11th Nov 2011, 05:24
Steven Jackson here. I'm the person who runs CarSurvey.org.
Thanks for your review, and I'll try to explain the logic behind the removal of dealership details.
With manufacturers, the number of reviews on the site makes it possible to spot patterns of bogus reviews. While there are almost certainly some fake reviews on the site, serious efforts are made to spot them, and I'm confident that the overwhelming majority of reviews are real.
When you come to a small business like a car dealership; the one or two mentions it might receive may be enough to cause the relevant CarSurvey.org page to rank very highly in search engine results, but with a small number of comments, it's difficult to use the same techniques that work well when you're dealing with tens or hundreds of reviews.
Also, there are lots of people who can refute false allegations about a particular car model (as they own the same model), and this isn't the case for a small dealership.
Basically, I don't feel confident that fake comments about dealerships or other small businesses can be prevented, and the impact of those fake comments can be very large, so restricting the discussion of named dealerships seems to be the responsible thing to do.
Lastly, I'm aware that there are comments mentioning dealerships that are on the site (due to moderation issues years ago). Whenever those come to my attention, edits are made to remove the dealership names.
25th Mar 2012, 14:01
Just an update - after owning the Sebring for over 6 months now, just thought I'd check back in - I'm really enjoying the car a lot. Thus far it's been great.
I had planned on parking it for most of the winter and driving my Jeep Liberty, but since here in Massachusetts, the winter has been so mild and we had very little snow (or salt on the roads), I've driven the Sebring at least as much as the Jeep this winter. Using the Jeep mostly in inclement weather, and driving the Sebring on dry roads and in dry weather. I did take it for a short ride in a snowstorm before the roads were treated, to see how the front wheel drive without traction control would handle the situation, and it did fine.
It has started right up and run smoothly, even on the coldest mornings, although I do notice that the heater takes a bit longer to warm up than the Liberty does in the cold weather, although once warmed up, it is nice and toasty (the Liberty seems to blow warm air within just a couple of minutes of start up).
The Sebring continues to amaze me with incredible gas mileage (30's on the highway - 20's overall), and I'm loving the comfortable ride and smooth power.
The only problem I have encountered is that a mouse or family of mice have attempted to build a nest in the engine compartment and in the blower motor. I got the blower motor cleaned out, and have repelled the mice with some strategically placed oil of peppermint. Rodents can be real pests, and can do some real damage, and the best thing to do is repel them at the first sign of them attempting to set up house.
Looking forward to more warm top-down weather (we just had a week in the 70s - 80 degrees already), and looking forward to driving the Sebring and enjoying the Infinity sound system as much as possible.
27th Sep 2012, 20:10
One year update - This Sebring continues to impress!
The more I drive it, the more impressed I am with the silky smooth engine and transmission, as well as the impressive gas mileage. Just love this Sebring! In my first year of ownership, it has been reliable, fun, economical & comfortable - I couldn't ask for more in a convertible.
I truly enjoy it more than my Saab 9-3 convertible.
25th Feb 2013, 08:06
Just an update:
In my over 4 decades of driving, I have owned the following vehicles -
1967 VW Beetle
1968 Chevelle Malibu
1973 Opel Manta Luxus (new)
1974 Camaro Type LT (new - owned for 29 years)
1977 Vega GT (new)
1973 Dodge Van
1978 Chevy Van (new)
1970 Bronco (pick-up version w/plow)
1974 VW Super Beetle
1982 VW Rabbit Convertible (new)
1987 Nissan Pathfinder SE (new)
1986 Pontiac Firebird
1970 VW Beetle (restored)
1987 VW Jetta GLI
1988 VW Jetta GL
1987 VW Cabriolet
1985 VW Cabriolet
2002 Pontiac Sunfire (new)
2002 VW Jetta Wagon GLX (new)
1995 Jeep Wrangler Sport
2003 Jeep Wrangler Sahara (new)
1990 Geo Prizm
2004 Jeep Liberty Limited (new)
1993 VW Cabriolet
1995 Jeep Wrangler Sport (did a complete restoration)
2003 Saab 9-3 SE Convertible (purchased off lease)
2005 Jeep Liberty Limited
2007 Jeep Liberty Limited (certified)
2001 Chrysler Sebring LXI Convertible (purchased in 2011 with 95,000 miles on it for $3,000)
I currently own the 2007 Liberty & the 2001 Sebring Convertible, and I must say that much to my surprise, the Sebring has been one of the finest vehicles I have ever had the pleasure of owning. I've truly enjoyed every Jeep, kept my Camaro for 29 years, the Saab was a beautiful Convertible, I absolutely loved my 1993 VW Cabriolet, but this Sebring ranks right up there with it as one of my very favorites. It still looks great, is reliable, comfortable, fun to drive, get unbelievable gas mileage, and has totally exceeded my expectations. I know that I was fortunate to find a vehicle (at a dealer) in such good condition for $3,000, but I never imagined that I would enjoy it far more than my Saab 9-3.
In any case, don't sell these Sebring Convertibles short. I hope to own mine for many, many, many years to come.
People get down on Chrysler & Jeep, but I've found them to be fine vehicles.
3rd Jun 2014, 19:44
I've owned this car for about 2 years & 9 months now and this Sebring continues to impress. Other than routine maintenance such as oil changes and a new battery, this car has needed not seen the inside of a dealership (yes, I bring my Sebring to a nearby Chrysler dealership, where the service has been excellent and the prices very fair).
I absolutely love this car and hope to own it for many, many years to come. Its combination of room, power, handling, comfort, reliability, & fuel economy is excellent. I love the layout of the dash & interior, and the exterior styling is still beautiful and as fresh as the day it was designed.
All-in-all, one of the finest vehicles I've had the pleasure of owning.