We bought this snow-white Chrysler Town & Country minivan mainly to have the capacity to carry our four grandchildren around, haul assorted things with the seats down and generally use on long vacation trips. It was bought used from a local, well trusted dealer.
They are many things we do love about this van. First and foremost is the "Stow-n-Go" seats. Having had other Dodge and Ford vans in the past that had to have the heavy seats physically removed, this feature is a blessing. In a matter of seconds, the seats can be folded into the seat well and you end up with a full, flat floor!
The van handles very well. It does not feel like a large vehicle as my old Suburban did. The heated leather seats are very comfortable with many different adjustments. The power sliding side doors and the power rear lift gate are also a welcome feature.
All the normal controls are easy to reach and operate. Ours has the navigation and DVD entertainment system and is truly worth the money when traveling with the grandkids. What did we do before DVDs?
The engine is responsive and quiet. Gas milage ranges from 17 mpg city to 24 mpg highway (75 mph).
That is most of the love portion of the review.
Now for the hate portion....
Our van had 15000 miles on it when we bought it. (New for us) At about 32000 miles the front brakes started making that terrible metal-to-metal brake sound that we all hate. A trip to the dealer service center revealed (?) the pads and the rotors would need to be replaced. After reading other reviews and comments, this seems to be the norm for the original pads. $225 later, all was well. Hopefully, aftermarket pads will last longer.
Two weeks ago, while my wife was at Wal-mart (where else ?) the transmission started making a growling sound and it would not move and further. The dealer service center towed it in the next day and had to replace the left drive shaft. The spline was stripped. According to the service manager, that was the first he had ever seen. Luckily, that was under warranty, so no cost associated.
The following week, the battery gave up the ghost and has to be replaced. Another $80 gone.
As I am writing this review, the van is back in the shop making a loud whining sound that seems to be emanting from the power steering pump. It is really bad in the mornings when it is cold. We will see about that. It will be a warranty job also.
Amount Paid (US$):
2006Model and Options:
Town & Country Limited