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3.9

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,732 miles

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1998 Chrysler Sebring transmission problems

transmission problem

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1998 Chrysler Sebring Owner Comments

problem #10

Jun 112008

Sebring

  • 149,000 miles

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

Upon attempting to start the car, I had to put the car in neutral or jiggle the gear in park in order to start the car. I replaced the starter thinking that was why the car would not start. I was informed by several auto part stores that I would have to replace the neutral safety switch, had that replaced and the car still would not start. I had my car towed to ganley Dodge to have them put the transmission back into my car, which cost me $70 plus $180 diagnostic. The ganley Dodge gave me a quote of $3500 for a new transmission. That was not in my budget, I then had my car towed by transmission world to their shop, I explained to them the problems I was having with my car, prior to this I didn't have any problems with the transmission. It took transmission world a week before they could get the transmission out of the car, to have the transmission taken out and taken apart to find out what was wrong it cost me $2,037 for a 3 year warranty on a new transmission.

- Maple Heights, OH, USA

problem #9

Aug 182004

Sebring 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving vehicle down shifted on its own. Consumer was at an intersection and shifter would not move. Consumer had the vehicle towed to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic determined that transmission needed to be replaced.

- Connellsville, PA, USA

problem #8

Jan 072004

Sebring 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,000 miles
Transmission and brakes are terrible. Brakes shake and shudder and barely stop the car. Transmission humss and shifts badly

- Hagerstown, MD, USA

problem #7

Dec 192002

Sebring 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 112,325 miles

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

I am the owner of a 1998 Chrysler Sebring, and recently have had problems with the transmission (automatic) not shifting correctly. We took the vehicle in to have it checked out and the shop said that this is a common problem with this vehicle. They said that when the ect module inside the transmission goes bad, it causes the whole transmission to burn out. We took the vehicle to the local Chrysler dealer to get a second opinion and they too confirmed that the transmission had gone bad, due to the module going out. My boyfriend works in the automotive parts business and he talked to a few shops about this vehicle and they all said that this is a common problem for the Chrysler Sebring. The vehicle has about 112K miles. We were quoted 3K to repair the vehicle at the Chrysler dealer.

- Richmond, CA, USA

problem #6

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 #5

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

problem #4

Mar 011998

Sebring

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Transmission failed.

- La Verne, CA, USA

problem #3

Oct 141998

Sebring

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When driving at any speed and applying brakes, vehicle shakes and pulls to the right. Wnen consumer drives over 15 mph, vehicle starts to vibrate. Also, when switching into a different gear there is a knocking noise coming from the vehicle.

- Taylor, MI, USA

problem #2

Feb 261999

(reported on)

Sebring

  • miles
When coming to a stop or at low speed vehicle will downshift. Gear will go from drive to third gear by itself, without moving it by hand.dealer claims this is a characteristic of vehicle, and it helps to protect transmission.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #1

Jan 051999

(reported on)

Sebring

  • miles
No summary.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

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