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Hi, I just bought a new Chrysler Town and Country after trading in a 02 Montana (Constant Problems) I was looking at a Sienna but I had a 99 Caravan ES with 230000 Trouble Free miles on it when I got rid of it. (shoulda bought a new caravan but I was foolish). Anyway I stopped by my local Chrysler Dealer and found a new Town and Country Touring with the 3.8 v6. I loved the power it provided. I walked out with the van the montana was history. I put 4000 Trouble free miles on it. One morning I started the van and it quit. I tried to start it but it wouldn't I took the key out and used the other one and it started right up. The passenger side rear sliding door keeps reversing itself. The 6spd trans is becoming a nightmare. I was coming from corry PA going to northeast and there was a really slow lady in a Buick Rendezvous in front of me. I was traveling over a steep stretch of hill and I had a passing zone with no cars coming. I pushed on the gas harder and the engine did not do anything so I "floored" it and there was a big JOLT and the engine went up to about 3500 rpm's and the van sped up to about 50 mph I pulled onto the lane to pass and the van just kinda stalled. It kept running but it lost all power... No warning lights were on so I just got it to the side of the rode slowly and put it in park and shut it off. I started it up and it ran just fine the rest of the trip. Today (20000) miles I was in erie PA on I 90 and traffic was terrible and I found myself in a game with an uplander. The uplander was driving about 50 mph and when I pulled into the left lane to pass they would speed up to the point where I had to be going over the speed limit so I just kept trying to pass. As I said the traffic was horrible so I really could not go that fast past him because of cars not to far ahead of me. I finally had enough and when there was room available I hit the gas and nothing happened then the 3.8 came to life and I finally got around the Uplander but now it is slamming into gears. I love my van but I don't know what is the problem with it.
 

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That's what a warranty is for. I hope you have all necessary service records to make this painless..
 

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There was another guy on here that had his transmission come out of his 09. I've heard of a few problems with the 08's but just a couple with an 09. Take it to the dealer. Fast.
 

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welcome to a great forum from the uk..............:beerchug:
 

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Definitely take advantage of the warranty. :thumb: Make sure you take the tech for a spin with you to witness the problems, first hand. :ask_wsign
Welcome to the forum. :hi:
 

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Get back to us with what the dealer/tech has to say. But definitely take advantage of the warranty.
 

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It's doing great!

I don't really know what they did but the transmisson shudder has gone, and the van really moves. Chrysler was great and gave no problems. I did have to put new brakes on it already but I took it to Michigan and was very pleased with how well the van did.
 

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Unless they are under warranty,I wouldnt put Chrysler brake pads back on it.I have heard scary stories of 4-8K miles between changes.That should be in the scheduled maintenance chart at the same time as oil changes....
(they must be using the cheapest thing they can find as brake pads...)
 
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