15th Dec 2009, 13:58

Just a thought, but maybe they should just take the '95 Chrysler Cirrus off the market? I have a '99, and I'm not having tranny issues, but I've had to replace plenty of parts already. In fact because somebody decided to be smart and smashed out my tail light, now I can't even find another tail light... nobody sells em.

27th Apr 2010, 19:56

Just bought a '95 Cirrus and am having limp mode problems too. Changed the solenoid and valve, and still nothing. I am going to try and change the TCM and will let everyone know.

21st Sep 2010, 00:30

I am another miserable owner of a 95 Chrysler Cirrus! Limp mode all the way! Everyday, anytime, anywhere.

9th Feb 2011, 21:50

I read all these comments and thought why does my car do all the exact same things because it is a 1997? I wont spend a dime on it because from what I read it won't help.

But it cruises great at 80 KPH.

1st Mar 2011, 21:19

1995 Chrysler Cirrus.

The car would die at stop signs, slowing down, etc. Last time it happened at a stop sign, it sounded like it ran out of gas and would not start again, so I had it towed home. There was no spark, changed the fuel pump, filter and relay and still won't start, just turns over still not spark.

Anyone have this problem and what was the fix?

4th Mar 2011, 01:56

95 Cirrus owner who has had all the same problems with the tranny. I saw one comment about how someone came to a stop sign, and the car shut off and wouldn't start after that. Happened to me; turned out to be the ignition coil. Just to let you know, the coil is part of the distributor and can't be changed by itself. You have to buy the whole distributor ($200). That's what happened to me anyway.

The tranny problem, I'm still working on. If I come up with anything, I'll let you know. Good luck!

23rd Mar 2011, 13:52

I have a 95 Cirrus and I cannot figure out what is wrong with it. The computer will not read the codes and I have had to change the fuel pump and regulator, the fuel filter and map sensor. Nothing has changed. The problem I am having is that when you give the car gas, it chokes out and spits smoke back though the air intake. It idles fine when it just sits there.

If anyone can help me, please let me know.

Thanks again,


29th Sep 2011, 22:38

1995 Cirrus 2.5L... Nightmare. A charitable party gave it to my sister in Spring 2010. Died in the driveway promptly. Dealer said new ECM; they were wrong, it was the distributor (fixed myself). Also fixed myself instrument cluster issues: Power resistors on the cluster board too hot for lead solder (sublimation), re-soldered with lead free solder. Tach/ODO has worked ever since.

Tranny goes to limp mode as the under hood temperature rises. Code 41 (low/rev solenoid circuit). Replaced solenoid block and checked wiring, I'm down to the TCM being the culprit. Chrysler couldn't have put the ECM/TCM in a worse spot, baking inches away from an exhaust manifold. Until I figure a permanent solution for keeping the computer modules cool, pulling the high fan relay triggers the ECM to run cooling fans on low all the time (noisy but no limp). No sense in baking a new TCM until I figure a way to keep it cool.

Brake lines rust prematurely (replaced both).

Notched rings on halfshafts work loose, tripping ABS light and rattling. Glue back in place with RTV immediately or they scrape against/damage the wheel sensor (expensive). Note in-harness wire splices are just crimped together copper strands, sometimes dipped in hot glue, with no solder. Yikes!

7th Jan 2012, 19:41

Sorry for any wrong spelling, my English is on an 80% level, I'm able to read it very well, but I'm not as good speaking or writing it.

Well I'm from Guanajuato, Mexico, and I ended owning an American 95 Chrysler Cirrus, and yes it does the so called limp mode crap too, it just gets stuck in 2nd gear, reverse, neutral and parking only.

I don't know what to do, I just have 2 weeks with this car, don't know if it has to do with the weather or temperature (the temperature here is barely between 15 and 30 Celsius degrees), because it always does it when I start it off, I mean when the engine is still cold.

When the engine has just warmed up a bit, after 20 minutes running and 4 or 5 times of switching it on and off, my car runs just fine, but I don't want this problem to get worse, please anybody help. Believe me, it's even worse when you live in a country where you can't even find one reliable and really prepared mechanic you can trust, they just tell you that you have to get a new transmission, and here it costs like 2000 bucks. Some of them don't even know how to spell solenoid correctly in Spanish. Yeah, I know I live in the worst place to have an American car, but I think I'll just have to fix it myself, I just hope I will be able to do it.

People be careful either in Mexico or in U.S.; don't buy this car!!!

24th Aug 2012, 10:21

I have a 95 Cirrus, and had the limp mode problem. After 2 years I found a solution. I had changed the TCM 2 times and all the sensors... the transmission was recently rebuilt before I bought the car. The TCM is bad in that car... that year. You need to get a 1996 TCM for a Sebring or Cirrus. I know that Chrysler states that that year is not compatible, but it will still work. I believe that the 1995 modules are all bad. I got a Sebring and problem solved... shifts are much better. The only problem is you no longer are able to manually shift the car into low gear... but putting the car into drive with overdrive works perfectly... shifts perfect. No limp mode problems.

8th Sep 2014, 16:48

We had a car that did the same thing. The problem was the catalytic converter. You know it is part of the exhaust system, and it gets clogged up. When we put a new one on, the car ran like new.

9th Sep 2014, 18:21

I had this model brand new in black. In the period I had it, there were no issues up to 36000 miles. Of course it was a new car then.

At the time the styling was very modern and I got a lot of compliments. The handling was quite good with the wheelbase. I also liked the trunk lid design, enabling a straight up hinge design. When new the black was sharp. That's my 2 cents.

I never had it in a shop; just changed the oil and normal minor issues. It's often enlightening hearing the difference in owner stories. Since it's nearly 2 decades later, it became a different review vs my own.

23rd Jan 2015, 02:13

Try changing the ignition coil, happy days.

17th Mar 2015, 08:59

Okay so I have owned both a 1995 and 1999 model Cirrus. Obviously the troublemaker is the 1995 model, just as many of you have mentioned here. I have dealt with the bogging engine from a clogged cat/faulty sensor to the notorious "Limp Mode" from the transmission. If you still have this specific model year of this car, I am here to offer two fixes for the "Limp Mode" issue to save you a lot of headaches and money from junking the car, or paying for unnecessary transmission rebuilds.

A little history:

The 1995 Cirrus/Stratus twins are the oddballs of the Chrysler "Cloud Car" family, and the only model year using the OBDI diagnostic system that requires a DRBIII scan tool, and these are also the only Clouds that use a transmission that is different from their younger siblings.

The 1995 models use the same tranny that can be found in all of the 1993-1995 Chrysler minivans, such as the Town and Country, Voyager, and Caravan. They use the old A604 tranny with a neutral safety switch and range switch, versus the ones on the '96 and newer Clouds and minivans, which have a 41TE tranny that has a range sensor that integrates the two switches into one unit inside the transmission itself.

How to fix? Hit a junkyard and get a salvaged transmission control module, as they range from $25-$50 depending on where you go.

Option 1.) Get a TCM from a 1996 or newer Cirrus, Stratus, Breeze or Sebring. The part I used was MOPAR Part#: 4606166 The problem with this fix is your shift indicators will not work properly and you will no longer have the ability to manually shift into lower gears or have operating backup lamps. However you will not have any more random "Limp Mode".

Option 2.) Get a TCM from a Chrysler minivan from model years 1993-1995, as they use the same tranny as mentioned above. This is the best option, as I have encountered no issues and everything works properly as if it were factory. The TCM to look for is under MOPAR Part#: 4686606. I highly recommend this fix as I have put several thousand miles on my 1995 Cirrus with no additional tranny issues and retained all of my vehicles functionality. In fact, it shifts much better with this TCM installed!

Bottom Line:

It is 99.9% likely that "Limp Mode" is caused by the Transmission Control Module AKA the TCM Computer failing. I suspect all the control modules under MOPAR Part#: 4606105 are faulty and should be replaced in these vehicles.

Link for more information: http://www.stratusphere.net/forums/index.php?/topic/54269-alternative-1995-cirrus-stratus-transaxle-control-module/

6th Sep 2015, 21:29

Thanks for sharing the idea of swapping the 95 Cirrus TCM with one from a 93-95 mini-van. I put one off of a 94 Caravan on my 30mph non-shifting Cirrus today. Going 80 and the AC is ice-cold. Great tip!