1997 Chrysler Sebring Coupe Reviews

1997 Chrysler Sebring Coupe LXI 2.5 from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.5 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired1300 miles
Most recent distance156000 miles
Previous carChrysler Sebring Coupe

Summary:

It is a great car

Faults:

The only problem I have had with this car is the electronic distributor went out at 75,000 miles. Other than that, this has been a great car! No complaints. This car has performed way beyond my expectations. It still runs as good as new with over 156,000 miles on it, and looks great too.

General Comments:

If Chrysler hadn't changed the body style and made the interior so cheap, I would buy another one!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th December, 2010

1997 Chrysler Sebring Coupe LXi 2.5L V6 from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.5L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired147000 miles
Most recent distance171000 miles

Summary:

Excellent, strong runner

Faults:

When this car was purchased at 147K, the horn worked when it wanted to (only the left side works and you have to press and hold in just the right spot). Not a big deal, I passed my driving exam with it.

Also, the cruise control has never worked. I took some advice that I found here, and got the cruise to turn on by turning on and off several times.

The leather on the seats is worn, but that's to be expected.

At 162K I had to replace 2 motor mounts at about $150 total cost. I also think there's something electrically wrong with the car, because the light for the stereo only works sometimes, and the overhead lights (on the mirror) only work about half the time, and never work when the passenger door opens. I'm thinking that it's possibly a fuse, but I'm not sure.

And about 500 miles ago I had to replace the right front headlight.

General Comments:

Overall this car has been very good to me. With regular maintenance, I would expect this car to make it past 225K. It has good pickup, and in the nearly 25000 miles I have had it, it has never failed on me. Even in our cold northern IL winters, it starts like a charm.

The only time it ever had issues starting was when it ran out of oil. And even then with a couple of groans she started for me.

The handling of the car is pretty good, although could be tighter. The turn radius is a little wide, but you can make a fast turn and not feel like you're gonna flip the car. I would highly recommend this car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th January, 2010

1997 Chrysler Sebring Coupe LXI 2.5 from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.5 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10
Distance when acquired119000 miles
Most recent distance121000 miles
Previous carFord Explorer

Summary:

Love hate relationship

Faults:

Leaks oil.

Bumper hangs down.

Door panels fall off.

Exhaust has holes.

Transmission blew only 3 months after I had it.

Windows fall of the track.

Fouls out plugs so it can't start.

Replaced EGR valve twice.

General Comments:

Very nice looking car after I did some mods.

Driving it through the snow rips apart the plastic, and it sits way too low for the roads in Upper Michigan.

Car drove very good on dry pavement and handled very well, but in ice or snow, you can't move let alone turn.

I drove the car with TLC and it still failed me, when I bought the car it had cosmetic defects, but I fixed those, then the engine and trans problems started this winter.

Not a good winter car, but it still looks like a performance car when it is clean, and together.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 5th January, 2009

1997 Chrysler Sebring Coupe Lxi 2.5 from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.5 Automatic
Distance when acquired120413 miles
Most recent distance120513 miles

Summary:

Piece of crap, I told him not to buy it!

Faults:

My boyfriend got a 1997 red Chrysler Sebring LXi and the thing had door paneling off and the tire flat, either cracked head or blowed head gasket, oil leaks, front totaled, radio lights flicker and driver's side window doesn't stay up.

General Comments:

We are going to see if we can get it fixed, hopefully the car isn't worth more trying to fix than what my boyfriend bought it for! ($700)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 10th August, 2007

11th Aug 2007, 15:19

Yeah... it's Chrysler's fault the tire was flat and the front end was totaled.

You review isn't really helping anyone decide about buying or not buying a Sebring, since you're ranting about faults specific to your car. There are a couple of things on your list that should be holding up better than they are, but most of the stuff you mentioned can easily be attributed too bad maintenance by the previous owner, like the previous poster said.

Average review marks: 6.0 / 10, based on 24 reviews