2004 Chrysler Town & Country

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2004 Chrysler Town & Country Review

Nice to drive and ride in, but lacks some important features.

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Overview

The Chrysler Town & Country has long been a popular choice for those looking for the convenience and comfort of a minivan. This model has gained a great deal of attention thanks to its impressive body design and interior features. The outside of the 2004 Chrysler Town & Country features good looks at home, at the soccer fields, or on the highway. Despite its minivan classification, it has classic good looks that are hard to ignore. Under the hood, the V-6 engine choices ensure plenty of power, though it suffers from some complaints about reliability.

The Range

Body Styles: minivan
Engines: 3.3-liter V-6, 3.8-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Chrysler Town & Country Family Value, Chrysler Town & Country LX Family Value, Chrysler Town & Country EX, Chrysler Town & Country Touring, Chrysler Town & Country Touring Platinum Series, Chrysler Town & Country Limited

What's New

For the 2004 model year, Chrysler makes several changes to its lineup of Town & Country minivans. All models receive updated audio and entertainment packages as well as a tire-pressure monitoring system. The limited edition Platinum Series features two-toned leather seats, 16-inch alloy wheels, and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system. The Touring includes embroidered floor mats. A short wheelbase Town & Country joins the lineup as well, replacing the discontinued Voyager.

Exterior

The 2004 Chrysler Town & Country minivan looks like a conventional minivan. It has good looks and the attributes expected from this company and body style. The Town & Country has a short and streamlined front end and grille. The Chrysler logo can be seen easily on the center of the grille. A roof rack adds to the appearance of the van. The windows on the side and back of the minivan look attractive and uniquely shaped. The rear end of the Town & Country has the traditional back door. Distinctive lines can be seen running down the sides and doors of the van as well. Chrysler offers the Town & Country in several colors, such as Inferno Red Tinted Pearlcoat, Brilliant Black Crystal Pearlcoat, and Stone White Clearcoat.

Interior

Of course the 2004 Chrysler Town & Country minivan focuses on comfort. This van features either cloth or leather bucket-style front seats depending on the trim level. In the upper trim levels, the Town & Country offers front seats with height-adjustable features and lumber support. Power accessories, including doors and windows, come standard. Power steering, cruise control, and air-conditioning add to the comfort as well. Storage never causes a problem with the compartments found in the center console, overhead console, and door pockets. Cup holders sit throughout all three rows of seating for convenience.

Performance & Handling

No one expects great things from minivans. They have notoriously been the scapegoats of the automotive world. As long as the ride feels relatively smooth and there aren’t any serious problems driving, no one pays a lot of attention. The 2004 Chrysler Town & Country seems much the same. The powertrain provides sufficient power and performance. Unfortunately, this minivan doesn’t enjoy a reputation for reliability. For some reason, it breaks down often, and most auto industry experts feel some of the competitors make a better choice. If you can overlook the reliability factor, the Town & Country remains pretty standard minivan fare.

Safety

Everyone knows minivans suit families. This factor alone makes safety features incredibly important. The 2004 Chrysler Town & Country comes equipped with four-wheel anti-lock brakes, ventilated front disc brakes, and solid rear disc brakes. This model also includes child seat anchors and rear-door child safety locks. Traction control comes standard on every model and a tire-pressure monitoring system does as well. Front seat belts with pretensioners provide extra safety. Headrests appear throughout the cabin. Both front and rear headrests offer height adjustment for the most safety and comfort. Electronic brake force distribution improves the Town & Country minivan as well.

EPA Fuel Economy

Chrysler Town & Country 3.3-liter V-6: 17/24 mpg city/highway
Chrysler Town & Country 3.8-liter V-6: 16/23 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Refined drivetrain
  • Luxurious interior
  • Smooth ride
  • Impressive handling

You Won't Like

  • Third-row seat does not fold flat
  • Not the most reliable option

Sum Up

Nice to drive and ride in, but lacks some important features.

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