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5.5

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,200 miles

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1998 Chrysler Sebring body / paint problems

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1998 Chrysler Sebring Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #35

Jun 012010

Sebring 6-cyl

  • 201,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

When we acquired our 1998 Chrysler Sebring June 2010, both outside door handles were broken. We could only open the door through an open window. The dealer wanted $500 to install them. In April 2012, the passenger handle broke again. Now, June 2012, the driver handle broke again. The parts installed two years ago have both broken again. These parts are plastic and apparently do not last very long. Is there a recall" what do we do"

- Orange, CA, USA

problem #34

Jun 012010

Sebring

  • 130,000 miles
Plz note 1998 Chrysler Sebrings door levers will break on you both mine did as well as others I notice on the internet. First it was one door handle tried to lift it and the other one brakes. So for mths I had to get into the passenger side door to open drivers side door. Then passenger side door lever wont open. I read some guy door even came of while he was driving. And to there is a distributor you will have that problem I notice with a 1998 Chrysler Sebring it will die on you. You will tow it and cost thousands to repair. As far as the doors im calling Chrysler if any recalls on both doors..and most likely pay hundreds to get it fix by some1. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Saint Charles, MO, USA

problem #33

Jan 172006

Sebring 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
: the contact stated both outside door handles are plastic and have cracked. The doors will not open therefore; the vehicle has not been to a dealership.

- Wilkes-Barre, PA, USA

problem #32

May 312005

Sebring 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Driver side door molding/paneling slid, becoming detached. Passenger side has detached and been repaired twice, driver side one other time prior to this incident

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #31

Apr 072004

Sebring 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles
1998 Chrysler Sebring. Last year sport moulding fell off passenger door. Two weeks ago, passenger door handle broke when opening door.

- Centreville, VA, USA

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problem #30

Jun 282003

Sebring 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles
In April 2003 my exterior driverside doorhandle broke off. In june2003, my exterior passanger side doorhandle broke off. Both handles broke off in the same places. Very weak plastic, dealer told me the car was old(1998). I have owned older cars and had no problems with the handles breaking off. I am not that strong I didn't rip it off.

- Denton, TX, USA

problem #29

Sep 062002

Sebring

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Outside door handle broke upon attempting to open unlocked door. One junk yard informed me he has 10 calls a week on the Sebring door handles.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #28

May 312001

Sebring

  • miles
Consumer states after having recall repairs completed to the door garnish molding trim clip, there was a minor vibration that could be heard on the passenger side of the vehicle, consumer noticed the passneger door molding had moved toward the front of the vehicle, when opening the the passenger door, the molding contacted the front fender, when closing the door and moving the molding away from the fender toward the reaer of the vehicle approximately half an inch, the vibration no longer occured.

- Beachwood, NJ, USA

problem #27

Jul 162002

Sebring

  • miles
Consumer states that both outside door handles fell off, within three days apart. Dealer and the manufacturer have been notified. Feel free to provide any further information.

- Muskegon, MI, USA

problem #26

Jul 012001

Sebring

  • miles
Door handles are breaking off -- both doors on my vehicle -- average 8 per month at the colonial Chrysler Plymouth dealership in mesquite, Texas.

- Canton, TX, USA

problem #25

Jul 142001

Sebring

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Exterior door handles break off and internal components fall inside of door. The door cannot be opened from an outside source. The door handle components are or appear to be made of some type of hard plastic, when exposed to elements it becomes brittle.

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #24

May 202001

Sebring

  • miles
Both door handles broke off in consumers hand when attempting to open door.

- Horn Lake, MI, USA

problem #23

Apr 172001

(reported on)

Sebring

  • miles
While driving down highway at 50-55 mph molding on passenger's side door flew off vehicle in middle of traffic. Consumer has yet to contact dealer. But, this is a big problem with this year/ make a model.

- Inglewood, CA, USA

problem #22

Mar 062001

(reported on)

Sebring

  • miles
Engine-well maintained failed at 60K miles. Oil pump and bearings. Door assembly keeps coming loose, handle fell off. Wheels too soft, bent all of the time. Fuel pump failed at 17K miles. This car is a lemon.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #21

Aug 012000

Sebring

  • miles
The trim on the outside of both driver side and passenger side doors have been fixed once and replaced once. The trim seems to fall of during the summer when tempuratures reach 105 or above for several days in a row. The trim has come loose from the passanger side door again. I have been talking with the dealer since September 15, 2000, I have brought my car into the dealer ship 3 since September, and I received a repair notice in the mail. The notice stated that Chrysler world replace the part free of charge for my car. The last time I brought my car in, the dealer handed me a qoute for $276. I was told they will not replace for free unless I had the card, which I can not find.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #20

Aug 072000

(reported on)

Sebring

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The outer door panels on my automoble have at numerous occasions become loose & have fallen off & are unable to be professionally fixed.

- Forest Park, GA, USA

problem #19

Aug 012000

Sebring

  • miles
Inside door panel plastic is falling off, especially when weather changes. Dealer will fix it under warranty, but consumer feels that this has happened too many times.

- San Deigo, CA, USA

problem #18

Feb 122000

Sebring

  • miles
Tire rims are too soft!!!! have replace 2 rims and have owned vehicle less than 18 months. Door panels are defective!!! sunroof upholstery is defective. Engine roars. Over drive button is located in a bad place. Instructions are confusing between panel instructions and O/D manuel. I love to drive this car....but I hate it! am extremely disappointed!!!( dot number: )

- Highlands, NC, USA

problem #17

Dec 291999

(reported on)

Sebring

  • miles
The left and right side door panels fall off continuously.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #16

Jan 182000

(reported on)

Sebring

  • miles
I have had nothing but problems out of this car!! the car was purchased in charlotte, but I live in spartanburg, so all service and maintenance had been performed at quality Chrysler (1030 N. church St., spartanburg, SC 29303; phone: 864/596-4550). The transmission was not shifting correctly in 11/98, but they couldn't find anything wrong with it at the dealership. It would not move when put into reverse or drive. They finally found the problem in 6/98. Started having additional problems in 11/99, and they stated once again that there was not a problem. - the door panels have come off of both doors on numerous occasions. Blew a tire while driving approximately 25mph. Rim appears to have cut through side wall. - horn on right side of steering wheel does not work. This is a safety issue in that I couldn't alert a vehicle that was about to shift into my lane. I had to drive onto the shoulder of the road to avoid an accident. - I have had other problems that are not safety issues, including : spots in paint on spoiler, alarm sounding when unlocking passenger door with key, spots on back window. I am very unhappy with the quality of this car, especially since it is my very first new car.

- Inman, SC, USA

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