Midsized sedans are the largest volume, most competitive car segment in the auto industry. So when a major automaker conducts a redesign of their family sedan, the competitors are eager to benchmark against this new standard. Except for the case of the 2015 Chrysler 200, which although vastly improved from its unforgivably lousy predecessor, still trailed the rest of the pack by a large margin.
Alerts
There are 8 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
Emissions
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
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Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and ESC standard. Side and head protection air bags standard.
Road Test

Midsized sedans are the largest volume, most competitive car segment in the auto industry. So when a major automaker conducts a redesign of their family sedan, the competitors are eager to benchmark against this new standard. Except for the case of the 2015 Chrysler 200, which although vastly improved from its unforgivably lousy predecessor, still trailed the rest of the pack by a large margin.

The new model's klutzy handling, thrashy base engine, and cramped packaging combined to make this the segment laggard.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 9-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2.4-liter 4 (184 hp)
  • 3.6-liter V6 (295 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2015 Chrysler 200 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"Chrysler did a software update, whiched help until last week, hard shift started again after 1500 mile road trip ."

Charles S., CA (2015 Chrysler 200 C 3.6-L V6)

"The transmission changes gears like an old tractor. The entire car will shudder, jerk suddenly, and then pitch forward. Downshifting is choppy and slow. The engine will frequently rev at 3500+ rpm when coasting downhill at less than 40km/h because the transmission can't figure out what gear to be in. Every red light feels like an experiment in how close the engine can get to stalling. Every driving experience is lurchy and awkward, without exception. Easily the worst car I have ever owned."

Anonymous, ON (2015 Chrysler 200 LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Low end shifting is like riding with a new manual tranny driver."

Walter K., LA (2015 Chrysler 200 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Mostly between 4th and 5th gear, the transmission jerks harshly (pulls you back in your seat). Intermittently does the same thing in other gears. Just waiting for it to fail completely one day."

Anonymous, MI (2015 Chrysler 200 S 3.6-L V6)

"Computer update"

Anonymous, IL (2015 Chrysler 200 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"luring when shifting in low range"

Anonymous, PA (2015 Chrysler 200 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"When you start out and it's cold it seems to want to quit. Places you in dangerous situation when trying to enter roadway"

Anonymous, OH (2015 Chrysler 200 C 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"It seems to get stuck at times when put in gear and then suddenly slams into gear and bolts forward abruptly"

Anonymous, AZ (2015 Chrysler 200 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The vehicle had a very rough downshift when decelerating to a stop at about 3mph. The dealer re-programmed the powertrain which eliminated the bad shift however the fuel economy has been dramatically affected (reduced by 4-5mpg)"

Anonymous, MI (2015 Chrysler 200 C 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"on a coast or light braking coming off a highway ramp it had a hard down shift. It did not want to shift and felt like it was speeding up then would lerch as it down shifted. Dealer said it was from 2nd into 1st. Almost replaced the transmission but instead replaced a valve block in the transmission"

Anonymous, TX (2015 Chrysler 200 C 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Car cannot seem to find right gear"

William E., FL (2015 Chrysler 200 S 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"After 4 updates the tranny still is harsh shifting on low end of gears"

Walter K., LA (2015 Chrysler 200 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Rotary dial gear selector was a nightmare. Car would lurch into 1st gear and wanted to take off from a dead stop"

Patrick D., IL (2015 Chrysler 200 C 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Constant jerking or shifting hard with the 9 speed auto transmission. Even after new transmission it need recurrent computer updates to make it shift smoother. I dislike the constant jerky shifting in city driving"

Anonymous, UT (2015 Chrysler 200 LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"On occasion, there is a very perceptible jerk when the car is shifting from 2nd to 3rd gear. Whether this "hard shift" occurs or not seems to depend on how much throttle I am applying at the time. This is apparently a not uncommon problem for this car and transmission (9-speed auto). On two visits to the dealer for service (routine, not transmission specific) they have updated the software for the transmission. On both occasions, it seems like the problem disappears for awhile, only to reappear a few weeks later. I actually don't know if the problem goes away and comes back, or if I just drive differently because I am paying close attention to how things run after the software update. This is not a problem that happens everyday, but maybe once a week."

Anonymous, IL (2015 Chrysler 200 S 3.6-L V6)

"Trouble has been well documented with this new type of transmission. Numerous computer upgrades, complete transmission change out and the rough shifting no down shifting when going down steep hills is still going on."

Anonymous, LA (2015 Chrysler 200 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Thumps and con jerk"

Anonymous, IA (2015 Chrysler 200 S 3.6-L V6)

"At speeds above 40 mph the car shifts fine. At speeds less than 40 mph the shifting is not smooth. It is worse at 20-30 mph. Shifting is up and down, enough so that you feel it jumping up a gear and then back down. Dealership says there is no fix. We have had all the updates to the software. Other than that I do not drive it, my wife drives it back and forth to work. I do not like driving it because of that and the fact that I do not like my visibility that the car offers when in the drivers seat."

Anonymous, NY (2015 Chrysler 200 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Slipping transmission

"At times it doesn't seem to shift as it should while accelerating"

Anonymous, AZ (2015 Chrysler 200 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The transmission slips or fails to shift when accelerating. It has been serviced several times for the problem - the results is software updates that reduce the horsepower of the car. We recently upgraded to the life time warranty because we anticipate major problems with transmission"

Anonymous, MI (2015 Chrysler 200 C 3.6-L V6)
Transmission computer

"Constantly updating the computer"

Anonymous, IL (2015 Chrysler 200 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"hard shifting"

Anonymous, PA (2015 Chrysler 200 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Stability management traction control fails to prevent skidding"

William E., FL (2015 Chrysler 200 S 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Alignment

"All 4 wheels had incorrect camber resulting in severe tire wear"

J C., KS (2015 Chrysler 200 C 3.6-L V6)

"Midas can't seem to get it right. My experience with dealership was not pleasant"

Anonymous, PA (2015 Chrysler 200 S 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

"During a routine check, it was discovered I had a leaking shock that needed replacing. The problem with the shock caused uneven tire wear on one tire."

David J., IL (2015 Chrysler 200 S 3.6-L V6)

"Struts failed around 60,000 miles. That is just ridiculous (we don't take the car off-roading...)."

Anonymous, MI (2015 Chrysler 200 S 3.6-L V6)

"Not really a problem but the rear shocks thump a lot while driving."

Anonymous, ME (2015 Chrysler 200 Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear clunking while operating car. I believe it to be a problem with the shocks/struts or frame bushings somewhere."

Anonymous, ME (2015 Chrysler 200 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Tire wear is uneven

"Uneven tire wear was caused by the previously discussed shock problem."

David J., IL (2015 Chrysler 200 S 3.6-L V6)

"Severe inside tire wear on all 4 tires caused me to replace tires . Dealer nor Chrysler would compensate for tires but did preform free alignment that seems to be okay"

J C., KS (2015 Chrysler 200 C 3.6-L V6)
Wheel bearings

"The car was making noise from the time I bought it. The dealer couldn't find any problem while it was still covered by the original warranty. Once the warranty ran out, the dealer discovered a problem with the front left bearing at a cost of $600."

Anonymous, AZ (2015 Chrysler 200 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The car was making noise at highway speeds. A wheel bearing was found to be faulty and was replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, MI (2015 Chrysler 200 C 3.6-L V6)

"I had observed wheel noise at higher speeds. Had the car checked out before the warranty ran out at dealership. Could not identify the problem. After warranty ran out, a bad wheel bearing was troubleshot at the dealership"

Anonymous, AZ (2015 Chrysler 200 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

4WD/AWD components

"Despite numerous days and weeks in the repair shop my AWD system is unavailable with service required"

Anonymous, CO (2015 Chrysler 200)

"Power transfer unit needed replacement"

Anonymous, VA (2015 Chrysler 200 C 3.6-L V6)
CV joint

"Squeaking"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Chrysler 200 S 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Driveshaft or axle

"The car shifts gears and feels like it is surging. Like it is having trouble getting in gear."

Linda P., TX (2015 Chrysler 200 C 3.6-L V6)
Electrical failure

"I have gone through two batteries. They were covered under warranty by it is still inconvenient. hopefully the recall issue fixed the problem.."

Linda P., TX (2015 Chrysler 200 C 3.6-L V6)

"Got a message saying there was a engine error and then a transmission error and car was hard to start. When I got it to start and got it to a dealer, they told me the problem was with my battery. They replaced the battery and then found there were 2 software upgrades that were needed for the transmission which they did under the warranty. Big problem for me was with all of the electronics on the car, why didn’t I get an error message saying the battery needed to be replaced!"

Anonymous, IL (2015 Chrysler 200 C 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"It inconsistently, or apparently randomly maybe, doesn't recognize my phone. Doesn't consistently keep the favorited phone as the favorite. Sometimes won't play my music or audio books no matter how I try to make it work. Frequently does not sync up with my phone in one way or another."

Anonymous, NE (2015 Chrysler 200)
Radio

"Radio broke and all info was not working,ie nav radio, blu tooh. 4 years old and not coverd by warenty and new radio did not have updated maps. Another $150."

Dick M., SC (2015 Chrysler 200 C 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Soft Ware had to be updated thru recall problem"

Kenneth J., AZ (2015 Chrysler 200 C 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Software update fixes

"After an update, the GPS and clock became unstable. I took it in to be upgraded, and they couldn't get it to load. After that, the issue seemed to resolve itself."

Anonymous, MN (2015 Chrysler 200 C 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Steering wheel controls

"The song select/chapter select up and down buttons on the back left side of the steering wheel no longer work. I have to take my hand off the wheel and use the touch screen to advance from one song to another."

Anonymous, NE (2015 Chrysler 200)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"Dashboard light went on. Covered under warranty"

Anonymous, NH (2015 Chrysler 200 C 3.6-L V6)
Normal routine brake wear

"Normal, routine brake job needed at approximately 90,000 miles. This is the first time this repair was needed. Seems pretty good longevity to me."

Jonas T., NH (2015 Chrysler 200 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Regular brake failure

"The brake pedal would sometimes become incredibly sensitive for seemingly no reason, causing me to lock up the brakes when stopping normally."

Anonymous, MI (2015 Chrysler 200 Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The brakes failed as I was trying to stop at a busy intersection. I was going slow, and the car came to a stop on it's own. There was no indication (lack of pressure, idiot lights, warnings) that this was going to happen. The dealership was less than a 1/4 mile away and I was able to drive it there very slowly."

Anonymous, (2015 Chrysler 200 C 3.6-L V6)
Rotors

"right front rotor worn out prematurely"

Jose M., FL (2015 Chrysler 200 LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"New car and the 9 speed transmission had to be replaced and since replaced starting to do same thing again. Hesitation jerking rough shifting Done with buying Chryslers"

Anonymous, OH (2015 Chrysler 200 C 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Less than 6000 miles we had to replace the transmission. Still shifts jerky in city driving. I don't think I should have to take into the shop often to have the computer run to tune up the shifting. I work 10 or more hours a day so last thing I want to do is be at the shop o. Saturday"

Anonymous, UT (2015 Chrysler 200 LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission warning light came on, took it to the dealer, they ran it though extensive diagnostics, adjustments, driving, it still persisted so Chrysler agreed to replace the transmission at 52,000, under warranty"

Steven S., NE (2015 Chrysler 200 C 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"sTARTED AS rough shifting and needed a new transmision. covered uner warenty"

Dick M., SC (2015 Chrysler 200 C 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"rt led parking light went out, problem with plug"

Paul W., NJ (2015 Chrysler 200 C 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

"Both headlights burned out & had to be replaced so that the car could be driven at night."

Anonymous, AZ (2015 Chrysler 200 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Automatic high beams did not work"

Anonymous, MI (2015 Chrysler 200 C 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
USB port

"It ignores my usb drive on very cold days intermitteningly, thus service cannot fix the problem"

Anonymous, MI (2015 Chrysler 200 C 3.6-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"hood of the car has bubbling of the paint caused by a reaction of the paint and the aluminum hood"

David M., MI (2015 Chrysler 200 C 3.6-L V6)
Rust

"Front hood started rust blisters on front edge. Chrysler changed hood out"

Anonymous, LA (2015 Chrysler 200 Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The aluminum hood and steel frame metals anodized creating small patches of corrosion on the edge of the hood. Chrysler and the dealer handled the problem excellently, repairing and repainting the hood under warranty with a free loaner vehicle and no arguments or problems at all, and did excellent work on the repainting."

Scott L., PA (2015 Chrysler 200 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Water leaking into trunk"

Anonymous, BC (2015 Chrysler 200 C 3.6-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"Transmission recall upgrade -- seems to have created an small airplane sound under the hood, as if the motor and fan are not working together."

Anonymous, MD (2015 Chrysler 200 S 3.6-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"Compressor failed just after the warranty ran out. I paid for a complete system replacement with a 2 year warranty applied to the work performed..."

Kay K., SC (2015 Chrysler 200 S 3.6-L V6)
Automatic climate control

"when turning off the AC it seems to come on even when it is off"

Anonymous, TX (2015 Chrysler 200 C 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Sunroof

"Sun Shade was loose and floppy, took 2 days to repair"

Charles S., CA (2015 Chrysler 200 C 3.6-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

"Cracked oil pan. The "Check Engine" light informed me there was a problem. I was able to drive the vehicle to the dealership where they repaired."

Anonymous, DC (2015 Chrysler 200 C 3.6-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"It was leaking oil into places that weren't supposed to have oil, causing the engine to lose oil and seize up in the middle of traffic. After a year of many trips and time dealing with the Dealership and Corporate, they finally replaced the engine."

Anonymous, VA (2015 Chrysler 200 C 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Spark plugs or wires failure

"One of the independent coils-on-sparkplug coils failed, causing loss of spark to one cylinder and check engine light."

Anonymous, UT (2015 Chrysler 200 C 3.6-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Happened 1 time, no problem since"

Anonymous, (2015 Chrysler 200 C 3.6-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

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