Chrysler transmission

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transmissions

#1

I have must decide between a 2007 Chrysler T&C Touring and the same model in 2008. Judging from Chrysler’s history of transmission problems – I currently own a '99 T&C – were there any improvements made to the transmission between '07 and '08?


#2

Could be, but it is still a trouble-prone unit with a short design life.


#3

If you buy minivans then you buy vehicles with trouble prone transmissions - period.

Now, before anyone comes out of the woodwork talking about their experience this brand or that brand etc., you can find plenty of Dodge/Chrysler owners who have never had transmission problems.

The bottom line is that a minivan should not be called a “mini”-van - it should be called a “maxi”-wagon since the drive train in many “minivans” is the same drive train put in cars. Basically, the transmissions are somewhat underbuilt for the extra size/weight of the vans.

The best you can do if you have need for a minivan is have a transmission shop: a) install an auxiliary fluid cooler and b) drop the pan & change the filter every 30K miles. Of course, that’s good for any transmission, but especially so for minivans since the deck is already stacked against them.


#4

thanks, your comment and advice make good sense.


#5

oh, if I purchase a late model minivan w/ >30,000 miles, would you recommend I change the filter as soon as I take possession?


#6

I absolutely would. If you don’t do your own work, do find a good local, independent transmission shop (i.e. not one of the chain places). When they pull the pan they can “read” its contents - its not like reading tea leaves or anything, but it can be “read.” If you do this regularly then you build up a good relationship with the place which is always great to have if you do run into actual issues.


#7

thanks!