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8.2

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
$2,000.00
Average Mileage:
79,275 miles
Total Complaints:
8 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (6 reports)
  2. replace computer (1 reports)
  3. transmission overhaul (1 reports)
2002 Chrysler Sebring transmission problems

transmission problem

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2002 Chrysler Sebring Owner Comments

problem #8

Dec 052012

Sebring 2.4L V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 104,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

This car is the biggest POS ever made. If you don't own a Chrysler, you're very intelligent. It's one thing after another with this car. There is a reason why you don't see old Chryslers on the road...because they don't last that long. DON'T BUY A CHRYSLER, A HORSE AND BUGGY IS JUST AS GOOD!

- , athens, Ohio, USA

problem #7

Dec 202009

Sebring 2.7L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles

I have read the complaints posted about the sebring transmission problems and they were very helpful, my local mechnic shop changed out the transmission sensor being it was the least costly way to go, but it didn't work the check engine light when back on and the square's around the gear shifting selector was freaking me out. this is a chrysler dealer problem to be fixed. Ok let's cut to the chase if you have a extended warrenty first thing make sure you get your car serviced by a quaified mechanic shop and or dealer and save your service reciepts and or records, service your car on time so when something doe's go wrong your repairs most likely be validated by the warrenty company. mind you that all this is mentally draining so the piece of mind is that for me stay on top of my maintainence service and repairs.

My transmission needed a new computer at 60,000 miles on the car uaually the dealer will have the right equipment to check the car out and fix the problem and they usually work well with the warrenty company's. Very important I brought my car in for the schduled transmission oil change and good thing because the warrenty company ask for the reciept/ record of service to validate the new transmission computer installation and repair service. "KEEP YOUR RECIEPTS YOU'LL NEED THEM DOWN THE ROAD" if you don't have a extended warrenty and have lot's of money to spend on sebring repairs good for you but if you don't I suggest that you get rid of it asap.

I think one of the major problems with the sebring other than the engineering design of the engine,transmission etc..... is that I noticed the labor service repair cost is higher than the parts. For exsample I just had 4 leaks repaired this started 5 weeks after I had the transmission computer replaced oh and no leaks were found at that time, very strange anyways the water pump/timing chain cover gasket was leaking the gasket cost $10.00 and the labor $421.00 the machanic basicly has to take apart the engine to get to this gasket repair. That's why I'm trying to explain to who ever is reading this complaint/solutoin that you need to make some really important decisions concerning your ownership of the chrysler sebring and the constant repairs that are going to occur frequently. I have flushed out my engine of all oil sludge and replaced it with synthenic oil, it cost more money but the synthenic oil doesn't sludge up like regular motor oil does you'll be spending about $65.00 to $75.00 but it's well worth it and will save your engine from failing, I did this the first sign of the oil light blinking and check engine light on. At the time as uaually my motor oil was good as usually changing it on schedule but the motor oil sludge is a really bad demon for this engine even if it's alittle. The synthenic oil replacement caught in time may save your cars heart and soul.

I really wished I had educated myself better about all the problems the chrysler sebring is plaqued with before I had purchased it. I know !!!!!!!!!!! would of......, could of....., should of..... because I still have a car note I'm basicly being held hostage by my Chrysler Sebring and if wasn't for the extended warrenty I'd be screwed. Shame on Chrysler for manufacturing a very poor quality product. I have to stay vigil at all times with this car the quality of parts are poor and the quality of service is poor nothing last anymore everything is made cheap and the cost is high to the consumer. The chrysler Sebring has several major quality issues the top 3 are engine, transmission and engine cooling system I've had problems with all 3 most recently and the car is currently at 69,000 miles, I sure wouldn't want to be driving a sebring going through a town where people eat their young chances are I would be someone's meal. good luck to you all and keep the complaints/solutions coming.

- , North Hollywood, California, USA

problem #6

Dec 232006

(reported on)

Sebring Lx Sedan 2.7 V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,000 miles

bought this car three months ago and it already needs a transmission overhaul i have investigated this problem a lot. seems to be normal problem with Chrysler transmissions dealership hertz wont help with repair tried to trade me into a different car but when i looked at paper work they had actually added the price of the repair into the new loan so i turned them down will keep the car and fix. advice if you by a Chrysler get the extended warranty

- , Jerome, ID, USA

problem #5

Feb 102009

Sebring LX 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 160,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Anybody know what has to be done to fix a code 0846??? Something to do with transmission pressure.

- , East Haddam, CT, USA

problem #4

Nov 252008

Sebring LXI 2.7L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,200 miles

Problem # 1 - Problem started as intermittent but is now constant. The speedometer is intermittently going "wacky". Earlier in November (just before Thanksgiving) my car exhibited a problem that I first saw two winters ago.

In December 2006, the car had the same symptom of the �speedometer going wild�. At that time, I had it in the shop and the service rep replaced the inner and outer speed sensors based on the codes he saw from the computer. I had not seen the problem since then (12/2006) - until recently � late this Fall. I saw it a bit in early October, but only about three brief instances. Now the �wacky speedometer� seems to be frequent / constant.

The car will be going along at 55 MPH, then suddenly the speedometer flips to 10 mph (but presumably the car is still really travelling along at 55 MPH). In the next fraction of a second the speedometer needle swings back up to 60 MPH, then down to 20 MPH, then up to 70 MPH, then down again to 5 MPH... etc.

Finally after a while of doing this, it may settle out at 55 MPH) - at least for a few minutes, if the car is traveling at a fairly steady rate.

I took the car in for service at a local garage. The local garage replaced both the inner and outer transmission sensors on Friday 12/5/2008 --- again based on the codes from the computer, and the tech reset the �check engine� light (the check engine light goes off of course). Since replacing both speed sensors the �wild speedometer� problem still happens --- maybe the �swing� of the needle is just a little less. The engine light comes back �on� (constantly) after having the speedometer swing wildly for a few minutes. Note that the speedometer fluctuating can happen at lower MPH (10-30 MPH) as well as higher speeds.

Problem # 2 - Also possibly related (or not) - when I start the car and drive at lower speeds (5-30 MPH), the car transmission seems to respond fine (other than the �wild speedometer issue�). By �fine� I mean that is the car registers 1000 to 2000 RPM and it sounds like the engine is running well. I can get on the highway and drive fine even at higher speeds� After driving for some time at 50-60 MPH and then slowing down to exit (down a ramp / up a ramp) when the speed is slowed to around 20 MPH, the transmission seems to abruptly downshift to lower gear (sometimes even a small �buck� can be felt), and then the car seems to stay in the lower-gear. I can still drive the car but when the speed is around 30 MPH, the RPM is over 3000, and I can hear that the engine seems to be straining. If I pull over and turn-off the engine, sit a minute, and then restart the car, the car seems to drive OK once again. That is, it can go over 30 MPH and higher and maintain around 2000 RPM (until the next time the car is slowed again to around 20 MPH, at which point the car once again repeats the �lower-gear� lock up cycle, until I turn-off the engine, etc.

- , Rochester, NY, USA

problem #3

Feb 262007

(reported on)

Sebring LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,000 miles

I have 53000 miles on my Sebring. Out of the blue it started doing a HUGE buck whenever it comes to a stop. I brought it into be fixed and they are not sure what the problem is yet. It has been in the shop for over a week. They think the transmission case has a crack in it? I love my car otherwise but with this huge mechanical failure I would definately hesitate before purchasing any other american made vehicle. I am lucky to have bought the extended warranty which hopefully should cover this transmission issue if they can ever figure out how to fix it.

- , West Bend, WI, USA

problem #2

Dec 262006

(reported on)

Sebring LX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

This is a problem, sometimes it doesn't want to shift into gear, I am afraid that something severely is wrong with the transmission.

The problem, when I get down to 10-20 miles (1st shift) it feels like someone is rear-ending my car, and when I start out, it also feels this way. I have regular oil changes completed and the transmission fluid stays the same.

- , MFEMFEMF, MF, USA

problem #1

Aug 122006

(reported on)

Sebring LXI

  • 65,000 miles

This is the Autostick transmission. This transmission does not shift properly about 75% of the time. When you are slowing down to a stop from any speed over 20 mph, when you get down to about 10 mph it feels like you get rear ended as the transmission downshifts into first when the RPMs are still too high. Sometimes when you are at a stop and the light turns green, you step on the gas, the RPMs go up, but you go nowhere until the transmission clunks into gear. I've taken it to a couple dealers at least five times (starting back at about 20k on the car) and they all tell me there is nothing wrong with the transmission and that this is "normal". I've owned and driven alot of other cars with auto transmissions and this is nowhere close to being "normal". If it is, the engineers need to be cracked upside the head. When we have other passengers in the car, they often ask why we do a quick stomp on the brakes while we are stopping...

The funny thing is, it's so rare that the car shifts properly that when it actually does, we always notice it and will comment about it.

This is the first and last Chrysler/Dodge I will ever own. I bought it against my better judgement because its what my wife wanted at the time. Now we both hate it.

- , Orange, CA, USA

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