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Hi again I find I am having issues with this damn car
I was driving on the highway did about 80 got on to the offramp did 40 and 2 miles down the road I hear a funny noise and the car slowed down to a dead stop transmission was dead nothing nada . i called for a tow waited two hours for that ( thanks chrysler ) they came towed my car to the Dealer needless to say the transmission worked again.. Well I have had the car in three times for trannie issues and i am done with the car .. I have no faith it is reliable .. how do i get this lemoned and waht on earth is causing these problems ? :eek:uch: Im really :AR15firin up
 

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It's probably the water issue again. When the tranny gets hot the water boils and foams up the tranny fluid. It only takes 1/2 ounce of water to cause problems. The pump and converter are spinning in a foamy homogenized mess and the pump looses it's prime. After it cools or just stopping the car the pump usually primes again. It works again until it gets hot or more water enters from the air conditioner drip path or even touch less high pressure car washes. Eventually the tranny burns up. My dealer couldn't find the problem and said the problem needed to be repeated before they would do the TSB. By the time they admitted it had a problem it needed a full rebuild and would not move. It took 40 days for the rebuild. After that Chrysler sent me a bunch of lemon money but I still I traded mine in for a SRT-8.
 

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Mine is in the shop now for a little tranny work. Complete failure at 9000 mi. on car. Had TSB done at 6000 mi. and drove great for 1 month. TSB did not solve problem. I will post the dealer explanation and repair performed.
 

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300C_AWD said:
It's probably the water issue again. When the tranny gets hot the water boils and foams up the tranny fluid. It only takes 1/2 ounce of water to cause problems. The pump and converter are spinning in a foamy homogenized mess and the pump looses it's prime. After it cools or just stopping the car the pump usually primes again. It works again until it gets hot or more water enters from the air conditioner drip path or even touch less high pressure car washes. Eventually the tranny burns up. My dealer couldn't find the problem and said the problem needed to be repeated before they would do the TSB. By the time they admitted it had a problem it needed a full rebuild and would not move. It took 40 days for the rebuild. After that Chrysler sent me a bunch of lemon money but I still I traded mine in for a SRT-8.
Thanks for that excellent description of just how the water in the tranny problem manifests itself, 300C_AWD--most informative and helpful. :)

BTW, at the last post of yours I could find back when your ride had a tranny problem, the dealer had had your car for 2 1/2 weeks and you were less than pleased with the whole process up to that point. :AR15firin How'd it turn out?
 

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Been There...Done That !!..LOL
Went through all that heartache at 1780 miles,tranny had the water issue.
Took 'em 6 days,but I got a NEW Transmission..Not one problem since...7K miles now
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Meister said:
Thanks for that excellent description of just how the water in the tranny problem manifests itself, 300C_AWD--most informative and helpful. :)

BTW, at the last post of yours I could find back when your ride had a tranny problem, the dealer had had your car for 2 1/2 weeks and you were less than pleased with the whole process up to that point. :AR15firin How'd it turn out?
I had the car in for the tSB ( after giving them the number from this board) I have not had any problems since , But im really hacked actually Im concerned about the safety of a vehicle that loses a transmission after overheating Thanks for the replies i will update as i go
 

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I had the car in for the tSB ( after giving them the number from this board) I have not had any problems since , But im really hacked actually Im concerned about the safety of a vehicle that loses a transmission after overheating Thanks for the replies i will update as i go
Well I got a call from my service advisor
he said they had the trannie out an it had a "mechanical failure " they just dont know what type !!

Well I said I wanted a new transmission he said no way. :banana: Chrysler :banana: would not allow that . Well Im so upset and concerned I really have lost faith in the safety of this car... I did see a nice little SRT8 that kinda peeked my interest .. So i will see what happens re the lemon law
 

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rob said:
Well I got a call from my service advisor
he said they had the trannie out an it had a "mechanical failure " they just dont know what type !!

Well I said I wanted a new transmission he said no way. :banana: Chrysler :banana: would not allow that . Well Im so upset and concerned I really have lost faith in the safety of this car... I did see a nice little SRT8 that kinda peeked my interest .. So i will see what happens re the lemon law
so far its a torque something or other failure, called Chrysler again they are looking at the problem so not sure what the outcome will be :banana: told them i was not happy with my car of the year ! :fing26: and i wanted a new one
 

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rob said:
so far its a torque something or other failure, called Chrysler again they are looking at the problem so not sure what the outcome will be :banana: told them i was not happy with my car of the year ! :fing26: and i wanted a new one
Chrysler says they are putting in a new trannie will this solve the problems
 

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hey rob, 05 or 06 model?
 

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Lemon Money? Does anyone know who to contact at Chrysler that can get results?

Does anyone know who to contact at Chrysler that can get results?

I just went through this crap myself (got my car back today after 30 days in the shop for a rebuild caused by water in the tranny). It's the second time in 4500 miles I had to bring it in for tranny issues. Isn't Lemon Law "3" times?

The first time I was sent off in naive bliss when the Service Mgr (different dealership than the one that recently rebuilt the tranny) claimed the TSB was an '05 issue only (I have an '06) and had nothing to worry about. That this is an '05 issue only is B.S.

I also went through a 4 hour wait for a tow (yes FOUR HOURS-no lie; but hey, I was in a town with only a HUNDRED THOUSAND people so I'm sure tow trucks were scarce). But at least I was comforted when they kept telling me every fifteen minutes that the truck was "only 15 minutes away".

Apparently it's Chrysler (Dis)-Service Policy to rebuild if the tranny is less than 70% fried. Brilliant! So I now have a pretty much new car (4500 miles) with a "rebuilt", not a new, transmission. Thanks, I'll be back shortly to buy more products from your company...


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It's probably the water issue again. When the tranny gets hot the water boils and foams up the tranny fluid. It only takes 1/2 ounce of water to cause problems. The pump and converter are spinning in a foamy homogenized mess and the pump looses it's prime. After it cools or just stopping the car the pump usually primes again. It works again until it gets hot or more water enters from the air conditioner drip path or even touch less high pressure car washes. Eventually the tranny burns up. My dealer couldn't find the problem and said the problem needed to be repeated before they would do the TSB. By the time they admitted it had a problem it needed a full rebuild and would not move. It took 40 days for the rebuild. After that Chrysler sent me a bunch of lemon money but I still I traded mine in for a SRT-8.
 

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Ohhhh great. I have an 06 w/ 3kmiles and I just felt something odd in the tranny for the first time.

PLEASE POST THIS TSB.
 

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My Ongoing Transmission 'Horror Story'...

...The Saga Continues :eek5:

Well, I know that I've posted this problem before and although many of you have probably already read it, I'm posting it again for those of you who possibly haven't. Here's my ongoing transmission 'horror story' saga:

The last time I had my dealer delve into this problem was on Thursday, 09/15/05, and again I was told that they were 'unable to duplicate the problem' and that 'no error codes were found'. The service writer also had the nerve to tell me that it might be caused by my 'Ultimate Pedals', until I told her that the pedals were a recent addition and that the problem has been inherent since the day I purchased my car (12/21/04). They did at least take care of that annoying windshield/dashboard clacking noise (like a rock hit the windshield) per the DCX 'TSB'.

I've owned my car for about ten months now and I've put about 4,500 miles on the odometer so far. Although this problem is intermittent, it's nevertheless reoccurring without any specific frequency and I've now experienced it eleven times already...the last time being (09/15/05) while enroute to my Chrysler dealer to have this problem actually looked into once again. It seems that nothing specific brings it on; i.e., driving style (I drive relatively easily), road type, weather conditions, whether my car is cold or has been warmed-up for a while, brand/octane of fuel used, etc. I've previously contacted Chrysler Customer Service about this problem as well, but it's all been to no avail. Here's what I've advised them all:

Sometimes my '300 Touring' (3.5 L HO V6) just ‘lunges’ forward, while I’m stopped at a stoplight, for no apparent reason. This has occurred on several occasions whether my car is ‘cold’ and/or after it has ‘warmed-up’ for a while. Sometimes, even with the brake pedal firmly depressed, it’ll still ‘lunge’ forward…feeling as if my car will fly right through the intersection.

On 04/04/05, while I was stopped at a stoplight behind another vehicle, my car ‘lunged’ forward once again, but this time causing me to rear-end the vehicle in front of me…causing damage to the front of my car, as well as to the rear of the other car. To make matters even worse, I was actually enroute to my local ‘Five Star’ Chrysler dealer to have a ‘Recall Notice’ issue taken car of (for inappropriate gauge cluster readings).

On several occasions prior to the accident, I had advised my dealer about the possible transmission problem, but each time I was told that my car’s complicated electronics/computer systems were in fact actually just trying to become accustomed to my particular driving style, and that these systems would adjust accordingly. On the day of the accident and during subsequent visits, I had asked my dealer try to determine the cause of and rectify this particular problem; however, each time I’ve been advised that either they could not duplicate the problem or have they haven’t ever heard of anything like this before.

Well, the last appointment to have this issue looked into once again at my sales/service 'Five Star' Chrysler dealer was on Thursday, 09/15/05. Unfortunately, since my usual service writer would be on vacation, he told me to bring my car in anyway. Although he conveniently seemed to have forgotten my name and particular circumstances, I again reminded him that although I had brought my vehicle into them to have this problem looked into on several prior occasions (while in conjunction with additional service work), the issue was evidently never addressed nor rectified.

I’ve read on a few Chrysler LX platform internet forums that some other owners have also experienced similar type of transmission problems, so, I’m wondering if my problem might now just not be an isolated incident. Aside from having this troublesome and dangerous problem immediately rectified, I would also like to obtain some previously requested documentation from Chrysler identifying the actual existence of this particular problem, so that I can present this documentation to my automobile insurance company. This incident has now tarnished my flawless driving record, as well as also caused me to pay a higher insurance premium. Any and all assistance would be appreciated. Thank you for your time and consideration.


Well, to date, DCX has still not responded to my numerous requests asking to be put in contact with the proper individuals responsible for handling such problems. Because of DCX disinterest regarding my particular circumstance, I have already filed an appropriate complaint with the federal office of the NHTSA so that other '300 series' owners will be able to read and learn that their similar vehicle problem may not be an isolated incident after all. :wink1:
 

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M&M said:
HEMEE posted another thread that linked to the TSB. Here is the direct link to it. Good luck!

http://www.300cforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=5545&highlight=water+transmission
Thanks M&M, the reason I linked to that thread instead of the TSB directly is because there is a lot of detail there about various symptoms, etc that others may find helpful in determining if they have the same problem.

Mr.DJ, sounds like a broken record! I'm so sorry you're going through this... again... still.
Ultimate Pedals as the cause... that's rich :dunce:
 

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mvpatriot said:
hey rob, 05 or 06 model?
MV my sa car is an 05

I m really annoyed and concerned that this vehicle is unsafe and I can no longer feel comfortable with my family in it $42,000 in the drain something needs to be done by Chrysler as this problem seems to be inherant in the vehicle :AR15firin
 

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Yesterday my car was in for a 6000 mile service,I asked the service manager about any problems with the tranny's,he told me that there were none except for the Jeep that get's water in from the airconditioner. I have no problem now @ hope not to,I told him to log on this forum. Good luck to all with the problems.
 

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Water-in-the-Tranny Epidemic at Chrysler-Jeep?

For those of you who are arguing your case about tranny problems with the 300C, you may want to read the news article about the recall on Jeeps. Seems they have a problem with water leaking from the air-conditioning system into the tranny. What a shocker that must be to all those suffering the problem in the 300C.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,169584,00.html

http://www.consumeraffairs.com/recalls04/2005/jeep_grand_cherokee.html

http://autoadvice.about.com/b/a/203575.htm
 

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Thanks for that SAPG... I don't know what transmission these are running, but since the articles cite the 3.7 models, for the 300 maybe it's not only C owners that should be wary.

Like I said before, I asked my dealer to do the TSB as a preventive measure and they were only too happy to do it. If your delership won't, perhaps you need to report an intermittent 'shudder' and be armed with a thread printout for the inevitable "cannot duplicate the problem"
 
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