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Got car (2005 300C Signature Series) last Saturday (12/04/04). Initial problem discovered when headlights oscillated - brightened and dimmed - or I guess u can say they flicker (noticed when test driving but was raining so thought it was my imagination). Dash lights also would flicker with bright and dim. Even with lights off center gear shift lights on consol would flicker. Two days after purchase the battery icon (Voltage indicator) light would come on. Icon then off for a few days but went back on the day was driving to the dealer for service. Eventually took car into dealer the next Friday (batt icon came on again as just stated). They claim that they called Chrysler Engineering and Engineering says that there is some software problem. Dealer said the Eng said that the "system" is reading that my battery is giving too much voltage, but in really it isn't. They say the car is safe to drive, they have my VIN & will call me when they get a fix - working on a software upgrade. The dealer said that Engneering said that others have my problem - but don't see it posted here.

Took car for long trip and at times problem seemed to go away - but just when I was thinking it was gone - would start again (batt icon was on entire trip down (3.5 hours) but never came on on trip back home. Flickered lots on way down - but at times a bit less on way home).

Anyone having the same issue? What is your experience - what are u being told.

LOVE the car otherwise!!!

Pls feel free to e-mail me at [email protected]

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None here, flickering headlights are not uncommon with HID uppon start up though my C never does but my X5 pops like an old fashioned flash bulb. Flicker otherwise is indeed AB normal. This is a problem with all these new fancy schmancy software schemes in new cars, something we will have to learn to live with. Oh for the days when you could fix your own car, days with no call waiting, no blue m&ms or colored underwear, no caller ID, where grandparents were grandparents not parents, days of points and condensers where you could adjust your timing by ear and set your point gap with a business card if in a pinch, or jump start your car without cables by putting the two front metal bumpers together (-) and bridging the + terminal on the two batteries with two bumper jacks forming a A frame. These days you get out your cell phone and helplessy call AAA or the dealer, this is progress?
 

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II Kings - thanks for the reply. I guess u are right in a way - I mean the car had six satellites watching me on the GPS while I made my weekend trip. I also plugged into the Sirius radio which was linked to another satellite. Besides automatically telling which street to turn on - my doors also auto-locked to keep me safe. The mirrors auto cleared the frost off the windows when I started the car in the morning, etc.., etc... think u get the point - was very impressed with the technology, ride feel and look of the car....

Just dissapointed as the car otherwise seems great - also notce lots of fans out there. This was my first Chrsyler and its not leaving me with a good impression. I swear the dealer service rep even called the engineering group as "four-star service." Isn't the Chrysler hype at least 5-star?

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VPJ , dont forget the black box recording in two second intervals continuously so if you crash your speed at impact, throttle and brake position, seat belt use, lateral g, etc. is all there for law enforcement, your insurance company, DC and any potential victims' trial attorney to view and screw. This is not unique to DC. I am very pro technology, have done quite well with the four horsemen of the Nasdaq (Dell, Cisco, Intel, and MSFT) over many years (oh for the days of irrational exuberence and splits) but this black box has gone too far, I hate the ACLU but I agree with them on this one as an invasion of privacy.
5 star is all marketing, IMHO absolutely meaningless, most are idiots who do not know the product well and lack the ability to figure things out, service is simply a word. This is my first new Chrysler and have had minor problems now a recall on radiator supports I learned about on this forum, will make an appt. tomorrow. Don't let these glitches put a bad taste in your mouth, the car is thrilling and I fully intend to enjoy it which I am (minor glitches notwithstanding). Most have not had major problems and of course my tune will change if I experience major problems. For what it's worth, my two week old 05 Odyssey was delivered with NO FUSE in the DVD outlet, delayed my trip 30 min with a chorus of we want to see a movie at at the beginning of a 500 mile trip, it also had a steering shimmy which resolved over 1400 miles, the driver's door requires a harder than normal slam to fully close and this is from Honda who is perfect. I had a new RX8 last year with more problems than you and me combined (sold back to Mazda under thier buyback program). I started a thread "there is no perfect car" based on my Honda and Toyota purchase. My C is not perfect but certainly equal to the highly regarded Japanese brands in my experience. I love the C and Odyssey despite thier minor flaws, but flaws nonetheless. Long term, time will tell.
 

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Thanks - I saw the recall notice and tried the recall link -

http://www.chrysler.com/webselfserv...recall&country=us&emailUrl=goToEmailForm('R')

At least my Vin did not show up.

Yes - even tho I am upset - will hang on to see if they get it resolved as I REALLY, REALLY love the car otherwise. We travel a lot to attend horseshows and the ride this past weekend was just fantastic. Also - do u notice how many people look at you in the car? Passed a few on the higway that the driver actually pointed and looked at their spuse. Swear I read the lips of one guy that looked like he said "I want that." A few people even moved out of my way to let me pass (but then maybe it was the flickering lights that did that - ha ha)

Thanks again for your feedback - and honored that my first post response was from a senior member.
 

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I am sure they will resolve this electrical glitch. Welcome to the club, I did not realize how new you are to the forum. Be prepared to answer lots of questions about the car and it draws more second looks than any other car except for perhaps my beloved Citroen CX. I can't explain it but I feel "special" when I am in this C and compared to other cars such as the 7 series or S class etc. It's half the cost so feeling "special" is not about money, it's the look, attitude, engine, in your face all American brashness and confidence without arrogance. To sum it up overstated elegance and class that owners and Joe public both recognize.
 

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VPJ said:
Got car (2005 300C Signature Series) last Saturday (12/04/04). Initial problem discovered when headlights oscillated - brightened and dimmed - or I guess u can say they flicker (noticed when test driving but was raining so thought it was my imagination). Dash lights also would flicker with bright and dim. Even with lights off center gear shift lights on consol would flicker. Two days after purchase the battery icon (Voltage indicator) light would come on. Icon then off for a few days but went back on the day was driving to the dealer for service. Eventually took car into dealer the next Friday (batt icon came on again as just stated). They claim that they called Chrysler Engineering and Engineering says that there is some software problem. Dealer said the Eng said that the "system" is reading that my battery is giving too much voltage, but in really it isn't. They say the car is safe to drive, they have my VIN & will call me when they get a fix - working on a software upgrade. The dealer said that Engneering said that others have my problem - but don't see it posted here.

Took car for long trip and at times problem seemed to go away - but just when I was thinking it was gone - would start again (batt icon was on entire trip down (3.5 hours) but never came on on trip back home. Flickered lots on way down - but at times a bit less on way home).

Anyone having the same issue? What is your experience - what are u being told.

LOVE the car otherwise!!!

Pls feel free to e-mail me at [email protected]

Regards
VPJ
VPJ..i hate to beat a dead horse but have you made certain that all the fuses in trunk and under the hood are properly seated?? some of us, me included , have received cars with fuses not pushed all the way in.
 

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Guys - remember that I said we go to horse shows (daughters compete and also own a show horse) - so I'm a little sensitive to that "beating a dead horse" thing. ha ha.

I'll give the fuse thing a try - but the repair tech did say that Chrysler star service engineers did acknowledge that there is a problem with the symtoms I have - reading high battery voltage when in reality is not. The guy said that others had problem and a software upgrade is being worked on.

Question to others - how often do they seem to be offering software updates? From reading some of the threads is seems like its often but maybe not. I am just wondering how long this will take.

I am new to this forum - are there any Chrysler techs that visit this site? Anyone that uses DSLREPORTS.com will know where I am going with this. This appears to be the best forum I have found so far - having dedicated techies to the site would make it even more awesome (ala dslreports.com).

By the way - isn't it strange to be talking software upgrades for A CAR!!!!

Maybe all I need to resolve my problem is to hit control-alt delete. Ha ha.
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I spent a year in Louisville, fabulous town esp. if you are into horses. What did the bartender say to the horse? ......Why the long face? he he he
 
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