by David Zatz • Posted on July 9th, 2012
[Originally posted June 25th, 2012; updated July 7, 2012.] In June, several dealers reported that some of the current Pentastar V6 engines had experienced premature cylinder head failure, usually on cylinder 2. While it is rare considering the number of these engines produced, it became an issue for dealerships in some areas due to the lack of readily available service parts.
The Pentastar V6 is Chrysler’s only current six-cylinder gasoline engine except for the Ram 1500′s 3.7 liter powerplant, which will not return for the 2013 model year.
Customers were generally given loaner cars while the issue was being resolved, though in some cases there was a considerable delay as Chrysler engineers sought root causes and an effective cure. The issue did not leave customers stranded, as far as we know, but lit the “check engine” light.
A fix was engineered and entered production by the time of our first report; at that time, tooling was being created and tested, and the backlog of replacement heads was being addressed. At this time, all heads being made are of the new design, and parts have been sent to dealers.
Because the issue seems to make itself known relatively quickly, it should come up within the warranty period, and “the new Chrysler” has proven itself likely to stand behind known defects long after warranties are over. The problem affects a small percentage of engines. With service parts now available, the issue is likely to disappear and the affair may not be remembered as more than an early glitch.
Chrysler Group has announced it will recall an estimated 29,500 2014 and 2015 Fiat 500L vehicles shipped in the U.S. and Canada to replace their knee airbags. Of the total, an estimated 25,500 are in the U.S. with the other 4,000 in Canada.
Based on U.S. sales reported through the end of June, the recall appears to cover all of the 500Ls sold or shipped since the model went on the market....
Robert C. Evans wrote, “I caught these right outside my office this morning. It appears to be an updated 2015 Chrysler 300, with a much larger front grill than the current generation. It seems it is almost returning to the original 300 grill and squared off front end. You will also see integrated exhaust in the rear much like the 2015 Chrysler 200.”
Most of the sheet metal should be similar to the current version, as the 2015 will be a relatively minor refresh — except for the use of eight-speed automatics across the board and UConnect upgrades....
If you can’t afford $60,000 or more for the real thing, or the insurance surcharges for driving a 707 horsepower car (even if you promise to use the 500-hp black fob), Dodge will help out by providing a Hemi Hellcat ring-tone for your phone.
The ringtone can be heard and downloaded from www.drivesrt.com/hellcatringtone.
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