Recent Vehicle Complaints and Problems


Chrysler Pacifica Recall - Engine Stalling - Power Steering Failure

Chrysler Pacifica Recall – Engine Stalling – Power Steering Failure

MAY 2019 – Fiat Chrysler is recalling over 208,000 minivans in North America because they could lose power-assisted steering or engines can stall.

The recall covers certain Chrysler Pacifica minivans from the 2017 through 2019 model years. All have systems that stop the engine for traffic lights and restart it when a driver presses the gas pedal.

RECALLED VEHICLES: 

  • 2017-2019 Chrysler Pacifica

Chrysler Pacifica Recall

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Ford Fusion-Escape Roll Away

Ford adds 270,000 cars to recall for unintended rollaways

MAY 2019 – Ford is adding 270,000 vehicles to a recall in North America to fix a gearshift problem that could cause them roll away unexpectedly.

The addition covers certain 2013 through 2016 Fusion midsize cars with 2.5-liter engines. 

The company is urging drivers to always use the parking brake until repairs are made.

Ford says a bushing that attaches the shifter cable to the transmission can degrade, causing the cable to detach. If that happens, a driver could shift into park but the car could be in another gear.

Ford has one report of an injury and three property damage reports. Engineers are developing a fix.

Last year Ford recalled 550,000 Fusions from 2013 through 2016 and Escape small SUVs from 2013 and 2014 for the same problem with a different cause.

RECALLED VEHICLES

  • 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 4500, 5500 and 6500
  • 2017-2019 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 and 3500
  • 2017-2019 GMC Sierra 2500 and 3500

Ford Fusion-Escape Roll Away

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GM Truck Recall - Engine Fire Risk

GM recalling Chevrolet, GMC Pickups for Fire Risk

MAY 2019 – General Motors is recalling over 368,000 pickups and other trucks worldwide after 19 reports of fires caused by engine block heater cords. All have GM’s 6.6-Liter diesel engines and an optional engine block heater used to keep the block warm in extremely cold temperatures. The engine block heater cord or the terminals that connect the heater cord to the engine block heater may short-circuit and fail, which could lead to a fire.

RECALLED VEHICLES

  • 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 4500, 5500 and 6500
  • 2017-2019 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 and 3500
  • 2017-2019 GMC Sierra 2500 and 3500

GM Truck Recall – Engine Fire Risk

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GM Transmission Problems

Vehicle Owners report transmission problems with GM vehicles; Hard Shift-Vibration.

APRIL 2019 – GM Vehicle owners report the eight-speed automatic transmission found in several rear-wheel-drive Chevrolet, Cadillac and GMC models between the 2015 and 2019 model years has a defect that causes the vehicles to hesitate and jerk when accelerating or slowing down.

Problems with GM’s Hydra-Matic 8L90 and 8L45 transmissions have been well-documented on Internet forums and via complaints filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, with many reporting damage to their vehicles.

The affected vehicles and model years are as follows:

  • 2015-2019 Chevrolet Silverado
  • 2017-2019 Chevrolet Colorado
  • 2015-2019 Chevrolet Corvette
  • 2016-2019 Chevrolet Camaro
  • 2015-2017 Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV
  • 2016-2019 Cadillac ATS and ATS-V
  • 2016-2019 Cadillac CTS and CTS-V
  • 2016-2019 Cadillac CT6
  • 2015-2019 GMC Sierra
  • 2015-2019 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL
  • 2015-2017 GMC Yukon Denali and Denali XL
  • 2017-2019 GMC Canyon 

GM Transmission Problems

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Dodge Dart Recall - Roll Away Risk

Fiat Chrysler recalls over 300K Dodge Dart cars due to rollaway risk

APRIL 2019 – Fiat Chrysler is recalling more than 300,000 vehicles in North America because a transmission problem could cause them to roll away unexpectedly.

The recall covers Dodge Dart compact cars from 2013 through 2016 with six-speed automatic transmissions.

The company says a bushing can fail, causing the shifter cable to come loose from the transmission. That means when a driver shifts to park or another gear, the gear may not change and the car could roll away

Dodge Dart Recall – Roll Away Risk

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Ford Escape - Rear Hatch Problem

Ford Escape – Rear Hatch Problem

APRIL 2019 – If your 2018 Ford Focus has recurring problems with the rear hatchback/liftgate, you may have a LEMON.  Problems include:

  • Hatchback not closing
  • Power liftgate won’t pull shut
  • Hatch will not latch closed
  • Rear hatch will not close all the way

Ford Escape Rear Hatch Problems

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Honda CR-V Engine Stalling Problems - Oil Dilution

Honda CR-V Engine Stalling Problems – Oil Dilution

APRIL 2019 – Consumers complain of stalled engines and other problems with 2017-2018 Honda CR-V vehicles. 

Many CR-V owners were alarmed to learn that Honda recalled 380,000 CR-Vs and Civics in China in February after similar troubles were reported there. And they were frustrated that Honda wasn’t taking similar steps in this country.

Honda CR-V Engine Stalling Problems

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Ford Explorer Complaints - EXHAUST FUMES

Ford Explorer Complaints – EXHAUST FUMES

REPORT DATE: MARCH 2019

RECALLED VEHICLES: 

More than 3,000 Ford Explorer owners have complained to Ford or federal regulators that they suspect exhaust fumes have seeped into their sport-utility vehicles’ cabins. Many fear carbon monoxide gas may have made them ill, and dozens of drivers have complained to regulators that the company’s recommended fix wasn’t effective. Explorer owners have filed more than 50 legal claims nationwide against Ford. And some police departments in the U.S. said in 2017 that Explorers used as cruisers were exposing officers to carbon monoxide.

The complaints, which cover vehicles built between 2010 and 2018, carry high stakes for the second-largest U.S. automaker. 

Ford Explorer Complaints – EXHAUST FUMES

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Honda recalls 1.2M more vehicles with dangerous air bags - RECALL

Honda recalls 1.2M more vehicles with dangerous air bags – RECALL

REPORT DATE: APRIL 2019

RECALL NOTES:  The affected vehicles received a replacement driver air bag inflator as part of a previous Takata inflator recall remedy or a replacement driver air bag module containing the same inflator type as a service part. Due to a manufacturing error, in the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver frontal air bag, these inflators may explode.

An explosion of an inflator within the driver frontal air bag module may result in sharp metal fragments striking the driver, front seat passenger or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.

Honda recalls 1.2M vehicles – AIR BAGS

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Hyundai, Kia recalls over 500K vehicles for fire risk - RECALL

REPORT DATE: APRIL 2019

RECALLED VEHICLES: 

  • 2012-2016 Kia Soul 
  • 2011-2012 Kia Sportage
  • 2011-2013 Hyundai Tucson

Hyundai, Kia recalls over 500K vehicles for fire risk

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Ford F-Series pickups, Fire Risk - RECALL

REPORT DATE: NOVEMBER 2018

RECALLED VEHICLES: Water and contaminants may get into the block heater cable’s splice connector causing corrosion and damage.

RECALL:  When the heater is plugged in, prolonged corrosion could cause a resistive short, increasing the risk of overheated or melted wiring and a fire.

RECALLED VEHICLES: 

  • Ford F-150 — 2015-2019
  • Ford F-250 — 2017-2019
  • Ford F-350 — 2017-2019
  • Ford F-450 — 2017-2019
  • Ford F-550 — 2017-2019

Ford F-Series Pickups Fire Risk

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General Motors pickups and SUVs Brakes - INVESTIGATION

REPORT DATE: NOVEMBER 2018

INVESTIGATION VEHICLES: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says a brake vacuum pump can deteriorate, causing increased braking effort and longer stopping distances.

INVESTIGATION: The investigation covers 2014 through 2016 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups. Also involved are Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe, the GMC Yukon and Cadillac Escalade SUVs.

General Motors pickups and SUVs Brakes

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Jeep Wrangler Death Wobble - INVESTIGATION

REPORT DATE: NOVEMBER 2018

INVESTIGATION VEHICLES: Jeep Wrangler

INVESTIGATION:  The issue arises after a vehicle hits a bump at highway speeds and then the steering wheel begins to shake, sometimes “violently.”  “Vehicles tires begin to shake violently at speeds in the 70-75 mph range on the highway. Condition occurs after hitting a small bump on the highway. The condition becomes so violent, I have to slow the vehicle from 70+ mph to about 40 mph to stop the shaking. …”

Jeep Wrangler Death Wobble – INVESTIGATION

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Ford Pickup Tailgate - INVESTIGATION

REPORT DATE: OCTOBER 2018

INVESTIGATION VEHICLES: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened an investigation into thousands of F-250 and F-350 Super Duty trucks from the 2017 model year.

INVESTIGATION:  U.S. safety regulators are trying to figure out why the power tailgates on some Ford F-Series pickups can open unexpectedly while the trucks are moving.

Ford Pickup Tailgate – INVESTIGATION

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Kia Engine Failure - COMPLAINTS

REPORT DATE: SEPTEMBER 2018

VEHICLE COMPLAINTS: the Center for Auto Safety called for an immediate recall—based on the more than 230 consumer complaints of Kia and Hyundai vehicles bursting into flames, a total of almost 3 million vehicles. The Center has also petitioned NHTSA to open an investigation into these non-collision fires and the hundreds of additional complaints of melted wires in the engine bay, smoke, and burning odors emanating from these vehicles.

COMPLAINTS 2011-2014 Kia Optima, Kia Sorento, Kia Soul, Hyundai Sonata, and Hyundai Santa Fe, and all 2010-2015 Kia Souls

Kia Engine Failure – COMPLAINTS

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Nissan Fire Risk - RECALL

REPORT DATE: SEPTEMBER 2018

RECALLED VEHICLES: Nissan North America, Inc. (Nissan) is recalling certain 2015-2017 Nissan Murano, 2016-2017 Nissan Maxima, 2017-2018 Nissan Pathfinder, and 2017 Infiniti QX60 vehicles. 

RECALL:  The Anti-Lock Brake (ABS) actuator pumps may allow brake fluid to leak onto an internal circuit board. A brake fluid leak on the circuit board may result in an electrical short, increasing the risk of a fire.

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GM Truck Power Steering - RECALL

REPORT DATE: SEPTEMBER 2018

RECALLED VEHICLES:General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, Tahoe and Suburban, GMC Sierra 1500 and Yukon, and Cadillac Escalade vehicles

RECALL:   Electric power steering (EPS) assist may be lost momentarily, followed by a sudden return of EPS assist. If EPS assist is lost and then suddenly returns, the driver may have difficulty steering the vehicle, especially at low speeds, increasing the risk of a crash.

GM Truck Power Steering – RECALL

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Ford Roll Away - RECALL

REPORT DATE: JULY 2018

RECALLED VEHICLES: Ford Fusion – Ford Escape

RECALL:  Ford is issuing a recall for nearly 550,000 2013-2016 model year Ford Fusion and 2013-2014 Ford Escape vehicles due to a rollaway risk safety hazard. Ford says shifter cable bushings need to be replaced on the affected vehicles.

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Ford Fuel Pump - RECALL

REPORT DATE: JUNE 2018

RECALLED VEHICLES: Ford F-150 – Ford Expedition – Lincoln Navigator

RECALL:  Ford and Lincoln are recalling 7580 of its 2018 model F-150 pickups and Expedition and Navigator SUVs over a faulty fuel-pump assembly. Fuel pumps on turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 engines might have misaligned welds, which could lead to a fuel or oil leak.

Ford Fuel Pump – RECALL

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Kia Air Bag Recall - RECALL

REPORT DATE: JUNE 2018

VEHICLES: Kia Recall Air Bags

RECALL:  In the event of a crash, the air bag control unit (ACU) may short circuit, preventing the frontal air bags and seat belt pretensioners from deploying. If the frontal air bags and seat belt pretensioners are disabled, there is an increased risk of injury to the vehicle occupants in the event of a vehicle crash that necessitates deployment of these safety systems. The remedy for this recall is still under development.

Kia Recall – Air Bags – RECALL

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Chrysler Recall Cruise Control - RECALL

REPORT DATE: MAY 2018

  • Chrysler Recall Cruise Control

RECALL:  These vehicles are being recalled to address a defect that could prevent the cruise control system from disengaging. If, when using cruise control, there is a short circuit within the vehicle’s wiring, the driver may not be able to shut off the cruise control either by depressing the brake pedal or manually turning the system off once it has been engaged, resulting in either the vehicle maintaining its current speed or possibly accelerating. If the vehicle maintains its speed or accelerates despite attempts to deactivate the cruise control, there would be an increased risk of a crash.

Chrysler Recall Cruise Control – RECALL

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2018 Jeep Cherokee Recall - RECALL

REPORT DATE: MAY 2018

RECALL:  These vehicles may have been manufactured with a fuel tube that may leak fuel into the engine compartment. A fuel leak in the presence of the ignition source can increase the risk of a fire.

VEHICLES: 

  • 2018 Jeep Cherokee

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2012-2016 - Tesla Model S Recall - RECALL

REPORT DATE: APRIL 2018

RECALL:  The aluminum bolts that attach the power steering gear assist motor to the gear housing may corrode and fracture causing a reduction or complete loss of power steering assist

VEHICLES: 

  • 2012-2016 Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S Recall – RECALL

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2018 Ford F-150 and Ford Expedition - RECALL

REPORT DATE: APRIL 2018

Complaints include: Ford recalls trucks, SUVs to fix transmission shifter

VEHICLES: 

  • 2018 Ford F-150
  • 2018 Ford Expedition
  • 2018 Ford F-650, F-750

F-150 Recalls, Problems, Complaints

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Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ - RECALL

REPORT DATE: MARCH 2018

Complaints include: The affected vehicles have steering wheel bolts that could potentially loosen and cause steering wheels to detach from the steering column.

VEHICLES: 

  • 2014-18 Ford Fusion
  • 2014-18 Lincoln MKZ

Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ – RECALL

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RAM Trucks 2017-2018 - RECALL

REPORT DATE: FEBRUARY 2018

VEHICLE:  2017-2018 – RAM 1500, 2500, 3500, 4500, 5500

PROBLEMS: Pushing the brake pedal for prolonged periods when the vehicle is running and in PARK may cause the Brake Transmission Shift Interlock (BTSI) pin to stick in the open position. With the pin in the open position, the transmission can be shifted out of PARK into any gear without pushing the brake pedal or having the key in the ignition

Complaints include: Vehicle May Rollaway

RAM Trucks 2017-2018 – RECALL

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Ford F-150 - 2015-2017 - OIL LEAK - EchoBoost Engine

REPORT DATE:  MARCH 2018

VEHICLE:  Ford F-150 – 2015-2017

PROBLEMS: Engine/Oil Leak Issues,  low engine oil level

Complaints include: low or no oil pressure

Ford F-150 EcoBoost Oil Leak

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Ford F-150 - 2014-2017 - Frontend noise

REPORT DATE: FEBRUARY 2018

VEHICLE:  Ford F-150 – 2014-2017

PROBLEMS: Frontend noise

Complaints include: Cause/solution replace IWE Actuator

Ford F-150 – Front End Noise 

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2017 Hyundai Elantra - Engine, Brakes, Heater

REPORT DATE: FEBRUARY 2018

VEHICLE:  2017 Hyundai Elantra

PROBLEMS/Complaints include:

– Engine Won’t Start – Loss of Engine power while driving – Brake Malfunction – No heat from the Heater – Vehicle lunges forward/ Vehicle jerks – Engine Stalls

2017 Hyundai Elantra Problems

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Chrysler Pacifica - 2017 - Engine, Electrical, Transmission

REPORT DATE: JANUARY 2018

PROBLEMS: engine, electrical, and transmission Problems

Complaints include: Loss of engine power, vibration, engine stalls, “shift into park and restart vehicle” warning, electrical problems, vehicle shaking, clicking noises

Chrysler Pacifica – 2017

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Chevy Cruze - 2014 - Engine, Electrical, Transmission

PROBLEMS: engine, electrical, and transmission Problems

Complaints include: check engine light, noisy engine, coolant smell inside cabin, loss of power, engine overheating, transmission not shifting properly

Chevy Cruze – 2014

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Ford Explorer - 2016 - Engine, Electrical, Transmission

PROBLEMS: electrical, engine, and/or transmission problems

Complaints include: Wrench light on, odor in cabin, loss of power while driving, engine stalls, check engine light

Ford Explorer – 2016

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Chevy Colorado - 2015-2016- transmission, steering, and/or engine

PROBLEMS: transmission, steering, and/or engine problems

Complaints include: engine stalls, rattling noise during acceleration, transmission very sluggish, transmission not shifting properly, lost of power steering, check engine light

Chevy Colorado – 2015-2016

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GMC Canyon - 2015-2016 - transmission, steering, and/or engine

PROBLEMS: transmission, steering, and/or engine problems

Complaints include: engine stalls, rattling noise during acceleration, transmission very sluggish, transmission not shifting properly, lost of power steering, check engine light

GMC Canyon – 2015-2016

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Toyota Tacoma - 2016 - transmission, engine, and/or drivetrain

PROBLEMS: transmission, engine, and/or drivetrain problems

Complaints include: delayed engagement, transmission hesitates, rough shifting, vibration in the floor and steering, excessive engine noise, check engine light, engine stalled

Toyota Tacoma – 2016

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Ford Focus - 2011-2014 - transmission, engine, and/or electrical

REPORT DATE: APRIL 2017

PROBLEMS: transmission, engine, and/or electrical problems

Complaints include: service transmission light, transmission hesitates and jerks, speed control problems engine stalls, engine won’t start, check engine light, electrical problems

Ford Focus – 2011-2014

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Ford Fiesta - 2011-2014 - transmission, engine, and/or electrical

REPORT DATE: APRIL 2017

PROBLEMS: transmission, engine, and/or electrical problems

Complaints include: service transmission light, transmission hesitates and jerks, speed control problems engine stalls, engine won’t start, check engine light, electrical problems

Ford Fiesta – 2011-2014

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Chevrolet Malibu - 2016 - vibration, transmission, and/or electrical

REPORT DATE: JULY 2017

PROBLEMS: vibration, transmission, and/or electrical problems.

Complaints include: vibration, shaking, hesitation when accelerating, transmission jerks/slams into gear, air conditioning not working, wind noise, rattle or clicking noise, electrical, and other defects.

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Chevrolet Tahoe - 2015 - engine, electrical, and/or transmission

REPORT DATE: MAY 2016

PROBLEMS: engine, electrical, and/or transmission problems.

Complaints include: check engine light on, lack of power, computer communication problem, fluttering noise on acceleration, brakes, and transmission jerking.

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Chevrolet Suburban - 2015 - vibration, transmission, and/or electrical

REPORT DATE: MAY 2016

PROBLEMS: vibration, transmission, and/or electrical problems.

Complaints include: vibration, shaking, hesitation when accelerating, transmission jerks/slams into gear, air conditioning not working, wind noise, rattle or clicking noise, electrical, and other defects.

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Cadillac Escalade - 2015 - vibration, transmission, and/or electrical

REPORT DATE: MAY 2016

PROBLEMS: vibration, transmission, and/or electrical problems.

Complaints include: vibration, shaking, hesitation when accelerating, transmission jerks/slams into gear, air conditioning not working, wind noise, rattle or clicking noise, electrical, and other defects.

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GMC Yukon - 2015 - vibration, transmission, and/or electrical

REPORT DATE: MAY 2016

PROBLEMS: vibration, transmission, and/or electrical problems.

Complaints include: vibration, shaking, hesitation when accelerating, transmission jerks/slams into gear, air conditioning not working, wind noise, rattle or clicking noise, electrical, and other defects.

GMC Yukon – 2015

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GMC Sierra - 2014, 2015, 2016 - vibration, transmission, and/or electrical

REPORT DATE: MAY 2016

PROBLEMS: vibration, transmission, and/or electrical problems.

Complaints include: vibration, shaking, hesitation when accelerating, transmission jerks/slams into gear, air conditioning not working, wind noise, rattle or clicking noise, electrical, and other defects.

GMC Sierra – 2014, 2015, 2016

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Chevrolet Silverado - 2014, 2015, 2016 - vibration, transmission, and/or electrical

REPORT DATE: MAY 2016

PROBLEMS: vibration, transmission, and/or electrical problems.

Complaints include: vibration, shaking, hesitation when accelerating, transmission jerks/slams into gear, air conditioning not working, wind noise, rattle or clicking noise, electrical, and other defects.

Chevrolet Silverado – 2014, 2015, 2016

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Chrysler 200 - 2015 - Engine, Transmission, Electrical

REPORT DATE:  JULY 2016

PROBLEMS: transmission, engine, and/or electrical problems

Complaints include: service transmission light, transmission hesitates and jerks, speed control problems engine stalls, engine won’t start, check engine light, electrical problems

Chrysler 200 – 2015

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