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Chrysler Town & Country/Dodge Caravan Door & Window Problems



  • grega3grega3 Posts: 2
    On my 2008 Town and Country Limited the front brake pads wore down to the warning strip / "sensor" at 8,000 miles. The dealer replaced the pads because the vehicle had under 10,000 miles. Now at 16,000 They have worn down again. This time my wife didn't hear the warning sound and the pads wore down to the rivets and gouged out the inside of the passenger side rotor. The driver side pads were not yet worn down to the warning strip, but were getting close, and the rear pads after 16,000 miles look like they could go 100,000 miles without needing replacement. I'd like to know if anyone else is having to replace front pads at this rate??? Also, any ideas as to what might be causing them to wear so fast?
  • We bought a T&C in april 08, brakes and rotors shot at 20,000 miles, at least 75 percent highway miles. This is ridiculous, I have never had a vehicle do that ever and I have owned some crap!! But this one takes the cake!!!! Several other problems as well, radio doesn't work right half the time, power doors don't work right half the time either!! All this plus the chrome is peeling off the grill and the poor fit and finish and rattles!!! The only reason we bought this is because nobody would trade for our 2005 Durango but them!!! By the way the Durango went 48k on its brakes and rotors!! BUY A HONDA OR A TOYOTA IT'S WORTH THE EXTRA MONEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :sick:
  • roizroiz Posts: 2
    Surely this car is still under warranty? Also check your State statutes for Lemon Law as well and document everything you do with the repair of your vehicle.
  • samnoesamnoe Posts: 731
    I agree that there are so many problems with the Chrysler minivans. I feel so bad for them, in the bad situation they fell into.

    To add to your list, my left (driver side) sliding door started last week to make very bad squeaks over each bump or pothole (like a 12-year-old van).

    I don't know what to do. I don't have the time to schedule appointments and then spend time at the dealer for hours or days, only to hear that "they can never duplicate my problems". I am already sick and tired of these stuff.

    The only reason I can not see myself going away from Chrysler for a while is the entertainment options they provide like no other van. I wish Toyota (or should I say HYUNDAI?) copies that and I have some more choices.

    Chrysler, again: PLEASE WAKE UP! IT'S LATE!!
  • noni4noni4 Posts: 6
    Yes, I am having the same problem. @ 17,000 miles I need front brakes and rotors. How crazy is this? I never seen nothing like it. Today 11/19/08 I was told this is common for this car by the guy who handles the coordination. Last week after bringing in the car 3 other times for a problem with the caliber sticking on the rear tire, which after demanding that it be replaced, it was done because of course, they couldn't find a problem. I told him today that I was "fed up" with all of this, the car has been in the shop on average of twice a month since September of last year. I talked with the owner last week about the lemon law and he was going to call me back, well, that was last week and I still haven't heard a thing. When I purchased the vehicle he mentioned he was going to give this one to his Aunt and I said, "I should have let you".. The other problems keep mounting. Prior to the brakes the gear shift handle was in my hands and I was told just to tighten the screw. After asking 3 times to have that fixed they finally replaced it. Now we'll see how long it'll take until the defrosters get fixed, it's winter in Illinois now. I do not recommend this vehicle to anyone unless the live next to the dealer as this vehicle will be there alot.... :cry:
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  • Does anyone know if there is a TSB out on the defroster not working or premature wear on the brakes on the 2008 T&C Limited? We left the van outside in the cold and the defroster stopped working for my wife.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 10,908
    Wait, Chrysler issues TSBs? Amazing. I thought they simply denied the existence of any widespread problems in their vehicles. :P
    2014 Audi Q7 TDI, 2008 and 2013 Subaru Forester(s), 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup
  • hansiennahansienna Posts: 2,312
    Do NOT buy a Toyota. The Sienna is NOT worth the extra money. My 2006 Sienna with 26,440 miles now has the "popping" noise in the driver's door indicating the weld of the door stop is breaking. Cost of repair: an outrageous $ 2,000 if it occurs after the warranty expires.

    Toyota Sienna is overpriced JUNK that has fewer nice features than Chrysler minivans. :sick:
  • erin75erin75 Posts: 2
    i purchased this vehicle 3 weeks ago used, 26573 miles, from Indianapolis dealer, i live in wis. the day we drove it home, it pulled to the right, then withing a couple days the front defroster went out, then a couple days later the radio shut down.
    i called indianapolis dealer, he set me up with my local dealer to have an alignment done with indiana delaer would pay, and then also scheduled the other repair under warranty. then before i get in there i hear all this clunking and rolling sounds from under the floor boards, after hitting bumps in the road. (i heard this on my 02 t&c as well). at my appointmnet they hear no clunking of course, but did find heat shield on steering rack was looose, and tightened, found rear brake lines rubbin on body, and adjusted them. radio was repaired with computer flash update, defroster need new control head (on order) and the alignment they said was not out of alignment so they rotated the tires, and now it pulls to the left. i will go back when control head comes in and tell them it pulls to the left. as far as the clunking (sounds like from drivers front end) i had this on 02, spend about 2,000 dollars and still had the sound, i will not go through this again. i googled town and country bulletins and found 15 you guys should do the same. i will be bringing in all bulletins to the dealer and having them performed. ANYBODY have any clunking/rolling sounds from under the hood around the drivers tire/front end?
  • erin75erin75 Posts: 2
    yes i joined the same day, as i was on internet looking for help, found site and joined. Don't know but, i would think that this is normal.
    not trashing chrysler,
    not trashing indianapolis dealer at all. more the local. if you read it, indy dealer set me up here locally to get pulling problem resolved. but other problems arose during this period of time before i got to scheduled appointment. so i went to my local dealer, they rotated the tires for my pulling to the right problem..... guess what now it pulls to the left just as bad as to the right. still waiting to hear back when the control or whatever its called is in for the defroster issue. now at a week, and i still have that horrible clunking, which sounds like it comes from front left of vehicle. last post i said i had this on my 02 van spent couple thousand and still no fix.. any help would be great.
    so no credibility problem, just blogging my issues. am i in the wrong forum!!
  • hansiennahansienna Posts: 2,312
    WRONG. Toyota tries to cover up problems. ;)
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 10,908
    Look, how many times do I have to tell you that the sludge in your engine was not due to a design flaw but to owner negligence? :D
    2014 Audi Q7 TDI, 2008 and 2013 Subaru Forester(s), 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup
  • Our 2008 T&C Touring with 4,800 miles has developed a stragne smell that is noticed inside and outside the vehicle, but I have yet to discover the exact location. The smell is noticed after the vehicle has been driven, sist for a short time, then re-enterred and driven again. My wife descibes the smell as an elephants pen or dead animal, to me its smells like something is buring. Since I have smelled it from the outside it makes me wonder if something is rubbing somewhere. Any suggestions is appreciated.
  • Hello Lance76, Just read your post..... I have the exact same problem with the water leaking on the passenger side grab handle. I am trying to figure out where it could possibly be coming from but can't figure it out. The sunroof drip tray is not clogged and I can't figure out where else it could possibly be coming from. It is somehow running down the headliner, then down the plastic trim piece where the grab handle is. From there is leaking on to the floor. I was hoping you may have found the solution for yours . Did you have any luck finding he problem? Please let me know . I could use all the help I can get on this one. Thanks a bunch!
  • eriefishing- my first guess would be you had a plastic bag you ran over which stuck to the muffler/some hot part of the bottom and started to melt- sometimes you can find it and pull it off- otherwise it should go away with time
  • hansiennahansienna Posts: 2,312
    I have not had any sludge problems with my Sienna engine but I think the driver's side front door welds are about the break. :sick:
  • did anyone you know that the new 2009 Volks Wagon Rutan mini van is a spin off of the new 2008 and 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town&Country? same engine and transmission. all is the same except for the tail lights and grille with the VW name stamp! how sad and i test drove the van and it WILL mark my words be just as troublesome as chrysler vans!
  • abutcherabutcher Posts: 33
    Yes, I knew this the first time I saw a Routan on the road. It has the same sideglass, beltline, shifter knob, etc...
  • I've read through the posts but I'm not sure that my problems are the same. The driver's side sliding door will pop open but will not slide open or closed. When closed manually, the motor will pull the back side in fully. The passenger's side will not pop open, but the motor will pull the back side in fully once manually closed. Both door will unlock. The driver's side stopped working about 2 months ago. The passenger's side stopped today. Any clue what is wrong?
  • munsonbmunsonb Posts: 2
    problems, problems also here..
    our 2005 T & C touring van has door issues.

    the one on the left will open but not close all the way. what is up with that?
    Our rear hatch has been acting up even longer: when I hit the remote either inside the van or key- it will get almost up and than start going back down to close. I than have to tap the remote a 2nd time to go all the way up. Oh and I cannot close it manually anymore either..
  • Here is a quick description of the problem. When the power switch is pressed either from the key or upfront the door will go up about 3/4 of the way and stop then come back down. I need to stop it and try it again than it will work. Even when it is up all the way sometimes it wont let me pull it back down manually. It feels like its stuck up. I need to push a power button to get it to come down. So with that said what is going on/

    Thanks everyone. 2005 t&c touring
  • Here is a quick description of the problem. When the power switch is pressed either from the key or upfront the door will go up about 3/4 of the way and stop then come back down. I need to stop it and try it again than it will work. Even when it is up all the way sometimes it wont let me pull it back down manually. It feels like its stuck up. I need to push a power button to get it to come down. So with that said what is going on? The lift gate arms seem to be hoding it up well.

    Thanks everyone. 2005 t&c touring
  • Don't get caught up in the Toyota HYPE, I did. I have an 04 Siennas, 62,000 miles. Two sets of tires already, On vacation in Arizona and just found out its going to cost me over $2000 for A/C, Brakes are spongy (scary) 3 shops state they are OK (both front and rear have been replaced), Not NEAR as stable as my prior D/C in windy conditions or around Semis etc., Window switch don't work properly (been replaced) . Sliding doors squeak, rattles etc. Aluminum wheels had much more corrosion in less than 1 year (8000 miles) than all my other vehicles had with 3 or 4 years old. And yes the door stops are oil canning, major problem and cost.

    For those who may think the Toyota Vans are much better, I though I may have gotten a Lemon until I checked out some of their Forums, they have major issues. My D/C had over 110,000 miles and far less total cost in repairs than this Siennna with half the miles.

    After reading the issues with T/C. I'm not sure which maker to go with. Definitively getting rid of my Toyota as soon as I return to my Permanent Residence.
  • hansiennahansienna Posts: 2,312
    First choice is a Chrysler T&C or Grand Caravan...but if not, buy the HONDA Odyssey. ;)

    Toyota Siennas are overpriced and the options are exorbitantly overpriced. Tires, windshield wiper blades, and other wear items on my 2006 Sienna LE had to be replaced with half the miles and age compared to the more reliable 2002 Chrysler T&C LX minivan I owned.
  • artgpoartgpo Posts: 483
    My son's 2008 Sienna XLE is over a year and half old and not one problem. The fit and finish are flawless. It is more quiet than my 2006 Odyssey. I prefer the Odyssey's handling but the Sienna rides just a little better.
  • squishysquishy Posts: 1
    The passenger sliding door will only power open a short ways then must be moved manually.

    Does anyone know why this happens and if there is an easy fix?


  • myouth3myouth3 Posts: 1
    It seems like everyone is having an electrical issue. Does anyone have a solution if the door lock button can't be used either? It's frozen and doesn't move either with the electrical buttons or manually. The passenger door can't be opened at all.
  • jrivjriv Posts: 1
    i am having the same problem, have you figured it out??
  • It sounds like a mechanical problem as opposed to electrical. If it were an electrical problem, you would still be able to operate the locks manually from the inside of the door or with the key from the outside. You will need to pop the panel off from the inside and check the mecanism. It sounds like one of the rods inside the door had either opoed out of the plastic retaining clip, or the assembly was loose enough to move out of position and jam up. It is a very easy fix, the hard part will be removing the panel inside the van, if you have stow and go seating it is even easier then having to remove the clip in seats so you have room to work inside.
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