1997 Chrysler Sebring Coupe Reviews - Page 4 of 7

1997 Chrysler Sebring Coupe LX 2.5L V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.5L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired50200 miles
Most recent distance65750 miles

Summary:

A decently priced car with great looks

Faults:

Throttle body clogged up.

General Comments:

Car looks like a racer. Handles decently. Doesn't have much take off power, but up on the top end can really go.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th August, 2004

1997 Chrysler Sebring Coupe LXi 2.5L from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.5L Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.6 / 10
Distance when acquired36 miles
Most recent distance84000 miles
Previous carFord Ranger

Summary:

Best bang for the buck!

Faults:

Brakes squeaked extremely loud when I got it. I didn't get the warranty and the dealer replaced the rotors, tires, rims, and the pads at no cost to me.

General Comments:

This car is awesome!

I honestly believe this is the mecca of performance/luxury cars.

If it was up to me, I would give this car so many awards just for looks alone.

I paid $19,000 for this and after owning it, I would have gladly paid $29,000 for it.

I have to leave home early in the morning because of so many people asking about it.

Highly recommend!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th March, 2004

1997 Chrysler Sebring Coupe LXi from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.8 / 10
Distance when acquired27000 miles
Most recent distance65000 miles
Previous carNissan Pathfinder

Summary:

A great looking piece of junk

Faults:

29,000 - Sunroof leaking, not covered under extended warranty, repair did not solve problem, took it back, still no fix, just try to keep it out of rain.

35,000 - Check engine light on, O2 Sensor, of course not covered under extended warranty, $450.

38,000 - Brakes squealing horribly, had to get rotors and pads replaced, $700.

39,000 - Transmission not engaging on cold startup, took at least a minute or two before it would engage. Took it to dealer, could not reproduce problem, so could not find anything wrong, but of course, because the extended warranty was still good.

39,000 - Check engine light on. Went off after about 1000 miles.

40,000 - Driver's door trim panel popped off, clip broken, of course, not covered by extended warranty.

42,000 - CD Player quit working, CD got stuck in player, finally got it to spit it back out. Didn't even try to get it replaced, of course, not covered by extended warranty.

43,000 - Check engine light comes on sometimes, then goes off, who can afford to take this car into the shop every time it cries.

49,000 - brakes squealing horribly, pedal all the way to the floor, husband had to turn around from work and come back home as brakes were barely stopping car. Had to replace all brake rotors and pads AGAIN, ANOTHER $750.

50,000 - Automatic dimming rear-view mirror not automatically dimming any more. Extended warranty now expired (at 49,000)

65,000 (most recent) - Transmission went out, clutch casing broke apart which then contaminated the torque converter with metal frags, cost $1850. Check engine light on, mechanic says it was "high fan motor" trouble, but then the light went off after he unplugged and replugged, figured loose connection.

NOW - Brakes starting to squeal again, speakers in car starting to break up with static, passenger side window switch working intermittently (won't risking putting that window down), alarm system will go off if driver's door is opened with key, have to open car on passenger side if not using remote control.

I hate this car, totally unreliable, money pit, want to sell or just drive off a cliff somewhere, but bought it used and owe more than it is worth, extended warranty now expired, just waiting on something else to happen.

General Comments:

DO NOT PURCHASE A CHRYSLER CAR!!! They look great, but unless you want to spend most of your money on repairs, then buy something else! Like a Nissan!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 14th June, 2003

30th Aug 2004, 09:40

I have a 1997 Chrysler Sebring LXI purchased new and I feel your pain. I have the same problem with the sunroof. I am afraid of rain because of the leaking. But alas, that will be the final problem that I fix. My check engine light has been an ongoing problem. The dealer says that it's the oxygen sensor. I have replaced it 3 times. The last time I ignored it and there actually was a problem with the engine. Of course, my engine blew and I have to get a new converter and replace engine parts. Total cost there? $1,800. The dimmer in the mirror somehow broke so my screen has a nice liquid line across it. The motor in my driver window is completely dead. The lower panel on the passenger door is gone. I don't know when it happened, but I do know that when I drove off it was there and when I parked it wasn't. All the lights in my dash died at 50,000 miles. Those tiny little bulbs are expensive to fix. I have changed brakes and rotors too many times to count because the squealing makes me paranoid. The alarm system is way too sensitive. I feel bad for my poor neighbor, not to mention the sleep I lose by getting up in the middle of the night to turn it off. There is a shaking problem with the car that won't go away with new tires, rims, front stabilizer bar or alignment. Cost there? $1,600.

Would I buy this car again? No way. I have only 67,000 miles on the car and have replaced many little things that should not have gone bad so quickly on a new car. I have spent at least a good $10,000 fixing the car over the past few years. I would have willing added the additional 10K to the purchase price to get a reliable car.

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