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    Default Thinking of buying a 2015 200S, need advice

    Hello all, I am in the market for a new car and it's currently down to to a 2015 Chrysler 200S, 2016 Buick Regal Turbo, and a 2016 Ford Fusion Titanium, all FWD versions.

    The first two have about 65k miles, the Ford at 80k, which is why it's my 3rd choice right now.

    I test drove all 3 and absolutely love the power of the 200, but I can see why people have issues with the transmission as it definitely is much, much different than the 6 speed CVT I'm used to in my 2011 Altima. The Regal seemed to drive smoother and has virtually zero cosmetic issues, but just isn't quite as fun to drive, though I didn't get to really test it as I had a dealer with me.

    My main concern with the 200S is the reliability of the car. I really need it last me about 4-5 years, or 100k-150k miles. I have read a lot of horror stories about the tranny in this particular model, but it's been a mixed bag. A lot of people say it's the previous models that had the issues, and some say the 2015's are absolute junk. I am unsure when the car was manufactured, I have heard a post-September manufacture date is the best ones to buy, so I'll get back on that.

    Has anyone had issues of reliability for the 200S? It has 2 previous owners, and the car was repossessed from the 2nd driver so it's not like he/she dumped the car. My main reason for concern is the "car complaints" website, the 2015 200 has hundreds of complaints, mostly to the transmission, and the Buick has almost none, the Ford around 2-3 dozen.

    I know this is a pro-chrysler 200 board obviously, but I want as unbiased of opinions as I can get. Please don't think you'll offend me if I'm completely offbase, I'm just trying to do as much research as possible. Thanks guys and girls!

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    I’m a little biased because I’m a Mopar guy. But my 200c puts a smile on my face just like my old Hemi Magnum did. I have a 2015 200C 3.6 FWD and I love the car. Not say it’s not been without its issues. Most of them were addressed by the dealer under warranty, but they also try to talk you out of most of your concerns. At this point I have 70K and my Navigation doesn’t work all the time (there’s an issue with some of the radios Sierra wireless card fails. It can be sent off to a place and repaired for $300 or get a new unit from Chrysler for $1,300). Also I do get a little shake from my eng/trans when I reapply throttle at 1000-1250 RPM. It’s a quirk and I still have powertrain warranty and CPO warranty, so I’m not concerned about it. Other than that, I get 35 MPG, can hang with R/T’s and I love the features. I think the style is awesome and though I like the Buick looks, I worry about turbo issues down the road. Fusions are okay, but they just don’t do it for me personally. But I hope you are happy no matter the direction you go in. Congratulations on a newish car. 👍🏼

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smokey0210 View Post
    I’m a little biased because I’m a Mopar guy. But my 200c puts a smile on my face just like my old Hemi Magnum did. I have a 2015 200C 3.6 FWD and I love the car. Not say it’s not been without its issues. Most of them were addressed by the dealer under warranty, but they also try to talk you out of most of your concerns. At this point I have 70K and my Navigation doesn’t work all the time (there’s an issue with some of the radios Sierra wireless card fails. It can be sent off to a place and repaired for $300 or get a new unit from Chrysler for $1,300). Also I do get a little shake from my eng/trans when I reapply throttle at 1000-1250 RPM. It’s a quirk and I still have powertrain warranty and CPO warranty, so I’m not concerned about it. Other than that, I get 35 MPG, can hang with R/T’s and I love the features. I think the style is awesome and though I like the Buick looks, I worry about turbo issues down the road. Fusions are okay, but they just don’t do it for me personally. But I hope you are happy no matter the direction you go in. Congratulations on a newish car. 👍🏼
    Thanks for the info! What's the difference between the 200C 3.6 and the 200S 3.6? Just different interior style? I have heard you should stay away from used turbos, so I do have that concern as well. I think it's really gonna come down to the Buick vs 200, I appreciate your response.

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    The 200 C is more chrome trim and 17” wheels. The 200 S would have blacked out trim and usually larger wheels, 18” or 19”. Plus I think the S has larger side bolsters on the seat if I’m not mistaken.

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    Not a single report I have read about the clunkiness of the 9-speed has mentioned a functional failure. These are good cars and I wouldn't hesitate. I bought a used 2011 with 95K miles, based on my wife having bought a 2012 new. So far both have been virtually trouble-free.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blincoln View Post
    Not a single report I have read about the clunkiness of the 9-speed has mentioned a functional failure. These are good cars and I wouldn't hesitate. I bought a used 2011 with 95K miles, based on my wife having bought a 2012 new. So far both have been virtually trouble-free.
    That's good to hear for sure. I personally have seen a lot of forums/car review sites that mention specifically the 200S having issues with the transmission.

    http://m.carcomplaints.com/Chrysler/200/2015/

    That's the link to the site where you can read a ton of complaints. FWIW I was only able to find a handful of complains about the tranny for the 200S. Most of the complainants were about the 4cyl model. Any credence to these reports? I just find it strange how many more complaints this car has on this site than any of the other cars I've researched.

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    I have one of the early 200C with the 3.6 and coming close to 110k miles on it. Chrysler/ZF has with their latest updates on the transmission made it a much better shifting transmission. But, it's not perfect and my 200 still has at times rough and weird shifts. But in general it's ok. With the early 2015's, you have to give it a bit more power and not granny it up through the gears to get it to shift smoothly. There will be some things that will take getting used to, like how it engine brakes and clunks into gear if you are shifting it while inclined on a small hill. It does not shift from park to gear or forward to reverse and vice versa quickly, there is a second lag to it. Expect to replace the battery to the car soon, if it's still original (which I would doubt). The car does some really weird things when the battery goes.

    But, it seems to be fine as far as reliability with the main components. This along with a great and nicely powered engine makes for a nice cruiser. Gets great gas mileage and you don't have to use premium fuel like the turbo engines require for full power. Plus, it's muffler system just sounds great.

    Some things to look out for, if you have the 19 inch wheels, tires are not cheap. If the car does not have the upgraded lighting, expect to spend a bit more money on some upgraded headlight bulbs cause the factory bulbs are miserably dim in the darkness of country roads. City driving, their fine. The original radiator hoses seem to have a early death. So check this to see if they have been replaced or have some leakage. Leakage and you need to get that car priced down further since these hoses (labor specifically) are not cheap to replace.

    Expect to replace smaller items like the lug nuts on the wheels, since Chrysler like so many other manufacturers use caps on the nuts and they expand. Don't buy Chrysler lug nuts, cheaper to buy good quality aftermarket items. Expect to replace the battery's in the keyfob about once every 18 months.

    I could go on and on about the cool and weird things on this car. But when you read into the "Avoid Like the Plague" on Car Complaints.com, realize that these sites only cater to the people whom have problems. Your not hearing from the people whom don't have problems with their cars.

    One recent pluses I have with this car...Chrysler's touch up paint is spot on with this car. My past cars, there would always be a slight color difference. My red 200, you can't see the scratches or chips now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anpalacios View Post
    That's good to hear for sure. I personally have seen a lot of forums/car review sites that mention specifically the 200S having issues with the transmission.

    http://m.carcomplaints.com/Chrysler/200/2015/

    That's the link to the site where you can read a ton of complaints. FWIW I was only able to find a handful of complains about the tranny for the 200S. Most of the complainants were about the 4cyl model. Any credence to these reports? I just find it strange how many more complaints this car has on this site than any of the other cars I've researched.
    The 200 and Jeep Cherokee for the model years 2014 and 2015 were the first non luxury cars to have such transmissions. While it certainly didn't help that Chrysler did not have the programming even half baked on these cars at the time. I believe much of the complaints were people expecting these transmissions to act much like the 6 speeds do. They don't and won't. There are numerous other front wheel drive cars that now come with 8 and 9 speeds like the Malibu, New Regal, Camry and many others that actually share the same frustrating experiences of rough or slow laggy shifts.

    I feel as if Chrysler got a bad rap on this because they were the first to really do this on such a high production level vehicles to consumers whom didn't understand that higher amount of geared transmissions just work differently than what they are used to.
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    The Regal and Fusion are both direct injected and forced inducted. That combination would make it so I wouldn't buy either - mostly because of the direct injection.

    I don't like the idea of removing the intake manifold to clean the backs of the intake valves because fuel never touches it in a direct injected engine. I also don't like knowing the more I drive, the dirtier the valves are getting and the more diminished the performance and power is until I manually clean it or take it in and spend tons of $$ etc...

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    Quote Originally Posted by travman View Post
    I have one of the early 200C with the 3.6 and coming close to 110k miles on it. Chrysler/ZF has with their latest updates on the transmission made it a much better shifting transmission. But, it's not perfect and my 200 still has at times rough and weird shifts. But in general it's ok. With the early 2015's, you have to give it a bit more power and not granny it up through the gears to get it to shift smoothly. There will be some things that will take getting used to, like how it engine brakes and clunks into gear if you are shifting it while inclined on a small hill. It does not shift from park to gear or forward to reverse and vice versa quickly, there is a second lag to it. Expect to replace the battery to the car soon, if it's still original (which I would doubt). The car does some really weird things when the battery goes.

    But, it seems to be fine as far as reliability with the main components. This along with a great and nicely powered engine makes for a nice cruiser. Gets great gas mileage and you don't have to use premium fuel like the turbo engines require for full power. Plus, it's muffler system just sounds great.

    Some things to look out for, if you have the 19 inch wheels, tires are not cheap. If the car does not have the upgraded lighting, expect to spend a bit more money on some upgraded headlight bulbs cause the factory bulbs are miserably dim in the darkness of country roads. City driving, their fine. The original radiator hoses seem to have a early death. So check this to see if they have been replaced or have some leakage. Leakage and you need to get that car priced down further since these hoses (labor specifically) are not cheap to replace.

    Expect to replace smaller items like the lug nuts on the wheels, since Chrysler like so many other manufacturers use caps on the nuts and they expand. Don't buy Chrysler lug nuts, cheaper to buy good quality aftermarket items. Expect to replace the battery's in the keyfob about once every 18 months.

    I could go on and on about the cool and weird things on this car. But when you read into the "Avoid Like the Plague" on Car Complaints.com, realize that these sites only cater to the people whom have problems. Your not hearing from the people whom don't have problems with their cars.

    One recent pluses I have with this car...Chrysler's touch up paint is spot on with this car. My past cars, there would always be a slight color difference. My red 200, you can't see the scratches or chips now.
    I appreciate the lengthy and well informed response, that helps a ton. The one I'm looking at is 12,399 with 65k miles, is that a fair price? The front passenger rim is fairly chipped, the back right one slightly around the edge of the rim. Minor, what looked to be paint scrapes, and the interior isn't in the perfect shape by any means, a few minor flaws. Outside that the car is beautiful. Also, you mentioned the Chrysler paint touch up, is that something you do yourself and buy or take into the dealer?

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