2008 Chrysler Sebring Sedan 2.4 from North America
Great car with a few petty details
Right turn signal switch. You have to hold it in place.
Carpet under gas pedal has a hole worn through.
Love it. Originally bought it for way below book value with the intention of flipping it. However, I was enjoying the drive home so much and every subsequent drive since that I could not bring myself to sell it.
This particular model and engine was done right. Size and styling is a lot like a newer Corolla. The 2.4 liter four cylinder is very powerful and efficient. My winter highway driving has yielded 33 MPG. When I read previous reviews, there was a lot of criticism about the four cylinders being "buzzy and underpowered". Wrong! Power delivery is very much adequate and predictable. The few times that I have had to step into the VTEC power band have been somewhat surprising how quickly the car goes from 45 to 80. Definitely not underpowered!
I would recommend the four cylinder over the six. The six has some major design flaws that the four does not and cannot compare with the cost of operating. The most significant is that the six has an internal timing chain driven water pump. When the water pump fails, the timing chain skips and your valves make contact with piston, resulting in catastrophic failure.
The options and ergonomics are excellent. All power options work well and are easy to use. The seats are very comfortable and visibility is above average. The premium sound system is sensational!
The suspension and steering is tight, smooth, and predictable. The brakes have good feel and are predictable as well, however leave one significant complaint: Drum brakes on the rear? Really! Didn't that go out in the eighties?
The paint quality must have been another cost cutting target? Of the odd two dozen or so cars that I have owned and hand waxed, this one has double the amount of factory defects. The typical car has three or four. This car has eight. And it's black. Black cars are typically painted with more care because the defects show more. I guess you have to consider the nature of the company when the car was built?
Despite its few shortcomings, I appreciate this car immensely. It's smooth, elegant, well designed and an absolute joy to drive.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th April, 2019