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2008 Chrysler Town & Country

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2008 Chrysler Town & Country Review

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Although it's been overshadowed by the SUV as the symbol for family transport in third-millennium America, as recently as 2006 almost a million families opted for the arguably more functional minivan. Chrysler is widely credited with inventing the modern minivan and will soon be the only domestic manufacturer left in the game, as GM and Ford effectively replace their slow-selling minivans with three-row crossover SUVs. For the 2008 model year, the all-new Chrysler Town & Country and its less chromed and woodgrained Dodge Grand Caravan sibling arrive with attractive seating and entertainment options to compete with the remaining minivans from Honda, Nissan, Toyota, Hyundai and Kia.

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With features like an available Swivel 'n Go setup that configures into a table for four people and dual, independent video monitors that can display DVD movies, video games or satellite-based SIRIUS Backseat TV, Chrysler's fifth-generation minivan is the obvious choice for satisfying rear-seat riders.

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While the Town & Country's ride and handling are well-balanced, you may prefer the softer Toyota Sienna or the more eager Honda Odyssey. Also, while the Town & Country's interior has been greatly improved versus its predecessor and feels more sophisticated than the Grand Caravan's, we expected the category's newest entry to feel somewhat richer.

What's New for 2008

Beneath the surface of its boxier, more masculine styling, the fifth-generation Town & Country offers improved powertrains, more contemporary interior styling and class-exclusive options like satellite TV (offering three family channels) and clever second-row seating options. The shorter-wheelbase Town & Country model is no longer.

Driving the Town & Country

Driving Impressions If you've found the ride and handling of other minivans too soft or too firm, you might appreciate the Chrysler minivans' balance between highway comfort and around-town responsiveness. We also...

appreciated the new model's much-improved steering and braking response, and found the 4.0-liter V6 and six-speed automatic transmission combination that's exclusive to the Town & Country Limited model especially responsive and plenty powerful. The 3.8-liter V6 engine that we tested in the Grand Caravan is also satisfying, but the more powerful 4.0-liter version delivers identical EPA fuel economy. We'd look elsewhere in the segment before settling for the 175-horsepower base V6. The Chrysler minivans aren't as nimble in parking lots as the exceptionally tight-turning Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna. Overall, we've found Chrysler's newest minivans much more satisfying from behind the wheel than their predecessors and to be commendable people-movers and family-haulers.

Audio/Video Options
In addition to the comprehensive MyGIG infotainment system up front, Chrysler's newest minivan offers dual, independent rear video screens that allow second- and third-row passengers to watch two different DVD movies, play video games or even watch the Disney Channel, Nickelodeon or Cartoon Network Mobile via SIRIUS Backseat TV.

Swivel 'n Go Seats
Although not without legroom challenges, the Swivel 'n Go seating option that comprises swiveling second-row captain's chairs and a hideaway, removable table takes the concept of the rolling family room to a new level. The fold-flat Stow 'N Go seating system introduced on the previous generation is also available.

2008 Chrysler Town & Country Details
Interior

Sharing sheetmetal, powertrains and all but a few features, the Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan are most differentiated by unique interior styling. Whereas the Grand Caravan's sportier gauge cluster and heavier use of black suggest a more athletic nature, the Town & Country combines wood-like and bright trim in conveying a more sophisticated persona. Available conveniences include Stow 'N Go and Swivel 'n Go second-row seating, integrated child booster seats and a class-exclusive power-folding third-row seat. Loading and unloading is predictably easy and the accommodations are comfortable.

Exterior
2008 Chrysler Town & Country photo

After more ovoid third- and fourth-generation models, the Chrysler Town & Country returns to the boxier roots of the first couple of iterations. The new sheetmetal and more available chrome give the new model a look that's bolder and more sophisticated at once. Black trim and steel wheel covers on the LX are substituted with body-color trim and aluminum wheels on the Touring, which give way to chrome wheels and chrome trim on the range-topping Limited.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

A base 2008 Chrysler Town & Country LX includes air conditioning, power windows and locks, remote keyless entry, a four-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 sound system, stain-resistant YES Essentials cloth seating, woodgrain trim, second-row bench seat, 60/40-split fold-flat third-row seat and 16-inch covered steel wheels. Standard safety equipment includes electronic stability and traction controls plus front-impact and three-row side-curtain airbags.

Optional Equipment

The Town & Country's most sophisticated option is a hard-drive-based MyGIG system that offers navigation with real-time traffic information and features MP3/WMA music and JPEG image uploading, auxiliary audio input, voice-recognition, Bluetooth hands-free cell phone connectivity and more. Other notable options include back-up sensors and a rear-view camera, power liftgate, power sliding doors, power-folding third-row seat and high-intensity-discharge headlamps. Second-row seating options include fold-flat Stow 'N Go or rearward-pivoting Swivel 'n Go seats, integrated child booster seats, power windows and manual sunshades. A comprehensive entertainment system offers two independent video displays.

Under the Hood

The all-new Chrysler minivans lose the previously-available four-cylinder engine and gain the category's first six-speed transmission. We wouldn't want to regularly haul around full loads with the base powertrain, comprised of a 3.3-liter V6 and four-speed automatic transmission, especially for very little improvement in fuel economy.

3.3-liter V6
175 horsepower @ 5000 rpm
205 lb.-ft of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/24

3.8-liter V6
197 horsepower @ 5200 rpm
230 lb.-ft of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/23

4.0-liter V6
253 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
262 lb.-ft of torque @ 4100 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/23

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2008 Chrysler Town & Country Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.3
Out of 10

Based on 394 Ratings for the 2008 - 2015 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    7.7/10
    Quality
    7.3/10
  • Reliability
    7.6/10
    Performance
    7.7/10
  • Comfort
    8.3/10
    Styling
    8.2/10

One of the best vehicles i've ever owned and drive

By on Thursday, July 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 56,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Roomy, Well appointed."

Cons: "It is a little difficult to park."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This mini-van has become a god send for moving two homes as well as my arthitic Golden Retreiver who it was bought for originally. I love the car and I am a single guy. It has gone back and forth from Florida to NYC and back a number of times. It gets 28 MPH on I 95 I am very happy with this auto."

We LOVE this car!

By on Wednesday, July 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 120,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "great car for less than the comps, dependable"

Cons: "None!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"We got this car six years ago when our kids were old enough for travel sports and car-pooling. It has all the bells and whistles, including navigation, sun roof, and power everything, without the high price of all its competitors. We bought the version with the table in the back and reversible/turn around seats. The kids and their friends love it... and as such, so do we! This car has never given us any problems. We perform regular maintenance, but nothing over-the-top. This is our second Chrysler vehicle that lasted well over $100,000 with little or no problems. I highly recommend it!"

Good value for the money.

By on Saturday, June 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 40,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Roomy, smooth running engine, decent handling."

Cons: "Transmission is not really smooth, design is dated"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"I think I got a good value for 20000. The car is roomy and offers the ability to haul larger bulky items or a small utility trailer. The engine runs smoothly and quietly. Seating is a bit stiff and the surfaces are easily soiled. The transmission is not as smooth as I would like. The 'eco' mode is really dull to drive in. There are plenty of comfort features such as power windows and doors and lift gate. The air-conditioning is powerful and quiet though not great at holding the set temperature. Storing the 'stow and go seats for the mid row gives lots of extra room, however the process is cumbersome. Would I buy this car again? Only if we had large pets to travel with as we do. I would prefer something more comfortable and powerful with more stylish lines."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Very nice mini van!

By on Wednesday, June 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 12,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Fun to drive"

Cons: "plastic interior,road noise."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Best mini van I've owned. A little too much hard plastic inside (dash) etc. Little too much rood noise but lots of technology, storage space, options and comfortable to drive."

Love my Chrysler

By on Wednesday, May 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 21,150

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Comfort"

Cons: "Just a few options I wish I had gotten"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I love this car but wish I had gotten a few other options(rear view mirror assist, passenger electric seat)."

9 people out of 18 found this review helpful

We love this car

By on Friday, May 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 25,675

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Drives very well and its very comfortable. Gas milage so far not to bad, 17.5 avg city only . Love the stow n Go"

7 people out of 8 found this review helpful

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