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2006 Chrysler Town and Country

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The practical people mover for the long term
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By Alex
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2006 Chrysler Town and Country 4dr Minivan (3.3L 6cyl 4A)


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This is my third Chrysler Product. I had a 94 Grand Caravan. Great engine but poor transmission that required rebuild at 90k miles but the car lasted as a whole until 180k miles with routine maintenance and was still drivable when I donated it to charity. I then had a 2001, where they added a transmission cooler and fixed the transmission issues. The 3.3 Liter (and it's cousin the 3.8) are now powerful engines especially if moving a nearly 5,000 lb car, but it's not meant to be fast. Good torque and the O.H.V engine design keep things simple, and costs down for repairs. This simpler engine has been around for a very long time, and it's fairly easy to service. But at 180 HP for such a heavy car, it' s very slow. I now bought my Mom a 2006 Town and Country, the upscale version of the Dodge Grand Caravan. I feel that in the used car marketplace, the Town and Country is priced nearly identical to the Dodge Grand Caravan but in initial purchase, they are 10k to 15k more in price for not much more in features. I think that if you are buying it without power sliding doors (less that can break) and without a lot of fancy electronics there is less that can break. The best feature of this car is the stow-and-go. You can convert it to a errand car for trips to Home Depot very easily. Another thing not often mentioned is that if you have large dogs, like German Shepherd, or Mastiff, this car's ability to put the rear 60/40 bench seat down and put a dog carrier in the back, is a great way to carry large pets, especially with a lower step in height. Did you ever try to help a 12 year old arthritic dog into a cross over or SUV and help lift such a heavy dog into the tall load floor?

For me, my Minivan is my go to car for long trips, or for trips to get paint, or sheetrock. The cost of not renting a truck is very handy. I think it's a fantastic practical car. It's not particularly fast, but it's a well known design and it's been around forever. I had to replace the water pump at 60k miles. I strongly recommend any new owner change the transmission fluid at 60k miles and again at 120k. You need ATF+4 and make sure Chrysler does it, not some cheapo oil change, as this car is very sensitive to having the correct transmission fluid. Stay on top of your fluid changes for the tranny with these cars. I have over 100k miles and I mostly had little annoying problems, like door switches and window regulators, but not major break downs. Basic upkeep of new tires, brakes, frequent oil changes. I recommend changing the PCV and EGR valve at the 75,000 mile tuneup, as these parts are not expensive, and can keep car running smoother longer.

Overall, it's one of the lowest cost-of-entry in the used car marketplace and cheaper than a Honda or Toyota Sienna while offering all the same value. I like this older body style compared to squared off new version. I also like the fact that they kept the same engine and transmission around for a long time, unlike Kia that went for a well known 3.8 DOHC engine to a 3.4 Liter with variable valve timing in only 10 years. To me, keeping the same basic engine and transmission around for 3 decades helps keep costs down both during purchase and repair time. Overall, not a fancy car, but a very practical car. I recommend.


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Do not buy!!!!!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Claude
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2006 Chrysler Town and Country 4dr Minivan (3.3L 6cyl 4A)


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Bought car brand new back in 2006. Problems slowly started coming up around 2009. Now the van is an absolute junk. It burns oil. The head gasket might be blown because it is leaking anti freeze what it appears to be from the heads. The gas tank has a hairline crack that wont pass emissions. The headlights turn off by themselves while driving at night every once in a while. A very common problem with the headlight switch in this car. The driver window wont go down anymore. And the rear passenger door locks wont work either. Need to lock and unlock manually. Started with the right sliding door. Now the left sliding door wont work. Absolute garbage. Stay away. Buyer beware!!


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Problem and more problems
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By Lindsey Hass
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2006 Chrysler Town and Country 4dr Minivan (3.3L 6cyl 4A)


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We have had dangerous break problems in winter. The car won't stop. We have taken the car in several times and they say there fine no problems. Eletrical keeps failing which includes the headlights, overhead lights, window motors, pasanger sliding door, assist parking, and plug ins along with sensors. The power steering has been replaced twice. The alternator has failed. The check engine light keeps coming on and no one knows why. Don't forget it will just fail in the middle of driving and can not find the problem. The van will burn oil as well. Bought the van from a dealer and everything was supposed to work. The dealer covered up the fact the van did not have real leather as the seats were cracked and covered up. The van started to rust in year three. Had to cover that up as well. Could not find regular car seats to fit in the car. I had to buy 500 (each) car seats to fit for the kids. There is no room in the back for their legs with small kids.


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Aiming for 400,000 miles
15 of 15 people found this review helpful
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By sdrkgideon
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2006 Chrysler Town and Country 4dr Minivan (3.3L 6cyl 4A)


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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.


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Love the stow & go seats. Very handy


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Beware of power steering problems !
30 of 39 people found this review helpful
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By utgrad92
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2006 Chrysler Town and Country 4dr Minivan (3.3L 6cyl 4A)


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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.


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