Chrysler Engine Oil Sludge Lawsuits

Certain Chrysler Sebring and Chysler Concords from the 1998 to 2002 model years could contain defective 2.7 liter V6 engines which are prone to catastrophic engine failure due to a build up of oil sludge.

STATUS OF CHRYSLER ENGINE LAWSUITS: Product liability lawyers are reviewing potential Chrysler lawsuits on behalf of owners who have experienced engine failure caused by oil sludge. Chrysler has been wrongfully denying warranty coverage.

All federal Chrysler 2.7 liter engine failure class action lawsuits have been consolidated in an MDL in the District of New Jersey.


OVERVIEW: For certain models of Chrysler and Dodge vehicles since 1998, a defective 2.7 liter engine has been used that has been found to suffer catastrophic engine failure much earlier than would be expected.

Owners of Chrysler Sebring, Chrysler Concord and 300 models have reported that oil sludge has resulted in engine failure as early as 20,000 miles, but in most cases around 50,000 to 60,000 miles. This could cause the engine to suddenly seize, potentially resulting in an accident.

CHRYSLER ENGINE PROBLEMS: The Chysler engine problems are caused by the smaller size of the engine, which were designed with a 5 quart capacity instead of 6. This took away margin so that if the oil is not changed on schedule oil sludge could develop.

Chrysler has been denying warranty coverage since oil sludge is excluded, and they have attempted to shift the blame for their poor design to the vehicle owners. However, even if an owner establishes that they maintain their vehicle’s engine as recommended in the owners’ manual, the company has still refused to honor the warrantee in some cases.

An engine failure due to oil sludge in Chrysler vehicles often requires a complete engine replaccement, which can cause between $4,000 and $10,000.

CHRYSLER ENGINE CLASS ACTION LAWSUITS: A growing number of lawsuit have been filed by Chrysler warranty lawyers alleging that design defects in the 2.7 liter V6 engines make them prone to form oil sludge, causing the engines to fail much earlier than would normally be expected by a vehicle owner taking reasonable steps to care for their car.

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  1. shelia h Reply

    my 2007 Chrysler 300 started knocking realy bad on my way to new York .I had to have a tow truck to come get it towed it to Chrysler dealer they said it had to hae a new motor .So I had it towed back home cost me over $800.00 to get it home . I don’t have the money to replace the motor.

  2. shelia Reply

    I think Chrysler should replace these motors ,my oil had been changed every time it was supposed to. Every time I see a car like mine that people are driving around I want to tell them about what happened to me.I hope to god that they don’t have the same problems with theirs as I have with mine .

  3. Jaime Reply

    I owen’d a chrysler 300 2006 2.7 engine already already replace 2 engines due to oil sludge

  4. Debra Reply

    my 2006 pacifica started knocking and quit running. I had to have it towed to repair shop and was told by the mechanic the vehicle had the oil where it should be and he didn’t see any reason or fault on my behalf that the engine went out on it

  5. DEBRA Reply

    I took my 2007 Chrysler 300 in for a routine oil change in 2011 and was told that it had an oil sludge build up. The car had about 75,000 miles on it. The oil change was done and on my way home the engine started knocking, not loud but knocking none the less. My brother loaded the car on a trailer and took i it to a mechanic in Houston who took the motor apart and cleaned it up. Car was good until 3 weeks ago and it started knocking again, the oil light started going on and off and the car acted like it was going to quit. Took it to a mechanic and was told it had a sludge buildup AGAIN and would need a new motor. He told me that this 2.7 engine was notorious for this sludge problem. I almost cried. I have always kept up the maintenance on my car and I can not afford a new motor!!! I paid $2500 the first time this problem occurred. Now I am back to driving my old 2002 Chevy Impala… which I might add runs fine. I kept this Impala for a back-up when I bought the Chrysler, thank God I did or I would be walking back and forth to work now. I think Chrysler is a pretty pitiful company to not stand behind their products.

  6. Christine Reply

    I am having problems with my car dying out on me and had to have my car towed twice in one week. I cannot afford a new motor.

  7. kallie Reply

    I been having similar issues with my 300 touring

  8. Tony Reply

    I’m taking my 300 in for routine oil change and was told had oil sludge build up..But my thing is how when having serviced regularly when time for oil too be changed.. Didn’t Chrysler receive bailout money from government! So why should we the people of owners of the 300 or any 2.7L engine owners have to pay twice for a defect they knew about at start.. This is not fair for the owners or the people paying taxes.. Is this where our tax money goes on defections of parts for the American people..

  9. cosio Reply

    Please help. My. Engine broke down and dont have the money to get it replaced.please help?

  10. stephanie Reply

    I am very disappointed in chrysler I have a 2010 charger first the power steering goes out the pump slung metal all threw my hoses and car had a recall on the power steering pump but chrysler wouldn’t fix it ended up replacing everything at my owen expense very costly even had to buy new oil cooler for it now the cam shafts chain has broken and there’s a spring laying in the bottom of the engine where it came from I have no idea now I have all my oil change receipts and having to pay a tow truck to take it to the dealer for them to fix and honor there life time warranty on the engine not sure how this will go I’m sure chrysler will not own up to there faulty engines and I will have to pay out of pocket for the repairs which I can’t afford so I’ll probably have a new yard deceration that I still have to pay for

  11. Matt Reply

    I have an 05 sebring convertible with125K miles car is great until yesterday. Started knocking. I’m a mechanic so I keep up with my maintenance. This motor is junk I think Chrysler should have to replace it for free. This is there problem and should be sued or replace it with a full warranty on it. I am gonna talk to a lawyer.

  12. agapito Reply

    i have a 2007 300 crysler 2.7 crap liter and we changed oil regularly and it just started knocking all the sudden ,then finally i had to park it . my mechanic said it was due to oil sludge ,now they want $ 3000.00 for a new motor not including installation . i will new buy dodge or crysler again

  13. Linda Reply

    I had under 74,000 miles on my 2001 Sebring when the engine began knocking and rumbling. I was able to make it home but was never able to drive it again. Five months previous to this I brought it to the dealer because it was loosing oil. They charged me a hefty $794.64 for all the work which included replacing the oil pan gasket and other things but they never told me anything about oil sludge problems or engine issues. Two weeks before that I paid another $313.73!! I finally bought a new car and will NEVER buy a Chrysler or Dodge, EVER. I changed my oil faithfully and took care of my car, always keeping it garaged.

  14. holly Reply

    I have a 2005 Sebring an the engine failed 200 miles from home and needed a $852 tow. My boyfriend who works electrical, mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic equipment of all types has opened the engine and it’s full of sludge. I had to purchase another vehicle to work.

  15. Simone Reply

    I have a 2008 v6 2.7l engine baught it used from ford dealership. Had the car for less than 6 months and need a new engine gunna cost me $5000 and i still owe more than $10,000 on the car. Dont want to mess my credit up so still paying for a car i cant even drive.

  16. Ken Reply

    Think i was schnucked into buying a used 02 sebring.

  17. Diana Reply

    Help 2008 Chrysler and the engine is gone is there anything I can do please help

  18. Wayne Reply

    due engine sludge, my 2007 engine failed, chrysler wanted 6000 to replace, had it rebuilt for 2400 and dumped it. will never buy a chrysler product again, that was my 4the chrysler,

  19. Rudy Reply

    I have a 2003 Concorde I love this car my antie gave it to me. So first the trans is going out. It well get stuck in 2nd gear have to turn car off now my head gasket goes out and my thermostat and why put the damn thing on the side of the motor just stupid so now I got tare the whole engine down just to get to both of them….. Help me out was there a recall on these cars

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