Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: The Chrysler Crossfire has a nasty habit of having the back window fall out. While there are reports of this happening to every model year (2004-08), the 2005 has it worst. Naturally this problem tends to happen beyond the standard 3 year / 36,000 mile warranty leaving owners to pick up the tab along with the shattered pieces of glass.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
52,629 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2005 Chrysler Crossfire steering problems

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2005 Chrysler Crossfire Owner Comments

problem #6

Feb 122014

Crossfire 6-cyl

  • 73,000 miles


I have a 2005 Chrysler Crossfire convertible, the key does not turn. My car does not turn on. The steering wheel is locked. This is a big safety issue. This seems to be a very big issue as I found posting from other people on the internet with the same issue. All the posting states that the ignition goes bad without any warning. Chrysler is not addressing this issue. I think the ignition switch needs to be replaced.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #5

Mar 022012

Crossfire 6-cyl

  • 69,000 miles
The common problem of the ignition locking and key unable to turn. There are complaints all over the internet and otherwise by crossfire loving owners who are unable to suddenly turn their key...and the dealerships charging well over a $1000 dollars to fix it, due to bad design. This should be a recall.

- Saint Petersburg, FL, USA

problem #4

Jul 022012

Crossfire 6-cyl

  • 5,483 miles
Went to back out of garage and the vehicle was difficult to steer. Continued to go and the car drove like it did not have power steering. I checked the fluid level and it is right to the line and looks very clean. It is hard to believe the steering quit after only having less than six thousand miles.

- Gibsonia, PA, USA

problem #3

Mar 212012


  • 46,720 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Crossfire. The contact attempted to adjust the steering column but the steering column would not lock, causing the steering wheel to move back and forth while the contact was driving. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the contact was awaiting a diagnosis of the failure. The manufacturer was notified, but denied any assistance with repairs to the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 46,720.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #2

Jul 152010


  • 63,573 miles
Ignition key mechanism does not work without moving the steering wheel back and forth until it releases and allows the key to start the car. Everytime the car is stopped, it can take up to 5 or more minutes to restart by moving the steering wheel back & forth while trying to turn the key. Dealership has no answers. Says replace parts are on national back order. This has been happening since we purchased the car in Feb of 2009.

- Waterford, WI, USA

problem #1

Jul 142010


  • 58,000 miles
Ignition key mechanism "locks" and cannot be turned to start the vehicle leaving user stranded and requiring tow. This is a recurring problem experienced by many users of this vehicle (see comments at; searchfor "ignition, lock, cylinder") and appears even in vehicles with very low mileage. Dealer advice is to replace the "ignition lock cylinder" which is a very expensive proposition. Some report that the new part also fails within a relatively short time. This is obviously a defective component that should be replaced with a reliable one. I was stuck in a parking lot at 112F (southwest us location) for 1/2 hour trying to get the ignition mechanism to turn. The problem appears to be due to a steering wheel locking pin that becomes jammed. If this happens while vehicle is being driven, then it could cause an accident.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

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