definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,862 miles

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2003 Chrysler Sebring engine problems

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2003 Chrysler Sebring Owner Comments

problem #5

May 122011

Sebring 6-cyl

  • miles


I have a 2003 Chrysler Sebring convertible with a 2.7L engine. I recently started noticing problems around 88,000 miles.. I now have 92,000 miles and see engine coolant is black.. online it appears a common problem is oil mixing with coolant.. apparently I have this problem. I also have the 2.7L engine that is prone to sludge and other problems. I noticed the car was using more oil recently even before my 3,000 oil change.. now I might have the reason why... I see I'm not the only person with this problem, please help everyone who purchased a Chrysler product with this 2.7L engine...

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #4

Feb 072009


  • 79,104 miles
I purchased a 2003 Chrysler sebring in early '07' I still owe about 5,000 on the car. For the past several months my oil light has been coming on when I come to a stop. I took it to a dealer and they said the oil sender switch was bad and leaking oil. They charged me $173 to replace it and when I left I got about 5 miles down the road and the light came on again. Now I have been told that the engine most likely will need to be replaced. It is the 2.7 that I now have learned is one of the worse engines made. This last christmas I was at a party and my friend introduced me to his roommate that was going to diesel engine school, he had already received every gas automobile certification there in existence and is one of the top mechanics in the area! we started talking about cars and he asked me what I drove, I told him I had a 2003 sebring. His reply was.."oh, I'm sorry". now I know what he meant by that, at the time I thought he was just joking. I hope someone will start a class action lawsuit, if they don't remedy this problem I will pray daily that Chrysler goes under and will bad mouth them to every person I know and meet.

- Hanover Park, IL, USA

problem #3

Oct 062008


  • 94,205 miles
Have a 2003 Chrysler sebring with a 2.7 liter engine. I brought the car to a Chrysler repair shop when it wouldn't start, they said it needed a new battery (the battery in it was a few months old) and a new starter. I borrowed the money to pay for them to fix it. Then after driving the car about 15 miles when I got it back, and without any warning or previous symptoms the car engine blows. The Chrysler shop accuses me false allegations of never changing the oil. I proved it was changed on a regular basis. They say improper maintenance caused "engine sludge" which the caused engine to fail. The car always ran quite and cool, but when it failed and I got it to start after 3 attempts, it made a loud clunking noise, the temperature gauge was all the way up (which never happens) and the engine was boiling hot. They now say they need an inspector from my warranty people to come inspect and "diagnose" the engine. They say that cost is not covered to break down and open the engine for inspection and it costs several thousand dollars. Then if they do not cover it, I'll need to pay again to put the broken engine back together for another few thousand dollars, and additionally and above that cost, the cost to repair the engine they say is $10, 000. Chrysler pretends there has been no known issues with this engine but a google search of "Chrysler 2.7 engine defective" proves otherwise. Millions of their cars have these engines and thousands of people have filed complaints about Chrysler denial of this problem and systematic cover up. My fiancee and I just evacuated new orleans due T hurricanes gustav. She is disabled and we are on the verge of being homeless, that car was the only means of transportation for us and for me to attempt to earn a living.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #2

Nov 162007


  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,000 miles
Engine failure car just stopped at 41,000 (est) with no warning.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #1

Jan 282003


  • miles
While driving at any speed the engine will stay on the remainder of the time vehicle is being operated. Dealer notified.

- University Park, IL, USA

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