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Chrysler Town & Country Excessive Oil usage

Chrysler Town & Country Problem
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Model Years Affected: 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010

Engine Affected: 3.8L V6

Average Mileage: 85,248 mi (45,000 mi - 300,000 mi)


There have been reports of excess oil consumption due to oil burning in the combustion chamber. This can be occurring even without the traditional blue oil smoke noted from the tail pipe. In some cases this oil consumption is due to problems with the PCV system. It is recommend a complete inspection of the PVC system, including this oil baffle inside the valve cover, be performed if excess oil consumption is noted. According to the manufacturer, usage of 1quart of oil every 1,000 miles is acceptable.

  • Visitor, , 3.8L V6, 100,000 mi

    I got my 2008 van in 2010. I love the van but for the last year I had to replace the bearings. This is what the loud noise was from. I change my oil routinely because during my sons school year I have to drive him to school five days awake. I usually hit the mileage befor the month to change the oil. For the last year I have been experiencing a loss of oil before the next oil change arrives. This has been happening for about a year now. I have to bring it back to my guys that do my oil change. They are just as baffled about the situation as I'am. There is know oil on the ground where the van sits. Now I think the suspension is going out. I still owe a lot on this van. I thought with the name of chrysler assigned to this van I would have a dependable vehicle. I know it was a rental van. So I knew that it would have to be kept up. I still have to get the recall stuff done on this van but I'm afraid to bring it to the local dealer. I still have a oil problem to this day. I had my oil changed on December 17. And my return date was March 17 or 101,000 miles, give or take a few more miles but my oil change chime is already chiming. My husband and I checked the oil level and the stick was almost dry. Does Chrysler realize that this could severely damage the vans engine and us customers can't afford new cars.

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  •  Rookie

    I have to put at least a quart of oil every 2 weeks

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  •  Enthusiast

    Uses a quart of oil every 1200-1300 miles.

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  • Visitor, , 58,000 mi

    uses oil add 1 qt 800 to 1000 m

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  • Visitor, , 104,409 mi

    2005 t&c has begun to use 1qt every 750 miles without any visible sign leaks or smoke. Vehicle has 104409 miles.The problem has been an on going issue over past year.I changed pcv valve without any success.Chrysler needs to address if they want to keep loyal customers.

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  • Visitor, , 3.8L V6, 84,000 mi

    I have been doing oil consumption tests every 1,000 miles because I am going through a quart of oil. Never see oil dripping on the ground or smoking out the exhaust.

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  • Visitor, , 3.8L V6, 55,000 mi

    Oil light came on oil 3/4 of a quart low. Have been doing oil consumption test the last three thousand miles and it burns 3/4 of a quart every 1000 miles. I have owned cars that were 14 years old with over 200 thousand miles on them and never burned 3/4 of a quart in between oil changes. There have been many problems with this vehicle. We purchased new in 2008 with the life time power train warranty, lets see what they are going to do to take care of the situation.

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  • Visitor, , 300,000 mi

    I own 5 T&C's. 2002 up. The 3.8 burns oil like a *&^%$. Each engine takes at least 1 qt per 3 thousand miles. Bad engine design. I recently purchased a new 2015 with newer, smaller engine. We will see.

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  • Visitor, , 125,000 mi

    October 2014, Richmond VA - Some 3 years ago at 90Kmi I drained <4 qts from a car that holds 6 so that was about 1 qt per 4Kmi the first time I went long using synthetic at a 10K oil change interval. Since then, I went down to 8K between changes with regular oil checks. If the engine sounds a bit rough, you are low on oil! I knew because I tracked mileage since I do my own oil changes using Mobil 1 full synthetic extended performance 5W20 (oil weight as specified) with FRAM filter for synthetic oil. Now at ~125Kmi, I found I am now losing about 1 quart per 2Kmi. I just switched to Mobil 1 full synthetic high mileage and should check the PCV valve or simply replace it, not sure the cost yet. I suspect the PCV valve will not do much to help since reading all these posts. I'm wondering how long the catalytic converter (cat) will continue to work under these conditions.

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  •  Rookie

    burning about 1 quart every 800 to 1000 miles. Chrysler is crazy if they consider this normal. RECALL!

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