1998 Chrysler Cirrus LXi from North America
Costly and mysterious
I just purchased a 98 Chrysler Cirrus Lxi this past year. The car ran great and I fell in love with it.
Within the last two months however; I want to dump it. I haven't had the car stop while driving, but I got a 6th cylinder misfire code one day when the engine light came on. I had the plugs and wires replaced. No engine light since.
Since then my car has been back to the mechanic because the car will start one day and not another. It also jerks when it does decide to start like the plugs are missing and when coming to a stop, it acts as if it wants to stall. So back to the mechanic, distributor cap and rotor was replaced with no improvement.
Then we tried replacing the crank shaft sensor. Car drove for a day and then wouldn't start the next. It started today but not yesterday. I'm scared to drive it anywhere because it still jerks, and I'm afraid that if I go to a store and come back out, it may not start again. No engine codes are showing up and the mechanic is puzzled. He seems to think (after talking to a friend from a dealer) that's it's the distributor. Part is $1300. I'm just not sure if it's worth putting it on for that amount. I could get a used car at the price that it is costing to get these repairs.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 7th February, 2009
16th Jul 2009, 16:15
If it's the distributor, for a 1998 Chrysler Cirrus LXI I priced one at a Auto Zone and it was only like $230.00. So check with Auto Zone first, because it will not cost no $1,300.00 for a distributor. And also another thing to consider if it really is the distributor, there is something wrong inside the engine, and it's not worth fixing. It could possibly only happen again... big problems...
14th Mar 2010, 22:04
Been down this road. My 98 Cirrus stopped dead in its tracks. Computer showed no codes. No check engine light. Sometimes it would start and die. After running a lot of diagnostics of my own, including a new engine computer, I put in a rebuilt distributor and a new crank sensor. That did the trick. Still get Check engine light for misfires on like 4 different cylinders but it runs fine so I just leave the check engine light on. Good luck. BTW this engine is prone to distributor failures, because the electronics and coil are in it.