1998 Chrysler Sebring Coupe Reviews - Page 5 of 8

1998 Chrysler Sebring Coupe LXI 2.5 6 cycle from North America

Year of manufacture1998
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.5 6 cycle Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance95000 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

I love this car

Faults:

Battery died prematurely.

Side molding fell off.

General Comments:

Great car. Dealer took care of both previously mentioned issues free of charge. It handles very well. Trunk is very spacious. Back seat is comfortable. Engine runs like new with 95000 miles. Transmission shifts smoothly. No rust, paint still shines. I basically love my car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th June, 2003

1998 Chrysler Sebring Coupe LXI 2.5 V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.5 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance58000 miles
Previous carPlymouth Laser

Summary:

Good open road GT at speed for weekend trips

Faults:

1. Drivers door had to be adjusted at 56,000 miles to allow it to open properly. Poor design in that it is at.

2. Ball joint recall.

3. Plastic fascia had to be fixed under recall. Design resulted in the repair noted above being done. If there was no fascia or designed better the door probably would have been OK.

4. Dented rim needed a lot of balancing.

5. Warped rotors at 30,000 miles.

General Comments:

This car is mixed bag.

Handling is very good at speed and it is very comfortable on 3+ hour trips. The brakes, especially when new, were fantastic comparing well to a BMW M3 that I drove for awhile. Full stop literally threw you into the restraint harness (under 100 feet from 60 mph!) Good ergonomics and good back seat and trunk space. Overall a good open road GT to carry gear for a weekend. Good looks too.

Now the not so good.

Engine HP and torque is weak for a car this size, especially from a standing start. The transmission shift points add to this problem. Older versions like the Laser had a dual range selector to allow for mileage or performance The front end plastic is too low and results in banging into curbs etc. The plastic side panels are a curse to fix and really do not make the car look any better. Doors should have a three point attachment and not two. This would reduce the door sag. Replaced two batteries which seems above average. The battery and tire sizes are odd so that you are stuck with Chrysler parts. Poor turning radius.

I good faith, the car never left me stranded, although I did not go into high mileage. The rim denting issue is really more the reality of too low profile tires combined with too large rims on small cars. I went to higher sidewall height and smaller wheels on my new car. I think a lot of people may do the same after their first experience with low profile stuff.

What many of the critics of this car miss when they lament their last Toyota or Nissan is that this is a Japanese car (Mitsubishi) and is not reflective of Chrysler's own products. (Daimler/Chrysler wisdom in carrying this product may questioned1)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th May, 2003

1998 Chrysler Sebring Coupe LXi 2.5L V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.5L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance0 miles
Previous carChevrolet Blazer

Summary:

Beauty on the outside, ugliness on the inside

Faults:

I bought the car in Arizona, and it seemed to run pretty good, had no problems whatsoever. In early 2001, I moved to Minnesota where the weather was a total change, I did receive the ball joint recall in the mail and took it a local Chrysler dealer where it was replaced at no charge.

Around Sept 2001, I was driving on the freeway in Minnesota when all of a sudden the car wouldn't shift and the check engine light came on. I took it into Chrysler where the speed sensor was replaced.

On Dec 2001, I was driving on the freeway when all of a sudden the car just died, thankfully I pulled over quickly to the side of the road and had to call a tow truck and taken to the same Chrysler dealer.

Almost a year went by with no problems. On Sept. 2002 after coming home from a party, the car began to stall and the check engine light came back on. I took it into the same Chrysler dealer where they performed a diagnostic test and were telling me it was "transmission" related problems. I was telling them what does it have to do with the transmission, if the car is stalling. So I took the car to an independent mechanic where they told me it was the E.G.R. valve. Can you believe it?? An independant mechanic doing a better job than Chrysler experts.

A few weeks later I received a call from Chrysler questioning me about their service, and I gave them negative comments about the service and the car.

On March 2003, the driver side door handle broke, I still haven't replaced it and I am not rushing to do so, since it barely happened this morning. Well, this is my review of the 1998 Chrysler Sebring LXI, I am considering getting a 2003 Honda Accord Coupe and trading in the Chrysler. I don't want to sell the Chrysler as a private party since I have attempted three times and it was in the Auto Trader over a month and only received one call. Also I don't want to get no upset calls from the new owner.

General Comments:

The only good thing about the Sebring is the style, it looks like an upscale luxury sedan.

Performance-wise??? 163 HP for a V6 is not enough.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 10th March, 2003

22nd Sep 2003, 09:21

We were so excited when we first purchased the car. But much like this writing we have had the same exact problem. Our door panels fell off repeatedly, and only after the 5th trip to the dealer, did they finally figure out a way to permanently attach them. The brakes and rims are a constant headache and search for a ride to work while being repaired. And our final straw was this past weekend, the driver side door handle fell off. I have never seen this problem with any other car... all I can say is that we are VERY disappointed.

This car most definitely does not age well. And to others who own this car... we're rowing together in the same boat.

17th Feb 2005, 11:53

The door panels are covered under a recall. I certainly hope you didn't pay for them to be fixed!

7th Jan 2009, 10:34

This car is a good car, even if you consider most all cars have faults.

I have owned a 1998 since 2001, and it had 14k, now 105K. If you do keep with the maintenance, these car will last. I have also run into a couple of problems with Chrysler ball joints and tie rods, so I went with the best quality Napa brand and they have lasted.

I also have had a door handle break. They too also have better built aftermarket ones for about $16.00.

As many people know, there is more maintenance when you get up towards 100k, and that happens to most vehicles. Please keep up with your maintenance, and they will perform better!

12th Feb 2012, 13:10

So would the speed sensor be the same as a throttle sensor? My check engine light is on, and also my RPMs are a little higher than normal, and I really don't want to take the the car out of town, because I think it will overheat. I have a guy that works on cars, and he thinks it would be my throttle sensor, but I've also heard Sebrings have a common oxygen sensor problem too.

Average review marks: 6.4 / 10, based on 31 reviews