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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
8,850 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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1998 Chrysler Sebring Owner Comments

problem #20

Mar 012015

Sebring 6-cyl

  • 117,000 miles

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

I was going 55 miles per hour with cruise control set when I hit the brake my car started going faster and would not slow down I had to turn the key off and go into a field.

- Cannon Falls , MN, USA

problem #19

Jul 212004

Sebring 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
The driver placed the key inside of ignition the vehicle was running but parked. The vehicle suddenly accelerated backward without warning. The driver was able to maintain control of the vehicle. And was able to drive it home. The driver injured his shoulder. The driver will contact the dealer.

- Jackson, MS, USA

problem #18

May 072003

(reported on)

Sebring

  • miles
When the vehicle was in reverse and the driver slightly touched the accelerator pedal the vehicle raced backwards which caused an accident and injuries.

- Paradise Valley, AZ, USA

problem #17

Oct 012002

Sebring

  • miles

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

Consumer states when slowing down or stopped at a light, the throttle control will not return to idle. Problem occurs intermittenly.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #16

Jun 262002

Sebring

  • miles
Consumer's vehicle exprienced the same throttle problem as stated in recall # 02 V 186 000, which resulted in an accident. But this recall was for years 1995/1996, not on 1998.contacted dealer.

- Londonderry, NH, USA

problem #15

Mar 081998

Sebring

  • miles
Vehicle surges forward at a fairly high speed when brakes are applied. Had brake pads and rotors replaced 3 times; but problem still occurs.

- Garlin, TX, USA

problem #14

Sep 012001

Sebring

  • miles

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

Cruise control from purchase didn't work, salesman told me I needed to be traveling 55 mph for it work. Turned out, it was broken, cost me $100 to repair. One month after purchase, car dead, turned out it needed a batery. Dealership paid the cost. 2nd month after purchase, check enging light came on, car running sluggish and popping noise, turned out I needed a spark plug. I requested they change them all. They wouldn't. 3 months after purchase check enging light on again, car running very sluggish, popping noise again, filled up with gas, car wouldn't start, had to have it towed it. This is rediculous. I want to file a lemon. Law. I can't afford a $400/mo paymnet and pay for my car to be repaired on a monthly basis. What can I do?

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #13

Mar 252000

Sebring

  • miles
Vehicle experienced sudden acceleration resulting in multiple vehicle accidents.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #12

Jul 011999

Sebring

  • miles
When stopping and engine reaches 750 RPM, engine surges by 300 RPM before decreasing to idle at about 650 RPM. If brake is not held tight, car will lurch forward and hit anything in front of it. Dealer says they do not know how to fix problem after several attempts, and with different dealers.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #11

Oct 271999

(reported on)

Sebring

  • miles
When vehicle was started and placed into reverse it pulled off on its own while consumer had the brakes applied, backed into a building very fast, jumping at least seven feet in the air, and landing back on all four wheels before coming to a stop. The dealer has been contacted.

- Collingswood, NJ, USA

problem #10

Oct 011999

Sebring

  • miles

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

When taking the key out of ignition, vehicle took off and ran into some type of bushes.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #9

Sep 101999

Sebring

  • miles
While driving on highway a T approx 30-40 mph, got ready to slow down, and the vehicle started to accelerate. Applied brakes, and the rpms shot up to 4 or 5. had to pull the emergency brakes in order to stop the vehicle.

- Minneapolis, MN, USA

problem #8

Sep 201999

(reported on)

Sebring

  • miles
Defective throttle linkage caused vehicle to take off unexpectedly up to speeds of 50 mph while in reverse, driver slammed on brakes, but vehicle would not stop until hitting a building.

- Tequesta, FL, USA

problem #7

Apr 151999

Sebring

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
On-going/intermittent problem with vehicle suddenly accelerating causing loss of control. Dealer notified and informed consumer that nothing could be found. Seeking help from NHTSA in this matter.

- Mantua, NJ, USA

problem #6

Aug 021999

Sebring

  • miles
When disengaging the cruise control, accelerator pedal weent to floor. Driver had to use the emergency brake and shift to park to stop vehicle. Also, there was a fire in the engine compartment. The fire was put out by fire department. The vehicle was totalled.

- Menifee, CA, USA

problem #5

Jun 181999

Sebring

  • miles
Car suddenly accellerated when placed in drive, causing an accident.

- Nokomis, FL, USA

problem #4

May 201999

Sebring

  • miles
Rmps will rev up, and engine check engine light will come on. The dealer has replaced steering pump and switch. The dealer has been having trouble duplicating the problem. The power steering rack has been replaced and light has not come back on but vehicle performance has not improved. Manufacturer has been notified.

- Broomfield, CO, USA

problem #3

Mar 111999

Sebring

  • miles
Vehicle experienced sudden acceleration resulting in vehicle striking objects. Mjs

- Rockwall, TX, USA

problem #2

Nov 181998

Sebring

  • miles
Car is falling apart, unsafe to drive, can't see out of it due to icing and other problems took to dealer for repairs, repairs were not completed

- Anchorage, AK, USA

problem #1

Oct 161998

Sebring

  • miles
Vehicle was placed in drive and accelerated on its own to a point where rubber was burned prior to hitting the vehicle parked in front. The automatic floor shift was then placed into reverse where the vehicle shot backwards for approximately 40 feet before hitting another parked vehicle, at that point the engine was shut down.

- Acton, MA, USA

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