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Going to look at a 15 Chrysler 200 s for a DD/work car. It has the 295 horse v6. 125 k miles. Anybody have one of these or experience owning one? It has paddle shifters, 9 speed auto and sport suspension. Seems like a fun little car . Any thoughts or advice? Are they reliable? Seems like they got good reviews but IDK. Driving the cat 150 miles to check it out, so I'm sure it will feel slow! 馃槀 They're asking 10k. Thanks!
 

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Going to look at a 15 Chrysler 200 s for a DD/work car. It has the 295 horse v6. 125 k miles. Anybody have one of these or experience owning one? It has paddle shifters, 9 speed auto and sport suspension. Seems like a fun little car . Any thoughts or advice? Are they reliable? Seems like they got good reviews but IDK. Driving the cat 150 miles to check it out, so I'm sure it will feel slow! 馃槀 They're asking 10k. Thanks!
They're all junk tbh.....same with the Dodge Avenger..
 

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Your're right. They have terrible quality issues.
Precisely this... terrible quality issues...and they weren't very great in the reliability department.. The 2nd Gen model (which this is) are slightly better overall but I just wouldn't.... even as awesome as the Neon was, Dodge hasn't done anything great in the small car world for almost 20 years..
 

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How about a review from someone who actually owns one and uses it as a daily driver ?
I have a 2015 200S model with the 2.4 engine. Had since new. It was an early model and we purchased it in June of 2014.
Current mileage is 127,000 and the only thing replaced, under warranty, was the GPS telematics module when 2 years old. ( Besides regular maintenance items. )
Sure, the 9 speed trans is quirky, the back seat doesn't have much room, and every one had recalls for software updates and to check wiring. Make sure all recalls were complete.
Otherwise a great car, comfortable and gets superb fuel mileage.
If they made them anymore, I would buy another.
 

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How about a review from someone who actually owns one and uses it as a daily driver ?
I have a 2015 200S model with the 2.4 engine. Had since new. It was an early model and we purchased it in June of 2014.
Current mileage is 127,000 and the only thing replaced, under warranty, was the GPS telematics module when 2 years old. ( Besides regular maintenance items. )
Sure, the 9 speed trans is quirky, the back seat doesn't have much room, and every one had recalls for software updates and to check wiring. Make sure all recalls were complete.
Otherwise a great car, comfortable and gets superb fuel mileage.
If they made them anymore, I would buy another.
Thanks!
 

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They aren't as bad as the pro Toyota,Honda car reviews make it out to be.
As mentioned the 9 speed has some idiosyncrasies. Pretty much the rest is same as usual. The 3.6 is only problematic if run on normal oil and not changed frequently enough. Just like any other modern engine for the most part.
The only reason I didn't get the 200 was because of the size.
I decided to go up to a 300 because of this and only this reason.
Do your du diligence when looking the car over.
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My wife, and I have a 2016 200S 3.6 AWD, we both like it. Purchased new, and it has only had one issue so far, the UConnect screen was replaced. Otherwise plenty of positives in my opinion, good power, comfortable, AWD, also good fuel economy in my opinion around 28-29MPG mixed driving.
 

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Well I did go drive the 200. I was impressed with the power and everything worked great. Billet silver on black looked awesome and the interior was nice considering the miles. Problem was this particular car was run hard. the suspension was wore out and clunky. There was door dings all over and you could tell by the curb rash it was parked by feel! So this one was a no. Drove to a chevy dealer that just got one on trade. Black on black, no dings, couple scratches and minor curb rash. this car was so much tighter and smoother than the other and i really liked it. It actually had more miles. The leather on the edge of driver seat was pretty wore. The car needed a windshield and park brake switch which they are replacing. I may make an offer on this car when the pre sale work is done and I check every switch and function. This car they were asking 12,700 versus 9900 for the first. Its clear why. I drove a cruze, jetta, and a subaru and a couple others. My limit for a work car started at 8k, bumped that to 10k but IDK. Yeah, there is some 6 to 8 thousand cars out there that would get me by but the majority of the cars that I would actually like were in the 12 and up range. And there is tons of those out there. But to wrap it up the 200 is on my short list (v6 only) and I will probably offer 10 on the black one and see what happens. And keep looking in the meantime. Thanks for all your input! BTW, the drive down there was awesome! Lots of twistys and wide open space. Rocks springs WY to Logan UT. I got a drive by light flash warning for about 69 in a 50! So that was cool.
 

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If it hasnt had regular oil changes it going to have rocker issues. Bearings fail on rocker arms, if its not repaired on the first sign of tapping noise they wipe the cam lobes out. 9 speed trans are garbage. They are better than when they released them in 14 but still trash. Lower control arm bushing are a weak point too. Engine oil coolers are always leaking on 3.2 and 3.6.

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You will of course get positive reviews from people who have owned and serviced them since new. But that is a rare find with the class of car that the 200 is. They are basically an entry level vehicle that is cheap to purchase new and as such draws a mostly cheap crowd. They typically tend to not be well serviced and driven hard like the first one you found. If you look hard enough you can probably find a clean one but tbh overall theyre really not the best. I would not own one.
 
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We had a Dart and really liked it. I think the 200 with the V6, AWD and in 鈥淪鈥 Edition would be a really cool and rare car. And fast. Guess the 9 speed had some issues in the beginning. Here is one in black that looked cool in my opinion:
 
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