really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,335 miles

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2001 Chrysler Sebring engine problems

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2001 Chrysler Sebring Owner Comments (Page 2 of 4)

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problem #59

Jun 012008


  • 81,000 miles


Engine failure driving in traffic- just luck I was not hit by another vehicle... was able to pull over to curbside with forward momentum and then get vehicle towed. Could have been catastrophic on a busy day or on a more crowded highway.

- West Chicago, IL, USA

problem #58

Jun 022008


  • 111,000 miles
Well the first time my water pump failed, I was on my way to work. Then after a 1400$ repair, I got me vehicle back and after another 5000 miles. I was on my way to work and there was no noise no nothing it just stopped. I had to have it towed. I was told that the connecting rod had gotten hot and broke destroying the block. I was also told it would be a 8,000$ repair job. I was also told it was starved of oil, the temperatures gauge never got hot nothing, my vehicle broke down after 4 blocks of driving.

- Bloomington, IL, USA

problem #57

Jun 072008


  • 83,000 miles
I was driving my vehicle (2001 Chrysler sebring 2.7L) on the highway at approx. 70 miles per hour when it suddenly shut off. I was barely able to maneuver to the side of the road. Vehicle has been diagnosed with engine failure due to oil sludge and antifreeze in the oil. The $2000 ge extended warranty that I purchased has denied the claim due to "poor maintenance" without even seeing all of my receipts. Chrysler manual recommends oil change every 7500 miles and they were all done well before that. No work has currently been done on the vehicle as ge is requesting complete tear down of the motor for further investigation, yet they will not pay the cost.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #56

Oct 242007

Sebring 6-cyl

  • 64,000 miles


Antifreeze leaked into the oil due to water pump failure. The oil was contaminated which resulted in sludging of oil. Hence, the upper engine was not properly lubricated. As a result of not being lubricated, the engine failed. Solution: Complete engine replacement.

- Normal , IL, USA

problem #55

Apr 142008

Sebring 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Chrysler Sebring. The contact heard a loud noise coming from the engine while driving. She had a mechanic perform an oil change and remove all of the sludge in the engine. Two days later, while driving 20 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. She was relatively close to her home at the time of the failure; therefore, some of her peers pushed the vehicle back to her house. The mechanic inspected the vehicle and stated that there was a continuous issue with sludge build up and they also noted that the timing chains were failing. The dealer stated that her VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign id number 00V299002 (engine and engine cooling:engine). The manufacturer did not provide any assistance. The failure and current mileages were 71,000.

- East Point, MI, USA

problem #54

Mar 192008

Sebring 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,000 miles
I was driving home from work and the car started making loud knocking noises. When I got home I had the car towed to a mechanic where I was informed that the engine would have to be replaced as this particular engine, 2.7L V6 DOHC, is know to have design problems that lead to failure. I had it towed to another mechanic for a second opinion and was told the same thing almost verbatim. There were 76,000 miles on the car when it failed and because of the expense of the engine replacement, $5,800, and the amount I still owe on this car which I have only had for 2 years, $8,000, I am at a financial loss having to continue to make payments on a car that will not run.

- North Augusta, SC, USA

problem #53

Apr 162008

Sebring 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60 miles


I have a 2001 Chrysler Sebring convertible which was previously owned by the dealer and maintained on a routine schedule as you could imagine (being that the dealers wife drove it) and then I purchased it in 2006 and kept all scheduled maintenance as well, doing oil changes as suggested. Well, I was recently driving down the street and all of a sudden, without any prior warning or anything, I just started hearing this loud knocking noise and the vehicle started shaking and then it just died....right in the middle of the freeway...I thought I was going to be hit. I had to be towed and took it to the closest service shop and the mechanic told me that he had just replaced an engine like mine in another customers car two weeks before that had the same thing happen. He said that the engine failed due to low oil pressure from clogged oil passages, which in turn caused the engine to be starved of oil, causing the failure of the engine parts. I called the Chrysler dealership where I had my car maintenance the service manager told me "well those weren't the best engines that chrylser ever built" but he then proceeded to tell me that there was nothing they could do, I would need a new engine, to the tune of about $7,000. I regularly did everything I could to keep this vehicle in tip top condition and had no warning there was any issue with the engine and feel this should be covered by Chrysler.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #52

Dec 192006

Sebring 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles
I am writing in regards to my 2001 Chrysler sebring which contains a 2.7L engine that failed in December 2006 while I was driving on I-75, a major highway in Ohio (cincinnati) during a busy hour of the day (between 6pm & 7pm). There were no events leading up to the failure. I had my oil changed every 3,000 miles at a dealership. I was driving on a highway and my engine locked up. Nothing has been done to fix the failure. It would cost more to get the engine fixed than the car is worth, and I have not found anyone (besides a Chrysler dealership, which quoted me $8,900 to repair my engine) that would agree to repairing my car because no one wants to work on that engine model. My engine had 80,000 miles on it when it failed. I had my oil changed every 3,000 miles at a dealership, there is no reason my engine should have failed. My engine is still not fixed. Not only did this issue put me in harms way when the car stopped on the highway, but it has caused a financial hardship. Please advise if there is anything that I can do.

- Middletown, OH, USA

problem #51

Aug 262005

Sebring 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,467 miles
2001 Chrysler Sebring 2.7L 24V DOHC engine failure- completely dead and left me on highway. Water pump failed, timing chain inside engine broke ruined engine. Had to replace for $8000.

- Amissville, VA, USA

problem #50

Feb 072008

Sebring 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I drive a 2001 Chrysler Sebring. I am still under the extended warranty (fewer than 80,000 miles). The engine, 2.7L, failed on 2/7/08 with absolutely no warning. It was towed to the dealership and I was told that it was my fault because I did not properly maintain the vehicle. Chrysler has already publicly admitted that this engine is faulty which can cause premature engine failure. Yet, Chrysler is quick to point the finger at me. I was told to gather all of my oil-change receipts (from 2002 - 2008) and forward to Chrysler for reconsideration. First of all, if the engine is faulty from the beginning, how can I be judged for properly maintaining an inferior product" what type of guidelines does one follow for taking care of a faulty engine"

- Madison Heights, MI, USA

problem #49

Oct 012006

Sebring 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,000 miles


Engine failure, oil light comes on. Chrysler has installed a Mitsubishi engine in Sebring model 2001. This engine has had numerous problems associated with oil blockage. They call it sludge. This is a design failure in the ability for the engine to maintain reliable oil pressure to the total engine components and has cause numerous engine replacements. It is a hazard for these vehicles to be on the road. Mitsubishi has a voluntary program to support replacement from what I understand.

- Martinez, CA, USA

problem #48

Jan 102008

Sebring 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Chrysler Sebring convertible. While driving 55 mph, he heard banging noises coming from the engine compartment then the vehicle stalled twice and shut off without warning. The contact stated that he was unable to restart the vehicle and had to have it towed a mechanic. The mechanic stated that the engine failed and should be replaced. As of January 10, 2008, the mechanic had not repaired the vehicle. The current and failure mileages were 75,000.

- Bowling Green, OH, USA

problem #47

Dec 172007

Sebring 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,500 miles
Low oil pressure light comes on at idle.

- Xenia, OH, USA

problem #46

Nov 192007

Sebring 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 160,000 miles
Approximately 2 years ago, I had my oil pan gasket replaced (at the advice of the Chrysler dealership in fredericksburg, va). When the oil pan was removed, there was sludge at the bottom of it (which was cleaned out). The new gasket and pan were replaced (which seemed to fix any problems my car was having). Now, my car is burning oil and coolant and stalls when I slow down. My spark plugs were replaced yesterday and everything seemed okay as it sat idling in the driveway; however, this morning, my car stalled while I was turning through a busy intersection! I have the 2.7L engine and am concerned that my car falls into the same category as the rest of the 2.7L engines (that have sludge build-up from coolant getting into the engine oil). I don't want my engine to seize up before I can afford to purchase a replacement (which will not be another Chrysler) since I can blatantly read that no one is getting any satisfaction out of Chrysler in replacing their faulty engines. I'm sending this as a preventable measure.

- Spotsylvania, VA, USA

problem #45

Aug 282007

Sebring 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 103,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Chrysler Sebring. While driving 65 mph, the engine seized without warning. The contact noticed smoke rising from underneath the hood. A local mechanic stated that the head gasket appeared to have failed. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and they stated that there was a crack on the cylinder wall and the engine needed to be replaced. The powertrain was unknown. The current and failure mileages were 103,000.

- Falling Water, WV, USA

problem #44

Aug 262007

Sebring 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 113,400 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Chrysler Sebring convertible. The contact stated that her vehicle is experiencing engine bearing failure. She stated that there is a knocking noise in the engine and the bearings rub against each other. The mechanic stated that the failure was common in all the vehicles of that same model. The VIN and speed were unknown. The current and failure mileages were 113,400.

- Santa Cruz, CA, USA

problem #43

May 152007

Sebring 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,000 miles
2.7 liter Chrysler engine declared destroyed by sludge buildup.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #42

Mar 282007

Sebring 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,083 miles
We own a 2001 Chrysler Sebring that had been well maintained by us for the two years that we owned it. While my daughter was driving back to school the engine seized in the middle lane of a very busy highway, leaving her stranded. We were told this incident was not uncommon in engine 2.7L). So we followed through by contacting isg. (Chrysler) were only offering us a very small portion of the cost to replace the engine, so we are out a lot of money, besides the fact that they drugged their feet in this matter, and our daughter has been without a car since 3/28. I just believe that therewas a definite engineering problem with this engine, from what all I saw. And Chrysler needed to take a little more responsibility! we will be having a jasper engine installed shortly.

- Troy, OH, USA

problem #41

Apr 082007

Sebring 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,000 miles
The Dodge/chrylser 2.7L engine failure. Engine failed without warning premature. Estimated cost of new engine that will also fail, $7400. Car that failed was a 2001 Chrysler Sebring with 91000 miles.

- Toccoa, GA, USA

problem #40

Mar 252007

Sebring 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Chrysler Sebring convertible. The contact stated that the check oil indicator illuminated while driving the vehicle. The vehicle began to vibrate, and then shut off. The vehicle was towed, and the mechanic diagnosed the failure as engine sludge. The current and failure mileage were 72,000.

- Canfield, OH, USA

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