Checked the air conditioner for trouble codes (none reported). Doors still rattle as bad as ever, back seat still does not recline properly and the air conditioner blows cold then warm air (cycles). When the vehicle was brand new I had none of these problems. All started at about 1,000 miles. I now have 10,0000 miles. Will be going back to the dealer again next week for another shot. If problems persist I'll give them one more shot. Then on to a lemon law attorney.
  • moosetntmoosetnt Posts: 18
    Have a 2008 Town&Country Limited. Problems from the start. Air conditioner not cooling properly, sliding doors rattle, don't close properly at times, rear power seat fails constantly, Uconnect resets, NAV system looses my data. Just picked it up from service. They flashed the computers with updates. Checked the air conditioner for trouble codes (none reported). Doors still rattle as bad as ever, back seat still does not recline properly and the air conditioner blows cold then warm air (cycles). When the vehicle was brand new I had none of these problems. All started at about 1,000 miles. I now have 10,0000 miles. Will be going back to the dealer again next week for another shot. If problems persist I'll give them one more shot. Then on to a lemon law attorney.
  • moosetntmoosetnt Posts: 18
    I hear you and feel the pain myself. I just posted on this thread about my recent experiences getting my 2008 seviced for a ton of problems (Aug 14, 2009). My van just turned 10,000 miles. I had them check the brakes which are currently about 60% worn according to the service tech. THAT MEANS I CAN ONLY EXPECT TO GET ABOUT 17,000 miles ON A SET OF BRAKES!!!! Mind you most of these are highway miles. The tech said this is good as some of these vans get less than 15,000 mi. between brake jobs. I'll bet if word gets around about this Chrysler will have no choice but to do a recall and fix the problem. It's insane.

    Secondly, my airconditioner has been blowing cold then warm air. I understand the cycling part but not like this. When the van was brand new the air was coming out constantly cold. Now it cycles (badly) especially in hot weather. The dealer said he could find nothing wrong. BULLCRAP! The Van is going back in next week.

    Finally, the doors creak (and don't close properly sometimes) the rear power seat does not work properly and the DVD Nav and Uconnect phone resets while driving. The supposedly flashed the computers so I'll see if those problems are fixed. In the meantime based on the complaints I see on this thread (I'm having most of these problems and expect to have others) I'm starting to look at lemon law possibilities. This Van costing $40,000 should not have these issues. As someone said earlier on this Thread: THE T&C IS A REAL PIECE OF SH*&^T!!!
  • erolserols Posts: 3
    I have exactly, exactly the same issue but on the driver's side. Opens fine, when you press either button to close it seems like it moves a half inch (in the wrong direction) clicks and stops. Must be closed by hand. It's like it doesn't know that it was open all the way, so instead of closing it tries to open (but it's already open). Did you get this resolved??
  • Sounds like the 2008's really had issues. Based on our 2009 model they seem to have been addressed but we'll see!
  • moosetntmoosetnt Posts: 18
    I heard they updated the brake rotors (larger) for the 2009 which should make them last longer (I would still check brakes every 15K miles or so.

    I'm bringing my 08 back for service this week to fix air-conditioner (blows cold then warm air) and rear power seat still does not work right. Doors still creak (a little). NAV/Uconnect seems to work now (after they flashed the computers with updates) but we'll see in the longer term.

    Good luck with your 09. I'll post once I get my vehicle back.
  • Let me start by saying I was so excited to get this Limited van in June 2008. It didn't last long. By the end of July 2008 the air conditioner was not cooling. By mid Aug 2008, I had an "air conditioner leak" that resulted in MUSHROOMS, yes I said MUSHROOMS growing in the FRONT passenger Floorboard and I have the pictures to prove it!!! Talk about disgusted... Spend 45,000 plus on a vehicle and you EXPECT a HIGHER quality!!!! The service techs finally "rigged" up sumthing to fix this after contacting Chrysler regarding the problem. The service manager told me a few months ago that there was a recall on the 08 T&C for this air conditioning piece. As for seeing this in writing I haven't but they hate to see me coming.
    At 4,000 miles (and 2 months later) my brakes started makeing a "crunching" noise. Took it in and they say nothing wrong. Took it back a few more times and still nothing wrong. When I took for a routine oil change in April, guess what.... the brakes were at 15%!!!!!! They didn't get like that overnight and I had to wait a couple weeks as they were on backorder but the dealership ate that. I hate it but I'm glad I'm not the only one with this problem. So the brakes were replaced Mid may 09 and have been making the "crunching" noise again for the past month. I drive "highway" miles so I don't do the stop and go very much to need 2 sets of brakes at 33,000 miles and a few months apart!
    Other issues:

    1. the 3rd row seat got stuck and would not go into "stow" position.. Had that fixed.

    2. the sliding doors don't close all the way and reverse for an "obstacle" when there is no obstacle. I have taken it to the dealership several times but they can't find anything wrong.

    3. the FM radio holds the presets but the Satellite radio loses the presets and has to be reentered every couple of months.

    4. Gas mileage is horrible and like I said I drive highway miles to and from work.

    5. it shows the smallest smudge! Not easy to clean either and all kinds of debris falls into the storage space where the stow n go table is. It's really hard to clean up!

    6. When I turn to back up out of the carport, it makes a loud grinding noise... Does anyone else have this issue????

    7. The other night I put the key in the ignition and it wouldn't start. So I took it out and tried it again and it started. Wouldn't have thought a whole lot about it but it happened again the VERY next day at walmart.... Any ideas on this one????

    I'm sure there are plenty more problems. The only good thing about it is the backseat tv for the kids and the built in booster seats.
    I'm sickened every day I have to get in and drive it when I think about all the money I am paying and it's a piece of crap!!!! If I didn't owe so much I would trade it in without a second thought. :lemon:
  • moosetntmoosetnt Posts: 18
    yee gods!

    Sounds like you have my TWIN 2008 T&C. Almost every problem you are experiencing I've already had and attempting to get the dealer to fix (see my post Aug 14th).

    I'm going back this week to get my air-cond fixed (cycles cool then warm). First time the dealer said there were no error codes so nothing was done. Thanks for sharing your situation about the air. Hopefully the dealer will get it fixed after I give them my 2 cents. My back power seat still "sticks". The first time I brought it in the dealer claimed it was a switch problem. Didn't fix it as it still sticks. Going back for repairs (second time). DOORS: I talked to a buddy of mine and he said that there are adjustment pins on the door assembly which need to be tightenend. Apparently the dealer "bozo's" don't know how to do the adjustment properly. There are Chrysler TSB's regarding this problem but the service tech idiots probably don't know how to read.

    I had the same problem with my NAV/radio/Uconnect. Kept zeroing out my data. Dealer flashed the computer. Am still evaluating if this fixed the problem.

    BRAKE problem is going to be a BIG issue with 2008 T&C. Everybody I've spoken with (including dealer service tech's) admit it's a problem (can only expect 15-20K miles between brake jobs). Apparently there was a design flaw in the rotors being too small for this van. Rumor has it they adjusted roter size for the 2009 T&C but that does not help me with my 2008. I have 10,000 miles (all highway miles) and my brakes are 60% gone. WHAT BULLCRAP!!!!!!!

    The only good thing about my van is that I'm getting decent gas mileage. I typically get 24 MPG on the highway and about 19 around town. Not sure why your mileage is so poor.

    Oh and BTW: bozo at dealer had no clue how to reset the oil change warning (have to turn key on pump pedal 3 times, turn key off). It's actually quite fun to call these service people [non-permissible content removed] and then show them how to do it (I read my manual and figured it out). NO WONDER IT TAKES 4 CHRYSLER SERVICE TECHS TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO DO AN OIL CHANGE!

    Finally, why would you leave out a dipstick to check transmission fluid?????? I'M DONE .....
  • I have a 09 Caravan it seams to be making the same noise that you are talking about i was woundering if they ever resolved it. i have taken mine back and all four times they dont hear anything. get it home then go back out latter and there it is. I have also had the rear AC stop working some controll modual on order for that issue. I am also having another problem at start up where once i start the van i have no power to anything no horn, lights, power windows, locks, radio, road side flashers, no lights or gauges in the dash, which they says never does it while in the shop did it three times in a row this morning just wanted to see if you ever got your noise figured out
  • Hello jbrowning1. No they have never resolved the issue with the noise and it still does it. It is very frustrating. I also have a problem with the (plastic key thingy) getting stuck and I have to turn the van back on and place it in park again..sometimes 2 or 3 times before I can turn the key into the lock position to take the key out. As for the noise.. i've taken it about 5 times.. but they keep and "open ticket" on it. I guess this prevents them from dealing with lemon law issues. I don't know what else to do but I can't keep taking it in for 2 or 3 days at a time and they end up (Not hearing the noise) I even went as far as recording it with my digital camera. When I get time I'll take it back in and make the mechanic listen to what I recorded, maybe you should do the same. Thanks.. and good luck ( I should of paid the extra for the chrysler town n country)
  • Hi Frank, I just noticed your post. No they never fixed it.. I basically hear they never hear the noise when it is in the shop. I recorded it and when I get time I will take it back in to get checked again and make them listen to the recording. Good luck and read on there are some other posts with same issues.
    Thanks :)
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