1999 Chrysler Concorde Reviews - Page 5 of 10

1999 Chrysler Concorde from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
Engine and transmission Automatic
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.7 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance23500 kilometres
Previous carPontiac Bonneville

Summary:

Wonderful car, but the reliability does not inspire confidence

Faults:

At approx. 10,000 km, the following items stopped working, and were fixed under warranty:

Like every other Chrysler of this vintage, the driver's side power window stopped working.

Both remotes broke.

The power trunk release broke.

The wind deflector for the sunroof was sticky.

Also, the windshield has distortions in the glass at both sides and at the bottom. I have driven other Chrysler cars of this design and it seems to be present in all these Chrysler cars. While it is not a problem, it is a bit distracting and something I have never seen in a car made since the 1950's.

General Comments:

This car was bought new and is driven by my 74 year old father. Since he drives very little these days, the car has only 23,500 km (about 15,000 miles) after 6 years of ownership.

If we knew at the time how unreliable some of these cars are, we may have bought something else. Realistically, the problems it has had were disappointing, considering the low mileage when they appeared.

Hopefully, the car will hold up until my dad gives up driving.

However, I do like the function and performance very much. The steering and brakes are exceptionally precise and communicative. In hard cornering and braking, the car performs very well, especially considering its size and considering that it is not intended to be a "performance" car, like the Chrysler 300.

The ride is firm, in a sporty way, but very comfortable. Ideally, with 3 people and luggage, the suspension damping is not quite firm enough, allowing just a hint of too much suspension rebound or bounce over larger bumps. However, with a lighter load, its just about perfect.

The 3.2 liter engine is very smooth, quiet and powerful. It would be nice to have a bit more power at low revs, but once the engine spins past 3500 rpm, it is more than adequate.

The interior is very well laid out and all controls are easy to use. However, I would prefer that the steering wheel be closer to the driver.

The back seat and trunk are simply huge and roomy.

Overall, it is a terrific and very satisfying car, but I am concerned about its long term reliability.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th April, 2005

27th Mar 2009, 11:41

I wrote this review 4 years ago, and am updating it now.

The car has only accumulated 14,000 km since the initial review. Total is 37,050 km now, (March, 2009)

The steering is slightly loose and clunks a bit. A mechanic friend of mine says it's likely the rubber bushings that mount the steering rack have developed a bit of play... apparently is a common problem in these cars.

The trunk lid supports are pooped, but are easily replaced.

The original battery is cranking a bit slow and is getting old. But IMO 10+ years on one battery is excellent.

Otherwise, everything is fine. All tires, brakes etc are still factory original and the car drives like new.

1999 Chrysler Concorde LXI V6 from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission V6 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.8 / 10
Distance when acquired38000 miles
Most recent distance82000 miles
Previous carChrysler Concorde

Summary:

A car with great looks, but garbage under the hood

Faults:

Plastic shield between windshield and hood flew off on the highway. Replacement after expired warranty: $125.

The engine cooling fan went out. Cost for replacement, labor, and various parts covered under warranty: $600.

The air conditioning system needed replacement twice while under 70,000 miles. Total cost if car had not been covered under warranty would been about $3000.

Currently needs transmission re-build or replacement, two months past warranty. Cost at dealership: $2000.

Two of the four power windows needed fixing. This was not covered under warranty. Cost $550.

Losing oil due to leaking oil pan seal. Again not covered under extended warranty.

Cost: $250.

Shift cable snapped while putting car from park into reverse, not covered under warranty. Cost: $75 towing + $300 = $375.

Total expenses not including standard oil changes, transmission fluid, brakes, and tire: $6900.

Cost of used car: $13,000

Cost of repairs: $6900

Total: $19,900.

General Comments:

The car is comfortable, spacious, sleek looks, and a decent sized engine. For all the perks, this car is quite affordable, but there are hidden costs.

I had heard that Chrysler improved its reliability since its merge with Daimler, but every Chrysler my immediate family has owned has had needed both the air conditioning and transmission replaced while still being relatively new. This has been the case with seven different cars and minivans.

If you decide to buy a Chrysler I recommend you sell or trade it in before 40,000 miles. Even so be ready to shell out some money for repairs.

This car has a lot of great features at a low price, but the cost of frequent service on the car far outweighs its positive attributes.

While the extended warranty paid for about half of the above expenses, dealerships often found excuses not to honor warranty despite supposed being coverage.

I will never buy another Chrysler product again.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 15th February, 2005

16th Feb 2005, 11:59

Yes I agree--the Chrysler Concorde is nice, but is garbage under the hood.

Last year my husband bought a 1993 Concorde for $1000.

Beautiful car. I loved the leather seats and roomy interior. It had rebuilt tranny.

But the overheating nightmare began the same week we bought it. Left us stranded many times. It lost coolant fast.

Anyway my husband ended up trading it to a GMC pickup truck. It had 250,000 miles on it, but it was better than the car!

Sorry about your bad luck.

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 35 reviews