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Chrysler Sebring Convertible

libertycatlibertycat Posts: 593
edited December 2013 in Chrysler
Why is there no discussion about this hot-selling (and looking) convertible? It got on the top 10 list on Edmunds 2004 Buying Guide.


  • stoosh95stoosh95 Posts: 14
    that wont give a US product a fair shake.

    example: the solara is on it's SIXTH archive ... yet the XLR hasn't had a post since 7/1.
  • stoosh95stoosh95 Posts: 14
    They have a GTC version which has an available 5 speed. which IS a great start.

    They just need to warm it over a bit. If it had 225 to 250 HP ... heck, can u imagine the SRT4 engine in this?

    Sebring GTR ... hmmmmmmmmm ... 'course Nissan might get mad.
  • libertycatlibertycat Posts: 593
    If I were buying a convertible, I would grab an LXi with gold exterior and beige interior and a tan top and drive away (after paying for it of course :)). I may buy a convertible for fun when I can afford to have a second vehicle. But I also would consider getting an Isuzu Axiom for tackling dirt roads in Canada and a Dodge Ram for transporting Home Depot stuff to add to my 2002 Volvo wagon.
  • justinjustin Posts: 1,918
    it boils down to this:

    people that buy Sebrings aren't really car nuts. they want a comfy half-way decent looking car with a power top and leather seats. they aren't the types to really post things about their cars.

    but yes, the VW's and Hondas are full of posts, because they like driving. even Hyundai topics are full, because that brand is causing such a stir in the market. a Sebring just isn't a car that offends anyone, or excites anyone. it is just a nice car for regular folks. just like a Taurus, Malibu, etc.

    that is what i think must be happening. there is no forum for the Sebring Coupe either. but there is for the Eclipse. they are the same car!
  • libertycatlibertycat Posts: 593
    But are VERY different. (Eclipse and Sebring/Stratus) The Eclipse is supposidly more sport-oriented and the Sebring/Stratus have a lot more room and TOTALLY different styling.
    "half-way decent looking car" I don't think so. Like I said earlier, this is a hot styled car that just doesn't put a huge emphasis on handling. I enjoy (LOVE) driving but simply I don't care about power and handling. I care more about creature comforts. Modern Hondas are about as fun to drive as a Buick. The Taurus has an active discussion. But now this discussion is getting active. Maybe everyone was waiting for someone else to start one.
  • justinjustin Posts: 1,918
    the Sebring CONVERTIBLE is has "hot" styling? i totally disagree. my mother is 51 - she likes the car a lot too. but she also likes Pontiacs. not what i would call styled - perhaps "over" styled. but, to each his own. the Sebring Coupe is a beautiful car though. much better looking than the Eclipse. decent interior too.

    and for the record, the Sebring Convertible and Sedan are related, and the Sebring Coupe and Eclipse are related. the V6's in the Coupe/Mitsu are different than in the sedan/droptop.
  • libertycatlibertycat Posts: 593
    I knew that (Eclipse/Sebring/Stratus coupe), justin. In fact, I know everything there is to know about autos. Who owns who, all makes and models, etc. FYI I am 25 and own a 2002 VOLVO V70. I think it has excellent exterior styling and also I think the Isuzu Axiom, Dodge Ram, Mitsu Montero, and Sebring conv. are in the top 10 best styled cars on the market today.
  • justinjustin Posts: 1,918
    our definition of style are obviously completely different. i prefer an understated elegance - even in trucks.

    but like i said, if it weren't for not-so-pretty cars, i wouldn't like other cars as much! :)
  • libertycatlibertycat Posts: 593
    Hold on, I'll start a Sebring coupe discussion on this board.
  • in assuming this topic had been revived. No posts in 16 days?

    I guess convertible owners would rather drive their cars than talk about them -- especially in the summer time... :)
  • I just picked up my 2004 Ltd Convertible Saturday. Its deep sapphire blue pearlcoat with the sandstone leather interior. I hope these discussion groups grow since it would be a benefit for ALL owners if we all discuss our car.
  • I purchased a 2004 Sebring LXi convertible in early August and I love it. Right after I purchased the car Chrysler changed the name of the model to Touring. Also, my car has leather in it but not the Leather suede combination that the Chrysler website says is standard. Does anybody know if Chrysler changed its standard equipment when they changed the model name from LXi to Touring?
  • It's good to see some activity here. This used to be a very active group back in '01 when I bought my '01 Sterling Blue Limited but after awhile it completely died and I had to go to another Sebring Convertible board.
    Glennod, you will find that Chrysler is always changing options. The same model changes from year to year, usually eliminating options to hold the price. A lot of things were standard on my '01 that were either eliminated or became options, usually small things like locks that you may not notice.
    Where is everyone from? I live in Massachusetts, 1/2 mile from the Rhode Island border, enjoying a good top down (but slowly coming to an end) summer.
    Lee B.
  • I rented one while vacationing in Hawaii in late 01'. I wasn't expecting much, but was suprised (in a good way). The engine was very responsive and the transmission seemed like a good match as there was no hesitation for a downshift when the "go" pedal was pressed hard. The only gripes I have are some cheap interior plastics and the guages on my car would black out periodically at night. This was the first convertible (other than jeeps) that I drove. I bought a 2000 Honda S2000 about a year later partly because of the fun I had with the Sebring although the character of the two cars are entirely different.
  • I am planning on purchasing a Sebring Convertible in the near future. Any suggestions on which type of top is better? Any care/wear issues that you have experienced? Thanks.

  • Where can I go on the internet to get wholesale value or pricing on a 1998 Sebring JXi Limited? Need help quick.
  • First, I don't think Chrysler made a Limited version of the Sebring in '98. Second, you shuld have ben able to find pricing right here on Edmunds under the used car section.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 60,629
    That's right, just go to the Home Page and click on used cars and follow directions.


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  • cecoceco Posts: 1
    They did make a limited in 98. The hard copy of NADA lists it but the web NADA does not.

    Most libraries have the NADA books but beware there is a huge difference between the TMV @ edmunds and NADA.
  • Is there such an animal as a sebring convertible in an "Off-White" color...I thought I had seen them, yet I don't see this color as a standard color...Can anyone help...?
  • leebealeebea Posts: 25
    The only white color is called Stone White. Go to to see colors.
    Lee B.
  • On my 2004 Sebring Convertible my driver's window rattles and is loose. The dealer insists that it is the rubber stripping that protects the window and replaced it. The window still rattles. Does anybody else have the same problem?
  • Hi, I'm a guy who really likes the look of the Sebring Convertib;e..they really take my eye and I would consider buying one..but, honest question: are these cars for chicks and not men? I was just wondering what you all would say to this and how many men own these cars...I'm a little afraid to come out of the closet on this one!! Honestly! Thanks all for your responses in advance.
  • I just bought a Inferno Red '04 Sebring two weeks ago. I don't think it is a chick car at all. Perhaps certain colors look that way more than others, ie. the satin green or last years light blue. The "manly" colors look just a great. Seriously, I don't think anyone will question your manhood for driving a Sebring. I just get asked if I am in a mid-life crisis.

  • lngtonge18lngtonge18 Posts: 2,228
    The Sebring isn't the most manly car out there, but if you like the looks then why should you care what others think? Buy what you like! The Miata is supposedly a feminine car, but an awful lot of straight married men buy them. Just an FYI though,the Sebring convertible was voted as one of the top 10 cars bought by gay men 2 years ago so you might need to be ready to exit that closet :) And judging by the market in Florida, I would say the poll was accurate (either women, gay men or white haired old men drive these cars).
  • I enjoyed reading these 3 messages, especially so since my boyfriend thinks that the Sebring convertible is indeed a chick's car. I bought my 2002 LXi in July 03 with 18k miles on it, and can honestly say that it is the most fun I've ever had on wheels. Since then, I've taken a very unscientific survey by checking out the number of men vs. women driving the Sebring convertible. My results prove the theory that yes, there are more women driving the Sebring convertible than men. But really - who cares - as long as you enjoy the looks and feel of the ride. You can test your manhood by how many hours you spend shopping Home Depot every month.

    - Paul's boyfriend
  • lngtonge18lngtonge18 Posts: 2,228
    You and me know what Home Depot shoppers are really doing :) You live in Florida by chance? Your Sebring have cloth or leather? What color is it? They are nice looking cars with the top down. I myself have a cute little red Miata for those top down days. Think I should take it to Orlando in June? :)
  • Hello Everyone, first time poster here. Glad to have found this board re the Sebring Convertible. I'm in the process of car shopping and the Sebring Touring Convert is one of my 'finalists'. The car has all the features I am looking for, along with being a great looking car, but after researching various sites and publications, I am very concerned about its quality and reliability. Also, I need to know from owners how well the insulated top keeps out the cold, rain, snow and road noise. The last Sebring Convert I drove was a rental back in 1997, and I remember a lot of road noise coming thru the closed top. Also, for those of you who have the heated seat option, how well do they work? Thanks.
  • I've just purchased a silver Touring with slate leather and suede seats and a black cloth top. I'd be grateful for any advice other owners might share on how to keep the upholstery and top in good condition. Are there any special products I should use, for cleaning or treating, etc.?

    Thanks in advance for your help.
  • ctrcssctrcss Posts: 9
    I just bought a 2004 LXi Convertible in early December. I live in Maryland and it has snow on me twice since I have bought the car. I was warm and cozy in it and in fact can't keep the heater on high temp because I get too warm. So the insulation from the rain, snow and cold is just fine. As for the road noise, well there is more road noise than I was used to in the family van but that is to be expected as far as I know. The best way to decide if it is acceptable to you is to take one on a test drive. Just remember to bring your willpower to say no to the saleman when he pressures you to buy that day. Also, as Edmunds suggests, test drive your other finalists that same day so you can get a good comparision. I also have the heated seats and I love them. Gets nice and toasty in the lower back and and on the buttocks/upper leg areas. My wife jokes that it is a very expensive heating pad for her back :-)
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