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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,502 miles

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2006 Chrysler 300 steering problems

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2006 Chrysler 300 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #30

Nov 302015


  • 140,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler 300. While driving approximately 40 mph, the steering wheel seized and the brake pedal failed to engage without warning. The vehicle stopped independently. The vehicle was towed to the dealer on several occasions; however, the failure was unable to be determined. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 140,000.

- White Plaines, MD, USA

problem #29

Sep 102015


  • 121,500 miles
After work I was driving home as usuall down a very busy main road with alot of traffic and light controlled intersections. I was about 25 min away from home when I was beginnign to make a lane change and excellerate over to the right lane. As I began to get over without a warning or notice my power steering went out and I was unable to turn my wheel without excessive force. As I continued to cost into the other lane and grab ahold of the steering I realized not only did this shut off but the engine did as well. I guided the car to the safest place I could (still in the middle of the intersection and put the car in park. Hundreds of cars drove by honking and swearing at me leaving me stuck in my vehicle as it was to unsafe to get out. After about 15 min of that streess a helpful older man helped push me to a safer part of the street until my boyfriend could get to me and have the car towed home. After a week and a half and close to 500 later I was called with the news that a cylindar collapsed causing my engine to fail. It would be a 7,000-9,000 repair at the least. The problem with this is that I still owe 13000 on this vehicle and it barely blue books at 10000. So why would I pay the money when I have never had an issue with this vehicle in the 3 years of owning it and had no warning or way to prevent it. I always took my car to a dealer to be maintenced and never missed an oil change so how could this be happening to me. Now I am stuck with a car in front of my house that doesnt work and had to purchase another vehicle in the mean time while I am dealing with trying to make chrylser responsible for this horrible situation. I have done massive research on this issue and learned that this year is already known for this issue and found over 200 compaints with people just like me who this happened to. Please help me to get this repair covered or my car purchased back.

- Richmond, CA, USA

problem #28

Sep 012015


  • miles
2006 Chrysler 300. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle has several repair issues. The consumer stated the engine light illuminated, the hood would not stay up, there was a noise coming from the steering wheel, the brake light illuminated, the trunk fell down with no warning and the radio flashed on and off.

- Tutwiler, MS, USA

problem #27

Apr 012012


  • 80,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler 300. While driving at 70 mph, the vehicle stalled. In addition, while in park, the vehicle independently started and jerked and the engine and steering wheel made abnormal noises. The contact also stated that the steering wheel seized and as contact attempted to turn the vehicle off, the key failed to turn and remained in the on position. All interior lights flickered. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the engine needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 80,000.

- San Jose , CA, USA

problem #26

Jan 032014


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler 300. While making a left turn at approximately 30 mph, the steering became difficult to maneuver without warning. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, where it was diagnosed that the rack and pinion needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V313000 (air bags) however, the part needed to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 90,000.

- Fontana, CA, USA

problem #25

Jul 132015


  • 48,200 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler 300. While making a right turn, the steering wheel became difficult to control and the vehicle veered to the left. The vehicle became stationary in the middle of the road. The vehicle was restarted and functioned as normal but the failure recurred. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where the failure was not determined. The contact stated that the failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 48,200.

- Hartford, CT, USA

problem #24

Jun 282015


  • 23,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler 300. The contact stated that after the vehicle was inspected, the technician determined that the front passenger side tie rod end was loose. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, where it was diagnosed that the tie rod end needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The vehicle was then taken to an independent mechanic who performed the repairs needed. The failure recurred. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 23,000.

- Alpena, MI, USA

problem #23

Mar 252015


  • 144,000 miles
2006 Chrysler 300. Bought this car for my 16 year old daughter to drive. The car starting stumbling and stalling at random times, and speeds, once while driving at 80 mph the rpms dropped to 0 and the check engine light flashed; it always just flashes. Then just as fast as the rpms dropped to zero it came right back up. The car jumped forward like I floored the peddle. I have managed to capture this on video, because it went on acting this way for several miles. Then it was fine for about another 150 miles. Then. It returned. I have taken it to the dealer 3 times and they say no codes no problem, the forth time it happened I got a code U0100 and P0700. With my scan tool but again dealer says they cant find anything wrong and there is no codes. When asked how was the check engine light on if there were no codes. The answer was they did not know. This problem still is present to this day. It still stalls and shuts down at any given speed. Rather its parked or running 80. The car use to restart ok but now the restarting is becoming an issue. I just made the first payment on it a few days ago. I bought this car from a Dodge dealer. Here's what I am going to do. Its well documented (by me and the dealer) that this car has a problem. They say its safe, they say no codes no problems. So im going to continue driving it and if something goes wrong (heaven forbid) Chrysler will be funding my retirement. So thanks Chrysler. I'm trusting you and your representatives. You say no codes no problem. Please consider this another piece of documentation.

- Watertown, TN, USA

problem #22

Nov 102014

300 6-cyl

  • 38,788 miles
1.the power steering on the car want let the steering wheeling turn some time it happen mostly in the morning time. 2. the front suspension keep wearing out tires very quilty I had the front end line more than one but that don"T help 3.the brakes want hold some time when I go to stop real fast I have to pump them more than once the brake have been change I need to know if there something wrong this parts. Also when I first bought the car the brakes gave out and the Chrysler head brake staff group came to look at it.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #21

Dec 022014


  • miles
Another safety issue for my 300 limited 2006! the power steering when turning both left or right makes a whining noise and a clunk noise. With the electrical issues and harness fire I am at loss on what to do with this car! I can't take my family in it. This car has only a little over a 100,000 miles. Very low miles for that year of car. This is a one owner none smoking vehicle. Look in my opinion safety isn't #1 priority for Chrysler Jeep and Dodge then we need your help to make it the # 1 priority.

- Potomac Falls , VA, USA

problem #20

Apr 252014


  • 49,000 miles


The car engine stopped and the brakes, the steering wheel did not work, and almost caused an happened several times when I turn the car to the left, then it dies in the middle of the curve, especially after filling the gas tank completely.

- SãO Paulo, WY, USA

problem #19

Jul 262013

300 8-cyl

  • 58,000 miles
I purchased the used car on July 20,2013 from car center in waldorf, md. One week of driving the car I had to fill the gas tank up. Once I started to drive it the car began to stumble and shut off on me while I was driving. I immediately called car center and I was given a loaner car 08/01/13 and the car was supposedly taken to waldorf Ford and Dodge to have it looked at. I called the waldorf Ford and Dodge to discuss my car. They told me the only thing they did was cut a new key for the car, which I had them fax me the receipt of the work done. My car shut off another 2 times while I was driving, just after fueling. When I personally dropped the car off at waldorf Jeep and Chrysler dealership the technician told me that I'm not the first one to complain about my car shutting of while driving, just after filling up my gas tank. I asked him was there a recall on the car that was not done. He said they're investigating it. I asked him what do I do in the meantime, his [xxx] answer just don't fill it all the way up. On 04/16/14, my car stalled in the middle of a busy highway while I had the green light to cross it. We were almost side swiped by another vehicle because they're light turned green and I couldn't get the car started in time to get out of the way. I no longer feel that this is "safe" to drive but yet I'm still stuck with these payments! please help I love the car but want something that is safe to drive. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Brandywine, MD, USA

problem #18

Mar 032014

300 8-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
After refueling the car stalled multiple times leaving me stranded in the middle of the street during rush hour. This incident has happen 4 times in the last 4 weeks.

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #17

Dec 072012

300 8-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
After fueling vehicle, car stalls several times shortly after leaving gas station. Must stop, turn car off, then back on each time. After driving around 3-4 miles, problem dissipates. Always fill car on slowest setting on nozzle and remove when clicks off ( never overfill). This is very unsafe.

- New Lisbon, WI, USA

problem #16

Nov 052013

300 6-cyl

  • 106,000 miles
Car stalls out when driving for no reason no warning signs or anything loss of all power no brakes working or steering wheel almost crashed brakes get hard and steering unable to use.

- Poughkeepsie Ny, NY, USA

problem #15

Oct 292013


  • 72,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler 300. The contact stated while driving approximately 40 mph the steering wheel locked without any warning. The brake pedal was engaged and the engine was turned off. Upon restarting the vehicle it resumed normally. The vehicle failure was not diagnosed nor was it repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 72,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Jensen Beach, FL, USA

problem #14

Aug 092013

300 6-cyl

  • 95,000 miles
Gear shift stuck in park.

- Pikesville , MD, USA

problem #13

Oct 152012

300 8-cyl

  • 45,500 miles
After filling up engine complete shut down, after pulling into intersection. Problem has happened about 6 times. Very careful not to fill tank full. As we have researched this problem, and find there are a lot of people with the same complaint. Very dangerous. Don't know what to do because, Chrysler doesn't seem to acknowledge the problem.. any help is appreciated.

- Anthem, AZ, USA

problem #12

Aug 172012


  • 87,000 miles
Upon driving on the highway the legal speed limit is always 70mph. While following the flow of traffic individuals ahead of me started slowing down to a cruise speed of 40-50mph abruptly. While paying attention to the change in pace I slowed down as well to feel comfortable with the flow of traffic. When checking my rearview mirror to see if there was a opening to change lanes I noticed a Ford truck coming from behind at a excelled pace. With seconds before the contact I braced myself for the wreck. Without paying attention suddenly the driver from behind ran into my rear of my car. This impact not only shattered my entire rear window, but my truck caved in, both my tail lights were knocked out, and I was knocked into the next far right lane. During the impact I braced myself and hit the steering wheel, my driver side rear mirror was knocked down and the hazard wheel alignment lights came on. While all of this occurred I was shocked my driver side airbag didn't employ. I am a male, 5?8, 160 pounds so I am sure the electronics could tell a person was visibly in the seat. Had I not seen the truck come from behind I could've been thrown out the window. I am surprised of the malfunction and wanted to report it.

- Grand Prairie, TX, USA

problem #11

May 012012

300 6-cyl

  • 49,300 miles
The engine started ticking noticeably on the upper right side of the engine. The noise was typical of a lifter or worn rocker arm. About a month earlier the car had a shifting problem with the automatic transmission on an interstate highway under acceleration. The car was checked for the transmission problem at a Chrysler dealership but nothing was found after diagnostic testing was completed they did advise they found the strut bushings were in need of replacement. After hearing the engine noises the car was again taken to the Chrysler dealership. Both sides of the engine had the rocker arm assemblies replaced. The bushings for the struts were replaced. Both of the tie rod ends were found to be in need of replacement while they were trying to realign the front end. The alignment was needed after replacing the strut bushings. The car was well maintained and oil changes & lubes were done at or near every 3,500 miles. There are a massive amount of replacements/repairs being done for these particular parts failing at a low mileage.these parts are failing prematurely and Chrysler should take the initiative & recall these components. Reimbursing customers that have become dissatisfied with their cars and it's manufacturer are being burdened with unnecessary repair costs. I was fortunate enough to have purchased an extended warranty which covered all the costs (over $2,000). I still had to pay the deductible. NHTSA needs to find out what is happening and hold the manufacturer accountable. This was the first time I had to have repairs done since purchasing the car in 2008 with about 30,000 miles on the odometer. Dependability is one of the most important parts of owning a car and we all pay a lot of money to purchase/lease them. Paying for routine maintenance is expected but exorbitant repair costs are unacceptable when a car is properly cared for and not abused.

- Litchfield Park, AZ, USA

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