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Chrysler Concorde

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  • srinacarsrinacar Posts: 14
    I leased a 2000 Concorde LXI in September 1999. Until recently, I also had a 1996 Maxima. As far as road noise, I was shocked at how poorly insulated the Chrysler was! It is such a luxurious car, but it is nowhere near as quiet as my Maxima was. My wife drives a 2000 Altima, and despite being smaller and several thousand dollars cheaper, it is every bit as quiet as the Concorde too! As for Chrysler customer service, I could write a book just on the past six months! Very sad, indeed. Oh well, at least the car looks great and I can give it back in two and a half years!
  • fastdriverfastdriver Posts: 2,273
    copperhead1-

    Just another sleazy company! Go to the main site- http://www.blueovalnews.com and see how Ford TRIED to stifle this guy with the info he had about the Cobras lack of true horsepower that Ford WAS aware of!

    They're probably all the same. Some are just MORE blatant/sleazy then others!

    fastdriver
  • clayton4clayton4 Posts: 2
    I have a 1998 Concorde that I had to replace the engine in at 42000 miles. The engine went bad because of a bad thermostat. Chrysler would not help me with this and I had to pay 4500.00 out of my pocket. This is after I already had to pay 1345.00 for a bad rear seal. I have never dealt with such unprofessional people as I had to at my dealership. This will be my last Chrysler product.
  • mimi919mimi919 Posts: 85
    I read your post and I have to say that I am really sorry to hear of your costly dilemma that you are having with your 98 Concorde.
    I can't honestly say that I blame you for for saying this will be your last Chrysler product and I am sure that if I had to pay out over $5,800 in repairs with my car that had under 50,000 miles that I wouldn't feel just as you do.
    I would like to ask you a question....did you have the extended warranty???.
    I have a 99 concorde LXI with 23,500 miles and to date I guess I am one of the lucky ones as my Concorde mechanically has been a very good car but I see the trend of owner posts of the current Concorde model (98and newer)having costly repairs as their cars reach the 50,000 mile mark.
    I guess thats why I am such a firm believer in the importance of buying the best warranty the mfg.has to offer.
    Again just wanted to say how sorry I am after reading your post and hope that these will be the last costly repairs needed to your car and you can enjoy some trouble free driving in the future.
    Good Luck
    Mimi
  • sears3sears3 Posts: 12
    I hear what your saying. If you have read my
    post earlier thats just what I'm afraid that
    is going to happen with me. My 1999 Concorde
    was right on the mark before running hot.My
    dealership said it was nothing we'll see
    down the road if it was nothing.I take mine
    back next week to have it worked on about the
    awfull road noise. I agree with you 100% on
    their service.
  • tim97tim97 Posts: 2
    I have looked for postings about the 1996 Concorde LX but haven't seen any.
    I am thinking of purchasing one that looks in great shape with 53,000 miles.

    Just wondering if anyone has good or bad experiences with this make and model year.

    Thanks,

    Tim97
  • tim97tim97 Posts: 2
    I have looked for postings about the 1996 Concorde LX but haven't seen any.
    I am thinking of purchasing one that looks in great shape with 53,000 miles.

    Just wondering if anyone has good or bad experiences with this make and model year.

    Thanks,

    Tim97
  • scott139scott139 Posts: 1
    My 99 Concorde produces a sound like water passing through the heater core when the engine is cold and first started. The sound stops when the engine gets warmed up. Has anyone else experienced this problem? Is there a known solution?
  • emaleemale Posts: 1,380
    does it sound like a hissing noise? and more so when you lift the hood and listen? if so, then it has something to do with the intake manifold or the plumbing somewhere around it. you local chrysler garage will fix it under warranty. i believe there is a technical service bulletin out on this but i'm not sure.
  • kyle80kyle80 Posts: 2
    I need some advise... Im thinking about buying a new Concorde.From what i've been reading on here it sounds like i might not be making the right Decision. I did test drive one last weekend and to tell you the truth i thought it was one of the quietest cars i have ever driven. I also currently own a older Cadillac and i think i have an idea how a "quite" car should sound.
    PLEASE i'd like some feedback from anyone that has a '99 or 2000 Concorde. Thanks in advance.
  • sears3sears3 Posts: 12
    i have a 99 Concorde it has 6019 miles on it.
    I love the way my car drives I live in the country and drive back roads and it handles like
    a car on rails I scare my husband to death when
    hes with me. I have had mine back 3 times about air and road noise.Wed. 12,2000 they put different
    door seals on it and guess what no better. It is
    a shame that a car that nice can't be any quieter.
    I love my car but I'm not 100% happy with it.
    I would really compare and shop around before
    buying a Concorde. The air and road noise is really awfull. Mine sounds like the front windows are cracked. Remember this is just my input.Good luck and let me know what you end up buying
  • ckunasekckunasek Posts: 1
    I am in the market for a new car. After much searching, I've decided on the 2000 Concorde. I took a test drive, and didn't hear air or road noise. It seems as if the 99 and 98's had that problem.
    I am in the number dealing part of buying, and am intersted in what others have paid for there 2000 Concordes.
    I love the room this car has to offer, the smooth ride, and even the gas mileage it gets.(I also drive a 97 Ford F 250)
    Good Luck, let me know what you decide.
  • 401k401k Posts: 16
    I had the thrill of riding in a client's Ferrari 360 Modena the other day. What a ride!

    However, it MUST be a pretty crummy car, according to what I've read here. The road/wind/engine noise that invaded the passenger cabin was outrageous! Especially for a $140,000 car! When you pay that kind of money, you would expect the car to at least be as quiet as one of those squishy Japanese sedans, wouldn't you? My 1998 Concorde LXi is as quiet as a tomb by comparison. Why doesn't "road/wind noise" come up in reviews of cars like Ferraris and Porsches? Why do people lust after those cars when they are SO NOISY???

    ;-)

    I've also wondered why my Chrysler dealer did not provide me with the ear-plugs on my test drives as apparently so many other people were given on their test drives. How else do you account for people "discovering" a noise "problem" AFTER they bought their Concordes??? My dealer must have been out of ear-plugs on the days that I test drove the Concorde.

    (Tongue being removed from cheek...)

    I'm enjoying the heck out of our Concorde. I hope that y'all enjoy yours as well!

    Happy motoring.

    Tom Lancaster
  • sears3sears3 Posts: 12
    I guess the dealer thought well with two kids
    sitting in the back seat asking how come we have to come and all the fussing between them I wouldn't need ear plugs to test drive the
    Concorde. You may think I'm just want to keep
    on about air noise but I just want them to fix it.
    You didn't read my fist post.... The air noise
    was not bad untill around 3000 miles and than
    it started and now awfull. Be glad that you drove
    is quiet. To the person who wrote the post about
    soundproofing just what does that include.
  • 401k401k Posts: 16
    Obviously, anyone who has a car that has developed problems AFTER purchase, and has had trouble getting those problems addressed by the dealer has an extremely legitimate gripe. I had an issue with one of the local Chrysler dealerships, but since I have a few choices in the area, I have the luxury of simply avoiding the jerks at the offending dealer.

    I may have missed your original post, but I notice that you recently advised a potential buyer to "shop around" because "the air and road noise is really awful". I'm sorry if you are having trouble with YOUR Concorde. I just want to make sure that the people realize that the exceptional trouble that you are having is NOT universal. Your comment about the noise sounding as though your front windows are cracked might be a clue. Do your front windows close entirely? When I open the windows a crack on our Concorde, the jump in wind noise volume is tremendous. Just a thought.

    Happy motoring.

    Tom Lancaster
  • sears3sears3 Posts: 12
    Is your Concorde not a LXI because I've heard
    that the air noise is not a problem in that car.
    I am making another appointment with the dealership. They changed the rubber seals around the windows and it made it worst. If nothing else
    I may drive another new Concorde and compare
    it to mine. Don't get me wrong I love my car and how it handles. I live in the country and drive
    alot of back roads and like I said early it drives
    like a car on rails, the room wonderful, and the
    looks I hear all the time how they love my car.
    I really think that there is a problem somewhere, because i don't like having to drive 35 miles to one dealership and 40 to the other plus take off work, there not open any on Sat.
  • 401k401k Posts: 16
    Our Concorde is a 1998 LXi.
  • i bought a 96 concorde 1year ago it has 90000 miles it has been a big headake rides like a covered wagon road noise is aulful needs tuneup every 5000 miles now needs new brain and air after 100000 miles it turned into pumkin
  • emaleemale Posts: 1,380
    so, why did you buy a car with 90,000 miles on it in the first place?
  • These posts are heartbreaking to read. I drove a 97 Concorde with 42000 miles and on the test drive everything SEEMED ok. The dealer wanted 12,888 for it but I talked them down to 11500. It's such a beautiful car, I was looking for something bigger and more powerful to replace my 98 Ford Escort, but after reading these posts I'm a bit skeptical. Is there ANYONE out there who has had a pleasant experience with their Concorde? I want some encouraging words before I decide to make a purchase. Maybe I should just go with the Mercury Sable... Bah.
  • frank58frank58 Posts: 54
    I finally picked up my 2000 Concorde. It has the wheel, leather package along with the D package. So far so good. People love the looks, the car drives and handles great.
    This is the nicest car I have owned so far, and I have owned a lot. I will keep up with the post and let you know how it goes.
  • jayess1jayess1 Posts: 7
    I have recently traded my 1996 Concorde for a 2000 LXI. The '96 was an excellent car. The lonly noise experienced was from the Traction Control an dABS. they couldn't fix because they said that it was supposed to make noise. My 2000 is actually much quieter and I certainly hope it stays OK. I went from a 94 Saable to th e'96 concorde and will tellthat there is no comparison. I'll stay with Chrysler until they prove themselves unfit for me.
  • jayess1jayess1 Posts: 7
    I have recently traded my 1996 Concorde for a 2000 LXI. The '96 was an excellent car. The lonly noise experienced was from the Traction Control an dABS. they couldn't fix because they said that it was supposed to make noise. My 2000 is actually much quieter and I certainly hope it stays OK. I went from a 94 Saable to th e'96 concorde and will tellthat there is no comparison. I'll stay with Chrysler until they prove themselves unfit for me.
  • In October 1997,I purchased a new '97 Concorde LX from a dealership in Conroe, Texas. At 6,000 miles the transmission casing began leaking like a sieve. Apparently it was porous due to a manufacturing defect. After MANY trips to the dealership and many inconveniences/horrendous customer service, I was able to replace the car in July '98 through the state's lemon law (which in Texas is heavily skewed in favor of the dealer and manufacturer). By then, the car had 17,000 miles and I was forced to accept a new '98 Concorde Lxi.
    Within two weeks, the horn was replaced because it shorted out. The window motors for the driver's side and the driver's side rear have been replaced a combined total of four times. Shortly thereafter, the transmission sensor went out so the car would not shift as expected which meant another trip to the dealer's service department. The rack and pinion was replaced at 40,000 miles. Also, engine mount shims were added due to a technical service bulletin( Chrysler TSB# 021699-Dec'99) referencing steering problems even though the car was within front-end alignment tolerance. The dealer never told me about the bulletin, but I researched it myself with the help of my local Firestone Service Center. I also had to have the windshield washer nozzles repaired. The car is noisy inside and it has no power from a dead stop since the 3.2 liter engine on the '98 has less torque than the 3.5 liter engine on '97 Concordes. If you still feel enamored of the Concorde's stylish appearance, go ahead and make the same mistake I made when I purchased my first and last Chrysler. I had no idea I would spend as much time and effort in scheduling repetitive vehicle repairs at the dealership for new cars which should have been free of major mechanical problems. Prior to the purchase of the '97 Concorde, I had been a lifelong Ford/Mercury customer. With the hell I have endured because of these two lemons and the shoddy customer service received from Chrysler dealerships/service departments, I will never again make the mistake of buying Chrysler products!!!
  • emaleemale Posts: 1,380
    for the record, the 3.2l torque is 225 ft/lbs, the old 3.5l was 221 ft/lbs.
  • mimi919mimi919 Posts: 85
    I have a 99 LXI which I have had for about 10 months and just turned 27,000 miles so I thought I would let prospective buyers know about my driving experience.
    I have posted many times in here....some negative and some possitive and with most of my posts someone will either accuse me of being either a Chrysler lover or hater...but none of that nonsense really matters to me as I just tell it the way it is based on my driving expierence.
    This post is strictly based on the mechanical aspects of my 99 Concorde.
    Well like I said in 27,000 driving miles I have not had one problem mechanically with my Concorde.
    I have not had it in for any service related repair on the drive train to date......If I had to rate my Concorde based on the drive train or reliabillity of the car I would have to say that I would give it a very high rating.
    I know there are many new readers in here thinking about buying a new Concorde and looking for advise from current owners...without really going into detail the best honest answer I would give is.....The Concorde is a gorgeous car both on the outside as well as the inside...handles great...reasonably economical...very roomy except for the passenger leg room...priced very fairly...fun to drive but on the down side it is very noisy riding car.
    Even though I have been very satisfied mechanically with my car many others have not been so lucky....so my advice would be...buy the extended warranty and if you don't mind a car that picks up road noise I think you will be very happy overall with your Concorde....
    Mimi
  • kmsyayakmsyaya Posts: 3
    I have in the past posted my thoughts on my new Concorde concerning road noise and the price that I paid for my car. I said that I noticed the road noise too compared to my previous car but with a great stereo with 8 speakers aboard, who really cares about a little wind noise!! LOL!
    My husband swore that he would NEVER own a Daimler-Chrysler product until we came upon the Concorde and it was so much car for the money and with the 0.9% financing, how could you go wrong?
    Can I just tell you that this car has stolen my husband's heart! He is in love. And as for the road noise, I have since bought a used (1993) Jeep Wrangler with a soft top and let me just say that if any of you complain about road noise or wind noise, drive a Wrangler. Wow. But I absolutly love the Jeep for driving around town and goofing off in but the Concorde is THE CAR!!
    Who would have thought that a 100% pure Chevy family would now be almost all Daimler-Chrysler!
    LOL!! ( We still own a Chevy pick-up ) Anyways, just thought I would share my 2 cents with you.
    Happy driving and keep the stereo up to eliminate the noise...Ha!

    Kari in PA
  • marsha7marsha7 Posts: 3,674
    Your post on the torque is informative, 221 v 225 lb ft (when I was younger, it was foot pounds, now it is pounds feet; who made the change, when, and WHY?????). But, I believe, more importantly, at what rpm does the engine attain those readings? Example: if 3.2L develops 225 at, say, 1700 rpm, but the 3.5L develops 221 at 4000 rpm (an rpm value rarely reached by most drivers with an auto trans), the 3.2 will perform much better between 0 and 60 mph, whereas the 3.5 will perform better between 80 and 120 mph, also a figure rarely reached by most drivers in their entire driving life.

    So we really must compare liters with torque with RPM, with the RPM reaaly the most important factor of all, since who needs a car with all of its torque available at 100 mph?

    Agree?
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