Chrysler 2.7 Liter V6 Engine Class Action Lawsuits Consolidated

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The United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has issued an order which will transfer all Chrysler engine class action lawsuits pending in various federal district courts throughout the United States to the District of New Jersey for coordinated handling during pretrial proceedings in an MDL, or multidistrict litigation.

There are currently five class action lawsuits pending against Chrysler over their 2.7 liter engines used in several models of Chrysler and Dodge vehicles between 1998 and at least 2003. The Chrysler lawsuits allege that defective designs make the engines prone to form oil sludge, which could causes the engine to fail much earlier than would normally be expected.

A growing number of complaints have been filed by owners of Chrylser Sebring, Chysler Concord, Dodge Intrepid and Dodge Stratus vehicles with the smaller 2.7 liter engine, which have been found to fail around 50,000 to 60,000 miles, but in some cases as early as 20,000 miles.

This type of catastrophic engine failure would not typically be expected anytime before a vehicle reaches 100,000 miles, yet Chrysler has been denying engine warranty coverage since the problems are caused by a build up of oil sludge.

According to the Center for Auto Safety, at least 2,800 reports of Chrysler engine failure involving oil sludge in the 2.7 liter engines were received as of early 2007. Since that time, as the vehicles age, owners continue to report the engine problems.

Chrysler and Dodge engine failure class action lawsuits are currently pending in the Eastern District of California, Middle District of Florida, Northern District of Illinois, District of New Jersey and Southern District of New Jersey on behalf of vehicle owners in those states. In addition, other class action lawsuits and individual lawsuits could be filed in other districts.

The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation found that the Chrysler engine lawsuits involve common questions of fact and that centralization would serve the convenience of the parties and witnesses and promote the just and efficient conduct of the litigation.

Chrysler’s lawyers opposed the consolidation, arguing that the proposed classes do not overlap and that agreements can be reached between the parties in the lawsuits to minimize any overlapping discovery or risk of inconsistent rulings without the formation of an MDL. However, the Panel rejected these arguments.

“These actions are nearly identical in terms of the facts alleged, and discovery undoubtedly will overlap,” wrote Chairman of the Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, John G. Heyburn, II, in an order issued February 10, 2009. “Centralization will enable one judge to streamline pretrial proceedings and make consistent rulings on discovery disputes, dispositive motions and issues relating to experts.”

The MDL panel decided to transfer all of the Chrysler engine lawsuits to the District of New Jersey, as the action in that Court has been pending longer than the other actions. The litigation will be assigned to U.S. District Judge Faith S. Hochberg for coordinated and consolidated pretrial proceedings.

Since the litigation involves putative statewide class actions for residents of five different states, the MDL panel did indicate that in the future, Judge Hochberg can suggest that the Panel consider remanding the actions to the original courts where they were filed for class certification considerations if that becomes necessary.

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    I have had the engine totally rebuilt once only to blow head gasket just over the 24 month warranty. Paid 2400 for rebuild then I800 for head gasket & now having overheating problems yet again. Price of car as well as many repairs have cost me 13000 including tires. 04 Sebring convertible 2.7 v6.

  2. mykah

    Im at a total loss seems like a lot of work due to one cover plate and thinking this has something to do with error codes

  3. Ron

    2006 Sebring convertible. 76000 miles. Leaking head gaskets. History of over heating problems. Oil changes done properly as well as oil filters. Repairs exceed the value of the car

  4. Rosa

    I have a 2007 Chrysler 300 with 2.7 engine at about 70 thousand miles the valves went out …cost me about $3.800.00 for repairs and now agin with the same issue… knocking valves …what can I do …Chrysler won’t help nor take responsibility with bad Engine in the car…

  5. Mike

    Please listen to my advice people. The issue with the 2.7 is the water pump gasket. It is behind the timing cover and fails very early and when it does, it leaks anti-freeze directly into the motor. There is no warning or check engine light when it happens. The oil pressure light will come on, but by that time it is too late. The abrasive coolant has already ruined the bearings in the motor (the knocking you hear). Do NOT buy anything with the 2.7 or you will regret it sooner or later.

  6. Douglas

    I bought a remaned engine and had it installed in my 03 Sebring approx 2000 miles and it overheated due to water pump and the plastic impeller 2,500 more and now the oil pressure is showing 8lbs this car has cost me a fortune due to the 2.7 engine

  7. Nadia

    I had own 2 dodge Intrepids and both of them went out by the failure of the engine. On Both cars the engine locked due to oil sludge. I no longer own either 1 of the vehicles. I would like for Dodge to reimburse me for the all the money invested into these horrible cars.

  8. Shawn

    The water pump went out putting antifreeze in the oil. No driips from the water pump weep hole. $1400.00 to replace the water pump and drive chain with no guarantee the motor isn’t shot. What a shame, just for turning the key.

  9. Lawrence

    Bought my 1998 concorde new with 2.7 only made it to 67000 miles I spent $4000 and the engine is gone again no lie talk about red flag chrysler needs to replace people who have had issues with these engines. It’s not fair to spend your hard earned money and have to walk . The car was $20000 then another $4000 and now they asking $2600 for rebuilt the dealer only 90 days warranty these companies need to own up to there fuck up! Fix peoples Cars!!!

  10. Ricky

    I a 2007 Chrysler 300 2.7l v6 engine used.Had to change water pump I do fell that has something to do with the bad engine.Chrysler corporation is a joke never again.

  11. Bob

    How bout water pumm going 32000 on o2 senring over maintained garaged kept .second car just for weekend rides in florida POS 2.7

  12. Shirley

    I purchased my 2006 Chrysler 300 brand new in 2006. I got oil changes as I was suppose too. I’ve had my car for 10 years and now my valves are knocking as well. It’s going to cost me over $3000 in parts and labor to fix the problem. This is insane! Chrysler needs to take responsibility for the issues of this engine problem and replace them all. You just got bailed out of your financial situation with the help of the federal government. Do what’s right!

  13. Gail

    My problem was with my 2002 Chrysler Sebring the transmission went out twice within a couple of months apart only to be told that the Sebrings were notorious for bad transmissions with the.2.7 it came to the point where I could not afford to keep going through this so I just let it go after sinking as much money as I could with nothing to show for it! I did.sign a class action lawsuit but yet to hear anything about that. Beyond pissed!

  14. marlon

    My problem is that my 2008 Dodge charger smokes real bad when I start it and runs sluggish a lot. a shop said it was the engine. what should I do?

  15. William

    2005 Sebring Convertible with the 2.7. I bought it new off the showroom floor. Never been wrecked, always serviced, always garaged. Check engine light just came on at only 57,000 miles and to get new AZ plates I have to do $1400. in repairs! Even then I do not know how long this engine will last.

  16. Matthew

    My 2001 Chrysler Sebring’s engine failed in 2003. I had it replaced but, continued to have issues. Just this August(2016) it was towed THREE times. My mechanic said it was not wise to put more money into it. I was driving to a dealership to trade it in when, YES again it died on me. It had to be towed to the dealership!

  17. Joyce

    How do I get into the class action lawsuit. I bough the car 3 weeks ago and the rod in gone and now I am out of a car no way to replace it.

  18. Elaine

    In 06 I purchased a 06 Chrysler 300 engine locked oil was changed on time.The factory warranty was still on the car and I purchased an extended warranty.Chrysler wouldn’t honor either. I was stuck with a car that was paid for in full.I t hurt my purse and heart.

  19. North Carolina

    Have a 2010 300 Chrysler. 65 000 mi. Engine suddenly stopped while pulling up to a stop sign before entering into a busy main street. No warning lights, well maintained, oil changes regularly sometimes at Chrysler dealership. Mechanics say I need a new engine! How? Why?

  20. robert

    Same thing happened to my wife’s car. 2005 Sebring lx with the 2.7. Right around 100,000 the motor blew what sounds like a internal bearing. Now stuck paying on car for next 3 years to the dealership. We bought used with less then 50000 on it. Sucks

  21. Albert

    My car is having the same troubles that are being reported by a lot of Chrysler Sebring owners. I’m stuck with this foreseen problem. This is not fair!

  22. Lamont

    Just went to the shop for what i thought was a bad sensor from my oil light. Find out the engine is going bad and will cost me over $6000 to have it replace. What is happening is my 03 Dodge Intrepid which has only 86000 will not allow the oil to circulate and along with the engine overheating and losing one of the rods the engine is about to blow. Who has that kind of money??? I just want a decent work vehicle and not have to pay more for repairs then the vehicle is worth.

    Anyone knows where i can get in on the class action lawsuit? I live in Louisville, Kentucky. I don’t know if there any lawsuit going on here?

  23. rebecca

    2010 dodge charger. Motor quit when I was on the hwy. Only had 78k miles. Dodge won’t do anything. Let me know of any class actions. Everyone needs to call dodge and file complaints. Not just on a message board. Better chances of something being done.

  24. Sean

    I have an 05 Magnum at 78,000 miles and it has a bottom end tap and at 54,000 I have rebuilt the tranny would love to sue to get me a better motor.

  25. Peggy

    06′ Sebring Convertible. Female, Purchased new, maintained & garaged. 73k Major mechanical issues are beginning. How can I be included in lawsuit

  26. Felix

    Chrysler 300 2009 need to purchase a second engine, I like the Chrysler crossfire and will more than likely repair the 300 and trade it for the crossfire. My question ” are the Chrysler crossfires as bad as the 300’s?”

  27. Joe

    Chrysler 2005 Sebering convertible ,2.7 liter V-6 engine; at about 73000 miles check engine light started coming on and showed a PO 301 code and engine had a miss most noticeable at idle. Various trips to repair shop replacing plugs ,injector cleaning injector checking compression and various items. After the last 3 day stay at the shop I was told #1 cylinder and rings were bad and the engine needed to be replace. Car was bought new and serviced properly by the only owner.

  28. Joe

    I have a 2010 Dodge Charger w/ a 2.7 L intreference engine. Regularly maintained, never any problems. W/ out any warning no check engine nothing . It died one day & wouldn’t start . Replaced btry, tried to crank had to get it towed to a shop. Mechanic said engine needs replaced , @ 7K$…

  29. james

    i have a 2002 dodge intrepid 2.7L and i am having trouble with engine shaking and check engine lite on i replaced alot of stuff i think my engine is going to blow up and it only has a 136xxx miles on it

  30. Elizabeth

    I paid cash for my brand new 2004 Chrysler Sebring Convertible GTC, V-6, with a 2.7 engine from the dealership…………It locked up on me without warning in early September 2010……. Within a month of my car ‘s suddenly locking up, I had the convertible top replaced.. ( another $1000.00 ).
    It is a one owner ( me) with exactly 77419 actual miles–driven carefully.
    . I have had the oil changed on a regular maintence schedule….As a matter if fact, I had JUST had the oil changed and the day it locked up I had filled the tank with premium gas.
    I had to have the car towed home , and we pushed it into the garage until I could get it repaired………………..WE are retired people living on a very tight fixed income. Repairs to this vechile has simply not been available.

    I wasn’t aware of a class action lawsuit until tonight, while searching for information about the car.

    This car has been the second vechile since about june of 2010.

    How can I get involved in this class action lawsuit?

  31. Laron

    I’m have the same problem theses other people or having with this 2007 Dodge Magnum 2.7 Liter Motor I have put to motors in my car still having the same problem over heating

  32. Tonya

    2005 Chrysler 300 2.7 engine I have rebuilt my engine after having it for 6 months it jumped timing on my way to school in Louisville ….now two years later after a rebuilt it is now knocking with an oil leak…I don’t drive this car much…thank God for my Lexus no issues there with over 273 thousand miles…but these 2.7 engine needs to be replaced who puts a big bike chain on the engine and the water pump leaks… fan has been replaces 3 times, my car wouldn’t go in drive or any other gear so that had to be fixed..wheel bearing had to be replace …had a recall on the transmission plug..they claimed they serviced it…It is now showing codes for that and will not go in normal speed …now my nice car is stuck in the garage due to the poor engine make of these cars..I am a single Mother and i deserve to have this car refunded with a new engine ..I’ve paid way too much to give or exchange…These dealership needs to be held accountable for their mistakes and the way they mislead each consumer/ customer..

  33. Brian

    I have a dodge chrysler 02 and my car has done the overheating to me 4 times and I’ve fixed it everytime it’s getting into my oil and everything granted I bought it 2nd hand from a non car dealership

  34. Brian

    I have a dodge chrysler 02 and my car has done the overheating to me 4 times and I’ve fixed it everytime it’s getting into my oil and everything granted I bought it 2nd hand from a non car dealership

  35. Toni

    I have a 2002 Chrysler sebring convertable and i have service my car properly and had the motor rebuilt and my engine started having a knocking noice and now the engine us tilted and leeaking oil and i have to have it towed home and this is begining to become ti mucb of a hastle to keep this car up Chrysler should take responsibility for this cost and i should be reimbursed for all the inconvenience

  36. Yale

    I also own one of these bad Chrysler bombs a 2001 status with 2.7 only 88k and well maintained getting of interstate and just died boiling in reservoir. No warning. What can be done

  37. Lenzy

    My 2007 Chrysler 300 2.7 has the water pump behind the timing cover and has fail, it leaked anti-freeze directly into the motor. My check engine light come on, oil pressure light come on. My coolant mixed with the oil the bearings in the motor is knocking now, in my 2.7 which will be costly $2800 – $3600 for rebuilding my 2.7

  38. Dan

    Inherited a 2002 Sebring Convertible in August 2017. Previous owner kept good maintenance and records. I personally changed oil and filter a few days ago. Everything seems(ed) to be ok and the car runs great right now.

    After reading all the above comments, it sounds like I’m sitting on a ticking time bomb!!

  39. Bill

    I am the owner of a 07′ Chrysler 300, with a 2.7 motor. I bought the car brand new with 36 miles on the odometer. I love and babied the car from the time I drove it off the lot. I purchased the vehicle with a “limited” Lifetime power-train warranty, it was the main reason that I bought the car. On its first oil change, I changed the oil over to the recommended high performance Royal Purple full synthetic motor oil, and high performance filter. I religiously serviced the vehicle every 5k miles, and performed an engine flush during the aforementioned services. In October of 2014, The engine stated to knock. I immediately performed a service. Later that evening, while driving home the knock returned, but louder. Then, 5 minutes from home, everything stopped. I had it towed to the local dealer. I went to the dealer the next day. The service manager proceeded to inform me that the engine had suffered a “Catastrophic” engine failure,and that engine replacement was required. They did nothing more than put a wrench on the crankshaft nut and try to turn over the engine. they refuse to do an further investigation of the failure. I then contacted Chrysler directly. Chrysler customer service then told me that they would not honor the warranty on the vehicle. Then in 2016. In the hopes that the last dealership was just being lazy and complacent, I had towed into another dealership in my new town. The outcome was the same. I found this unusual, so I began to investigate. In my research, and talking to acquaintances that are Chrysler technicians, that not only was there a design flaw with the motor, but there was an actual service notice sent out to the dealerships and service centers, concerning the flaw, and specific service procedures. The cost to repair this situation, as quoted by the dealer is more than $5,600.00 dollars. This truly makes me think that Chrysler has forgotten the difference between wrong and right. This engine is a bad design and they knew it. this is wrong in so many ways.

  40. Danny

    Yes the 2/7 is a peice of shit i think they should have to replace all the 2.7 how stupid to put the water pump inside the engine where when it leaks it leaks in the oil instead of outside the engine the goverment bailed them out of bankruptcy with our the peoples money should have let them went under

  41. Marina

    I have an 2008 Chrysler 300 with a 2.7 in it i have over 6000 dollars in the motor still doesn’t run probably these motors where made to malfunction and i think anyone with a 2.7 should demand a refund its crazy

  42. Daniel

    I have a 2008 dodge magnum that seems to be suffering from these same symptoms

  43. Robert

    I bought a used 2008 dodge charger for my son’s first car . took it to get a state inspection and was told it would not pass due to code P2181 cooling system performance and code P0300 multi mis fire. malfunction. During a little research I had checked the NHTSA SITE for any recalls. And there were 3 . Right side airbag Left side airbag and ignition switch all of witch were safety issues. So.. I took the car to the local dodge dealer for the recalls to be fixed. And wile there to have the problems related to the codes that had come up on the earlier Diagnostics test fixed. Even shown them the codes that the kid at the local Lube place had written down for us ..where I had taken the vehicle in the beginning to get the TSI. So after the local Dodge dealership replaced the safety recalls.they connected to their Diagnostics machine and said that only the cooling system code was coming up… not the multi misfire malfunction code..they diagnosed that it was the thermostat so I gave them the go-ahead to fix it’s located on the driver side of the block behind the A/C compressor.. it is a horrible design.. It’s very hard to get to ..have to take it to an experienced mechanic or dealership to have done. (what should be a simple thing to replace, is not) After they replace the thermostat they said that WE had to drive it for 50 miles to reset the check engine lights which is what I had brought in for in the first place.. Correct me if I’m wrong but wouldn’t that be part of their job repair? I had asked them to do it and they said they don’t do that…Anyways my wife drove the car from the Dodge dealer.. picked up my son from school ..drove to my son’s girlfriend’s house.. and then drove my son to work..then on the way home getting close to the suggested 50 miles she started smelling coolant and to make a long story short by the time she got into the driveway, (At 57 miles )the car sounded like Chitty Chitty Bang Bang ..I opened up the hood when I got home from work and saw coolant everywhere.. I called the dealership and I told them they had to send it to a toe truck to come and get the vehicle that evening… the toe truck showed up the next morning at 8:30 a.m. and the car has been there ever since I had to buy another engine for it because they told me engine that was in it with the bad thermostat was now blown. They have the new engine in that I had bought..( Its a used engine with 89000 miles on it) in the car.. I had asked the manager to check any and everything that had to do with the cooling system on this vehicle. He told me this vehicle is going to be his number one priority in there shop. Well the vehicle has past the Texas state inspection but now they are telling me that the water pump is leaking and it is an internal water pump that is behind the timing chain and is a mechanical pump that is driven buy the timing gear and will cost me more money to fix. This is got to be the worst designing of an engine EVER!!!! I feel as though I am being taken advantage of and that the dealer ship is not taking responsibility for there mistakes there is more to this story going back to were they replace the thermostat.. and how the coolant should be added.. it has a bleeder valve at the top of the engine which is what they were blaming it on at first and which they never used.. they said that they use a purging or Airlift system to put the coolant in the engine ..but again that’s another argument..but one that I think is very relevant to the failure of this engine and that design of this engine… that it is NO GOOD!!! I’ve always liked Dodge and and Mopar.. my first vehicle was a Dodge.. I drive a Dodge pickup now, I bought it from this particular dealership 15 years ago.. I wanted my Sons first vehicle to be a Dodge… But now..I will never buy another Dodge vehicle for as long as I live! Especially one with a 2.7 liter V6

  44. George

    Purchased 2001 Dodge Stratus second hand with 67K on it. Ran great. I changed oil and filter myself every 1700.miles. Now have 98K on it. I started hearing one valve nock. Engine stalled and Check eng. light came on. Restarted it an got home. I am ready to change Camshaft position senser on it.
    All simtoms point to it. Oil ant antifrees Ok No mixing together. Wish me luck. May-30- 2017.
    I love my car. Moon roof, air, chrome wheels $379 each. It is a special addition with leadher seats and vinyl roof.

  45. Charmain

    Chrysler 300 2005 2.7 R V 6 I brought this car 2015 and we where on the way from church and car just stopped in the road please help me…

  46. Wanda

    The valves are going out on my 2006 300 with only 85000 miles should this be happening?

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