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Anyone who's rolling in a 2007-2008 Chrysler Sebring or Dodge Avenger, take note. Chryslerberus is recalling all 181,000 of those vehicles sold during that time to fix an electrical defect that affects unused connectors on the tire pressure monitoring system. Apparently, corrosion can cause a short, and owners could experience their vehicles failing to start, stalling once underway, or some other affectations of the electrical components, including the cruise control. Formal notices are going to be sent out later this month, and dealers have been instructed to locate the problem and seal the affected circuits. Check your mailboxes, folks.

[Source: Automotive News – sub. req.]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      How can a short in the tire pressure monitoring system affect some many other things? Don't they isolate the various circuits? At the very least, circuits that affect core operations such as the cars ability to start, run, of maintain cruise control should be isolated.

      I am not involved in automotive engineering in any way, I'm in software. The idea of isolation is important in software design and I imagine it is in other areas as well.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Maybe Chrysler can fix the styling of those 181,000 vehicles during this recall as well.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Beat me to it :)
      • 7 Years Ago
      These cars SUCK. No excuses for them at all. Replacements better be on the way, and fast.
      • 7 Years Ago
      As for Chryslers interiors usually they only complain with the cheaper versions of Caliber/Sebring/Avenger The upscale models usually get good reviews with the exception of some pieces that feel cheaper,but look in a 1 year old Acura and you will find scratches trim pieces everywhere and not so on a year old Sebring so,please learn to think for your selves and drive the car before you bitch about them..
      • 7 Years Ago
      "2- just because they love them doesn't mean that they're smart buyers" - OK well then couldn't the same be said about anybody, who drives ANY type of car and loves it?

      In the end, to me it's Mitsubishi's fault. This is the same platform under their Lancer & Outlander. The 4 cyl is the world engine, the 3.5 v6 is good if a bit outdated. I mean how much did Chrysler actually contribute to the mechanics of this car? It seems just the powertrain, styling, interiors & ancillaries come from Chrysler.

      • 7 Years Ago
      • 7 Years Ago
      I can't believe that they sold 181,000 of those things. American consumers FTL.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I'm shocked as well.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Most of those were probably fleet sales.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Read the statistics, those who have axes to grind. So far in 2008, the Sebring/Avenger models sales have increased 53% over 2007 despite a decrease by Cerebus in fleet sales. As a group, you all again are out of touch with those who are actually spending their money buying cars.

      (By the way, what is the problem with fleet sales other than their being less profitable? Isn't a unit sold STILL a unit sold, regardless of who is purchasing? Isn't the fleet or business use buyer capable of choosing ANY car they wish -- even if the car isn't generally sold in a fleet arrangement? What's with the snob attitude against the models chosen of free will by the fleet/business use buyer?)

      Check the comments from the real owners who comment on Yahoo. Overwhelmingly they like their Sebrings and Avengers.

      This blog proves that those with gripes are far more likely to take the time to comment than those who are satisfied -- even those with unjustified and unsubstantiated gripes.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Of course real owners are going to rate their cars high. Find a car listed on edmunds, yahoo, or any other auto website that isn't rated at least an 8 or 9 (out of 10). Who would publicly admit that their car, which is a several thousand dollar investment, isn't great?

        "Out of touch" describes Chrysler who touts the virtues of a 4 speed automatic and "cup holder coolers" as reasons to buy. Even without a massive recall, the Sebring and Avenger are severely underwhelming in a very competitive midsize sedan segment. I should know since I end up with one of these monstrosities at least once every couple of months during business trips. The only reason to buy this thing is the lifetime warranty.
        • 7 Years Ago
        "2- just because they love them doesn't mean that they're smart buyers."

        That's the "snob attitude" I'm talking about, A7C4. I can guarantee you that most of those buyers considered factors that PERSONALLY affect them and made the SMARTEST decision for themselves, just as you do when you decide to make what, for most people, is a major purchase. There's something to be said for one who feels what's best or "smart" for them is best for everyone else.

        One who thinks they can make a better personal decision for people who they don't personally know than those people can make for themselves has something that, at the least, needs some type of self-examination.

        I trust you're thoroughly enjoying whatever it is you chose smartly to purchase. Of course, those who chose differently than you are only fooling themselves into believing they're enjoying a vehicle they chose due to factors that personally appealed to them.

        What the increase in sales numbers tell me is that, whether they are personal retail shoppers or business use buyers, the combination of unique exterior and interior styling, features, price (value), and - undoubtedly - prior experience for some personally appealed to them. Smart moves, I say.
          • 7 Years Ago
          Give me a break, they're much better sedans out there for the money. There is no debate about that because it's true. Personally, anyone that buys one of these isn't a smart buyer, there is a reason why they're littered at enterprises all across the nation, because no one else want's them and the interiors can be cleaned with a hose.

          Now you can buy one if you like the looks, but that isn't the smart thing to do, these things have horrible resale, horrible MPG, horrible reliability, horrible interior materials and fitment, ETC.
        • 7 Years Ago
        1- Buying a car from the manufacture gets you fleet pricing, great for keeping the costs down, and getting exactly what you need. When a majority of a car's sales is sold for a fleet, it brings the resale value down because they go for dirt cheap, and barely make any money off of them.

        2- just because they love them doesn't mean that they're smart buyers.

        3-Huge discounts, 0% financing, if I was poor I would jump all over car selling for under invoice with free financing for people with 500 fico scores.
        • 7 Years Ago
        @ N Evans...

        Thank You!

        I have spoken to many people who have purchased the Seb/Aveng twins and they are very happy with their purchases. None of them were "car people", like those who post on here (myself included). I can't blame them, for some people, great sounding factory stereos and heated cup holders are more important than what some honda/toyota fanboy thinks.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Even Chrysler has quality problems? I just can't believe it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Chrysler FTL
        • 7 Years Ago
        You mean "DaimlerChrysler" FTL. These cars have the stench of Stuttgart all over them.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Having some of the burn up (no injuries of course) would take some of this junk of the road.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Why are you picking on chrysler autoblog? please let them die in peace!...how about these people?...........April 3, 2008
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      • 7 Years Ago
      Sounds like 181,000 rental cars are about to be taken out of service...
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