On the surface, it looks like a great
car and until recently, I loved mine.
However, the engine has a defect and
the timing chain will slip at anywhere
between 60,000 and 80,000 miles and
destroy the engine. The cost to
replace is generally 5,000 and
Chrysler refuses to do anything about
it. It is a safety issue--the engine
will seize while you're driving and
you lose all steering and breaking.
This is affecting hundreds if not
thousands of owners at this time. If
you want to confirm, do a search for
timing chain and dodge,I now have a
car that is worth nothing (it's not
worth it to replace the engine) and I
still owe $6,000 on it!
Until the engine went, I really liked
the car. Nice smooth drive and lots of
interior room. However, all that is
not worth the engine trouble!
Chrysler needs to accept
responsibility for their engine defect
and dangerous driving situation (I
think that loosing breaking and
steering suddenly while driving
constitutes a serious safety issue!)
and either pay for the replacement
engine, or recall it all together!