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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
27,479 miles

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2002 Chrysler Sebring body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2002 Chrysler Sebring Owner Comments

problem #6

Aug 012004


  • miles


Since approximately 2004, the paint began wearing off (not peeling) the roof of my 2002 Chrysler Sebring. I went to the dealership where I purchased it. They said Chrysler had a problem with the clear coat that year, and at this point nothing could be done about it. The spot remained the same in size, but continued to wear down to the metal. I assumed I would have to have the spot repainted. This winter, approximately 3/4 of the roof down to and including part of the trunk and rear fenders are experiencing the same wearing away of paint that the roof has. At this point, about 2/3 of my car needs to be repainted. I never received a recall notice for this problem. However, I found enumerable complaints on the internet for black Chrysler Sebring coupes just like mine with the exact same problem. I want my car repainted by Chrysler. I feel that the dealership minimized this problem and refused to make it right when I brought it to their attention. The paint on the roof of my car is worn down to the bare metal.

- Random Lake, WI, USA

problem #5

Feb 012009

Sebring 6-cyl

  • 52,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chrysler Sebring. While performing maintenance repairs underneath the vehicle, the contact noticed a hole on the front of the rear wheel. It was located at the bottom of the fender and was 12 inches long and 4 inches wide. The vehicle was not repaired or inspected by a technician. The manufacturer stated that there were no current recalls on the vehicle; therefore, no compensation would be provided. The failure mileage was 52,000 and current mileage was 52,500. Updated 03-09-09 updated 03/12/09.

- Shrewsubry, MA, USA

problem #4

Nov 302007

Sebring 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 74,500 miles
Major headache has been the recent engine damage as a result of what may be oil sludge gathered in the motor. Engine seized briefly upon switching from 1st to 2nd gear, then began "clicking" upon acceleration or deceleration to/from high rpms (upshifting and downshifting). Chrysler dealership claims the problem is broken connector rod and bearing in #2 cylinder, which necessitates a new engine. Estimated price tag: $10,000 (more than vehicle's worth). Other problems with this vehicle have included faulty passenger airbag part that required replacement; persistent dimming/flickering of instrument panel lights; multiple battery and headlight burnouts; emission leaks on two separate occasions requiring two separate repairs; and cd player skipping, requiring (according to Chrysler) a completely new stereo system. Speakers are somewhat shot and the driver-side sunvisor clip broke under slight pressure.

- Honolulu, HI, USA

problem #3

Oct 062004

Sebring 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,431 miles


Again another heavy rain leaving a pond on the passenger side floorboard. Witnessed the entry of the water, passed info on to dealer.dealership replaced right side door weather shield and sealed the mirror.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

problem #2

Aug 232004

Sebring 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,941 miles
Volumes of water on driver side and passenger side floorboards after heavy rain! dealership resealed cowl panel (left and right), resealed firewall, realigned front right door!

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

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problem #1

Nov 152002


  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
Front brake rotors warped beyond repair at delivery. Front grill area deeply scratched on both sides of grill. Transmission jerks badly when going into gear. All tires badly out of balance at delivery. Because of the out of balance tires and the warped brakes the ABS system sensor could receive false signals therefore rendering the ABS inoperable.

- Shenandoah Jct, WV, USA

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