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The Chrysler 300 is known for its stylish look, roomy interior, and powerful engine, making it one of the most sought-after luxury sedans on the market. Whether you’re planning to buy a brand-new model or you’re trying your luck in the used vehicle market, it pays to have an idea of the Chrysler 300’s reliability and the problems it may develop through the years.

Are Chrysler 300s Reliable?

The Chrysler 300 scored fairly well in major reliability ratings. RepairPal gave it an average score of 3.5 out of 5.0, ranking it 11th out of the 32 vehicles in its segment. J.D. Power gave the 2021 model a quality and reliability score of 92/100 based on consumer ratings.

2014 Chrysler 300
The 2014 Chrysler 300 achieved a 5-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) for the front and side crash test simulations. Image source: Abdullah AlBargan on Flickr.

Older models like the 2004 Chrysler 300 scored above average in consumer-based ratings. For example, Kelley Blue Book rated the used 2004 Chrysler 300 a 4.4 out of 5.0 based on consumer reviews.

The model also has a good reputation in terms of safety. The 2021 model achieved a 4-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA). Older models also scored well with the 2014 Chrysler 300 achieving a 5-star safety rating for the front and side crash test simulations.

Top Chrysler 300 Problems

Despite being a dependable luxury car, the Chrysler 300 isn’t perfect. Here are some of the most widely reported Chrysler 300 issues across its model years:

Faulty Electrical System

Electrical system faults are common among some  2013 Chrysler 300s. Drivers have reported various electric system issues, such as loss of power while driving and electrical system failure, at around 30,000 miles. The problems have caused three crashes and 15 fires. 

2013 Chrysler 300
Electrical system faults are common among some  2013 Chrysler 300s. Image source: Abdullah AlBargan on Flickr.

Chrysler issued a recall in 2014 for numerous 2011-2014 Chrysler 300 units equipped with a 3.6L engine and a 160 amp alternator. According to the NHTSA, their alternators may fail unexpectedly and cause engine stalls or short circuits, which may result in a fire. Dealers replaced the alternators of the affected units free of charge.

Air Bag Issues

One of the worst safety recalls in Chrysler 300’s history involves air bags and the driver-side inflator modules. Several recalls were issued in 2015 and 2016 for numerous 2005-2010 Chrysler models.

According to the recalls, the frontal and/or passenger air bags installed in the affected units may be prone to moisture, causing the material to rupture easily. The inflators could rupture during a crash and cause severe injuries. To solve the issue, dealers replaced the faulty parts free of charge.

Musty Smell for HVAC Vents

The HVAC system of some Chrysler 300 units from the 2005-2009, 2012, 2013, and 2016 model years may develop and emit a musty odor. Thankfully, this issue can be resolved by simply applying a cleaner or disinfectant to inhibit bacterial growth. Dodge also issued a coating for the evaporator to fix the problem.

2016 Chrysler 300 Limited AWD front view
The HVAC system of some Chrysler 300 units from the 2005-2009, 2012, 2013, and 2016 model years may develop and emit a musty odor. Image source: Wikimedia.

Rough Shifting

Some owners of 2004-2016 Chrysler 300 model years have experienced rough shifting and/or shuddering when shifting gears. According to RepairPal, software updates on the powertrain control and transmission control module can potentially solve the issue.

Chrysler 300 models that have high mileage may develop mechanical issues that have similar symptoms. So, it’s best to have your sedan checked by a professional for a proper diagnosis.

Power Window Malfunction

Even a sedan as luxurious as a Chrysler 300 isn’t spared from power window problems. Power windows usually malfunction because of a busted motor or a worn-out window regulator cable. Depending on the extent of the issue, the window regulator and motor may need to be replaced to fix it. This problem is common across the 2004-2015 model years.

Engine-Related Issues

While engine-related issues are apparent in almost every model year, the 2006 model year seems to have the most complaints.

2006 Chrysler 300 model black variant
Some owners have complained that their Chrysler 300 2006 model would stall unexpectedly while they’re driving even at low speeds. Image source: Wikimedia.

Chrysler 300 stalling problems were most prevalent in several units of the 2006 model. Owners have complained that their vehicles would stall unexpectedly while they’re driving even at low speeds. Some have also reported that their vehicle shuts off numerous times while they’re on the road. Repairs for this type of problem can cost up to $900, depending on what needs to be repaired or replaced.

Other issues that plagued the 2006 Chrysler 300 include loud noises coming from the engine and engine failure due to oil sludge. Some owners have also complained about blown engines as early as 92,200 miles. If you drive this model, have your car checked for these issues to avoid costly repairs down the line.

Stuck Gear Shift

Some 2005 Chrysler 300 units have problems with faulty gear shifters. Owners have complained that their shifter would sometimes get stuck in Park, leaving them unable to take their Chrysler out of the garage.

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There are a lot of affordable aftermarket shifters on the market, so it isn’t difficult to find a replacement.

The most common fix for this is to replace the shifter. Thankfully, there are a lot of affordable aftermarket shifters on the market, so it isn’t difficult to find a replacement.

As long as you know the potential issues you may encounter, buying a Chrysler 300 should come with few risks. If you want to know if the Chrysler 300 you own or are planning to buy is part of any recall, you can use our guide to check or visit the NHTSA site. With proper handling and regular maintenance, you can make the most of your vehicle’s service life.

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David Dale III

So what was the reason for the engine stalling at low speeds

John Williams

Faulty valve assembly in gas tank.
Covered under a lifetime warranty by chrysler.
Call customer care.

Victor

Why the stalling problem does in go on the lemon law an fix the problem for free

Doug

Have a 2015 300s had 2 speed sensor go bad @ 40,000 miles both fronts,had a moon roof seal leak,@ 61,000 mile ,

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