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Prowler Recall Notices:

NHTSA Prowler Brief Recall History

1997: Some welds that affect vehicle control and crashworthiness may have been omitted in six areas of the frame; loss of control can occur.

1997-02: Some vehicles may have defective lower control arm ball joints, resulting in possible loss of steering control. Dealer will inspect and replace affected parts.

1999: Brake-indicator-lamp circuit does not contain the required ground circuit to illuminate the lamp in the event of a brake system hydraulic malfunction.

1999: Some aluminum castings used in manufacture of frame may have missed the required heat treatment; some of these frames could fracture under vehicle operating conditions.

2000-01: Some of the owner's manuals for these vehicles are missing instructions for properly attaching a child restraint system's tether strap to the tether anchorage.

Prowler 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002
NHTSA Recall Campaign Number: 06E022000

Component: SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC

Details: CERTAIN AFTERMARKET BRAKE HYDRAULIC MASTER CYLINDERS SOLD AS REPLACEMENT BRAKE CYLINDERS FOR CERTAIN FORD, DAIMLERCHRYSLER, AND JEEP PASSENGER VEHICLES. THESE BRAKE CYLINDERS WERE SOLD UNDER THE BRAND NAMES OF NAPA, RAYBESTOS, AIMCO, AC DELCO, CARQUEST, BENDIX, AND WAGNER. ONLY PRODUCTS THAT WERE MANUFACTURED FROM JULY 27, 2005 THROUGH JANUARY 17, 2006 (DATE CODES 0529 THROUGH 0602) ARE SUBJECT TO THIS RECALL. WHEN SUBJECT TO VERY COLD TEMPERATURES, AN INTERNAL SEAL IN THE MASTER CYLINDER COULD LOSE FLEXIBILITY AND MAY CAUSE BRAKE FLUID TO LEAK.

Consequence: LOSS OF BRAKE FLUID CAN LEAD TO A DECREASE IN BRAKE LINE PRESSURE AND AN INCREASE IN STOPPING DISTANCE, WHICH CAN RESULT IN A VEHICLE CRASH.

Corrective Action: AFFINIA (BRAKE PARTS, INC.) WILL REPLACE THE SUBJECT BRAKE HYDRAULIC MASTER CYLINDERS FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL BEGAN ON MARCH 20, 2006. OWNERS CAN CONTACT AFFINA GROUP CUSTOMER SERVICE AT 1-800-323-0354.

Prowler 2000, 2001
NHTSA Recall Campaign Number: 00V366000

Component: CHILD SEAT

Details: VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES, PICKUP TRUCKS AND SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES FAIL TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FMVSS NO. 225, "CHILD RESTRAINT ANCHORAGE SYSTEMS." SOME OF THE OWNER'S MANUALS FOR THESE VEHICLES ARE MISSING INSTRUCTIONS THAT PROVIDE A STEP-BY-STEP PROCEDURE, INCLUDING DIAGRAMS, FOR PROPERLY ATTACHING A CHILD RESTRAINT SYSTEM'S TETHER STRAP TO THE TETHER ANCHORAGE.

Consequence: IN THE EVENT OF A CRASH, THE CHILD SEAT MAY NOT BE PROPERLY ATTACHED INCREASING THE RISK OF INJURY TO THE CHILD.

Corrective Action: OWNERS WILL BE PROVIDED WITH AN ADDENDUM TO THE OWNER'S MANUALS.


Prowler 1999, 2000, 2001
NHTSA Recall Campaign Number: 03V034000

Component: SUSPENSION:FRONT:CONTROL ARM:LOWER ARM

Details: ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES, THE LOWER CONTROL ARM BALL JOINTS MAY EXPERIENCE A LOSS OF LUBRICATION THAT CAN RESULT IN ACCELERATED WEAR AND POSSIBLE SEPARATION FROM THE STEERING KNUCKLE.

Consequence: A BALL JOINT THAT HAS SEPARATED MAY RESULT IN LOSS OF DIRECTIONAL CONTROL.

Corrective Action: DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE FRONT LOWER CONTROL ARM BALL JOINTS WITH MODIFIED ASSEMBLIES. OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN ON APRIL 4, 2003. OWNERS WHO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER ON AN AGREED UPON SERVICE DATE AND DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT DAIMLERCHRYSLER AT 1-800-853-1403 OR CHECK ON-LINE AT HTTP://WWW.CHRYSLER.COM/WEBSELFSERVICE/CHRYSLER/INDEX.JSP

Prowler 1999
NHTSA Recall Campaign Number: 99V245000

Component: INTERIOR LIGHTING

Details: VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER VEHICLES. THE BRAKE SYSTEM ON THESE VEHICLES DOES NOT COMPLY WITH FMVSS NO. 105, "HYDRAULIC BRAKE SYSTEMS."

Consequence: THE BRAKE INDICATOR LAMP CIRCUIT DOES NOT CONTAIN THE REQUIRED GROUND CIRCUIT TO ILLUMINATE THE LAMP IN THE EVENT OF A BRAKE SYSTEM HYDRAULIC MALFUNCTION.

Corrective Action: DEALERS WILL ATTACH A WIRING JUMPER TO THE BRAKE SYSTEM PRESSURE DIFFERENTIAL SWITCH.

Prowler 1999
NHTSA Recall Campaign Number: 98V104000

Component: INTERIOR LIGHTING

Details: VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER VEHICLES. THE BACK LIGHT BULBS FOR THE LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY FOR THE GEAR SHIFT POSITION (PRNDL) AND THE ODOMETER WERE NOT PROPERLY INSTALLED.

Consequence: IF THE BULBS FALL OUT, THE DISPLAY MAY BE DIFFICULT TO READ.

Corrective Action: DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE INSTRUMENT CLUSTER ASSEMBLY WITH CLUSTERS THAT HAVE BULBS THAT HAVE BEEN PROPERLY TWIST-LOCKED IN PLACE.

Units Potentially Affected: 457

Prowler 1999
NHTSA Recall Campaign Number: 99V313000

Component: STRUCTURE:FRAME AND MEMBERS

Details: VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER VEHICLES. SOME ALUMINUM CASTINGS USED IN THE MANUFACTURE OF THE VEHICLE FRAME MAY HAVE MISSED THE REQUIRED HEAT TREATMENT OPERATION RESULTING IN SOFT FRAME CASTINGS.

Consequence: SOME OF THESE FRAMES COULD FRACTURE UNDER VEHICLE OPERATING CONDITIONS, RESULTING IN LOSS OF VEHICLE HANDLING OR VEHICLE CONTROL.

Corrective Action: DEALERS WILL REPLACE THESE VEHICLES.

Units Potentially Affected: 546

Prowler 1997
NHTSA Recall Campaign Number: 98V184000

Component: FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:FUEL INJECTION SYSTEM

Details: VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER VEHICLES BUILT WITH 3.5L ENGINES. THE FUEL INJECTION DELIVERY SYSTEM CAN LEAK FUEL FROM SOME OF THE SEALING O-RINGS OR FROM HAIR LINE CRACKS IN THE THERMOSET FUEL INJECTION RAIL.

Consequence: FUEL LEAKAGE IN THE PRESENCE OF AN IGNITION SOURCE CAN RESULT IN A FIRE.

Corrective Action: DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE FUEL RAIL O-RINGS AND REINFORCE THE OUTLET (PASSENGER) SIDE FUEL RAIL. VEHICLES SHOWING FUEL LEAKAGE ON THE OUTLET FUEL RAIL MUST HAVE THE OUTLET RAIL REPLACED WHICH INCLUDES CHANGING THE UPPER AND LOWER INJECTOR O-RINGS. HOWEVER, IF A VEHICLE IS LEAKING FUEL FROM THE O-RINGS OR FROM A CRACKED FUEL LINE, THE VEHICLE SHOULD BE TAKEN INTO A DEALER TO HAVE THIS REPAIRED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

Prowler 1997
NHTSA Recall Campaign Number: 98V047000

Component: STRUCTURE:FRAME AND MEMBERS

Details: VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: MULTI-PURPOSE PASSENGER VEHICLE. SOME OF THE FRAME WELDS THAT AFFECT VEHICLE CONTROL AND CRASHWORTHINESS WERE OMITTED IN SIX ZONES IN THE FRAME.

Consequence: LOSS OF VEHICLE CONTROL CAN OCCUR, INCREASING THE RISK OF A VEHICLE CRASH.

Corrective Action: DEALERS WILL INSPECT THESE VEHICLES FOR THE PRESENCE OF THE CRITICAL WELDS. ANY VEHICLES MISSING WELDS WILL BE CORRECTED BY TEAMS OF WELDERS IN THE FIELD.

Units Potentially Affected: 245

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A Brief Summary of Year-to-Year Changes

1998 Plymouth Prowler: No '98 models were issued, but Prowler would be back for 1999.

1999 Plymouth Prowler: Reintroduced in spring of 1998 as a '99 model, Prowler had a new V6 engine that produced 253 horsepower--39 more than in 1997. That engine came from the Chrysler 300M and LHS. As before, the sole transmission was a rear-mounted automatic unit with Chrysler's Autostick manual-shift feature. Antilock brakes and traction control remained unavailable. In addition to the original purple body color, the revived Prowler came in yellow, black, or red. Chrome wheels were newly optional, too.

2000 Plymouth Prowler: Suspension revisions were the major changes this year, along with new body colors. Springs were softened and shock absorbers recalibrated, in an attempt to improve ride and handling. Silver joined the body-color list, replacing yellow and purple. A new chrome bezel and leather boot went on the gearshift, and an automatic-dimming mirror contained an integral compass and trip computer.

2001 Plymouth Prowler: Adjustable shock absorbers and new colors are the only changes for this limited production model. Production ceased at the end of the year.

2002 Plymouth Prowler: Inca Gold replaced Mulholland Blue midyear as an option to orange or silver. The last Prowler was put together on February 15, 2002.

1997-2002 Plymouth Prowler: Reliability
From Consumer Guide

Trouble Spots
Consumer Guide'sŪ Auto Editors have scoured repair bulletins and questioned mechanics to search for commonly occurring problems for a particular vehicle. In some cases we also give possible manufacturer-suggested solutions. In many instances these trouble spots are Technical Service Bulletins posted by the manufacturer, however, we have our own expert looking at additional vehicle problems.

Air conditioner: A growling noise from the A/C is probably due to the A/C line rubbing on the air-filter housing. A revised line must be installed. (1997-99)

Dashboard lights: The low-tire-pressure warning may blink intermittently. If the pressure is not actually low, the pressure sensor(s) will be replaced. (1997-99)

Dashboard lights: Low tire-pressure warning light might indicate a faulty sensor/transmitter. (1997-99)

Fuel gauge: If fuel tank does not fill completely or is slow to fill, and updated filler neck and hose are available. (1997-01)

Fuel pump: When refueling, the pump nozzle may keep clicking off and/or the tank may stop accepting fuel when it is only half-full due to a problem with the filler neck. A revised neck is available. (1997-99)

Hard starting: Reprogramming the power-train control module could aid cold start idle quality. (1997)

Oil leak: In colder weather, oil may be forced out of the differential case vent. (1997-00)

Vehicle noise: A fluttering or vibrating noise from the center dash vents means the HVAC mode door needs to be recalibrated which is done by removing the battery cable, turning the blower switch to high, and reconnecting the battery cable. (1999-2000)



1999-2002 Plymouth Prowler
3.5 liter SOHC V-6 VIN "G"
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