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pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
66,050 miles
Total Complaints:
38 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (28 reports)
  2. replace heater core and radiator (9 reports)
  3. replace the heater core (1 reports)
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2012 Chrysler 200 AC / heater problems

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2012 Chrysler 200 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #18

Dec 152016

200 LX 3.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,900 miles


Second major repair for this 4 year old car. Last summer had to replace the alternator. Now, today when it is 2 degrees outside in Michigan, A/C is pouring out of the passenger side vents and it is lukewarm on my side. I was warned of this upcoming repair last summer. Chrysler needs to issue a recall!

- Theresa A., Davisburg, MI, USA

problem #17

Oct 222016

200 Touring 3.6L V+

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles

Back in 2013 under warranty lost heat on passenger side. Replaced heater core , water pump and radiator. Solved problem. 3 yrs later same thing happened. Not under warranty. Will not pay to have fixed. Will get rid of car in the summer and never buy a chrysler again... NEVER. Live in cold weather state. Sucks that there is no heat on passenger side and window will not defrost. Very dangerous.

- Larry S., Adell, WI, USA

problem #16

Feb 012016

200 Touring V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,496 miles

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heater doesn't work passenger side heater doesn't work passenger side

When I discovered the problem last winter, I ask my garage to fix it because there was no more heating on the passenger side. My garage went to the dealer and they said it should be something broken inside the dash that was blocking the vent (and the heat) to move to the passenger side. They estimated the repairs to be about $2700 so I decided not to repair at that time.

This winter (2017), the problem was getting worst and my windshield on the right side was not deicing properly so it became dangerous so I asked my own garage to repair it. So they had to open the dash completely and they found that nothing was broken in there. They decided to purge the cooling liquid in the heating system and they realized that the liquid was not circulating properly in the thermostat under the dash.

They took away the thermostat, opened it and realized that it was 3/4 blocked with a kind of glue that has accumulated there. So they changed that piece and everything is now working perfectly. The cost or the repair is $1831 (instead of $2700 because it is a private garage and not the dealer) and I find it is a lot of money for not normal deterioration. I was told that the problem is caused by a substance (some kind of glue) that Chrysler is putting in the cooling liquid to avoid the thermostat to break....I considered that a recall should be made for that problem because it is not a normal deterioration!

- Gaetan M., St-Lazare, QC, Canada

problem #15

Dec 012016

200 4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles


Call the National Highway Traffic Safety to get this on the recall list. If you are unable to defrost the passenger side it is a safety issue. Call 888-327-4236.

- trenbren, Portage, MI, USA

problem #14

Nov 192016


  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,000 miles

With below zero temps and little kids, this is ridiculous to even have happen. I just had to have my thermostat housing replaced because I had a small coolant leak and then this happened. Come to find out, this is an extremely popular issue with Dodge/Chryslers and there should definitely be a recall because of the manufacture of these parts being the reason for the issues. I will never buy a Chrysler/Dodge again after the continuous issues I've had after buying it brand new.

- Megan M., Menasha, WI, USA

problem #13

Jan 012017


  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles

My mother and I both own 2012 Chrysler 200. Her heater began blowing cool air last year. It is not a coincidence that my vehicle is now experiencing the same issue. I should not need to have my daughter bring a blanket when riding in the car in order to stay warm. THIS SHOULD BE A RECALL!!!!!

- dixonoh, Toledo, OH, US

problem #12

Jan 082017


  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles


Heater not working on the passenger side floor. So far it is just the floor. From previous complaints, it appears the problem could get worse.

- jmtschudi, Fairborn, OH, US

problem #11

Nov 012015

200 Convertible 3.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,000 miles

Have had estimates of $1700 to get this fixed. Insane.

- Mary K., Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #10

Nov 302012

200 Touring

  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,000 miles

We bought our 200 brand new with only 3 mile on it back in March 2012. I bought the car for it's my spouse who travels an hour back and forth from work. During the winter he complained that it doesn't get very warm but it was tolerable. Every winter the heater problem kept getting worse.

This winter (2016) My spouse advised that there is a clicking noise coming from behind the glove box. I looked it up on line and was a faulty blend door actuator. I fixed the actuator and i hoped that was the problem all along and the heat would work on the passenger side. Alas, it didn't. I took it to the repair shop and they recommended a radiator/ heater core flush and fill.

I had that done dropped a $100 on it and it still didn't solve the problem. He advised if the car is still putting out heat it would be all over not on just on half. He check all the actuators and re-calibrated them and still couldn't figure it out. He advised everything is working the way its supposed to be as far as he could tell. If anyone has a fix let me know.

- Rocky H., Springfield, OH, USA

problem #9

Feb 012016

200 Limited 3.2L V6

  • Manual transmission
  • 70,000 miles

The passenger side of the blows cold air. The dealer flushed the core resulting in little change. They researched the problem with Chrysler and the recommendation was to replace the heater core, radiator.. Obviously a known problem. The cost is starting at labor of $800, plus parts. I'm not able to put that kind of money into repairs. I live in Michigan and need the defroster. This is a hardtop convertible and I love the car IN THE SUMMER. Buick has just introduced a convertible, I will be looking at that soon.

- jmdahn, Prescott, MI, USA

problem #8

Dec 102014

200 LX 2.4L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,000 miles


I bought this car in 2014 just before winter, and once the cold weather began the car did not heat up on the passenger side, it is now 2016 winter and it seems to be getting worse. I have not contacted Chrysler on this issue as of yet and decided to do some research online, so here I am sending in this complaint with some of the other ones I've read.

Hopefully I can get some clear cut direction on correcting this issue so my next post will show some insight and hope.

- frozen in mn, Andover, MN, USA

problem #7

Jan 042016

200 LX 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,877 miles

This car has been one problem after another- zero degrees and no heat on the passenger side- it's impossible to defrost the windshield on the passenger side, and keep it from freezing up and cannot melt the snow. This is a safety issue to drive in the winter.

- Leslie B., Lakeville, USA

problem #6

Dec 012015

200 2LX 4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,933 miles

We replaced the thermostat. Didn't help. Our mechanic said that he can't fix it. He said to use the re-circulation so that no cold air is coming in from outside. It helps keep the car warm, however, it doesn't help keep the windows clear. I still need to use the defrost to clear the windows and then I get the cold air coming in from the passenger side. Really sucks!

- Kerry F., Hamilton, ON, Canada

problem #5

Oct 312015


  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,600 miles

Hello, I have a chrysler 200 lx 2012.

I've been having this problem so far when I set the heater at the maximum level, it has not worked very well, because it doesn't heat enough and by the side passenger front, the air is not warm.

- Jose T., Reno, Nevada, USA

problem #4

Dec 182014


  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,058 miles

Am a single man living in Atlanta with a short commute so never really needed the heat on much, and rarely a passenger ... but on a long December 2014 trip into Michigan my passenger complained about the floor vent blowing cold air ... odd, mine was blowing hot air ... sure enough it was hot on my side and very cold on her side ... car had 37,000 miles on it then, but I'm guessing it never worked because it was never noticed before (no use sitting there during a cold period) ... now has 48,000 miles on it and need to get it fixed before December 2015 trip to Michigan .... saw 3 other people complain about this same problem ... Troncalli Chrysler said it was not under warranty and would be minimum of $115 for diagnostics plus additional to fix ... have appointment Nov. 30 ... would be real upset is this is more than $500 to fix.

- Alan S., Cumming, GA, US

problem #3

Oct 202014

200 Touring 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

I have a 2012 Chrysler 200, the passenger side heater wasn't working. I took it to my dealership to find out what the problem was. They flushed the system several times and it didn't work. The only thing left is to replace the radiator and heater core. I've done some research and found that Chrysler manufacturing puts a type of product in the radiator to block pin holes that might be in the radiator during manufacturing, that product creates a sludge and that sludge blocks your system from working properly.

I've called Chrysler on the matter in requesting that since this is a manufacturing issue they should pay the cost of repairs which is $1,700 and at this time I've gotten no assistance at this time. This should be a recall and the matter should be repaired and manufacturer warned of the defect that takes place.

- Sandra M., Oakdale, TN, USA

problem #2

May 172013

200 ES 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,000 miles

I had bought a 2012 chrysler 200 in 2013 and 6 months into the fall and winter the heat doesn't work ,

it only works on the driver side vent on the dash. Everywhere else blows cold air . I have had the thermostats replaced , engine coolant flushed and many mechanics look at the problem. They have advised me to make a complaint to chrysler because of the design on the heater core , i have notice they made a redesign on the new 2015 200's . when its -16 outside and you have no heat its pretty damn cold out . I have also talked to many people who have the same problem , I have also advised them to complain about the problem so you are aware of the situations. I have a brand new car 2012 chrysler 200 with 45,000 miles on it and the heat doesn't work this should not be happening on a new car . I have also heard that the computer might need to be flashed again in order for the actuators up under the dash to work , is this true ? please , can we do something about this , redesign the heater core or something .


meggan Black

- Meggan B., Uniontown, OH, US

problem #1

Nov 012014

200 ES

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles

Heater blows warm air driver side -cold air passenger side.

- Kenda K., Star Prairie, WI, USA

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