1997 Chrysler Sebring Convertible Reviews - Page 6 of 17

1997 Chrysler Sebring Convertible GTi 5.2 from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 5.2 Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.2 / 10
Distance when acquired150000 kilometres
Most recent distance330000 kilometres
Previous carSebring MX

Summary:

This car looks great, but looks are extremely decieving

Faults:

Brakes need to be totally replaced every 4 to 6 months. Front and back.

Distributor needed to be totally replaced.

Radiator, muffler, ball joints, tune up, fuses, water pump, air conditioning compressor, hood latches, catalytic converter, transmission, wheel bearings, and literally everything mechanical in this car had to be replaced.

This car has cost me over $17,000 in repairs in less than 5 years, after paying $10,000 for it from a dealer. The dealer washed his hands of it as soon as I drove it off his lot.

The only thing that has not been replaced on this car is the roof, and it's on its way to needing it too.

Everything on this car costs about $1000 paid out in labor to perform the job, and then pay for the parts that vary in price from $650 down to $75 for a muffler. Prices vary so much for everything, that if you don't shop around, you will feel like you've been robbed. The distributor was $1600 from the dealer, then $100 for the cap and another $100 for the rotor. I got them all as a package, from another aftermarket place for $550. Then the dealer took 3 days to put it in and got it wrong when he did. The car didn't run at all after he was done, and it had to be done over.

General Comments:

The manufacturer of this car should be sued for selling such a malfunctioned piece of work, and telling us that it is good quality items.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 30th June, 2009

1997 Chrysler Sebring Convertible JXI 2.5 V6 from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.5 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.6 / 10
Distance when acquired100000 miles
Most recent distance150000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Camaro

Summary:

Crap, crap, crap

Faults:

Water pump, timing belt, power steering pump.

All 4 wheel bearings, rotors, brakes.

Starter, fuel injector.

Fills with water when it rains.

Alternator, electrical problems, brake master cylinder.

General Comments:

This car has been nothing but a money pit since the day I bought it. I will never buy another car from Chrysler again. Most mechanics don't want to work on it, and all the parts are way over priced.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 28th December, 2008

1997 Chrysler Sebring Convertible JX from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired20000 miles
Most recent distance103000 miles
Previous carBuick Regal

Summary:

Bittersweet Misery

Faults:

When I first purchased my Chrysler Sebring in 1997.

I parked it in my garage for two years until I moved into a high-rise building with no garage.

One day I rained heavily and I noticed a puddle on the floor in the rear on the passenger side.

When I took off, I heard a swish sound. When I stepped on the brakes, a river rushed to the front of my car floor, soaking my feet and my pants leg.

I heard all sorts of things that could have been done like drilling holes, cleaning the gutters, and last but not least, weather stripping (whatever that means).

These suggestions came from Chrysler themselves. Nothing has seemed to work.

I have been struggling with this problem for years now, and I'm quite sure that my car is completely rusted out and my carpet is dry rotted.

Not to mention how the fabric of the top has completely detached itself from my rear window, inviting more elements into the interior of my car.

I let the car sit up for three years in a garage. I recently pulled it back out to continue working on it and now I'm going through all kind of changes with these rip off convertible repair shops. I don't know if they trying to get over on me because I am a woman, or they just think that I am just plain stupid.

I want to keep my car because it runs good and it's paid for, but this water from the rain and car washes are about to drive me crazy.

I don't think it's fair for Chrysler to sell all of these defected vehicles to so many people and don't do anything about it. I don't know what else to do...

General Comments:

My car is a beauty.

But it is almost impossible to keep the water out.

On the convertibles, the rear windows have to be replaced after about four or five years, costing a whopping $550 per pop.

All I need are a few gold fishes to go with the pond on the floor of my car.

Recalls on Chrysler Sea brings are to be automatic when it comes to the water flooding and rear window replacements.

I paid a price for my car with money and sweat, but I will never buy anything else from Chrysler again.

Chrysler has me crying...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 10th December, 2008

15th Mar 2009, 04:29

Yes, I had the same swishing problem. Very simple solution; put it on a hoist (a mechanic's hoist), or crawl on your back and 'poke' the drain holes in the rocker panels. I had buckets of water pour out.

Have the mechanic high-pressure blow the holes too. It took so little time my mechanic did it for free.

Good Luck.

InJoy in Vancouver, BC.

Mark.

PS. I love this site. I drive a 97 Sebring JXi Convertible, previously a 98 Sebring JXi Convertible (had an untimely death), and am presently looking for a 99-00 Sebring. I'm trying to avoid the 'beyond 2000' version.

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 54 reviews