really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
27,860 miles

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2012 Chrysler 200 suspension problems

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2012 Chrysler 200 Owner Comments

problem #13

Sep 272016


  • 96,000 miles


Was driving car going only 25-30 mph and made an attempt to slow down to a stop which I had plenty of time and space between car in front of me and my front fender to do, as I applied brakes I notice it go all the way to the floor and my car wouldn't stop which soon after having plenty of space to do it led to a rear end collision as my brakes failed to work correctly when applied. I have a police report to verify the incident on 09/27/2016 in appleton, wi. Because I was going at a really slow speed at the time luckily no one was really hurt when this occurred around 10:00 am in an area with little to no traffic at the time, but even know I was only going around 20 when there was an impact my car which was new prior to this accident is now considered under state law in Wisconsin a salvage vehicle as repairs exceeded the value at the time of 7000.00

- Appleton, WI, USA

problem #12

Aug 302015


  • 34,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Chrysler 200. The contact stated that while driving approximately 15 mph in the rain or snow, the vehicle pulled to the left. The contact also stated that when the vehicle was turned to the right, it made a loud "bang" noise. There were no warnings in either event. Both failures were not diagnosed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failures. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 34,000.

- Weirton, WV, USA

problem #11

Jul 102015


  • 38,278 miles
Van horn Chrysler and Dodge in Plymouth wi. Sold me a vehicle that was in a major front end accident. When they sold me the air the airbag was not attached. The steering was pulling to the right. The suspension was severely damage, it was so severe that when I took the car to Chrysler, I spend money there to get the problems repaired. Because van horn wouldn't pay for the repairs. After Chrysler couldn't make the repairs, because the car had been in a major accident from the previous owner. Chrysler referred me to thei body shop, where I was out of pocket for another additional repair. I also forward this information to Chrysler customer assistant 1-888-992-1997. My case number there is 277741034.they (Chrysler customer assistant) said the car should have never been sold. They informed roy edwards van horn manger to get in touch with me to make a settle. Which he hasn't as to 10/14/205. Tom boweo was the person that I spoke with at milosch's palace collision center, lake orion mi. (248)276-6653. The car is registered to billy turney. My email address is eturney1@wi.rr.com. My phone number is (414)445-8281. My cell number is (414) 793-6615

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #10

Dec 292014


  • 26,500 miles


First time driving the car in snowy conditions, there was about an inch of snow on the ground.I had a very hard time controlling it, it will swirve all over the place, I'm a truck driver used to the worst conditions, I would say I'll rather drive a P/U truck(2wd)without extra weight in the bed on ice..

- Aurora, CO, USA

problem #9

Apr 112013


  • 22,000 miles
Awful popping noise to front end when driving. Worsens over time. Had to shop 4 times. They now admit to a problem with tie rods at manufacture. Dealership is offering to fix with a $100 co-pay since it is now out of warranty mileage. I am working with Chrysler to get the rest covered since it is an unresolved warranty issue.

- Opelika, AL, USA

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problem #8

Mar 062014


  • 23,000 miles
After driving for about 15 min. You can start hearing a clunking noise coming from the left side, and you can feel it in the steering wheel. Don't know if its steering or suspension, but I get eerie feeling the car may lock up.

- Kernersville, NC, USA

problem #7

Mar 232014


  • 48,000 miles


For the past couple of months I have been experiencing my car fishtailing badly in winter weather. In the slightest snow fall or ice it fishtails so badly causing me to slow down to speeds around 35 mph on the highway. When I first noticed it I thought it was my tires and alignment so I had bought new winter tires and had the alignment redone but after driving it soon after I realized that it did not remedy the problem. So I thought that maybe adding some weight would help but it dangerously got worse. Tonight I was driving and hit a slight patch of ice and it fishtailed so violently I almost went off the road and almost caused a semi truck to crash just to avoid me. This car is not safe by any standards of winter weather driving. Even a friend of mine who is an auto mechanic agrees that this vehicle isn't safe. It feels as if the rear suspension is loose but when inspected I was told everything was fine. Please look into this. I use to drive a Toyota yaris that did way better in winter weather than this and mind you it only had the factory tires. Thank you.

- Crow Agency, MT, USA

problem #6

Dec 172012

200 6-cyl

  • 23,000 miles
The first time I drove this car and snow I could barely keep it on the road. I have been driving in Michigan for 24 years and I have never had a car that handled this poorly in the snow. I took the car to my dealership and they told me it is a common problem but Chrysler does not have a solution for it. Since then the dealer has split a set of snow tires with me but it only partially helps the problem. The car is terrifying to drive in any snow conditions regardless of the snow tires. It moves from side to side in the snow and can barely be kept on the road. I have a 2 wheel dr. Truck with no wait in it and I'd prefer to drive that over the Chrysler in the winter.

- Posen, MI, USA

problem #5

Feb 072012

200 6-cyl

  • 1,000 miles
When purchased this car, noticed that it pulled severly to the left, spoke to dealer ship and they stated that it was normal for front wheel drives to do so. So I continued to drive this car but always having to be on alert when driving on highway if car was going to jerk off road. This car handles horrible! I do not feel safe in this vehicle and do not feel if any control was lost, that I would be able to regain control due to this. The dealership has denied that I have ever brought this up, but when my brakes started squealing around $7000 mile I then brought it up again and they told me I needed a front end alignment and new brakes! ok I just bought the car... I told them no, how could that be. Well since then my car has had to have the cylander replaced and they have addressed the jerking with a front end alignment which by the way did not do anything. It still is hard to control and could only do 30 mile an hr in snow before it would loose control. I have more complaints and have addressed Chrysler to no avail. They just tell me its the make of the car and that my brakes squealing are because asbestos is no longer in brakes. I told them that I was not born yesterday and have driven more cars than this and never have had this problem. They offered me an extended warrenty and stated that was all anyone could do. I am a very unhappy customer and becasue I am in a lease I can not get out of this car. Only when it crashes will anyone maybe do anything about this. I am seeking the state attorney in Idaho to see if they can help resolve this issue.

- Caldwell, ID, USA

problem #4

Dec 032013


  • miles
Excessive "fish tailing" in minimal snowy conditions, very unstable, absolute death trap. I felt like I was going to end up smashing into a passing car or truck. Drove for 30 miles per hour for 260 miles while there wasn't more than one inch on snow on the ground because the rear end of the car was swing in all directions, my wife and daughter terrified. I just bought the car back in August 2013 thus a few months ago and had no issues driving on dry ground but only in snow and wet conditions.

- Macomb, MI, USA

problem #3

Sep 232013


  • 29,000 miles


I have made several complaints to Chrysler regarding the vehicle not accelerating when it should and not going over 35mph at times. When the vehicle won't accelerate the 6 speed does not work either. Chrysler reset the computer and this worked as a fix for roughly 2 days until it happened again. The vehicle also jumps forward when braking and seems to be jumping very hard through the gears, Chrysler has responded every time that they cannot duplicate the problem and to bring it back when it happens again. Today I was driving to work and again the car was jumping when I was braking. The car in front of me braked hard and unexpectedly therefore I had to as well. My car did not stop! although the brake pedal was pushed as hard as I could the car jumped at least 6 times and made a horrible grinding noise before I finally was able to get it to stop before rear ending the car in front of me. I did make it in to work however, the car did not make any improvements after this, now every time I try to stop the car jumps forward. This car is going to get me, my kids or someone else seriously injured and Chrysler has no sense of urgency to seem to get it fixed. From what I have read it is not only my car that is having the same problem. Add it to the lists of recalls please!!!!! also when I am driving and this happens daily the car jerks very hard between 1st and 2nd gear, this literally causes the car to and feels like it may stall out.

- Waxhaw, NC, USA

problem #2

Jan 182012

200 6-cyl

  • 2,000 miles
Salutations; I have already contacted Chrysler about this problem. Their response was to basically blow me off. The problem is with the rear suspension of the Chrysler 200. When ever the rear suspension hits a recessed man hole cover or a pot hole. The rear suspension seems to kick out from its trajectory. This always happens in a straight line, but when in a corner this is very spooky and unnerving. And could be a safety problem in icy/wet road conditions. This happens at all speeds above 30 mph. I do not know if it is with the joint and rebound of the shocks, or a problem with the angle of attack within the trailing arms and set up. It simply should be a factory misalignment. I also had to return to the dealer to have the headlights adjusted because I could not see past 20 yards. This was adjusted immediately at the dealers. This suspension condition has also been reported in a couple automotive magazines I read.

- Los Lunas, NM, USA

problem #1

Apr 102012


  • 19,400 miles
When driving the vehicle at speeds 30-70 mph in a straight line and encountering slight dips or bumps in the road surface, a dramatic loss of directional control was experienced at the left rear of the vehicle. The condition is best described as a sudden, violent swerving from the left to the right. The vehicle was very difficult to keep within the lane. This was a rental car from a commercial Agency. I returned the vehicle in another town on my trip route, described the problem and was given another car. In a search for similar events on this site, I found one for the same make and model vehicle on a 2011 model year. The id number of that complaint is 10444871.

- Shelby Township, MI, USA

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