really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
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problem #2

Sep 232001

Town & Country

  • miles
While driving on US378 between saluda and lexington, SC, as I drove uphill on an undivided highway, the vehicle speed began to increase, reaching over 85 miles per hour with my foot off the accelerator. I braked back to about 25 miles per hour, but when I released the brake, the vehicle again sped to over 80 mph. I pulled over and tried to place the vehicle in park, but the engine raced. I turned it off, but it continued to run, apparently "dieseling" for several seconds. I restarted the vehicle and made it to the dealer by riding the brake and driving in the lowest gear. I sincerely believe that had my wife or teenage son who recently started driving been behind the wheel they would have completely lost control. I was fortunate that the brakes had been replaced about a month earlier and managed to hold the vehicle, though it required both feet and most of my 220 pounds on the brake. The dealer said that a cable had broken causing the throttle to stick. I have heard similar stories about this happening to this same model vehicle. It is inexcusable that the throttle should suddenly stick with no warning, especially at whatever setting it is at when the cable breaks. At the least, the throttle should return to normal idle if the cable breaks. This is extremely dangerous, and, in my opinion, warrants a modification to prevent this highly dangerous situation before fatalities occur. Had the throttle stuck at a higher setting, I could not have controlled the vehicle or wouldn't have had time to react.

- Columbia, SC, USA

problem #1

Aug 221998

Town & Country

  • miles
Consumer has experienced problem with vehicle acceleration. After pressing down on gas pedal, pedal got stuck and would not release itself. Consumer had to turn vehicle off to get it to relesae itself.

- Granada Hills, CA, USA