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180,000 Mile Review
By skeagle on
Vehicle1998 Chrysler Town and Country LXi 4dr Ext Minivan
ReviewBought this highest rated van in 1998.
Wonderful comfort, able performer on the highway and in city.
Wind noise a distraction at highway speeds.
The removable 3rd row seat, although heavy to handle, along with removable 2nd row captains chairs makes the roomy rear better than a pickup.
We've handled many large loads, plywood, sheetrock, easily and out of the weather.
What sinks Chrysler is its miserable reliability.
Replaced a broken transmission 3,000 miles after the warranty expired, our experience with dealership
support after the sale was poor.
Too many expensive repair issues.
Best FeaturesMove than comfortable adjustable front seats and ride, great visibility, captains chairs for passengers, roomy cargo space with or without removable 3rd and 2nd row seats removed. Great acceleration with the V8 when needed. Separate controls for air conditioning for driver and passenger, rear area. Versatile. Family vacation and soccer mom cruiser, great construction cargo hauler.
Worst FeaturesReliabilty, reliabilty, reliabilty. Broken transmission at 50,000 miles required new $4,000 transmission. Left us stranded for a week out of state while local dealerships blew us off, finally got a local garage to replace it as fast as they could get the new tranny shipped. Broken wheel bearing at 70,000 required axle replacement. Broken rocker arm at 170,000 miles (ok this is a lot of miles) = new $4,500 engine. Will not buy another Chrysler product because of reliability issues. Most expensive vehicle ever owned due to repairs. I maintain cars well, drive them til the wheels fall off, but this was lowest total miles on a vehicle yet. Retired it due to repair costs, broken engine.
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