2001 Chrysler Sebring Convertible Reviews - Page 2 of 4

2001 Chrysler Sebring Convertible LX 2.7L from North America

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.7L Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired20221 miles
Most recent distance20568 miles
Previous carChevrolet Avalanche

Summary:

Still early (Week 1), but love it and hoping for the best (newlywed syndrome - LOL)

Faults:

Purchased this car (used) a week ago with very low miles for a 2001.

Existing issues @ time of purchase were as follows:

Oil leak (source undetermined, I'm hoping it might just be some spillage from someone adding oil).

Bad front brake rotors (replaced today @ 20K miles).

Broken visor clip - seems to be typical for all of these cars.

General Comments:

I've long admired the styling of these cars, and though I am almost exclusively a GM owner for all my vehicles, I could not find a comparable GM vehicle.

Having only put 300 miles +/- on it so far, and being winter in New England, I can't say too much about the overall experience as yet, but am impressed in how it rides compared to some other convertibles I've driven. I'm hoping that the negative comments are the exception and not the rule for most of these cars.

I had my mechanic look at it before I bought it, and discovered that he's a Chrysler mechanic by training - asked about the 2.7L engine & sludge issue - he recommends frequent oil changes and/or synthetic oil (which I had done today) - here's hoping for the best.

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

Review Date: 23rd January, 2008

2001 Chrysler Sebring Convertible LX 2.7L V6 from North America

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.7L V6 Automatic
Distance when acquired72000 miles
Most recent distance88000 miles
Previous carFord F100

Summary:

I love it

Faults:

The convertible top is a total piece of junk. When I first got the car, the first time I put it down, the back window got tangled in it and the top folded up underneath it. The dealer replaced the top for me, but it began doing it again only a year later. This time, it broke the defroster wire connector. So now the rear window defroster doesn't work. Also, it began leaking towards the front driver's side corner. This top is only one year old. There's no reason for it to act like this.

The rod bearings are worn out. This can quickly become a serious problem. I don't drive the car anymore until I can afford to fix it ($5000). This is too serious of a problem to have on any car with only 88,000 miles on it. However, it did used to be a rental car, so it may be attributed to that. Who takes good care of a rental?

The lighting in the instrument panel flickers from high to a lower setting, but only when it's set as high as possible.

The airbag light comes on at random times. I haven't had it checked because I know that if anything, it wouldn't deploy during an accident, and being how short I am and how close to the wheel I have to sit, the airbag would probably kill me.

General Comments:

Despite those problems, this car is absolutely fantastic.

The engine is very powerful. Passing on the freeway is easy and quick. And it even gets 29 mpg highway (with cruise control on at the speed limit). Just to let everyone know, I once got 36 mpg with it while travelling at a constant 55 mph. But that was once, and how often would you want to travel at 55 mph?

The trunk was very small, mostly to accommodate the convertible top, but it made trips difficult, especially with four people.

The seating for four was perfect. Tons of foot and head room for all passengers and each person gets one cup holder. The driver's seat was incredibly comfortable. After a few hours of travelling, I would get sore, but with a quick readjusting of the seat, I could start off in a completely new position.

For a convertible, wind noise was incredibly low. I could have normal conversations with people in the back at freeway speeds.

With the top down and the windows up, the front passengers could enjoy the sun with virtually no wind, and still be able to talk with semi-normal volume levels.

The radio was too good for it's own good. The speakers were capable of very loud levels and even a lot of bass (the back seats especially would vibrate) but the door panels rattled even at low volumes, let alone high.

The instrumentation was beautiful. The lighting was very subtle and effective.

The A/C could have been stronger. Where I'm from, summers reach 120 degrees. In weather like that, the car's A/C would have to be on full blast and MAX A/C to make it comfortable, and even that took awhile. Plus when the fan was on high, it's kinda loud and obnoxious.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th March, 2006

24th Jun 2008, 20:36

Airbag light comes on because the wire under the passenger seat is loose. This is a common problem. Someone has pushed the seat up in an abrupt manner, hence the wire was pulled. The 2001 Chrysler Sebring is a great little car. Love it!

15th Jan 2009, 13:39

Hi. I've had this car for already three years now. Yet no problems. The convertible top still works fine. Yes I agree, the A/C system on this car could have been a bit more powerful, and when you do put it on full blast, it is really loud, but besides all of that, driving the car is smooth. Putting the top down and raising it back up is no problem.

The wiring on the defrost cable has not messed up at all. This car is also easy and smooth to drive.

To top it all off, this car is wonderful. All you need to do to keep this car in wonderful shape is take it to get its regular oil changes. Don't always drive on messed up roads where cracks and bumps are regular. And change your brakes.

Just take care of your car!!! Thank you. :)

Average review marks: 7.9 / 10, based on 8 reviews