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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
46,583 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2005 Chrysler Sebring transmission problems

transmission problem

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2005 Chrysler Sebring Owner Comments

problem #6

Nov 042005


  • 188 miles


┐all computer electrical systems periodically, sporadically shut down completely: Electrical circuit failure ┐I am trapped, locked in my car with no safety, dash, window or temperature controls ┐at night, my headlights flicker then go out 'steering/upper control arm appears to be cracked ┐transmission doesn't shift, it slams into gear at ten miles per hour or 50 miles P/H 'something in the undercarriage is snapping loudly when turning or going over speed bumps, something in steering column ┐driving over speed bumps: The front and rear loudly creak and groan ┐air bag light sporadically stays on┐then off┐then on again ┐engine light sporadically comes on┐then off┐then on again ┐runs like a truck, chugs, rattles ┐cylinder one misfire at 45K. These are platinum plugs which do not require changing until 100K ┐coolant housing cracked causing coolant gauge to approach red zone and require replacement. Chrysler was aware of this problem but did not notify owner of recall item. My cost: $200 ┐driver's window shudders when rolling up and down.

- Laguna Niguel, CA, USA

problem #5

Jul 162009


  • 85,744 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Sebring. The contact exited the vehicle without the key in the ignition. Her elbow struck the gear shifter and placed it in reverse; however, the vehicle moved forward and struck a house and a porch. The contact entered her vehicle and drove to her residence. The dealer and manufacturer have not been notified. The front fender and the top of the hood were damaged. The insurance company will be notified. The failure and current mileages were 85,744.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #4

Aug 152008


  • 84,000 miles
Purchased 2005 Sebring convertible in early 2006 with 18,000 miles on it. Was pushed into an extended warranty that has went out of business. Car cruise control quit working, was a wiring issue, had to have steering wheel tore apart and repaired. Dealer cost $374. Interior lights in car flicker and continue to flicker. Car goes into gear hard sometimes, like a clunk. No the blower motor in the vehicle has went out and the car only has 84,000 miles on it. If you google this vehicle for blowers it is all over the internet, a manufacturer problem that only has a service bulletin. How nice of Chrysler to know they have thousands of this issue and they do nothing about it. I am very displeased with the problems I am experiencing with this vehicle. Signed a very upset customer.

- Burton, MI, USA

problem #3

May 192008


  • 49,067 miles


I've been a chrsyler person all my life. One day about two months ago I noticed my transmission not shifting properly, it stuck in low gear and after I gave the vehicle more and more gas it then finally shifted into second gear. After parking on a slight grade on a hill something with my fluid level was not proper. I checked my fluid and all was good. I have a associate degree in mechanics. So, after another week went by my transmission again would not shift properly after leaving work on day. This time I was parked on a level parking lot. It done this a couple time before sending to get looked at. I made an appointment at the dealership to look at it at this point. I advised that my transmission was shifting weird and it didn't do it all the time. So they did a diagnostic test, road tested and was advised noting was wrong with it. I advised them that why would I bring my car in for service if there was nothing wrong with it. Again I advised it doesn't do it all the time and I also asked if they had any service problems with that transmission? service manager advised me- they had a few issues. But until they come up with a diagnostic problem there is nothing they can do. They did advise me to change my tranny oil also at that time. I only had 49,000 on my car at that time. I am still experiencing this shifting problem to this date. I hope NHTSA could help in this manner.

- Natrona, PA, USA

problem #2

May 032008

Sebring 6-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
My horn has started going off for no reason. It will not work when I press on it, but will sound itself at any time during the day or night. The lights on my stereo have been flickering, and the components on the steering wheel (such as the stereo volume and crust control) will turn themselves on and off or up and down. The car has also had problems shifting into gears like it is supposed to. I have only had the car for a year this month, and I have had nothing but problems with it. When I have had it looked at, I am told there is nothing wrong with it. I know it is not normal for the horn to sound off like it does, and for the stereo controls on the steering wheel to turn the volume up or down without anyone pressing on the buttons like they do. I read another persons report about the airbag system that is very similar to my problems, and I feel like the manufacture should be responsible to fix these problems. If I would have known that this car would end up with problems like this, I never would have bought it!

- Provo, UT, USA

problem #1

Jan 152007

Sebring 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,500 miles
I have been very pleased with my car and it's performance, till one day about two weeks ago I noticed the RPM's running a bit too high at 65 mph. I turned the radio down and the engine sounded like it was working to hard on a flat straight plain. I tried to downshift the transmission into 4th from drive(5th) but it did not change. So the trans. Will not go into 5th gear and on cold days it will rev up to 4 to 5 K before it will shift from 3rd to 4th gear at about 30 to 40 mph. I'm going today to get the oil changed and will tell the dealership of the problem and the recalls and other transmission problem reports I have read today........................... it is now later in the day, the dealership looked over my car, hooked it up to the computer, and found nothing wrong. No action was taken, no explanation for what I am experiencing was given. I have the report from the dealer and I am now submitting this, I will leave this paper trail to get some cost recovery due to the car and dealerships inability to fix this seemingly common problem.

- Barberton, OH, USA

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