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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
56,649 miles

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2008 Chrysler Sebring Owner Comments

problem #18

Dec 242015


  • 80,000 miles


Our car was running fine and then all of a sudden started to over heat. For a while it was going through coolant thought it was a leak but they didnt find one but then it stopped using coolant from what we can tell and is overheating within a few blocks. Air stopped working and even with heat on it over heats. I saw a lot of complaints about this same issue on these cars starting with the 1996 model and there were recalls on this same issue on 07-08 models I would like to know how to fix it. We tried the thermostat and they checked other things found nothing so I went looking to see if one of the recalls you put out a few years ago was my car maybe.

- Fairview, IL, USA

problem #17

Aug 262012


  • 67,398 miles
While driving at a steady speed, vehicle will hesitate when climbing an incliine or when I accelerate, this is not a steady happening.I have taken it to two different Chrysler dealerships to have it computer checked but nothing shows up. A younger mechanic at the second dealership stated it sounded to him like possibly the clutches were slipping and causing the problem. Since it doesn't show up on the computer he suggested that I just continue driving until such time as it may stop moving completely and then the problem should be able to be found.

- Auburndale, FL, USA

problem #16

Jul 172015

Sebring 6-cyl

  • 128,000 miles
Problem: 2008 Chrysler Sebring engine, transmission & electrical problems. I began financing in Nov 2013 from Toyota of riverside, 1yr and 3 months later on Feb 17, 2015 while I was exiting the freeway, my engine light came on, my car completely shutdown, I had no brakes, I was fearful and held onto the steering wheel coasted near an arco station. I was thankful I did not hit anyone or have an accident. I called aaa who towed me to Toyota of riverside. [xxx] the service manager told me I needed to replace the timing belt and the engine for $1500. It took about 3 weeks for the engine to be repaired, my car was returned on March 12, 2015. However, I noticed when I received my car back the cruise control lever near the steering wheel was hanging loosely and was not attached. Weeks, later the electronic speed control light and the engine light came on along with problems shifting. I sent pictures of my engine light being on from my phone to [xxx] and [xxx] and went to see [xxx] who told me the transmission need repair and it would cost $3000 to $4000." I went to moss brothers riverside, [xxx] on 09/17/15 did a diagnostic. He told me there is an auto transmission shift lever recall and a spring hook retainer he can replace for free. He also replaced a stop lamp switch binds and reprogrammed the PCM for $290. I picked up my car on 9/22/15 it continued to stall, returned it to moss brothers [xxx] said it may be a transmission problem before we can begin we will need $1690 up to $4480 to repair it. Ihad my car towed to manuel auto center, he replaced my left tie rods for $275 in the past. He completed a diagnostic, replaced solenoid package for $800. However, my driver side window would not roll down, electrical problems and negligence at his shop. He was willing to pay $275 to repair. My car is unsafe. Thank you [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- San Bernardino, CA, USA

problem #15

Nov 102015


  • 99,000 miles


The contact the owns a 2008 Chrysler Sebring. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled without warning while driving. The failure was experienced several times. The contact was able to restart the engine and resume normal function. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer to have a diagnostic performed. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 99,000.

- Newport News, VA, USA

problem #14

Sep 162015


  • 42,000 miles
Driving down a slight hill at 35mph using no throttle, the car stalled. No lights, no alarms. Realized it stalled when I had no power steering for corner. No power steering. No power brakes. Muscled car to stop safely, but if my 16yo daughter had been driving.... very scary. Car has stalled once while idling at a stop and stuttered like it was going to stall at a red light twice since the initial stalling incident.

- Holden, MA, USA

problem #13

Aug 032015


  • miles
My 2008 chyrsler seabring engine stop on highway and steering wheel lock. The reason why is a chyrsler defected part (tipm) which is total intergrated power module. Chyrsler have a lawsuit on them about this problem. My car is at the dealer for repair. Cost $1100 which I have to pay. This problem should be fix for free under recall. Also horn blowing, door window moving, trunk opening, interior light not coming on. It would help I you could contact the dealer concerning my issue. Contact information: Ginn Chrysler Jeep Dodge,5190 us-278, covington Georgia 30014,770-786-2271 tim dabney (business manager) zack thackston (service advisor ).

- Covington , GA, USA

problem #12

Jan 212014

Sebring 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles


My car both in both park/drive will sporadically jump in RPM's for no reason. This has happened on 40+ occasions in which the vehicle will rev from 600 RPM's up over 3500 RPM's within a second. I called Chrysler and Chrysler stated that they have not have any reports from other vehicles and gave me no solutions to this problem. My check engine light is not on. I mentioned to Chrysler that I am afraid that my car is going to one day rev while I am driving and I will not be able to control it. I am afraid that I am going to either injure myself, passengers, other motorist and/or pedestrians. I have been at many stop lights and stop signs where it has revved and moved forward even with my foot firmly on the brake. I want to report this in case something happens, I do not want to be liable for the cars actions since Chrysler does not seem to want to take my issue seriously.

- Nanty Glo, PA, USA

problem #11

Oct 142014


  • 35,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chrysler Sebring. The contact stated that while in park, the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact also stated that the vehicle hesitated to start. In addition, the headlights and windshield wipers failed to activate. The failure occurred on multiple occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 35,000.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #10

Mar 062012


  • 86,000 miles
When I am driving and it is raining or has rained or if the car is wet there is an issue with the car skipping/ stalling out when you accelerate. This only occurs when the car is wet. It has cut completely off at an intersections before. This usually happens with speeds less than 40 mph or you can hear and feel it pulling/ when driving at higher speeds. I thought it was the spark plugs going bad and had them replaced that they did not fix the problem. This is dangerous because you are not able to determine when it will stall out/skip. I have taken it to the dealership on numerous occasions and they could not determine what the problem could be. Or state no problem found. This has gone one for two years.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #9

Apr 012013

Sebring 4-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
The car sometimes stalls. On several occasions, mostly during or after it rains, it will just cut off. It cuts off at stop lights and while I'm driving. There are no indications on the dashboard before it cuts off. It always starts back up after each incident.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #8

Mar 112014

Sebring 4-cyl

  • 132,876 miles


This has happened on several different occasions--becoming more frequent and lasting longer duration each time. While traveling various speeds (can and has happened anywhere from 5mph-60mph) if any pressure is applied to accelerator after breaking no matter the speed all power is lost to the car a red lighting bolt light appears on the dash and the RPM's will stay between 4,000-5,000. Each time having to pull off to the side of the road and attempt for it to restart (depends on if it will or not--usually takes it a while). Will get up to speed again and if I have to brake for any reason or even slow down just a little without apply the brakes it can completely loose power. Also do not have any dash lights when the head lights are turned on. They appear in the center console but went out in 2009 just after I bought the car, and after several estimates in the thousands of dollars it remains with no lights (so in no way can you see the speed or anything else on the dash after dark.)

- Vandalia, IL, USA

problem #7

Feb 032014

Sebring 4-cyl

  • 53,000 miles
Vehicle came to a complete stall while taking left- hand turn on intersection @ ~15mph. It now shows the indicator light for the engine randomly and stalls somewhat frequently at low speeds. Lastly, the trans is slipping rigorously.

- Westland, MI, USA

problem #6

Oct 072013

Sebring 6-cyl

  • miles
Engine stalling when stopped at traffic light.

- Santa Ana, CA, USA

problem #5

Oct 032011

Sebring 6-cyl

  • 19,000 miles
Bought certified used 2008 Chrysler Sebring convertible 7/11 with 18,000 miles. Fall, 2011 radio stuck on one am channel regardless of selecting am, fm, or sirius. Dealer offered to sell me new radio. After radio not used for a week, started to function okay again. July, 2012 headlight on message and alarm upon opening door, daytime, no key in ignition, no headlights on, interior dash display lights on but dim like for nighttime. 12/12 interior lights would not shutoff automatically when I exited car, switch not in on position. Ongoing: Auto brightness display on radio does not work. Top down on key fob does not work. Winter, 2013 stalled twice at red lights, also had clunking noise when turning. Dealer said steering rack was worn and leaking and had to be replaced (35,000 miles) and was not under warranty. Dealer also cleaned throttle plate and fuel injectors for stalling problem. Even after this service car continued to stall, sometimes catching itself and speeding up which causes car to surge forward. As of today, 8/17/13 car has 40,050 miles on it and I wonder what's next.

- East Greenwich, RI, USA

problem #4

Mar 282013


  • 78,906 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chrysler Sebring. The contact stated that the engine light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the failure could not be diagnosed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 78,906.

- Sunny Side , NY, USA

problem #3

Feb 282013


  • miles
Front driver seat started feeling loose, airbag light came on, low tire light came on and check oil light would come on every time car is started. A few days later the car didn't feel right and started making a loud knocking noise, took it to the mechanic and found out that tensioner belt became loose causing damage to the car. I had to get a new alternator, tensioner & pull, and transmission flushed/serviced as well as the power steering. Not very happy with this 2008 Sebring!!!!!

- Stockton, CA, USA

problem #2

Jul 252012

Sebring 4-cyl

  • miles
While driving!!! my 08 Chrysler Sebring electronic throttle light comes on and the car loses power will not pick up speed over 25mpg.. paying dealers to figure it out but im wasting time and money they don't know what's wrong with it, but what to charge to see the car again..... haven't had it a year but regret getting into this car......

- Winter Haven, FL, USA

problem #1

May 262012

Sebring 6-cyl

  • 58,500 miles
While driving the check engine light came on and the engine stalled. When tested the engine code came back as electrical short. The dealership where I purchased the car did not fix the problem but cleared the engine code. A few weeks later the check engine light came back on. While traveling at 50 mph, and coming to a stop, the engine stopped running and the brakes failed to stop the car. After going thru a red light another car broadsided my car.

- Kearns, UT, USA

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