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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
6,989 miles

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1996 Chrysler Cirrus engine problems

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1996 Chrysler Cirrus Owner Comments

problem #20

Jan 012000

Cirrus

  • 90,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Oil in my radiator. Sludge inside of my engine.

- Green Wood Lake, NY, USA

problem #19

Aug 162007

Cirrus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,784 miles
The contact owns a 1996 Chrysler Cirrus. While making a left turn between 10-20 mph, the vehicle lost power. The failure occurred on five different occasions and was repaired each time for a total cost of $2,283.04. The dealer stated that there were no recalls listed. The contact spoke with daimler Chrysler on three occasions and they stated that nothing could be done. They stated that they do not own their dealerships and it would be the dealer's decision to make the repair or issue a recall. Daimler Chrysler further stated that they would try and send a technician to inspect the vehicle; however, no one has yet to arrive. The failure occurs while driving, stopped, or making a right or left turn. The failure mileage was 49,784 and current mileage was 50,261.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #18

Nov 062003

Cirrus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I bougt a car about 3 weeks ago used and have had several problems with the car already. From the engine light coming on to the battery light. The 3rd day I had the car it dhad to go in the shop. I feel the problem it had it was their when I bought it. I did not have thew car long enough for it to have problems. The car is a 96 chrsyler Cirrus.

- Charleston, MO, USA

problem #17

Oct 072002

(reported on)

Cirrus

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Consumer states that head gasket blew, as a result of the oil from the engine going into the radiator.

- Woodland Hill, CA, USA

problem #16

Oct 112000

Cirrus

  • miles
Chrysler knows about problem of head gasket w/oil leaking and requiring a $250 deductable to replace gasket when it should be replaced for free knowing it needs a new improved gasket that they manufactured

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #15

Oct 242000

Cirrus

  • miles
Vehicle is leaking oil from the engine gallery plugs just like the safety recall 671 that had received from manufacturer. But consumer's vehicle not included in recall due to VIN.

- Wills Point, TX, USA

problem #14

Jul 272000

(reported on)

Cirrus

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Sensor in the computer relating to engine had to be replaced twice. Part is only lasting about 60,000 miles.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #13

May 312000

Cirrus

  • miles
Noticed oil leaking under vehicle. Oil leaking from head gasket area. Returned to dealer. Headgasket replaced but at my expense due to car out of warranty. Although I have just 23,000 miles of the 36,000 mile warranty the car is over 3 years old.

- Latham, NY, USA

problem #12

Apr 011999

Cirrus

  • miles
Engine cylinder head is inadequatily retaining oil. This could cause a fire.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #11

Jun 011999

Cirrus

  • miles
Defective distribuator cap caused engine and fuel pump to melt. This could have caused vehicle to stall. Dealer said it was the type of gas used that caused engine line to burn.

- Carol, MI, USA

problem #10

Apr 011999

Cirrus

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

We noticed major oil dripping. Our mechanic found it to be coming from the head gasket. We referred the problem to the dealer and to the 1-800 customer complaint number for Chrysler. We were told: A) the car is out of warranty B)they would not stand behind a bad head gasket at 40,000 miles, and C) although there was nothing wrong with the original head gasket design that the gasket has been completely redesigned and was on national back order. Our mechanic was able to obtain a new type and fixed the car. He said he has talked to other mechanics who are seeing this gasket oil leak problem on this chrylser. He said the old gasket was faulty and that the new design is three layer thick and very well designed. But, remember, we were told by Chrysler that the new one was not designed because there was any problem with the old one.

- Cherry Valley, CA, USA

problem #9

Apr 161999

Cirrus

  • miles
I am very displeased with my purchase of this vehicle. I will not ever purchase another Chrysler vehicle for the rest of my living life. I will also make sure to tell everyone I know which exist of my friends, family, coworkers and any other individual who even plans to purchase a Chrysler, to change their mind. When I took my car in for an oil change I asked them to check my car because it was making this clanking sound whenver I went on a bumpy road. I was told by the first mechanic once he inspected underneath the car, that my motor mount was broken and my main seal was leaking due to this broken motor mount. The mechanic said it appeared to be a manufacturer default because motor mounts are suppose to last a long time. I had a second opinion done on the car since the damages were so high in cost. The second mechanic said the same and thought it very suspicious that the motor mount was broken for a car that was only 3 years old. Both mechanics suggested I go to the dealer for warranty repairs. I had a personal mechanic friend of mine look at it also and he said it was strange that the motor mount was broken. He told me that he had a Mercedes with the original motor mount in it with 300,000 miles on it. When I called the Chrysler dealership they said it was not under warranty. I feel as though I have been very cheated at this point. All three mechanics said it was very strange and that it was a manufacturer default. I am completely fed up with this car of mine and wish I could get rid of it. I have had various other recalls with this car and have had to taken it in for repairs. When these repairs have been done, I have to pay money out of my pocket for these repairs. I do this because I need a car rental for the day so I can commute to work and to my babysitter's home. I lose time from work at my cost of an hourly rate of $16 and still spend another $36 to $67 a day for a car rental. Please try to aid me, I would greatly apppreciate it.

- Fullerton, CA, USA

problem #8

Oct 011998

Cirrus

  • miles
Engine head gasket broke, causing fluid to leak down onto the exhaust manifold.

- Jeameregte, LA, USA

problem #7

Feb 281999

Cirrus

  • miles
The head gasket at 36000 miles leaks oil this is a disappointment at this milage!!! the radio stays full of static all the time and I was told they would fix the gasket but not the radio even though they are both factory defects.

- Seaboard, NC, USA

problem #6

Dec 211998

Cirrus

  • miles
Oil galley plug came out and spewed oil over the engine resultin in fire, recall component however vehicle denied due to VIN #.

- Binghamton, NY, USA

problem #5

Jan 081999

(reported on)

Cirrus

  • miles
Vehicle was losing oil because head gaskets were leaking oil. Dealer is fixing the defect.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #4

Nov 221998

Cirrus

  • miles
The consumer has been experiencing problems with timing belt in engine. While driving heard a faint popping sound, and vehicle cut off and wouldn't stop. The manufacturer has been contacted.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #3

Aug 011996

Cirrus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Oil sender failed.

- Costa Mesa, CA, USA

problem #2

Dec 131996

(reported on)

Cirrus

  • miles
Owner received recall notice, took vehicle to dealer and was told the parts were not available. Recall#96V006000.

- Puyallup, WA, USA

problem #1

Jun 171996

Cirrus

  • miles
Engine oil galley plugs blew prior to recall repairs.

- West Berli, NJ, USA

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