2005 Chrysler Town & Country LX
I bought this Town & Country after driving it and Car Faxing it last Thursday the 27th. Car Fax and dealer informed me that this was a Chrysler Fleet car used at a Pennsylvania dealer for "rental" when people were having their cars repaired. After 49,000 miles of that it was auctioned off.
The car as far as drive train, etc., is very nice and I am satisfied. But, have now noticed that I some electrical gremlins that I did not notice during my daytime test drives:
1) All interior courtesy lights, radio clock display, PRND3L, Odometer, marking lights, headlights, taillights and even rear license plate light go through periods of lights very, very noticeably (annoyingly) flickering. Even the DRL's will do this I have now noticed.
2) Sometimes when this happens all gauges move up and down rapidly (from their true indication down below and back to true over and over) until all of this returns to normal. I have called out to Christine but have received no answer.
3) When all of the above happens, sometimes for bonus points, the brake and ABS lights flicker on and off rapidly but then go back to normal when all else does, too.
4) For two days my radio was possessed as well, and it could not be turned off, nor could I change any channels or switch from AM/FM. Suddenly, today, I was able to turn it off and change channels.
5) Sometimes while driving and listening to the radio, etc., with the heater on and such, everything will shut off for perhaps a 1/4 second and then come back on.
6) Despite this, and with the brief exception of the radio, all power options, HVAC, etc., functions correctly otherwise.
I will say I would like to look at the grounds for this vehicle, but I do not presently own a factory shop manual (I own a HELMS for all of my GM's) so I am at a basic loss. Plus, we are suddenly having a cold snap currently, and am intending to go to the dealer on Friday and let them have a look. Does anyone have any ideas of what this may be that I could do before taking it in? I do almost all of my own work on all of my cars and if pointed in the right direction with the proper tools I can likely take care of it or give it a darn good shot.
I'm a little disappointed because I went out of my way to buy another MOPAR after how completely fantastic my bought new 2004 Dodge Ram 2500 QC 4x4 has been from anything to family vehicle to daily driver to boat hauler.
I promise that whatever the answer is, if it is found out, I will update this post, too, for those that may do a search.
Thanks for any advice or tips you may provide.