really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 6
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
74,943 miles

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2006 Chrysler 300 electrical problems

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2006 Chrysler 300 Owner Comments (Page 3 of 4)

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problem #24

Mar 012012


  • 80,000 miles


While driving, all the warning lights come on and flash for a few seconds. Sometimes the speedometer goes to zero. This has been happening a few times a month for the past two+ years.I see that others are having the same problem. www.carcomplaints.com/Chrysler/300C/2006/electrical/flashing_warning_lights_loss_of_electrical_power.shtml why is there no recall on this?

- Clovis, CA, USA

problem #23

Nov 232011

300 8-cyl

  • 31,872 miles
After filling car it stalled as pulling away from fuel island, restarted drove 1/8 mi to stop sign, stalled restarted, did this 4 times in a row, did not trust car for planned trip, used other car. Has happened total of 6 times now, if car sets for a couple of hours after refueling it is ok.only has happened at refilling tank, we do not keep clicking nozzle, to get most in. Has almost caused accident with my wife(her car, loves it ) after fill up, car stalled going around a turn and she almost hit a stone wall, lost of brakes, steering. (only time it has stalled while driving.) 99% as coming to stop, and always restarts right away.

- Reinholds, PA, USA

problem #22

Jan 092014

300 6-cyl

  • 72,000 miles
I was driving the car and the headlights shut off, dash lights went out and warning lights on the dash started lighting up and blinking on the dash. In addition, the gauges all dropped to zero and then returned after a few seconds. Everything returned to normal after a few seconds except the headlights. The headlights returned when switched to on instead of auto (it was dark outside). This all happened while the car was in motion at 60mph. After the car was parked and engine shut down, I restarted it and the headlights worked properly in the auto setting again. This problem replicated itself 2 weeks after the first incident. Again, headlights shut off while driving in the dark.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #21

Nov 152013

300 8-cyl

  • 65,420 miles


As I was driving my car shut-off and started back up on it's own when I was starting from a red light. Going up the next hill it did it after stopping at a stop sign. Over the next few days it would do this at different times and different speeds. At times it would not start back up on it's own I had to turn the key. Eventually, it starting shutting off at the garage I sent it to while being run on machines. It turned out to be a computer problem that required a new computer be put in. I am filing this incident because for the 2007 model of the same car there was a recall and free replacement of the computer. I have been told by an Chrysler maintenance worker that the reason the 2007 was covered was that the sub-contractor for that year was participating with Chrysler to pay for the recall or paying it themselves. However, the sub-contractor for the 2006 model was not. I believe Chrysler is responsible for their end product and should pay for my new computer and installation. This work cost me over $2,100 for a problem that they knew about. My mechanic was told by one Chrysler dealer that there just have not been enough 2006 models with the 2007 issue to warrant a recall. They even provided the Chrysler mechanic to install the computer and reset it for the shop I had the work performed.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #20

Dec 192013

300 6-cyl

  • 125,000 miles
I was driving on the highway on my way home from work and all a sudden the check engine light came on and the car shut down and the RPM dropped. I couldn't steer or anything. There was no warning or nothing luckily I was able to drift slowly to the side and there wasn't no serious accident. I restarted my car and it drove normally after this incident but check engine light stayed on then again today on the 24th of December I was driving to the store and the same thing happen but again good thing I was in the far right lane to pull over...im not a rocket scientist but this isn't safe to drive my car and especially while I have my kids in the car, something bad can happen.

- Riverside, CA, USA

problem #19

Aug 282013


  • 77,300 miles
I was driving on the off-ramp of a freeway and my car abruptly stalled. There were no warning lights or anything. After several tries, my car started up again. Approximately 2 months later, the same thing happened while I was driving on the freeway. This time, it took approximately 20 minutes for my car to start up again.

- West Toluca Lake, CA, USA

problem #18

Mar 132012

300 8-cyl

  • 73,000 miles


Our Chrysler 300C has stopped running while driving at least 10 times over the last year or so. On freeway and city streets. It usually starts back up once your stopped. My wife is afraid to drive it anymore. It is a very scary situation. No engine, no ps and no brakes. No code or check engine light. Everyone I have talked to with a 300 has had the same problem, no matter what the year or engine. Like most there is no sense taking it to dealer. They just say no code and give you some bs story about what caused it. No come up with a fix. Chrysler knows they have a problem and won't man up and fix it. They would rather someone die first to save money. It has to be in the computer. Just like Toyota and their fly by wire throttle that was causing all the crashes. What is the public suppose to do if they won't step up.

- Escondido, CA, USA

problem #17

Oct 152012

300 8-cyl

  • 45,500 miles
After filling up engine complete shut down, after pulling into intersection. Problem has happened about 6 times. Very careful not to fill tank full. As we have researched this problem, and find there are a lot of people with the same complaint. Very dangerous. Don't know what to do because, Chrysler doesn't seem to acknowledge the problem.. any help is appreciated.

- Anthem, AZ, USA

problem #16

May 292013

300 8-cyl

  • 122,250 miles
All equipment on the dashboard shut down for about 2 minutes. Even though I know I was going somewhere around 55 mph, and trying to stay with traffic, I could not tell my speed, the RPM read zero, the gas level read empty, and my speed read zero. Then all the dashboard lights came on and all was normal again. This repeated maybe 4-5 times in a row. Off for about 2 minutes, on for maybe a minute, then back off. We have experienced all of this happening momentarily (maybe lasting a second) since we bought the car used 1 1/2 years ago. Dealership could not get it to happen for them, so they could do nothing for it. This issue has now escalated to a point that I feel it could be dangerous if it continues, or gets worse.

- Thornville, OH, USA

problem #15

Oct 102012

300 6-cyl

  • 9,500 miles
Exterior lights flicker on and off everyday while I'm driving even though the light knob is in the off position the lights will go on and off(exterior lighting and dash lights). Took it to a few mechanics and they say I need to replace the electrical wiring which costs $400-600!! please recall this is not safe and I'm obviously not the only owner experiencing this problem, thanks!

- Phoenix , AZ, USA

problem #14

May 022012

300 6-cyl

  • 41,000 miles


Car stalls while driving without warning. I've had this happen at least three times and a couple of times, I had trouble restarting the car. The unpredictable nature of the problem make me apprehensive to drive the car on the highway, or on any long trips.

- Strongsville, OH, USA

problem #13

Jun 012012

300 8-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
While driving, all the warning lights came on and flashed for about 2 seconds. This continued to happen about once a week, or sometimes 3X per day. Once, all the gauges went dead as well. Very distracting and unsettling while driving. My wife had a similar problem with her Chrysler town and country van, and sears suggested she replace the battery. Her problem seems to have been solved. Mine continues to be a problem. The fresno Chrysler dealer told me they have never heard of this problem, although there are multiple complaints of this discussed on the internet. Here are a few sites: www.300cforums.com/forums/srt8-specific-general-discussion/25584-indicator-warning-lights.html www.300cforumz.com/showthread.php?T=92854 www.carcomplaints.com/Chrysler/300C/2006/electrical/flashing_warning_lights_loss_of_electrical_power.shtml they suggest replacing the entire wiring system and the computer, at a cost of $4200. Please check and see how many similar wiring harness failures/replacements have been made on 300S and if this is a common problem that needs to be investigated and recalled.thank you

- Clovis, CA, USA

problem #12

Aug 062011


  • 37,500 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler 300. The contact stated that while driving 25 mph, the electronic throttle control and traction control lamps illuminated immediately after the vehicle stalled. The contact also stated that the failure occurred several times before and the brakes did not function properly during the failures. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, who was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 37,500 and the current mileage was 38,000. The VIN was not available.

- West Salem , OH, USA

problem #11

Jun 282011


  • 62,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler 300. While driving approximately 25 mph, the contact noticed smoke pouring from the radio. The contact removed the radio deck and then noticed sparks and smoke coming from the wiring located behind the deck. The contact stated that the windows would not function and the check engine light illuminated on the instrument panel immediately following the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 62,000.

- Fairfield, CA, USA

problem #10

Jul 072011


  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler 300. The contact stated that while driving, smoke was emitted into the vehicle through the vents. The contact mentioned that after pulling over, she was unable to remove the vehicle from park and both the tail and brake lights were malfunctioning. The vehicle was towed to the dealer who diagnosed that there was a pinched wire in the trunk which caused the shortage. As a result, the wiring harness would need replacing. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was no longer under warranty. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 65,000.

- Evans, CO, USA

problem #9

Jan 032011


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler 300. The contact was driving approximately 25 mph when the instrument panel lights began to flicker intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician diagnosed the failure as an electrical failure. The vehicle was repaired. After the repairs were made, the vehicle would decelerate independently and the engine would exhibit an abnormal fluctuation of rpms. The check engine light would also illuminate sporadically. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer where the technician advised that the steering wheel module would need to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000.

- Washington , DC, USA

problem #8

Feb 172009


  • 63,000 miles
Engine light came on. Took to dealer in stockton, ca. Claimed it needed $1,800 repair. Claimed short runner valve failure.

- Woodbridge, CA, USA

problem #7

Oct 032008


  • 61,200 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler 300. While driving 72 mph, the contact smelled something burning and the vehicle became engulfed in smoke. The contact pulled over and exited the vehicle to investigate the issue. He observed that the wires were burning from the front of the vehicle to the rear. He called the dealer to order a new wiring harness, but it is on back order. The current mileage was 61,258 and failure mileage was 61,200.

- Ojai, CA, USA

problem #6

Jan 192007

300 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,000 miles
- the contact owns a 2006 Chrysler 300C. The contact's tire pressure indicator lights became illuminated on the dashboard. The incident occurred while driving at 35 mph. When the dashboard warning indicator lights are lit, the vehicle stalls. The tire pressure indicator light for the rear tires has been failing since August of 2006. The entire dash board warning light system has turned on 2 to 3 times. The tire pressure indicator light illuminates on the dash board after driving 10 miles per hour.

- Norwalk , CA, USA

problem #5

Oct 042006

300 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,995 miles
I recently purchased a new Chrysler 300M (limited edition) 2006. Weeks after purchasing, the engine stalls and then resumes while driving; the engine shuts completely off while stopped; and, the engine, after starting it once it has shut-off, would not go in the appropriate gear shift. The vehicle was taken to the dealership 6 times and the problem still exists. I have been without my vehicle close to 2-months. Every time they have returned my vehicle, it has to be returned for the same cause.

- Ft. Lauderdale, FL, USA

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