I just bought a 2006 Chrysler Sebring with the 2.7L engine and 134k. I had it for less than two weeks when apparently it overheated with no temp gauge indication or signs whatsoever. I shut it off because it started acting sluggish. Then it wouldn't start- maybe a "too hot" sensor? Turns out there was a hairline crack in the thermostat housing that leaked coolant when it heated up. Now I'm looking at a possible spun bearing and or some other internal repair. Still runs but makes awful noise above 35mph. Mechanic says new engine needed at $6K!! Probably just tear it apart and fix it myself. No regret here
Been a while since I posted here. I've since had my engine replace with a new one by the dealer. Cheapest way to go! With regular oil changes/maintenance, I expect to get lots of mileage out of it! Enjoying this car now.
I owned a 02 Sebring w/ a 2.7 engine in it. I bought the car about 2 months ago from a selller on craigslist. Mistake number one. After only driving it for 3 weeks it ran hot. Found a crack in the sensor housing so I replaced that. No big deal I thought. A couple of days after that the engine started losing water everytime it was driven. Water pump went out. I take it to the repair shop for a waterpump and a seeping oilpan gasket plus oil sending unit. Repairs were made and the shop calls on the day I was to pick it up to tell me something else was wrong with the engine. Boiling water out each time they tried to fill it. Headgasket now. Shop has a good used late model engine with 42k mile on it. Replacing my engine would now cost $2300.00. Already agree to the $1000.00 for replacing the water, etc. but the shop is willing to knock off 500 bucks bringing the total now down to $1800.00. Shop agreed to take the new parts from my engine and put all in the used engine and do the swap. They will guarranty the engine and repairs for 90 days.
Should have listened to my son in law when he told me NOT to buy the car with the 2.7. Its junk!!! Its a money pit. Now we have too much money in this car to sale it so we're stuck.
I bought this car in a rush mistake #1 before buying I took this car to a new mechanic I was still testing out mistake #2. His exact words "this is a great car very well maintained etc etc. " haven't had any serious problems out of it yet other then the fact that it drinks oil on the hwy and I'm not talkin sip put in a little oil on roadtrips NO I mean carry 5 qts of oil at all times. On top of the getting oil changed every 2000 miles. Went to sell the car before anything seious happens to carmax and color me surprised they said it was an awesome ride and offered me $1000. Now I would be stoked except for the fact that less then 6 months earlier payed a little over double for it. Its a fun car to drive until it goes belly up with no warning and turns into the worlds biggest paper weight.
Old thread I know but one of the secrets of getting a lot of miles out of these engines is regular water pump replacement every 70,000 miles. My sister-in-law has had 243,000 miles of good service out of her 02 Sebring, along with proper maintenance of course.