Is Your 2015 Chrysler 200 A Lemon?

Chrysler 200, 9 speed transmission, lemon law, nine-speed

The check engine light repeatedly comes on, the transmission slips, hesitates or stalls, and the dealer has replaced the transmission control module (TCM) in your 2015 Chrysler 200 more than once.

You have made repeated trips to your Chrysler dealership for the same transmission system problems and have been told “it’s not the transmission, it’s the way you’re driving, or it’s the way someone in your household is driving the car before/after you last drove it.” Either way, the typical explanation to the ZF-designed 9-speed transmission problems is that the vehicle has to learn how you drive.

According to application engineer, Frieder Mohr, it could be a problem if your significant other drives with a heavy foot while you take a more gentle approach.

If you are the gentler driver in the household, a few lumpy shifts are to be expected each time you get in after the more aggressive driver. If one driver drives rapidly most or all of the time, then it is possible that the low-speed, low-load shifts will not work so well, because the transmission will still be assuming the style of the more aggressive driver.
(SOURCE: The Car Connection)

Apparently, the ZF 9-speed transmission also has to learn how Americans drive because we “drive differently.”

“First of all, we learned that Americans drive differently,” said CEO Stefan Sommer, as part of a Q&A session. “We need to focus more on the regional-specific perception of how such a complex machine like an automatic transmission is working in the car, and as a consequence we have made a decision to bring more application engineering into the U.S…. to be closer to the U.S. customer, to even frontload, in this tuning application work.”
(SOURCE: WashingtonPost.com)

Americans drive differently? Gone are the days when domestic cars were “American made” and as a result, we now need to adjust our driving habits to foreign made transmissions.

ZF Friedrichshafen AG officials are not willing to concede that the 9-speed transmission problems in the Chrysler 200, Jeep Cherokee, Honda, and Acura are related to their design choices.

What if your 2015 Chrysler 200 fails to learn your driving habits and continues to stall, hesitate, shift rough, and generally behave very badly on the road?

Like any other product that is mass produced, vehicles often suffer from defects either at the design stage or during the manufacturing stage. Not every 2015 Chrysler 200 that rolls off the assembly line will be defective, but some may have defects that can cause them to be dangerous to drive. If your 2015 Chrysler 200 suffers from these transmission system problems, please call us instead of trying to take on the auto manufacturer on your own. We are here to help you and Chrysler pays all of our legal fees and costs so there is no cost to you.

Under the California Lemon Law, your 2015 Chrysler 200 is not required to pass a driver education test and/or adapt to the driving habits of everyone who drives your car. If your vehicle has been taken to the dealership four or more times and repaired under the original manufacturer’s warranty for the same defect, and that defect substantially impairs your use, value, or safety, you may be entitled to relief under the California lemon law.

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Debbie Horowitz

Deborah L. Horowitz, an attorney who has been licensed in California to practice law for over 15 years, has dedicated her entire legal career to protecting consumer rights. She has settled over 8,000 lemon law cases and achieved excellent results for her clients.