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The 2002 2.7L could still have the dreaded water pump/timing chain failure issue. Quiz the owner about any past repairs and maintenance. Documents like work orders help. If it has had past engine service and it was done competently, then it should no longer be a potential issue.
Of course, anything can happen at anytime on something this old and unknown.
Look under the oil filler cap and check the dipstick for sludge, rust or dirty mayonnaise. Check for soft 'sucked-flat' rubber PCV hoses or hard, cracked rubber hoses. Some Canadian PCV hoses were coolant-heated by an exchanger.
Listen for engine noises. Drive it for shift feel and ride noises.
The aluminum rear upper shock mounts crumbled to oxides in salt belt areas (knocking over bumps). The replacement mounts are now steel.
Generally treat it as any other used car inquiry. If the price and condition are right, consider it.
Almost any 11 year old car needs something done to it and I'm sure that you will need to put some money into it to get it the way you want it.
If something doesn't feel right about the car or the owner, walk away. Usually you can tell right away whether the car was kept-up, cared for or not.
Sebring and Stratus sedans and the Sebring convertible were JR-platforms. These cars were not related to the Sebring/Stratus coupes, which were Mitsubishi/DiamondStar ST-platforms.
 

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The newer 2.7L's were improved. If this is late 2002, it may be OK.
The internal engine water pumps could start a slow leak and the coolant would mix with the crankcase engine oil. This would make sludge. Some pumps/chains/tensioners came apart catastrophically and would bend valves. If sludge is a problem, the build-up should be visible on the underside of the oil filler cap and possibly higher up on the dipstick away from the oil splash.
Some were bad, some weren't. The earlier ones were worse.
It was common enough to be a potential risk as a used car purchase, especially if the vehicles past history was unknown. There were lawsuits.
The longitudinal engines (1998-2002 LH) had more issues than the transverse engines (2001-2002 JR). Read more about the sludge/chain issues here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chrysler_LH_engine
Other than this, the 2.7L was an advanced all-aluminum, DOHC engine, it just should have been developed more in the beginning before coming to market.
 

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Welcome to Allpar. I have a Chrysler Flex-Fuel book somewhere that detailed the differences.
Mechanically there may be a compression ratio difference, but the big difference is fuel system components that can handle alcohol. The plastic and rubber pieces for FF were green in color to identify them.
The PCM software used a unique advance/mixture calibration depending on alcohol concentration also.
When asked if non-FF cars and trucks could be converted to FF, the answer was no. Besides being emissions tampering issue, it was just far to difficult to do without a FF donor car.
 
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