2003 Chrysler Town and Country Ratings
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2003 Chrysler Town and Country - LX FWD
Pros: the remote power rear hatch and side doors/DVD entertainment package
Cons: performace-needed too many things too soon
Advice: BEWARE!With 3 children and alot of shopping this is a very comfortable vehicle. However at 17,000 miles needed new front brakes, 21,000 miles wouldn't start-needed new battery, 23,000 miles rear brakes and new ignition switch replaced twice, 26,000 miles throtle plate repaired, power lift gates gets stuck open at the most inconvenient times and has begun to rust. Now at 28,000 miles the engine light has come on twice in 2weeks and the dealer is suggesting that if I pay for the fuel injectors to be cleaned and a decarbonization It 'should' correct my problem but can't guarantee it he also suggests a tune-up! I has only been 2 1/2 years and manufacter warranty hasn't expired yet!!
2003 Chrysler Town and Country - Base FWD
Pros: Good for the family
Cons: Replacing the brakes at just over 30,000 miles and the starting problem at 42,000 miles
Advice: Be prepared to replace your brakes way too early and for the car to not start when you need it after 40,000 milesMy wife and I purchased a new 2003 Town & Country. We had to replace the brakes at just over 30,000 miles. They should have lasted much longer. There is no reason that the original brakes shouldn't have lasted longer other than the fact that Chrysler has inferior brakes (or perhaps Chrysler got together with the brake manufacturer just like the hot dog people got together with the bun people to rip off the American public). My wife went out to start the vehicle (at a bit over 42,000 miles), and it wouldn't start. The instrument lights came on and that was all. The starter wouldn't turn over, nothing. After a day, just prior to taking it to the shop, it started. After running for thirty seconds, it quit. It started, ran for thrity second, and quit again. The third time it was back to just the instrument lights, no cranking, and subsequently, no starting. This vehicle has been well maintained since we've had it. This problem is not something that I would expect at 42,000 miles. Worst of all, they charge you an arm and a leg just to hook the thing up to their diagnostic equipment. What a racket. You now have to spend money for them just to tell you what's wrong with your car. That's a bunch of cr*p.
2003 Chrysler Town and Country - EX FWD
Pros: comfort and space
Cons: not reliable
Advice: look else wherehad to have a new transmission put in (while on vacation) the customer service is great even though this occurred while on vacation and they kept my van the entire week for the transmission. Had to have the brakes replaced (I only have 30,000 miles on it). Seems to have a steering problem and a noise in the front and right rear which the dealership cannot determine what the problem is therefore cannot fix it. Would not by again
2003 Chrysler Town and Country - Limited FWD
Cons: Heavy seats
Advice: Get one.I bought this vehicle brand new and it now has 25,+++ miles. It hasn't given us any problem whatsoever. The only time it's in the shop is for routine maintenance. It's very comfortable, spacious and quiet. A lot more efficient and practical than the 2001 Chevy Suburban LT that I used to own (Not very space efficient - got rid of it right away). Gas mileage is about 18 city, 24 highway. Trip computer and DVD are really nice. I'm planning of getting the 2005 model because of the new extras, especially the stow and go seats. With the zero percent interest and the rebates, it's a very good buy.
2003 Chrysler Town and Country - LXi FWD
Pros: Power doors and rear hatch
Cons: Middle seats don't move
Advice: Test drive all your options, pick the one you like, and get an extended warranty for all the bells and whistles.Test drove an Odyssey, Sienna and a T&C. Liked the ride and features of the T&C the best. Previously owned a 1996 Grand Caravan which had some reliability issues, but nothing major. I used the money I saved over the Honda and Toyota to buy a 100,000 mile extended warranty to ease my conscience. After a few thousand miles, I can still say the T&C was the right choice for me. I never thought I'd actually LIKE driving a minivan.
2003 Chrysler Town and Country - LXi AWD
Pros: The size of the area inside the car
Cons: The quality or reliability
Advice: Do not buyThis is, by far, the worst car we have ever purchased. Beginning at 13 months and continuing through the 4 years that we have had our T&C we have had to replace breaks 3 times, our air conditioner went out right at 36,000 miles, we've had speed sensors go bad (one while we were traveling on vacation) and now we have leaks. We have never had problems with any other car we own and we take our cars for all recommended services. We have been unable to drive it long distances for the last year for fear it will break down again.
2003 Chrysler Town and Country - Limited AWD
Pros: Stereo System
Cons: Front pax seat CANNOT be moved up or down.
Advice: Compare to other vans. . .this car has been downgraded.Your editor completely missed the boat on the T&C limited for 2003. . .a little real research would have helped. The suspension and stearing has been changed resulting in a noticeably harsher ride, car now comes with a lower grade tire, antenna not painted, mirrors no longer painted to match main color, passenger mirror no longer memory, rugs no longer plush, door post air outlets removed, single option aft seat now, front passenger seat CANNOT be moved up or down. . . and more if a person cares to LOOK. I can just imagine the things that were changed that we cannot see?????? I will not buy another T&C van. Phil Shadle//Solebury, PA.