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2005, Chrysler, Town & Country

"It IS the seats. It IS the seats!" I giggle to myself as I time how fast I can stow and return the second and third row seating in the 2005 Chrysler Town & Country to occupant ready position. It is just plain fun. Engineering functionality meets Mr. or Mrs. Mom.

I'm a less is more guy. Power to weight is everything. No external antennas means less drag which translate into free speed. But the 2005 Chrysler Town & Country is a ride on the other side of transportation. Full bodied, ready to carry, haul, deliver persons or things. I expected boat-like handling with no power. I was wrong. The 2005 Chrysler Town & Country is easy to maneuver, park, and can handle sweepers or cruising' on the freeway and even limited off-roading too.

The 2005 Chrysler Town & Country power plant is a V6, 3.8L displacement, 12 overhead valves (OHV), reaching 215 hp @ 5000 rpm, and producing 245 ft-lbs. of torque @ 4000 rpm on regular unleaded fuel. A smoothly mated 4-speed automatic transmission, front wheel drive propelled machine.

We took the 2005 Chrysler Town & Country first to the American river parkway bicycle trail with bikes in back. After we took turns stowing and reappearing the seats to convince ourselves of the engineering slight-of-hand marvel we quickly loaded our 10 speeds and departed for the freeway. Road noise at 70 mph is nominal as is the handling. The 2005 Chrysler Town & Country being a tall, long, wide machine rides like a smaller vehicle.

The 2005 Chrysler Town & Country automated open/close buttons on the key fob side doors are grand. The rear hatch opens from the key fob also but I couldn't find the automated close button inside the rear hatch like the side doors have. Probably the rear open button on the key fob also closes the rear hatch like the side doors. I bet so. Aside, I put missed shifted to drive 3 more than once on the column dash. I don't know if it is the bent shifter or my enthusiasm to drive! But I note it happened more than a couple of times.

The 2005 Chrysler Town & Country is a 7 seating capacity or full cargo-hole seats stowed machine. This is the feature that I keep returning to while driving the 2005 Chrysler Town & Country. Yes the 2005 Chrysler Town & Country has the DVD player rear drop down screen for the kids but when the seats fold down into the floor the Town & Country becomes the 1970s rock-n-roll van. Speaker cabinets, drum kit and room for the 19 year drummer in between the Leslie cabinet and Marshall stacks. The 2005 Chrysler Town & Country is a Dr. Jeryl and Mr Hyde of Mini-vans.

We took our 2005 Chrysler Town & Country onto a ranch dirt track following Dave and his hang glider buds Sunday. PJ, our dog seemed to pace the back of the Town & Country with the seats folded down. We were concerned the hard pack dirt track on the ranch would rub the center section or the below-chassis seat cavity but not a scrap. The 2005 Chrysler Town & Country handled the rocking potted dirt track securely and comfortably.

The 2005 Chrysler Town & Country seems the practical SUV/camper? I drive a 30 year old Toyota Chinook camper. Beat, worn but I've hauled more in the Chinook than just Coleman stove and sleeping bags. The 2005 Chrysler Town & Country is the 21st century reality-check 'centralist 'vehicle. Like the current political climate, the 2005 Chrysler Town & Country designers have moved to the center of design. Generally compromise weakens a concept but in the 2005 Chrysler Town & Country contains the highlights and more of a SUV.

SUV models rarely are in the dirt and even less using their 4x4 drive linkage. The 2005 Chrysler Town & Country front wheel drive would handle most driving conditions. Loaded with persons or gear in the back I bet the 2005 Chrysler Town & Country would do O.K. on ice or rain soaked surfaces too.

With the 2005 Chrysler Town & Country, an owner has more comfort carry 7 persons, more cargo square feet then a full sized SUV, and those seats. Engineering functionality is always number one on the runway or showroom floor.

By Mark 'Stretch' Batchelor
2004-08-03

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