Notes: The Chrysler Crossfire has a nasty habit of having the back window fall out. While there are reports of this happening to every model year (2004-08), the 2005 has it worst. Naturally this problem tends to happen beyond the standard 3 year / 36,000 mile warranty leaving owners to pick up the tab along with the shattered pieces of glass.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
51,252 miles

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2005 Chrysler Crossfire Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #18

Aug 062013

Crossfire 6-cyl

  • 62,000 miles


Very difficult to turn key in the ignition to start the cr. Problem became acute in a week. Could not start the car. Towed to dealer. $1,200 repair quote.

- Hollywood, FL, USA

problem #17

Jun 092011

Crossfire 6-cyl

  • 9,500 miles
When you put the key in to start engine it won't turn in any direction. Can not remove key. Shook, jiggled, turned, key with no movement. Took about 3 hours of shaking key in lock before it worked. Has done this every time the last few times I drove car. Now the car just sits in the driveway. I have been told it will not ever turn again. Would not like to have the engine die on freeway and have to re-start the engine with the key acting the way that it does, would be sitting in traffic shaking the key for 2 to 3 hours.

- Raymore, MO, USA

problem #16

Dec 152012

Crossfire 6-cyl

  • 43,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Crossfire. The contact stated that while parked, the key would not turn in the ignition. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis, who stated that the ignition switch would have to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 43,000.

- Carrollton, TX, USA

problem #15

Nov 282012


  • 50,000 miles


Car wouldn't start several times since purchase. The battery was fully charged, took it to a Chrysler dealer who "cleaned up some grounds". the lights, stereo, etc worked but the motor didn't even make a sound when trying to start. One time when it did start I was making a turn when the car completely died...I didn't realize it at first because the heater, radio, panel were all lit up and working. I was very lucky to be able to make it safely to the side of the road. Had to have the car towed back to the garage. When they started working on it, the panel behind the glove box started smoking. I now have a very nice, useless little car with only 50,000 miles on it because #Chrysler can't fix it for me.

- Lebanon, PA, USA

problem #14

May 012012

Crossfire 6-cyl

  • 29,480 miles
I purchased this car used with 28,400 miles on it from a dealer and had no problems at all for my first 1000 miles. I loved the car! however, then began the locked up ignition switch problem. At first, it was minor, I only had to try turning the key a dozen times before it would start, but that got a little worse every day. Then today, 6 months later, it took about 500 attempts and 20 minutes before it started. Now I need a mechanic and except to spend upwards of a $1000. I've probably had 25 different cars in my lifetime and never experienced anything close to this. Doesn't Chrysler recognize this is their manufacturing defect" haven't they read the Crossfire forum" I'm not the only one this has happened to. It is a common problem with this model and there should be a recall!

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #13

Oct 172012


  • 89,000 miles
I parked my car at a shop's parking lot and didn't have any issues. About 20 minutes later I came back to my car and tried to get the engine to turn over and the ignition would not turn. I tried with both of my keys and I couldn't get the ignition to turn. The steering wheel also was locked up. I had to take apart my dash board to get to the ignition so I could release the locking pin. Once the pin was released I had no problems starting the car.

- Derby, KS, USA

problem #12

Jul 192012


  • 32,050 miles


Ignition would sometimes stick & not act like it should. For fear that I cold get stranded & after talking to dealer (bales motors - jeffersonville in), they replaced my key switch, by honoring my bumper to bumper warranty that I had purchased when I bought the car......[xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- New Albany, IN, USA

problem #11

Sep 292012

Crossfire 6-cyl

  • 25,689 miles
Vehicle ignition and steering column locked up. Required a tow. Towed to dealership. Mechanic stated he has replaced at least twenty ignitions on Crossfires, in the last two years, with the identical problem. Minimum cost for repairs is $2000. Ignition has to be re-laser cut to fit existing key.

- Glen Burnie, MD, USA

problem #10

May 202012


  • 55,408 miles
Was shopping. Left store, got in my car, put the key in & it would not turn (froze). Had to have it towed to dealership. (cross motors lou ky)......cost $1,569.....have found out that this is an on going problem with many Crossfire owners everywhere. Too many people are having problem with "defective key switch". should warrant a callback from mfgr.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #9

Mar 022012

Crossfire 6-cyl

  • 69,000 miles
The common problem of the ignition locking and key unable to turn. There are complaints all over the internet and otherwise by crossfire loving owners who are unable to suddenly turn their key...and the dealerships charging well over a $1000 dollars to fix it, due to bad design. This should be a recall.

- Saint Petersburg, FL, USA

problem #8

Nov 022011


  • 7,800 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Crossfire roadster. While the vehicle was parked the contact attempted to start it but it would not start. The contact stated the ignition switch failed. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 7,800.

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #7

Jun 022011


  • 38,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Crossfire. The contact stated that when placing the key in the ignition, it would not turn. The vehicle was inspected by a dealer who advised him that the housing, cylinder, and the key all needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 38,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Waashington, DC, USA

problem #6

Feb 012011


  • 70,000 miles
Ignition switch failure. Vehicle is now inoperable. Appears to be a jammed pin from steering column to ignition switch. It has been a recurring problem for about 6 months until it failed altogether. From the number of posts regarding this malfunction it appears a defective component as the complaints are for cars with very low mileage.

- Wilson, NC, USA

problem #5

Jul 152010


  • 63,573 miles
Ignition key mechanism does not work without moving the steering wheel back and forth until it releases and allows the key to start the car. Everytime the car is stopped, it can take up to 5 or more minutes to restart by moving the steering wheel back & forth while trying to turn the key. Dealership has no answers. Says replace parts are on national back order. This has been happening since we purchased the car in Feb of 2009.

- Waterford, WI, USA

problem #4

Jul 142010


  • 58,000 miles
Ignition key mechanism "locks" and cannot be turned to start the vehicle leaving user stranded and requiring tow. This is a recurring problem experienced by many users of this vehicle (see comments at; searchfor "ignition, lock, cylinder") and appears even in vehicles with very low mileage. Dealer advice is to replace the "ignition lock cylinder" which is a very expensive proposition. Some report that the new part also fails within a relatively short time. This is obviously a defective component that should be replaced with a reliable one. I was stuck in a parking lot at 112F (southwest us location) for 1/2 hour trying to get the ignition mechanism to turn. The problem appears to be due to a steering wheel locking pin that becomes jammed. If this happens while vehicle is being driven, then it could cause an accident.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #3

Jun 082008


  • 58,556 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Crossfire. While driving approximately 50 mph on normal road conditions, the vehicle hesitated when the accelerator pedal was depressed. The RPM's revved and then decreased, followed by the engine stalling. The warning indicators illuminated on the instrument panel prior to the stalling. The vehicle failed to restart after several attempts. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer eight times for diagnostic testing, but they were unable to duplicate the failure. The wiring was adjusted within the computerized system. The manufacturer was notified of the failures, but there were no resolutions. The vehicle is currently inoperable and has not been repaired. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 58,556 and current mileage was 69,650.

- Spring Valley, NY, USA

problem #2

Sep 282007

Crossfire 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
2005 Chrysler crossfire limited, 13, 800 miles. Stops running while driving/won't start up after stopping. This has happened a total of 6 times. 1st time vehicle restarted after 20 min. Dealer repair service said wait to see if happens again, maybe the theft mode kicked in for some reason. 2nd time I stopped for gas, car wouldn't start. Like you weren't pushing in clutch but you were. Towed to dealer. Replaced clutch switch. 3rd time driving at 50 mph, car just shut completely shut off. Engine and all. Felt like hitting a brick wall. Almost hit by several vehicle including tour bus at time it happen. Vehicle towed. Dealer put in processing sensor. 4th time was slowing down for red light, vehicle shut down completely again. Towed. Dealer put new computer in it. 5th time. Stopped at bank. Left car idle mode while using atm. Car shut off. Started after about 15 - 20 min. It was after dealer hours so went home. As I pulled in drive the car shut off. Towed. Dealer put module and relay in it. 6th time. Started car in garage. Put in neutral to so car could warm up. It shut completely down. Towed. Dealer put battery in. The car has shut down while driving fast/slow/idling. In 8 weeks it has been towed in 5 times, spent 6 weeks at dealer. Unknown if vehicle fixed. It has only been back one day. Have requested area reps name, dealer/corporate refused name/contact. Spoke with corporate and dealer principle requesting a buy back and was blown off.

- Joliet, IL, USA

problem #1

Mar 132006

Crossfire 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 600 miles
We just bought a 2005 Chrysler Crossfire roadster srt6. Last night (13 Mar 2006) we were driving through town. When my wife stopped at a stop sign the car stalled. Turning the key off and starting again the car started and ran. The car has only 600 miles. I read where other Chrysler have sudden stalling problems and have had recalls. Not sure if there were very few Crossfires and if they ought to be included in a recall.

- Decatur, AL, USA

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