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 1 of 4)

problem #69

Dec 202016


  • 71,000 miles


The contact owns a 2011 Chrysler 200. Whether the vehicle was parked or while driving at any speed, the thermostat indicator remained illuminated. The dealer diagnosed the vehicle and "thermostat error" displayed on the instrument panel. The mechanic stated that the coolant ran non-stop into the engine; therefore, the engine could not warm up the vehicle. The manufacturer was notified. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was unknown. The approximate failure mileage was 71,000.

- Hampton, VA, USA

problem #68

Dec 272016


  • miles
After 5 years, I discovered that there is a star issue on this car with casting sand contaminating the radiator, cooling and heating systems. The dealership wants to charge me $2200 to fix even though this is a known issue since before I purchased the car. It came out in February 2011. Star issue S1109000002. First my ac did not work. The dealer replaced. Then my heat did not work but dealer said it was contaminated with casting sand and it is a known issue and it is not fair that you have to pay but the extended warranty will not repair if contaminated. This is a known Chrysler problem from the get go but not quite a recall. Now people are trying to sell 5 year old cars for parts only. There will be certain deaths from this issue when the engine eventually seizes up from all this contamination and causes crashes. The service manager stated that the fix actually does not really fix the cause. It will happen again!!!! I said why doesn't the dealership put in the preventive maintenance suggested in the star issue and he said because it does not happen to every car. So beware buying a 2011 chryser 200 because it is basically a five year car period. The star issue number S1109000002 is causing engines to seize up due to large contamination throughout the HVAC system, radiator, and engine as it spreads into everything. It is like driving a ticking time bomb that has no heat! it has not been a safety problem yet but as these vehicles get to be my mileage, these issues can become quite serious, particularly if they do not have it monitored by a dealer and the engine just freezes on the highway while driving because it is completely contaminated with sand. I paid $30,000 for a five year car and dealer will not honor extended warranty so I must drive a car that is not safe to drive anymore. There is also a current recall that airbags and seatbelt do not work in accident.

- Richland, WA, USA

problem #67

Aug 272016


  • miles
While driving my car all of a sudden out of the blue it will just die's sometimes at 50 miles an hour sometimes at 75 miles an hour sometimes at 5 miles an hour just leaving a stop sign no fail codes whatsoever. After about one or two hours of sitting the car starts right up and drives good until the next time it does it I'm not the only one who has been having trouble with the unsafe P.O.S.!

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #66

Aug 062016


  • 119,000 miles


Pulling onto a major busy highway my car shut off completely and would not restart. After spending $533 dollars in June for a electronic throttle control sensor, I'm now being told I have to pay $1300 to have the totally intergrated power module replaced which afterwards I may have to replace a power sensor. Of course, they won't know if the 3rd part is need until they replace the 2nd.

- Chester, VA, USA

problem #65

Aug 122016


  • 108,000 miles
Driving 60mph on the interstate. Slowed to 45-50mph for traffic congestion. Tried to accelerate again but gas pedal didn't respond. Didn't realize engine had stalled. Drifted over to slow lane to try to stop. Power steering and brakes went out. Put it in neutral and turned the ignition. Was able to get off the highway and drive to the dealership for repairs.

- Garner, NC, USA

problem #64

Aug 122016


  • 58,000 miles
The engine light comes on and then the electrical light; the car has stalled while in park; yesterday the car stalled while in drive, acceleration would not work and the car stalled while in the middle of the road; after turning off for a minute; it restarted; but the lights are still on indicating a problem; this is a very dangerous defect; I have read others have had this problem and it is being investigated; why is there not a recall on this safety issue?

- Westland, MI, USA

problem #63

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 #62

Jul 242016


  • 53,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chrysler 200. While driving 60 mph, the vehicle stalled and the engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was able to restart, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 53,000.

- Bushkio, PA, USA

problem #61

Dec 152011


  • 5,000 miles
Engine stalls while stopped or at slow speeds with no warning such as when approaching or in an intersection waiting for light to change or traffic to move. This has been a recurring problem that has happened while still moving and when stopped on city streets since I bought the car new in 2011. Repeated trips to the dealer resulted in nothing being done because diagnosis showed nothing

- Ormond Beach, FL, USA

problem #60

Apr 072016


  • 69,000 miles
Dash board warning lights come on and the car dies. I have had the alternator and alternator belt replaced last summer; now it is doing it again. The car is very dangerous and it simply "dies".

- Amanda, OH, USA

problem #59

Jan 152015


  • 17,000 miles


The contact owns a 2011 Chrysler 200. The contact stated that while driving from a complete stop, the engine exhibited slight hesitation without warning. The failure occurred whenever the vehicle was in operation. In addition, the failure recurred when driving up an incline. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who was unable to duplicate or locate the failure. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 17,000.

- Warnsville Heights, OH, USA

problem #58

Dec 102015


  • 71,000 miles
I have a 2011 Chrysler 200 2.4L engine that over this passed week has stalled at least 8 times. Every time the vehicle will start to show signs of "lagging" and while at low speeds just shut off. I am currently a college student and rely on having a vehicle to drive, since I live 6 hours from home. Tonight I was on my way home and it stalled on me 4 times every time I would get about 100 yards and it would do it again, finally I got a safe place to park the vehicle and had to walk back to my apartment. Tomorrow I am having the vehicle towed to get it looked at. The check engine light does come on every time this happens but I go through the menu on the steering wheel and it always say "system: Ok" so no warning code is popping up. Which I know when I take it to the dealership they are going to say they "cannot replicate the problem" and just send me on my way. But this is a very big problem the steering wheel locks up every time the vehicle powers off and one of the times it has done this I was in the middle of an intersection. I no longer feel safe driving my own car and after seeing all of the other complaints about this same problem I would like to see something happen about it.

- Waco, TX, USA

problem #57

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 #56

Jul 122012


  • 9,000 miles
When at a complete stop or low speed vehicles kicks like it is going to stall. This has happened since the purchase of the vehicle it was taken to the dealership two times in the beginning and the service technicians were not able to find the problem or feel it hesitate. The car was taken twice once in 2012 then 2013 problem could not be found. I have had the car for three years and this problem comes and goes. On 08/31/2015 the car finally stalled out when I was going to enter the highway. The car completely shut off and I was able to turn it back on once it came to a complete stop. At this point the check engine light came on and I was able to drive the car to the dealership. The dealership has indicated it is the crank shaft sensor and a harness that needs replacement. They received several codes when hooked up to the diagnostic machine and were not able to determine what the problem was until two days after it was in the shop. This is a problem that has been going on since I first purchased the vehicle and am quite surprised that there is no recall since we do run the liability of being involved in a car accident by getting hit from behind due to the car hesitating when accelerating after a complete stop.

- Socorro, TX, USA

problem #55

Feb 152012


  • 2,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chrysler 200. While driving at 30 mph, the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was able to restart. The engine warning indicators illuminated. The failure recurred. The vehicle was driven to the dealer where the failure was undetermined. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 2,000.

- Los Angles, CA, USA

problem #54

Apr 252015


  • 33,980 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chrysler 200. While driving approximately 65 mph, the vehicle's speed reduced to 20 mph independently and the traction control and electronic control throttle warning indicators illuminated. The vehicle was maneuvered to the side of the road. The vehicle was driven with caution and would not exceed 20 mph. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The electronic control throttle was being replaced. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 33,980. The VIN was unavailable.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #53

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 #52

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

problem #51

Mar 192015

200 6-cyl

  • miles
The original date is Sept. 2012. I was unable to enter this info above. I have been having problems with unexpected loss of power, (falling dead) since 2012. It normally happens when I am going slow due to being in traffic. I am stopped or barely moving and when we start moving I press on the accelerator and it will not go because it has fallen dead. I have to put my flashers on, pull over if possible, put the gear in park, turn off the engine and restart the car and it is good to go. There have been times this happens if I am at a stop light also when this occurs. The next issue is the low tire pressure light comes on most times when the weather changes. I have taken the car to a tire repair shop and was told when we have extreme weather changes, this will happen and to check the tire pressure every 3 weeks. This is costing me $5/trip for pressure checks. I have taken my car back to the dealership when I started having these problems, they checked the car, did a test drive, kept it overnight and said no problems were found. Very disappointing and frustrating.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #50

Mar 032015


  • 50,000 miles
On 3/3/15 around 5:40pm I was driving 30 mph on the highway. I placed my foot on the accelerator, when my car turned completely off. I immediately turned on my hazards lights, slammed on my brakes and put the car in park, I turned the car back on and continued driving down the road, all this occurred so quickly I almost was rammed in the back by a large truck! im terrified to drive my car now, I don't have another car so I don't know what to do..

- Kapolei, HI, USA

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