Decent power with the 3.3-liter V-6, and can be turned into a trick sport wagon with the addition of the 3.8-liter V-6 . The AWD Town & Country is a nice alternative to truck-like sport utility vehicles.
Although these are some of the hottest selling minivans in the country, their reliability suggests that Chrysler's engineers should pay less attention to cup holder placement and more attention to making sure that all of the screws are tightened.
What's New for 1997
Chrysler's luxury minivans get a few improvements this year, as AWD extended length models are added to the lineup. Also new this year is…
by msbiggs30 on Aug 3, 2009 Vehicle: 1997 Chrysler Town and Country LXi 4dr Ext Minivan AWD
I bought this van b/c I needed more room for my 3 small children. The first thing to go wrong was the passenger sliding door. It gets stuck sometimes and is hard to open. The wipers have a mind of their own and will usually come on when I turn on the blinker. The ceiling lining is falling down. The passenger window has come off track, but the window motor is still good. I recently took it for a diagnostic check and found that my 2 sensor and EG valve needs replacing. This was the reason that my "check engine" light was on. The cd player no longer works, but the radio is still good. Aside from these flaws it's very comfortable and luxurious feeling. My kids love all the room!!
by calbeard on Oct 28, 2008 Vehicle: 1997 Chrysler Town and Country LX 4dr Ext Minivan
Many good things about this van, but the bad points are major: The transmission is, at best good for 50,000 miles. My transmission repair guy says that this type of transmission keeps him in business. I've put in three. Gas mileage is very poor. Open highway we get 16, city 13. Several mechanics say that there is nothing wrong. My full size van with a V-8 got better gas mileage. Brake pads last about six months, tires about a year.
by billdeb on May 18, 2008 Vehicle: 1997 Chrysler Town and Country LXi 4dr Ext Minivan
We bought ours used with 90k, very nice van, lost both back window motors, problem with wipers working when it rains (go figure) and just developed brake line leak inside rear wheel manifold. Great family vehicle, fun to drive, we will buy another.
by ed on Dec 2, 2007 Vehicle: 1997 Chrysler Town and Country LXi 4dr Ext Minivan
This vehicle started as a good priced buy. It needed work which I could do and save money. The body was in nice shape but the mechanicals needed more than I expected. Every week for a couple of months it dollared me to death (I have gotten rid of vehicles for giving me less trouble). But I loved the ride and drive. After appx. $1000 in needed work it started to come around. Didn't last long, transmission went out to the tune of $2400. Had it replaced. One major concern from day one. The engine will shut down for appx. a second. If running at highway speeds it will restart. If very slow or stopped it will die completely. But it will restart immediately. This doesn't bother me too much-so far.
by Ray on Nov 27, 2007 Vehicle: 1997 Chrysler Town and Country LX 4dr Ext Minivan
We bought this car new and other than regular maintenance haven't had any repair issues. The real problem thought is the lack of headlights. In fact I can't believe that it is legal to sell a car with headlights this bad. We drive all the time with the brights on and never does anyone flash their lights at us. \The dims are completely useless and the brights only slightly better.
by Lou Hancherick on Oct 27, 2005 Vehicle: 1997 Chrysler Town and Country LXi 4dr Ext Minivan AWD
This is the third Chrysler built AWD van that I have owned. By far this is the best one yet and all of them were better than any SUV (Stupid Useless Vehicles) I often drive to Texas Louisanna, and Florida from Pennslvania and this T&C can be driven all day in pure comfort. I have put 22,000 miles on this vehicle without any major problems. Too bad Chrysler is no longer building vans with the AWD option. I might have to switch to a Toyota but would rather buy American.
Chrysler's luxury minivans get a few improvements this year, as AWD extended length models are added to the lineup. Also new this year is a sporty SX model, which replaces last year's LX as the regular length Town and Country. Families with kids will love the standard left-side sliding door on this vehicle.