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Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan 2005+



  • dennisctcdennisctc Posts: 1,168
    However I have my reserve on the reliability , but if the van behave that is going to be a great deal ...time will tell. I am getting out of a Montana 2002 and I was pretty disapointed by the van, way to many problem for a 4 years old van. if the Dodge can just do slightly better I'll be more than happy

    I've had my 2005 GC SXT with tow/power hatch and sunroof for 1.5 trouble free years so far...LOVE IT!!! No problems and it tows my Coleman Tent trailer with ease. Hope you're as happy as I am so far!!!!
  • baveuxbaveux Posts: 175
    Wow thats good news , thanks gents for sharing your experience with me !!
  • baveuxbaveux Posts: 175
    Do you know where I can find the diagram showing the brake switch. I
    have to install a brake controller and it must be connected to the
    cold side of the switch , since I dont want to poke the wire for
    nothing having the right wire color would help a lot.Thanks in advance
  • marine2marine2 Posts: 1,155
    I wish you luck with your new van. I also have a 2005 DGC. It's 18 months old now and have had no problems with it at all. I did have one recall on it a couple of months ago, for a possible crimp in the hose. I took it in when changing the oil. Had it back in little more than 40 min.

    I did get an extended warranty on mine. Paid about $1,300.00 for it. It was a lot more than what I paid on my other car, but fixing these vehicles have gone up too. I found out it cost me over a thousand dollars to replace the compressor and condenser on my old car. With all the electrical stuff on these vans, it's hard to believe you can keep them seven years and have nothing go out on them. We use the a/c here in Arizona about eight months out of the year. Plus, it would have cost me over $900.00 for seven years just for AAA road side service and this extended warranty has roadside service with it, so I figure it's not that bad at all and I won't have to worry about any of that stuff breaking for seven years, which is as long as I will keep it.
  • dm3dm3 Posts: 25
    Where did you get an extended warranty for $1300? I've been looking for a 7yr/100k mile $0 dedutible Chrysler warranty. I've seen prices from around $2000-$3500.
  • dennisctcdennisctc Posts: 1,168
    Do you know where I can find the diagram showing the brake switch. I
    have to install a brake controller and it must be connected to the
    cold side of the switch , since I dont want to poke the wire for
    nothing having the right wire color would help a lot.Thanks in advance

    Sorry, I haven't a clue. I had an RV dealer install it for me.
  • marine2marine2 Posts: 1,155
    I bought it right here from the Dodge dealer. Mine was for 7/70. Right now, it looks like I will have the seven years before I get 70,000 miles on it.
  • baveuxbaveux Posts: 175
    Hey, if by any chance you have to look under the dashbord ;-) tonight or tomorrow ...try to see where the RED wire of the controller is connected ;-))

    I will thank you a gazillion of time !!!
  • hcookhcook Posts: 2
    Hello all,

    Just bought a 2005 T&C Touring, and have a question about the rear park assist chime.

    We couldn't hear the chime when we test drove it, but the dealer said that it's working but is extremely quiet. They acknowledge that they've had some complaints about it, but that there's no recall or official fix yet.

    Heard of this problem? Experienced it? Ideas?

  • heavydoeheavydoe Posts: 10
    We have a 2005 Special Edition. Our parking assist beeps only when the led lights turn red. The closer you get the louder it gets, and when you get about a foot from the object the radio automatically mutes and all you can hear is the beeping.
  • ClairesClaires Chicago areaPosts: 1,221
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  • kronykrony Posts: 110
    Anyone know if the Chrysler minivan transmission issues are resolved? Seems like they still were around in the last generation.

    Haven't seen a transmisson replacement allowance warranty on new ones so thought I'd check with you folks. :)
  • I believe they have been fixed. Now, that doesn't mean that some won't experience trans. problems. (Which all manufactures do). We have an 01 DGC EX with close to 80K and no trans. problems. We've had trans. maintenance done twice with the changing of fluid and filter replacement. From what I have read, most problems came from the wrong trans. fluid being used. (Which only Daimlerchrysler sales.) The other was the lack of space in the engine compartment. This didn't allow enough ventilation for the heat to escape. This caused premature trans. fluid brake down and resulted to trans. failure. :shades:
  • 1997montez341997montez34 NJ, USAPosts: 202
    The wife and I turned in our leased 2005 SXT on a new '06 last night. We worked a great deal on the '06 since the incentives are high right now and the dealers are extra motivated to make room for the '07s. We were able to turn in a month early. I was lucky that my local dealer had exactly the van we were looking for on their lot.

    I noticed a new subtle but nice differences between our old '05 and the new '06. The 2nd row seats are definitelhy softer and cushier in the '06. I didn't mind the firm seats in the '05 but many posters here complained about them. The '06 seats are noticably softer. Also, the Stow 'N Go bins have an extra hinge in the '06 which makes t much easier to access the bins for storage without moving the front seats up. Very convenient touch.

    We had 27,000 happy miles on our '05 and I am looking forwad to the next two years with the '06.
  • dadto3dadto3 Posts: 17
    Okay, it's time for the dumb question of the day. I have a 2005 T&C Touring that we bought used. We don't have all of the manual info on it. It has a 6 CD changer in-dash...but I don't know how to load more than one in it...can someone tell me? It also has the in-dash 6 DVD loader, which I can figure out, but the CD player has me stumped.
  • dadto3dadto3 Posts: 17
    Has anyone had problems with their DVD player? I have a 2005 T&C and cannot play or eject and of the DVD's in the player. I get an "ERROR" message on the stereo. Took it in today and was told they have to replace the whole DVD player. Just curious if this is a common problem.
  • samnoesamnoe Posts: 731
    I recieved information from Chrysler on the 2007 model minivans. Both engines have a lower horsepower rating - the bigger one, the 3.8L is now just 200 hp (down from 207, which was down from 215 in 2004); and the smaller one, the 3.3L is now just 170 hp (down from 180 in the past).

    What gives?
  • micwebmicweb Posts: 1,617
    Most likely compliance with the new SAE test standards for horsepower which, among other things, require that accesories be attached to the engine (and hence drain some power).
  • hansiennahansienna Posts: 2,312
    Look at 2007 Pacifica 3.8L and 4.0L engines to see what the 2008 DC minivan 4.0L V6 will have: 3.8L has the same 200HP and 235 lb-ft torque as the 2007 DC minivans but the 4.0L has 255 HP and 265 lb-ft torque with a 6 speed AT.
    I would prefer the DC 4.0L 255 HP and 265 lb-ft torque to the 266 HP ( @ 6200 RPM) and lower 245 lb-ft torque of the 2007 Sienna 3.5L V6.
    DC minivans have higher TORQUE for real power instead of bloated HP ratings that are primarily used for bragging in advertising.
  • samnoesamnoe Posts: 731
    Well, Hans. My question is, will the 4.0L from DCX be comparable to Toyotas 3.5L for refinement? Will it be a pushrod, or some newer technology? Will the new minivan be more fuel efficient than before, or will it still trailing Toyotas?

    Chrysler definitely wants to remain "minivan leader", and they need to work hard for that. I am anxiously waiting on the reports of the media after the January auto show.
  • hansiennahansienna Posts: 2,312
    I can NOT detect any "refinement" in my 2006 Sienna 3.3L V6 compared to my 2002 T&C LX 3.3L V6 although the Sienna seems to have slightly more power with slightly better gas mileage. (28.8 MPG on the same trip a year later than the 28.2 MPG the T&C got). My T&C was rated 18 City 24 Highway while the Sienna is rated 19 City 26 Highway.

    Based on mailings from Toyota, the recommended routine maintenance will cost MORE for the Sienna than the Chrysler for every maintenance interval. :sick:

    Are pushrod engines less expensive to maintain than the newer technology?
  • Does anybody have experience with diminished value? Wife was hit by lawn care truck which ripped the front bodywork off. Their insurance is paying for the repair $5000+, but the resale value will be diminished since it was wrecked. How do you collect on that? Thanks. P.S. state of Missouri.
  • hansiennahansienna Posts: 2,312
    Sadly, the insurance companies have too many lobbyists that have bought off politicians at state and federal levels. :lemon: The vehicle owner ALWAYS loses money when a vehicle is damaged in a wreck whether the owner was at fault or not.
    I have never seen anyone get compensated for diminished value. I lost large amounts of money when vehicles I owned were totalled when struck by another vehicle.
    The insurance companies will only pay to get a vehicle repaired by the lowest bidder using inferior parts or will pay wholesale, auction prices when a vehicle is totalled.
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 11,024
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  • Thank you Hansienna and kirstie h. Your input is greatly appreciated.
  • I have same problem. Just stopped playing with disk error. Dealer looked at it and now all the lights are blinking and cost $1,300 to fix. Emailed Chrysler CS and no TSB. Trying to find a shop to fix/replace for less.

    I believe I can hook up a portable DVD player for under $100 and hook it to the outlets and play from the screen.

    Let me know if you find a solution.
  • Have a 05 T&C and had front pump and torque converter replaced at 40k under powertrain warranty for $100 deductible. The van had a code 0988 at 10k which is a trans code and had to be reset.

    I believe there are still issues with trans problems. I had the dealer do a trans flush service at 30k so they can't say trans failure was due to lack of service.
  • had my 2005 T&C tranny replaced with 1,800 miles on new vehicle only after i fought with them and had 3 TSB's done, i could not believe the way chrysler handles warranty problems, was at dealer for 2 weeks, gave me a loaner before they decided to fix it, plus a had paint issues, i.e., severe runs on hood lip, all doors interior lips where i presume clamps were used during assembly are bare, slag at bottom of 2 doors breaks off and exposes bare metal, new muffler system installed because of put-put sound, all before 2,500 miles, now at 17,000 miles a rough idle and guess what, no hassle from chrysler, they put in new plugs and complete cable system no questions asked, what a piece of crap i purchased, it in my opinion was worse than buying a used car off the lot, at least used one might expect a couple minor issues :lemon:
  • hansiennahansienna Posts: 2,312
    Trade it off for an Odyssey that will never have any problems. :shades:
  • marine2marine2 Posts: 1,155
    Has anyone seen the 2008's. They are something else. It looks like Chrysler did their homework on these babies. Edmunds should have the pictures and info out on them by now.
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