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Chrysler Town & Country Reasons for Excess Oil Consumption

 
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Model Years Affected: 1990, 1992, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

Engines Affected: 3.3L V6, 3.8L V6, 4.0L V6

Average Mileage: 61,887 mi (10,000 mi - 205,000 mi)

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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.

  • Visitor, , 70,000 mi

    I am seeing that this is a common problem with Chrysler. Chrysler has a document (Star Online Document # 999926737) that indicates that this common in these vehicles. When I first contacted Chrysler they said this much consumption was an acceptable industry standard. Teh afore mentioned document is not available to anyone but dealers. I am currently seeking assistance from the attourny of Texas to get them to honor my service contract and replace piston rings or valve seals to fix this problem. I don't expect to win but plan to raise hell! Chrysler is irresponsible, arrogant and not worthy of your respect or continued patronage, in my opinion.

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  •  Rookie

    Purchased 2008 T&C van with 3.8L engine. First trip found oil level down about 1.5 quarts at 2900 miles. Not excessive for a engine with 125000 miles but unheard of for a normal engine with low milea. The dealer produced a report that stated industry standards for normal engine oil consumption below 50,000 is one quart for every 1000 miles. What morons!!! Thats adding 5 quarts during every recommended oil change cycle (6000 miles recommended in the manuel). That is insluting to all Chrysler owners and way out of line for norm unless this is still the 1940's.

    How it was fixed: They gave me the Normal Oil consumption report -- with a straight face!

    I am for a law suit just to wake up someone foolish enough to publicly hand out such baloney as that report.

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  •  Rookie

    Have the same problem with my 3.8. Engine started using oil around 40,000 miles. Called the dealer last year, they said the PVC valve needed replacing, so I replaced it (what a hassle). Two days ago, a red light flashed on the dash and a ring sounded, but it flashed so quickly I couldn't see what it was. Then yesterday it flashed again and I noticed it was the oil light. Soon after that the engine started to knock so I turned around and went home. When I got home I listened closer and concluded that the knock sounded like a rod bearing. Shut the engine off and checked the oil. At 4,800 miles since the last change the dipstick was dry!! I couldn't believe it. I have been driving for over 40 years and have NEVER seen an engine lose all of the oil in less than 5,000 miles, and I have NEVER had an engine fail due to poor maintenance. As with most others on this post, the engine doesn't leak or smoke. Took the van to the dealer, who confirmed that two rod bearings had failed. They called the Millenium warranty boys who are sending an inspector on Tuesday to determine if they will cover it and told me to bring my oil change receipts in. If they don't cover the repair, and if Chrysler gives the answer I've been seeing on this board, I'm going to my lawyer. We still owe alot of money on this van, $2,500 of which was the extended warranty and now we may be faced with a huge bill to replace the engine. With 77 posts on this site alone, its obvious that Chrysler has a problem with this engine and so far has blown off their customers. If I don't get a new engine at no cost to me, I intend to start a class action lawsuit.

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  •  Rookie

    Engine oil level dropping.
    Discovered down 3 quarts after 2000 mile trip. Changed oil and filter and monitored for 3 months. Had to add approx. 1 qt of oil each month. No signs of leak on driveway or oil pan.
    Took vehicle to dealer who said found no problem, changed oil and told us to bring back after 1000 miles.
    Down 1 quart when returned, dealer said "this is normal".
    I say "normal for what?". This is the first vehicle I have experienced this problem with in 35+ years.

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  •  Rookie

    Guess What? My 2006 Town & Country 3.8 is going through oil also. Are they kidding me!!! How can they call this normal and we must be abnormal for buying Chrysler. My last minivan 2001 with 75,000 miles we junked last year because between the blown head gasket and the rocker panles being total rotted out it was worth nothing. I can see the future with the engine of my 2006. How can they get away with this? The report I have from the dealer was dated 2009 was this known before or after I purchased my van? I was also told by the Chrysler CSR when I opened my case that if I change my oil every 3000 miles (which I do) that I shouldn't have to check my oil, guess they should get there story straight. I will not give up like they would like. Anyone else in?

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  • Visitor, , 3.3L V6, 50,000 mi

    I am so stinking mad & frustrated with Chrysler! Started having problems about a year ago when dealer changed the oil-they said it was low, so I began to check it every fill-up& reported to dealer probably 6 or 7 times in the last year the problem of losing oil between oil changes. The problem has continued to get worse-dealer finally is doing oil consumption test & giving me the run around about "normal" oil consumption...losing (?where-not on garage floor or driveway & no black exhaust!) approx. 1 quart every 750-1,000 miles...how can this be"normal"????!!!!! That was "normal" back when I was in HS & college & driving a beater---not a 3(now4) year old car with my family! We bought this vehicle (&$2,000lifetime bumper-to-bumper) knowing we would need to drive it forever with 4 kids & college beginning this year for our oldest. We have had 2 other similar mini-vans Dodge Grand Caravan 1998&2002-never any major issues with either&loved them. Really wish Chrysler would acknowledge this is THEIR PROBLEM(not all of ours)& stand behind their vehicles & fix the problem...not usually one to get on the band wagon, but I'm jumping on& making some noise!Come on, Chrysler, stand up& show some integrity!

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  • Visitor, , 3.8L V6, 30,000 mi

    I AM AN AUTO TECH FOR 20 YEARS NOW I don't believe the oil consumption on today's vehicles is normal at all I have owned many vehicles and service thousands. Most of today's cars burn at least a quart of oil between services of just 3000 miles Chrysler Ford Honda VW Audi all of them say this is normal I think It may be the 5w20 oil is too thin and its synthetic or synthetic blend in most cases and the engines just are not breaking in and creating blow by (oil passing the piston rings and burning out the exhaust Also causing early cat failure due to ash build up in the cat) All the manufactures need to rectify this issue we are being taken advantage of.My own van has this problem also the door problems seat belt latch problems two sets of front brakes and one set of rear brakes by the time it had 25 thousand miles on it and my wife only uses it about 8 thousand miles a year. What a pieces of junk they are building now and they know it and charge top dollar for it too

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  • Visitor, , 3.8L V6, 30,000 mi

    I also have been having problems with oil consumption with my T&C van. Dealer says normal to burn 1 quart of oil every 750 miles. Van now has 48k miles. Last night 2 valves blown and engine light came on. I was hoping the damn engine would have just blown up. I told the dealer I was concerned about running out of oil and burning the engine up and they said not to worry because it is under warranty. If anybody files a class action law suit, i would be interested.

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  • Visitor, , 3.8L V6, 50,000 mi

    had an oil change and was told the oil was low at 50,000 miles. we are at 70,000 and the oil loss is worse. we went 3100 miles and have replaced 4.5 quarts. I took it to the dealer at 60,000 and was told it was normal after they checked it at 500 miles two times. I was advised to check oil every time i fill the gas tank!!!!!!!! unbelievable... no oil in drive, no oil on car, no smoke, black tail pipe though. where is the oil going?? what kind of damage or issues are next? does anybody have more issues after burning oil this much??

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  • Visitor, , 3.8L V6, 56,000 mi

    ONe quart OR more per 1,000. This is a lot of crap...but "this is normal"...normal for a old worn out engine...always thought Chrysler was a good engine...this is my first and last...and I am old...

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