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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,786 miles

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1996 Chrysler Sebring brakes problems

brakes problem

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1996 Chrysler Sebring Owner Comments

problem #14

Jan 051999

Sebring 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles

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

Drivers side window, electrical issues, ABS, drivers side window has been repaired by dealer 4 times. Still not fixed, leaks water, electrical issues with door locks and lights coming on and off, and lighter also previously repaired, still a problem, brakes and rotors must be changed once a year, leaks oil. Minor accident a few years ago due to suspected brake issues however, this happened a couple of years ago and too late to prove what I know.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #13

Feb 122002

(reported on)

Sebring

  • miles
Consumer stated she is having to replace the brake pads every 25,000 miles, pads have been changed 3 times.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #12

Sep 011998

Sebring

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer has had several problems with vehicle. Brakes do not work, they grind and the pads keep wearing and have to be replaced, dealer stated the problem was with the calipers. Water is leaking into the vehicle due to sunroof being cut too short during recall 99I004, consumer feels there might have been previous problems with water leaking due to a rusted fuse. Speedometer does not work. There is a transmission leak. Air conditioner does not work. Engine light is illuminated. Windows still don't work properly. Mirrors do not work properly after recall 97V015. Vehicle gets poor gas mileage, dealer stated the spark plugs were burnt and fouled, spark plug wires were breaking down and arcing in tubes causing a build up in the throttle body.

- Burmingham, AL, USA

problem #11

Sep 231997

Sebring

  • miles

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

Brakes make noise when applying and shifting gear.

- Fort Gibso, OK, USA

problem #10

Jan 271999

Sebring

  • miles
Letter sent to Chrysler with all details (file number 5441396)(copy available on request). I braked, car stopped momentarily, then started to slide as though on ice. Brake pedal did not go down all the way to the floor & I was still applying pressure as the car continued forward. First time just went thru stop sign. Second time (10 minutes later), I had the same problem and hit a car. Estimated damage given was only to their car. Did not estimate mine. Chrysler's independent advisor said nothing was wrong with the brakes. Don't know what they checked but they said they wouldn't do any more. Terrified to drive car again. Traded it in to another dealer for a different brand. They considered the estimated damage in the trade-in price. I hope nobody gets killed next time. Considering they had a recall on the 96 Sebring convertible, you would think they would look harder for the cause of this double brake failure. Maybe they fixed the problem and just did not want to admit that there was one.

- Coral Springs, FL, USA

problem #9

Sep 091997

Sebring

  • miles
When driving and applying the brakes they are soft but the brakes make a loud noise. Consumer had the vehicle in for service fourteen times. When driving vehicle and decreasing power, the vehiclee will stall and die out. Vehicle was repaired 6 times. The consumer was driving to work and the vehicle shut down 22 times. Vehicle will be back in the shop.

- Covington, KY, USA

problem #8

Feb 011997

Sebring

  • miles

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

When driving at any speed and applying the brakes, brakes are working intermittently. Vehicle has been into repair shop five times for brake service, and the dealer can't determine the problem.

- Ringgold, GA, USA

problem #7

Dec 171998

Sebring

  • miles
Vehicle collision due to brake failure.

- Ridgewood, NJ, USA

problem #6

Aug 111998

Sebring

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer was approaching a traffic light applied brakes when the pedal traveled to the floorboard, resulting in a collision. Twenty seconds after the collision the vehicle caught on fire in the engine compartment, cause of the fire undetermined.

- Quincy, FL, USA

problem #5

Aug 111998

Sebring

  • miles
Brakes failed 7 months after dealer installed new brake booster vacuum hose as result of a chyrsler recall. When brakes failed front bumper struck the rear bumper of a Jeep. While traveling at approx. 10 mph, the Jeep only experienced minor damage. Within seconds of collision, the engine of my vehicle caught fire - resulting in a total loss of my vehicle. Believe this is due to manufacturer defects.

- Quincy, FL, USA

problem #4

Dec 121997

Sebring

  • miles

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

Brake problems; intermittently, while driving the vehicle at 30 mph and applying the brakes, the pedal goes to the floorboard and the vehicle keeps traveling at 35 mph. This happens without warning, under normal braking conditions, on regular road surface, and no inclement weather. The brakes pads were replaced 4 times/rotors were replaced once, and calipers were checked/replaced. Owner still experiencing braking problem.

- Laguna Niguel, CA, USA

problem #3

Sep 091996

Sebring

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When applying the brakes, under any circumstances, there is a very loud squeaking noise coming from the brakes. The vehicle has been serviced 3 times for this problem, but the noise continues. Dealer stated that a letter was received from the manufacturer stating that the problem could not be corrected.

- Cliffwood, NJ, USA

problem #2

Feb 191997

(reported on)

Sebring

  • miles
Brakes failed.

- Bensenville, IL, USA

problem #1

Mar 021996

Sebring

  • miles
Brake fluid leak resulted in brake failure..(1st vehicle on 601569)

- Unk, 00, USA

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