My sliding door won't unlock with either the key FOB or the switch inside of the car on the driver's side. At first, this was just occasional for my passenger side door. Then it became more frequent. Now it is constant. We have to reach over (gasp!) and physically unlock the door. Once it is unlocked, we can use either the controls inside of the van or the FOB to open the door with the automatic sliding door option, so that isn't the problem. It just seems to get stuck in the locked or unlocked position. It feels like it is more common during the hot days. When we click the unlock/lock button, you can see the knob try to move, but it doesn't quite make it.
This wasn't the end of the world and I was able to cope as I rarely used that door. However, now the driver's side sliding door is doing the same thing and both sides are rarely functional. Since both doors have decided to act up in the same way, I am suspecting this is some sort of common flaw?
I took the car to the dealership and they want $1300 to fix it, plus $500 to replace spark plugs and fuel injectors (although it is recommended by Chrysler at 100k and my van is only at 56k). I feel as if I am being taken advantage of. Is there any less expensive solution for this problem?
Chrysler Town & Country, LX, 2004, 56k miles