26th Nov 2006, 00:48

1995 Chrysler Cirrus

Has anybody tried the (ATF+3) transmission fluid to see if the problem stops.The problem being limp mode or down shifting. Thanks Chris.

21st Dec 2006, 17:06

I have a 95 Cirrus with the tranny trouble at 92000 miles. Replaced the solenoid pack 600 miles ago and it seems to have fixed it.

25th Dec 2006, 09:15

This is c_phan@yahoo.com my car still run fine, but I noticed that My TCM get really hot if I am rushed on the road so I Moved the TCM to where the air box was, and I will, but the custom air filter there because the TCM took space of the air filter box. I made a long trips about 16 hours and the car run fine as of this point. Good luck everyone...

22nd Mar 2007, 06:40

Similar problems with Dodge Intrepid covered here:


The consensus seems to be that the transmission input and output sensors fail, causing the transmission to go into "LimpMode" which limits forward speeds to 1st and 2nd gear. Sensor replacement is possible for do-it-yourself mechanics. Sensors are sold at parts stores.

Diagram of sensor locations is here for Intrepid:


22nd Apr 2007, 06:18

I would get another opinion, what was happening to your car?

4th Jun 2007, 12:13

Hey- I have the same problem with my Chrysler going into "limp mode" whenever it feels like it. I have tried to get it fixed with no luck- by changing the solenoids. So far nobody seems to be able to tell me what the problem is. Has anyone had better luck? If so, what ended up being the cause of this problem. Please e-mail me with any advise to:



6th Jun 2007, 12:57

I posted the problem about my car last december I car still run fine without limp mode problem.. my email is c_phan@yahoo.com... tell me how your car get into limp mode maybe I can help!!! good luck to all cirrus owner!!!

13th Jun 2007, 20:00

I have a 97 Cirrus and the transmission went bad. I took it to the dealer and they put a "kit" in it to fix it for $2300 (they told me a completely new tranny would cost $3200.) Roughly one week later the car starts bucking and grinding. I take it back to the dealer -this time they tell it's some sort of transmission computer/sensor? that's gone bad. This will cost another $1500. I feel like I'm being scammed/ duped/ bamboozled-you name it. I'm so pissed. Does this sound like I'm being taken for a ride by this dealership?

13th Jul 2007, 22:29

I have a 95 Concord, the first time my car went into limp home mode was at 95,000 miles, I had three garages and a dealer tell me I needed a new transmission. I took the car to a reputable dealership which changed the transmission fluid and cleaned the filter. The car rode well for another 8,000 miles and then the problem started happening again. I bought a Volvo as my primary car and kept the Concord as my back and forth to work car. For me the car keeps staying in second gear when starting up, I shut off the motor and restart and it goes on its way until I have to stop and then make a right hand turn, at which time it will usually go into limp home mode again. This continues until the car warms up, and the problem seems to abate. The condition is worse for me when it is raining or very damp, and much better in hot dry weather.

29th Aug 2007, 13:30

I bought my Chrysler Cirrus "new" in 1995. The car has 24 valves with the 2.5 liter engine and ran "beautifully." The car only has 66,000 miles on it. About 4 months ago, it started going into "limp mode." It only happened on occasion. Finally, I thought I better get it fixed as my son uses it for college and work. I have replaced the solenoid, transmission fluid, in-put & out-put sensors, and a Transmission Control module. I have spent $1,000 and guess what?...IT STILL GOES INTO LIMP MODE WHEN IT FEELS LIKE IT!

I went to a Chrysler garage and they did not have any more answers than anyone else. I can't believe these mechanics have not come across these Chrysler problems any more than they have?

I cannot justify putting any more money into it, or putting in a new transmission, as I am not sure that would even fix it. What a great car it was until this happened!!

I will try some cheap "transmission aditives" like some of you have suggested. Can't hurt, at this stage.

Let me know if anything else comes up?

12th Sep 2007, 10:10

Hi, I have a 1995 Chrysler Cirrus that I have had for 4 years.

Last winter my water pump went out with no warning. Then when the summer began, it started going in to limp. I have changed my solenoid pack, speed sendor and computer, and some wiring, and it's still going into limp. But it seems worse now; when I am going about 40mph it feels like it slows down and gets to 20mph and jerks, and when I put more gas it will speed up, but sound like it is in N gear.

I have spent a lot of money on this car, and I love this car. Any help would be nice. I know it has bad wiring problem, as where my miles are displayed goes off and on. And the air will kick the def. on, and I don't have it turned on at all.

Thank you.


3rd Nov 2007, 09:58

I'm trying to get the tachometer working on my 95 Cirrus. Is there a common problem, where does it pick up it's signal, where is the sensor located and what colour are the wires on that circuit?

10th Nov 2007, 20:12

I'm having the same transmission problems like everybody here (limp mode). I got the car 2 weeks ago. I'll take it to the mechanic next week, and I'll tell you guys what happened OK. This car looks like a bad buy.

24th Dec 2007, 20:19

I have bought a 95 Cirrus LXi a week ago. The transmission is leaking. Any ideas on which seal this would be for sure???. Sounds like I shouldn't have bothered with this car, but it's a really nice ride anyway. ohpleez0300@yahoo.com

30th Jan 2008, 20:54

Just another unfortunate '95 Cirrus buyer. Have had the car since 97 and it's been idle more than I've drove it.

Have to agree with everyone on loving the car except for it's "psycho" mentality. The limp mode thing has cost me about a $1000 recently with Chrysler, and more in the past when I got the nerve to try my luck with other mechanics that thought they may be able to fix it.

Anyone who has found anything recently please let me know... it's very appreciated. Don't have the heart to "junk" a $13,000 car, but hate to put another dime into it! I'll never buy Chrysler again.

You would think with as much trouble as everyone has had over this, Chrysler would have figured out the problem! Thanks for any advice. marlajo1234@peoplepc.com

20th May 2008, 08:30

Well, I too have the dreaded "limp mode" with my 95 Cirrus. It's my first car and have had it for a couple of years now. Having about 116,000 miles on it, it's easy to say that driving any far distance is out of the question for me, because of it downshifting on itself, and limiting me to going about 35-40 mph. Needless to say, I hate my car.

It's getting inspected as I type, and I don't really want to see the results, because I believe there will be some HUGE transmission problem...

If all else fails, I'm considering either a full transmission flush and replacing the filter, or possibly giving the solenoids a check/replacement.

Just sucks when you don't feel safe getting into your own car... thanks Chrysler.