Chrysler 300 Transmission, Electrical Defects and Recalls

 Electrical and Transmission Defects in the Chrysler 300

Owners of the Chrysler 300 cars seek out the iconic luxury sedan for its powerful engine and classic looks, not transmission defects or other problems.

However, over the years, various model years of Chrysler 300 vehicles have experienced a many issues under the hood ranging from electrical problems to transmission failures.

Recalls for Chrysler 300 Models

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has issued recalls over the years including one to replace the powertrain control module for certain 2018 Chrysler 300 vehicles and other models in the 2017 to 2019 lineup on October 2, 2018. These vehicles were stalling and failed to start back up. Another 2018 recall involved vehicles rolling out of park after the automaker installed the incorrect transmission park lock rod. Finally, the 2018 was recalled because it’s cruise control wouldn’t cancel and it led to unintended acceleration.

Chrysler also recalled certain 2020-2021 Chrysler 300 vehicles due to a manufacturing error during the bonding of the windshield. It could detach in a crash.

Earlier Chrysler 300 recalls included one for 2011 to 2014 vehicles with defective alternators. These cars experienced a loss of electrical power and the driver may have difficulty steering and braking. Also, the problem may lead to stalling and a fire at the alternator.

Certain Chrysler 300 model years are also affected by the widespread, Takata airbag recall.

Chrysler dealerships often compound the problems when they are unable to fix warranty issues and other problems. Sometimes it’s because a new part needs to be designed or manufactured.

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Common Chrysler 300 Problems and Complaints


Owners of Chrysler 300 vehicles complain about various transmission defects as well as fluid leaks that often lead to larger transmission problems. If it is not repaired, a fluid leak may lead to severe long-term damage to the Chrysler engine. Vehicles that experience a transmission leak often notice difficulties shifting, jerking and shuddering, as well as other complications.

Rough Shifting

Many Chrysler 300 owners notice problems arise during gear shifting. Specifically, they experience rough or jerky shifting through gears. Some say they had difficulty shifting in and out of park. Additionally, others say that even shifting past the second gear can be problematic. Chrysler dealerships can’t always able to fix the problem. This leaves owners to have to figure out a solution.

Shuddering, Vibrations and Buzzing Sounds

Drivers of the Chrysler 300 say they have experienced vibrations, shuddering and bussing sounds while accelerating through third fourth and fifth gears. This problem occurs typically after the transmission fluid has been contaminated by water. Usually water leaks past the transmission tube.

Vehicle Stalling

One of the most dangerous problems experienced by some Chrysler 300 owners is stalling issues. If a vehicle stalls, whether at low or high speeds, there is an increased risk of a collision. It may also happen when shifting gears or turning the car.

The owner of a 2016 Chrysler 300 told the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) their vehicle stalled while driving at low speed. The vehicle stalled when they depressed the brake and accelerator pedals at the same time. A warning light message told the driver the “electronic throttle control system should be serviced.” The driver reportedly had to shift the vehicle into park and restart it to continue driving.

Another driver experienced a similar problem while driving at 50 mph. The vehicle began to shut down as it went into power saving mode. The owners told the federal safety board the the radio went off and the instrument panel lit up with the power saving message. The driver was no longer able to start the vehicle.

California Lemon Law Attorney James Johnson

If you purchased a defective Chrysler 300 and have repeated problems, it may be time to call for help.

California Lemon Law Attorney James Johnson will review your case and let you know if it qualifies as a lemon.

We recommend that you obtain an invoice for all repairs and recall visits from the dealership. These documents will support your potential case. Should the vehicle experience repeated issues or become a safety risk, these documents support the Lemon Law Claim. Contact us for a free case review at 800-558-1087.

James Johnson ESQ