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5.7

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
14,916 miles

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2012 Chrysler 200 lights problems

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2012 Chrysler 200 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #23

Dec 232015

200

  • 38,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2012 Chrysler 200. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 5 mph, the passengers side headlight became inoperable. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the headlight module failed and needed to be replaced. The contact was informed that the led light bulb was not replaceable by itself. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 38,000. The VIN was not available.

- Aston, PA, USA

problem #22

Apr 082015

200

  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Chrysler 200. While driving 45 mph, the front passenger side headlight and the driver side tail light failed to illuminate. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the tipm failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000.

- Augusta, GA, USA

problem #21

Mar 172014

200

  • 55,000 miles
Driving and interior lights dim down and get real bright spontaneously. Also my seat belt light and chime don't work all the time"? trans already slips when leaving town at a medium acceleration" only 75000 miles on the car.

- Yale, MI, USA

problem #20

Jul 022013

200 6-cyl

  • 10,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I have a 2012 Chrysler 200 touring V6 bought it brand new. While driving on the highway taking the off ramp I engage my brakes before I get to the traffic light also engaging my turn signal. As soon as the turn signal is engaged all my lights flicker off and on this included the dash lights, stereo and the center console everything except my headlight flicker. On a few occasions the lights have totally went off and would only come back on when the turn signal was disengaged. I had taken the vehicle to a mechanic who tested my battery and alternator also checking all the fuses. He was at a lose to explain why the [xxx] was doing this. I also contact the dealer who sold me the vehicle and gave me the run around stating that they had not heard of any other vehicles doing this and dismissed my worries with saying its is your battery and or alternator. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Clovis, CA, USA

problem #19

Jul 112012

200 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Chrysler 200. The contact stated that while driving various speeds, the low beam headlights were activated and failed to sufficiently illuminate the road at a distance of thirty feet and over. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer three times and they were unable to locate the problem. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The approximate failure mileage 2,000. Updated 6/10/14

- Warner Robins, GA, USA

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problem #18

Dec 012013

200

  • 38,200 miles
My complaint about this vehicle is the headlights. They are aimed to low, do not project out far enough and the low beam appears to have a dark 'shade' or 'cutoff' at the very top of the light beam. I've never experienced this on any other vehicle and I attribute it to the one bulb system with a 'shutter' this model uses for low and high beams. The high beam is doing what the low beam should be doing. Low beams are completely useless in heavy fog, this is contrary to every other vehicle I've owned. When driving at night, I must resort to high beams when I shouldn't need to. This is especially a factor when descending hills and driving through turns and corners. The headlights on the last three vehicles I've owned were far superior in every way compared to the headlights in the 2012 Chrysler 200 touring model sedan. I took the car to a aaa shop in glen burnie, md, the service manager said an adjustment would probably not make any difference and the cost was nearly $55. I have not taken the car to a Chrysler dealer because I was quoted $115 for an 'adjustment'. I like this car otherwise and I don't want to trade it in just because the headlights are lousy; they should be a lot better than they are. There are hundreds of posts on the internet of owners having the same issues with the headlights on this model as me. I purchased this vehicle used in March of 2012 and it now has 38,500 miles. Thank you.

- Ellicott City, MD, USA

problem #17

Jul 302013

200 6-cyl

  • 8,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Extremely poor illumination from headlights, especially low-beam! the projector lights have a 'shutter' that covers a portion of the beam to create low-beam. This causes a distinct, visible horizontal black-out line across the illumination and leaves little to no illumination on the roadway especially on rural roads beyond city lighting! when car goes down-grade, this blackout line dips to cover the roadway completely in front of the car causing total darkness momentarily. This and no corner lighting is very dangerous and will eventually at some point cost a life! there also is no side or corner illumination in low-beam nor in high-beam. One mechanic told me the bulb is set too far back in the projection tube blocking the side illumination and it is not adjustable. Dealer has checked this condition and problem is not fixed. It appears to be a design problem (a serious one) and the internet is full of complaints from Chrysler 200 owners about this. Chrysler needs to recall these cars and refit the headlight units with a safe, operational design!

- Shannon, GA, USA

problem #16

Jun 242013

200

  • 1,800 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Chrysler 200. The contact stated that the headlights only illuminated the road partially, as if there was a shade over the light. The contact activated the high beams in order for the full light to illuminate the roadway. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnosis but the contact was informed that the lights were operating as designed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 1,800 and the current mileage was 4,500.

- Averill Park, NY, USA

problem #15

Jul 182013

200 6-cyl

  • 6,700 miles
Since new, this vehicle has poor low beam headlights, that seem to be directed downward, making night driving over 50 mph hazardous. At times, I must rely on the headlights of other cars to see the road ahead. After owning this car one year, I can't accept this any longer. The dealer at first said they could not be adjusted, but is now willing to check them at a future appointment. I found adjustments above each headlight, engraved "up and down." A special tool is needed to perform this adjustment. I feel that Chrysler needs to be made aware of this problem in their vehicles. I have reported it to their customer service as case # [xxx]. I have owned over twenty cars and this is the only one with poor low beams. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Hampton, VA, USA

problem #14

Jun 102013

200

  • 37,400 miles
Cant see at night with the low beams. Needs to be replaced with a two bulb system. Does some one have to die before this issue is addressed?

- Cleveland, TN, USA

problem #13

Apr 092013

200 6-cyl

  • 10,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

It has been increasingly difficult to see at night when driving my Chrysler 200 2012 in low lit areas due to the headlight beams. Less light" aimed low" I have to drive far slower than posted around bends at night. I don't recall this issue when I bought the car brand new. I have had it one year and have just over 10,000 miles. I don't usually have to drive at night other than my well lit neighborhood, so this could have easily gone unnoticed. Either way, this terrifies me. The other issue I have is a jerk when shifting to reverse or drive. It is a loud clunk and I feel the vibration. I will not drive at night in low light areas until resolved. I also feel the car pulls to the right when driving. I will contact the dealer soon, until then I just don't feel safe driving while on dark roads.

- Lower Burrell , PA, USA

problem #12

Mar 292013

200 4-cyl

  • 35,889 miles
While driving 15mph in a 25mph zone due to not being able to see the road on a downgrade I almost hit an animal and coming close to also hitting a low center median being unable to see in front of my vehicle more than 10 feet or less. Informed Chrysler and as other people stated they want to do an adjustment and diagnosis of problem. I have and drive other vehicles and have not had this issue with anything else just this vehicle there is not enough light and the cutoff is seriously bad.

- Tarrs, PA, USA

problem #11

Mar 052013

200

  • 13,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Chrysler 200. The contact stated that while driving at night the headlights illuminated downward and did not provide sufficient illumination. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis. The technician stated there was no repair because the headlight assembly was operating as designed. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 13,000.

- Wentzville, MO, USA

problem #10

Oct 172012

200

  • 1,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Chrysler 200. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph, he noticed the headlights did not illuminate properly. The contact also stated that he had to utilize the high beam headlights in order to view the roadway when driving at night. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and advised that the vehicle was not included in any recalls. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 1,000 and the current mileage was 3,000.

- Windermere, FL, USA

problem #9

Nov 192012

200

  • miles
The contact owns a 2012 Chrysler 200. The contact stated that the headlights would not illuminate far enough when driving at night. The lights would not illuminate any farther that 20-25 feet in ahead. The dealer was notified who adjusted the lights and advised the contact that the failure was a design flaw with the lightning and nothing else could be done to correct it. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The failure mileage was unknown. The VIN was unknown.

- Wayne, WV, USA

problem #8

Jul 102012

200 4-cyl

  • miles
The contact owns a 2012 Chrysler 200. The contact stated that the headlights would not illuminate from the side when driving at night. The failure would affect the contact's visibility of the roadway when attempting a turn. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer but the vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was unknown. The current mileage was 3,000. Updated 01/30/13 updated 1/31/2013

- Huntington , WV, USA

problem #7

Jun 252012

200

  • 200 miles
Head lamp projection on the 2012 Chrysler 200 is very limited on low beam (50 feet) which is unsafe and is going to cause death or injury. This is a design defect and cannot be corrected by the dealer for which 2 attempts were made. In addition, the manufacturer was contacted for correction. They stated the head lamps operate as intended and there is nothing to be done. Either the vehicle must be driven very slowly so that the driver can react to the limited projection field or high beams must be used which blinds the oncoming traffic and is illegal in most conditions. There is a lid which covers the bulb half way on low beam and retracts fully on high beam. The lid restricts adequate projection and also restricts beam projection to the sides. This is an extremely unsafe vehicle in this condition for night time driving and should recalled for correction. The dealer has had numerous complaints on this model, but says there is nothing they can do since the manufacturer will not acknowledge a problem. I have read numerous other complaints in your data base concerning the same problem and have spoken to other owners who acknowledge the problem. Not driving the car at night or driving with high beams on is not the answer. Please get the manufacturer to acknowledge and fix the design defect immediately.

- York, PA, USA

problem #6

Oct 012012

200 6-cyl

  • miles
This model has a substantial headlight projection issue. The headlights (low beam) do not project far enough to allow the driver to maintain posted speed limits. In areas where there is no street lighting or when driving in rural or unfamiliar areas this is extremely dangerous and you find you have to slow down to a crawl or use high beams - both an issue when other cars are present. I have had other people drive my car to verify and the first thing they say is that it's dangerous and they would not drive this car at night and they were very uncomfortable with the way the headlights projected to the point they thought the lights were not fully on. Have seen this issue from other owner blog entries.

- Lovettsville, VA, USA

problem #5

Aug 262012

200

  • 3,400 miles
Low beam headlights are ineffective, cast a beam only about 100 feet on dark roads with restrictive side vision. The beam is even more ineffective when driving downhill and the light beam is only about 50 feet. The dealer explained that it is a one bulb system with a shutter that covers the bulb half way when changing from high to low beams. Chrysler is offering no resolution to the problem which has existed since its 2011 model. This system causes the operator to continually use high beams to properly illuminate the roadway even at low speeds of 25-35mph on rural roadways. There should be a recall or retrofit of the headlight assembly to a two bulb or two element bulb system.

- Naugatuck, CT, USA

problem #4

Aug 142012

200

  • 90 miles
The very first time I used my headlights for night driving I was totally amazed at the fact that you have very little field of vision. There is almost a curtain like affect and depending on the road you are traveling there is sometimes as little as 20 feet of vision. It is all but impossible to drive at night safely with this vehicle. If you live on back roads (as I do) it is not safe to drive at night. This car is just days old and I can only drive it during the day. Taking it back to the dealer has not proven to be effective. The comment that I get is that its just the way the car was manufactured and that's how the lights will work. These cars are a hazard and something needs to be done immediately before someone is killed because they can't see when driving at night. I will never buy another Chrysler product and I will tell everyone that will listen about my concerns.

- Calvin, PA, USA

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