1997 Chrysler Sebring Coupe LX V6 from North America
It's a pretty reliable car
-Oil change asap
I brought this car used and 9 years old, I've had it longer than one month. So far I have needed an oil change, and something is wrong with my brakes and front left axle, other than that its great!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 22nd March, 2006
20th Jun 2006, 17:10
I also own a 97 LX Sebring, and I'm just warning you what you are in for! Be prepared for something to go wrong in the front end about every 20K or so. You will have to replace the ball joints at least 2 times a year... both upper and lower. The bearings will go, which will run you about 400$ just for the parts. Also, the radiator usually needs work every 40K or so (usually just a new thermostat).
Also, the brakes are very bad!! After replacing the rotors and all pads after 160K, my brakes have now seized and it will cost a total of 1000$ to replace all the lines.
This car also goes through oxygen sensors like candy. If your engine light comes on, just reset the codes because it's probably just the oxygen sensor. Also beware of the exhaust system. If your exhaust pipe gets damaged (like a stone or something puts a hole in it), the pipe is over 1000$ to buy because it runs the whole length of the car.
The good thing I have to say about the car is that it was great for highway driving. I put a lot of KM's on my car, and it never broke down on me once while on the highway. I drove it everyday 150km's for 2 and a half years.
The worst thing about it, is that the parts are extremely expensive, and because it's a 97, they don't make the cheaper brand of parts for it anymore. I have just taken the car off the road at 210,000 km. I've read that this is the max. people usually get out of a sebring. I won't buy another one though, I think I will stick with foreign cars like Nissan, or Honda that are still worth something after 250,000km.
4th Aug 2009, 22:16
My LXi has been good to me, put 100k on it, and no problems other than what you'd expect to do to a car that isn't new. These cars are in fact foreign (Mitsubishi), so do keep that in mind.
23rd Jun 2012, 10:21
How do you "reset the codes" to turn off the engine light?