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pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
70,215 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. swap with a used tranny (1 reports)
2003 Chrysler Sebring transmission problems

transmission problem

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2003 Chrysler Sebring Owner Comments

problem #1

Feb 112015

Sebring LX 2.7L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,215 miles


Started having serious problems during the winter including not gearing at all for the first minute after selecting a gear. Sometimes reverse would work but try putting it into drive and the engine would rev itself but gears wouldn't engage. It will engage after a minute with a clunk which I learned to avoid by sticking it in neutral and waiting. Down shifting was getting really bad just before it was replaced. Third to second you could hear/feel a loud clunk in the tranny. All other gears would be sticky and jerky. Stopping completely seemed to just about stall the car and the tranny would disengage sometimes. I thought there might be a problem with the TC but it's fine now that tranny's fixed.

Took it to a chain mechanic who wanted to rebuild the tranny for $1200-2500. I guessed they'd charge me $2500 so I went to a guy who knows a friend who replaced the tranny for $1200. $600 for parts (including filter/flush and a year warranty) and $600 labor.

- , Georgetown, ON, Canada

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