1997 Chrysler Sebring Convertible Jxi 2.5L from North America
The only good thing about this car is that it's a convertible
Seat belt holsters are loose and slip out of the seat. Very ugly looking. The grooves are worn and I see no way of repairing this, other than replacing the entire seat. For now I just have some fancy scarfs tied around them.
At around 135,00 miles my check engine light was on. Upon getting it checked, I ended up having to replace the distributor system. Check engine light has not reappeared.
Now I am experiencing a slow crank start. I've been told by one mechanic it was a bad fuel filter, a $600 dollar job. Two other mechanics said it was a bad battery. So, of course I go with that and change the battery myself. The problem still exists. I was recently told that the new battery was bad. Had that checked, it was not bad so, I don't really know what my next move will be.
My ABS light has been on and my brakes began to wail and the pedal was cranking. I was told it was the rear ABS sensor. I removed that this morning and am going to try and find a used one because it's a $300 dollar part. Hopefully that works, guess I'll get back to you on that.
Overall, I have put a new engine and radiator in. Had brakes done twice, recently wheel cylinder, shoes, pads, and rotors.
This car has been very expensive to maintain. I don't know if it's because it's a Chrysler or if it's because it's an older car.
When I first bought it, a mechanic told me to get rid of it. I wish I had listened.
I did get me to Florida twice, I live in New Jersey...but...
I'm getting rid of it in the spring.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 23rd September, 2010
29th Sep 2010, 13:14
I wrote this review and here's a condition update.
After removing the rear speed sensor, the car is braking normal, no more sounds. I will put a new sensor in. Dash lights have been going out randomly now. I've seen this complaint often. And the best part, it would not start this morning. I'm assuming it's the starter. May have blown due to the constant slow cranking I've been dealing with. Also experience leaking inside car when rain is heavy. Tire rods are worn and need replacing.
I'm at 151,000 miles.
28th Sep 2015, 20:46
I don't believe slow cranking would be caused by a fuel filter, and costing $600.00 to replace it if I couldn't due it myself, I'd be looking for a new mechanic at that price; that's a little unreal.