1997 Chrysler Sebring Convertible LX


Love it


I love my car and don't want to get rid of it, but I need my convertible to work, and since last year I can't get it to work; something with the hydraulics, or that's what they say. You can see in between the door when the top is down, and when you try to get the top up, liquid shoots out. They said they called the dealer, and they don't have or won't have them any more.

I am not happy. My car is all I have to make me happy. I can't keep pushing it down and finding someone to help me pull it up... I am just starting social security, and can't afford a new car, and am afraid to buy a used one, due to all the bad reports on this car. But I NEED my convertible... have no family here to help, or I would do it myself, search junk yards.

I'm just a sad old hippy lady, stuck in Florida with no convertible...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th September, 2012

8th Jan 2017, 05:01

Wow, that's the most depressing account I've heard in months.

1997 Chrysler Sebring Convertible JXI 2.5L V6


It's got its problems, but it's cheap and runs fast


Well in the short time I have owned this car, I've had the brakes replaced, the oil changed, and replaced the gas cap. I've been told the inner tie rods could be a problem, but will likely last a while.

Upon buying this car, there was plenty wrong with it. Beside the brakes and tie rods, it leaks fluids. The leather seats are fairly ripped in the front and somewhat in the back, and the buckles in the back seat are under the seat, which isn't easily removed.

The drivers side window gets stuck rolling down near the bottom, but a nice whack will make it go down. There is a slight leak in the rubber door lining during rain, but only seems to occur when the car is stopped.

When the car is not running, using the power locks will cause the car to go into anti-theft mode, not allowing you to drive until you hit the red button on the remote.

I bought the car knowing most of this.

General Comments:

All of that being said, I bought this car for $400 from a family member. Despite all of this, I love this car, at least during summer months. As an 18 year old student just about to start college, it's a great car to show off to friends and peers. This thing was drivable from the start and starts on one try. The stereo is solid. No problems with the convertible top.

For the price I bought it, this is a great car. The engine and battery were replaced before I bought it, so the engine has less than 100k on it. Being that I've only driven 3 cars, this is the fastest one I've driven. For $400, this thing flies.

I have non-leather seats ready to be put in, taking care of the ripped seats problem.

My ratings are a bit harsher, but a bit more realistic than my own opinion.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 16th July, 2012

1997 Chrysler Sebring Convertible LXi 2.5


I do like the appearance, performance, fuel mileage, but why such a continued expense?


1st problem, neither remote start nor key would start, so towed to a repair facility.

Complete replacement of brake shoes, drums, pads, and rotors.

Inspection report of vehicle after purchase, indicating brake wear as above, plus all tie rod ends, lower control arms; yet to be corrected.

My additional find of rear passenger side spindle, hub installed, after spindle, used and obtained from an auto wrecker.

Transmission pan and inside timing belt cover; could be cam seal, oil leakage points.

I, now the owner, do find this car to be an eye catcher. All black exterior, tan interior, great sounding stereo, when FM stations get received.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 21st October, 2011

22nd Oct 2011, 16:00

The "continued expense" is most likely due to the fact that the vehicle is 14 years old and has 148,000 miles on it.

You have yourself a nice car, but parts are going to wear out.

30th Oct 2011, 22:06

I bought my '97 Sebring convertible in June with 144k for a mere 1600 bucks. The car took a sticker with no problem, and had only 950 miles put on it in the previous year. The paint was fair, tires were legal but crap, so I bought a used set at a salvage yard. It has the Mitsubishi 2.5LT, and it gets around 16MPG in the city.

I bought it as a cheap summer toy, and now it gets ready to transition to winter beater. I have put 1600 miles on it since June, and it has given me no trouble. I know things will break on it sooner, rather than later, but it's been a fun car to have as a first convertible, and worth every dollar I've spent on it.

When it craps out for good, I'll have no issue buying another one, maybe in the 99 or 2000 area, as long as it has the 2.5, and not the 2.7.

12th Dec 2016, 05:13

No, these cars weren't even nice when they rolled out of the factory.