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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,165 miles

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2001 Chrysler Sebring steering problems

steering problem

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2001 Chrysler Sebring Owner Comments

problem #12

Feb 142012


  • miles


On February 14 2012 something on my left driver side wheel broke, I could no long steer and the wheel laid outward toward the ground. There is a long arm like part, that was literally hanging off the wheel. It is now unoperable. This is very dangerous and I am so glad I was only going about 30 mph due to traffic, I was able to move to the shoulder without a auto accident.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #11

May 202011


  • 74,000 miles
This is another example of the oil sludge issue with the Chrysler 2.7 L engine. I bought the car used with low miles, and had my tension arm go out a few months later due to sludge buildup. This second instance came up pretty quickly. The started knocking on hard acceleration, then 2 days later started missing badly going uphill on my way home form work. The engine dies on the downhill side of the most dangerous road in portland (germantown rd.). this is a very steep extremely curvy road and I came all too close to not being able to make the first turn with no power steering or brakes. Making my way down the remainder of the hill was a bit frightening, to say the least. After getting towed and finding out the damage was blown bearings and replace the engine, it was suggested I look online for Chrysler 2.7 L engine to find that this should have been considered a defect and the engine should have been replaced or repaired by Chrysler, but Chrysler claims the engine is fine, it's the owner's fault.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #10

Dec 242008


  • miles
I purchased a 2001 Chrysler Sebring 5 years ago. Nice looking car, but the engine is total junk. Transmission leaks, leaks oil, power steering, massive vibration when at a stop, massive engine noise. Engine is junk. Had to trade in for a much better and reliable car. I will not purchase Chrysler again.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #9

Jun 202008


  • miles


I am fed up with this Chrysler sebring I bought 2 years ago. Its had so many problems and now a major one and a popular one I see is happening and before an accident happens lord willing I will make it to the dealer tomorrow. My steering in my 2001 sebring started up last week when I went to turn the wheel it was super tight and I knew instantly something was wrong. Now it is making cracking sounds and is still hard to turn. I called the dealer and they said it sounded like its my rack and pinion. I had taken it to my own mechanic who couldn't find anything visibly wrong with it and said it might be the rack and pinion. After reading all the problems this car has had with the steering I am not surprised mine is right there with them all. I have only 51,000 miles on the car. I am furious. I don't want to pay to get this fixed. I shouldn't have to. Its Chrysler fault. My air bag light is also on. Who knows what that is all about. My car started leaking oil from the oil pan gasket a month after I bought it at 32,000 miles and 2 of the motors have gone out in the power windows. This is really a piece of junk!

- Huntington Beach, CA, USA

problem #8

Sep 012007

Sebring 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 136,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Chrysler Sebring. While driving 30 mph, the steering wheel locked and the driver side front wheel assembly detached when making a left turn. The mechanic was unable to determine the cause of the failure; however, he replaced the driver side front axle and both front ball joints. Approximately two months later, while driving 5 mph, the steering wheel locked. The contact stated that he had to turn the vehicle off and restart it for it to perform normally. As of December 17, 2007, the mechanic had not inspected the vehicle. The failure mileage was 136,000 and current mileage was 138,888.

- Far Rockaway, NY, USA

problem #7

Oct 112006


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Since I bought my vehicle in 2001 I had problems with my window, steering clicking, power train computer and transmission computer, tapping in the engine, engine failure, crankshaft, now servere knocking. I will not advice anyone to purchase a Sebring from chysler. It's sad that chysler not helping correct the problems that their vehicle has.

- Hammond, LA, USA

problem #6

Jun 032003

Sebring 6-cyl

  • miles


2001 sebring airbag light illuminates. The dealer replaced the passenger air bag seat belt sensor, however after about a week, the light would illuminate again. The consumer heard a noise in the steering wheel while making turns.

- Arleta, CA, USA

problem #5

Aug 152003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
I am having issue with my transmission, (the electronic automatic transmission) part which I had an estimate of close to $2000 to be repaired.

- Decatur, GA, USA

problem #4

Jan 252003

Sebring 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Front end suspension, wheel bearing & steering - grinding noise when going over small holes or hills such as speed bumps & pot holes. Almost never when driving directly forward, but often when turning. Dealer made 4 (four) repair attempts and still has not gotten it right. Not 2 months after last repair, which took six weeks to get all the parts together (during which the lemon law coverage for my car expired - go wonder about that..) the noises have returned again. Other issues, I have seen 6 total issues mentioned in this site that I can identify with. As for those sudden accelerations some have mentioned, yes I agree the pedals are too close which makes it easy to mash both brake & gas pedals.

- Boca Raton, FL, USA

problem #3

Sep 012002


  • 7,980 miles
After it rained, water collected in a puddle on the back interior floorboard. The dealer previously suspected the water came from the door seals and replaced them, however the leak resurfaced and it did not come from door seals. Consumer believed the leak came from the chassis. Other problems are as followed: Cd player malfunctioned, A/C unit failed and was repaired two times, the door panel was replaced, the steering column was replaced/squealed when turned/repair kit was installed/clockspring was replaced, the vehicle wouldn't start, there were electrical problems, a loud sound had come from the brakes, the window buttons were loose at the switch, and the engine cranked but did not start and was found to be flooded. Scc

- Carson, CA, USA

problem #2

Jun 212001


  • miles
Steering wheel is very loose and making a girding noise since date of purchase. Consumer has contacted dealer and a repair shop, and was told that parts had been omitted during manufacturing, causing vehicle to have poor steering capabilities.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #1

Apr 292001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Was going around a curb through a drive through window when steering locked up. Contacted dealership, and was able to take vehicle in for inspection. Was informed by mechanic that cause of steering lock up could not be found.

- Ann Arbor, MI, USA

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