4th Jul 2007, 21:38
I bought 96 Concorde new. It has 252,000 miles on it, but needs an engine replacement. I've got an engine.
I purchased a 95 used, but had an accident with it.
I bought a 95 with 117,000 on EBay ($742) and drove it to 181,000. That is the first 3.3 I have seen wear out.
I bought a 94 with 111,000 for $1400 two years ago that now has 177,000 miles on it. It intermittently stalls and will restart after cooling down. If I pour water directly on the intake manifold it will restart in about 5 minutes, otherwise it restarts in 30-40 minutes. I've replaced the coil and most of the sensors, but still can't fix it.
I just bought a 93 with 91,000 on it from a friend for $1500. His wife wanted a newer car. My guess is I'll still be driving the Concorde when she trades the new car in.
My wife, kids and co-workers think I'm obsessed. I will admit they are probably right. I love to drive and these are some of the most comfortable highway cars made. I get decent fuel mileage, around 26 in the 3.3, 23 in the 3.5. These cars are getting old enough that I can get some very good prices. I live in Montana where rust is not the factor it is in other places.
11th Jul 2007, 22:34
I own a 1998 Concorde, and it has been a great car for the most part. Recently, I started experiencing intermittent engine stalls on the highway. This went on for a few weeks. The car would lose power, and then the engine would kick in again and it would be OK. Cost me $200 to replace the Crank Shaft Position Sensor. Also the digital read out for the climate control shut off a year ago. Other than that it has been a nice luxurious car.
8th Aug 2007, 16:37
I have had a 94 Concorde for a couple of years now. It's the 3.5 and outside of a map sensor I changed 4 times it's great.
The only problem I have now is my A/C is fully charged, it works great for about 4 days then nothing, but warm air. I checked it for leaks and it's still full. Not a huge deal, but its annoying when it's 100 deg. and humid and I'm stuck on the George Washington bridge in NYC for an hour going 5 miles during that time.
5th Dec 2007, 15:46
My 94 concorde is great EXcept for the trans. it jerks as I'm downshifting and I gotta kill it before I can take off again, anybody experience this?
8th May 2008, 10:34
Thanks to all who have posted with comments about their Concordes. I also have a 1994 Concorde with the 3.5 engine. Am getting half way decent mileage at 17 mpg city and 25 mpg hwy. (less in the winter). Have replaced the climate control module once, w/one from the junkyard ($100), and a computer module last year for $200. Otherwise, only general maintenance, tires, and brakes. Not bad for a 14 yr. old car. Still in great shape with 90,000 miles on her. Could buy a new one, but couldn't afford to get all the options on this. Besides, she's still a great ride.
Now, I do have one problem that started last week. My ABS light started coming on intermittently, but now stays on. Once in a while I feel the ABS try to kick in if I press hard on the pedal, but most of the time it's OK. Is the light something I need to be really concerned with? I'd appreciate anyone's experience with this or a mechanic's point of view on this matter. Thanks to all!
16th Jul 2008, 22:28
My 94 Concorde shuts off while driving. Does anyone have an answer to this problem?
30th Jul 2008, 15:38
Ref july 16,2008 Concorde shutting off by itself. Please check fuel pump connector in trunk area; it may have loose or corroded contacts shutting off battery supply to the fuel pump. Thanks.
14th Dec 2008, 09:09
We own a 93 Chrysler Concorde. The car shuts down while driving. Noticed that this problem occurs after turning also. My mechanic replaced the motor mounts ($550) and now the car doesn't have that problem anymore.
After removing the motor mount, my mechanic showed me how it looks like. And he explained that this was causing the motor to shut down because when the motor is not in level with the transmission and the car itself it turns itself off.
1st Jul 2009, 02:32
Well I have owned my Concorde for 6 months now. I live in Canada (cold place) bought my 3.3 1994 for $800. Car has 242 000 Kms on it. It had an oil leak I was aware of coming from the timing cover.
Pulled off timing cover, bought a gasket kit with o rings included, bingo my problem was one of those O rings were broken and causing the leak. Also replaced the crank seal since the front end was already apart. ($300) total for cheap labour and parts. Total so far $1100.
Only other thing I have done is the front brake pads $30, 2 new front tires $250 installed and a C.D. player installed $200. All in all for $1600 dollars, I am happy.
The ABS lights are always on, but the brakes are working fine, the air bag lights always on too, hope I never have to find out if they don't work. But for a quarter million Kms I can't complain I definitely can't replace this car for what I have into it. It's got a load of balls and everything works except for A/C. Does not burn any oil, and is one of the better cars on gas for its size I have ever had.
Don't know what everyone is complaining about.
27th May 2010, 10:43
1994 Chrysler Concorde with 3.5L engine, and probably all of the options. Inherited from father-in-law (who bought it new) in 2004 with approx 80k. Now at 135k.
Mileage: 17-18 City, as high as 27.5 Hwy.
Car has been a mix of reliable and piece-of-crap:
Dec 2003/77.9k: replace water pump, cam belt, V belts, spark plugs.
Nov 2004/86.4k: Transmission rebuilt.
May 2005/91.2k: Replaced plug wires, upper & lower intake manifold gaskets.
May 2006/98k: Replaced front brake pads & rotors.
Aug 2007/110k: A/C compressor seals gone. Estimates are $1500 or higher to fix. Forget it.
Jun 2009: Replaced CPS after learning this was cause of mystery engine dying. This is a fairly simple DIY job, just a bit of contortion to get your hand in.
Hood struts never worked.
ABS and traction lights have been on for years. My understanding is that this could be fixed with a $150 module.
Rear trans mount broken.
Right CV boot torn/leaking.
Brakes sound like they're grinding.
Never have found a replacement wiper blade that gets the entire windshield.
Retractable antenna stripped itself, then broke off.
Radio doesn't work though CD player does. Go figure.
Driver's side seat adjustment ready to die, so don't use it.
29th Jun 2010, 12:32
I also have a 1994 Concorde that has found it quite funny to randomly turn on the heater at full blast at will. It seems that no one has a permanent solution to this, unfortunately, but I thought I would share what works for me. When the heater kicks on I beat the side of the console near the unit, and at a good couple whacks it will stop and allow me to manually control it again. I'm sure this isn't the proper fix, but it works for me and it's better than driving around in 90 degree weather with the heater blowing. Also, I hate to let people borrow this vehicle because it does this...