I was surprised that the front brakes went bad when the car had just passed inspection only a few thousand miles ago. The left rotor was scored badly and had to be replaced. It was only a very short time before I could get the brakes replaced, but the rotor was ruined. The calipers checked out OK, so that wasn't the problem.
I have noticed that the rear brakes make an annoying squeal when cold, which give the impression of shoddy workmanship.
Like many others, the stitching on the vinyl top is giving way. The previous owner did not put the top down much, but I do almost every time I drive it, so I don't expect the 9 year old top to last very long. Why own a convertible if you don't put the top down?
For a while, the left back window only went down halfway, but now it has mysteriously fixed itself.
I love the way the car looks! Mine is "Candy Apple Red" with a black vinyl top and "Agate" (black) interior. I think it is a very well styled car, which is still very attractive even at nine years old. I have had many compliments on it in the few months that I have had it.
It runs great and has plenty of power. I like the staccato sound of the exhaust system (six cylinder). Everything works on it, and there have been no electrical problems, which many others have apparently had.
I bought the Sebring from the original owner who I had worked with many years ago. She loved the car, and wanted to see it go to a "good home." When she was ready to get a new car, she actually called me to let me know it was available.
I bought the car purely for a fun "hobby" car, not as a daily driver. I drive it on weekends, and on beautiful summer days. I plan to let it sit in the garage all winter, and only take it out on a few dry days to keep it going.
My idea is to keep this Sebring Convertible for many years. It is still new enough, and in good enough shape that it doesn't need restoring. Over time, I plan on fixing up the few problem areas, such as putting on a new top and having the hood and alloy wheels repainted. In the future, I hope to take it to car shows and enjoy owning this beautiful convertible which is only becoming more scarce as time goes by.
I am glad that I was able to get one of the "first generation" Sebring Convertibles, as I think the newer styles are not as attractive. It reminds me somewhat of the original Mustang. Simple, attractive, classically styled, sporty, fun, and affordable. It's not a race car, or an expensive European tourer, it's just a pretty, fun, affordable American convertible. Just what I wanted!