2001 Chrysler Sebring Sedan LXI 2.6 V6 from North America
Reliable, but poor electrical and chrome
Purchased vehicle used with 23k Miles. Two weeks after owning vehicle, noticed chrome was chipping off in flakes from the rim, at the time, the inside of the rim. Two rims replaced. Also pointed out chrome peeling off the doorhandle. About a month after that, the cd player started saying "error " and refused to surrender my CD's. Replaced by dealer along with heater switch that only worked on #4, High Setting. All these issues, replaced by dealer under 25000 mile warranty.
Soon after twenty five k, the other two rims started to rot. The driver door speaker quit. Fixed that. Then the dash lights started to flicker, now dead. Have to use dome light to see how fast I am driving at night. Rear defroster dead. As with the dash lights, problem is not the fuse or relay. Upper rear shock mount corroded at forty k. Watch the rear upper ball joints as well. I had one break, sending the rear of the car showboating left to right almost out of control at highway speeds. Luckily I stayed calm and got the car off to the shoulder, but it was indeed a violent and dangerous failure, counteracting the load which was ocillating back and forth from lower front driver side to lower front passenger side back and fourth with the rear of the car smoking and screaming (from the tire)! I thought I was hit by a bazooka. I have no doubt whatsoever that someone without racing experience like myself I would bet the farm would have wrecked. It was like the rear wheels were steering by themselves. Replaced them at one hundred k. They are about $60 a piece, but there's a little labor involved if you don't do it yourself like I did. The bearings are machine-pressed in.
Chrysler made a beautiful car, with great suspension (I travel over a winding mountain to work). However the rims should outlast the first original set of tires, come on now. I am currently planning on purchasing custom rims, because my tires are always under inflated because air is slowing escaping from the now-corroding inside bead of the rims. This low-pressure situation has also caused sidewall blowouts when I hit a decent pothole by the tire getting pinched by the rim. Most of the issues above started at 30k miles. With the exception of the control arm.
I would say it is a dependable car. The "multifunction switch", radio, and the heater controls seem to be a common event with the car. Many people complain about the transmission. I know from research there is a problem with dirty residue (sludge) accumulating in the block, causing premature catastrophic engine failure. I use a commercial "flush agent" before I remove my oil, found near the oil section of the auto store, to keep it clean. Keep up with the oil changes and use quality oil.
Other than the bad electrical and cheap chrome, the car has fared well. I have some rims and switches to replace, Not bad.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 14th January, 2007