definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,102 miles

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2004 Chrysler Sebring engine problems

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2004 Chrysler Sebring Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #24

Aug 092011

Sebring 6-cyl

  • 95,678 miles


Purchased 2004 Sebring convertible memorial weekend 2011. During delivery from Utah auto gallery oil light flickered. Dealer cheated oil and said was ion. Oil change in July with synthetic oil. Vehicle engine seized while on mountain highway I80, out side of salt lake city. Discovered via internet that 2.7 engines defective. Dealer not returning call. Research says the sign that the engine is starting to seize is the flicker of the oil light. Vehicle sold with the potential of a catastrophic engine failure, which happened a month and a half after vehicle sold. Car has only been driven 922 miles since purchased.

- Salt Lake City, UT, USA

problem #23

Dec 032010

Sebring 6-cyl

  • 82,000 miles
Chrysler 2.7 L V6 engine prone to sludge and failure, despite continuous maintenance.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #22

Sep 272010

Sebring 6-cyl

  • 61,000 miles
The engine on my 2004 Sebring convertible gts blew while driving down I 95 toward miami going 75 mph. I lost all control and power to vehicle. Luckily I was able to coast off exit 129 in ft pierce to a gas station. Only to have car towed to Firestone where they informed me that my engine had blown and that it was a very known and common problem in this engine.

- West Melbourne, FL, USA

problem #21

Mar 172010


  • 68,169 miles


Thermostat fail 2004 Chrysler Sebring.

- Alhambra, CA, USA

problem #20

Jul 232010


  • 50,000 miles
2004 Chrysler sebring limited. Oil sludge in engine led to engine failure at 50,000 miles. This car was perfectly maintained, including regular oil changes and other maintenance. The engine should not have failed. Apparently this is a chronic problem with these cars. My mother was stuck in the middle of a busy road when this happened. She had just had dental surgery the day before and was recovering from a severe infection. She had to sit in 98 degree temperatures for many hours after having to push the car to a safe spot. The car was almost hit by other cars as she pushed it and she suffered heat exhaustion and other problems as a result of the incident. We have not yet been able to fix the car as it will require complete replacement of the engine.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #19

Feb 012007


  • 44,000 miles
I bought the car in August of 06'. it's an 04' Chrysler Sebring. The damn car started stalling and stopping when I came to a stop. I dies on me at least once a day now. It finally stopped while driving today in the middle of traffic on a highway. It scares me. I read on auto beef (which is where I found you) of other complaints from many other people with the exact same problem. The dealerships and other mechanics cannot seem to find out what it is. I took my car to the dealership today and they ran a test and found nothing wrong with it. The same problem everyone else is having. I don't get it. I don't know what else to do....please help!!!

- Centerville, IN, USA

problem #18

Aug 082008


  • 81,000 miles


Engine ceased while stopped at stop light. Vehicle had to be pushed out of the way. Later found engine failed do to sludge in the engine.

- Lafayette, IN, USA

problem #17

Jul 212008


  • 38,500 miles
Vehicle has died for no reason on several occasions, and then recently started knocking. I had it towed to the dealer and was told that the engine was ruined with sludge. It is still under warranty. We have done a few of the oil changes ourselves, and had some done at auto services other than Chrysler so they do not wish to warranty the engine. This is an ongoing problem I discovered after searching the internet and Chrysler is trying not to honor the warranty by claiming the oil was not changed correctly by the owner, and or, the service companies other than Chrysler. I cannot afford to continue paying for a car that does not run, and I cannot afford a new engine for a car that is a 2004 model, or any year model for that matter. A $20,000 vehicle should last more than 4 or 5 years. 20,000.

- Yuma, AZ, USA

problem #16

Oct 312007

Sebring 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles
2004 Chrysler Sebring touring sedan with a 2.7L engine shuts off when car is decelerating. The car started malfunctioning with about 35,000 miles on it, it now has about 69,000 miles. The problem was intermittent, but now it happens more frequently. I have had it checked out but the technician could not figure it out nor are there any codes associated with the problem. Please help. Thanks, jimmy L. atkins, jr.

- Columbus, GA, USA

problem #15

Oct 262005

Sebring 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2004 Chrysler Sebring stalls and jumps forward when foot is on brake. Then it cuts off.

- Warner Robins, GA, USA

problem #14

Apr 032007

Sebring 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles


Engine failure.

- Rancho Cordova, CA, USA

problem #13

Jan 282007

Sebring 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,987 miles
At 30,987 miles, my 2004 Chrysler convertible 2.7L V6 engine seized up while I was driving in the high speed lane of interstate rt 95 in philadelphia, pa. I had just left phila. City and was driving only 5-10 mins when this happened. There was no warning, no engine light or oil light came on. The car just died. Luckily traffic was very light and I could coast safely over to the breakdown lane. Ended up after towing to local shop of pepboys and then again to a 5-star Chrysler dealer, the engine was diagnosed as freezing up due to sludge in oil. Had to replace whole engine at cost of $4,855 on a virtually brand new car. Warranty coverage denied since I could not provide proof of oil changes through receipts.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #12

Jan 032007


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Car acts as if it will cut off when at a complete stop.

- Mcdonough, GA, USA

problem #11

Oct 122006

Sebring 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,485 miles
Car kept stalling and just died one morning. A passerby stopped to help me and said the oil was low. I put oil in it and headed to the dealer. The dealer asked for receipts to prove I had oil changes over the past year so the work would be covered under the warranty. I provided receipts and was told by the dealer that the receipts were unacceptable because the garage that did the oil changes did not use the proper format on their receipts. Chrysler wanted me to pay $6950 for a new engine. My mechanic then faxed over receipts that would be acceptable to the dealer and because the receipt said that I had a fram oil filter put in the car and there was still a factory oil filter in it they would not replace the motor under the warranty. They said the engine was full of sludge and would need to be replaced along with the timing belt and heads.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #10

Aug 052006

Sebring 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 93,000 miles
Driving our car in Chicago and we live in Ohio. Stop at a light and the car starts making this loud noise. Get the car to my sisters (thankfully). Had to rent a trailer to get the car home. Brought it to the mechanic who said the engine failed due to sludge. Oil was changed 3 days before. Engine could not be rebuilt. Contacted Chrysler and they told me there was nothing they could do. This is a faulty engine and Chrysler should stand behind there product.

- Edgerton, OH, USA

problem #9

Sep 072006

Sebring 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,000 miles
: the contact stated the vehicle built sludge in the engine and caused the engine to fail permanently. The service dealer determined the vehicle had sludge built up when looking at a different issue and on the way home from the dealer the engine died.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #8

Jun 252006

Sebring 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Since purchasing our 2004 Chrysler Sebring (touring) new off the dealer's lot in the summer of 2004, we have experienced several cases of sudden and unexplained stalling. The problem seems to happen most often when we come to a stop during highway driving. The car usually sputters a few seconds before stalling. I then have to put the car in park, turn off the ignition and then turn the keys back. This has resulted in several near-misses because cars approaching from behind do not realize my vehicle is dead. Over the past two years, we have experienced about 15 to 20 stalling incidents. After the first few cases, we took the car to the Chrysler dealership and they could not replicate the stalling and could not find any fault codes or obvious defects. We have contacted the dealership several times since our visit to see if Chrysler has issued any updates on the apparent manufacturing issue. So far, we have not received any advice on what to do about the problem.

- Evansville, IN, USA

problem #7

May 222006


  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,300 miles
: the contact stated at various speeds the vehicle stalled, but restarted each time. The dealership determined the engine had sludge in it and needed to be replaced. Also, the seat belt on driver's side sticks, and the airbag light stays on. Taken several times to the dealer to be fixed, but it was never fixed. Updated on 06/07/2006.

- North Augusta, SC, USA

problem #6

Nov 252005

Sebring 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles
2004 Chrysler Sebring touring 20000 miles. When car is stopped with foot on brake car jumps forward for no reason like some one had put their foot on the gas this has happen couple times took it to the dealer. He found a service bulletin and was going to do it when I take it back. But after reading it seems like there is a lot of people with this problem there should be recall before some one is killed!!!! also when in traction control it makes a terrible noise like the brakes grinding on the rotors when the wheels are spinning dealer not sure what is wrong and is going to look into it.

- Bradford, PA, USA

problem #5

Sep 072005

Sebring 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,488 miles
The contact stated transmission failed after owning the car for one year. She called the dealer and the manufacturer, and because she did not have a warranty, no one will do anything about it. The cooling system malfunctioned shortly after she bought the car. Then, the following year, the engine went out. The labor will be $2,000 and the parts will cost $5,000. When she bought the car it had 28,838 miles on it. Currently, it has 51,488 miles on it.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

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