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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 1
Average Mileage:
22,485 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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2004 Chrysler Sebring fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2004 Chrysler Sebring Owner Comments

problem #6

Nov 272008


  • 78,000 miles


Car cold stalls, stalls when at traffic lights, engine shakes violently, brakes squeal an grind, when starting car floods itself and cannot be turned on for a few hours, had an accident at 44-50 mph and airbag did not deploy, gears stick and do not come out of gear at times:insurance was called at time of accident and said no reason could be identified as to why airbag did not deploy. Car has had new brakes every 3-4 months, brand new cooling system, tune-up, oil change every 2500-3000 miles, dealership updated software, cold start stalling problem could not be duplicated, check engine light keeps coming on and off and no problems found at auto shop. I contacted the dealership and they informed me that since the car was used they were not going to and could not do anything about it and refused to check anything out or even listen to my concerns. I have researched and there have been many complaints on this model of vehicle doing all of these things. Since the first initial time of problem problems have continued. Car is at 96,000 miles but has left me strandeded since and keep having to replace parts.

- Visalia, CA, USA

problem #5

Oct 102009


  • 30,000 miles
I have a 2004 Chrysler Sebring convertible V6. The car stalls every once and a while, after stopping or while riding at lower speeds, most often in hot summer days. The main concern is that when it stalls while riding, I lose power to the breaks and the steering wheel, making it very difficult to control. It also has a problem that after running for a while on a highway using the cruise control, when it comes to a stop, it begins to stall, but I guess the fuel injection system kicks-in and that leads to a very rapid acceleration. At that moment, if I am not pressing firmly on the breaks, the car may even jump forward and hit something. I reported these issues to the dealer while it was under warranty but they said they could not reproduce it. Since this happens sporadically and I am always prepared for such events, I did not insist too much with the dealer. But looking at the internet, I can see that lots of people are having similar problems as I am and I am getting to the conclusion that such issues are due to a chronic flaw in the sebring.

- Cary, NC, USA

problem #4

Sep 152009


  • 25,500 miles
Several months ago I was stopped at a stoplight in my 2004 Chrysler Sebring convertible, 2.7L automatic. I shifted into neutral as usual at the light. When the light changed I shifted into drive and the engine went "wide open." I lurched forward, jammed on brakes and turned ignition off. I paused a minute (in front of starteled onlookers), restarted the engine, and drove on cautiously. Next day I took car to Chrysler dealer and they "could find nothing wrong with the car." This could have been disastrous. It has not happened again.

- Daytona Beach, FL, USA

problem #3

Aug 132007


  • miles


Client petra monika winn burned to death when the steel (California) gas tank on her 2004 Chrysler Sebring split at a weld during rear end impact. 10/31/08 add information

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #2

Dec 152004

Sebring 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 880 miles
I purchased my 2004 Sebring at shellby Chrysler Jeep\Eagle dealership. Just a few short months later, my car started just cutting off. Then it started jumping forward while I had my foot on the brake almost causing me to get hit in several intersections. I took my car in more than 7 times to be told that they could not find a problem because the check engine light did not come on therefore it would not pull a code. Meanwhile, I have to take it back for a leak somewhere. This happened twice. Now 2 years later just as my warranty has ran out, the car starts cutting off and leaving me stranded. I had to have towed to the dealership only for the service department to smart off at MA and tell me that it was out of gas. I knew this was not true because the first time this happened the first thing I did was try to put gas in it. Also, when I was having trouble only a few months after I bought the car that something was wrong with the gas gauge, but of course, they could not find a problem. The car cut off again and I took it back, asked them to check the gas gauge and then was told the sending unit in the gas tank was bad, now that its out of warranty and I have to pay over $700 for the part to be replaced. Oh yeah, and the paint is peeling off!

- Shelby, NC, USA

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problem #1

May 062004

Sebring 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 528 miles
Within the first week after purchasing a 2004 Sebring convertible limited, the problem of the engine almost dying or dying started. This problem occurs more often at higher ambient temperatures. When coming to a stop the engine drops down to 200-250 RPM. When it recovers it overshoots the low idle speed causing the car to lunge forward. Several times the engine has died. The engine will restart immediately. One day as I was going through a green light a car turned right in front of me. I had to make a panic stop in the middle of the intersection and the engine died. I almost got rear-ended because the cars behind me were not expecting me to have to restart the engine. Your web site defines this as a safety issue because the driver has an unexpected event that puts the driver in a situation where the driver cannot safely control the vehicle. After starting the car and backing out of the garage the engine is running like a sewing machine. Suddenly the engine begins to run rough. It reminds me of the days of carburetor cars when the choke was stuck on. Suddenly it starts running like a sewing machine. Most mornings, but not everyday, after backing out of the garage and putting the car in drive then accelerating the car will stumble 1-4 times. The engine speed begins to come up and then stops accelerating, then suddenly accelerates again. This only happens shortly after the engine has been started. Once the engine warms up this problem will not happen. Continued 1 of 3 the consumer believed the fuel drains back to the tank when the vehicle sits overnight. After the vehicle is started the fuel system is not properly pressurized for a short period of time, which could be a result of a defective componet.

- East Peoria, IL, USA

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