hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
61,801 miles

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2004 Chrysler Crossfire electrical problems

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2004 Chrysler Crossfire Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #34

Dec 172016


  • 79,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Chrysler Crossfire. While driving various speeds, the vehicle stalled and also failed to start on several occasions. The failures recurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, but the cause of the failure was unable to be determined. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 79,000.

- Conway, SC, USA

problem #33

Sep 242016


  • 80,000 miles
My car was on the highway and it shut down. No warning. No check engine light on prior to the car shutting down while driving 60 mph. When I attempted to turn it on all of the loaner lights would turn on. Including the air, radio, windows etc. I tried to get a jump and nothing happened. Called for a tow truck and as soon as it showed up it cranked up. This has happened again after turning off my car and trying to start it again but nothing happens. I've heard of this happening with Crossfires and it's unbelievable that there has not been a recall. Also there has been no recall regarding the ignition. Problems with turning the key if removed. The key has to remain in the ignition. I've had a friend who's Crossfire does that also as well as mine.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #32

Jul 132016


  • 99,500 miles
Very dangerous ---wire's get weak and corrosion start engine fire. Car computer blow up.....fire under hood.....

- Saint Cloud, FL, USA

problem #31

Nov 262015


  • 23,000 miles


At 50 mph on a Maryland state highway, the engine unexpectedly shut off resulting in the vehicle coasting to a stop in the traffic lane (there was no shoulder). Fortunately, I was not struck by another vehicle, but it was dark and vehicles coming over a small hill and slight curve had to take evasive action to avoid a collision. The engine would crank and start briefly and then sputter to a stop. Or, it would just crank and not fire or not crank at all. I was eventually, with assistance, able to push the vehicle off the roadway into a residential driveway. I had the vehicle towed to my residence for further diagnosis. The vehicle would later start and run normally for a short period, but then was plagued by a large list of issues to include: Malfuncitoning indicator lights illuminated - brake light, brake wear indicator, traction control, stability control; P0600 data link loss code; vehicle not shifting out of park; speedometer not working, etc. Eventually, the engine would no longer crank at all. All issues were remedied by replacing the relay control module (rcm) - a part that was, and still is, manufactured by stribel. This part has know issues related to poorly soldered connections that cause no-start conditions or cause the vehicle to stall while operating. The rcm is also plagued by failure of the internal relays (engine control, fuel pump, traction control, secondary air pump) themselves which may be hastened by overheating as a result of the poor solder joints. If it has not already happened, someone is going to be seriously injured or killed when their Chrysler Crossfire (or any one of a number of Mercedes Benz vehicles utilizing the same stribel relay) stalls due to this widely know defect and is struck by another vehicle.

- Nottingham, MD, USA

problem #30

Oct 022015


  • 114,500 miles
Early September my son experienced problem with vehicle that resulted in the car not starting when he attempted to start it at his university parking lot. All electrical worked in car (windows, radio, etc), but there was no indication of power to starter when key switch was activated. Car was towed to the purchase dealership and a repair was completed. Pulse control module was replaced on 9/12/15. Net search & dealer indicated this was an issue previously seen in this make/model/year. 10/2/15, while driving approximately 70 mph the car suddenly stopped running. The car was successfully pulled over to the right side. Driver was my son and he was on a major interstate with heavy traffic. Roadside service came to signal vehicles of stranded vehicle. When key was turned after event, there was no start. Electrical (power windows, radio, etc worked without incident. There was no starter motion when key was turned was only result. App. 40 minutes later the auto started like normal with no apparent issues. Car was driven home. 10/5/15 drove vehicle two times, 23 miles each with no issue. 10/7/15 drove vehicle to work (23 miles) no issue. On return trip, experienced same issue. I had completed interstate driving, and was at the exit stop light in line, when car stopped running while idling at app 21 miles into return trip from work. Folks behind me assisted pushing the vehicle to side of road. Same symptoms. Key doesn't result in start. Waited 25 minutes and car restarted. Car was returned to repair site, but they were unable to replicate the failure. Car is currently returned to me on 10/15/15 and I will continue to drive it to try to establish additional factors for problem. Concerned about risks due to other driver reactions due to risk of power loss while driving. Will attempt to use less traveled routes in my attempts to replicate.

- Farmington, UT, USA

problem #29

Jun 182014


  • 118,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chrysler Crossfire. The contact stated that the ignition switch failed to turn. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 118,000.

- Shepherdsville, KY, USA

problem #28

May 012013

Crossfire 6-cyl

  • 113,000 miles


This is a common problem on 1000's of Crossfire's and Mercedes (all models from 1998 forward). This issue is the bas system and brakes. Intermittingly, and usually during warmer weather when applying the brakes the bas light comes on, as does the light indicator. The issue is that the brake lights do not come on. There is a fault where if the bas is not working, the brake lights do not come on. They are tied together in the electronics. The bas is not required to stop the vehicle, however no brake lights because of the fault is extremely unsafe. The vehicle cannot be driven. Research online has found 1000's of complaints, no resolution and typically hundreds or thousands in repair costs that do not fix the issue. The brake lights should run independently of the bas system. A common fix is connecting an inline fuse from the brake switch to the brake light, if one is mechanically inclined to do so. Contacting mb states they know the issue but cannot determine the cause they also stated too costly to change the system for a % of owners. Other car manufacturers have brake lights wired separately from bas systems.

- Boonton, NJ, USA

problem #27

Jan 172014

Crossfire 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
The skreem (sentry key remote entry module?) failed while my daughter was pumping gas. Evidently, the car cannot be started if this module is not functioning properly, thus leaving my 17 year old stranded. After much research, mostly via crossfireforum.org, it appears as though this part has an extremely high failure rate. My understanding is that the engine and components are essentially the same as the Mercedes slk and that Mercedes recalled the compatible module, but Chrysler didn't. moreover, this particular part can only be ordered and programmed by a Chrysler dealership, which means no options and big bucks! please look into and monitor past and future complaints concerning this poorly designed/manufactured essential component in the Chrysler Crossfire. Thank you for your time and effort on our behalf.

- Wilmington, NC, USA

problem #26

Jul 182013

Crossfire 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
While driving car at 30 mph just died steering locked up and no response. After sitting for about an hour and restarted. Happened again about 2 days later. Hooked up to diagnosis machine and it said it was the cam shaft possession sensor that was replaced. Car ran fine for about a week and the issue began again. Hooked it up and it said it was same part. Took part back got new one no response. Took car to dealer but machine read no problem. Changed crank shaft sensor after googling similar issues but issue still exists. We have spent several dollars on parts that do not resolve the issue. I am just thankful for the first time it happened to have not been on the highway and just on a side street close to home. We have not been able to drive the car because U never know when it may stall out and if or when it will restart. After goggling many others are having same issue and I don't know how this could possibly be safe more how no one can resolve or fix the issue. So basically paid $10,000 for a nice yard ornamnet at this time. Very frustrated and wishing Chrysler would step up. Owning 3 Dodge/Chrysler vehicles at this time is to the point where I would never own another if this issue is not resolved soon!

- Braymer, MO, USA

problem #25

Oct 252013

Crossfire 6-cyl

  • 96,000 miles
Steering wheel locks, ignition will not work (car won't start accessories won't work) will need tow truck to move vehicle. Cost for repairs $1400 which included new key, new ignition cylinder. Virtually dead in the water wherever you parked it.

- Anadarko, OK, USA

problem #24

Sep 032013


  • 106,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Chrysler Crossfire. The contact stated that she attempted to start the vehicle but the ignition failed. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for inspection where they stated that the ignition switch and cylinder needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 106,000.

- Laverne, CA, USA

problem #23

Jul 162012


  • 26,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chrysler Crossfire. The contact stated that after inserting the key into the ignition, the steering column seized and the key could not be turned. The failure recurred six times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnosis but no cause for the failure was found. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle had not been repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The failure and current mileage was 26,000.

- North Bergen, NJ, USA

problem #22

Aug 102012

Crossfire 6-cyl

  • 80,055 miles
It begin not starting, so I have had fuel pump replaced, oil changes, battery check, fuel filter change, crank sensor replaced, to find out when the sensor was replaced, I have a wire harness defect, I have called all over trying to get this problem taken care of, but to no avail. This car,2004 Crossfire has all Mercedes Benz parts and I really believe this is very hazardous condition. My husband and I were driving and the car just cut off in the mist of the drive, its very dangerous, not only to me driving, but to people on the highway as well. I wish the chyrsler or Mercedes dealers would come to an agreement to recall and fix the problems of this vehicle. This is not good business at all.

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #21

Mar 252013

Crossfire 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Steering wheel it lock and when I want to start the car, the key in the ignition will not move. Is the second time it happened. The first time was two years a go ( year 2010 ) when I had 30000 miles on the car, and I had to buy a new assembly ( the lock-cylinder housing, ignition lock cylinder, switch and the key. ) now the dealer told me I need a new ignition lock cylinder and maybe a new key again ).

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #20

Mar 132013

Crossfire 6-cyl

  • 78,000 miles
Drain pipes do not drain water, causing the rain, car wash, or any excess water to drain into the car. About 2 gallons ended up on the passenger floor board. Very common problem.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #19

Nov 152012


  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chrysler Crossfire. The contact stated that the ignition failed. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnosis where the contact was informed that the ignition housing, ignition lock cylinder and the ignition switch would all need to be replaced. In addition, a new key would also be required. The manufacturer was not notified. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The failure and current mileage was 120,000.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #18

Oct 172012

Crossfire 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
I'm the owner of a 2004 Chrysler Crossfire. My car will not crank-up anymore because my key will not completely turn. I called for a locksmith and he informed me that my key cylinder needs replacing and only a Chrysler mechanic (approx. $1200) should repair it. I've found that this is a common trend with all of the Chrysler Crossfires, 2004-2008. I believe this to be a manufacture defect and warrants an investigation and recalled.

- Stone Mountain, GA, USA

problem #17

Mar 272012


  • 45,300 miles
Vehicle shut down while driving and would not restart.

- Bowie, MD, USA

problem #16

Mar 152012


  • 35,824 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chrysler Crossfire. The contact stated that the ignition switch would lock sporadically, which prevented the contact from starting the vehicle. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer and the manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 35,824.

- Virginia Beach , VA, USA

problem #15

Jan 072012


  • 97,400 miles
Ignition completely locked when key put in cannot turn at all. Dealer said the only solution is to completely replace the ignition with housing unit totaling right around $1500. Also having problems with alarm going off randomly and cannot diagnose that until ignition is fixed and car can be turned on. Very expensive just to find out what is wrong with the car. Seen this problem reported all over the place and seems to be inevitable with this car but still no recall.

- Orlando, FL, USA

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