hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
197,020 miles

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2012 Chrysler 200 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #48

Nov 172017


  • 99,751 miles


Takata recall no heat on passenger side, blows cold air. Unable to defrost passenger side of windshield. Chrysler service advised that heatercore plugged, need to replace heater core, radiator, engine oil cooler & thermostat. Had all replaced, at a cost of $2200. One year later, same problem, no heat passenger side.

- Hebron, OH, USA

problem #47

Feb 062018


  • 78,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Chrysler 200. The contact stated that the heat and defroster stopped working. The vehicle was taken to landmark Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram (1900 S noland rd, independence, mo 64055) four times, and each time the heater cooler was replaced. The manufacturer was contacted and did not assist. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was 78,000.

- Grain Valley, MO, USA

problem #46

Jan 202019


  • 66,300 miles
My horn started honking on it own. I first noticed it when I was outside the car and had not touched it, the horn started honking. I got in the car and it stopped. Every time I drive the car the horn honks on its own, sometimes long honks other times brief. The next thing it started raining and the wipers would not work properly they would swipe halfway and stop, only working when on high. Finally I was driving home and the car stopped in traffic. I sat for a few minutes and started it and it would stop after moving for about an inch. The car stopped three or four times and finally I was able to drive the 2 or 3 miles to my home and park.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #45

Dec 012017


  • 42,000 miles


Defrost doesn't work. Dealership calls for replacing radiator, heater core and oil cooler due to sludge build-up/clogging in coolant/heating system. This appears to be due to an incompatibility between the coolant used by Chrysler and the chemicals/oils used in the manufacture of the engine system. This is 100% a manufacturing defect and the dealer & manufacturer are unwilling to replace. Fairly common problem with the 2012/2013 Chrysler 200, regardless of engine type. This is a safety concern as the windshield can become fogged very quickly while driving under the right conditions (damp weather) and without warning, posing a safety hazard. Started about one year ago.

- Somerville, MA, USA

problem #44

Nov 252016


  • 117,000 miles
Passenger side pushes out cold air, terrible to drive in and uncomfortable. Battery has been replaced 4 times in the last 2 years. Alternator as well. While driving to work, my windshield frosted over from being so cold and I had to veer off the road to avoid getting into an accident.

- Torrington, CT, USA

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problem #43

Jan 012015


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Chrysler 200. The contact stated that the defrost system did not function properly. The contact mentioned that the vehicle had to be flushed every year in order for the defroster to work. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer or an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing or repairs. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was approximately 70,000. Consumer stated thermostat was replaced. VIN not available

- Lincoln, NE, USA

problem #42

Oct 022018


  • 60,000 miles


The contact owns a 2012 Chrysler 200. The contact stated that the heat and defroster were not working specifically on the passenger side, which affected the contact's visibility while driving. The contact also noticed a fuel odor coming from the heating unit when it was activated. The contact called the dealer (barbera autoland, 7810 E roosevelt blvd, philadelphia, pa 19152, (215) 333-3700) and was informed that there was no recall. The contact was advised to call the manufacturer. The manufacturer agreed with the dealer and stated that there was an assistance program to help pay for the repairs, if the contact was eligible. The manufacturer advised the contact to call NHTSA. The failure mileage was 60,000.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #41

Mar 022018


  • 102,453 miles
2012 Chrysler 200 convertible heat fails to defrost window causing total visibility loss and inability to see out of windshield. Lack of heat does not allow for safe operation of vehicle. This occurs when vehicle is running. The car can not warm up enough to defrost windshield. No heat coming from defrost or vents. Blows cold air. This occurs when driving or stationary. Can not see! dangerous!

- Boothbay, ME, USA

problem #40

Oct 012017


  • 35,000 miles
The car had only 35,000 miles when the issue started. The passenger heat is cold, and the defrost will not work, while the driver's side gets warm, and will defrost a small amount of the driver side windshield, and nothing on the side windows. This issue is a hazard for visibility in the winter. I have researched the matter to finds this is a common issue with the Chrysler 200 and has a repair bill of $1500 as the passenger side has a blockage or clog in the system.

- Anchorage, AK, USA

problem #39

Nov 222017


  • miles
Passenger windshield visibility do to heater core not giving heat at passenger side clogged at about 70K miles dangerous to me and oncoming traffic an accident waiting to happen.

- Spotsylvania, VA, USA

problem #38

Oct 102012


  • 80 miles


"takata recall" when it is cold the defrost won't work and the passenger side of the car is extremely cold.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #37

Feb 242018


  • 101,000 miles
Known issue with heater core results in not only comfort issues, but driving hazard, as the defroster is also impacted. Heat does not flow from passenger side defroster, resulting in lack of visibility. This has happened more than one time while driving, including instances of total blockage of view on right side of windshield.

- Hanover Park, IL, USA

problem #36

Jan 032018


  • miles
The heater core gets clogged up and your windshield visibility will not be cear. Thia will cause unsafe driving measures.no heat my car blows out vool air only.

- Rahway, NJ, USA

problem #35

Dec 112017


  • miles
The contact owns a 2012 Chrysler 200. The contact stated that the defroster failed to operate as intended. The vehicle was taken to glendale Chrysler (10070 manchester rd, St louis, mo 63122) where it was diagnosed that the engine core radiator, heater core, and radiator cap needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and did not assist. The VIN and failure mileage were unknown.

- Saint Louis, MO, USA

problem #34

Sep 012017


  • miles
Complaint: Passenger seat belt gets stuck when buckled. You have to pull really hard to release the buckle. If I were to get in a wreck I could not get a passenger out of my passenger seat because its too hard to unbuckle.this occurs when car is moving and stationary. Heater problems: My passenger side heat is not working it is blowing cold air and will not defrost the passenger side. Only the driver side right vent blows warm air. This issue occurs when car is stationary and moving.

- Rio Rancho, NM, USA

problem #33

Sep 012017


  • 56,000 miles
Defrost does not work and this impairs visibility. Cannot drive car when windshield fogs. Dealer reports that the heater core needs to be replaced at a cost of $2000. This is widespread among this model and similar models according to computer search.

- West Chester, PA, USA

problem #32

Mar 012017


  • 6,700,000 miles
The passenger side heat is not working, this appears to be a very common issue with this make and model. The issue get worst overtime as it is now affecting my ability to properly defrost my padsanger side windshield as well as the passenger side window which is causing a safety concern due limiting my visibility. This is driving hazard to me and other drivers during the winter.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #31

Dec 012017


  • 47,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Chrysler 200. When the contact attempted to drive the vehicle, the heater on the front passenger side failed to function and prevented the passenger side window from defrosting. The failure occurred without warning. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted. The approximate failure mileage was 47,000.

- St Paul, MN, USA

problem #30

Dec 152017


  • 90,000 miles
The vehicle has lost most of its heating capabilities and will not defrost the windshield. This is extremely dangerous as we live in a cold climate during the winter and could cause an accident as well as causing the driver to be very uncomfortable while driving. I have read up on numerous complaints of this and I cannot believe there hasn't been a recall submitted by Chrysler. I even had a past Chrysler mechanic inform me that when he was working for a Chrysler dealership that the dealership received a letter informing them that they would start to see this problem occuring with these vehicles. Unbelievable! and yet no recall has been issued? this needs to be addressed for serious safety concerns before people are killed if it hasn't happened already.

- Ashley, MI, USA

problem #29

Sep 102017


  • miles
Heat stopped working on passenger side. Defrosting is more difficult being that the air is not warm in cold temperatures. Prior to the heat not working on the passenger side the A/C stopped getting cold too. (it was getting cold only on the drivers side)

- Gary, IN, USA

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