really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,632 miles

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1998 Chrysler Sebring steering problems

steering problem

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1998 Chrysler Sebring Owner Comments

problem #7

Jul 012007

Sebring 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 133,480 miles


After explaining to my mechanic that my front end was rubbing and grinding at a speed of 40 and above, and that it was worse while driving straight or bearing left, while bearing right the rubbing and grinding lessened a lot. My mechanic said that he replaced front brakes & balanced wheels. The same situation still existed. He stated that my front axle needed to be replaced, & he would replace it when he came back from vacation. I explained to the mechanic that it was getting worse and if my children and I would be safe driving the vehicle until he returned, he said it would be fine to drive. On June 30th 2007, the children and I noticed it was getting worse. I drove the car home. I then decided to go for a ride with it, alone. I started driving on route 195 East in the high speed lane with my cruise control set at 65 mph. Shortly after crossing the ri/MA line the steering wheel became very loose and I heard a very loud bang. My car then started to lift off the ground. Lifting the right side & then the right. I tried to apply my brakes but with two tires off the ground they were not working. I tried steering the car in the opposite direction that was being lifted off the road. I had no steering at all. The car rocked side to side while heading into the next lane of travel and as it did the rocking turned the car over and over and over several times. After the first roll over I do not remember anything. I became unconscious. The state police who investigated the accident stated, the car was going in all directions across the highway while rolling over several times landing in the bush off the side of the highway. He stated that there were 6 witness and one of them had pulled me out of my car and carried me away from the vehicle a few feet (I was not conscious). I did become somewhat coherent, and heard a loud explosion and saw my car burst into flames. I then became unconscious again until the next morning in the hospital.

- Johnston, RI, USA

problem #6

Oct 152003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,944 miles
I purchased this car on Nov 2, 2003. When I purchased it, there was a rattling noise when you go over bumps, and also when the car goes up to 70 you could here a grinding like noise in (what I thought was the engine). They told me to go ahead and take the car and they scheduled me for service the following Friday. When I brought the car in, they said they didn't work on Chrysler and sent the car to tuffy. When it was time to pick up the car, the guy tore up the bill of service and said you're all set, so I really don't know what was done. When I asked for a copy he said he didn't have it, but could it order it for me. When I drove home, the rattling noise under the front left side was gone, but when I got off the freeway and tried to make a left turn, the car pulled away in the opposite direction and didn't want to turn. I almost ran into a tree. I called and told them about it, so they had me bring it in that following Monday for service. When I picked it up again, they said they had to replace the bearings, that the bearings were bad. As I drove off the lot and onto the freeway, you could hear a grinding noise under your feet as the wheels turned and also anytime you tried to apply pressure to the brakes, the car would grind like the there was something going on between the wheels, brakes and steering. I waited 3 days to make sure it wasn't just me. But what appeared in the beginning to be a slight grinding when you get up to a certain speed evolved into a problem that was much worse. A problem that you could here more consistently, every time you applied pressure to the brakes, or just sometimes driving along the streets you could hear the grinding in the wheels, like something had rusted or gone bad, which caused the car to drive hard. It took a lot more power to accelerate, so much so that it feels like the overdrive doesn"T work (it takes that much power to get the car going, and it wasn"T that way before.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #5

Jan 052001

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Steering locks up intermittently when driving. Their is a loud popping sound before steering returns. Dealer has been contacted.

- Middleburg, FL, USA

problem #4

Sep 111998


  • miles


The steering system continually experiences problems, power steering pump replaced on two occasions, the steering locked up on several occasions and the steering column was replaced on three occasions.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #3

Jul 281999


  • miles
Floor mat goes up the universal joint. It frays and it pulls the floor mat. Driver not able to steer.consumer has contacted dealer and manufacturer.

- Akron, PA, USA

problem #2

Sep 231998


  • miles
Purchased a 1998 Chrysler Sebring July 1998. Had so many problems within a few week period that the dealer took it back, and gave me another one in August 1998. After a couple of weeks, the 2nd Sebring developed similar problems. When driving over bumps primarily on left side, a loud metalic rat-A-tat-tat sound coming from wheels. Also, intermittent steering problems. When making a right turn, with foot on brake pedal, steering wheel pulls to the left. Same results when making a left turn, steering wheel pulls to the right.

- Alta Loma, CA, USA

problem #1

Jun 041998

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When driving and turning the floor mat gets caught in the bottom of the steering column because there is no boot surrounding the steering column, which makes it impossible to turn. Also, the steering locks up. Dealer says that it is just the way it's made.

- Westerly, RI, USA

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