2005 Chrysler Town and Country Touring 4dr Ext Minivan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)
this van at 47K, put 20K on it. (had a '98 T&C LXI w/AWD.) The '05 is nice, but AWD was better than traction control. Van has held up fairly well, but a LOT of small items set off the CHECK ENGINE light. All pwr equipment still works. We HAVE had issues: EGR valve, ABS sensors, the famous power steering whine (replaced belt, PS pump, still occurs.) Also replaced tensioner & noisy idler pulley to resolve belt slip in wet conditions, plus the inevitable brake pads/rotors. The 3.8L is powerful, but front wheels can spin easily in the rain. 6-disc DVD system is handy, but sound quality is poor compared to the Infinity system in the LXI. Gets good MPG for a van. Overall a decent car.
- 3.8L engine has enough torque to move the van well
- Overall - car feels solid
- Power equipment seems reliable so far
- DVD system has held up well
- Stow & Go is handy, as is storage beneath floor
- Plenty of room for whole family, luggage & summer vacation stuff
- Solid, predictable handling & braking
- Too many hard plastic surfaces inside.
- Check Engine light easily triggered
- no All Wheel Drive that year
- Paid for extended warranty from Chrysler (to 70K mi.) but never received any acknowledgement from them; they sent the sales pitch for Sirius radio right away, though.
Power steering noise should be a recall, it happens on so many vehicles
Driver seat is power, passenger seat isn't??
NOTE: Save yourself from headaches: use synthetic or synthetic blend oils, also change your transmission fluid & filter more often than the owner's manual recommends!!
I had that famous power steering whine.
Several things are important to prevent or cure it.
If you don't do it, you'll end up replacing your rack and pinion...take it from one who bought a 2001 and had to do exactly that.
At the bottom of the power steering reservoir is a fine-mesh screen that's used as a filter.
After about 60,000 miles, this screen starts to get plugged up since the ATF +4 (notice the reference) eventually breaks down.
Replace the power steering reservoir about every 60,000 miles and bleed the system with a vacuum pump.
The reservoir cost me $30 last time and I tackled the job myself.
In addition, many power steering fluids contain Teflon.
This is a death sentence to your rack and pinion.
The mesh screen will quickly plug up, starve the power steering pump, and even make your steering rack fail.
This is also what causes that howl.
Use only ATF +4 just like in your transmission...accept no substitutes, even if your repair person says it's okay.
Pay a little more if you have to, but don't use Dextron with a modifier (Lubegard).
I did that with a Neon and found the transmission starting to shift to 1st at 20 miles an hour.
Replaced the fluid and it returned to normal.
Thanks Jiffy Lube (no, they don't have ATF +4).
Applies to all Chrysler vehicles that call for ATF +3 or +4.
Just so you know.
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