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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
7 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,470 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 Owner Comments

problem #10

Sep 072010


  • 77,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Chrysler Sebring convertible. While reversing out at 2 mph, the vehicle suddenly accelerated to 4000 rpms. The contact engaged the brakes but the vehicle continued to rev. She then engaged the parking brake, shifted into park and shut off the vehicle. The failure occurred six times in one month. The contact stated that on one occasion, the vehicle accelerated and when she attempted to brake, her forehead hit the steering wheel. The vehicle was taken to a local repair shop where the engine was cleaned along with other repairs (the contact was unsure of what the other repairs were). The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was approximately 77,000 and the current mileage was 81,049.

- Parssippany, NJ, USA

problem #9

Aug 312010


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chrysler Sebring. While pulling into the driveway the contact noticed that the vehicle had suddenly accelerated without warning causing the vehicle to crash into the side of the contacts home. No one was injured and a police report was filed for the incident. There were no prior warnings and the vehicle has not been diagnosed. The current and failure mileages were 40000.

- Galloway, NJ, USA

problem #8

Sep 142005

Sebring 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,000 miles
2002 Chrysler sea bring convertible LX - the car was bought used. Since owning the car several times as approaching a stop the vehicle will rev and surge forward. Once the vehicle surges forward has to slam on the brakes to get the vehicle to stop. Took it to a Chrysler dealership, and they were unable to duplicate the problem. Also, were are unable to tell the consumer why the vehicle did this. The last time this happened was when the consumer pulled into my garage and the vehicle surged. The consumer lost control, hitting objects in the garage. The vehicle was not under recall.

- Inverness, FL, USA

problem #7

Nov 072003

Sebring 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles


11/7/2003 traveling North bound on sprinkle rd. In kalamazoo Michigan, my fiancee was stopped at the red light at bl-I94 my vehicle came off the red light traveling at 35 miles per hour. A van or SUV that had also been stopped at the light in front of her swerved into another lane bringing to her view a slow or stopped kalamazoo township police cruiser. My fiancee hit the brakes and the pedal locked to the floor and locked the wheels on the car. At the same time the engine accelerated leaving little to no braking power. My car slid 78 feet according to the skid marks on the pavement only coming to a stop after rearending the police cruiser.

- Kalamazoo, MI, USA

problem #6

Feb 092003

Sebring 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,700 miles
On a number of occasions, vehicle will accelerate without warning. When applying brakes, engine revs up to 4000 RPM and vehicle becomes impossible to control. Major rear-end freeway accident resulted on third failure. Airbags did not deploy. Dealer is aware of problem but has been unable to duplicate.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #5

Dec 192002


  • miles
The vehicle experienced sudden acceleration.

- Warren, OH, USA

problem #4

May 202002


  • miles


When applying brakes, engine revs up really high. Consumer can barely control car, even with foot on brakes. Dealer could not duplicate problem.

- New City, NY, USA

problem #3

Mar 202002


  • miles
When trying to accelerate beyond 45mph vehicle fails to kick in. Vehicle would shake severely. When foot is removed from brakes, vehicle would stop shaking.

- Laurel, MD, USA

problem #2

Nov 012001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle will accelerate without prior warning, while applying brakes vehicle roars up. Dealership is aware of problem.

- Johnstown, PA, USA

problem #1

Feb 152002

(reported on)


  • miles
This is a brand new car, my first problem with the car happen when it had about 1,300 miles. When I go to accelerate car (press on the gas) the car does not respond, but then "lurches" forward at a high rate of speed, requiring me to slam on brakes. When the brakes are applied to stop the car, it then shakes and stops or almost stops working. This has happened to me 4 times since buying my car in December, 2001.once, near my home, the car started lurching at a very high speed--when my foot was not on the gas, and I almost hit a small child in our neighborhood. This car gives no forwarning and if I turn the motor off and let it rest for several hours, it begins to drive normally again. This car is unsafe, in that it is hard for me to control when it mysteriously accelerates at high speeds and then stops running. I have taken the car in 3 times for repairs, and once a different computer part was replaced, etc. But the problem persists. The other times I experienced this prbolem was on downtown bridge, and on inner city streets. Each time, I was lucky not to have injured myself or others. Please note that very similar problems have been recorded for this same make and model for the year 2001.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

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