2011 Chrysler 200 engine problems: engine dies while driving

Engine Dies While Driving

2011 Chrysler 200 (Page 1 of 3)

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Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
24,500 miles
Total Complaints:
60 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (37 reports)
  2. not fixed (12 reports)
  3. never buy chrysler (4 reports)
  4. cam phasors failed (3 reports)
  5. software update (2 reports)
  6. cars have been recalled finally!!!!!! (1 reports)
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2011 Chrysler 200 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #60

Jul 172019

200 3.6L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 105,000 miles


This is an ongoing problem for the last year with this car. It is unreliable at this point, so we don't leave town with it.

- Harry N., Keyser, WV, US

problem #59

Dec 072018

200 V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 134,000 miles

So, this is the third time in the last four months it's happened.

1. First time with my grand-kids on a 100 degree day heading to the beach. Just left my Son's home and was rounding a turn when the car just shut down. Was able to pull off the busy road and had my Son come check it out. I tried to start again but turned over very very quickly, sounding like an electrical issue. He tried to disconnect the battery and reattach it. It started fine... He thougtht I needed to change the battery in my key fob, so I did, no problems for a few months...

2. Second time, I'm driving down another Major Highway in the fast lane at 65 mph when my car just shuts down, no power steering, no power brakes,, NOTHING JUST DEAD. LIFE THREATENING.....Rolled to a stop on the shoulder, thank God! While waiting for a tow truck after about 30 minutes tried to turn it over, many attempts failed with lights blinking and a very quick spinning of the motor. Something finally clicked in the car and it started correctly. Once home I called Chrysler this time to see if there were any recalls,,, NOPE, the Chrysler rep said just an air bag recall, nothing for shutting down... YEAH RIGHT!!!

3. THIRD TIME'S A CHARM! Just last Friday, driving along on a very busy road doing 55mph when the car just shuts down,,, same thing when attempting to restart it, the motor would spin very quickly and the lights blinking. I finally google 2011 Chrysler 200 shutting down and see all these complaints!!! Something needs to be done before someone is killed. It could have been me! SOMEONE HELP!!! I had my car towed to Chrysler this time,,, costing me 350 bucks..... for a new battery!!! It's BS!! My battery was dead from leaving on the flashers!!! Service guy says no error codes are coming up. THIS IS A BUNCH OF CRAP!!

- Pamela H., Jackson, NJ, US

problem #58

Oct 312018

200 Limited 3.6L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 219,560 miles

My Chrysler 200 limit conv 3.6L is still a great car with 223,000+ miles. Well maintained because I am a Chrysler dealer parts department manager. Engine just shuts off while driving, no codes or warning. After an hour or two it starts and runs just fine. Low fuel pressure reading so replaced fuel pump. Still same problem. After the third time, found a p06 code but sill no check engine light. Replaced PCM. Still same problem after a two week run. Next replaced throttle body. Good for two days and then back to the same problem. Grounds are all ok and tipm seems to be ok, but this is an on going problem that is unsafe.

- davepiku007, Cheshire, US

problem #57

Dec 012012


  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles


Never buy Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep. Sales agent will promise everything, after that you are on your own. I bought my Chrysler 200 at the dealership year 2011 and has always been a problem. And if service department cannot figure it out, they will come out with something ....which most of the times ....." Throttle needs to be replace". How often cars need to change throttle and how long it will last. I changed and paid a huge amount for the throttle but the problem of completely shutting it off while driving was not resolve, it continue to happen and there where times that I really blamed myself buying my Chrysler 200 Then after you replaced with a new throttle with a bad customer service at the Gurnee dealership , after couple of months it keeps happening again. Since my Chrysler 200 wasn't fixed, I tried the other Chrysler dealership and it told me again that throttle needs to be replaced. I found out that Throttle requires cleaning first, instead of recommending to replace it with a new one. Do the problem resolve/ fix!!!!! Nope Never Again!!!!!.

- Divine J., Gurnee, IL, US

problem #56

Jan 272017

200 Limited 3.6L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,800 miles

The engine died when decelerating twice in a row on same day within few minutes and there were no warning indicators or signs that it would happen. Once the key is turned to “off” and transmission put to neutral the vehicle was restarted. Diagnostics performed at dealer showed no computer codes indicating failure.

- ugolnik, Commerce Twp, MI, US

problem #55

Nov 252016

200 Limited 2.4L I-4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 73,129 miles

I was driving to the mall the other day, stopped at a stop sign, pulled out and the engine stalled. I continued down the road and the car stalled while I was driving in traffic. I continued further down the road and the car stalled four more times. This problem has occurred intermittently since I purchased the car in Jan 2016. It has never occurred this many times in one trip; it was usually just once or twice in a day, but now it is out of control. I am afraid to drive the car!

- cbleileraz, Phoenix, AZ, US

problem #54

Jul 052016

200 V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,300 miles


My 2011 Chrysler 200 V6 has now stalled while driving on three separate occasions. All three times I was going over 40 mph and the car just died with no warning. The car will not re-start right away, but after an hour or two the car will start normally with no indication of a problem. I have also noticed that the engine will randomly rev up and lurch while stooped at red lights, and will feel like it's about to stall but doesn't die totally, but will drive fine once I get moving again.

Only by pure luck have I not been slammed into by a vehicle behind me when I've stalled. My car has an extended warranty, and each time this happened I took it to the Chapman dealership in Horsham, Pa. However, each time I gave been told that they can't figure out the problem so they can't do anything for me. Basically they're telling me that it's my tough luck, and hopefully our faulty car that you have a warranty on doesn't get you or someone else killed.

- Adam V., Abington, PA, US

problem #53

Mar 312016

200 LX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

My 2011 Chrysler 200 (POS) cut off on on me while driving & nearly caused me to wreck. How is there no recall on this?? I googled and saw so many complaints about this & it said a simple fix-software update. that I needed to call the dealership where I bought the car and see if this update had been done, which obviously it probably hasn't if this has happened to me 4 times since I've had my car. I swear, I will never in my life buy another Chrysler as long as I live, however, I have owned 3 dodge cars which I've loved & never gave me a problem with! I bought my car in September 2012, so I don't know if the dealership or Chrysler Corporation was aware of this problem at this time!

As I have stated previously, there should be a real call on this because this is very dangerous!! God for bid anything happen to me or my children while driving and this happens again I swear I will get an attorney and sue the hell out of dealership where I purchased the car and Chrysler if they do not fix this for free!!

- Michelle K., Apopka, FL, US

problem #52

Nov 032015

200 Touring V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,630 miles

Today while driving in reverse down a driveway, I stopped to make sure no one was coming so I could exit into the street. The car had completely stalled. There were no dashboard lights with any indicators as to what could have been wrong. This is not the first time, I tried to start it, but in my panic, I was still in reverse. No go, Put in Park, and it started right up and I was on my way. I had to drive an hour and a have in heavy rush hour traffic but was so nervous. I did make it. This is the 4th time since I bought the car this has happened to it since June of 2014. How come there are no recalls on this car?

- nicoblue, Pa, US

problem #51

Jun 052012

200 S

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,400 miles

My car repeatedly dies at lights, stop signs, in parking lots....you name it. It also surges forward while stopped. It is both scary and completely unsafe. I do not even want to drive my car anymore it makes me so nervous. I am going to get in or cause and accident, and I am angry I am stuck with this car.

- Christina R., Longview, WA, US

problem #50

Aug 102012

200 3.2L V6

  • CVT transmission
  • 14,292 miles


We bought this car from Dilawri Jeep & Chrysler dealership in Ottawa with 7,000 kms on it. We have had non- stop problems with total engine failure while in motion and also while idling. Our daily work commute is 126 kms per day and we rely on a dependable car and that is why we purchased a demo vehicle.

We have had this vehicle in the shop on a regular basis trying to determine the problem to no avail! We have lost work time and the inconvenience of arranging to get it to the dealer is a chore in itself. I was actually driving on a 4 lane highway traveling at 120 kms per hour when the car shut off! Since the car is so quiet, I did not initially notice until I realized I had NO STEERING CAPABILITY! I panicked initially and was scrambling to find my 4 - way hazard button so people behind me would not rear-end me. It could have been fatal for me as the air bags do not deploy if the engine is not running! I have repeatedly complained to the dealer who claims they have contacted Chrysler Canada for a solution but, the car is still returned to us with no fix. The dealer does have a record of me telling them that if there is ever an accident due to total engine failure and one of us gets injured, or God forbid killed, that I will sue the ass off Chrysler!

This is a safety issue and I am disgusted that Chrysler has not done a recall to change the TIPM in this vehicle. Are they waiting for a certain number of deaths like Toyota when they had the sticking gas pedal problem? Anyway, guess where my vehicle is sitting today? You got it. Back at the dealership for another round of check ups with the outcome being the same. NOT FIXED

- Sandra H., Ottawa, Ontario, canada

problem #49

Jul 102014


  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,250 miles

Prior to July 2014, car intermittently stalls at low speeds, but no computer code and dealership unable to replicate the issue.

July 2014 - 47,275 miles; car stalls at low speeds; Computer code P0300 - Chrysler dealership worked with STAR group to tentatively determine to replace the fuel tank; car continued to stall at low speeds;

September 2014 - 48,757 miles; car stalls at low speeds; Computer code P0300 - Chrysler dealership worked with STAR group to next tentatively determine to replace the crankshaft sensor;

October 2014- 49,288 miles; car did not stall but check engine light came on; Computer code P0300 along with P0217 - Chrysler dealership working with STAR group to determine next tentative action to take.

- Mike C., Mesa, AZ, US

problem #48

Feb 012012

200 Sport V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,078 miles

I am looking for Canadians who share this same problem particularly if you live in Ontario. I currently have a lawsuit pending with Chrysler per I received the most deplorable service at the dealership. i complained repeatedly of my car turning off, had the co pilot installed they could not duplicate the problem so the car was never fixed. I have now been involved in 2 vehicle accidents per this problem and my insurance now costs me 500.00 a month per no insurance company in Canada will ensure this particular car. They will insure any car of mine except thsi one.

My lawyer is looking for an engineer report that may have already been done as they cost in excess of 4,000.00. anyone who has information about this is asked to contact Janet Band at 613-890-0990 or at bander11@HOTMAIL.CA

- jband, Ottawa, ON, canada

problem #47

Apr 112013

200 LX 3.6lV6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

cuts out while going up hill or tring to speed up

i payed to supposedly have this fixed.....well it isnt. took it back they tell me according to comp. check there is nothing wrong with my car. it is still doing the same thing. plus when you add the other little things that have gone wrong with it it really makes you mad. back when cars were made right people didnt have problems with new cars i dont care how many miles you put on them. i do home health i have to count on my car . i had a 2004 hyudayi accent drove it well over 100050 miles. never had any thing go wrong with it . i mean you have a car for not even a year, and as they put it small things start messing up on it that is not right. i will never buy another chry. or dodge car. if and when i get this one payed for i will get another hyudayi . i strongly advise people not to buy chry. or dodge they dont stand behind their cars i dont make enough money to keep fixing a new car and pay bills and eat

- Dollie S., Boswell, OK, US

problem #46

Jan 262013


  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,000 miles

This is the 4th battery installed. In the last 4 months or so I have had 3 new batteries put in and each time with in weeks is dies. Dead as a doornail. Weather is not a factor because it has happened on hot and cold days and dirving is not the issue, this most recent case I had been driving off and on all day the day before in so it had only sat overnight.

I still have no answer why this keeps happening.

- Aimee L., Gainesville, TX, US

problem #45

Nov 122012


  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,000 miles

Car died with no warning. Battery should only be a little over a year old, as the car is only that old.

- Aimee L., Gainesville, TX, US

problem #44

Dec 312012

200 Touring V6 3.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,300 miles

It all started when the sun visor clip broke when I unhooked the visor to block the sun in my eyes while driving our new the 2011 Chrysler 200 V6 3.6 liter Touring Sedan. As the remaining parts of the sun visor clip fell onto the carpet of the car seat, my wife said, "Now that has to be fixed, this is a brand new car".

Taking the Chrysler 200 to the dealer to fix the visor clip, they told me that the car needed a PCM flash memory update, which I was never notified about, so they fixed that too. All seemed well.

The following week I noticed the car shifting roughly and hearing a clank noise when driving around 40-45 mph from the transmission, but really did not think too much about it.

Occasionally, I heard some loud crack noises coming from the radio and then the radio would shut off all by itself– I just turned the radio back on, not thinking too much about that - since the 2011 Chrysler 200 came with a sophisticated radio with a led screen, blue tooth, and a DVD player.

About a month later the car seemed to lose power and hesitate when you pushed on the gas pedal driving about 35 – 45 mph. The Stability Control light on the dash came on and then the check engine light would come on for about 3 days, then go off for 2 days, then come back on for the next two days. I knew something was seriously wrong with this Chrysler 200 now.

When I brought the 2011 Chrysler 200 to the Fair Oaks Dealer, Va. they diagnosed the problem and replaced the CAM Phasers. I told the dealer about the transmission shifting noise, and the radio issue and they said the new phaser would fix all those existing problems since they are interconnected with the engine module, transmission, and the emission controls. I am not sure what else they did, but they said they had to crack open the engine and special order the parts - it took 3 days to fix. I had to pay out of pocket for a rental car.

After getting the car back, I received a recall notice from Chrysler in the mail to update the computer which will fix an existing stall problem issue, so I brought the car back to the Dealer to update the computer. I drove the car home and expected all to be fine. The next morning I put the key in the ignition to start the car and there was nothing. The lights flickered then went dead. I called the dealer again and they suggested I call Chrysler Customer Care. Within 50 minutes the tow truck driver jumped the Chrysler, put his jumper cables away, then the car just stopped. I told the tow truck driver the car shut off. The tow truck driver jumped the Chrysler again, and again, the Chrysler shut off. The tow truck driver said he has never seen this happen before … so he towed the Chrysler back to the dealer. Presently 2011 Chrysler 200, 17,300 miles resides at Fair Oaks Chrysler Dodge Jeep.

VIN available upon request Mike I Clifton, Va 20124

Update from Jan 19, 2013: The dealer said a cell in the battery was dry and was causing some kind of short in the ignition. We told the dealer the car was starting kind of sluggishly in the mornings, right up to the point when the car would not start at all. The dealer replaced the battery - which is located in the truck of the vehicle. The dealer told us the car was all fixed now. We did not drive the car the following day. The second day we got the car back from the dealer, we went out to start the Chrysler 200 at 8:00 am and the dash lit up for a second then went black again. I called Chrysler Customer Care directly and they issued another tow to pick up the vehicle. Around 2:30 pm in the afternoon Fair Oaks Chrysler Dealer called and told me the electrical system computer has failed. They did not have the part in stock, could not find the part from any dealer nationwide or did Chrysler out of Detroit have the part. I called Chrysler to tell them I need a rental car to get to work. Chrysler in Detroit then they called the Fair Oaks Dealer, then Chrysler issued me a 5 day rental free that evening. The electronic part was shipped from the manufacturer "imported from Detroit" 5 days later. Invoice Parts: 08890102 Power Distributor Center, RL692346AE Block -totally Integrated Power was replaced. Found vehicle to have no start, recharged battery due to discharge and checked for dtcs, found dtcs for bus communication to all modules, checked for battery drawl and found after key turned off TIPM still keeping all module awake, replaced TIPM and programmed and checked vehicle operation and for any drawl when turned off. I hope this dialogue helps shed some light and gives you guidance toward your Chrysler 200 Touring 3.6 repair issues.

- Michael I., Clifton, VA, US

problem #43

Sep 302012

200 200 Limited 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,800 miles

I purchased my Chrysler 200 Limited V6 November 2011. I road nice for several months. As I was driving down a high in the July 2012 the car gauges (speedometer/gas gauge) started going back and forth like a windshield wiper while driving at a speed of 62 mph. I had to get my garage door opener replaced and brought this issue to the attention of DARCARS in Rockville, MD. They replaced my garage door opener and said they could not find anything else wrong with the car/electrical system.

- E. N., Crofton, MD, US

problem #42

Jul 012012

200 Limited

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,000 miles

Noticed strange surging from car from day one. After several months the car started to stall out while driving. Could be in the middle of a turn or on highway. Took to dealership and they re-programmed car. Car starting stalling out again after a few weeks. Eventually the check engine light came on as well as the Stability control lights. Car really began to lose power and shudder. Finally had to abandon car in a parking lot and get it towed to dealer. Car was at dealership for 5 days and they apparently reprogrammed the car again. After a few days the stalling while driving began again. Car again began to lose power and shudder. Had car towed to dealership... again... Very frustrating experience with Palmer Dodge in Alpharetta, GA. This is a leased vehicle and I was notified that I would not be given a loaner vehicle. I placed a call to Chrysler Corporate customer service and they were dismayed that the dealer told me that I could not have a loaner/rental. The customer service rep called the dealer and magically, I was given a rental car during the repair. So, third time in the shop and they have no idea what is wrong with the car. Dave, the service manager said "they have done everything they can to fix the car". Started a "lemon" case with Chrysler. I will never by another Chrysler.

- Michael F., Woodstock, GA, US

problem #41

Sep 132012

200 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,700 miles

so i have a Chrysler 200 and it shuts off when i make a tight turn at slow speeds, also the radio made a loud pop sound on the freeway and the lights on the dashboard went out , i have taken it to the dealer 4 times and all they can tell me is nothing can be done until it happens with them in the car...so i called Chrysler an they tell me the same and have to pay to have a box put on my car to record it the next time it happens. I have kids and don't want to put them or myself in harms way....the problem has happened when doing a U-turn that was a close call. should i drive it again or not?

- Taya S., Valencia, CA, US

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