definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
38,786 miles

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2012 Chrysler 200 drivetrain problems

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2012 Chrysler 200 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #6

May 222013

200 4-cyl

  • 13,755 miles


Leaving my office, in traffic, the car would not accelerate. The max speed it would go to was only 40 mph, but the RPM's were high. By the time I got it to the dealership (about 20 minutes later), the problem had corrected itself. The dealership was unable to pull the code, so they told me to come back if it happened again.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #5

Apr 092013

200 6-cyl

  • 10,000 miles
It has been increasingly difficult to see at night when driving my Chrysler 200 2012 in low lit areas due to the headlight beams. Less light" aimed low" I have to drive far slower than posted around bends at night. I don't recall this issue when I bought the car brand new. I have had it one year and have just over 10,000 miles. I don't usually have to drive at night other than my well lit neighborhood, so this could have easily gone unnoticed. Either way, this terrifies me. The other issue I have is a jerk when shifting to reverse or drive. It is a loud clunk and I feel the vibration. I will not drive at night in low light areas until resolved. I also feel the car pulls to the right when driving. I will contact the dealer soon, until then I just don't feel safe driving while on dark roads.

- Lower Burrell , PA, USA

problem #4

Jul 202012

200 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Chrysler 200. The contact stated that when driving between 16-22 mph, the vehicle would hesitate. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection where they stated that the vehicle was changing gears as it was designed. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact also stated that the steering wheel seized without warning. The manufacturer was notified and stated that there were no recalls on the vehicle. The failure mileage was 2,000. The consumer stated the very day they picked the vehicle up, it stalled in the entrance way. The dealer claimed, the vehicle ran out of gas. As her son drove the vehicle home, he noticed when coasting at low speeds, the vehicle would kick back. The mechanic stated the jerk/kick was from the engine shifting gears. The kicking would go away, when the accelerator pedal was pressed. When her son turned the steering wheel to the right and then straightened it out, by turning the wheel to the left, the steering wheel locked up. He put the vehicle in park and shut off the engine. He tried to re-start the vehicle several times, but the engine would rev up tight until it was about to start, but would immediately shut off. The vehicle was towed to the dealer, where they found a code, but it had nothing to with the problem, that was being experienced. Updated 01/16/13

- Seaford, NY, USA

problem #3

Nov 212012


  • 2,000 miles


Car started kicking back, had to accelerate to stop the kicking. Then while parking the steering wheel locked up and engine died. Kept starting and it kept stalling.

- Seaford, NY, USA

problem #2

Apr 252011


  • 1,152 miles
When slowing down almost to a stop, the vehicle downshifts hard. It cause a shutter or jerk and you can feel even in the brakes. Feels awful and cannot be normal. Also, when accelerating, the vehicle pulls hard to the right.

- Glasgow, KY, USA

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problem #1

May 162011


  • 550 miles
This car was bought new with approx 300 miles brought from a dealer's inventory in kokomo, in to one in northern Kentucky, where it was bought 11 may,2012..it had been on the previous dealer's lot, as part of inventory, I believe since Sep,2011. In total it has stalled while stopped at a light 2 separate times..twice it has either quit while slowing or downshifted causing quite a violent throw forward of persons in their seats while at a relatively slow speed coming to a stop...in the old days it would be the jerk you get while popping a clutch to get a car started with a bad battery.. the third time it stalled was backing out of our driveway...we are now approaching 1000 total miles on the car with less than a month of ownership...made first visit to a dealer service 30 May 2012, ..PCM code was updated, but could not duplicate problem..have had one jerky downshift since then..this has been the recurring theme of many of these instances written up on blogs concerning this model over last 2 years.. side note..this car has remote start capability on the key fob..I noticed a recall last year for some vehicles where they noticed the circuit board inside a fob had vibrated loose, and somehow was sending signals to some component in the car which was causing it to stop...ie. No codes associated with a malfunction like that...might be something to look at too. Twice also, the hint of an electrical smell has been detected...same smell I experienced when the PCM on my 1993 Ford van cooked itself a couple years ago..at first I wrote it off as a new car thing..but combine that with present and past experiences...well, the connection may not be coincidental.

- West Chester, OH, USA

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