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Wife loves it, mechanicals are good
By billgrissom on
Vehicle2002 Chrysler Town and Country Limited AWD 4dr Minivan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)
ReviewBought at 150K mi, currently 195K.
Top of line w/ features I would never pay for new. AWD and about the last year that was offered.
Engine is dependable pushrod type and still like new.
Only major problem was a cracked flex-plate, requiring transmission removal, so I rebuilt the tranny.
It was perfect inside w/ <2 mil wear on all clutch plates.
Maybe rebuilt before, though no sticker.
Engine wiring was degraded near exhaust.
Common high-end problems - erratic electric doors, auto-temp blower "resistor" failed, CD changer flashes, power steering cooler hoses leaked (dealer-installed tow package), heated seats stopped, TPMS dings bother messages and not paying $50/wheel to change batteries every 5 years.
Edmunds pinged me for an update (Mar 2016). Now 215K miles. CD changer fixed - paper label stuck inside, power steering pump (Toyota type) has leaked several times at fitting and at split body and is very hard to access, changed all coolant hoses to silicone and waterless coolant so hopefully no more corrosion, rear valve cover has leaked several times, and I see oil again but could be from timing cover (much tougher job).
Edmunds wants an update again (Sep 2016). Van still looks great at 16 yrs and 229K miles. See http://forum.chryslerminivan.net for the best info on fixing common problems. All 2002-04 V-6 suffer a melted fuel injector harness, that is an easy fix. The V-6 engines and transmissions have proven very reliable. Smart to buy a silver one so that as the clear-coat fails, it won't look horrid like the darker vehicles you see in parking lots, esp. here in sunny CA.
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