Excessive oil consumption—defined as more than one quart per 1,000 miles (on vehicles with less than 50,000 miles) or more than one quart per 750 miles (on vehicles with more than 50,000 miles)—is common. Common causes include exhaust valve guides, valve cover gaskets, camshaft plugs, camshaft seals, and crankshaft seal.
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2006 Chrysler Town & Country Problems
Worn sway bar bushings or sway bar end links may cause a rattling or clunking noise from the front suspension during low-speed driving. Though not always the root cause, front struts are often replaced for this condition.
It is not uncommon or the power window motor and/or regulator to fail. In most cases the door panel will require removal to determine the exact failure.
Some vehicles may develop a musty odor coming from the HVAC system, Dodge has issued a cleaner/disinfectant and a coating for the evaporator designed to inhibit bacterial growth.
Headlight switches can fail, causing the headlights to intermittently stay in the on or off position. Repeatedly turning the switch on and off may temporarily fix the problem. Replacement of the switch is needed to resolve this issue.
2006 Chrysler Town & Country Recalls (Recent)
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Under certain environmental conditions, a front crash sensor for the airbag system may crack, allowing water intrusion. This can cause the sensor to fail and illuminate the airbag warning light. The airbag system may not deploy as designed when the airbag warning light is on, increasing the risk of personal injury in the event of a crash. Dealers will replace the affected sensors with ones of a new design. This recall is expected to begin during June 2010. The Chrysler recall number is J38.
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The front windshield wiper motor armature shaft may break. Loss of windshield wiping capability could occur, resulting in the driver's vision being obscured, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will replace the windshield wiper motor to correct this concern. This recall is scheduled to begin during June and July of 2006. The Chrysler recall number is F10.
2006 Chrysler Town & Country Questions and Answers
I'm having a problem accelerating with a Chrysler Town and Country. Transmission Oil looked good and it was full. I'm thinking it's a sensor?
I am having difficulty changing the turn signal bulb - what do I do?
I have changed all the spark plugs and wires according to the manual and the firing order of the vehicle. I have no check engine light, but now when you accelerate over half way of the depressio...
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2006 Chrysler Town & Country Reviews
I purchased a Limited with 55k in July 2013.. I have 60k on it now (Dec 2013). This thing has turned me into a driveway mechanic...
It rides and drives great... when it runs and I'm not chasing mechanical issues with it. Driving it off the lot, I experienced a shudder at about 40mph--- the selling dealer split the cost of replacing the Torque Converter, which fixed the shudder. Apparently there is a service bulletin on it--- it isn't a safety issue, but is annoying as heck. The only reason the dealer wouldn't do it for free is b/c they had to fix a load of other issues that surfaced on the drive home as well-- E.g., Check engine light (EVAP leak-Solenoid), side door lock & auto-close issues (bad wiring harnesses), bad wheel bearing, etc. They didn't have a return policy- obviously, but made lemonade out of the apparent lemon. I'm now adding vodka after 6-months and 5k miles.
About a week after the dealer said 'enough, you're on your own', another check engine light--> a new EVAP leak... it was roll-over valve on the gas tank... thus I had to install a NEW gas tank. The tube connecting the valve had stretched and wouldn't maintain connection. While I had the tank off, I went ahead and replaced the fuel pump as a preventative measure.
I recently encountered the loud squeal problem some have mentioned-- After checking alignment of the pulleys for serpentine belt, it was the main crankshaft pulley. It was wobbling & out of alignment. After getting the pulley off, I could see the rubber gasket running around it was totally shot-- a new one solved the problem. My wife was thrilled she is no longer heard coming and going from a mile away anymore.
Last week, the EGR valve went bad and kicked a code... it was an easy fix (and cheap @ $45 on amazon), but annoying to see the check engine light... again.
It looks like the previous owner or dealer had replaced the drivers side headlight b/c it is brand new, but the passenger side has so much condensation in it to render it useless. I'm ordering a new one this week.
For those thinking about the Limited for navigation and fancy controls-- I'd say skip it. We use our phones for nav b/c the T&Cs screen is so low (waist high) in the dash and the controls are antiquated. All of the controls in the dash are difficult to see and use- Especially the climate control modules... too many buttons that are all way too low (feels like they're by your shins) to see easily. The center console is a bottomless pit, without cup-holders. For 2006, I'm sure all of this was advanced-- I've just been spoiled by renting a ton of new cars over the past couple of years. Maybe after another 5-10k I'll be used to it all and this won't be as concerning.
Fuel efficiency- we're averaging 17mpg... I expected at least 20mpg for city.
Now to the likes about this van-- as mentioned earlier, we love the drive and ride of the van. It's really comfortable for us and the kids... loads of room in the cockpit. The stow-and-go seats are the core reason we purchased the Town and Country (also looked at Caravans)... they have proven to be everything we hoped for and then some. The 3.8L's power is just enough for getting in and out of traffic in a large metropolis like Houston. With the 4-wheel disc brakes, it has great stopping power.
Overall, we're disappointed in reliability with the issues we've faced in the first six months... I realize it's a used vehicle, but with so few miles, I had higher expectations. Now, I think I know why there are so few miles... it was in the shop half the time.
We're hopeful the hangover from this vodka LEMONade goes away in 2014 and it gives me my weekends back by not needing repairs.
One last note-- We recently rented a 2013 T&C on a family trip and... Chrysler has made good on most of my gripes as it was a great van all around... especially the controls and center console. I'm still searching for a wrecked 2013 so I can buy a cheap center console to attempt to retrofit it into ours!
we bought our van used from a car dealer and it had like 40k on it in 2010 and had problems with the sliding side doors but nothing much of anything else. Now we got almost 90k miles on it and its got a little knocking sound eveytime u start it and goes away and we got a winning noise form the power steering pump but over all we really ant had any major problems yet thank god
wish I had read the reviews before I bought my Chrysler. I don't think I would believe that about the whining sound if I didn't hear for myself. I've taken it to the shop many times and I've been told that is my imagination. Now my alternator is gone. The heater stopped working last winter. Sensor say car is over heating when it's not. I love having a mini van but I think my days of denial about my Chrysler are over.
My van is a "limited".. Yes.. very limited indeed.. from traveling out of town last two years... My complication with my van is that the knocking I'm having after changing out the lifters, bolts,new filters & of course oil ect... cost us around $350 yesterday...It still is tapping, or knocking from below near the driver side and upon acceleration it becomes worse & louder!..Maybe the rods? I'm deeply upset.. Just changed the starter three weeks ago... cost us $120 to repair that new... This has now 98,ooo miles on it and haven't driven more than 1,2oo miles total in over 2 years also... haven't been able to go out of town in my van for over 2 years, due to financial matters unable to repair like we'd like.. I have to borrow a family memebrs vehicle to go more than 15 miles away in fear of this Van crapping the bed on us... we're trying to get this repaired inexpensively without having a new motor in this. We had electrical issues 2 years ago, month after we purchased, where the both slider doors wouldn't open and the van would stall when driving for over 30 minutes.. (nothing to do with fuel pump,or battery,which could cause the stalling) that's repaired..BUT this issue with the ticking/chatter noise is horrible..any idea? rods/bearings??? Thank you ! Mel
I cannot even list all the things that I have had fixed on my CHrysler Town and Country. LEMON! As soon as the warranty went out it started having problem after problem. Currently it has no air conditioning and I live in WV (always hot and humid). I have had things fixed I have never heard of! I will never buy another one. I wish someone would start a lawsuit against Chrysler. They used cheap crap to make our cars and then filed bankruptcy! Ughhhh