1998 Chrysler Sebring Convertible Reviews - Page 13 of 14

1998 Chrysler Sebring Convertible JXI 6 cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 6 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.0 / 10
Distance when acquired3000 miles
Most recent distance28000 miles
Previous carChrysler Sebring Convertible

Summary:

Job security for Chrysler mechanics

Faults:

The numerous problems with this lemon started immediately and never quit. The motor mounts were replaced, the air conditioning compressor and heater coil went out, the electric seat motor went out, the ignition and entire radio had to be replaced. The computer was replaced twice to correct a fuel problem. It still did not work. The car stalled if I took a corner too fast. The dealership suggested I cross state lines to purchase my fuel because the reformulated fuel in my state "just wasn't working for this car". The car was in the shop 22 times in 3 years.

General Comments:

If the car would not have been a mechanical nigthmare, I would have kept it forever.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 27th May, 2003

1998 Chrysler Sebring Convertible JXi V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired29000 miles
Most recent distance31000 miles
Previous carSaturn SL

Summary:

So far very happy with it

Faults:

Have only owned the car a few weeks, and need a few minor repairs. The horn doesn't work properly and the power window control for the front passenger window is a bit iffy at times. Other than that, it is in great condition.

General Comments:

Already been on one road trip of over 1000 miles round trip, and the car performed wonderfully! It was made for the highway. Smooth handling and ride make it a joy to drive on the open road. Even driving at highway speeds with the top down, noise level is not bad.

Was also quite nice driving on winding, country back roads. Steering is responsive enough to make it feel almost like a sports car... a BIG sports car!

City driving can be less pleasurable. The car has a tendency towards a rougher idle, more noticeable in stop and go traffic.

Overall, a pleasure to drive... and it's always nice to have people pull up next to you at a stop light and gaze admirably at the car and sat "niiiice car!" This has already happened many times (three times yesterday!)

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

Review Date: 13th July, 2002

1998 Chrysler Sebring Convertible JXi V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired60 miles
Most recent distance53000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Beretta

Summary:

The '98 JXi convertible is a "keeper"

Faults:

Brake pads had to be replaced & rotors turned - at 36k miles - which seems too early for this to have been needed.

If I go through standing water/heavy rain, then I can count on the alarm section of horn to get totally muffled. Takes about 2 months to dry out. This is an ongoing quirk.

General Comments:

We have had this car over 3 years; purchased it new. There have been no major problems to deal with, or even many small problems. It has been a joy to drive and own. Plans are to keep it for many, many more years.

I personally love everything about my car:

Exterior/Interior appearance

Comfortable

Lots of extras that came standard

Reliable

Decent gas mileage

All the positive comments I receive

Stress-release that comes from driving top down - & the top is cake to drop.

Small things that do bug me are:

See above about the alarm horn

Cup Holders are not a good size.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th June, 2001

17th Oct 2001, 21:56

I just bought my 98 Sebring Limited. So far I love it. Bought it used with only 9k miles on it for being 3 years old. I broke it in pretty well this summer. However, I do notice the brakes squeak badly, and my top has unsnapped. Also, if my fuel level is low, she has a difficult time starting. Then again, I don't know how exactly the first owner treated her. She sure doesn't look mistreated.

28th Oct 2002, 19:42

I am a 16 year old teenager, and I have just found out that the Chrysler Sebring Convertible is the nicest, inexpensive convertible that I've seen, I am planning on getting one ASAP, around here, in REALLY good shape, with low miles and fully loaded they run around $11,000. Now my guess is that because they new body style came out, that is why they are making these cars so inexpensive. Is that the only reason?

10th Oct 2003, 08:07

I have a red 1998 Sebring Convertible that I purchased new in 1997. No problems until recently. At 55,000 miles I had to replace the blower motor. At 56.000 miles I had to replace the plug wires and distributor, did the plugs then also. At 56,500 miles I had to replace the starter motor, (kept blowing 20 amp fuses). Rear window defroster solder keeps breaking and I keep reglueing it. Cup holders are inadequate for large drinks. No rear cup holders. Overall a great car with the exception of the above.

Average review marks: 6.9 / 10, based on 41 reviews