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2006 Chrysler Town and Country Minivan

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Chrysler Town and Country Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.3 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 180 hp @ 5200 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 17/24 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2006 Chrysler Town and Country

  • While it can't match the rock-solid reliability of import rivals, the 2006 Chrysler Town & Country is still worth consideration thanks to its pleasant driving dynamics and versatile interior.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Excellent ride and handling, good low-end pull from 3.8-liter V6, roomy and luxurious interior, innovative fold-flat second- and third-row seats.

  • Cons

    Unimpressive reliability history, major safety features remain optional on lower-level models, no stability control.

  • What's New for 2006

    Starting with December 2005 production, the 2006 Chrysler Town & Country receives a strengthened roof and side structure and updated side curtain airbags to improve its performance in side-impact crashes.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Aiming for 400,000 miles

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Vehicle: 2006 Chrysler Town and Country 4dr Minivan (3.3L 6cyl 4A)

This van has been awesome. I have 300,000 miles on it and am aiming for 400,000. I have only had to replace the fuel pump and water pump and that was only in the last 100,000 miles. Only on the 2nd battery and of course with those miles a couple of sets of tires. Drives like the day I got it. I can't say enough about how awesome and reliable it has been. For a van I am also happy with the 22mpg I get.



27 of 33 people found this review helpful

Beware of power steering problems

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Vehicle: 2006 Chrysler Town and Country 4dr Minivan (3.3L 6cyl 4A)

Search the Internet for town and country power steering and you will see that you WILL be replacing the rack and pinion, as well as pump. The next time you hear a whine when turning the shell, get your wallet out. There should be a recall on these there are so many complaints.



2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Dogs and i love this

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Vehicle: 2006 Chrysler Town and Country 4dr Minivan (3.3L 6cyl 4A)

I am very happy with my Town and Country. Handles great.Comfortable seating. Power when needed.Front brakes had to be done at 30k.I did purchase the extended warranty but so far so good. I had the middle row seat taken out as I bring my Labrador's to the lake or trips with us.




Can't get the airbag light

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Vehicle: 2006 Chrysler Town and Country 4dr Minivan (3.3L 6cyl 4A)

Purchase this vehicle new and have had it serviced for the airbag light coming on many times. The light comes back on before I make it home! The dealer never told me that while the light is on the airbags will not deploy if you get into an accident. 4 years down the road and a new dealer before I was told about the danger, parts have been on order this time since April 2010. Calling Chrysler consumer hot line doesn't seem to help. They say they'll check on things and call you back but they don't. I'm getting frustrated. How long do I have to wait for a part? In the meantime I'm driving a unsafe car.




Brake issues

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Vehicle: 2006 Chrysler Town and Country 4dr Minivan (3.3L 6cyl 4A)

For the most part I have really enjoyed this van. The paint job isn't great. I bought it new and it seems like any small bump will chip the paint. My biggest problem is the brakes with about 75000 miles I am already for my third new set of front brakes. The back which I had checked recently are fine. Have read other complaints about this and think something must be wrong. Otherwise I really haven't had to do much with the van other then regular maintenance.




Average van

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Vehicle: 2006 Chrysler Town and Country 4dr Minivan (3.3L 6cyl 4A)

Had the van for 2 years until my son wrecked it in to a ditch. Air bags went off and he was not hurt, however a minor wreck into a ditch "totaled" the car to my dismay. I had 65,000 miles on it. Power steering leaked, noisy breaks, but in all, a decent vehicle for a van.....



Full 2006 Chrysler Town and Country Review

What's New for 2006

Starting with December 2005 production, the 2006 Chrysler Town & Country receives a strengthened roof and side structure and updated side curtain airbags to improve its performance in side-impact crashes.

Introduction

Introduced in 1990 as an upscale version of the Grand Caravan, the Chrysler Town & Country is now in its third generation after being redesigned for the 2001 model year. After taking heat from the media and consumers alike for its lack of a fold-flat third-row seat, Chrysler equipped long-wheelbase models with what it calls the Stow 'n Go seating and storage system for 2005. This system enables owners to quickly and easily fold the second- and third-row seats into the floor. When the seats are in use by passengers, these in-floor compartments double as storage areas. Also, the third-row split bench may be flipped completely rearward to provide tailgate seating.

The Town and Country offers peppy performance and carlike ride and handling qualities. These minivans have been Chrysler's biggest success story of the last two decades and have always been at or near the top on the segment's sales charts. But these corporate darlings have had their share of problems, as various mechanical woes have tarnished their reliability reputation. Although quality has improved greatly in the last five years, the current generation has had its share of repair issues, and an extended warranty would not be a bad idea if you're planning to keep the van beyond its basic 3-year/36,000-mile warranty period.

Apart from its fold-flat seating and enjoyable driving demeanor, this Chrysler minivan has many charms, among them a comfortable interior, clean styling and an available power liftgate. Depending on what trim level and options are selected, driver and passengers can be ensconced in soft, gathered-leather seats, while triple-zone climate control keeps everyone comfortably cool or warm. In spite of the Town & Country's strengths, competiting imports offer something else that Chrysler won't be able to simply bolt on: a long-standing reputation for exemplary reliability and build quality. Still, plenty of buyers will be won over by the Town and Country's combination of agile handling, comfy ride, expansive interior, stylish sheet metal and iconic presence in the minivan segment.

How do you decide whether to go with the Chrysler minivan or the Dodge version? Basically, there are two considerations -- price and style. The lower-level Grand Caravans have lower base prices, so if you simply need a larger van with minimal features, the Dodge would be the way to go. If you're more flexible on price, the Town & Country offers a slightly more upscale feel. On the subject of style, some buyers are likely to prefer the classy 2006 Chrysler Town & Country, whose front fascia features a 1930s-era winged Chrysler emblem, as opposed to the DGC, whose sportier mug greets you with a head-on shot of a Ram.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The Chrysler Town & Country offers four trim levels -- base, LX, Touring and Limited. The base model is the only standard-wheelbase T&C; the other three are extended wheelbase. Base models are equipped with basic amenities like cruise control, tilt steering, air conditioning, power windows and locks, an AM/FM/CD stereo and a 3.3-liter V6 engine. Moving up to the LX model adds Stow 'n Go fold-flat seating in the second and third rows and power mirrors. The Touring adds dual power-sliding doors, a power liftgate, a power driver seat and a 3.8-liter V6 engine. The top-of-the-line Limited model is further upgraded with three-zone automatic climate control, leather seats, a DVD-based navigation system, rear park assist, three-row side curtain airbags and an Infinity audio system. A rear DVD entertainment system is optional on Touring and Limited models.

Powertrains and Performance

A 3.3-liter, 180-horsepower V6 comes standard on base and LX models. Standard on Touring and Limited models is a 215-hp, 3.8-liter V6. A four-speed automatic is the sole transmission. A Town & Country with the 3.8-liter V6 is a sprightly performer, with crisp response down low and through the midrange. Towing capacity maxes out at 3,800 pounds with the optional towing package.

Safety

Four-wheel antilock disc brakes are standard on all except the base model, which comes with front discs/rear drums and has ABS as an option. Full-length side curtain airbags are optional on base, LX and Touring models, and standard on the Limited. All Chrysler Town & Country models include a new driver knee airbag. Long-wheelbase models earned a full five stars in NHTSA frontal- and side-impact crash tests. The short-wheelbase model posted perfect scores in all categories, except for a four-star rating for side impacts involving front occupants. Frontal-offset crash testing produced an overall "Acceptable" rating (the second highest on a scale of four). When equipped with side curtain airbags, the Town & Country also rated "Acceptable" in IIHS side-impact testing.

Interior Design and Special Features

The star of the show is definitely the Stow 'n Go fold-flat seating and storage system, but the cabin also sports a number of other neat optional features, such as a movable center console equipped with power points and a power rear liftgate. The seats are generally comfortable, and drivers will find most controls within easy reach. Extended versions have 26 cubic feet of cargo capacity behind the 60/40-split third-row seats, and a maximum of 168 cubes with all second- and third-row seats folded into the floor.

Driving Impressions

The Chrysler Town & Country's most endearing qualities continue to be its agile handling and supple ride characteristics. We suspect that this minivan will surprise and win over a lot of folks who expect the minivan driving experience to be an exercise in lethargic vehicle dynamics. The 3.3-liter V6 engine provides adequate acceleration, but larger families and those who tow a trailer will prefer the added power of the 3.8-liter V6.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 17
  • cty
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  • 24
  • highway
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