hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
78,684 miles

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2005 Chrysler 300C fuel system problems

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2005 Chrysler 300C Owner Comments (Page 3 of 4)

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problem #21

Dec 202013

300C 8-cyl

  • 138,000 miles


After fueling up my Chrysler 300C, my car stalled and completely shut down (approximately 2 miles after fill up). Luckily, I was in the parking lot of my work at the time, so I was only going 5-10 mph. Unfortunately, the power steering completely froze and I was unable to park the car, so the car was resting in the right-of-way of other cars driving in the lot. Also, I came two inches from hitting a tree since I could not steer the car away from any objects in my path. Thank goodness the breaks still worked. I was unable to restart the car for a few minutes. After approx. 10 minutes of resting the car in the middle of the parking lot, the car restarted with a "pop" noise. Once we got the car started, I was able to park it in a safe spot. I am now afraid to drive my car, especially in traffic or on the freeway at higher rates of speed. I am a single mom with two young kids and it really has me freaked out to think that we could be involved in an accident should this happen again. Obviously, the safety of my children, myself and any other innocent person on the road has me concerned. I'm the original owner, and I never topped off the tank. Please recall the fuel tank on these cars as they are not safe. Also, please include the 2005 year in your investigation.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #20

Nov 212013


  • 38,200 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler 300C.the contact stated that after refueling to capacity, the vehicle stalled without warning. In addition, the battery exploded on a separate occasion. The failures occurred without any warning. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer or an independent mechanic. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 38,200.

- Pensacala, FL, USA

problem #19

Sep 162013


  • 45,000 miles
Filled up at gas station. Did not "top off" tank. Allowed it to stop on its own. Car died unexpectedly pulling out of gas station into traffic. Died twice again on way home.

- Spring Hill, TN, USA

problem #18

Jul 072012


  • 90,000 miles


I have had problems with this vehicle stalling and dying while driving normal, and after stop lights. I also smell gas when car is started. This is a potentially dangerous problem. I have done research and discovered that several owners of this vehicle are having the same identical problems. I was informed that there was a problem with the fuel vapor canister and the gas tank, which is possibly a factory defect. I was also informed that the fuel vapor canister was on back order, which indicates that there is a serious problem. Please investigate and address this potential dangerous factory defect.

- Pine Bluff, AR, USA

problem #17

Aug 252011


  • 63,000 miles
Engine stalls after filling up the gas tank. Currently I can not fill up the gas tank and if I do the engine will stall and die. Last occurrence I was decelerating due to traffic to around 30-35 mph. The engine died during the deceleration. The traffic had picked up to 50-55 mph and I could not start the car so I had to pull off the road. If this had been in a location that I could not pull off the road I could have been in a serious accident. To compound the issue I can not go from neutral start the car and then into drive. The transmission will not shift into drive. I have to pull over and go into park before drive to get it to work.

- Greenwood, IN, USA

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problem #16

Jun 072010

300C 8-cyl

  • 77,000 miles
This problem only after fill the gas tank. After pulling away from the pump and pulling into traffic the car died and won't start until you put in park. This happens until some of the fuel has been used up. I would have it happen make it home. Then the next time I drive it the car will die until its been driven enough to use up some fuel. This dangerous because it happen as you slow down or start up. I have had it die while turning and lose all controls because it dies! the only way to combat this is to not fill the tank. That works if I drive the car but my family members forget that and have lost control also! this has been going on for 3 years! dangerous

- Fenton, MO, USA

problem #15

Jul 222010

300C 8-cyl

  • 21,000 miles


After filling up the gas tank and driving away from gas station, engine would stall and die. Tried restarting but difficult to do after many attemps. Vehicle would finally drive normal after starting and running engine at higher than idle speed. This stalling would happen anytime I would fill tank. I would never top off tank but would fill till pump would stop the first time. If I fuel vehicle without filling to top, vehicle runs fine.

- Grafton, WI, USA

problem #14

Jul 042011

300C 8-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
I filled the tank up to full like I had many times before. I have always preferred relying on gallons and not the automatic pump shut off to know when it was full to prevent a possible overfilling. I had gone maybe 10 yards after restarting and she stalled. Tried to crank her back up, and she would sputter and try to start, but it took a few tries. Then, as I am pulling into the street, it died again but started right back up. Then it died 10 yards later, again. It continued to stall every few feet until I was able to get the rpms up and hold it in 1st and 2nd gear to attempt and burn up as much fuel as quickly as possible. However, coming to a complete stop anytime for the next 15 miles or so would cause a stall but always followed with an immediate start up. When it stalls that very first time it takes a few minutes for it to start and then it is very rough for a few miles. Since that day anytime I fill up to within about a gallon of maximum capacity it will start the stalling process all over again. Combine bad gas mileage with a tank that can't be filled and it's safe to assume I spend a lot of time at gas stations.

- Seminole, FL, USA

problem #13

Oct 302012

300C 8-cyl

  • 31,800 miles
Engine stalled shortly after refueling and continued to stall until or hesitate until 2 - 3 gallons of gasoline was burned off. The condition happens almost 100% of the time if the tank is filled to the first click during refueling - it the tank is only filled to 85% the condition will not occur. The stalling condition is very dangerous because the engine is hard to restart and requires excessive cranking. It appears the engine stalls when the evaporative system sends raw fuel to the throttle body instead of fumes - the engine then stalls and is difficult to restart until an ignitable air/fuel ratio is re-established. I was driving the subject vehicle at 35 mph and had to make a right turn when the engine died and then lost power steering. Trying to complete the turn without power steering while trying to restart a flooded engine was difficult and could have easily resulted in a serious accident. I'm aware that the NHTSA is looking into 2006 model year Chrysler 300S equipped with the hemi engine for the exact same condition. Please broaden your investigation to include the 2005 model year vehicles too. The build date of the subject vehicle was 03/04 so it was an early production vehicle. As before, the subject vehicle exhibits the stalling condition almost 100% of the time if the gas tank is filled to the first click. I'll be happy to make the vehicle available to NHTSA engineers if they need a vehicle to examine as part of their investigation.

- Surprise, AZ, USA

problem #12

May 152010

300C 8-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
After filling gas tank, engine would repeately stall (at idle or at 40 mph) up to 6 times within 2+ miles.. incident did not seem to occur if the tank was not full.

- The Villages, FL, USA

problem #11

Feb 092011

300C 8-cyl

  • 47,000 miles


The car stalled after fueling. Once the problem started it continued every time I filled the tank. I recently had to have a new gas tank installed which cost over $1200.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #10

Jul 042011

300C 8-cyl

  • 175,000 miles
I filled the tank and the vehcile stalled several times the next few miles. Especially after right turns, like when merging onto freeways. This happens now every time when I fill the tank. Very dangerous. From web forums I understand gas is getting sucked into the evap system because a check valve at the gas-filler neck doesn't work. What a pain! I replaced the evap solenoid, that didn't help...the problem at the gas tank filler-neck check valve.

- Tracy, CA, USA

problem #9

Jan 122013

300C 8-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
On 3 separate occasions immediately following filling with gas, the engine died within 2 blocks of the gas station. No check engine light was displayed on any of the 3 occasions and the car was extremely difficult to restart, requiring at least 30 seconds. Also, after restart on all 3 occasions, the engine ran very rough for 1-2 miles and then ran smoothly. On 1 of the occasions, the car died the next day after only driving a few blocks from home. After the first occurrence, the spark plugs were changed, the throttle body was cleaned, the vapor canister was replaced, and the evaporation system solenoid was replaced. On 1 of the occasions, the gas tank was topped off beyond the initial shut-off by several tenths of a gallon. After the 3rd occurrence (70,796 miles), the car was taken to the olathe Chrysler dealership and diagnosed as needing to replace the gas tank (2/20/2013). The cost was $1583.58. Since then, the vehicle now has 72,062 miles... approximately 1200 miles since replacing the gas tank... and has not died following filling with gas (6 times).

- Lees Summit, MO, USA

problem #8

Feb 012013

300C 8-cyl

  • 98,000 miles
Vehicle stalls one or more times after refueling, particularly while decelerating. Vehicle may then lurch several times before resuming normal operation, which usually occurs after 5-10 minutes of driving. Problem is intermittent but ongoing. Mechanic has not been able to resolve problem.

- Elk Grove, CA, USA

problem #7

Mar 292013

300C 8-cyl

  • 75,100 miles
This situation has occurred countless times over the last year and a half. After fueling, vehicle will randomly stall out, either at idle or under way. This has occurred under various driving conditions; at speed, at traffic signals, or much worse on turns (with obvious sudden loss of power steering.) I understand from my own research that there is a check valve in the fuel tank that fails, allowing raw gasoline to enter the vapor recovery system, which causes the stall. The only way to replace this valve is to replace the fuel tank, as the valve is molded into and is integral to the tanks construction. I've had quotes around $1,200 to replace the tank, and it is not clear that the new tanks will have a redesigned valve, so the problem may not in fact be rectified after all. This is an extremely dangerous condition, as I've been in situations where the unexpected loss of power steering compromised the vehicle's performance on turns. Stalling coming off a traffic signal actually caused following vehicles to require dangerous evasive maneuvers. It is inevitable that someone is going to get severely hurt or killed as a result of these sudden stalling conditions.

- Manalapan, NJ, USA

problem #6

Feb 222013


  • 47,850 miles
Recently purchased 2005 Chrysler 300C thought I was getting great deal only had 47700 miles on it. First fill up it stalled immediately after and did so several times. I tried revving up the engine while in neutral but as soon as I drove off it stalled again. I was so afraid someone was going to hit me from behind until I could get into to turning lane. It seemed to work, well didn't stall out, when I would accelerate when it seemed as if it was going to go dead. I took it back the dealership they said was a vent in fuel tank that was clogged, only fix to replace which they are not wanting to do and I have only have the car 1 week.

- Tyler , TX, USA

problem #5

Oct 182012

300C 8-cyl

  • 81,000 miles
After filling car with gasoline, car begins to stall and shut off. The car will start up again, but shuts off frequently until the gasoline burns. Then it ride normally. This has happened several times. I just do not fill the car anymore. This is dangerous because it's so unexpected. It happens in the middle of traffic without warning.

- Miramar, FL, USA

problem #4

Nov 012012


  • 63,059 miles
2005 Chrysler 300C died in traffic shortly after filling fuel tank full of gasoline. The vehicle was restarted and died three more times in traffic before running fine. My concern is that this is an accident waiting to happen. Online research showed this is a common occurrence in this vehicle after filling fuel tank to full. Apparently raw gasoline (rather than vapors) gets into the evaporative system and enters the engine, creating a rich fuel situation and the stalling. This is a very serious situation and should be investigated further. Thank you.

- Pittsfield, MA, USA

problem #3

Oct 242012

300C 8-cyl

  • 29,851 miles
Engine stalled at slow speed immediately after filling up with gas. Engine was somewhat difficult to restart because it was flooded. Engine stalling happened at least five times before enough gas was burned off to prevent the condition. Numerous reports on the internet indicate this is a common problem and happens when raw fuel from the evaporative system is ingested through the throttle body. The evaporative system should only convey fumes but a failure allows it to carry raw fuel to the throttle body. This condition has the potential to be very dangerous. Given the number of complaints a safety recall should be instigated to ensure that raw fuel can never reach the throttle body via the evaporative system.

- Surprise, AZ, USA

problem #2

Jul 262012


  • 176,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler 300C. The contact stated that the vehicle emitted a strong fuel odor while parked. The contact inspected the vehicle and found that the fuel tank was leaking due to defective material. The filler hose that joined the fuel tank and the plastic seal failed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 176,000.

- Ann Arbor , MI, USA

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