definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
36,731 miles

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2008 Chrysler 300 Owner Comments

problem #16

Aug 092016

300 6-cyl

  • 55,675 miles


My radio has a hole in it. There was a pop noise and then everything leaked out the car was only just started, not over heating I stopped to talk to a neighbor when we heard the pop noise and a piece of plastic was sticking out of the fan area I later learned it was from my fan assembly. How does this happen to a car with less then 56,000. Miles that goes to dealers for service, this car is a lemon. They had to rebuild transmission at 27,000. Miles, brakes and rotors last year four new tires, and that dealer said I was going to need front end work, I have been to three different dealers and don't feel I can trust any of them. They seem to find things to do even if not needed. I don't think my transmission was leaking when they said it was either I would have seen it on the ground as it sits in my driveway but I do think it would have been leaking when I left there, as there not going to chance me bringing it somewhere else. This car is a lemon and I should get a full refund. With all recalls needed new tires and rotors brakes etc, last year and they said something about front end work will be needed. Service depts, are not trust worthy when I took it for an oil change six months later it had no oil how is that happen. Do then not fill it up so do I have to take it to be checked after an oil change at lester glen Chrysler not to speak of the recalls on this car. Updated 10/04/16

- Toms River, NJ, USA

problem #15

May 012013

300 6-cyl

  • miles
2008 Chrysler 300. Consumer writes in regards to ignition switch recall and rental vehicle reimbursement. The consumer had to wait six months, for the ignition switch. The part was on back order. Also, the radiator was leaking, due to a broken fan.

- Lakeland, FL, USA

problem #14

Jun 122015


  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chrysler 300. While driving 30 mph, the vehicle vibrated and the contact noticed steam coming from the engine. The contact stated that there were three fan blades missing, which scratched and punctured the radiator. The contact stated that fuel leaked from the radiator. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000.

- Springfeild, TN, USA

problem #13

Jul 292014


  • miles


2008 Chrysler 300. Consumer writes in regards to engine stopped running in the middle of a major intersection. The consumer filled up the tank and the vehicle re-started. However, the gauge read 3/4 full. The consumer stated the incident happened a second time. Also, the water pump needed to be replaced.

- Brenham, TX, USA

problem #12

Dec 282014


  • miles
The problem started with the car shutting off while driving. Now the car won't start at all due to the faulty ignition in the 2008 Chrysler 300 which has had a recall for this problem since September of 2014. It is the P57 recall. We have not been able to drive our vehicle for 3 months. And Chrysler nor any of their affiliates/dealerships have offered us any fix be it temporary, permanent or by just loaning us a car. Which is ridiculous and really is a hardship for a mother with an infant and 5 year old who goes to school.

- Cocoa, FL, USA

problem #11

Nov 112014

300 6-cyl

  • 68,000 miles
Getting off of the beltway and the car stopped. Luckily I was able to pull on the side and restart the car. It has happened at least four other times. Once pulling out of a gas station into traffic, sitting at a red light and driving about 30 miles an hour on a residential road. This is not safe. Chrysler has issued a recall with no part on hand yet to fix this problem. This is a safety hazard and meanwhile an 82 year old woman has to drive her car never knowing when it will just shut down. Chrysler is making no attempt at offering rental cars or as I see it getting the part to the dealers to fix it. Why should the owner incur rental fees because this car is completely unsafe to drive.? I would like some answers as soon as possible. I called Chrysler and was reread the recall letter and was told nothing would be done and that Chrysler had no intention of supplying anyone with a rental car that has had the car shutdown while driving it.

- Catonsville , MD, USA

problem #10

Aug 202014

300 7-cyl

  • 99,230 miles


Heater core blew in the car. Fortunately, the car was parked when it happened, but if I'd still been driving, the fluid that dispelled would have burnt my legs and feet as I was wearing shorts and flip-flops. This incident was further exasperated by the fact that the car had been in & out of the dealership (prestige in las vegas) March, April, may & June of 2014 for several issues and a lot of them had something to do with temperature sensors, gauges, water leakage, etc. I found it difficult to understand how it could not have been known to have a problem with all that had happened with the car during those times. At one point, they had my car for 33 days trying to find the problem!! having the heating core where it is and having it blow the hot fluid out on the driver's side from under the dash is the most ludicrous thing I've ever heard. I am so thankful that I had gotten out of the car or I'm sure I would have had 3rd degree burns from my knees down or worse.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #9

May 062013

300 6-cyl

  • 92 miles
My car has been cutting off while driving. It happened about 5 times this year. The most recent incident was a wake up call that I could not ignore. I was going about 15mph making a left turn on to a busy street from another busy street and before I could complete the turn it cut off with cars behind me and to my left and right. I had no control over the car and started to veer into the occupied right lane. I had my too young daughters with me and it was very scary. I was able to cut the car back on immediately but this was unsafe. The other times I was driving straight and did not have to use the wheel to steer. I had no idea that if the car cuts off the steering goes with it. We took the car to Chrysler who could not diagnose it, I then took it to my mechanic who could not diagnose it. He kept the car for about 3 days to see if he could replicate the issue - he couldn't. there was another Chrysler 300 my mechanic said just got dropped off with the very same issue. I called Chrysler who said to take it back in and they will work with us to see what the issue is. I wanted to let you know because I am not confident it will get fixed and I believe this poses a serious safety issue for the public. Please look into this because others may ignore it at first like I did. But when my young girls where in the car and I had no control, I had to take action.

- Plano, TX, USA

problem #8

Oct 082011


  • 70,220 miles
I received a letter back from the manufacture listing this car as a Dodge magnum, although car is a Chrysler 300, it is at Chrysler Jeep Eagle in West palm beach fla [xxx] is in the service department, I have been waiting over a week only to be stalled, and also the car was purchased new, at the time I purchased the car the sales man gave me a service book for a Dodge charger and told me its the same thing, why come Chrysler is having such a hard time with the VIN on the vehicle. This is the 2nd trip they made and then told me they was looking for the wrong car. The letter I received stated I told them I purchased the car used not so supposedly this car was new when I bought it. And has already had a slow start up and idle. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- West Palm Beach , FL, USA

problem #7

Sep 242011

300 6-cyl

  • 70,220 miles
I was driving the mr car all of a sudden it started smoking, I lost power then engine light came on.

- West Palm Beach, FL, USA

problem #6

Mar 102011

300 6-cyl

  • 79,100 miles


15 seconds after starting the car at 7:45 am the engine stopped with a big metallic noise. Called Chrysler assistance and 20 minutes after the towing are here and another 20 minutes late, the car arrives at the dealer garage. They called me afternoon and told me that the problem was the water pump blocked and causing the timing belt problem. They replaced the water pump and timing belt the same day under warranty.

- Quebec, Canada, 00, USA

problem #5

Jun 122008


  • 21 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chrysler 300 hemi C. the contact stated that the vehicle had a tendency to lose power and not accelerate. The vehicle also made a ringing sound and a symbol lights up on the dashboard; however, the contact could not identify the symbol. The contact stated that the failure occurred at various speeds but tends to happen more frequently while traveling 45 to 50 mph. The dealer inspected the vehicle and stated that they could not find a problem with the vehicle. The failure mileage was 21 and the current mileage was 18500.

- Delray Beach, FL, USA

problem #4

Jun 122008


  • 21 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chrysler 300 hemi C. the contact stated that the vehicle had a tendency to lose power and not accelerate. The contact stated that the vehicle made the sound of a bell and a symbol illuminated on the dashboard. The contact was not sure what the symbol was related to. The contact stated that the failure had occurred at various speeds; however, it tends to happen more frequently while traveling 45-50 mph. The dealer inspected the vehicle and stated that they could not diagnose the failure. The failure mileage was 21 and the current mileage was 18500.

- Delray Beach, FL, USA

problem #3

Sep 052009


  • 15,000 miles
My 2008 Chrysler 300 has lost power in the middle of the road while driving at least 4 times. After the third incident, I took the car in, the service employees at the dealership told me there was nothing wrong. Then it happened again. In all incidents, the ignition had to be turned to off, then on again to start. In the last instance, the RPM went way up to 4000 and stayed there even though speeding was not involved. We had to pull off the freeway and turn the car off, then on again. Then it went back to normal. I took the car in again last week, and again, they said there was nothing wrong. Luckily we have not been involved in accidents due to this happening. I just hope that the next time, which I'm sure there will be a next time, I don't get into an accident, especially with my kids in car.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #2

Nov 182008


  • 10,000 miles
Transmission bangs when shifting gears while driving. When shifting gears from park to drive, sometimes it makes a big bang/knock going into gear. Also, engine has died while waiting at a stop light. Engine RPM needle fluctuates when driving.

- Whittier, CA, USA

problem #1

Jan 282008

300 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chrysler 300. While driving approximately 50 mph, the vehicle slipped into a lower gear and dropped down to 30- 40 mph. The contact heard a continuous grumbling noise and the check engine light illuminated. The vehicle was towed to the dealer, but they could not determine the cause of the failure. The check engine light dimmed, but the failure recurred. The current mileage was 620 and failure mileage was 120. Updated 04/23/08.

- Dade City, FL, USA

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