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Chrysler Sebring Convertible



  • LS37LS37 Posts: 6
    I was the original owner of a 2001 Sebring Convertible. Changed oil regularly according to specs. In 2005 engine seized with 90,000 miles. Chrysler gave me nothing other than scrap value. Will never buy another Chrysler product.
  • jpfjpf Posts: 496
    You probably had the notorious 2.7 V6 engine that was prone to oil sludge. There are numerous cases with this engine self-destructing. See attached link.
  • What is the best way to reattach rear window to convertible top?
  • I have a sebring convertable and the signals and wipers will not work. I put in a new switch and didnt work. I dont know what else to try. any one have any ideas. Thanks, Sue
  • You really need a trouble light or voltmeter to trouble shoot this one. If voltage is getting to the WW motor and the ground connection is good, the motor is probably bad. If there is no voltage at the motor, the electronics or wiring is faulty. If you don't I have anything to measure voltage, try dis-connecting the wiring to the motor and connecting battary voltage through a fuse then directly to the WW motor. I assume that the washer fluid is topped off and squirting and that everything on the same fuse is working. Isaac
  • olds8olds8 Posts: 1
  • tony3762tony3762 Posts: 1
    The shelf (behind backseat) keeps breaking when I lower the top on my 08. Does anybody have any advice?
  • mikefm58mikefm58 Posts: 2,882
    Isn't it still on warranty? If so, take it to the dealer.
  • tarabelletarabelle Posts: 1
    Hi All,

    I've been looking at convertibles and love the look of the Sebring....
    However...I've not heard positive things about them and there does seem to be a lot of used ones for sale online here where I live? If you could reconsider your purchase, would you buy one again. If so, why not?
  • snakeweaselsnakeweasel a Certified Edmunds Poster.Posts: 14,131
    I wouldn't hesitate to buy one again. I love mine and everyone who has been in mine seems to love it. Most, maybe all, of the Sebring convertible owners that I have talked to love their cars, I would recommend one especially if you can get a slightly used one.

    2008 Sebring Ragtop, 2011 Hyundai Sonata, 2015 Honda CTX700D

  • dklynn2dklynn2 Posts: 6
    I love mine too but it's a 98 - I like the style and interior much better than the newer ones. I probably shouldn't say this (bad luck!) but the only problems I've ever had with it were age-related (headlight plexiglas got so I could barely see at night and had to replace the whole headlights at BIG expense (ugh); have had to replace the rear view mirror twice (got fogged up) and they're not easy to find; needs a new top (canvas is great but the stitching rotted out)) - but maintenance probs have been practically non-existent. I only wish I had the model where I could use the "green" fuel. I'll drive it till it dies! ;) :shades:
  • jpfjpf Posts: 496
    I bought a 2007 PT Cruiser convertible at the end of May. The car only had 5500 miles. I really enjoy this car. You can probably find an 06 to 08 model with low mileage for $12 to 14k or less. Good luck.
  • Yes I would recommend the Sebring. I really enjoy driving it more than any other car I have ever owned. It is not the most comfortable (used caddy I once owned) or the most practical (mini van) or the best get up and go (300C) but I really enjoy the feel of the road and the wind in my hair.
  • paulh1paulh1 Posts: 6

    I have a 08, limited, with the new clearwater blue color, and hardtop, and love the car. When I compared to the volvo C70 and others, it was hands down the best value (I got it for 28K with close to a 39K sticker, so the value was great. Yes, it is a little cheaper as far as materials go, but I take great care of my cars, so it is working great. Grat mileage. Got about 28 mpg on a couple recent trips, and overall, always around 20 in city stop and go. It uses mid grade gas, and have not even attempted regular. Mileage is getting better with age. I have 14k on it now.
    Only have had one problem. When I bought it, about 2 weeks into ownership, battery went dead. Took to dealer, and they replaced the battery, and no problem since. Transmission is a little loose during stop and go, but they say it operating fine.

    It is a beautiful car, and for the price, its is the best value out there, plenty of front and rear room, and the trunk space, to up or down is really huge for a convertable. Get the Navigation with the U Connect. Great for hands free phone calls. This bluetooth should be standard in every car.

    I say YES. Probably can get a great deal, with end of year coming, probably will see many discounts and rebates.

  • believe it or not, I found a rear right light on E-bay. The guy also just charged me, 60 dollars for the whole thing, My hubby put it in, and voila. It was fine. (and very inexpensive.) :)
  • I am considering buying a 1999 Sebring Convertible JXI with all the goodies. The price is excellent based on Kelly. My two questions: Did the car come with a convertible "boot" to cover the top when down? I do not see any place to attach one but I am surprised it does not have one. 2nd, even thou the price is right, and it has never seen a winter, it has 145,000 miles on it. Am I asking for trouble or could there be lots of life left? Thanks!
  • jpfjpf Posts: 496
    What size engine? If it's the 2.7 V6, I would stay away from it.
  • Ah forgot to mention that. I believe it is the 2.5 V6- thanks for your swift response.
  • I've got a 98 that I bought in 2000 and I still love it. Came with a boot that has little tabs that slide into the back seat and some snaps (I think) around the sides. I don't use it because it's big and bulky (and heavy), plus the tabs don't stay in too well. I only have 80K miles - 145K sounds like a lot, but (knock on wood) I have had very few maintenance problems with it (just stuff wearing out like brakes, battery, headlights (EXPENSIVE), rear view mirror (EXPENSIVE - but you can find on eBay if you keep an eye out).
  • I have an 08 with the small v6 and appox 32,000k a few months back it needed the water topped up. I than had a oil change so if the car needed water I'm sure they would have.
    Well I took it on a trip and it ran out of water and I mean ran out of water.
    I took it in to the dealership .They pressure tested it and couldn't find a leak.
    Can anyone shed some light on it for me ? Thanks.
    Also when it rains with the door opened it drips into the car sometimes onto the seat cushions.The dealership has replaced the rubbers but it didn't help much.Anyone else?
  • The overheating thing i have not had happen to me (2006 sebring conv.touring, V6 with 52k) and the rain dripping in on the seat with car door open, yes that happens on mine. I have some headaches with my car, and they are minor ones. Like the passenger side of convertible leaks onto seat with top down and doors closed. It's not much but still a pain. The Air Bag light and chime come on sometimes after car start and remain on. (but not the chime) Everything still works in it fine.
  • I have a 2002 and do not have that problem. There are different items that can cause this problem. First, a bad pressure cap. The cap is removed when the system is pressure checked and the measurement device takes its place.
    The other common problems are usually on high mileage vehicles: intake hose collapsing, theromostat sticking, or head gasket leaking.
    Did you burp the system when you topped it off?
    It is still in warranty so keep taking it to the dealership. They will have to fix it by the third trip or replace the vehicle under the lemon law.
  • snakeweaselsnakeweasel a Certified Edmunds Poster.Posts: 14,131
    I can't help you on the coolant issue, but for water dripping in when you have the door open when it rains it's something you will have to learn to live with. When water rolls off the roof towards the side of the car there is really nothing on a convertible (soft top) to channel it away from the window. Most hard top cars have some sort of gutter system to prevent this but its hard to do on a soft top convertible. So you will have this problem if you have the door open or window down and its raining hard out.

    FWIW changing the rubbers or seals wouldn't help if the car doesn't leak if the window is closed.

    Enjoy the ride its a great car.

    2008 Sebring Ragtop, 2011 Hyundai Sonata, 2015 Honda CTX700D

  • Along the same lines, I bought a 1996 Sebring with 120k miles on it, and it runs great and looks great, too. It was a steal at $1200 because it had some cosmetic interior issues, but so far I haven't had a single problem with it. You just have to be careful and try to find an honest guy (boy that's hard).
  • Hi Everyone,

    In August of 2008 I bought a 2006 Chrysler Sebring convertible with an extended warranty until 80k miles. Its been craziness since then... I have had it in the garage for transmission service 7 times and it needs to go back but I've given up on trying to get it fixes -- its a complete waste of time. About a month ago, a filed suit under the lemon law in PA. I have a feeling though that I am going to get offered a settlement of a lot less than what I owe on it considering Chrysler's financial status and the economy. Has anyone experienced this? Any luck on getting a fair offer? Any luck with counter offering?

    I just want to move on from this car, it has be h*ll but I can't afford to buy a second car while still owning this one.
  • I shut off my car to go into a convenience store and it wouldn't start up.
    Replaced the fuel pump but that didn't resolve the problem....
    Any suggestions....I am getting spark and the engine cranks over strong.???
  • stennstenn Posts: 4
    1998 Chrysler Sebring
    6 Cyl. 2.5L
    119000 mi.

    Just bought this car for my Daughter and have had the following done with no results. (paid $1500.00, but put $695.00 on sales slip to help with sales tax, got boned)

    Replaced plugs, rotor, dist. cap., wires
    Checked out misfire Cyl 5, codes PO300 & PO305 found.
    Leak down test (Good) for Cyl.5
    Compression Test 172
    Replace lower and upper intake Gaskets
    Swap Injector & Spark Plug 5 & 6 No Change.

    I also had to replace the Cat. Converter because it was broken up inside, the guy at the Garage said that could have been from the injector at 5 shooting to much gas and overheating the Cat.
    Garage said the computer seems as if it was replace at some time because there is a sticker on it that says it has to be programed and New cars do not have these stickers.
    He suspects a wire could be the problem but says it could take days to find it. I'm already into this thing for $1200.00 (parts & labor) on the of the $1500.00 I paid.
    Any help would be appreciated. :sick:
  • have same problem and recently found out that there are cables under the seat and activate seatbelt.(not exactly sure why this is necessary) so make sure the cable/wires are connected, maybe they are loose or disconnected. hope this helps.
  • stennstenn Posts: 4
    I had three people look at it, the last guy told me it was more than likely a wire that had been chaffed and is rubbing or shorting somewhere. He suggested a Chrysler Dealer cause they know should know more about the car and places where that could happen. So the Dealer suggested a new Computer, after running up a $450 dollar bill, the car has all ready had a new computer put in it, we can tell this cause it has a Must be Programmed Tag. Bottom line is if a Chrysler Dealer can't fix it who can???

    :sick: :lemon:
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