1998 Chrysler Sebring Convertible from North America - Comments

26th Jan 2008, 21:32

I just bought a 1998 Chrysler Sebring Convertible JXi and am having some problems. The first day I had it everything seemed fine, but the guy told me that the fuel pump might need replacing. I replaced all spark plugs, spark plug wires and fuel pump. When driving the car acts like its not getting any gas. Does anyone have any suggestions before I start replacing more parts. Thank you in advance to any help.

21st Mar 2008, 19:37

I own a 2004 sebring convertible, and the front end is making a popping and cracking noise. Took the car back to dealer, but they could not find the problem and just sent me on my way. Is this any way to treat a customer? We paid cash for the car and purchased the best warranty money could buy; now we are just out on our butt and had to pay for the rental. Beware of dealer and promises they make.

12th May 2008, 17:34

I have a 98 Sebring and had the problem where it would try to start, but wouldn't for at least a few cranks, like it was out of gas or something. Turned out to be the crank shaft sensor. Paid about 134.00 with labor. Fixed the problem.

The check engine light was still on, took it back, they forgot to hook up one of the vacuum lines.

Still have check engine light on.. they say that it's in the ignition, that I probably need the spark plugs changed.

I replaced both the tie rods (one broke just as I exited the highway) and replaced both of the wheel bearings. Within a month of purchasing the car.

Then the radiator hose busted, had that replaced then the heater wouldn't heat, had to take it to another shop just to have them burp it. Heater worked again.

None of these things were covered on my 1000.00 24000 or 24 months. Warranty I bought with the car.

I've had tapping noise, like a lifter tapping, especially in the morning ever since I bought the car, it's gotten to be more noticeable even after car is warmed up.

Also there is a thump noise when I'm backing out and turning the wheel. I assumed it was a ball or CV joint this time.

Took it to the garage.

They tell me a tie rod is loose and needs replaced again (thump noise) and one of the serpentine belts need replaced (lifter tapping noise).

There is also a whining in the transmission when putting it into drive or reverse.

Transmission seems fine so they say. Never was my car put on any diagnostic machine.

My water sloshing sound seems to come from the rear behind where you store the top. Anyone know where those holes are?

There are lots of issues with these cars.. but once you get em all fixed, They are pretty nice cars.. Rode like floating on clouds the first day I bought it, my car is purple.

I've been slowly taking the dents out of it that were in it when I bought it. Those pops a dent things work pretty good.

Although I can't get the hot wax off in a couple places.

The do have a reputation of running the front end parts pretty hard.. if you purchase one.. be sure and have the garage check your wheel bearings, axles and tie rods first before you drive it.

5th Jun 2008, 15:35

I have a 1996 Sebring Convertible with a problem; as I make a slight turn or turn a corner, sometimes the car will stop running, and as I put it in neutral, I can start it up and drive. Everything has been happening since the elbow on the gas tank ruptured, and replaced the fuel pump and the filter, but I still can't get rid of the problem. Now I also can't fill up with gas because it keeps shuting off the pump at the gas station, and it takes me 10 minutes to fill up. Does anybody have an idea that I can relay to the repair shop???

22nd Jun 2008, 21:28

I have a 1998 Chrysler Sebring JXI convertible and have a problem that I haven't seen posted yet. It appears I have a problem with my door sensors. When I'm driving, my interior light comes on and off and the door indicator comes on as if one of my doors is open. To make matters worse, the alarm goes off at different times for no reason at all. I also have a problem with my seat belts not working properly. Sometimes, they will lock up to where they can't be put on.

I've had this car for several years so won't complain overall. Has anyone had this sensor or seat belt problem?

2nd Aug 2008, 12:33

There is a little black rubber pin fixed to the bottom of your driver & passenger door frame that tells the car if the door is open or closed. Unscrew this and clean the inside of it - the connections inside of it gets corroded and needs cleaning. This will fix your issue concerning alarm going off for no reason and interior lights turning on for no reason.

17th Sep 2008, 08:59

I have a 98 Chrysler Sebring JX. I need a new top. Some of the stitching is starting to come out. It doesn't really leak because of that issue. But the seal has come undone around the rear window glass, and with all the rain this week from Hurricane Ike and my side of the garage being used; water leaked in. I haven't taken it out and clean and resealed because I just need a new top, but I don't know where to get a good quality top that I either install myself or pay someone to install in Kansas City North Area. Does anyone have any suggestions or ever install a top on your own? I can use some help - I hate to just randomly pick some place.

1st Oct 2008, 21:47

We have a 1998 Chrysler Sebring Convertible with the top coming unstitched and the rear window separating from canvas. Not sure how to buy a new top or how to install. We live in Wilmington NC area. When it rains, water comes in from drivers window and starting to on the passengers side. How difficult is it to self install? Thanks.

2nd Oct 2008, 13:54

Hi I'm looking to buy a 1998 sebring lxi.. with 177,000 miles on it, apparently it was a company car one owner but over the years at least 5 drivers... Anybody got any suggestions as to what should be replaced on it... The guy says he never had any major work done on it?

2nd Oct 2008, 18:57

We have a 2004 Sebring convertable which is making a popping noise in the front end. We've had it to two dealerships and they hear the problem but can't find it. One dealer (where we bought it) charged us $242.00 for diagnostics, (and wouldn't release the car until we paid), --all covered under warranty. I have a car that no one will buy, sounding like microwave popcorn. I will never buy another Chrysler product.

28th Oct 2008, 11:27

I have a 1997 Chrysler Sebring Convertible JX 2.5L V6. I've had the car quite a few years, but just recently I am having serious problems. The car takes a very long time to start, just seems to keep spinning. The other day when I was driving it seemed like it wanted to stall out and kill a couple of times, before actually cutting off eventually. The air & radio continued to work fine, even as the car stopped rolling. Just today, it took 25 minutes to start and when I got ready to leave school it refused to start. Had the car towed to a shop, but mechanic just gave me a list of possible problems. I can hear the fuel pump clicking on once the ignition is turned, but it just doesn't want to start. Any possible help would be greatly appreciated. I really don't know what it could be because the car runs almost flawlessly, once it starts of course. Please help because I can't continue to wait until the car actually breaks, and I don't have the money to fix every problem the mechanic may think is the answer.