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#525 of 1273 Transmission Problems on 94 Chrysler Concorde
Feb 01, 2001 (10:58 am)
I own a 1994 Chrysler Concorde. In August 1999 I started to have problems with the transmission at 68000 miles. The transmission was down shifting to fast causing the car to feel as if it was hit from behind. The dealer rebuilt the transmission for a low cost of $1930. I had an after-market warranty which covered most of the bill. Last week the transmission started to go again. This time it would not engage in gear when shifting into drive, or stay in a low gear and even shift into neutral on its own on the freeway, I would have to stop on the side of the road and shut the car off and restart it. I have 76,900 miles on the car and it is in the dealer again. This time they say my high pressure lines (rubber hoses) are leaking and they need to be replaced for $300 before they can even figure out what the problem is with the transmission which they rebuilt. I am frustrated with this vehicle because I keep up the maintenance and it still continually breaks down. When I had 29,000 miles on it, the master cylinder went out and had to be replaced. I will definitely never by a Chrysler product again!
#526 of 1273 Letters missing from my Concorde
Feb 07, 2001 (5:08 pm)
Both L.'s from the word Chrysler have disappeared from my Concorde. I have a 96 LXi with gold letters. Dealer wants a small fortune to replace letters. Does anyone know where I may get them cheaper?? Thank you.
#527 of 1273 1994 Concorde
Feb 09, 2001 (11:01 am)
Back a few months ago, my '94 3.5L 'Corde developed a miss. I checked the plug wires for continuity and resistance, changed the plugs, and checked the coil pack. All good. OK. As it got worse, I finally took it to the dealer. I took it to a 5 star shop even (but it was the only Chrysler dealer within 100 miles...). Well, it took them over a month to return the car to me, and they replaced all three catalytic converters. But it still didn't run right... Problem was... THE PLUG WIRES were arcing IN THE VALVE COVERS!!!! I paid for the cats, but the shop picked up the rest (labor, tune up, fluids, rental car and sublet exhaust work...). Believe me, I'm waiting for the Customer Service Card from Daimler Chrysler...
Also, the ATC head unit crapped out since I got the car back. I'll replace that myself.
It might seem like I'm dishing on my car (in need of new paint and waiting for the district rep to call back...), but I love it. Well, I hate the 110 MPH speed limiter, and there is a lot of wind noise around the power moon roof... But it always fun to throw this car into a corner and accelerate out HARD!!! Turn off the Traction Control and leave a smoke trail off BOTH tires... Embarrass the fart piped imports... And shorten any trip involving two lane highways...
#528 of 1273 1994 Chry. Concorde Sounds Like a Train
Feb 13, 2001 (8:27 pm)
I have a 1994 Chrysler Concorde with 149,000 miles on it and have experienced some of the typical problems. At 49,000 miles I lost my air conditioner and was told it would cost $450 to repair. For the past 100,000 miles, "open windows" substituted for "air conditioning". Living in the northeast, I did not consider "loss of AC" a serious problem.
If I was given a quarter for each wiper blade I've had to replace, I would have enough money to fill my gas tank... at todays gas prices! With the "Cab Forward" design, you have to purchase wiper blades that are so long you could break one in half to replace two on a Toyota Corolla.
My new brakes were making a funny squeeling noises when coming to a stop. A Chrysler mechanic told me this was normal and should not be a problem. I guess that means all other car owners should have their brakes checked if they are quiet?! I dropped in on relatives one day and saw my brother carrying his trash cans from the driveway to the curb. He thought he heard the Garbage Truck pulling up. It was Sunday. The trash collectors do not work on Sunday. I think you know where I am going with this... I'm very happy to say my brakes are no longer attracting the neighborhood dogs... No more squeeling noise... I guess it's time to have them checked? My brake woes are not completely gone. I am now hearing a different noise coming from them. A "sha-sha-sha-sha-sha-sha" noise. I took it to a different Chrysler mechanic who told me... You guessed it... It is normal, there is nothing wrong with your brakes. So I asked, "There is nothing wrong with my brakes? Is there something wrong with your hearing?" It came as no surprise when he replied, "Huh?? You'll have to speak up, I've been using the air wrench all afternoon and can't hear a darn thing." I'm not worried about it. Except when I have to make an occasional abrupt stop and my "Anti-locking" brakes lock up and my dentures become my new hood ornament... Can you believe that? I don't even wear dentures!!
I may have added some humor but I have experienced all those problems. The biggest reason why I am in the Town Hall is because I am having a problem with what I think may be related to my transmission. At low speeds (5 -25 MPH) I hear a continuous "chug...chug...chug" noise and can also feel the vibration caused by it. The transmission fluid is full. I did not think it was the U-joints because as I increase speed, the noise smooths out and is not as loud and I feel less vibration or none at all. Could I be losing a wheel bearing? My wheels don't feel sloppy when making turns? With 149,000 miles on the motor, it's probably time to get rid of it... Only one problem, I still have a years worth of payments to make on it so I need to keep it running a little bit longer. All-in-all, I can't complain. I have not put a lot of money into this vehicle. Any advice you have to offer, would be much appreciated! Thank you.
#529 of 1273 Check out this site
Feb 13, 2001 (11:44 pm)
The Tech Forum in the index is where you can connect with people who might be able to help.
This is a site for people who own and like Chryslers they are not affiliated with Dailmer Chrysler.
All the best!
Feb 15, 2001 (3:47 pm)
I had a '95 Chrysler Concorde and had nothing but problems with it. While that particular year is known to have some problems, I didn't plan on having to remake the entire car. Everything from brake problems, air conditioning problems,never starting in cold weather, to the transmission going out on it when it was only 5 years old and had about 75-80,000 miles on it (average mileage should be about 100-150,000 mi. for the transmission). The car was regularly taken care of, however, constantly let me down. My advice, don't buy one unless you've got the bank and patience to back that thing up. I have since traded mine for a much better and dependable car, and am so happy to have that anchor around my neck gone! Chrysler needs to rethink the whole reliability and quality issues, they must feel they are underrated.
#532 of 1273 Similiar Transmission Problems
Feb 15, 2001 (8:21 pm)
I came to this site, as my local Chylser dealer gave me a Concode LX as a loaner -- while my transmission was being rebuilt!
I have similar transmission problems that some of you have stated. My vehicle is a 94 Plymouth Voyager Van, but probably has the same transmission.
Symptoms were it would not shift from 2nd to 3rd when 'cold'. Clutch plates in the transmission were 'burnt'. Transmission is currently being rebuilt. Fortuntately I am covered by the Chysler Ext Warrenty for 100K (Van currently has 89K).
I was thinking about looking into purchasing a Concord,...but after looking at some of these posts I may reconsider.
#534 of 1273 2000 Concorde
Feb 18, 2001 (5:03 pm)
I've had my Concorde for 6 months and 7,000 miles and have mixed emotions about it. I love the ride, looks, and gas mileage (for the size vehicle). But, the car has alot of rattles and squeaks for the price. I had the car in the garage for a terrible rubbing sound in the front end and a engine that races between 500 and 1000 rpm while at stop lights. The garage couldn't find anything wrong, but the noise in the front end has stopped. Has anyone else had similar problems?