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 3 of 4)

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problem #39

Feb 162007

Sebring 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,892 miles


- the contact owns a 2001 Chrysler Sebring convertible lxi, when coming to a stop, the oil light would illuminate. When accelerating the oil light turned off. The dealer stated that the failure was due to the sensor. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who diagnosed the vehicle on 6 occasions due to engine noises. The dealer stated that the vehicle was operating normally. While driving 35 mph under normal road conditions the engine stalled. The contact was able to get the vehicle to the side of the road with without a crash. The contact called the manufacturer, whon stated that there was not a recall related to the failure. The current and failure mileage were 67,892.

- Navarre, FL, USA

problem #38

Jan 252007

Sebring 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,000 miles
While driving, car stalled in the middle of the boulevard; restart and drove to nearest parking lot. Had vehicle towed to automotive shop. Upon investigation found water in oil, 544 other cases filed 2001 Chrysler Sebring weak engine block failure after 34K miles, we lucked out after 66K miles.

- Folsom, PA, USA

problem #37

Oct 112006


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Since I bought my vehicle in 2001 I had problems with my window, steering clicking, power train computer and transmission computer, tapping in the engine, engine failure, crankshaft, now servere knocking. I will not advice anyone to purchase a Sebring from chysler. It's sad that chysler not helping correct the problems that their vehicle has.

- Hammond, LA, USA

problem #36

Dec 072006

Sebring 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 108,000 miles


- the contact stated that the water outlet housing failed and all of the water in the engine came out along with a lot of steam. The contact stated that the water pump was replaced and that the gaskets were worn and leaking oil.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #35

Jun 022006

Sebring 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,000 miles
: the contact stated while driving 65 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. It was maneuvered off the road and towed to the dealer, who replaced the engine due to engine sludge.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #34

Oct 202006

Sebring 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 84,400 miles
2.7 liter engine of Sebring lxi seized up without warning. Had changed oil 1400 miles prior to failure. Purchased vehicle from auto auction within last 2 months.

- Beaver, PA, USA

problem #33

Oct 242006

Sebring 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,200 miles


Driving on the highway at 55 mph, the engine stop without warning. After the engine stopped the temp indicator went on. Towed to dealership where I was informed that the water pump broke, coolants entered the crankcase and the engine was destroyed. The car had only 59,000 miles on it. Chrysler refused to help or repar. Quoted new engine price at $9500. Chryslers customer service is non existant.

- Allen, TX, USA

problem #32

Oct 142006

Sebring 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 104,187 miles
Going to town about two miles from home when the engine made a noise and stopped. The engine would not recrank so had the car towed. Find out that the timing chain jumped time and ruin the engine. Have not repaired yet. Finding that the 2.7 eng has a mutitude of problems.

- Alabaster, AL, USA

problem #31

Sep 152006

Sebring 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
: the contact stated while driving 55 mph on a dry highway, a very loud noise that sounded like the engine revved was heard. The oil light illuminated and the vehicle stalled. There were no lights illuminated prior to the noise. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic who determined the engine needed to be replaced. There were no problems with the vehicle prior to the incident. The oil changes were maintained every 3,000 miles. Updated 10/4/2006 - the wheels corroded causing the tires to lose air. Each time the tires were rotated the wheel caps came loose and fell off. The caps have been replaced twice.

- Ambridge, PA, USA

problem #30

Aug 292006

Sebring 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
I am another 2001 Sebring owner with a 2.7L engine that has died. My wife was on her way home on the interstate when the motor died with no warning and approximately 10 miles from the nearest exit. Having seen Chrysler's lack of concern for the thousands of complaints, I now have a worthless automobile that is worth about $250-500 for a trade or a $4000-8000 engine replacement. It seems that whether you have maintained this car or not, there is no promise of satisfaction from Chrysler. My promise to Chrysler is that we will never buy another of their vehicles!

- Oneonta, AL, USA

problem #29

Jul 152006

Sebring 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles


Car overheated, mechanic says a new engine is needed, no repair at this time not drivable.

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #28

Aug 012006

Sebring 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
: the contact stated while the vehicle is at an idle, the engine intermittently stalled without warning. The vehicle restarted without any problems. The vehicle was not inspected by a dealer. There is a NHTSA recall #00V299002 regarding the engine. The VIN was not included in the recall. The manufacturer was alerted.

- Bourbonnais, IL, USA

problem #27

Apr 192006


  • miles
: the contact stated the vehicle was taken to an independent shop for an oil change when the lube specialists heard a knocking sound and suggested that vehicle be inspected by a mechanic. The vehicle was taken to two independent mechanics who determined that the engine was failing and that it had to be replaced. Problems with the vehicle's engine increased and the vehicle had to be towed to the service dealers for the parts to be replaced. The contact viewed online that the vehicle was experiencing similar symptoms of recall.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #26

May 112006

Sebring 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,000 miles
Sudden catastrophic failure of the engine.

- Hatboro, PA, USA

problem #25

Feb 022006

Sebring 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,983 miles
I own a Chrysler sebring with a 2.7L engine, my auto body repair driver was taking the car to have a 4 wheel alignment when the engine seized while he was driving down the road. There was no warning the engine just quit. I had a factory rebuilt engine put in the car for the cost of $4500 and the auto repair shop stated the engine failed due to sludge.

- Hanson, MA, USA

problem #24

Feb 202006

Sebring 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,700 miles
: the contact stated while driving at 65 mph, the engine stalled. The vehicle was towed to the dealership for inspection. The dealer recommended replacing the engine due to internal parts within the engine failing. The engine was replaced and the vehicle operates normally. The engine was replaced by the manufacturer. The contact had to pay $250 deductible and $150 for a new engine mounting bracket.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #23

Feb 232006

Sebring 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,805 miles
Purchased a 2001 Chrysler Sebring new with 101 miles in Aug 2001. Vehicle currently has 42,000 miles and the engine failed due to sludge build up in the engine. The Chrysler's 2.7L engine has many internet documents showing this is a common problem. Not covered by Chrysler or extended warranty. Was driving vehicle 65 mph on a highway at 8:00 am when the car just died. Fortunately (although rush hour) no one was directly behind the vehicle. Car has not been repaired as Chrysler wants $6,000 to fix the engine and the vehicle is only worth $8,800. Car is still sitting at dealership. Chrysler has not made any changes to this engine so even if repairs are made this problem will keep occurring.

- Canonsburg, PA, USA

problem #22

Jun 172005

Sebring 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,000 miles
In June of 2005, my 2001 Chrysler Sebring convertible engine start making this loud noise like a rod was going to go. I turned it off had the car taken to a local dealer and they said I had sludge in the engine. When I asked for the service manager to explain sludge to me about me not changing my oil and not properly having the car serviced. It was at that time I had the car towed back to my house, where it has been sitting. On February 6th I went to my attorneys office and he sent Chrysler a letter(certified) that I want them to fix my car and/or we will be filing a class action case in the franklin county of Ohio courts against them. I have contacted Chrysler personally and they all but said I caused the problem. After having talked with some mechanics and looking at the inter-net I now know this was not an isolated case.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #21

Jan 062006

Sebring 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles
Engine failure in 2001 Chrysler Sebring with 2.7 L. engine at approx. 65,000 miles without any forewarning. No warning lights or overheating occurred. Engine must now be replaced due to cracked block. Chrysler will not pay for any of the repairs.

- St. George, UT, USA

problem #20

Jan 052006

Sebring 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,000 miles
: the contact states there is a NHTSA recall campaign 00V299002 concerning the engine and engine cooling. The vehicle has the same problems as indicated in the recall; however, it is not included in the recall due to the VIN. The check engine light illuminated, and the engine stalled at slow speeds. Although the engine could be restarted sometimes the engine died while idling. The dealer performed a diagnostic test which produced a code indicating and engine problem. The manufacturer was contacted.

- Maple Grove, MN, USA

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