really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
34,595 miles

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2012 Chrysler 200 engine problems

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2012 Chrysler 200 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #37

Mar 172015


  • 45,456 miles


While taking off from a stop light. The 2012 Chrysler 200 cut off with no warning (no stalling, sputter, hesitation of the sort). I was stopped not on the hwy but a major divided four lane hwy. (ga 54, newman, ga at the intersection of U. S. hwy I-85). After several restart attempts. The vehicle restarted with the engine malfunction light illuminated. This vehicle only had 45,466 miles on it with all maintenance up todate being completed by the chysler dealership purchased from. Dealership notified, appointment scheduled for 3-26-2015. Who wants to drive a vehicle with a defect that the manufacturer is well aware of. Just look at the amount of complaints.

- Newnan, GA, USA

problem #36

Mar 072015

200 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
The car has stalled on four different occasions while driving. It stalled three time while driving in traffic. One time it stalled on the highway. The car has turned back on after a couple of tries. A malfunction indicator light comes on after the incident and stays on for a period of time. The light simple goes out without any intervention. Everything appears to be running okay and then another incident of stalling occurs.

- Dracut, MA, USA

problem #35

Dec 052014


  • 70,000 miles
Under normal driving conditions all of a sudden the vehicle accelerates on its own. The engine stalls and loss of steering. The electronic throttle control warning light comes on and blinks, as well as the engine light and the traction control light comes on. Acceleration is only at 20% of what it normally is with intermittent thrust of power followed by engine failure. This lasts for several miles then the problem seems to disappear. Chrysler has no idea a out this problem with there vehicles and if U take it to an auto repair place. It says the vehicle is fine when they plug it in. I did some research on this to find out what to do and the internet is swamped by people with this car, this same year or around the same year... with the same problem. This vehicle is unsafe. Logic suggests that Chrysler wont voluntarily recall this vehicle for financial reasons which is understandable but at the same time I don't wanna die because I cant control this car when it has the above mentioned "episode".

- Trenton, NJ, USA

problem #34

Oct 082014

200 4-cyl

  • miles


I was driving along that morning into work when my battery light came on. I then proceeded to call around to find out what was going on. Later that afternoon my car complete stopped working and was "freaking out" on me while I was driving. After coming to the conclusion that it was not my battery that died, it was my alternator that stopped working. Now my vehicle is sitting in the front of my house not wanting to start up.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #33

Apr 012014


  • 35,460 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Chrysler 200. While driving various speeds, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was able to be restarted and resumed normal operation. The vehicle was taken to the dealer numerous times, but a failure code could not be located. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 35,460.

- Smithland , KY, USA

problem #32

Aug 082014

200 4-cyl

  • 43,851 miles
Was at a stop light and after taking off the car shut completely down with no warning no engine light indicator until after this happened. I tried to start it and it cranked but didn't start all the way, I had it towed home and now it starts. I had a six month old infant in the car with me when this happened and I don't feel safe when the car can just shut down like that. I feel there is a default in the engine, we purchase this car a year ago. Thank god there was no one behind me when this happened. I also have had problems with the brakes from when we purchased the car I brought the car to the dealer four times before someone figured it out. It was fine for four weeks and the noise is back, there is a noise in the brakes only when you press the brakes lightly. This problem has not been resolved. And the the warranty is up. I feel it's a defect. Upon my last visit to Chrysler there was a customer there who also has a 200 with the same brake problem they were trying to resolve.

- Danielson, CT, USA

problem #31

Jul 292014


  • 38,000 miles


2012 Chrysler 200 shut off while driving 45 mph down the hwy with 2 children in the car. I lost power steering and my brakes. Luckily, I made it to the side of the road. It restarted once I turned the key to off first, but shut off on me a second time while idling a few minutes later. I have not driven it since.

- Imperial, MO, USA

problem #30

Feb 072014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2012 Chrysler 200. The contact stated that there was an abnormal noise coming from the front end of the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #29

Jun 252014

200 6-cyl

  • 20,000 miles
My 2012 Chrysler 200 S stalled on a major highway. After coming to a complete stop due to traffic the vehicle would not accelerate, the steering locked up and then it shut off. There were no malfunction lights or any other type of warning called Chrysler and they said that there are no recalls for this despite there being a number of complaints reported.

- Southfield, MI, USA

problem #28

May 172014

200 6-cyl

  • 33,100 miles
In March 2014 owner noted a problem with the HVAC system - no heat was delivered to the passenger side air vents or heater vents in cold weather. During routine oil change mechanic noted severe discoloration of engine coolant and buildup up sludge in coolant expansion tank. Took vehicle to dealer for diagnosis. Dealer stated that the coolant had been contaminated with the addition of the wrong type of coolant. Per Chrysler star # S1207000008, dealer flushed coolant system multiple times and commented that if that didn't work they would have to replace the heater core, radiator, oil cooler, and expansion tank. When repairs were completed owner noted that the temperature output from the air and heater vents was 20 degrees lower on the passenger side than the driver side. Dealer stated that repairs were complete. Owner is in process of contacting Chrysler to have heater core and radiator replaced.

- Littleton, CO, USA

problem #27

May 162014

200 4-cyl

  • 45,800 miles


Brakes rotors bushings engine has whine and what sounds like a miss clicking noise on start up, clicking when turning ignition key withoht starting completely, and clicks when turning key off. Salesman says he called Chrysler and was told the 200 car is made to veer to the right to stop driver who might accidentally go to sleep from entering oncoming traffic. Dealership said call warranty. Had this 2012 car a with 46K that was a rental for a few days so far its engine is quite noisy. Calling warranty company to make appt to have car checked out.

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #26

May 052014

200 4-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
Today, while on the interstate traveling at 60mph, attempted to accelerate and car would not accelerate. Could hear the engine trying to accelerate but the car kept slowing down. Did not see any lights (engine) light up on the dash to indicate a problem. Pulled into emergency lane, stopped and turned engine off; restarted car and it has not occurred again today.

- Maryville, TN, USA

problem #25

Feb 142014


  • 37,000 miles
Entering freeway was accelerating, merged into a lane and took foot off of the accelerator and the car rpms kept climbing and speed kept increasing within 10 seconds it stops and will respond normally usually happens when there is a quick attempt to accelerate.

- Kimball, MI, USA

problem #24

Mar 052014


  • 38,000 miles
Shifted the vehicle into reverse, when the vehicle is then put into drive there is a loud bang.

- Kimball, MI, USA

problem #23

Jan 212014


  • 46,000 miles
Vehicle engine light went on. Unable to accelerate. Vehicle stalled and pulled over to side of road. Happened 5 times in 16 mile trip. This occurred when vehicle has 18-20000 miles requiring towing of vehicle. At that time, repair involved wiring repair and replacement of sleeve. The problem has clearly recurred. This is a safety issue.

- West Bend, WI, USA

problem #22

Oct 162013

200 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,122 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Chrysler 200. The contact stated that after having his vehicle serviced for NHTSA campaign number: 13V282000 (air bags, electrical system) the check engine light illuminated at 50 mph. The vehicle was taken to a the dealer for inspection and they stated that the evac hose needed to be replaced due to the fact that a rodent had eaten the hose. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 33,122. Updated 02/11/14 the consumer stated there was a problem with the fuel tank evaporate hose.

- Norcorss, GA, USA

problem #21

Aug 022012

200 6-cyl

  • 9,170 miles
My car stalled on me about 3 times in August. Twice while driving at a low speed and once while parked. I took it Chrysler and they said they didn't find anything. It happened again in September so I brought the vehicle back to chrystal and was once again told they could find nothing. After that while driving on the highway at about 40mph the car started to lose power and traction control, emergency brake and ABS light lit up and the speedometer just waved back N forth. It felt like it was stalling and luckily I was able to pull over. I took it back to Chrysler and told them its very dangerous and I can't drive the car like that. They then called me saying they found a loose battery terminal and to see if that helped. No it didn't. while driving on a highway again the car started to lose power and then stopped but did not stall. When I stepped on the gas it mad a noise but did not move. I had to shut it off and restart it. I will going back to Chrysler for the fourth time to see if they will fix this dangerous problem.

- Bogota, NJ, USA

problem #20

Sep 102013


  • 38,000 miles
In traffic, steering wheel tightened up and all interior lights were off. Tried to brake but no response, shifted into neutral restarted the car and it turned back on. Seemed to mess up the shifter a little in the process, as well as almost hitting the car in front of me. Probably going about 10-15 mph, and I was lucky to throw the car in neutral and restart otherwise I would of floated into an accident.

- Middletown, NJ, USA

problem #19

Apr 012013

200 4-cyl

  • 20,000 miles
The Chrysler 200 vehicle that I purchased in April 2012 was brought in again on 7/1/13 for service due to front end clanging metal noises which occur while turning, backing up, slowing and stopping. This undiagnosed noise began following several engine stalling episodes, two of which required towing (since I was unable to restart the vehicle to drive in for service). The engine stalling episodes occurred while driving at 55 mph and as stated, twice resulted in towing and service. Service on the engine stalling problem occurred in April and again in May 2013. It is unclear why the remedy for the engine stalling was not followed per the NHTSA recall id # 11V487000 (engine and engine cooling) technical service bulletin/Chrysler manufacturer remedy- since that recall had already been published. In addition to this safety issue, the front end metal clanging may be the result of towing due to the engine defect and/or a result of another vehicle defect (recall #11V315000 - steering column). This is a vehicle that has multiple problems and poses a serious safety issue due to various problems. It needs to be off the road.

- West Bend, WI, USA

problem #18

Jun 122013


  • miles
As I was driving my car it just stop running, there was no warning lights or nothing came on the car just stop. Then it would not start back up until the next day when it was at the dealership. They check the car out and they could not find anything wrong with the car. This is not the first time this happen and they still can not find out why the car is stopping. Then the lights came on the dash board and I took the car back to the dealer ship and they still could not figure out why they came on because the computer did not report that any lights came on. Then they keep my car over the weekend and they said the car ran fine even though they know the car did stop but since the computer couldn't tell them that there was something wrong with the car there is nothing that they can do. This is a very unsafe car..I wish I know this before I brought this car...

- Houston, TX, USA

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