1998 Chrysler Sebring Convertible JXI 2.5 from North America
Purchased it in January 2011, running very rough. Gave it a full tune up.
Then found a bad ball joint. Replaced 4-11.
Then came the fuel pump. 8-11. Replaced it, and all was well until 12-11.
12-11. Drove it home from work (running fine). Next morning started it and it ran for approx... 20 seconds and died. Upon inspection, found no spark to the plugs. All other systems are fine. I have been told a plethora of things that could be wrong with it (distributor, crank sensor, relay for security system (which I cannot locate)).
I cannot afford to spend a bunch of money and not have it be the problem. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
When the car is running, I love it. It has great power and handles like it's on rails. It is an awesome car when I can keep it on the road.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 14th March, 2012
Keep in mind that your car is 14 years old and is getting up there in miles, so you've got to expect that there will be issues popping up now & again.
I was reluctant to buy a Sebring for years because I heard (and read) some of the horror stories, but then I realized that all cars are bound to have issues, and decided to give one a try.
I'm glad I did. As I am enjoying my Sebring Convertible very much. Yes, I worry about issues arising, however, thankfully thus far, nothing out of the norm, and it is very enjoyable to drive.
If you enjoy the way the vehicle rides and drives, and I'm sure you enjoy driving a convertible, don't rule out buying a newer one down the road, as they really are not bad cars at all.
I'm astounded by the fuel economy, especially given the size and power of the vehicle. It's at least on par (actually a bit better) with what my Saab 9-3 Convertible got.
I think I would read the codes stored in the ECU.
It could be a crankshaft or camshaft position sensor.
I had a similar problem on my Plymouth.
Also, the coil pack could be bad.
It would be good to get a code scanner, and then search the Internet for code meanings.
Hope this helps. That 2.5 liter V6 is a Mitsubishi engine, and it's usually very reliable.
Good luck, Sparky.