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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,335 miles

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2001 Chrysler Sebring engine problems

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2001 Chrysler Sebring Owner Comments (Page 1 of 4)

problem #79

Mar 202011

Sebring 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles


2001 Chrysler sebring, convertible 2.7, VIN [xxx] engine failure, no warning. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #78

Dec 132010


  • 50,000 miles this happened to my sebring twice! it failed the first time, and we put a new engine in it, then this engine failed. Chrysler knows about this and is refusing to acknowledge that the defect is their engine! I spent $8000 on the new engine, now I am in debt for a new car because it failed again! please help! there are class action lawsuits but not in my state - va. Thanks you! [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Reston, VA, USA

problem #77

Aug 012010


  • 103,000 miles
Engine failure- I have a 2001 Chrysler sebring limited with the 2.7 ltr engine of which I have faithfully had serviced. The engine, with no warning, went out just as I am seeing with other complaints on the web.

- St Louis, MO, USA

problem #76

Jun 282010


  • 56,000 miles


I bought my 2001 sebring lxi convertible in Dec 2003, with just over 500 miles on the odometer. It had suffered a transmission failure at the original dealer, had never been sold to a customer, was returned to Chrysler for a replacement, then sat on a back lot for nearly two years before being resold to another dealer. I bought it with a new car warranty and bought the extended (7 year/70,000 mile) warranty. After initial problems with the transmission control module, heater and warped brake rotors (all fixed by the dealer), the car served me very well for 50,000 miles--no serious issues at all. At each service after roughly 20,000 miles, I would tell the Chrysler service dept that the oil pressure light was coming on intermittently. They would duly check the oil level and tell me not to worry. Then I took it to a Chrysler dealer (rosenthal, arlington, va) for the 50K service and told them that the oil pressure light had been coming on frequently at idle or very low rpms for the past 10,000 miles or so, but the oil level was fine, and also that the engine had begun to use oil at about 1 quart every couple of thousand miles. The dealer service manager told me not to worry, that this particular engine (2.7L) with that much mileage tended to use oil. He said just to keep it topped up. I kept checking and adding oil for the next 5,000 miles. Just before I intended to take the car in for another oil change, the engine blew without warning on an inter-state highway. I had it hauled to the nearest Chrysler dealer and paid to have the oil pan pulled and assessed. The mechanic said the engine was blown and the cause was sludge build-up, and that my extended warranty did not cover that cause for engine failure.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #75

Feb 102010

Sebring 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
S10 appropriate handling-letter from regarding 2001 Chrysler Sebring the consumer stated when he turned the steering wheel to the left or the right, he could hear a grinding sound. The dealer found the left lower ball joint was worn, which was the cause of the noise. Also, the front struts, oil pan and cooler lines were all leaking, and the drive belts were cracked. The heating and air condition controls were not performing as designed.

- Garland, TX, USA

problem #74

Nov 102008


  • 117,000 miles
I have a 2001 Chrysler Sebring that stopped running on the express way and come to find out it was my motor that had failed. The only thing that happened prior to the engine blowing was a slight noise and then it quit. I changed my oil every 3000 miles like recommended but obviously that didn't matter. I've replaced my whole engine with a rebuilt one but I'm extremely disappointed in Chrysler.

- Bowling Green, OH, USA

problem #73

Mar 252010


  • 89,500 miles


2001 Chrysler Sebring convertible 2.7 L, 89500 miles, engine looses of power at 70 mph on I95 without warning in heavy traffic, forcing driver to make a unsafe lane changes to coast off of the roadway. Investigation on internet has resulted in find out that Chrysler Corp has had a big problem with this engine failing but takes no responsibility for the failure and continues to blame it all on the consumer for improper maintenance, oil changes. The engine will need to be rebuilt or replaced once the exact component failure most likely a rod bearing is found, this will result in total replacement at a cost of $6,000 - $8,000 or more at my expense when it should be covered by the vehicle warranty

- Cocoa, FL, USA

problem #72

Jan 292010


  • 183,000 miles
Was driving my 2001 Chrysler Sebring convertible that I had only owned for 2 mos. For my delivery job. When I noticed that the engine compartment was smoking bad and also started running really rough when stopped at traffic lights. Added quart of oil after letting the engine cool and it seemed to run fine. Tried to use for work the next day and it did the same thing + died 2X. Took to mechanic and was informed that one of the head gaskets had blown and was also leaking coolant into the engine and a lot of sludge. After getting a quote of $850 I left it at his shop he did further research & called to inform me that the 2.7 DOHC V6 in the Sebring convertible has a history of problems like this and the only sure sort of long term solution was to replace the engine. Also have found out after my own research that Chrysler is doing nothing to remedy this defect. I would very much like to see Chrysler recall these piece of junk engines and do something about this defect.

- Wellington, KS, USA

problem #71

Nov 072008


  • 109,000 miles
2001 Sebring convertible needs to have engine replaced. Was driving down the road and a sound like a soda can inside the engine started. Mechanic says rod baron gone bad. Searched and said this 2.7L engine is garbage and says that it will happen again with a replacement engine. The engine is garbage. Car has sat in my garage while I decide what to do...4K to repair and being told it will happen again...!@#$% Chrysler how do you stay in business!!!

- Bridgeville, DE, USA

problem #70

Aug 182009


  • 81,900 miles
I recently purchased a 2001 Chrysler Sebring convertible with a 2.7liter engine three months ago from a private owner. Car seemed in good condition, oil changes runs good... on 8/18/09 my husband and I were driving and out of nowhere the engine seized. We paid $100 for a tow to pep boys. At pep boys we paid $100 plus to have them tell us there is nothing else we can do we need a new engine. We haven't replaced it yet as this just happened two days ago but we estimate $2000 to replace the engine. I only purchased the vehicle for $4800.

- Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA

problem #69

Apr 142009


  • 117,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Chrysler Sebring. While driving 50 mph, the vehicle decelerated and completely shut off. The vehicle would not restart and was towed to an auto service shop. The technician stated that the 2.7 liter engine failed, which was a common issue. The dealer has not been notified and the vehicle has not been repaired. The vehicle is still at the repair shop and will cost $6,000 to repair. The failure and current mileages were 117,000.

- Aggusta, GA, USA

problem #68

Mar 082009


  • 120,000 miles
Oil light started coming on when car was idling or driving slow, kept oil changed regularly and had no leaks or anything. Engine went out while driving down road almost causing an accident.

- Warsaw, MO, USA

problem #67

Feb 242009


  • 45,000 miles
Light tapping from engine turned into very loud knocking. Vehicle is still running, but engine sounds like it will come apart even at idle speed. Oil and filter changed at a service center the week prior.

- Jacksonville Beach, FL, USA

problem #66

Feb 022009


  • 71,900 miles
2001 Chrysler sebring. I had an engine blow at 71,850 miles. Changed oil every 3,00 miles and have service records to prove it.

- Camden, SC, USA

problem #65

Feb 022009


  • 92,000 miles
2001 Chrysler Sebring 4.7liter engine. Had oil changed two weeks ago. The next morning oil was all over top of engine. Returned to shop and determined that oil pressure low. Making loud knocking noise when idle sounds like diesel engine! mechanic stated engine fixing to has only 92,000 miles. Understand that there is a design issue with engine and has still not been recall. Chrysler is well aware of this continuous issue and assume they feel its the consumers problem now since you purchased it. Will never buy another vehicle from Chrysler.

- Gaffney, SC, USA

problem #64

Jan 222009


  • 103,679 miles
While driving to on the interstate I hear a loud knocking sound also it sounds as if something had popped a lose the engine suddenly shut off. My car was towed to pomoco Chrysler. I was told the engine needed to be replaced. Cost: $4,500.

- Newport News, VA, USA

problem #63

Jan 062009


  • 37,000 miles
My engine seized up while I was driving home from school Tuesday night. I was traveling at 65 mph when the engine started making a loud tapping noise and then just died. I have a 2002 Chrysler sebring with a 2.7L engine. The car only had 37,000 miles on it.

- Manassas, VA, USA

problem #62

Dec 212008


  • 60,100 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Chrysler Sebring. Intermittently, the vehicle experiences catastrophic engine failure. The vehicle also locks up without warning. The contact's son is a mechanic and inspected the vehicle with the oil dipstick. He started the engine and heard a knocking sound, and then the vehicle shut off. The manufacturer advised the contact to take the vehicle to an authorized dealer for a diagnostic; however, the contact would be responsible for the expenses. The failure mileage was 60,100.

- Paris, MI, USA

problem #61

May 152008

Sebring 6-cyl

  • 82,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Chrysler Sebring. Whenever the contact comes to a complete stop, the vehicle will suddenly shut off. Occasionally, the vehicle does not immediately restart. He also noticed that the vehicle would suddenly stall while accelerating past 60 mph. In addition, the radio and instrument panel lights stop working whenever the check engine indicator illuminates. The vehicle has not been diagnosed by the dealer. The current and failure mileages were 82,000. Updated 11/28/08 the consumer believed the camshaft sensor was rubbing the wiring causing it to heat the wiring under the protective shield and slowly grounding out the electrical system. Updated 12/02/08.

- Norwood, OH, USA

problem #60

Oct 082008


  • 67,650 miles
Engine failure only 67,000 mi. Caused by defective engine 2.7L.

- Sellersville, PA, USA

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