hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
75,971 miles

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2006 Chrysler 300C drivetrain problems

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2006 Chrysler 300C Owner Comments (Page 3 of 4)

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problem #30

Sep 092013


  • 66,000 miles


L- the contact owns a 2006 Chrysler 300 C. the contact stated that the she was unable to shift the vehicle out of the park position. The vehicle will be towed to a local dealer for inspection. The vehicle has not been diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer has not been notified of the incident. The approximate failure mileage was 60000.-

- Athens, OH, USA

problem #29

Jul 222013

300C 8-cyl

  • 119,000 miles
My 2006 Chrysler 300C (hemi 5.7) will stall at low speeds or when stopped at a traffic light. The car does restart. At higher speeds (e.g, , 60mph), the vehicle will exhibit a sudden loss of power (drop in rpms, followed by a chime sound) as if the engine is about to stall, before reaccelerating again. The stalling/loss of power issue does not occur all the time. Sometimes, the car will operate as long as a day or two without incident. The dealer performed a complete system diagnostic - retrieved code PO700 - related to loss of communication with PCM to multiple modules. (they may have been old stored codes.) then, they cleared the codes, road tested the car, but could not replicate the problem. The dealer returned the car and asked me to monitor it. They indicated that if the issue re-occurs, the vehicle will possibly need a PCM or ignition switch. My impression is that they are guessing at what the issue may be. The day after the car was returned to me, the same sudden stalling/loss of power issues recurred although the engine diagnostic light has not come on. I will be returning the car to the dealer, even though they have not been able to pinpoint the problem to date. I am very concerned about the sudden stalling and loss of power. This is a very serious safety issue that can result in an accident. I am married with a 9 month old baby.

- Lynn, MA, USA

problem #28

Nov 192012

300C 8-cyl

  • 31,000 miles
After filling up my gas tank, I encountered numerous stalls while driving. Thankfully, it was city driving early in the morning. Since then, I have encountered numerous situations where the car has stalled after filling up. I initially thought it was bad gas (I.e. water in my gas tank), however, I have since varied the fueling stations and brands I use and have seen no effect. It always seems to happen after I fill up, and it seems to go away after the tank has emptied a bit. The latest encounter was yesterday (I filled up two days prior) while I had my family in the car - multiple stalls in mid-day city traffic. And again this morning. The gas tank is still quite full (it shows over "F" on the gauge). I _never_ top off when I fill - I simply wait until the filler turns itself off when filling. I have never seen this problem prior to the first occurrence in mid November of 2012, which I initially (as indicated) wrote off as bad gas due to hurricane sandy (I figured the storm may have caused water in the tanks of gas stations). After hearing about numerous issues on this, I wanted to add my experiences to the growing list. The car in question is a 2006 Chrysler 300C srt-8.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #27

Jul 052011

300C 8-cyl

  • 24,000 miles


Most of the time, the engine will stall at a stop with all gauges dropping to zero. This also happens when the car is moving down the roadway. Engine does not start smoothly. Most times it takes at least two attempts to start it. Sometimes upon restart the gauges remain at zero. Upon start, engine will run for a brief time and will run maybe 1 block or so before stalling again. It will run without incident until the next episode. There may be a spread of 3 to 4 weeks between incidents. Sometimes the engine speed jumps up without accelerator input making the car leap forward. This has happened once to me. Sometimes when the engine is restarted and put into gear, the transmission does not engage immediately, but after a very brief delay causing a "jump" into gear when it does engage. The esp bas light comes on a majority of the time this happens. Sometimes the gauges all drop to zero while the car is running. Almost always, I can feel in the running of the engine that something is not quite (almost imperceptive missing) right before this happens. I took the car to a Chrysler dealership immediately after this happened and asked them to read the codes. They told me many codes had been recorded.

- Modesto, CA, USA

problem #26

Jun 252013


  • 32,595 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler 300C. The contact stated that the shifter would not move out of park. The contact did not take the vehicle to a dealer for inspection or repairs. The failure mileage was 32595.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

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problem #25

Jun 172013

300C 8-cyl

  • 145,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler 300C. The contact stated that the gear shifter became stuck in park. The contact was able to remove the shifter from park by performing online research and took the vehicle to the dealer. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 145,000.

- Davie, FL, USA

problem #24

Jun 162013


  • 93,860 miles


I have an 2006 Chrysler 300 C and as I was leavening for the day from home my gear shift is stuck in park and will not move. I've google it and this is a very common problem in Chrysler.

- Houston , TX, USA

problem #23

Jun 022013

300C 8-cyl

  • 129,400 miles
This car has been in the shop for the last four years. It is on its third engine and now a roll over valve. Keep in mind when we lost two engines the car was on an incline. Tried to start when we try it acts like it is out of gas. It does not start therefore we have it towed to the dealership for service. Two times we have needed a new engine. Cylinders 3 or 4 just fell off. One minute it runs great the next minute nothing. I thought it had something to do with a fuel pump. This last time it sputtered then shut down in the middle of the road while doing a U-turn. We tried once to turn it over and again it acted as if it were out of gas, however it was full, approximately 5 miles prior. We did not continue to try to start it and had it towed. The car sat over night. The service guy said it started right up in the morning. (Monday morning) this afternoon, Tuesday they called with the diagnoses of a roll over valve. I do believe this is the reason we lost two engines. Is this a lemon or is this nagging valve that is a very big problem for many going to be a recall as the next problem will be gas leaking everywhere or venting to the air or both. Do not want to pull out into traffic for the car to fail so my family could answers yes to all three above questions "that would be suicide",and will not spend $ $1700 for another good gas tank when the actual part that cost $0.50 could be located outside the gas tank.

- Escondido, CA, USA

problem #22

Mar 182013


  • 148,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler 300C. The contact stated that the gear shifter failed. The contact stated that she was unable to get the vehicle out of park. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection where they advised the contact that the shifter assembly needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified but provided no assistance. The failure mileage was 148,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #21

Feb 232013

300C 8-cyl

  • 77,000 miles
I was driving North on the njtp and was in the process of passing another car when suddenly my car went into neutral or disengaged from the transmission. The engine accelerated, but there was no power transferred to the road. I had to pull into the break down lane and turn off the engine with the hope that the electronic module would reset itself so that I could engage drive gear. The procedure worked, but now the transmission readily disengages from drive with light to moderate throttle application. Clearly, there is something major wrong with the transmission or its electronic management that could prove dangerous to me or other vehicles on the road.

- Keene, NY, USA

problem #20

Jan 212011

300C 8-cyl

  • 55,000 miles


In January 2011 I noticed transmission oil stain where car is parked. Took vehicle to pep boys on January 11th, 2011 who confirmed that vehicle did have transmission leak. Since pep boys do not service transmission, took to local transmission garage to get problem corrected. Again on April 18th of this year had same problem with oil leak and again we had to pay to get problem resolved. Twice repaired for same problem.

- San Juan, PR, USA

problem #19

Sep 232012


  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler 300C. While parked, the vehicle was unable to be shifted from park. There was a recall under NHTSA campaign id number: 05V460000 (power train:automatic transmission) that could have been related to the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and advised the contact that the VIN was not included in the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 110,000.

- Bowie, MD, USA

problem #18

Aug 092012

300C 8-cyl

  • 47,404 miles
Went to drive vehicle to a meeting, tried placing the shifter into reverse, shifter wouldn't move. Talked to several ase mechanics whom told me that they have had numerous vehicles with this same problem. They also told me that chyrsler should have had a recall on this common problem by now.

- Hartwell, GA, USA

problem #17

Jul 232012

300C 8-cyl

  • 75,822 miles
I had driven the car to work, then drove a couple of miles to pick up my child, then back to work and parked the car in my parking lot. Approximately 30 minutes later when I tried to leave the transmission would not leave park. The engine starts and runs, the brake disengages the shifter but it will not travel downward in its gate to any gear. I immediately did an internet search to find a quick solution, but only found other similar conditions and no recall.

- Jonesboro, AR, USA

problem #16

Jun 222012

300C 8-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
The other day I got off work and drove off fine. I went to the bank and used the drive through because I had pulled in a little to far away from the window I put the car in park and reached out. After my transaction was done, I tried to put the car in drive and it was stuck in park. It would not budge. I googled the problem and found that many many people have had this same issue. The internet suggested pushing a pink override button which I did but it did not work. It stated that there was another button to push if that didn't work but that required taking the whole shift gear apart. None the less, had to call a tow and the guy informed that this was a problem with Chrysler 300. I have also had a problem with the car stalling when making right turns?? I have only had this car a year. Low miles when I bought it. I just knew there was a recall on this and to my surprise there is not. So its sitting at the Chrysler dealership and I can't imagine what my repair bill is going to be for something that Chrysler should fix.

- Hattiesburg, MS, USA

problem #15

Apr 262012

300C 8-cyl

  • 97,693 miles
Unable to shift out of park. Dealer replaced entire shifter assembly because small pink plastic shift interlock latch was broken. Part: $167.50, labor: $198, total: $365.45 service manager said the shift interlock latch isn't sold separately! it is well established that this is a faulty engineering design. There are multiple internet postings of the problem. Many have done diy repairs with a metal replacement part. I feel this should have been a recall or in the very least covered as a manufacturing defect whenever the part breaks. To top it off...the replacement is also plastic!

- Sagamore Hills, OH, USA

problem #14

Dec 252011

300C 8-cyl

  • 78,800 miles
On christmas day, went to visit relatives in another state, parked car in a public parking lot, returned late at night to go home, car would not shift into gear. Had to have car towed back to my state to mechanic, found out something the size of a "false finger nail" broke off inside. A small piece that looked like a woman's false nail painted pink costs me close to $1,000 between towing, buying the entire part since you cannot replace the pink "false nail", labor, transportation etc. Why would Chrysler make a car that they advertise as luxury and use a plastic piece as a component in it? the Chrysler 300C, looks good from far, but it is far from good!

- New York, NY, USA

problem #13

Mar 072012

300C 8-cyl

  • 159,000 miles
On 3/6/12 I park my car in front of my house, at 4:20 pm. Next morning I got in my car started it up but the gear shift would not move out of park. After two days of research and going on line it has been reported to Chrysler group llc for many years that the pinky thing ( shift interlock latch ) plastic spring hook brakes off the latch and the gear select shift is stuck in park. This is a safty issue because a person (man/lady/teen or grand parent, could park any where (day/night) and be stranded (on the highway/rest stop area/parking lot, just about any where.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #12

Oct 012010


  • 58,808 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler 300C. The contact stated that the vehicle would not shift out of park. The vehicle was towed to an independent repair shop and the contact was informed that the shift housing needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that the vehicle was not included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 05V460000 (power train:automatic transmission). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 58,808.

- La Puente, CA, USA

problem #11

Oct 112011

300C 8-cyl

  • 71,259 miles
My 2006 Chrysler 300C gear wouldn't shift out of park. Car starts fine, steering wheel unlocked but gears won't shift out of park. Contacted tow truck, once arrived removed the cover of the gear panel and pushed in the little pink tab that apparently overrides the "park lock out mechanism" this a known issue with several Chrysler vehicles. Why hasn't Chrysler issued a recall. Googled the issue while waiting for the tow truck and you wouldn't believe the number of complaints about the same issue with other Chrysler vehicles and with mine. Chrysler needs to step-up and take responsibility for this defect. Cost me $360 to get my car fixed, more like replaced the entire shifter assembly even though they could of purchased an after market metal part to fix their defective pink plastic part. I'll see how long this one lasts and of course it wasn't covered under the warranty.

- Niceville, FL, USA

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