Notes: Since the Chrysler 200 first hit the streets, owners across the U.S. have complained about how their “dream car” quickly turned into a complete nightmare because of how the engine dies suddenly while driving.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,162 miles

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2011 Chrysler 200 drivetrain problems

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2011 Chrysler 200 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #22

Nov 012016


  • 64,000 miles


The contact owns a 2011 Chrysler 200. When starting the vehicle and while driving various speeds, the vehicle would exhibit a slight hesitation. The failure occurred whenever the vehicle was operable. There were no warning indicators illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but the failure could not be duplicated. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 64,000.

- Ahoskie, NC, USA

problem #21

Jul 232016


  • 31,841 miles
My 2011 200 gave no signs of having any problems, started right up on the first key turn, I went to go leave the parking lot of where I was but as I pulled out onto the busy road and started accelerating, the car stopped going faster and instead started to only rev as I pushed on the gas pedal. Cars were approaching behind me so I pulled over to the side of the road, just in time for my car to indicate it switched itself into reverse. At this point I start panicking unsure what was going to happen next. My car was at about 5 mph at this point when the engine just died. The electronics worked for a while, until the battery died, but the engine had no hope in being started, even with a jump. After being taken to the shop I was told the alternator had failed while I was driving and that the mechanic had burnt his hand while checking it. They also mentioned something about the ground not being in place. The car had only been on for minutes, and has less then 32000 miles on it. Knowing Chrysler had a recall on alternators in the past I contact them first but they gave me the run around, and still are giving me the run around, but I believe there is something else going on with my vehicle then they are letting me know as they mentioned the dealership had been emailing the engineers in regards to my car. I don't feel safe putting my 15 month old son in this car, let alone myself in this car. This car is only 5 years old and still has low mileage, and I've taken care of it like a baby. There were no warning signs of anything wrong, and no reason for anything to fail unless it was something internal and that leaves me unknowing if it will happen again, at any given moment.

- Farmingdale, NJ, USA

problem #20

Nov 072015


  • 110,000 miles
I bought my 200S to commute back and forth to work. I drive 114 miles a day. This car has become very unsafe. Not buy this car* it was an ok car until recently. 3 times in the last 3 weeks my car has stalled out. Every time it stalls out I loose break and searing functionality. Very dangerous. Twice it has stalled out while coming to a stop in stop and go traffic. I lost the ability to control my car while on a major hwy 45 in houston. Not a place you want to be and feel helpless. Luckily I was able to quickly shift into neutral and restart the vehicle before I got into an accident. The third time was a lot closer call. My car stalled out while I was slowing down on a hwy to hwy on ramp. (almost causing me to hit the lane divider) I had to use my emergency break and all my strength to control the vehicle and bring it to a stop. At that point I had cars backing up behind me and honking. Luckily I was able to start the car and drive away. (this could have gone a much different way. On a single lane on ramp from beltway 8 to hwy 249 4-5 stories in the air with cars all moving at 45-65 mph my car stalled in a 90 degree turn. I'm lucky I'm not dead.) I have taken it to a mechanic shop but they can not find the problem. It is not causing the check engine light to come on and not throwing any codes.

- League City, TX, USA

problem #19

Dec 042014

200 6-cyl

  • 21,000 miles


Over the past 4 months, our parents vehicle has been in to the dealership for servicing 6 times due to the vehicle being completely dead. The car never sat longer than 2 - 3 days without being driven. They were told the problem was due to the license plate light, then the glove box light not turning off, then they weren't sure. On 2/26, the vehicle would only start and run, while connected to the jumper. The dealership took the car in and had it for 2 full weeks. The dealership could not diagnose the problem. Mom & dad picked up the vehicle on March 14th, no explanation as to the cause of the problem. Went back to the dealership on March 19th to find out if any further information had been determined... nothing! they were then advised the car has to be driven all the time, to avoid dying because the computer system never shuts off and therefore, drains the battery when the car is idle. They were further advised to purchase and use a battery tender trickle charger and to keep it connected to the vehicle whenever the vehicle is not in operation. This is very inconvenient as our parents are in their 80's and don't get around so easy anymore. This is not an acceptable solution. They've had this vehicle for almost 4 years, if the computer issue as described by the dealer were accurate, why did it work properly for the first 3.5 years and now has issues? the vehicle is still under warranty however, without accurate diagnosis, nothing is being done. The last communication we've had with the dealer was Friday March 27th. Telling us if the car doesn't die again by this coming Friday (April 3, 2015), they'll be closing the case. The problem has not yet been diagnosed or resolved. Is there anything we can do, any information you can provide, to help our parents get this issue resolved?

- Ballston Spa, NY, USA

problem #18

Mar 242015


  • 30,000 miles
Load metal to metal clunk when cars gas pedal is released or pushed down. Left wheel area is where the sound is coming from. Maybe axle area. Transaxle. Bearing area. Its going into the shop on Friday. 3/27/2015, red wing, Minnesota. They are going to take apart and have a look. Ps: it has been doing this sense we got it. But is getting worse. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Lake City, MN, USA

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problem #17

Jul 162014


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chrysler 200. The contact stated that while driving at unknown speeds, over a bump, the steering wheel was difficult to maneuver. In addition, when the brake pedal was depressed it would vibrate. The contact mentioned that the harder the brake pedal was depressed, the harder the vibration. The contact also stated that the vehicle shifts out of gear and accelerates independently. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the tires needed to be rotated. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 60,000.

- Hellertown, PA, USA

problem #16

Jan 152012


  • 26,000 miles


After a shifting update performed at Chrysler dealer in Jan 2014. The car S transmission runs odd. The RPM sticks at 3 while driving 35 mph. The RPM gauge June while driving even w cruise set. Slow and hesitant while up hill or speeding up. Took to dealer 3xs w same issue no results. No warning lights or codes. One day the warning light dinged a few times while driving car but still no lights/codes. Dewey said drive it til it stalls (it has) or til dash light comes on.

- Story City, IA, USA

problem #15

Oct 242013


  • 23,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chrysler 200. The contact stated that while sitting idle, the vehicle accelerated independently. The contact depressed the brake pedal and placed the vehicle in neutral. The trac warning light and the electrical warning lamps illuminated simultaneously. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection and repair. The PCV hose in the vehicle was replaced and the vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the incident. The contact believed that the remedy was not sufficient and was concerned that the incident could possibly recur. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 23000.

- Liberty Township , OH, USA

problem #14

Oct 012012


  • 20,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chrysler 200. The contact stated that while driving approximately 40 mph, the contact attempted to brake however, the vehicle accelerated without warning. The contact also mentioned that when the brakes were depressed, the transmission would exhibit a grinding sound. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the mechanic stated that there was no diagnosis for the problem. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 20,000. The current mileage was 25,000.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #13

Jun 192013

200 4-cyl

  • 39,164 miles
The problem: Popping #33 fuse (switch bank/diagnostic link connector/PCM), have been replacing fuses each and every time so I can go on with my business. I find that it happens between shifting gears. It does not matter if you are in drive/automatic mode or auto-stick mode. Did not turn my car in right away (now I wish I would have) because I would have felt silly if I had my car towed and the tech. Found that a $.25 fuse was blown. This is a very serious issue with a risk factor through the roof because the drive train completely shuts down. No power steering, no power brakes. At highway speeds you pucker up and hope you can make it to the side without getting into an accident before your car comes to a complete stop. First time it happened, it just rained heavily and I thought something got wet - entering the freeway up shift from 2nd-3rd 34084 miles second time, turning into my driveway downshift from 2nd to 1st - coincidence? 35028 miles third time, abrupt stop downshift from 6th to 1st 36013 fourth time - pulling into work downshift from 3rd to 2nd 37112 fifth time - slowing down on expressway downshift 5th to 4th 38223 sixth time - slowing to a stop downshift 2nd to 3rd 38,764 seventh time - during rush hour stop and go traffic (the last straw) up-shift 2nd to 3rd 39,134 eighth time - within 15 minutes of seventh time stopping at a stop light. Downshift 2nd to 1st 39,146 ninth time - next morning on my way to the dealership - up-shift from 4th to 5th 39,164 went to dealership and made an appointment. Luckily I am conscious of my surroundings and was able to get out of harms way every time. I will not let my wife drive this car, for her safety, until it is fixed. Is there a documented fix for this?

- Farmington Hills, MI, USA

problem #12

Oct 142011

200 4-cyl

  • miles


1. this started weeks after I bought my new car. It has happened many times, at various times. When I take my foot off the gas the transmission clunks into a downshift. I brought this up to my dealership's attention twice. By the second time they said, "it's learning the way you drive". huh?? then they did some kind of adjustment to a computer component, I don't think it made a difference. There is something wrong with the transmission and they don't seem to want to investigate it. A few times it took a second too long to downshift. 2. I also find the car is too heavy for a 4cyl. It is just the way it feels. 3. the footbed area is too small. I don't have big feet yet I sometimes step on the heel of the other foot. Weird.

- Bellport, NY, USA

problem #11

Sep 122012

200 6-cyl

  • 9,699 miles
The Chrysler 200 engine will stall when coming to a stop or already stopped. The engine fades slowly away and then completely turns itself off. This entire engine failing process lasts for approximately 7 seconds. This engine failure pose a significant safety risk and something needs to be done Chrysler dealership are aware of this issue, but unfortunately don't have an answer for a resolution of it. This issue needs to be looked at much closer and in-depth, since further delays could cause accidents and death. I plead that Chrysler takes responsibility for this problem and commence a recall program of the Chrysler 200 model. I've personally experienced the engine failing 4 times already. I brought it into the Chrysler dealership and have them take a look at it. I had to let the car sit at their shop for 2 days and they did not offer/give a free rental car for me. This car is under 1 year old. Prior to Chrysler I only owned foreign cars because of the perceived notion that american made cars are not reliable. I decided to give it a chance and wanted to buy american, so I got the Chrysler 200. So far that decision has turned out to be a big mistake (unless Chrysler offers a resolution to this problem). I don't want to lose faith in the american car company and hope that they do the right thing.

- Kennesaw, GA, USA

problem #10

Oct 132011


  • 3,500 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chrysler 200. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds the vehicle would shake whenever the gears were shifted. The contact also mentioned that the vehicle would lunge forward. The contact stated that the vibrations were not as severe when the air conditioning was turned off. In addition, the contact stated that the brakes made a grinding sound when the vehicle was coming to a stop. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The failure mileage was 3,500 and the current mileage was 9,826.

- Rockledge, FL, USA

problem #9

Aug 012012

200 6-cyl

  • 16,800 miles
I drove my car for approximately 25 minutes, I stopped at stop light and when pressed the accelerator the car would not go. I put the car in park, then back in drive and the still will not go, then I put the car back in park, turn the car off and then put the gear in drive and then the car would go. This has happened 3 times...I took it to the dealership and they told me they could not find the problem.

- Farmington Hills, MI, USA

problem #8

Jul 262011


  • 6,154 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chrysler 200 touring. The contact stated that the vehicle would stall without warning whenever braking to a complete stop. The transmission would fail when driving at relatively low speeds. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed no failures and offered no assistance. The VIN was not available. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 6,154 and the current mileage was 6,700.

- Woodland Hills, CA, USA

problem #7

Oct 012011

200 4-cyl

  • 7,000 miles
When shifting into reverse or drive it has a hard jolt when going into gear. Sometimes it is so hard that it jerks your body and head/neck, and it sounds like the transmission is going to unbolt from under the car. It does it a couple times a day, and then may stop for a few days but always comes back. I have noticed on the days it is not doing it I average more mpg, and when it is doing it the mpg continuously decreases when it is occuring multiple days in a row. On the days that it is doing it my transmission sounds more whiny than than usual. I have also had issues when putting it into gear, and pushing the gas pedal it tries to stall. It is a problem, and not "just the way those motors are". if it was "just the way the motor" is then it would do it every time you put it in gear, and not come and go and be much worse on some days than others. As time passes the jolting is getting worse and harder. Also, my brakes make an awful squeeking/grinding noise when stopping slowly (stop sign) or backing up. When the car was checked I was told they could not find anything wrong with the car or brakes. This is very agrivating because it was bought brand new, and I am having these issues. I am making payments on a vehicle that is having these types of issues, and I do not feel safe in it. The way the transmissions acts I am afraid of what it may do while driving down the road.

- Tioga, TX, USA

problem #6

Jun 012012


  • 5,000 miles
I will be driving and while shifting gears, my car will stop and suddenly jolt really bad. It was so bad the other day the car behind us laid on their horn because they were about to hit us. I am sure that this car thought I slammed on my breaks, but that is not the case. This car always stops then surges or jolts. It is a major safety hazard and I am very concerned. Chrysler will not fix the problem because they say they have not duplicated it which I do not believe. They also said they have never heard of this issue although I have read about multiple cases just like mine on the internet. This happens to me very often!

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #5

May 292012

200 6-cyl

  • 8,200 miles
Our 2011 Chrysler 200 has about 8000 miles and has been stalling, surging idle speeds when stopped, and downshifting hard (jolting) for the last 2000 miles or so. Tomorrow is the first time taking it in specifically for this reason after having the dealer annotate these symptoms during the last oil change. It is not save to have a car's idle jump while at a stop light or intersection nor is it safe to have a car stall out when slowing down. Furthermore, it's a brand new car so this is completely unacceptable to pay for a defective product. If it does not get fixed I will be contacting my insurance company to let them know what is going on as I am fearful that one of these lunges will result in a crash.

- West Seneca, NY, USA

problem #4

Mar 242012

200 6-cyl

  • 3,500 miles
Jolting while shifting gears, engine light on, for no reason. Taken to dealer. First time, was told this is normal. Vehicle getting used to my driving patterns. 2nd time, engine light came on, stayed on over 24 hours on a non dealer business day (easter) 4/8/2012. Jolted, stalled, jerking during the day on 4/8/2012 morning of 4/9/2012, light was still on, called the dealer. Asked to bring it in, they will try to duplicate the issue. This is a really scary and unsafe feeling, brand new cars should not do this. Engine has idled very poorly, it came close but the engine didn't die. Something is wrong with this car. Has happened multiple times.

- Holiday Fl, FL, USA

problem #3

Sep 302011

200 6-cyl

  • 2,500 miles
Shifting lag between 1&2 and 2&3 starts to accelerate then slows before shifting and accelerates again same in next gears. Problem worse when cold. And frequent but intermittent.

- Manchester, NH, USA

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