My horn goes starts sounding when we get heavy wind blown rain. The dealer replaced the fuse block, but it is still going off by itself. The only way to stop it is to pull the fuse. My car is a 2005 Chrysler Touring.
I bought a 06 300 3.5 new in 2006.
@ 3,000 miles a rear tire blew out @ 70 MPH.
The navigation system went out @ 5,000 miles.
The oil pump went out @ 30,000 miles, a bushing or sleeve was found in the oil pan.
The car splutters at idle at times.
Paint started to peel at 6,000 miles.
The front lower engine cover blew off on the interstate.
This car has been a total piece of crap.
Never will I buy a Chrysler product again!
"@ 3,000 miles a rear tire blew out @ 70 MPH."
A tire blowing out is no fault of the vehicle manufacture. It's either a defect with the tire, a damaged tire, or lack of maintenance that causes a blow-out (overinflated tires can blow-out).
I too own a 300 with the 3.5L that eats a lot of oil; 3 quarts in 5000 miles.
Has anyone gotten a satisfactory answer as to why? Not just the excuse that it is normal. It is absolutely not normal for a properly designed and assembled engine to consume that much oil.
Disappearing Oil Act.
I am hoping that my experience described below might turn on some light bulbs for any of you guys out there. I remain puzzled.
I am experiencing a similar issue with my 2007 300 (3.5L V6). Bought it used from a Chrysler dealership with 33,000 KM on it.
Engine started making an an unusual ticking noise, and about the same time I noticed that the oil was being consumed. Topped it up (level was at/below the 'min' level on the scale) and brought it in to the dealership. I was immediately told (lectured / scolded even) how 1 qt for every 1500 km is WITHIN TOLERANCE. During this same visit, a warranty issue with the lifters was discovered and corrected.
After this the ticking was gone, but the oil 'consumption' issue remained.
Slightly before my next oil change, engine light came on. Engine would occasionally rumble the car while idling, and at higher rpm would cause the car to shake, as though I were driving over a rumble strip.
Brought 'er in again, was 'reminded' about the oil consumption spec, and let the guys go to work.
Long story short (not really short), I was told that their diagnosis was carbon build up on the valves, and was then charged for the diagnosis, and 'treatment'.. now the car hasn't ran better.
Sorry for the lack of details, this happened a couple of days ago and I am on the road for work (flew out) and haven't the paperwork with me, nor an adequate memory.
We have started the sacred oil consumption test to monitor the oil.
There are only 45,000 km on this vehicle, and I agree with the other posters here, that it seems very unusual that a vehicle should burn/consume oil at such a high rate, and still be considered operating normally.
My suspicion is that the other couple of issues that I have run into are related to my oil problem, but I lack the vehicular knowledge to draw any conclusions myself.
So sorry that I did not have a straight-up experience of a reasonable answer to the 'oil consumption question', but maybe the experience I have had can help someone else out.
Please leave your comments.
I also have a 2007 300 with 3.5 V6. It has been using 3 to 4 qts of oil between changes (no smoking and no leaks).
I have the oil changed every 3000 miles. This car only has 31000 miles on it.
I have a 2005 Chrysler Limited which I bought off the lot brand new and have had multiple problems with the front end and now the transmission. I have also had problems with the brake light going on even when not putting the emergency brake on. After spending over $32K for a brand new car I have had to replace inner and outer tire rods and now the transmission.
Yes, nice looking car; but, very poorly made and from what I have found in researching, the nightmare goes on.
I bought a Chrysler 300 Touring 3.5 V-6 engine new in 2006. I always had the car serviced at the dealership for oil changes @ 3000 mile or 3 month intervals. I started noticing excessive oil usage 1-2 qt @ 1000-1500 mile intervals. I now pack at least a qt spare, shameful for a practically new car.
I mentioned the problem to my service adviser at the dealership; he showed me an official looking paper stating that this was normal. I now discover after checking my owners manual that I should be using 10-30w, but the dealership admittedly realized the error and changed from 5-20w to the recommended 10-30w.
I am now at 53,236 miles, the response is now, this correction should slow down your oil consumption problem. I won't buy one again, and don't hesitate to mention to friends who have purchased or about to buy one, to think twice.
I'm not sure about the oil issues out there, but as far as the light going in and out, you should check your EGR flow sensor. The piece itself costs 79.00, and a good mechanic will charge you about 55 to 100 dollars to put it in. The dealership will charge about 350.00 for everything. I love my car, even if there is a problem every now and then, it's better the walking. Thank you God for my car.
Car lights is light switch itself; if you turn lights on and disconnect the switch, basically you will just have running lights.
As for the tires, Chrysler has a defect on front chamber, they know this, but didn't tell anyone. So the tires wear on the inside.
With the oil disappearing problem, I stopped going to Jiffy Lube and started changing the oil myself. Jiffy uses Quaker State (sucks). Once I changed to Mobil 1000 (conventional oil for newer cars, NOT the synthetic blend or full synthetic) and Mobil 1 oil filters, I have not had to add a drop of oil between changes, and my car's at 282000km. I even tried Castrol; that was good too (must be something with QS).
I started getting the tranny shutter just recently. I threw a bottle of transmission conditioner in tonight. Gonna see how that works.
Other than that, my front end has been giving me grief; ball joints... tie rods... control arms blah blah... cheap repairs (knock on wood)...
Oh ya... wiggle and tighten your battery terminals, and re-seat ALL your fuses and relays.
I have a Chrysler 300, 2007 V-6. Oil consumption was a big problem. After many tries to fix the problem, I changed to Pennzoil High Mileage 10-30. Oil goes down a little under the full mark and stays there. Hope this helps. Jim.