I have a 2008 Town and Country (Chrysler). In the last few months, it has been giving problems in starting. When I insert the key and turn it, sometimes, no lights come on in the dash board, and the engine
will not start. After trying 2 to 20 times, it starts. Sometimes, I could not start for 30 to 60 minutes. Sometimes, it starts in the first try. Just today, a mechanic at Pepboys checked and said the battery
, starter, and alternator, are all good, and he suggested me to go to a dealer to find and fix the problem. The problem is not with the keys (I replaced batteries in the 2 original keys, and got 2 new keys recently). Sometimes, trying different keys helps, in that one of the keys will work after a few tries. Sometimes, the same key works after I try it in different ways (turn it 180 degrees before inserting, or pressing the key in and turning, etc). Once, the car did not start at all for some time, but it started with a jump start. So, I bought a jumpstart box, but it did not help either. Several people (28 messages) on Edmunds car discussion group reported the same problem with the same car. A few reported success after putting a new battery (this is the reason I bought a jumpstart box). Another person reported that they replaced the (1) Wireless Ignition Node(WIN), and (2) Starter, but it did not fix the issue. A week ago, I had asked a dealer on phone about the cost of a new key cylinder and new keys, and he mentioned an estimate of $1000! I am concerned about getting stranded somewhere before some important work. Is replacing the key cylinder and keys the only alternative left? Is there a guarantee that this replacing the key system will work? Is it possible that the problem is battery current drain/leakage or some other problem? Any suggestions? I am disappointed with Chrysler as the starting key system should have lifetime warranty (the dealer I called said there in no warranty after 3yr/36000mi; mine is 4.5 yrs and 51000 miles).