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Chrysler Sebring Engine Problems

biggypiggy1985biggypiggy1985 Posts: 2
edited January 3 in Chrysler
My husband and I purchased a 2006 Chrysler Sebring, with a 2.4 Liter V4 engine in it, back in November. When we bought it, it had roughly 46,000 miles on it. We have had nothing but trouble with this car since we bought it... Not even two months into owning it we had to have the transmission flushed because of some problems with it, then, just last week, we had to put new spark plugs in it because it was losing power as I was driving it! That's not all!! Two days ago, I was driving down the highway, about 65 mph, and the engine made a loud pop and started to shake. I started losing rpm's and had to pull over because I couldn't hardly make it up the road any more. As I stopped and put it in park, the engine was making a horrible clanking sound, like there was something stuck in it and it was being tossed around, hitting every inch as it moved... We towed it to the shop, and they told me that the lower part of my engine had blown. It only has a little over 53,000 miles on it!!! Has anyone else had these kinds of problems with the 2006 4-cylinder engines? There shouldn't be any sort of problems like this, not this soon (or at least I didn't think there would be...)


  • upsetguyupsetguy Posts: 1
    I have a 2000 Chrysler Sebring lXI and the last year and a half has been nothing but hell. the engine light stays on, that sound in the morning after a cold start up sounds like there rocks inside the engine. i have spent over 2,000 in the past year alone and I am just done with the car. I stopped taking it to the dealer cause it was at least a 300 dollar fix every time and each time it was something different but after researching I found that Chrysler knows about the engine problem and has known for awhile now but will do nothing about it. people have spent thousands in new engines and Chrysler doesn't care. I am to the point now were I can no longer spend money to fix this car I am hoping it last me at least until next year were I might be able to afford me another car but it will not be a Chrysler.
  • jpfjpf Posts: 496
    I have a 2006 Dodge Caravan with the same 4 cylinder engine. With 29,000+ miles we have no problems. The previous owner may have neglected it and you wound up with the problems unfortunately. This engine has been fairly reliable if well-maintained. It's been used in the PT Cruiser since 2001. Did you buy the vehicle from a Chrysler dealer? If so, they should be willing to work with you and Chrysler's head office to give you some rebate off a new or rebuilt engine. Good luck.
  • I have an 01 Sebring and the same thing happened to me, one of the connecting rods (connects crackshaft to piston) actually broke. I had 96k on it but that is just crap, major components shouldn't break that early in life. So I had to replace the whole engine.
    Tell you one thing I will never buy another Dodge or Crysler product again in my life time!
    Now on the 2nd engine there is a loud rattling noise at start up until the oil pressure gets up to par..........ooops, guess what....I now have a messed up valve lifter! Stupid POS!
  • jpfjpf Posts: 496
    What size engine? Is it the 2.7 liter V6? Chrysler has had numerous problems with this engine up until recently. I don't know whether or not updates have cured the problems.
  • It is a 2.4 L V4...
  • jpfjpf Posts: 496
    Was the problem due to a failed timing belt? I have the same engine in my Dodge Caravan and the timing belt requires replacement at 90,000 miles (per owner's manual).
  • Ya it was a 2.7L
  • Nope there were no other problems, the car was running fine, it just snapped.
  • Here's an update, I put some oil detergant in the engine and the rattling went away, must have cleaned the engine of some deposits around the lifters. No more noise, but now the engine lopes and dies once the temp is up and the engine light is one. I replace the crankshaft position senser and the same thign happens. Looks like it is a new car for me and I promise is it will not be a Chrysler! or Dodge for that matter.
  • Until it was evidently massively improved within the past couple of years or so, the 2.7 needed synthetic motor oil. THe 2.7 had well-known oil distribution problems and any car with that engine should be avoided.
    Since the Sebring/Avenger sedans are sales flops, it will be interesting to see how quickly the now privately owned Chrysler will redesign and improve them.
  • i have a chrysler sebring, 2000 JXI convertable.160,000 miles. The engine has knocked a little for a couple monthes. but then i tried plus gasoline instead of regular. the engine light came on a day after and the knocking got worse, its now somewhat noticable, especially when i speed up. Do you think that the gas is linked to this?
  • I believe that the transmission flush was due and also the spark plugs, and with the engine, that sounds odd. But those things happen in many cars. my aunt had a lexus and it did the same thing, the engine blew. My siters car also did that before, but it was a toyota. I know that a 2.4 engine is known to be to weak for those cars. Poor maintence from the previouse owners could have cause it also. i have a six cylinder of the same car, but it has 160,000 miles, ive not had the first problem until recently with the engine knocking.
  • The 2.4 engines are very weak in the power department but that won't cause mechanical failure. I am unsure if the 2.4s have oiling problems as other Dodge/Chrysler engines have but your situation could be caused by one of these timing belt failure,dropped valve or connecting rod/crankshaft failure from oil pump failure. In any case I would recomend a remanufactured engine from an independant engine rebuilder.
  • i am having the same kind of problems but it is the front main seal that has blown on mine. Same year & engine as yours & no this should not happen. My car has only 42,000 miles on it. I had to have the front of my car painted in 2006 with the car not being 1 year old yet because of rust under the paint. Chrysler should be ashamed of making such poor quality vehicles. The 2.4L 4 cylinder motor has to be one of the poorest made motors with them going out at such low mileage. The 36,000 mile warranties are great for the chrysler dealers when the cars that are breaking down are right above 40,000 miles. I am calling Chrysler Corporate office tomorrow to let them know & advertise what a raw deal everyone is getting on these Friday or Monday made cars. Friday - employees rushing to go home & just might not care about quality of what they are doing thus ends up to be cars like you & I have. Monday - 1st day back on the job after the weekend & careless habits from weekend laziness hasn't worn off yet. I am very mad about the whole situation as well & feel as though I have been taken full advantage of.
  • LS37LS37 Posts: 6
    I'm with you. I owned a 2001 Chrysler Sebring Convertible V-6 engine. Engine siezed at 91,000 miles in 2005. Chrysler told me it was my problem. Never got a diagnosis because they said it would cost more to take it apart than replace it. Currenly own a Toyota Solara.
  • I found this site while researching the MANY problems with my 2007, On Edmonds, as well as several other sites, there are no less than SEVEN recalls listed and all for the same problems I have been experiencing, Chrysler denies ANY, I want to know how these sites can 'site' these problems and recalls and then have the manuf, deny they exist. No one can answer that question - nor have I found any help in getting the electrical and engine problems addressed. ANY HELP WOULD BE WELCOMED! :confuse: :mad:
  • ClairesClaires Chicago areaPosts: 974
    Have you tried printing out the recall notices and bringing them to the dealer?

    Need help getting around? - or send a private message by clicking on my name.

  • Yes, I have a folder full of them. The diagnostic(s) show nothing. But car continues to shut off, Also, had problem with radiator and diagnostic showed nothing - until there was a crack in the radiator and whole thing had to be replaced! Just looking for others who have encountered these problems and want to know how can sites this like one list recalls, complete with numbers and Chrysler dispute it. I have contacted an attyl, local TV action news and state senator - all to no avail. Thanks
  • i have a 1999 chrysler sebring 2.5 v6 it was running fine i parked it and it hasnt fired since i have replaced distributor and crank sensor still has no fire through dist . has anyone had this problem and what else can i do it turns over like a champ but will not fire
  • Haven't had that one. But it would be interesting to see what Chrysler has to say. So far my 2007 still has engine light on and they say nothing shows up on diagnostic still! No shut offs while driving for about 3 wks. :(
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