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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
86,159 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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2002 Chrysler Sebring drivetrain problems

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2002 Chrysler Sebring Owner Comments

problem #6

Feb 182015


  • 133,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Chrysler Sebring. While driving 40 mph, the driver side tie rod fractured and the contact lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The tie rod was replaced. While driving approximately 10 mph, the vehicle hesitated to accelerate. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, where the screen on the transmission was replaced. The failure recurred, but the vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 133,000. Updated 09/25/15

- Freeland , PA, USA

problem #5

Apr 242014

Sebring 6-cyl

  • 155,000 miles
My wonderful father brought me this convertible Sebring lxi on 04/17/2014. After my Chevy Impala/2002 stalled due to transmission/ignition switch the total cost is $3100. So my dad pays cash for the convertible Sebring lxi. On 05/03/2014, I was driving on the interstate attempting to attend a barbecue. It was a very nice day out. The car starts to overheat and the car stalls and slows down. I pulled over to the side of the road. The very next day, sun May 4,2014. I had the car taken to a mechanic and the engine had jump time and the engine had sludge build up. I was advised that it would cost me $3000-5000 for a new engine. I have lost my job in hr due to not being able to go work. I now own to vehicles that I can not drive and cant even afford to fix the car since I have lost my job. It really upsets me about the condition of the vehicle. There should be a recall on these engines. We the consumers should receive some type of relief. We the consumers rely on the intelligence and integrity of those that manufacture and make the engines. I'm asking that Chrysler pay for me a new engine. That is a small amount compared to the fact I could have lost my life behind the wheel of this car. Had this turned out any other way such as a fatality. My parents would have ensured that " heads would roll". I would hate to see Chrysler in the same "hot seat" that GM is currently sitting in. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Indianapolis , IN, USA

problem #4

Dec 242008


  • 82,758 miles
I had over $968 of repair work done at machaik Chrysler (georgetown, Texas ). the manager stated they found oil leaking onto the spark plug, had to perform a combustion chamber cleaning, chemically cleans intake fuel injection and fuel rail. Remove the throttle body and chemically clean carbon from throttle body. After I had this work done I drove 5-7miles down the road, and my 2002 Chrysler sebring timing belt broke at 82,758 while I was driving on the highway. I had no power, lights, absolutely nothing worked, and almost got killed in traffic.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #3

Jan 152003


  • 103,000 miles


I bought the car brand new, added the extended warranty and had several things go wrong. Just to name a few: Engine shut down without warning and had to be replaced when it was just over the 100,000 mile warranty even though oil changes and regular maintenance was done 3-4000 miles, transmission pan had metal shavings in it which resulted in poor performance, control arm had to be replaced after Chrysler dealership told me the problem was the motor mounts(I did not need the mounts replaced and the repair was not done under warranty), water pump & thermostat housing(was told both weren't covered and should have been), rear window defroster replaced and/or fixed three times, driver power window regulator replaced(glass had to be replaced because of damage from the regulator, which I paid), visor vanity light-part ordered but "too late" when tried to have it replaced(was not notified that part was in), dash lights-on & off, headlights replace several times, hub seal replaced, passenger seat adjust arm broken, lighter inoperative, check engine light on first month I had the car!

- Snellville, GA, USA

problem #2

Oct 282006

Sebring 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,195 miles
Driving on I-295 in the evening when engine suddenly, dramatically and without warning lost power and started stalling. My wife was very nearly struck by traffic from behind due to the sudden loss of power while on a major highway. We were informed by a local mechanic that the engine is blown and needs to be replaced.

- Kingsville, MD, 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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