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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,259 miles

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2005 Chrysler 300 transmission problems

transmission problem

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2005 Chrysler 300 Owner Comments

problem #1

Apr 042005

300 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,259 miles


Sometimes, my '300 touring' (3.5 liter ho V6) just 'lunges' forward while I'm stopped at a stoplight for no particular reason. This has occurred on several occasions (about eight times now) whether my car is 'cold' and/or after it has 'warmed-up' for a while. Sometimes, even with the brake pedal firmly depressed, it'll still 'lunge' forward...feeling as if my car will fly right through the intersection. On 04/04/05, while I was stopped at a stoplight behind another car, my car 'lunged' forward once again, but this time causing me to rear-end the vehicle in front of me...causing damage to the front of my car, as well as to the rear of the other. To make matters worse, I was actually enroute to my local Chrysler dealer to have a 'recall notice' taken care of (for inappropriate gauge cluster readings). Prior to the accident, I had advised my dealer about the possible transmission problem, but each time I was told that my car's complicated electronics/computer system was in fact actually just trying to get accustomed to the way that I drive, and that it would adjust accordingly. On the day of the accident and during subsequent visits, I also had my dealer try to determine the cause of and rectify this particular problem; however, each time, I was advised that either they could not duplicate the problem nor have they heard anything like this before. I have read on some Chrysler 300 internet forums, that some others have also experienced this same problem, so, I'm now sure that my problem isn't just a unique incident after all. If anything, I would at least like to retrieve previously requested documentation from Chrysler identifying the actual existence of this particular problem, so that I can present this documentation to my automobile insurance company. This incident has now tarnished my perfect driving record, as well as also forced me to now pay a higher insurance premium.

- Palm Desert, CA, USA

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