2000 Chrysler Sebring Convertible JXi 2.5 from North America
The best car that I've ever owned
The heater blower relay has failed twice (very minor cost and easily done with a screwdriver under the dash).
The read defogger connection pulled loose, but I'm sure that I can fix that, too.
The trunk lid support struts finally gave out around 100k, another inexpensive DIY fix.
I had the dealer replace the plugs at 100k (scheduled maintenance) only because the plenum has to come off the engine to do this, but that's not very expensive job.
I've changed the oil, transmission fluid, and coolant on schedule.
In my 40 years of driving, this Chrysler Sebring convertible has been the most fun and reliable car that I've owned (well, there was that Jag...). I get compliments on its good looks from young and old alike.
I'm still getting 28-30 mpg at 150k miles. The car starts instantly at 0 or 100 degrees. I've run synthetic oil for past 120k. I've had no rattles, oil leaks, engine problems, A/C, or transmission problems.
The convertible top still works perfectly with no rips or leaks. Stereo CD/Radio works as new. The leather just gets better with time.
It's not a particularly fast car, but it can easily do 70 mph over Donner summit or Spooner summit in the Sierras, and it loves a twisty road.
The paint is still shiny after 100s of washing (road chips and parking lot dings notwithstanding).
I have a little 2000lb tow hitch and have used the car to tow light sailboats, utility trailers, etc. with no problems over the mountains at 60-70 mph. People laugh when they see me show up at the dumps with yard clippings in my trailer and the top down!
The 2000 is the last year for the 2.5L Mitsubishi V6. I’d be a little leery of the 2.7L 2001-02 models with their legendary engine failures.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 2nd June, 2009
15th Oct 2011, 21:34
They are very nice looking convertibles.