really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
78,322 miles

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2008 Chrysler Sebring engine problems

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2008 Chrysler Sebring Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #32

Nov 012021


  • miles


In February 2021 my car wouldn-€™t stop, tried to give it a jump and it still wouldn-€™t start. Replaced the battery and it started working again. In April 2021 my engine light came on. I got a diagnostic and the error code read: P2016 Intake Manifold Runner Position Sensor/Switch Circuit Low Bank 1. I didn-€™t get it fixed. Shortly after, I began hearing a faint crackling noise and noticed when I would drive on turn pikes my a red brake symbol would briefly pop up on my dash board and then go away. In May 2021 my horn stopped working and front right turn signal light stopped working. I tried to get a new one installed it wouldn-€™t work. I was told it could be an electrical issue. In July 2021 my right low beam head light stopped working. I tried to get a new bulb installed and it still wouldn-€™t work. At this time I was told the same thing, that it seems like there may be an electrical issue. This month, November 2021, a few days ago on Monday November 1st, I began noticing an acceleration issue in the morning. I would press the accelerator and it wouldn-€™t pick up until a few seconds later, it was like a delay. Later that day while I was driving on the free way a red flash symbol with lines between it began flashing on my car and my car wouldn-€™t drive over 20 mph. I pulled over. Shortly after I turned my car back on and it began driving semi normal and I was able to get home. I tried out my car the next day and in the morning the same thing happened again. The red flash symbol with 2 lines on the side of it began flashing on my dashboard and my car wouldn-€™t go over 20 mph. I-€™m not sure what the issue is but when I looked up what the red flashing symbol, I noticed a few others who had a similar experience with their 2008 Chrysler Sebring which made me want to look up whether there was a recall and I found out there was but when I searched whether my car was eligible through my VIN number it said there was none unrepaired.

- Southfield, MI, USA

problem #31

Mar 122021


  • miles
My TPS light has been on for quite some time and after a short time since the first time it appeared my issue worsens everyday. My car STALLS, not only when I am stopped at a light, but even when I am driving at high speeds and the Check Engine light stays on all the time and blinks and dings at times and now the airbag light is on as well and blinks and dings all the time while the car is started. I took the car to get check for error codes, but none come up when the diagnostics is ran.

- Hayward, CA, USA

problem #30

Mar 292021


  • 185,954 miles
At any given moment loss of power will occur and motor will shut off. Anytime on the freeway or parked. Occasionally at random intervals car will crank but not turn over until after repeated attempts to start it will turn over appropriately.

- Olympia, WA, USA

problem #29

Jul 292020


  • 98,500 miles


My husband and I are experiencing problems recently with the car stahling out and or getting stuck in low gear while driving on the hwy, it was terrifying! we are currently not at home and have a 10 hour drive back home while driving this extremely unstable car and am honestly scared to death we are going to get in an accident! this is the 3rd battery swap we've done in 3 months but only have last 2 receipts. We have done research and this car has had electrical recall for this problem however apparently our VIN dont match up to the recall. I dont understand it, this is extremely horrible business from Chrysler and as soon as we can get home hopefully safely.. we wont buy another. Please help fast!

- Brewton, AL, USA

problem #28

Jan 012015


  • 42,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chrysler Sebring. While the vehicle was stationary, the vehicle hesitated to accelerate. Also, while making a turn, the vehicle stalled and the engine and electronic throttle control indicators illuminated. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer for diagnostic testing or repairs. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the vehicle was diagnosed that the electronic throttle computer needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failures. The contact was informed that the vehicle was not included in a recall. The failure mileage was 42,000.

- Englewood, FL, USA

problem #27

Feb 012019


  • 180,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chrysler Sebring. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled without warning and the TPMS warning indicator remained illuminated. An independent mechanic replaced the battery, starter, and alternator; however, the failure continued. In addition, while driving over 60 mph, the vehicle would decelerate when the accelerator pedal was depressed. Steve white motors (3470 us hwy 70 SE, newton, nc 28658, (888) 827-3721) was notified. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The dealer and manufacturer indicated that the vehicle was excluded from NHTSA campaign number: 08V152000 (electrical system); although, the vehicle exhibited the same failure. The manufacturer was notified and did not assist. The approximate failure mileage was 180,000.

- Hickory, NC, USA

problem #26

Dec 062017


  • 137,998 miles


Backing out of my driveway the engines suddenly shut down but restarted without an issue. Later that day the red warning light came on and the engine started to have no power and then staled I was able to move to the side of the road and saw the throttle position sensor light was on (witch I looked up in owner manual. Was able to get it started again and drove it to my mechanic who tested it and said I needed a throttle body.T hat was replaced now 4 days later I was on a hov lane doing 65 light came on engine sputtered but didn't stall arrived at destination when I got back in car light was out and car started. Driving home I had to pull over several times when light was illuminated. My concern is driving at highway speeds especially where I live there are long tunnels I travel through hopefully it doesn't do this to anyone driving through them and anywhere that would definitely cause a serious accident, the initial repair to replace throttle body was $271 and an additional $88 for same issue now throttle pedal needs replaced cost at this time unknown

- Clairton, PA, USA

problem #25

Jul 172015

Sebring 6-cyl

  • 128,000 miles
Problem: 2008 Chrysler Sebring engine, transmission & electrical problems. I began financing in Nov 2013 from Toyota of riverside, 1yr and 3 months later on Feb 17, 2015 while I was exiting the freeway, my engine light came on, my car completely shutdown, I had no brakes, I was fearful and held onto the steering wheel coasted near an arco station. I was thankful I did not hit anyone or have an accident. I called aaa who towed me to Toyota of riverside. [xxx] the service manager told me I needed to replace the timing belt and the engine for $1500. It took about 3 weeks for the engine to be repaired, my car was returned on March 12, 2015. However, I noticed when I received my car back the cruise control lever near the steering wheel was hanging loosely and was not attached. Weeks, later the electronic speed control light and the engine light came on along with problems shifting. I sent pictures of my engine light being on from my phone to [xxx] and [xxx] and went to see [xxx] who told me the transmission need repair and it would cost $3000 to $4000." I went to moss brothers riverside, [xxx] on 09/17/15 did a diagnostic. He told me there is an auto transmission shift lever recall and a spring hook retainer he can replace for free. He also replaced a stop lamp switch binds and reprogrammed the PCM for $290. I picked up my car on 9/22/15 it continued to stall, returned it to moss brothers [xxx] said it may be a transmission problem before we can begin we will need $1690 up to $4480 to repair it. Ihad my car towed to manuel auto center, he replaced my left tie rods for $275 in the past. He completed a diagnostic, replaced solenoid package for $800. However, my driver side window would not roll down, electrical problems and negligence at his shop. He was willing to pay $275 to repair. My car is unsafe. Thank you [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- San Bernardino, CA, USA

problem #24

Oct 012015


  • 65,847 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chrysler Sebring. While stopped at a red light, the vehicle accelerated independently and the engine stalled without warning. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 08V152000 (electrical system). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 65,847.

- Lake Mary, FL, USA

problem #23

Oct 172015


  • 120,000 miles
As I was driving 70 mph on the highway, the throttle control warning light came and the car begin to loss power and hesitate. I pulled off the road and it began to stall and jump. The car was losing power and I could not go past 45 mph. Another problem I am having is the instrument panel light went off and I cannot see the gas gauge, speedometer, etc. The vehicle is currently sitting in the parking lot until I can get it towed to be checked and/or fixed. It currently runs, but I am afraid to drive it.

- Budd Lake, NJ, USA

problem #22

Aug 142015


  • 96,291 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Chrysler Sebring. While driving approximately 40 mph, the vehicle independently decelerated and the electronic throttle control warning light illuminated. When the accelerator pedal was depressed, the vehicle failed to accelerate over 25 mph. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 96,291.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #21

Oct 102014


  • 112,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chrysler Sebring. The contact stated that while driving approximately 60 mph, the vehicle stalled as the electronic throttle control warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 112,000.

- Mckinney, TX, USA

problem #20

Sep 252014


  • 92,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chrysler Sebring. The contact stated while at stopped, the vehicle accelerated independently causing the vehicle to crash into a ditch while attempting to avoid another vehicle. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for a diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 92,000.

- Hilton Head Island, SC, USA

problem #19

Apr 172014


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chrysler Sebring. The contact stated that the vehicle suddenly accelerated when the brake pedal was depressed. The vehicle resumed normal operation once it was turned off and restarted. The failure occurred multiple times. In addition, the windshield wipers activated independently and the air bag warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Rutland , VT, USA

problem #18

Aug 012012

Sebring 6-cyl

  • 58,000 miles
While at a stop light, the car engine and RPM increased. Luckly I had my foot on brake. Had the car looked at no problem found. Including a major tune up. It has happened several more times, including when my daughter was driving my car. This time I had another person in the car when it happened last month. It occured again while at a red light the car was in drive and my foot was on the brake. It rpms went up and it cause the car to jump forward bearly missing the car infront of me.

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #17

Mar 112014

Sebring 4-cyl

  • 132,876 miles
This has happened on several different occasions--becoming more frequent and lasting longer duration each time. While traveling various speeds (can and has happened anywhere from 5mph-60mph) if any pressure is applied to accelerator after breaking no matter the speed all power is lost to the car a red lighting bolt light appears on the dash and the RPM's will stay between 4,000-5,000. Each time having to pull off to the side of the road and attempt for it to restart (depends on if it will or not--usually takes it a while). Will get up to speed again and if I have to brake for any reason or even slow down just a little without apply the brakes it can completely loose power. Also do not have any dash lights when the head lights are turned on. They appear in the center console but went out in 2009 just after I bought the car, and after several estimates in the thousands of dollars it remains with no lights (so in no way can you see the speed or anything else on the dash after dark.)

- Vandalia, IL, USA

problem #16

Dec 302013

Sebring 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chrysler Sebring. The contact was driving 55 mph when the vehicle suddenly began to lose power and would not accelerate. The contact stated that the electronic throttle control malfunction warning light was also illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 80,000...updated 02-28-14 updated 3/19/2014

- Turtle Lake, WI, USA

problem #15

Sep 012013

Sebring 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 103,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chrysler Sebring. The contact stated that while driving 4 mph, the vehicle accelerated independently and crashed into a safety rail. The driver sustained injuries to her arm and neck while the passenger suffered injuries to her chest. A police report was filed. The vehicle was repaired. The failure and current mileage was 103,000.... updated 11/25/13 updated 12/05/2013

- Dillon, SC, USA

problem #14

Jun 152013


  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chrysler Sebring. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph, the vehicle stalled with the illumination of the throttle control light. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 110,000.

- Cubington , LA, USA

problem #13

May 212013


  • miles
The electronic throttle light is continuously coming on even after repairs. The car will ride find and then all of a sudden cut off with no warning other than the light appearing. Also it stalls and you can be in the middle of traffic which is definitely safety hazardous. I've notice that this problem has occurred to thousand and to my surprise no recall.

- Burnham, IL, USA

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