1997 Chrysler Sebring Convertible Reviews - Page 8 of 17

1997 Chrysler Sebring Convertible JX 2.5 6 cylinder from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.5 6 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.8 / 10
Distance when acquired109000 miles
Most recent distance113000 miles
Previous carMazda 5

Summary:

A fabulous auto to own and drive

Faults:

The only problem is the fact that the odometer/tachometer does not work. No other problems with it!

General Comments:

I love it. I still has the power to surprise everyone.

The other day, I had the car up over 100 miles per hour, and it handled like a dream.

It needs a paint job, but wouldn't you after 11 years of Florida living?

The alignment on the car is awesome! I can let go of the wheel at any speed, and have confidence that the car will go in the direction I want it to go!

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

Review Date: 21st May, 2008

1997 Chrysler Sebring Convertible LXI 2.5 from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.5 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired170000 miles
Previous carFord Windstar

Summary:

I love my car!!!

Faults:

Water in body in rear driver side.

Intermittent tach/odometer.

Difficult to reach belts to replace them.

General Comments:

I have had this car for two months and absolutely love it. It is gorgeous, my dream car. I can live with the little quirks. It drives beautifully, even at 170k miles.

Yesterday the car started overheating intermittently. One final time we had to pull over to let it cool down, and it won't restart. The only things working were the power windows and the cell phone charger in the lighter outlet.

My boyfriend is working on it and replaced a bad fuse, so we got the top to go up, but the fuse keeps blowing every time we try to start the car. His guess is that some insulation melted that is causing a short. He also found when he removed the thermostat cover that the thermostat was missing.

If I could find the previous owner, I would give him a piece of my mind! He told me that he had replaced the thermostat. LIES! My boyfriend is thinking that the reason the car overheated in the first place is that the water pump went bad. Any advice is greatly appreciated. HELP!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd May, 2008

18th Sep 2008, 16:59

Your boyfriend may be right, but at 170 000 miles a faulty water pump should be no surprise. The missing thermostat would have upset myself as well.

1997 Chrysler Sebring Convertible from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission Automatic

Faults:

Wow.. what things have gone wrong with this car??? Well as I read on one particular comment made in January, I thought it was me that actually wrote it.

I also have 97 Sebring Convertible JXI. Let me just say, The top leaks on the driver side, and I had recently had it replaced, AND it STILL leaks.

The horn is barely even a chirp, when I blow it no one even looks because it cannot be heard!

I too have had transmission trouble, the odometer light works when and IF it feels like it, the A/C, AND heater have both just quit working within a week apart, and it squeaks while driving, even louder when turning.

Not to also mention as I read before about the speaker covers in the doors; yes I too have holes in them from trying to get out the car. The speakers in the dash has also blown.

I cannot even begin the detail of the engine work that I have put into this car.

OH yeah... the motor for the power windows are going out.

The door panel is starting to separate from the actual door!!

As can be seen, I could go on for some time, so thanks for allowing my input.

General Comments:

Stay away from Chrysler... and as soon as I am able, NEW car here I come!!

Wish me luck!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 6th March, 2008

1997 Chrysler Sebring Convertible JXi 2.7 from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.7 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired2 miles
Most recent distance202500 miles
Previous carFord Bronco

Summary:

Fantastic - except for the headlights

Faults:

Headlights are useless at night - since new.

Fuel pump died at 6,500 miles.

Front door speaker covers are destroyed.

Transmission died at 50,000 miles.

Volume control on radio developed a mind of its own! 97,000.

Drain slots stopped up, interior flooded at 110,000.

Replaced under-seat amplifier due to flood 110,300.

Mechanic destroyed radiator, along with bad advice from helpful relatives, at 175,000 miles.

Trip computer display went crazy then stopped working at 180,000.

Tachometer, then odometer, then speedometer became erratic about 180,000.

Replaced speedometer cluster at 200,000 miles.

Replaces blower motor resister 201,500 miles.

General Comments:

I bought this car for my wife on Valentine's Day in 1997. I stopped by the dealership and picked it out as they were literally just unloading it from the truck. She was very pregnant and was having trouble climbing into our Bronco.

She loves the car and I can't get her to even think of trading it in on a new one.

It is starting to get a little cramped for a family of five!

Chrysler should have put more thought into the headlights. They are dismal at night and over time they become frosted over and require frequent refinishing. Should have been made of glass and have greater visibility. The fog lights shine farther down the road.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th December, 2007

13th Aug 2010, 21:49

You've gotten 200,000 miles and it still runs good enough for the primary driver to still love it?

I agree with the flooding/ amp/ speaker /head light issues, and I had the same problem with the fuel pump, but where else can you get a front wheel drive convertible that was built for real size people for less than a small fortune?

Rear wheel drive is almost useless in snow, which rules out the Camaro, Mustang and Firebird. Sunbird and Cavalier aren't even close to being that nice, and although the Eclipse and Sunfire are nice, they lack a trunk large enough to hold more than three grocery store bags. She loves it because it suits her needs, and it doesn't look like a mommy mobile.

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