Build quality-dealer repainted the roof and tailgate because of peeling, plastic coated ext trim began to yellow(due to harsh high altitude sunshine), replaced right fog light because glass lens fell off. Reliability-Radio CD player-replaced at 75,000mi, Fuel pump failed at 120,000 mi, Transmission started to slip at 175,000 mi(then had it rebuilt). <note to get this mileage out of the overdrive transmission-turnoff/shift-out of over drive when climbing any hill, don't wait for the transmission to shift; this allows transmission pump to run, keeping transmission fluid cooler under the stress of hill climbing in overdrive>. Fuel economy constant 22 mpg. Sold after 11 years at 198,543 mi.
Previous van was a 1997 Dodge Caravan 4cyl auto short wheelbase. As the family grew we need more space & bought the T&C. Having a 3.8 V6 this van scooted ( how it got its name). Comfort was what we needed for long trips. Liked the electronic instrument panel. Drove city/hwy & mountain roads.
Turning diameter is poor, the new T&C's are 5 ft shorter in diameter which is a great improvement. Fog/driving lights were do not improve night driving(light was very diffused).
Car had 89,000 miles when we bought it. It replaced a Ford Aerostar with 249,000 that still ran good with low maintenance. Fuel filter imeadiatley quit working in hot weather--found out this is a common problem. The following year the ABS unit went out-- they only used this particular model for 2 years. A new ABS unit was listed at $2,700, and it took 4 weeks to find a usable one from a wrecking yard. Now the transmission is going out-some pin fell out and cracked the case. It does get pretty good fuel economy 21-27 mpg. I hate this car.
I bought my Town and Country used from
a person who used it to commute alot.
It's a very comfortable car, But we
have spent a good deal of money
working on the Fuel system. The fuel
filter went, the fuel pump went. And
it sputters in the rain. The rear A/C
heater core also broke, but that
wasn't all that critical. I may have
just gotten a car with a lot of use on
it. All in all I am currently looking
at buying a newer one.
Bought in 97 with 40K based on CR at
the time stating trans problems only
plagued 92-94 T&C. Van now has 111K and
we are now contemplating a 2nd overhaul
or reman-trans. Discuss w/ other Chry
owners as well as our local mechanic
reveal that Chry cannot make a reliable
trans. My recomm is buy a Honda or
Toyota. Also, the rear ac/heat system
is not protected from road salt and has
a tendency to rust very quickly. We've
replaced this system twice in the last
5 yrs. Finally, the top of the van
started to peel/rust after 6 yrs. The
local paint & body shop offers a
Chry "rooftop special" -- a good sign
that this happens way too often.
Great storage capacity. Comfortable
seating. Qualifies under the
description of "family truckster"
Transmission is horrible. Rear AC/Heat
is corrosion prone. Roof tends to rust