really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
71,262 miles

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problem #33

Aug 282020


  • 83,500 miles
My car cranks and starts, then dies about 2 seconds later. After several tries, it usually starts. However, I have had it into a Chrysler dealer twice without them finding anything wrong. It usually decides to run just fine while in the shop. It will often go for a few months, then start repeating this scenario. This has been on-going for about a year.

- Fredericksburg, VA, USA

problem #32

Aug 012020


  • miles
I took the vehicle after purchase to the shop to look over and seller agreed that he would cover the cost for "sensor" issue as he stated! the car needs a camshaft and due to the age of the vehicle the mechanic stated if that part is replaced it will possibly need a transmission as well as a new engine. Therefore the repairs would exceed the value of the vehicle or not work at all and waste all that money. Car had issues starting from day 1 too.

- Wenonah, NJ, USA

problem #31

Nov 092019


  • 160,000 miles
My 2008 Chrysler Sebring has been in the shop since November 9, 2019. Defective tipm. The starter has caught fire 3 times. Vehicle stalls out and leaves you in the middle of the road. Battery has been replaced. Ignition switch is getting hot when keys are in and the key gets stuck in ignition. Tipm was replaced. Car is still not running due to dealership not knowing what new parts to try. Have also had several problems with cooling systems/fan not working properly.

- Parkersburg, WV, USA

problem #30

Dec 052019


  • 140,000 miles
3 seperate but related events. My horn began honking at random times, eventually I could not turn it off while in my parking garage at work. Ended up removing battery connection to stop the honking. When I arrived home I disconnected the horns. My wipers randomly do not work. I've had to rely on rainx. Sometimes they work and other times I cant turn them off. They sometimes stop in the middle of the window. Last issue was complete loss of power while driving at 70mph. Luckily I was able to pull over. Strange thing was it started right back up. But 10 miles later the same thing happened. Based on these 3 things happening within the last month I think it is part of the tipm module. Many complaints and this item is part of a class action law suit and a voluntary recall for other Chrysler vehicle in the same year range as my vehicle.

- Stafford, VA, USA

problem #29

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 #28

Feb 042019


  • miles
When I turn the steering wheel the steering wheel shakes really bad until I bring the steering back into regular position. The seat belt sign goes off continually after I'm buckled up, car engine shuts off while car is idling at a red light, car jumps while sitting at a red light.

- Binghamton, NY, USA

problem #27

Jul 182019


  • 37,682 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chrysler Sebring. While driving 65 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning and was able to restart. The vehicle was taken to abernethy Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram 1(442 E main St, lincolnton, nc 28092, (704) 732-1890), but the failure was unable to be duplicated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 37,682.

- Shelby, NC, USA

problem #26

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 #25

May 012018


  • 177,000 miles
I purchased this vehicle used last November from a private seller. Since then I have had to replace the airbag clock spring, battery cables, and now I am experiencing problems with my windows and coolant temperature sensor. My passenger side window has fallen into the door several times do to a faulty track. My driver side window has completely stopped working do to a faulty button. And lastly, my coolant temperature sensor failed on me 2 months ago. I cannot drive any further than a mile without my car redlining. I checked for a leak in my hoses and seals and have found nothing. My antifreeze reservoir burns so hot it actually evaporates the antifreeze. I have gone through 6 full size bottles of antifreeze in a 2 months period. I have a noticeably high idle whenever the car starts to get the below the full line and now I have an engine ping. The overheat issue occurs whenever it decides it wants to. My dashboard display goes in and out intermittently and my windshield wipers turn on at random whenever I use my signal to make a left turn. This vehicle is full of electrical problems that I cannot afford to fix. The truth is, I purchased this vehicle with the small cut of life insurance money I got the my mother passed away. I am disabled and this is currently my only source of transportation. There needs to be some serious looking into the Chrysler Sebring from 2006 on up. I cannot be the only one experiencing this myriad of problems.

- Onley, VA, USA

problem #24

Dec 052017


  • miles
Maybe something with the fuel. While car is stopped, it will suddenly jump. If I didn't have my foot on brake the car would take off.the engine speeds up without me stepping on the gas pedal. The car suddenly stalls and shuts off at a stop sign or traffic light. This has happened many times. Over the last year and a half. I don't understand about pictures. There are no pictures

- Wilmington, NC, USA

problem #23

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 #22

Oct 042017


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chrysler Sebring. The contact stated that the vehicle experienced overheating while being operated at low speeds. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the wiring was defective and they would not be able to repair the vehicle. Tyson motor corporation (1 sw frontage rd shorwood, il) was also contacted; however, the vehicle was not diagnosed. The manufacturer was contacted. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign numbers: 07V473000 (engine and engine cooling) and 08V152000 (electrical system) as possible solutions to the failure. The manufacturer stated that the VIN was not included and referred the contact to NHTSA. The failure mileage was approximately 80,000.

- Morris, IL, USA

problem #21

Aug 022017


  • 59,800 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chrysler Sebring. While driving 45 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was towed to schumacher Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram of delray (2102 S federal highway, ste a delray beach, fl 33483), but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified and advised the contact to schedule an appointment with the dealer. The contact was informed that the vehicle was previously repaired per NHTSA campaign number: 08V152000 (electrical system) in 2007. No further assistance was offered. The failure mileage was 59,800.

- Boynton Beach, FL, USA

problem #20

Aug 052017

Sebring 6-cyl

  • 64,000 miles
This car is a deathtrap, and accelerates at high speeds at any given time without warning !!!! could die or wind up killing someone. Looks like it has been known for years and nothing as come of it! just bought the car, had it shipped to my state & I cannot even drive it! and cannot sell it to anyone as its dangerous. Noone can find a fix for it. Chrysler played dumb and over the years claims they never heard about this major problem, yet its online.. many people have been thru hell. Maybe even a death... I need help.. or answers...updated 11/15/17 updated 10/4/18

- Independence, KS, USA

problem #19

Jan 012017


  • 170,000 miles
I was driving and my vehicle started over heating and then wouldn't run. I have put w gone coolant in it several time. The radiator hose top part is completely busted. Needing a new head gasket, and whole top radiator hose now. On top of that the power steering hose is messed up also. My car window also doesn't work. It's stuck rolled down because of an electrical problem. I want it all fixed asap. I can't afford the fix. I am a single pregnant mother who has several appointments to get to and from between my daughter and I. just going to the store for food has almost been impossible. We have to rely on others to help us. I need my car out the shop. Please help

- Wichita Falls, TX, USA

problem #18

Dec 242015


  • 80,000 miles
Our car was running fine and then all of a sudden started to over heat. For a while it was going through coolant thought it was a leak but they didnt find one but then it stopped using coolant from what we can tell and is overheating within a few blocks. Air stopped working and even with heat on it over heats. I saw a lot of complaints about this same issue on these cars starting with the 1996 model and there were recalls on this same issue on 07-08 models I would like to know how to fix it. We tried the thermostat and they checked other things found nothing so I went looking to see if one of the recalls you put out a few years ago was my car maybe.

- Fairview, IL, USA

problem #17

Aug 262012


  • 67,398 miles
While driving at a steady speed, vehicle will hesitate when climbing an incliine or when I accelerate, this is not a steady happening.I have taken it to two different Chrysler dealerships to have it computer checked but nothing shows up. A younger mechanic at the second dealership stated it sounded to him like possibly the clutches were slipping and causing the problem. Since it doesn't show up on the computer he suggested that I just continue driving until such time as it may stop moving completely and then the problem should be able to be found.

- Auburndale, FL, USA

problem #16

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 #15

Nov 102015


  • 99,000 miles
The contact the owns a 2008 Chrysler Sebring. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled without warning while driving. The failure was experienced several times. The contact was able to restart the engine and resume normal function. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer to have a diagnostic performed. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 99,000.

- Newport News, VA, USA

problem #14

Sep 162015


  • 42,000 miles
Driving down a slight hill at 35mph using no throttle, the car stalled. No lights, no alarms. Realized it stalled when I had no power steering for corner. No power steering. No power brakes. Muscled car to stop safely, but if my 16yo daughter had been driving.... very scary. Car has stalled once while idling at a stop and stuttered like it was going to stall at a red light twice since the initial stalling incident.

- Holden, MA, USA

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