1999 Chrysler Sebring Coupe Reviews - Page 5 of 5

1999 Chrysler Sebring Coupe LXi V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission V6 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance60000 miles
Previous carSaturn SW

Summary:

Sporty, but with some serious problems

Faults:

I had problems with the tires/rims from the start. I thought that I had bought reliable sport wheels. Ended up with multiple flat tires and air leakage from dents and pings in the rims. Was so frustrated with tires constantly looking low in air, not to mention so many flats, that I was seriously considering selling the car for that reason alone! Discovered that no matter how careful I was, the rims (all four) became dented. I finally purchased non-Chrysler steel rims. It was very expensive! I still have some minimal air leakage, but at least no more flats!

I had to replace the brakes before 25,000 miles on car.

I am having leakage of a black tar-like substance from both doors -- and not just a little, but a lot! The dealer used a solvent to remove it, and the "running board" (I don't know what the area is called, but beside the seat at the bottom of where the door closes) now looks like someone took steel wool and scratched it all up! It is clean now, but I wish it was not all scratchy looking. Not to mention the astronomical $350 labor charge for the dealer to take care of this. I am writing to Chrysler regarding this issue, as I do not feel that it is something I should be responsible for financially!

The front end is extremely low, really way too low. It scrapes the ground at the slightest elevation.

Very poor turning radius in the steering.

General Comments:

The car looks nice, is sporty and fairly good as far as gas mileage.

I don't think I will buy another Chrysler.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 17th January, 2003

1999 Chrysler Sebring Coupe LXi 2.5 V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.5 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired10 miles
Most recent distance126015 miles
Previous carChevrolet Suburban

Summary:

Good price for a fully loaded car

Faults:

All rims bent themselves except one, causing constant air leak.

Door panels fell off twice, did not find it the second time. Dealership would not cover it even though it was reported before the 100,000 mile warranty was up.

Transmission would not come out of second gear. I had to drive all the way to the dealership (about 40 miles) going no faster than 35 mph.

Windows leak at car wash.

Transmission started slipping at around 95,000 miles and is still slipping at 126,000.

Front left dash speaker blew, my friend had the same problem in his Sebring.

Passenger seat has come off track more than once.

Transmission used to squeak when shifting under a load such as passing someone, but does not squeak anymore.

General Comments:

Great styling and very nice interior. I have to say with the problems this car has had the the past couple years, the durability makes up for. This car was purchased brand new in 1999 and has been drove to hell and back! Yet every day still starts up with no problem. This car has never been in the shop except for scheduled tune-ups and oil changes. And with 126,000 miles it still runs strong even with a slipping transmission.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th January, 2003

1999 Chrysler Sebring Coupe LXi 2.5 from North America

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.5 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired46000 miles
Most recent distance56500 miles
Previous carBuick Regal

Summary:

Looks good, handles well, but is under powered

Faults:

Transmission stopped shifting. Bad speed sensor.

The front struts are bad.

Bad sway bar link.

Bad ball joints.

Brakes vibrate braking from high speeds.

General Comments:

After looking at many other cars the Sebring LXi was a very nice compromise between performance and price. The interior is very comfortable and has a great sounding stereo/CD player. I am a little baffled. How can a car have so many features and no power antenna?

Though I have had several small problems (thank goodness for the extended warranty) I drive this car 200 miles round trip to work, and it has been very reliable.

The Sebring handles very well, however the engines power leaves something to be desired.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th August, 2002

1999 Chrysler Sebring Coupe LXI from North America

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.6 / 10
Distance when acquired10000 miles
Most recent distance38000 miles
Previous carNissan 240SX

Summary:

Junk

Faults:

Driver side door panel fell off twice, passenger door panel fell once.

Both front rims are bent causing two flat tires and constant air leakage.

Computer in the transmission has had to be reset.

Ball joints had to be replaced.

Windows leak in car washes.

Sunroof leaks.

The breaks had to be replaced.

Struts need to be replaced.

Tires became chopped and needed to be replaced because of damaged struts.

Front end of car is too low.

General Comments:

This car has had problem after problem since the day I bought it. I had it two weeks and the driver side panel fell off. I took it to the dealer and had it repaired and the other panels inspected. I was told that the door had been fixed and that the other panels were fine. Next week the passenger side panel fell off. I had that repaired and three weeks later the passenger panel fell off again.

After purchasing the Sebring I had heard that the rims were prone to bend easily. Knowing this I went to great lengths to avoid hitting pot holes, curbs and bumpy roads. Currently both of my front rims are bent so badly that it has caused two flat tires and requires me to put air in the tires almost daily.

The computer in the transmission went haywire and kept the car from shifting out of second gear (I have an automatic).

The ball joints were recalled.

I have to avoid car washes for the most part, because even though the windows are completely closed water leaks in. I took the car in to the dealer and had the seal replaced but, it has made very little difference.

At 20,000 miles the brakes had to be replaced, and I was told to expect to have to replace them every 20- 30,000 miles.

The struts have to be replaced and have apparently "chopped" the tires which causes the car to constantly sound like it has a flat tire. I put four new tires on the car when I bought it at 10,000 miles and now at 38,000 I needed to replace all four again.

All in all, after being a Chrysler owner for almost two glorious years now, I will never in my life time purchase another Chrysler product again. Before my present car I drove a '91 Nissan 240SX with 100,000 miles on it, and didn't have even a fraction of the problems I have had in under two years of driving the Sebring. I miss my little reliable 240SX every time I start the engine of this cursed car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 13th January, 2002

25th Sep 2002, 10:53

It sounds like this person got a former rental car! One of the many risks when buying a used car. I've had my 1996 Sebring LXi for 6 years, and haven't had any of these problems. I purchased it new. The ball joints had a recall, and the dealership replaced them and the struts (free of charge of course), and I've had no problems since. My car now has 110,000 miles on it, with no signs of stopping. The only non-maintenance repair I've had done, was to replace the A/C compressor. And, yes, I would consider buying another one!

1999 Chrysler Sebring Coupe LXi from North America

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired30000 miles
Most recent distance48000 miles
Previous carChrysler Sebring Coupe

Summary:

Sporty

Faults:

Grill is way too low to the ground causing easy damage from steep drive ups or downs, in and out of parking lots, driveways etc.

I have had to have door handle repaired.

Quarter panels on both sides are defected, and one has fallen off.

Sunroof does not close securely and has to be pushed down when closed, to stop rain and the noise of the air from leaking in.

General Comments:

The 1999 Sebring grille is horrible. I have had mine repaired several times because of its location being too low and subject to damage from steep drive ups into stores and parking curves. I do not feel that Sebring owners should be responsble for constant body work done on the grille and also having to drive it like a grandma car, with worries of can I make through that parking lot without ripping the front end OFF!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th September, 2001

23rd Jan 2006, 21:16

The grill/front bumper does sit a little low, but a good driver would know how to compensate for steep inclines such as driveways and parking lots etc.. My car is a 1999 Chrysler Sebring lxi coupe and it has a few problems, but it's a performance car which needs special attention so be nice to it and it will be nice to u.

Average review marks: 6.2 / 10, based on 18 reviews