Automatic Transmission problems of the 2004 Chrysler Sebring

Nine problems related to automatic transmission have been reported for the 2004 Chrysler Sebring. The most recently reported issues are listed below.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 1
Failure Date: 02/28/2010

We have a 2004 Chrysler Sebring convertible which has a problem with lurching forward and unable to stop (no brakes). This has happened 3 times and we feel it is a very dangerous situation. It has now been diagnosed as a transmission problem. We feel we should not be responsible for this defect but Chrysler has refused to fix the problem. When we contacted Chrysler, we were told we had an extended warranty but now are told we do not. We are afraid to drive the car and feel strongly that Chrysler should be willing to repair or take it off the road.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 2
Failure Date: 10/15/2005

I bought the car used at in 2005 with 23k miles. After about a month we noticed a hard shift problem between 1st and 2nd mainly. We took the car in for repairs several time but the dealer claimed they couldn't find a problem. Finally they acknowledged the problem and did a partial rebuild on the transmission. After about two weeks the problem resurfaced and the dealers still could not find the problem. I tried a different dealer just after the car hit 36k and they also claimed no problem and charged me for the service since it was just out of warranty. The driving lights also quit just after the warranty ran out. At this point I'm just living with the problem because the dealers can't seem to find the problem.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 3
Failure Date: 08/01/2005

The contact owns a 2004 Chrysler Sebring convertible. The vehicle has been to the repair shop to fix the transmission three times. The vehicle will buck , and the rpms will go up to 3000-4000 rpms. It will not shift out of second or third gear. It was a hazard to drive. The dealership could not do anything to correct the problem. Chrysler has been notified. Chrysler changed parts vendors to try and correct the problem . He received vehicle back yesterday, and the problem recurred. The problem first began in August 2005. And has been occurring since then. Updated 11/15/2005 -.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 4
Failure Date: 04/14/2005

2004 Sebring 4 door sedan has occasionally lunged or surged forward when stopped at a light or in traffic. This occurs while my foot has been on the brake and I hate to think of what could happen if I did not have my foot on the brake when it lunges forward. I could hit someone or something. Have had it to the dealer 3 times for this. The 2nd time I had found a service bulletin on this website describing what should be done to correct the problem. (the first time they just said they couldn't do anything because they couldn't make the problem happen)when I brought the service bulletin to them last Dec 2005, they said they fixed it. It has now happened again, and is back into the dealership where I was at first told that if they couldn't make it happen, they couldn't fix it. I told them this was the 3rd time in the shop for the same issue and it is a safety issue. They are going to try replacing a throttle positioning sensor. I was reading other complaints on this website and decided it was time to write one because this is definitely happening to other people and is a safety issue. Is Chrysler waiting for someone to get hurt before they find out what the problem is? someone needs to hold them accountable. It only happens occasionally so it is hard to recreate it when you bring it to the dealer, but there are many people with the same types of problems on this site.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 5
Failure Date: 06/24/2004

Transmission was replaced after only 1,000 miles. Also, vehicle experienced intermittent power surges. Consumer contacted the dealer, and dealer could not duplicate the problem. Then, dealer stated no problem, good-bye. Consumer was extremely upset.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 6
Failure Date: 06/12/2004

I have just bought a Chrysler Sebring 2004, and experienced some problems. I have not been to teh dealer yet for them, just wanted to conform the problem first. I did a search online and saw this website an dthe I agreed with all the complaints already on here. 1). The car idles badly, and when slowing down at a light or while u have your foot on the brake, the vehicle will jump forward suddenly! I almost hit the car in front of me. This has happened twice so far. I have 128 miles on my car. After reading same complaints on this website, I am affraid that the dealer will not be able to fix this, which is pathetic that a 30000 dollar car would have something like this that is so annoying. 2. When u are decellerating with ur foot on brake to stop at a stop light for example, just before the rpm needle reaches teh idle point at "1" almost. . It will suddenly go back up to about 1. 5 and then come back to 1. I dont know if its bad gear shifting by teh autotran or just bad timming adjustement? but its annoying, cuz it make teh car jump a little if you are soft braking. 3). Twice already the engine just dies. . And I think thsi is related to the previous two problems. I was backing up in my parking at hime. . And as soon as I put gear in reverse. . The rpm sudeenly dropped. . And eventually engine shut down. Same thing happened when I pulled up to the parking entrance at work to show my access card, and when I put it in p, the rpm dropped causing the car to stall. 4). Transmission makes clunk sound sometimes while driving when changing from n to d. Or when I do a cold start in teh morning and then put teh gear in d, as soon as I move teh car an inch. . It makes thsi sound. . Somethimes looks liek coming from teh front end not the tran. . I donno what that is. But this also has been reported by other people on this same site, no one is hurt but I see my self bumping someone in future sooo clearly. !!.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 7
Failure Date: 05/25/2004

On two separate occasions when releasing the brake pedal from a stopping position vehicle suddenly accelerated and lurched forward, consumer had to slam on the brakes to get the vehicle under control. Vehicle had been to the dealer on two separate occasions, and the transmission was replaced twice.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 8
Failure Date: 10/01/2003

I purchased a new 2004 Sebring limited convertible from egolf motors, hendersonville, nc in sept. , 2003. I immediately noticed the engine idle was a problem because when the brakes are applied when slowing to stop, the engine seems to pulse or rev up and then die down to a normal idle. No accidents have occurred, but the engine has died on two occasions while idling. When the transmission shifts it is jerky and at times noisy. I have had the service manager and transmission specialist at egolf motors inspect and drive the car and their response is that it is normal for this vehicle. However, I drove another new Sebring on the car lot and found the transmission to shift smoothly and the idle had none of the surging features of my car. I pointed this out to the service manager and he said my car is normal and if I could replicate what is happening then to bring the car back. I left the car over night for them to examine under cold conditions and they still said it was within normal range according to their computer analysis. Granted, the idle, transmission and stalling problems are somehwhat intermittent, but I would hope their is something that can be done to fix these annoying problems. In one on-line suggestion I read that some of the problem could be caused by a faulty idle control sensor.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 9
Failure Date: 06/20/2003

My 2004 Sebring convertible has made two distinctly different noises: 1st at any speed when I release my foot from the gas pedal I get what I call a cricket sounding noise - very annoying. 2nd at speeds of 70 mph and up I get what I call a whistling sound that is also very annoying and stays on when I use cruise control. I have had the car in for service at massey yardley, hobe sound, FL on at least 3 different occasions and gone for test drives with the service manager. He recognizes the problem tries to fix it to no avail. Finally have had Chrysler look at the problem - they also acknowledge the problem, but tell me I have to live with it. I am going to arbitration shortly.

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