hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
68,552 miles

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2005 Chrysler Sebring electrical problems

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2005 Chrysler Sebring Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #28

Nov 102015


  • 30,000 miles


Complaints with heaters, horn and lights wiring

- Westfield, MA, USA

problem #27

Sep 162015


  • 73,000 miles
I've written to you people before about this problem and a girl called back and said she'd call again because you people are so busy. I never heard another word and that was last fall. The horn button in the steering wheel has stopped working and it is very dangerous to not have a horn to warn people. It has completely stopped working at all times.

- Export, PA, USA

problem #26

Jun 092015


  • 120,000 miles
Fuse 8 under hood, 20A fuse. Chrysler has a couple of branch circuits downstream of this and collectively an increased load condition causes an overload on startup only. Instant burn fuse cant cope. The problem is design, there are 4 circuits fed downstream on that fuse, if the collected load builds some resistance it will exceed the capacity of the fuse. I am currently changing the fuse daily just to start my car and go. And sometimes have to change it again before leaving my destination. I did some research online by resulting to google and there are countless other people with this same problem. I was told not to put a larger fuse in there for it may catch fire because of not allowing the fuse to blow when it needs to blow. It seems to be a problem with Chrysler set up and to be not actually anything broken with my car. What do I do?

- Childs, PA, USA

problem #25

Aug 102014


  • 50,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Sebring. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the horn activated independently. In addition, the contact stated that the horn was depressed but failed to function. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the horn and air bag needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 50,000.

- Queensbury , NY, USA

problem #24

Jan 012015


  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Sebring. The contact stated that while driving at 35 mph, the horn independently activated. The failure recurred several times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the driver side air bag and the horn switch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown. The VIN was not available. MA 10/22/2015

- Loveland, OH, USA

problem #23

Dec 012014


  • 81,200 miles
I recently got pulled over because my horn keeps going of uncontrollably! I had to take the fuse out and I've been pulled over twice because the horn goes off and distracts drivers unintentionally. They get mad and call the cops.. then once this fuse is pulled the gas meter goes crazy and dumb. It said once we had half tank and we ran out as soon as we pulled out the driveway! this is a safety hazard!! this need to be recalled!!

- East Wenatchee, WA, USA

problem #22

Nov 262014


  • 118,000 miles


Horn goes off by itself and continues to sound, until pounding on the steering wheel center. Dealer says it is a bad horn switch which is integral with the airbag assembly, which is not a covered part with extended warranty and costs >$750. This would be very unsafe in a high traffic situations, or bad neighborhoods.

- Carmel, IN, USA

problem #21

Dec 232013

Sebring 6-cyl

  • 87,000 miles
The horn on the vehicle starts to randomly go off and will not stop. Horn will blow even while driving at random times. This is a safety concern as there is also a clicking noise that is emitting from underneath the airbag assembly as the horn starts to go off. I am concerned that at some point during driving the airbag may deploy at the same time as the horn is randomly going off. I have contacted Chrysler and they say they are unaware of this issue even though there are multiple complaints about this issue listed with the NHTSA and do not consider this a safety concern. Repair is quoted at $750+. this really needs to be investigated by NHTSA and Chrysler needs to be made aware of this issue and address for me and other customers who are dealing with this particular safety issue.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #20

Nov 012012


  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Sebring. The contact stated that while the vehicle was parked, the horn sounded unexpectedly. The contact also mentioned that the failure only occurred in the winter. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who was unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 75,000. The VIN was not available.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #19

Oct 272013

Sebring 6-cyl

  • 93,600 miles
Horn starts blowing spontaneously in cold weather and will not stop until car is warmed up. This presents a hazard to other drivers and is a traffic violation. Horn shares a fuse with the fuel pump, so no easy way to disable it and drive the car, and car will not pass inspection if the horn is unplugged. A web search shows that this is a very common problem with this car, but since the horn switch is part of the airbag unit the replacement cost is almost $1000.

- Wilmington, MA, USA

problem #18

Apr 292013


  • 87,972 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Sebring. The contact stated that the horn failed and that the anti-theft system would activate while driving at any speed. The vehicle was inspected at the dealer but the cause of the failure was not determined. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure and current mileage was 87,972.

- Ivins, UT, USA

problem #17

Nov 192012


  • 96,000 miles
Horn started going off by itself and would not stop while driving. This is dangerous and could cause a crash. This has happened numerous times. It is very difficult to get it to stop (have to turn steering wheel and continuously press horn down until stops). I've read numerous complaints about the same and think that this should be a recall due to number of people impacted.

- Crest Hill, IL, USA

problem #16

Jul 022012

Sebring 6-cyl

  • 52,000 miles
While driving or sitting still the security alarm system (horn blows off & on) goes off. The only way to stop it is to pull over, get out of the car, open fuse box and remove the small yellow fuse marked for the horn. Upon replacing the fuse I have driven as much as a day or up to (3) weeks before happening again. The vehicle is out of warranty so I took the car to (3) different repair facilities and they were unable to find a problem or solution. I contacted Chrysler corporation and they said I would have to have a Chrysler dealer run a diagnostic but that did not find the problem ($106.90). They kept the car overnight and the next day called and said that I would need a horn module ($600) part and 2 1/2 hours labor ($320). I called to find a cost on a horn module but no parts store ever heard of it, even other dealers never heard of it. On a web site called carcomplaints.com it seems that a lot of us 2005 car owners are having the identical problem. Can a class action suit be presented to Chrysler?

- Roswell, GA, USA

problem #15

Aug 222012


  • 83,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Sebring convertible. The contact stated that the horn activated independently. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 83,000.

- Elon , NC, USA

problem #14

Feb 122012

Sebring 6-cyl

  • 58,000 miles
Horn blows for no apparent reason. Usually occurs when using the remote to unlock doors but has happened when just opening the car door. Continues to sound for several minutes. Occasionally will stop if holding horn pad down on steering wheel but then resumes when pressure is released. Service department unable to replicate. States it is probably a faulty horn pad which is connected to air bag assembly so all must be replaced. Very expensive fix! apparently this is a frequent problem with sebrings for this year. Why not a recall?

- Manitowoc, WI, USA

problem #13

Jan 012009

Sebring 6-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
The horn goes off intermittently and eventually the only alternative is to disconnect it, because of poor assembly from Chrysler, they attached the horn to the airbag and the entire system has to be replaced- if the horn does not work, neither does the airbag. A death trap. Poor design of the 2.7 engine by Chrysler..oil light flickers... oil sludge build up which will cause catastrophic engine failure and result in an accident. Chrysler refuses to address these problems.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #12

Aug 212011

Sebring 6-cyl

  • 56,689 miles
I was driving I came to the red light all of a sudden I hear this ding as if my seat belt was not on and the radio goes completely out. I try turning it back on and nothing. I get to my destination and get out of the car and press the door lock on the remote control and nothing happens. I press the trunk release in the car and on the remote control and still nothing happens. I get out of the car, so I press the door lock on the remote control and car and still nothing, I had to press the single door lock to lock the doors. I get home and change out the fuse that is located in the car by the driver?S door, I remove both fuses and they both are still good. But I still replace them and it did not fix the problem.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #11

May 062011


  • 79,500 miles
Horn will start working on it's on and will not stop until fuse burns out. The only way to fix this is by replacing the driver airbag since the horn pad is inside the airbag assy. Needless to say, a vehicle without an horn will not pass inspection and since this is the only way a driver has to communicate with the surrounding drivers in case they get too close or to warn them of a danger a head, this most certainly is a safety issue. By Chrysler avoiding their responsibility for this bad design, there are a lot of people out there who are driving sebrings with no horns (since they can not afford $800 for a new airbag, which by the way is going to be no more then a temporary solution since no change in the design have been made). That posses as much as a threat on all of us who share the road with them as it does on those sebrings owners... I have to admit I'm skeptical about NHTSA making sure Chrysler make things right, but at least I'll give it a try. To see how big of a problem this is I suggest you google "Chrysler sebring horn fix". thank you. P.S there was no incident just yet, but I had to choose a date of the "* approximate incident date:" Or it will not let me go to the next page.

- Carrollton, TX, USA

problem #10

Sep 292010


  • 91,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Sebring. The contact stated that the horn malfunctioned and the contact could not use the horn while driving. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who stated that the horn needed to be replaced. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure mileage was 91,000.

- Fort Jenning, OH, USA

problem #9

Jan 032011


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Sebring. The contact stated that whenever the vehicle was started, the horn would honk and would not stop. The contact had to remove the fuse from the fuse box. Also while driving, the contact noticed a grinding noise from the passenger side when parallel parking. The dealer stated that the vehicle was not included in recall 04V579000 (steering: Linkages: Knuckle: Spindle: Arm) and the contact would be responsible for repair expenses. The contact called the manufacturer who offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 80,000.

- Everett, WA, USA

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