hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
56,761 miles

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2005 Chrysler Sebring engine problems

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2005 Chrysler Sebring Owner Comments

problem #10

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 #9

Apr 282011

Sebring 4-cyl

  • 60,400 miles
My car, 2005 Chrysler sebring, 2.4 dual over head (VIN [xxx]) has a broken motor mount bracket (front). It is on national back order and cannot be attained in the near future. Over 250 people are waiting for this part and are currently on the waiting list, as am I. I cannot attain this part and further damage is being done to my vehicle because I have no choice but to drive it without the bracket. Chrysler Corp. Refuses to provide me with a rental for the time being. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Bethlehem, PA, USA

problem #8

Jul 172010


  • 135,000 miles
My vehicle was involved in an accident July 2010, damage was to the front driver's side. Upon picking up car I complained of an engine knock and axle noise. Geico determined this was not due to the accident. I was told to take my car back to where the axle was replaced in April 2010 by pep boys. While waiting to be seen by an adjuster from geico, my vehicle would not start. I then had my battery and starter replaced by pep boys. My vehicle still had engine knock which geico said was not cause by accident. I then had my car taken to a repair shop where they diagnosed an oil pump problem. They later determined before replacing the oil pump that there were metal shavings in oil pan. They inspected my engine block and determine that engine block was clean due to my use of synthetic oil, but was not operable. The warranty regarding this was not covered for this by Chrysler.

- Suitland, MD, USA

problem #7

Jul 142010


  • miles


My Chrysler sebring has had oil changes on, and the last time it was change the mechanic has informed that there is sludge in the net and it is preventing the correct oil pressure to get to the engine and it could blow the engine. The cost however is more than I can afford (2500.00) to overhaul the engine. I have a 2005 sebring with approx 60,000 miles.

- Bryan, OH, USA

problem #6

Apr 302010

Sebring 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Sebring. While driving at 70 mph, the contact noticed that the engine light flashed on the instrument panel and the engine began to overheat. The contact pulled over to the side of the road and smoke began to emit from under the hood. The contact tried to restart the vehicle but it would not start. The vehicle was towed to local repair shop where he was informed that the engine needed to be replaced. The contact had not spoken with the manufacturer at the time of the complaint. The failure mileage was approximately 54,000. Updated evoq 12/17/10

- Decatur, AL, USA

problem #5

Nov 072008


  • 57,837 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Sebring. The contact stated that the vehicle overheated while driving 35 mph. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and they stated that most of the repair work was mostly covered under extended warranty. The following day, the dealer stated that the failure was not covered because they found engine sludge. The repair would cost $1,600. When the contact retrieved the vehicle, it would not drive more than ten minutes without overheating. The vehicle was towed back to the dealer. The dealer stated that the entire engine was destroyed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle is currently at an auto repair shop. The contact is awaiting feedback. The manufacturer asked her for oil change receipts. The current mileage was 57,842 and failure mileage was 57,837.

- Vancouver, WA, USA

problem #4

Mar 282008

Sebring 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,173 miles


My wife and I had purchased an 05 Chrysler sebring touring convertible from the huntington dealership with 22,800 mile on the clock. Several weeks after our purchase the nightmare had begun. The engine had over heated on the freeway, we had the vehicle towed and inspected by the glendale Chrysler dealership. They released the vehicle back to use. We ran into the same problem another 2 times, and the exact same way and problem. The third time the dealership said that their was an air bubble and they had fixed the problem. Guess what happened recently the engine overheated again, but this time the engine has been damaged but Chrysler doesn't want to fix the problem. I had the car towed to the semi valley dealership. Even though my warranty covers this, they don't want to be out of pocket. I have been without a vehicle for over a week, with them not allowing me a rental. I have had to seek other Transport means which has cost me. At the current moment I am still without a vehicle I had to approve of an engine tear down to find the problem which has taken three days and will need an inspector from Chrysler to come and approve the findings and the repair. All just so Chrysler can try and point the finger (when the car has been nothing but trouble from the get go). And I'm not ever sure if Chrysler will approve of the repair. I hope they will do what's in the customers interest considering the stress and heartache this has caused. I do know that I will never buy a Chrysler again.

- Simi Valley, CA, USA

problem #3

Sep 052007

Sebring 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,200 miles
I purchased a 2005 Chrysler Sebring in 2006 with approx. 25K miles on it, 1 yr. Later it started leaking oil badly. It was found that the front seal on the crankshaft was pushed out. The garage through there resources found found that this was a problem with the 4 cyl. That Chrysler knew about and even knew the serial numbers of the beginning and the end of the defect that had been machined in there engine blocks. This defect allows the crankshaft to float back and forth length wise and push the seal out. They have not done a recall for this and refuse to do anything about it. The fix for this defect is a new short block that is over $4K to be done. The oil leaks so bad that it soaks the undercarriage and rear of the car and could cause a fire by the exhaust being covered with oil.

- Dwight, IL, USA

problem #2

Nov 272005

Sebring 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,000 miles
: the contact stated the vehicles engine stalled 15 times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who was unable to locate the problem. The most recent occurrence was on August 9, 2006 where the vehicle stalled and stopped on top of a median.

- Rocky Mount, NC, USA

problem #1

Jul 312006

Sebring 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles
: the contact stated while driving 65 mph a noise was heard and the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was maneuvered off the road and towed to the dealer who determined the cam shaft needed to be replaced.

- Fredericktown, OH, USA

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