hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
111,732 miles

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1998 Chrysler Cirrus engine problems

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1998 Chrysler Cirrus Owner Comments

problem #4

Nov 012009


  • 80,000 miles


Car loses all power when driving especially after it rains. You have to let it sit awhile and then it will start up. This happens frequently and is quite dangerous.from what I have researched on the internet this is a common problem with this car and alot of frustrated people are wondering why this hasn't been a recall problem since it seems to happen in all Cirrus models. This is an expensive repair and it seems to be an extremely life threatening one since it happens on major highways without no warning what so ever.

- Bay Shore, NY, USA

problem #3

Jun 212009


  • 150,000 miles
My car dies while driving down the road and takes a while to start back up. I have taken it to a shop on 4 occasions to have the problem fixed. The distributor has been replaced 3 times, neutral safety switch, complete tune-up. Still no luck.

- House Springs, MO, USA

problem #2

Jan 032009


  • 84,730 miles
I have a 1998 Chrysler Cirrus with 84,730 miles on it. This car keeps shutting off while I am driving. I've been told I need to replace the computer, the fuel injection system, crankshaft/camshaft sensors, new battery- you name it I've been told. Now my check engine light is on as well as my oil light and no one can tell me what needs to be done! the following website, www.carsurvey.org/reviews/Chrysler/Cirrus/R64403/comments/page-5/, has a list of complaints about this vehicle and the same problem people have experienced- sudden stop syndrome. Something needs to be done about this car because I have four children and I do not like risking our lives, but it is my only mode of transportation. I cannot afford to make these costly repairs, especially when no one can tell me what is wrong. The brake pedal becomes hard to operate and if I go under 15 mph, it will shut off. Sometimes it won't even turn back on for at least 10-15 minutes. I thought I was the only one with this problem, but I'm not and Chrysler needs to be held responsible!

- Newnan, GA, USA

problem #1

Mar 012007

Cirrus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 132,200 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Chrysler Cirrus. While driving approximately 40 mph, the engine races on its own. He must place the vehicle in neutral or a lower gear in order for the racing to stop. The failure does not self-correct. The dealer was unable to diagnose the cause of failure. The contact believes it is a manufacturer defect. The current mileage is 134,776 and failure mileage was 132,200.

- Mountain View, HI, USA

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