15th Jan 2009, 01:12

With 276K miles, it sounds like it's time to upgrade to the new Sebring or Avenger.

15th Jan 2009, 19:17

Boy #2 turns 15 in April, I thought with 275K miles, I wouldn't care if he wrapped it around a tree!

21st Jan 2009, 22:11

I just bought a 99 Cirrus with 170k. Recently a red exclamation point in the dashboard came on for no apparent reason (the same one that tells you that your handbrake is pulled). Now I noticed that in order to stop the car I need to push the brake-pad all the way down. I have refilled the braking fluid which was completely empty. However the problem persists, any suggestions?

Might there be a leak somewhere? Is it save to continue driving the car as the brakes still work as long you push it all the way down?

I'm short on money, need the car, and just can't afford an expensive repair.

No $1.5 Billion bailout for Chrysler I say! If you make crappy cars and FAIL then there shouldn't be the government helping out big time. At least not in a supposedly capitalistic and "free" market.

26th Jan 2009, 14:31

I have a 1998 Cirrus LXI I have owned since new, I drove it for 4 years trouble free and gave it to my daughter when she turned 16, she has had it going on 7 years now.

Other than routine maintenance, NO PROBLEMS until now, she has about 130K miles on it and moved to school in South Dakota.

About two weeks ago the car would not start, had to jump start it, this persisted for a couple days. She took it to dealer, they checked it out and changed the battery.

About a week later she went out to start it in the morning and got the "No Bus" fault on the dash. After several tries, had it towed to dealer, when they went to start it, it did, they cannot get it to fault, any ideas or experiences are appreciated.

27th Jan 2009, 09:39

I am generally happy with my 1998 Cirrus LXi. My wife bought it new before we were married, and it now has about 112k miles.

So far, I have only really replaced maintenance items: brake pads, front struts and springs, etc. I recently flushed/replaced the radiator and transmission fluid. I did have a rear drum brake cylinder blow out, but I consider this more of a maintenance type repair than a defect.

My current problems are:

1. Oil pressure light flickers on idle.

I have been using a heavier weight oil (10-30 or heavier) to help prevent this. If it gets worse, I may try replacing the oil pressure unit.

2. Transmission fluid leak.

I think it's where the transmission line connects to the radiator. I took it to a mechanic who couldn't tell exactly where the leak was, and said the hose is hard to reach at the radiator. He also mentioned that these transmissions are known for the case leaking. If that's the case with me, he recommended not repairing it and just refilling the fluid occasionally.

3. Transmission would not engage.

When the car was cold, the transmission would not engage until the car was warmed up. I fixed this by flushing the transmission fluid, cleaning the pan, and refilling with fresh fluid. It's been fine for the past year or so.

I have not yet experienced any of the other problems that people have had with this car (thank goodness). I'm planning a cross-country drive next week. Based on all the comments here, I think I'll sign up for AAA just in case :-)

28th Jan 2009, 08:27

I have a 1998 Cirrus would not start got "No Bus" fault on dash, dealer could not replicate. Has anybody else experienced this and what was the outcome?

28th Jan 2009, 11:30

I just got a call from a car dealer to let me know about a great deal on a 1998 Cirrus, since we are car shopping for our daughter. Thankfully I found this site to read up on the potential problems. The last thing I need now is a 21 year old girl stalled on the interstate or pouring a bunch of money in a car that she can't afford anyway. Thanks all for your help! I think I'll look for the next "great deal".

4th Feb 2009, 15:20

No Bus mean bad connection with computer; you need to change and reprogram computer in order to get the car work good.

17th Feb 2009, 07:20

I have been having the same problems with my 99 Cirrus. About 6 months ago the car was having the Sudden Stop Syndrome and showing no bus. It done this for about a week until if finally wouldn’t start back. It was reading no bus. Took it to the dealership and they replaced the computer box, which was a pretty expensive repair. About a week ago it died on me again. When I took it in they said it was the fuel pump and the distributor, I had both replaced and the car still won’t start.. It’s in the shop now, hopefully they will give me a correct diagnosis today.

2nd Mar 2009, 18:22

OK so obviously everyone knows why I'm here. Same stalling problems just like everyone else. It just started happening to me about a month ago, but I haven't got it fixed yet because I don't know how much it's going to cost.

And my oil light won't go away, no matter how many times I get a oil change or what kind of oil I put in it?

Anyone has any suggestions on what I should try to get fixed first to stop the stalling problem? PLEASE... HELP ME!!!!!!

7th Mar 2009, 07:58

Hi all you frustrated Chrysler Cirrus fans!!!

I have been going through all of your problems with my 1998 Chrysler Cirrus too. Presently I had the crankshaft sensor and a new distributor put in, and it seemed to cure the problems. A month later the car would not start. Ran a code search with a friends scanner, no codes found. We asked a Chrysler mechanic, he told us to get a new computer, we installed a rebuilt computer {auto computer exchange $259.00} still no start, have spark and fuel pressure, but spark is intermittent. Anyone with any info, please help, My wife and I have about spent $1500.00 since the problem began. We now have to save our car.

P.s. Sign me up for the class action suit against Chrysler, our car died in a rain storm going down a 14 degree hill with sharp turns with our three children in car. A trailer truck was behind us when car stalled and almost pushed us out of the way with his bumper!!! Thanks to the great driver he missed!!!

7th Mar 2009, 15:38

Hi... here we go again with another car (Chrysler Cirrus 98) with the no start problem. I have had this car for a 1 1/2 yrs. I've replaced all the brakes, bearings, and belts.

In the last month I had to replaced the thermostat and I flushed out the radiator; now it won't start. I was driving along just fine, ran into a store, came out and it wouldn't start (had to be towed). Everything comes on when you turn the key so I don't believe it's the battery. It sounds like it's turning over, but won't start!!! Anybody with any suggestions???

After reading all the comments I believe we should all get together and have Chrysler fix these problems (as other people have suggested). This is ridiculous!!!