really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
38,307 miles

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2012 Chrysler 300 Owner Comments

problem #15

Feb 012022


  • miles


The cruise control stopped working.

- Topeka, KS, USA

problem #14

Aug 092020


  • 92,000 miles
In 2018, the cruise control on my 2012 Chrysler 300 limited was acting intermittent. I would press the button it would work and sometimes not. I brought it in to my hemet ca. Chrysler dealership and they replaced the cc switch. Now, 2 yrs. Latter it's happening again...I tried it a few times while on the highway/in-city and it didn't work. Later on our way home, I tried it again and it worked. I'm still under warranty, but it costs me $100 every time I bring the car in for a warranty repair; hopefully when I bring it in this time, for the same problem that they were supposed to fix, they won't charge me...R/john...

- Hemet, CA, USA

problem #13

May 312019


  • miles
On May 31, 2019 I was parking my 2012 Chrysler 300 in front of a convenience store.. as I was about to put the car in park it car accelerated on its own and entered the store through the plate glass window. The vehicle stopped due to an object in its way. The airbags never deployed.

- Marina, CA, USA

problem #12

Mar 122017


  • 64,450 miles


On March 12, 2017 I was driving Chrysler 2012 300 vehicle on a busy highway, the vehicle then went into battery power save mode, without warning the vehicle stalled and the breaks locked on me, the car did not let me stop and I was on a busy street route 30 in merrillville, in with my 2 year old daughter in the back seat, the vehicle rolled at approximately 20 mph for 15 feet and made an abrupt stop, after wards I was unable to turn on vehicle and was left stranded on busy street, luckily their were no cars in front of me at the time or it could of been worse, after doing research I called Chrysler and asked if this could of been due to faulty alternator and mentioned recall P61 and was told the recall was for a 160 amp and mine was 180 amp, the cause of this situation was clearly due to a recall on a recall of a different Chrysler model and should be looked into immediately, I have always been a customer of Chrysler and my reasoning behind buying Chrysler is because of their wonderful safety features, and feeling secure while driving my 2 young children, it is unfair and after this I no longer feel safe driving this vehicle. Their needs to be immediate action taken to avoid injury or possible death.

- Merrillville, IN, USA

problem #11

Apr 152016


  • 81,999 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Chrysler 300. The contact stated that while driving at 40 mph, the A/C fluctuated. The speedometer malfunctioned with a rapid increase and decrease of the speedometer stick. Furthermore, the vehicle would not accelerate when the accelerator pedal was depressed and the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was towed to a dealer. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failed. The failure mileage was 81,999.

- Mirimar, FL, USA

problem #10

May 192016


  • 7,300 miles
Has started visiting a friend in the hospital comma park the car in a parking garage and engage the parking brake. The car was stationary not moving and when I return and disengage the parking brake I noticed my ABS and traction control lights are on. I have another issue which I discovered today May 19th 2016 is that when entering the vehicle and starting it everything was normal as I progressed down the road I noticed something a little off and it not wanting to accelerate the RPM seem to be a little jumpy and I check the oil pressure which was really high I turned around immediately and parked the car back at my house. The oil pressure would jump maybe 30 to 40 psi but only reaching 20 miles an hour. I am unaware of what is causing these issues and only discovered it as I was making a turn out of my driveway. I am also unsure of the date that the ABS and traction control lights came on but I can say it was before the events on May 19th 2016. My vehicle was purchased February 14th of last year.

- Magnolia, TX, USA

problem #9

Apr 222016


  • 65,000 miles


While on highway, my radio turned off and vehicle went into battery saving mode. As I proceeded to exit the highway, the interior and exterior lights started to flicker. I went to autozone and the car barely made it there. The car smelled like if something was burning under the hood. One of the attendants checked my battery and said the battery was drained, I had them recharge it. I had to get the car towed since the car was inoperable. I picked up the battery this morning and turned the car on, and all the electrical system started to flicker so I just turned of the car. I read in to the vehicles recalls and I noticed that recall #P6O is exactly what my car was doing last night. I called Chrysler today and they refuse to fix it due to my car not being affected by this recall but it obviously has been. Is there anything that I can do to make my car part of this recall" if so what steps can I take to make this happen" this is a safety issue that could of caused an accident and or multiple accidents since I was on the highway when this issue started, if not for my quick thinking the car could of stalled in the middle of the highway. I should also mention that while the electrical system began to fail it was extremely difficult to brake. On another note, the air bag light turns on and off all the time. I am afraid if we have an accident that the air bags won't deploy.

- Laredo, TX, USA

problem #8

Jul 152015


  • 56,000 miles
I have experienced my electronic stability control indicator light come on and the malfunctioning indicator light both come. The vehicle loses speed and will not go in park or shut off. The fuses in the fuse box become extremely hot. Had diagnostic done and was told it was the rear speed wheel speed sensor. Part was replaced and vehicle is doing the same thing.

- Pinebluff, AR, USA

problem #7

Jun 232015


  • 84,500 miles
The car began to stall, losing power at around 20mph. The first indication of something being wrong was the failing of radio, A/C and dimmed lights. The car began to jerk, shake, eventually coming to a complete stop. It was preventing shifting from drive gear to park gear. After a few moments, it allowed shifting to park and turned off. Initially thought the battery failed, so replaced it. Later discovered the alternator was cooked. Then determined the issue was related to a recall on the alternator.

- Peachtree City, GA, USA

problem #6

May 152015


  • miles
2012 Chrysler 300. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle defective speed sensors, brakes and acceleration issues. The consumer stated the ABS light illuminated. The consumer was informed the parts would need to be ordered. The consumer stated as he approached a stop sign, he applied the brake to slow down. However, the brakes faded and the vehicle accelerated into the median. He hit the sign posted at the media. There was damage to the grill, bumper and under carriage. On May 13, 2015, the consumer took the vehicle to the dealer, where a diagnosis revealed a defective rear speed sensor. Updated 10/27/15. The consumer stated earlier in the year, the right front speed sensor was defective and replaced.

- Clermont, FL, USA

problem #5

Dec 092014

300 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,000 miles


The contact owns a 2012 Chrysler 300. While driving at 50 mph, the electronic throttle control warning light illuminated and the vehicle lost power. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 39,000. Updated 4/27/15 the consumer stated the etc light illuminated. Updated 04/30/15

- Joppa, MD, USA

problem #4

Oct 192014

300 6-cyl

  • 43,695 miles
I was entering the freeway and at about 45 mph the car just stalled dropping speed to about 15 mph so I released the gas pedal and started to gain speed when I was going to merge onto the first lane at about 50 mph the car stalled again stopping the traffic behind me. I almost drove off the freeway to avoid the cars behind me. Thats the scariest but like a month ago it did the same thing at a stop light it just wouldn't respond when I tried to take off so I had to turn it off and start it again.

- Pomona, CA, USA

problem #3

Nov 282013


  • 38,150 miles
I came to a stop at a four way intersection. I accelerated to turn at about 5mph instead of the car turning the steering locked up for about 1-2 seconds. Then drove normal until I got to my destination which was a few minutes away & turned the car off. I got off the car & went into the store. Went I finished shopping I returned to the car & tried to start it up. It would not start & steering wheel & brakes were locked. The power steering light, stability control & brake lights would blink & say service engine. About an hour into this I tried to turn the car on. It turned on but the steering wheel was barley turnable I tried to move it a few inches. For the wrecker service personal once I moved it the cars steering was back to normal & working. I plan on taking it to the Dodge dealership tomorrow morning.I just really hope this does not happen again while driving at a high speed.

- Sealy, TX, USA

problem #2

Jun 222012


  • 10 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Chrysler 300. While driving approximately 3 mph, the accelerator pedal was depressed and there was an eight second delayed response. The failure recurred ten times while driving at low speeds. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer twice and the brake pedal sensor was replaced. The dealer also inspected the brake pedal wiring in which there was no defect. The failure recurred after the repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 10.

- Orange, CA, USA

problem #1

Nov 122012


  • 2,500 miles
When switching from the accelerator pedal to the brake pedal my foot hits the plastic surface on the upper part of the foot well. This can delay the time it takes to hit the brakes. I removed the Chrysler issue floor mat to resolve the problem. This would be a safety issue with people with shoe size over 11.

- Alpharetta, GA, USA

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