1997 Chrysler Sebring Convertible Reviews - Page 7 of 17

1997 Chrysler Sebring Convertible JXI V6 from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission V6 Automatic
Previous carChrysler Intrepid

Summary:

Money sucker

Faults:

Transmission has been rebuilt.

Stalling issue, unresolved.

Fuel float broken, not worth fixing.

Strut broke.

Battery replaced.

General Comments:

Not worth the price to buy used unless you are a skilled mechanic with cheap parts connections.

Nice looking and drives great when problems don't occur.

Anyone have ideas on stalling issue? Price of Distributor and crank sensor?

The above is the diagnosis I received for stalling.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th August, 2008

1997 Chrysler Sebring Convertible LXi 6 cylinder. from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 6 cylinder. Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired67000 miles
Most recent distance136000 miles

Summary:

I love this car. Will buy another when this one is used up

Faults:

The rear passenger window would go down but not up.

Front window leaks onto the window switches from a transition in the foam seal.

Water floods into the passenger compartment during heavy rains and water is heard sloshing in the rear side panels.

Tuneups are extremely expensive.

General Comments:

The rear window would go down and not up intermittently at first then not at all. This was especially a problem because when the button is pressed or bumped all the windows in the car go down a bit.

This was caused by a relay that went bad. It is located in the driver door.

I have heard many complain of water sloshing in the quarter panels that often ends up inside, causing musty odors and stained carpets. I heard the sloshing for a while and couldn't figure out where it was. Mechanics were not of much help either.

This was fixed by locating the drains for the frame. They are about 4-6 inches in front of the rear tire on the crimp/weld seam, (the lowest part of the body). You will see a spot bulged out about the size of a fat straw on an angle. use a long nail or straightened coat hanger to clear this drain. Gallons of water came out when mine was cleared. It may not be a permanent fix if there is something larger that plugs the drain. I carry a coat hanger in all my cars as part of an emergency kit. I haven't had to use it again. I hope this will help all of you who have flooding in your Sebring convertible.

I didn't get to fix the leak at the front window yet but it is minor and only during heavy rains.

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

Review Date: 14th July, 2008

21st Jul 2008, 18:06

Thanks about the drain holes. My car was full of water. Went out with a coat hanger, found the drain holes, once I stuck it in, the water just poured out.

1997 Chrysler Sebring Convertible JXi 2.5L gasoline from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.5L gasoline Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired66780 miles
Most recent distance66780 miles
Previous carJeep Cherokee

Summary:

Really nice looking car!

Faults:

I just purchased this car used from a local independent dealer. Unfortunately, it left me stranded on the highway. I was going at speed when suddenly it felt like it downshifted into second, threw me forward, then coasted again, then downshifted again, then stopped. Repeated attempts would not start the car. I had it towed back to the place where I bought it, and am now awaiting the verdict. Personally, I think it felt like there was water in the gas, but the dealer seems to think it is a problem with either the distributor or the computer. Oh well, I'll hopefully get the verdict soon.

I also have the rear window defogger clip that came unattached; I'm going to get the repair kit from http://www.frostfighter.com/catalog.htm, then coat the entire clip in hot-melt glue to ease the stress on this part.

As for the people whom are getting water in their cars: well, this is how a convertible works. The water drains to the rear deck and enters inside the car behind the 3rd brake light. If you look back there with the top down, you will see a plastic tray. This is a drip tray that catches the water and directs it to the wheel wells, where the water will drip down to a section behind the rear windows and exit out the car through the drain holes.

If you park your car under trees, or have lots of sand, these drain holes will become clogged. The only way to fix this is to make the holes larger and blow them out with compressed air.

I suspect that most of the other electrical problems people are experiencing are due to excessive moisture inside the cabin from the water! I'll repost here after I've had the car for a while!

General Comments:

I love the way this thing looks, top down or top up!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd June, 2008

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