hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,748 miles

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2010 Chrysler Sebring engine problems

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2010 Chrysler Sebring Owner Comments

problem #7

May 052016


  • 40,000 miles


I purchased a 2010 Chrysler Sebring with a 2.7 liter LH engine from meador Jeep dealership in approximately 2014. It had approximately 32K miles on the odometer. As I am retired, and no longer have a commute to work, I do not drive more than 8K a year. In February 2016 I heard a rattling noise in the engine and took the car to the dealer for diagnosis and repair. On February 25, 2016 the dealership replaced the timing chain ("timing tensioner") for a cost of $795.83. When I picked up my car, chris, one of the service writers, advised me to drive the car more often, and to be hard on the engine. On approximately May 5, 2016 I was driving home on the freeway, and the engine stopped working. As I was not able to restart it, I had the car towed back to meador Jeep for diagnosis. According to chris, the service writer, the engine was "blown" and could be repaired for $12,000. The engine had only 40K miles on it. I have researched the Chrysler 2.7 liter V6 engine online, and have found that these engines are notorious for water seeping into the oil, creating a thick sludge that leads to catastrophic engine failure.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #6

Apr 292016


  • 121,000 miles
The electronic throttle light comes on and the RPM decreases then engine stalls. Several times I was able to restart engine and it has now completely failed. I see numerous reports of this issue online but no specific repair for this defect.

- White City, OR, USA

problem #5

Jul 122015


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owned a 2010 Chrysler Sebring. While driving approximately 20 mph, the contact noticed smoke under the vehicle. The contact stopped the vehicle and exited. The front end of the vehicle became engulfed in flames. The fire department was able to extinguish the fire. A police report was filed and there were no injuries reported. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000.

- Lafayette, IN, USA

problem #4

Feb 082015

Sebring 6-cyl

  • 74,563 miles


I was getting off the freeway and the car started to slow down and stutter so I turned off the main road and the engine turned off and the power steering went out. Luckily it was a Sunday so there wasn't any traffic behind me but if there had been there could have been an accident since I had no control over power steering or the engine shutting off. There was no indication on the dash board that there was a major issue. I tried to start it a few times but had to wait over 5 minutes before it finally started. I took it to the mechanic the next day and after looking it over they said I needed a new engine. It didn't make sense because I change the oil every 3,000 miles and the check engine on the car says there is a gas cap issue. It says nothing about the engine having a problem. I was told the 2.7 engine has alot of problems and mine had built up oil sludge. Once in a while the car would say to change the oil or say there is an issue with the oil pressure but every time I took it in to get checked I was told the oil is fine. Without the dash telling me there is a serious issue a mechanic will not know of the oil sludge problem until they tear apart the engine. This is extremely dangerous the dash warning system is supposed to let you know when there is an issue with the engine. I really think Chrysler should stop making cars all together because I have seen so many complaints about the issue and there is not enough media out there letting us know of this. It is a big safety hazard we need to know when the engine is so bad it may shut off in traffic. I just had my safety and emissions done 2 months before and it passed just fine so nothing in the alert system warns of an engine problem.

- American Fork, UT, USA

problem #3

Jun 122012


  • 90,000 miles
My husband was driving downs the freeway, we were on our way to a wedding next thing we know the made a noise and start slowing way down while on the freeway. Luckily my husband was able to pull over. The car totally stop working. We waited for a little while and the car started back up we were trying to get out of the hot sun. That day it was a whopping 90 degree outside I was very upset. We we able to get the car to the other side of freeway to pull off and the car went out again and would not start.we called a toll trunk which took them an hour to get to us. What had happened is the timing chain broke inside the engine and messed up a lot of other things inside the engine. The said they fixed it but around 29,000 miles and 6 months went by and the same thing occurred again getting ready to pull of at my moms house. The car dealer would not fix for free, the manufacturer only offered to fix the timing change for half off. Which the cost for that was $1800. This was defiantly a safety issue and I do not want this car even though I'm paying my car note still on time for the last 2 years. I am so dissatisfied with this vehicle. Please do an investigation. The is not fixed to this day. The car need to be salvage.

- Lathrop, CA, USA

problem #2

Oct 212014

Sebring 4-cyl

  • 23,458 miles
This incident occurred will traveling on the freeway at 65 mph. Without notice the electronic throttle control light illuminate and the car decelerated from 65mph to 35mph. This deceleration almost cause the car following to almost rear-end my car. This problem has occurred on other Dodge/Chrysler vehicle. I would like for this to be investigated before someone lose their life.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #1

Jun 102012


  • 38,217 miles
The contact rented a 2010 Chrysler Sebring touring. The contact stated that while attempting to park, the steering was difficult to turn and emitted a clicking noise. Smoke also emitted from under the hood and within a second, the front end was on fire. The seattle fire department was present. The vehicle was towed to a tow yard for further investigation. The failure and current mileages were 38,217.

- Seattle, WA, USA

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