1998 Chrysler Sebring Convertible JXI V6 from North America
It's only good for the first 5 years
Water pump went out and head gasket blew at 75,000 miles.
Fuse to ignition switch/starter keeps blowing out since 77,000 miles, electrical problem.
Catalytic converter needs to be replaced at 81,000 miles.
Convertible top is wearing at the seams.
It's a great car regarding looks and comfort.
It handles and drives nicely.
It's unreliable as far as workmanship goes.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 10th February, 2004
2nd Aug 2004, 16:02
Your starter fuse problem is a loose wire leading to the solenoid that is attached to the starter. Check it out. It is a plastic plug that is more than likely burnt to some extent.
15th Oct 2004, 08:27
Dear Sir: The issues you mention are general maintenance problems to be expected at the times and mileages you mention. Any vehicle must be maintained to remain functional.
We have a 1998 Sebring JXi. We enjoy it very much although we now have a leak problem and the top needs to be replaced. The stitching is breaking out on ours as well. The stitching seems to be more susceptible to sun damage than the top itself.
11th Nov 2004, 19:00
I recently began shopping for a Sebring and have noticed the same problem with top stitching deteriorating - IMHO it appears the tops are seamed using unwaxed cotton thread which is prone to rot. A good grade waxed thread or a polyester/nylon thread would have prevented this problem. Anyone having the top redone should verify with their upholstery shop that the thread used for repair is ROT PROOF (ie, not COTTON)
19th Dec 2009, 21:33
I disagree with the above poster. Here in NC there are many old (er) Chrysler products on the road. I have a 1985 Dodge D150 pickup and a 1993 Dodge Spirit, both with way over 200,000 miles and they are driven daily!