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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,111 miles

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2011 Chrysler 200 engine problems

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2011 Chrysler 200 Owner Comments (Page 3 of 4)

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problem #29

Sep 072012

200 4-cyl

  • 26,931 miles


While traveling on the highway at 70mph the engine just stopped with no warning.

- Kirkwood, MO, USA

problem #28

Sep 062012

200 6-cyl

  • 24,500 miles
While sitting at a red light during my drive to work, the engine of my Chrysler 200 simply shut off, with no warning light or indication associated with it. The car turned on without trouble when attempting to restart it. This is the second incident involving a stall with this vehicle. The first was August 29th, 2012, also at a red light during the drive to work.

- Buffalo Grove, IL, USA

problem #27

Aug 252012


  • 9,669 miles
Stopped at red light, light turns green, I stepped on the gas & nothing happened.

- Newark, NJ, USA

problem #26

Aug 212012

200 6-cyl

  • 8,700 miles


This is the 2nd time this has happened in 11 months. (not sure of the exact date prior to most recent) was slowing to a stop, and once stopped, the car stalled. Both times it happened the check engine light "was not" illuminated. Everything on the dash appeared to work normally. Lights on, radio on, etc. I happened to feel the car rolling backwards, while stopped, and both times stood on the brakes to prevent the car from rolling back and striking the vehicle stopped behind me. (first time I actually thought I hit the car, but checked and did not see any damage) car restarted ok each time, and proceeded normally. In both instances, I was slowing to a stop (once from coming off the highway and stopping at a traffic light at the top of the exit ramp, and another time slowing to a stop from about 45 mph, on a city street) haven't notified the dealership (yet!) but became aware of this issue when I researched this on the internet. Add 1 more Chrysler 200 to the "stalling" issue! (Canadian vehicle - Ontario).

- Waterloo Ontario Canada N2t1c2, MI, USA

problem #25

May 022012

200 6-cyl

  • 240 miles
My new car stalled only a few days after I purchased it. I was at a stop light and I didn't know why I wasn't able to drive. I had to re-start my vehicle. Since then it has stalled about 12 times in the last year; always when I'm at a stop light. One time I was in the middle of an intersection waiting to turn left and it stalled on me. The dealer installed a co-Pilot after I escalated it and they were not able to diagnose it. The dealer called me on May 31, 2012 and told them that they would replace my car with a 2012 Chrysler 200 convertible since it was unsafe for me to drive. He mentioned that the first few convertibles that were built in the early months seemed to have this problem. I received my new 2012 convertible on July 21 but I am still fighting with them to get my service and warranty contracts.

- Apex, NC, USA

problem #24

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 #23

Aug 082012

200 6-cyl

  • 13,300 miles


As I approached a traffic light I began to brake. As I came to a complete stop my car's engine cut off and all lights on the dashboard lit up. I struggled to avoid hitting the car in front of me as the car came to a complete stop. I turned the car key on off position and cranked it up. Twenty minutes later as I came to another stop the car shut off and began to roll backwards into the car behind me. I was able to stop the car from rolling by heavily applying the brakes. I put the car into park and cranked it and it started but then immediately shut off again. I was able to crank the car a second time and drive off. I immediately took the car to the dealer.

- Beaufort, SC, USA

problem #22

Apr 182012


  • 4,500 miles
First incident occurred when I was traveling on interstate. Approximate speed was 65. I began to slow in far right lane for exit ramp. The car immediately died leaving me with no ability to get off high way. No power steering, lights, etc. The car did start again after being put into park and turning ignition. Very dangerous as fast moving traffic behind me had to slam on brakes. Second incident occurred when sitting at a stop light. All of a sudden the engine revved up and car jerk forward into intersection. My foot was on brake but it still lurched forward. When I took to dealer they said they could find nothing wrong when they ran a diagnostic.

- Chesterfield, MO, USA

problem #21

Jul 242012

200 6-cyl

  • 11,653 miles
In drive, coasting to a stop at a red light, engine down shifted and then once car at a complete stop, engine lost power - other electrical still working but not engine. Had to put car in park, then turn ignition key to restart car. Engine restarted and rest of trip was ok with no problems.

- Taylor, TX, USA

problem #20

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 #19

Feb 012012

200 6-cyl

  • 14,772 miles


Since purchasing this vehicle on 12/26/2011, the vehicle has stalled, completely turned off 3 different times while stopped at an intersection waiting for a traffic light to change. In all three instances, I had to put the vehicle in park and it restarted. I feel that this is dangerous and seems to be related to NHTSA action number PE12016. I am going to take it to the dealer but before I did, I wanted to see if other owners were having the same problem or if anything had been recalled when I discovered the numerous complaints.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #18

Mar 012012


  • 8,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chrysler 200. The contact stated that while stopped at a stop light, the vehicle suddenly stalled. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for a diagnostic test. The technicians were unable to diagnose the failure. The failure occurred a second time and was taken back to the dealer. The technicians were still unaware of the cause of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 8,000.

- Fishers, IN, USA

problem #17

Oct 042011

200 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chrysler 2000S. The contact stated that while driving 25 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis. The dealer however was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was contacted and advised that they would further assess the failure. The failure mileage was 2,000 and the current mileage was 2,600.. updated 07/27/12 the consumer stated on the second incident after being parked for ten minutes, the vehicle would not start. It was dead. 48 hours later the vehicle died while being driven. There were no warnings on the dashboard. 45 minutes later the vehicle started. The fourth incident happened while the vehicle was in the possession of the service rep. Updated 08/02/2012

- Woodland Hills , CA, USA

problem #16

Mar 052012

200 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chrysler 200. The vehicle stalled without warning. The engine restarted and the vehicle resumed normally. The failure occurred six different times. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer on four separate occasions for the identical failure. The technician was unable to duplicate nor locate the problem. The manufacturer was notified of the defect. There was currently an open investigation under NHTSA action number: PE12016 (engine). The approximate failure mileage was 4,000....updated 08-10-12 the consumer stated the car has stalled while stopped at red lights, stop signs, etc. About 8 times. Updated 08/14/2012

- Rockford, IL, USA

problem #15

Mar 292012


  • 4,000 miles
After stopping at a light, I started to make a left turn on a slight decline. The car stalled out and I began rolling into the intersection until I realized I had no power. The car stalled on two other occasions at later dates also from a stop.

- Scottsdale, AZ, USA

problem #14

Jun 182012


  • 15,950 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chrysler 200. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled while accelerating from a stop. The vehicle performed as normal upon restart. The vehicle was in the process of being taken to a dealer. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 15,950.

- Zion, IL, USA

problem #13

Apr 062012


  • 12,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chrysler 200. The contact stated that she stopped the vehicle completely and it stalled. The contact also stated that the check engine light was illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact restarted the vehicle and it operated as normal. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic and the contact was informed that the pvc hose was leaking and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 12,000.

- Chicago, ID, USA

problem #12

Jun 162012

200 6-cyl

  • 18,000 miles
I was approaching a traffic light and slowing down when the car stalled while I was still moving. Once the light changed, I started it up again. It had no difficulty in starting back up.

- Mentor, OH, USA

problem #11

Mar 112012

200 6-cyl

  • 4,900 miles
I stopped at a stop light. The vehicle stalled while I was stopped at the light. I put the car in neutral and restarted it.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #10

Nov 162011


  • miles
Car stalls when stopped in traffic. This has happened 4 to 5 times.

- Omaha, NE, USA

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