really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
121,143 miles

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1998 Chrysler Sebring suspension problems

suspension problem

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1998 Chrysler Sebring Owner Comments

problem #7

Jul 112010


  • 156,000 miles


The contact owns a 1998 Chrysler Sebring. The contact was driving 15-20 mph when the front driver side lower ball joint fractured from the vehicle causing the wheel to also separate from the vehicle. The contact stated that the front suspension was problematic but had not experienced any incidents that presented a safety risk. The vehicle was repaired. The VIN was not available. The current and failure mileage was approximately 156,000.

- Troy , MI, USA

problem #6

Feb 062010


  • 142,000 miles
Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6) NHTSA campaign id number 00V421002 make Chrysler / model Sebring / year 1998 [xxx] recall number 967 front ball joint fell apart and almost killed both of us. We were never notified by Chrysler there was a recall on this vehicle or we would have had it looked at immediately.

- Rudolph, WI, USA

problem #5

Sep 182008


  • 120,000 miles
My vehicle suffered the exact failure of suspension:front:control arm:lower ball joint failure of recall NHTSA campaign id number: 00V421002 NHTSA action number: RQ00015. This basically causes a drive wheel to all but fall off, rendering the car immediately inoperable, regardless of how dangerous the circumstances. I was very lucky in that I was in a residential neighborhood traveling at a low speed, otherwise I could well be dead. I have taken the car into South bay Chrysler in torrance California, and despite the very clear nature of the recall, South bay Chrysler in torrance, claims (as they have apparently done with hundreds of others) that my car is not subject to that recall and pay for the repairs. Per the clear language of the recall, and the exact nature of the failure coinciding perfectly with the reason for the recall, their denial is disingenuous, cynical, disgusting, reprehensible, dishonest. In fact, it's the behavior of a company that has earned it's bankruptcy.

- Torrance, CA, USA

problem #4

Aug 152007

Sebring 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,000 miles


Lower ball joint assembly came apart from the housing resulting in the car falling on the ground.

- Palmer, MI, USA

problem #3

Nov 282007

Sebring 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Chrysler Sebring. The front driver side wheel nearly detached from the vehicle while driving 45 mph. The contact heard a horrible grinding noise underneath the vehicle and then the steering wheel jerked. She depressed the brake pedal and managed to stop the vehicle. She then noticed that the wheels were mostly out of place. She called the dealer and they notified her of a recall for the same failure that her vehicle was experiencing. The dealer stated that the vehicle had been previously repaired and could not be repaired again. The contact stated that the vehicle had never before been repaired. The failure and current mileages were 90,000. Updated 01/03/08. Recall# 00V421002 the dealer informed the consumer there was a recall on the lower ball joints, however it had already been fixed on the vehicle. Updated 12/31/07.

- Dickson, TN, USA

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problem #2

Jun 252006


  • 171,000 miles
This owner┐'s ┐┐98 Chrysler Sebring was serviced for remedy relative to recall campaign 04V-421-002 at approximately 160,000 miles. At approximately 171,000 miles the lower lateral arm separated from the ball joint at low speed (20 ┐┐ 25 mph). Owner stated that after action inspection found the joint dry (no lubrication) & pitted. ┐┐it wore to the point where it popped out of the socket.┐Ł there were no injuries as a result of the incident. Damaged systems include, half-shaft, wheel, tire, fender, front fascia and possibly transmission. Chrysler is currently inspecting vehicle.

- New Orleans, LA, USA

problem #1

Jul 012005

Sebring 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,000 miles
The contact stated while driving 5 mph through a parking lot the left side lower ball joint broke. The left front tire collapsed but was still attached by a lower portion. This happened without any prior warning. The vehicle was towed to a dealer. The dealer inspected the vehicle and confirmed the problem with lower ball joint. There have been no repairs made at this time due to the expense.

- Dayton, OH, USA

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