really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
23,639 miles

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2012 Chrysler 300 miscellaneous problems

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2012 Chrysler 300 Owner Comments

problem #8

Nov 012016


  • miles


Since purchasing this vehicle on memorial day weekend at Chrysler, little falls NJ of 2014, I have had nothing but issues. From electrical problems, to the airbag issues, to later spending over 1300 in repairing the alternator. Within the 1st few days of the purchase the air bag light came on in which I immediately brought the car in for repair and the mechanic stated that there were no issues found. Unfortunately, it was too late to cancel the purchase, per flo I had signed the contract and cannot cancel the deal. After becoming very frustrated with the continuous issues with the vehicle and lack of customer service, I contacted corporate Chrysler, in which caitlin contacted me and scheduled an appointment with RT1 Chrysler in lawrenceville NJ around 7/2015, in which they stated that the air bag had spliced wires. A few days from taking the vehicle home the air bag light came back on. I contacted caitlin to report that the issue still exist in which she never called me back. I called her for several months. I then took the vehicle to the Chrysler in cherry hill and the one in lumberton, all stated no issues found, even after bringing it in when the alternator went on it. I also brought it in to the Chrysler in lumberton since the car had lost power/engine knocking and they stated nothing was wrong until I brought it back to cherry hill Chrysler and they found that it was engine problems. Corporate Chrysler and all these dealers have continued claiming that they cannot find any airbag issues or when they claim they find something, it has been repaired but yet the problem still exist. Bottom line, all these dealers and corporate Chrysler have continued putting my life, my families life and others in danger. I fear for my life and my families. This car is nothing but a luxury lemon and corporate Chrysler needs to replace the vehicle since they cannot fix it.

- Browns Mills, NJ, USA

problem #7

Sep 022016


  • 111,400 miles
At work went to park in the garage space drove over a piece of glass so I put my car in park it rolled out of gear and hit brick wall.

- Waldorf, MD, USA

problem #6

Jun 172016


  • 35,000 miles
My car would not shift into park, it stopped in reverse. We had to then push the shifter into park.

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #5

May 162016


  • 10,000 miles


Total engine failure: Car in motion 60 mph freeway, low battery warning flashed, external mirror vehicle proximity flashed and stopped working, audio shut off, tachometer and speedometer cycled 0 to max reading, pulled car off highway, transmission would not go into park. Applied E-brake.exited car. Engine rpms max to low for 10 minutes, top of engine coolant tank blew up into closed hood. Total repair estimate exceeds $ $8,000 engine replacement reccomended, does not address electrical system failure has not been addresed yet.

- Puyallup, WA, USA

problem #4

Jan 052016


  • miles
There is a knocking coming from the dashboard related to the ac. I had this same issue with the 2006 Chrysler 300 and now the same issue with the 2012 as well as my friend, she has a 2006 with the same issue. Every time the ac is turned off there is a knocking for about 15 seconds.

- Cypress, TX, USA

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problem #3

Jun 222015


  • 31,515 miles
As I was backing up the car, the blind spot detection light came on and indicated that it was unavailable on both the right and left side. Then it started flashing and dinging. I took it to be repaired and both the left and right sensor needed replacing due to nothing I had done. The cost would be $2090. The service manager indicated this problem had occurred in Dodge Caravan and Chrysler town and country vans. Is this due to poor quality parts, and are there enough occurrences that this should be a recall? although these sensors are not essential, they come at great expense to help make your driving experience much safer.

- Turtle Lake, WI, USA

problem #2

Feb 232014

300 6-cyl

  • miles
On 2/23/2014 my leased 2012 Chrysler 300 vehicle was parked in a store parking, out of no where- white smoke appeared from car's vents and center console. I turned my vehicle completely off, and approximately 3 to 5 minutes later entire cab begin to fill with thick white smoke...then flames appeared from console...scary..isn't the word!!. my children and I quickly removed ourselves from the car. A passerby in shopping parking lot noticed the electrical burning smell and ran back into store to retrieve a small fire extinguisher.. luckily, he was able to control the fire, prior to the fire brigade arriving on the scene.the front passenger seat and center console were burned considerably, as well as contents sprayed from fire extinguisher remain throughout the car.. not to mention the stench of the horrific electrical burn smell is still embedded in the interior..thank god we are all alive!!!.I have contacted Chrysler customer service # numerous times to provide all essential info(VIN #, chain of events....etc.as of this date (3/1/2014), still no response to as when the car will be inspected...again smh... sad but true!!!..Chrysler displayed no empathy regarding the possible loss what so ever...and continue to drag their feet by not scheduling an inspection of the vehicle by one of their fire specialist!!!!.(knowing that it is a possibility the electrical malfunction is Chrysler's liability- opposed to mine!!) I will proceed legally if I must!!,,again sad...but very true!!!!

- Mount Laurel, NJ, USA

problem #1

Jan 072012

300 6-cyl

  • 1,200 miles
After riding through an automatic car wash for the first time, I was attempting to put the car in drive to exit the car wash. You have to press the brake on this car to shift from neutral to drive. As I attempted to do this, the car went into park on it's own and would not come out of park for over ten minutes, no matter what we did. This resulted in a shutdown of the entire car wash, and our car was almost rear-ended by the vehicle behind us. I have complained to the dealership and Chrysler at all levels. They tell me the car is working as designed, period! this is a clear safety issue. We have never had a car before where you had to brake to shift from from neutral to drive. Chrysler has refused to rectify this issue so far. This car has the new 8 speed automatic transmission with an electronic shifter. The shifter is awful!!!

- Buskirk, NY, USA

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