The Chrysler 200 is known for being a reliable five-passenger mid-size sedan. Originally made to help Chrysler distance itself from the Sebring, which had developed a reputation for a plethora of issues. The Chrysler 200 was a reliable replacement for the Sebring. However, if your 200 does end up having a problem, having a Chrysler 200 repair manual may help the repair process go more smoothly.
Debuted at the 2009 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan, the 200C was a prototype hybrid vehicle. The 200C prototype’s powertrain was engineered to be either gasoline, hybrid, or electric. It was broadly praised for its clean lines and simplified interior interface.
When Chrysler decided to start putting the 200 into production, they merely took the Chrysler Sebring and updated the styling and engineering to create the Chrysler 200. From 2011 to 2017, Chrysler would continue to revise and update the 200 approximately every five years.
The LX was the base model of the 200. It included 17-inch steel wheels with full plastic wheel covers, the Uconnect 3.0 A/M-F/M stereo with four speakers, cloth seats, USB and auxiliary audio input jacks, power door locks, power windows, exterior color-keyed components,
keyless entry, and push-button start. The ZF 9-speed automatic rotary-shifted transmission was paired with a 2.4 L inline four-cylinder engine which had 144.0 cubic inches (2,360 cc) of displacement.
The Limited model was the premium model of the first generation. It featured a power front driver seat, Stereo Bluetooth, Uconnect 5.0 AM/FM stereo with a six-speaker audio system, USB and auxiliary audio input jacks, a touch-screen, voice recognition, and upgraded interior trim. The S Special Edition was equipped with additional options such as the Uconnect Access 8.4A infotainment system, dual power front seats,18-inch alloy wheels, and SIRIUS-XM Satellite Radio.
What powered the Chrysler 200 Limited, was the 3.6 L V6 engine; which produced 295 HP (220 kW;299 PS). For the 2017 model year, the Limited was replaced with the Limited Platinum, which was essentially an identical vehicle as the Limited, but with higher-end features.
The Touring model was the model that replaced the 2017 Limited. The foundation of the Touring model was Chrysler's LX platform and was only available in 2017. Along with having the amenities from the Limited, the cosmetic improvements were upgrading the UConnect 5.0BT radio with six speakers and replacing the steel wheels with 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels.
The 200S model was the sport-tuned model of the 200 lineup. It featured its own unique suspension. Featuring ""blacked-out"" exterior accents, brushed metallic blue interior trim, optional dark-finished alloy wheels, upgraded interior trim, less chrome exterior accents than the previous models, standard fog lights, SiriusXM Satellite Radio standard, Uconnect 5.0 standard with standard 6-speaker mid-level stereo, and additional standard features that were optional on the LX and Limited models. The 3.6L V6 engine producing 295 HP (220 kW;299 PS) and AWD were also available on the S model.
All 200S models also includes sport mode. While standard on all second generation 200's with a V6, the Sport mode was also available on 2.4 L 200S variants. Sport mode re-tuned 11 different systems in the car for more dynamic driving. For the AWD variants, it also engaged a 60/40 rear bias off the line, although the dynamic multi-map electronics could push it to a maximum of 50/50. Sport mode replaced low-gear mode on the dial shift and automatically disabled traction control - though one could re-enable traction control by pressing the traction button, after shifting into sport mode.
The 200C model was considered to be the luxury 200 model. It had chrome exterior accents, polished alloy wheels, the Uconnect 8.4A infotainment system (including the Uconnect Access cellular connectivity), leather seats, heated and power front seats, remote starter system, and wood interior trim. The 3.6 L V6 engine and AWD were still available as an option. The 200C's unique ""Ride & Handling"" suspension was softer than the 200S, but the AWD version of the 200C was stiffer and more akin to the 200S than the front-wheel suspension. For 2017, the 200C was renamed 200C Platinum and was essentially the same vehicle merely rebranded as the 200C Platinum.
Although the exterior design wasn't a head turner, under the hood, the 2011 200 wasn't necessarily too shabby. Possessing a 4-speed 2.4 L four-cylinder 173 hp (129 kW;175 PS) 166 lb⋅ft (225 N⋅m) engine, it could accelerate 0-60 in 8.7 seconds. There was also an optional 6-speed 3.6 L V6 engine producing 283 hp (211 kW;241 PS) and 260 lb⋅ft (353 N⋅m) of torque that was also available. The 200's body mounts were improved by making them stiffer, a rear sway bar was added, and the ride was improved through a suspension revision.
Other amenities included thicker seat cushioning made with higher quality materials, along with better cabin insulation to decrease vibration and road noise. Eventually, Chrysler made a convertible option as well.
In 2013, the Chrysler 200 convertible got a suspension upgrade. Originally having the same suspension as the Sebring, Chrysler reworked the suspension making the ride smoother.
The S trim was removed in the second generation and was made into a styling option. The two appearance options, S Interior and S Exterior options could be added to other generations of the 200 except the 200 S Special Edition and 200 Super S.
The improvements that were made to the third generation were mainly styling and performance focused. Ameliorating the chin spoilers, the grilles were finished in gloss black and satin chrome options. Side sills and gray or black 18-inch wheels gave a sportier feel to the vehicle. The rear was improved with, satin chrome finishes to the light bar, and a new spoiler and matte black diffuser with an integrated exhaust.
On the mechanical side, the 200 got a cold air intake that was fitted under the hood while a cat-back exhaust replaced the stock setup. Lastly, the ride height was lowered with a coil-over suspension implemented at the corners, which resulted in a lower center of gravity.
FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) based the second generation on the Fiat Compact platform, which they used the extended (long?) wheelbase version for the second generation Chrysler 200. It was offered in four trim levels, LX, Limited, S as well as C — and was supposed to be FCA's answer to the competition.
The 2014 Chrysler 200 had the best horsepower and the lowest drag coefficient out of the 200 lineup to that point. It was also the first 200 to have a dial-based gear shift.
This model remained in production until 2017. At which point, FCA decided to discontinue the 200s based on the market continually shifting towards hybrids and crossovers. More, FCA's interest to focus more of their time and resources on their pickup and SUV lines, which had steadily stronger sales than the 200s. Moreover, with that, the Chrysler 200 line was discontinued.
Although the Chrysler 200s are no longer in production, their pervasiveness and their relatively recent discontinuation means that many can still be found on the road and for sale second hand. So, remember if you ever need help servicing your 200, having a Chrysler 200 service manual can make the job go smoother. So, go pick up yours today!