2008 Chrysler Sebring Convertible User Reviews
- $8,928 - $11,249
- No trim specified for this review
- Great looking car, very comfortable, very stable on the road
- rear seat belts, conv top button/trunk release, leaky window, conv top slow
Purchased As New
This is my 3rd Sebring convertible, and I love it! I also owned a 1999 JXi and a 2002 Limited. The 2008 is a totally different car, a real improvement over the others. It took me a while to get used to just how much bigger this car was, but I like it. Now I hate to say, the older cars look really outdated and junky compared to this one. I have the 2.7 L engine, and while it is not a muscle car, I have no problem flying down the road. The drive is very stable, corners nicely. My biggest complaint is the conv. top - it opens/closes fairly slowly, and it makes clunky noises. My older Sebrings I could pop the top at a red light - this one you need to plan ahead. The top did get stuck halfway in the open position one time - luckily the car was under warranty. They located the trunk release right next to the conv top button - a very poor design flaw. If you're not paying attention, or if you get a mechanic working on your car and they are not familiar with it, they can accidentally hit the trunk release button when they meant to hit the conv top button - which will cause a "convertible top malfunction". This is what happened to me when the top got stuck. The ONLY way to fix this is to take it to the dealer. The console has plenty of room for CDs, but the problem is, you can't lock it. I frequently leave my top down when I go out to lunch, and have been "lucky" nobody seems to know my CDs are easily obtainable. I have also had a problem with the weatherstripping on the drivers side. I had the weatherstripping replaced at 5k miles under warranty because of this. I now have 50k miles, and it is leaking again. Now it is NOT under warranty, and Chrysler claims it is NOT a design flaw (yeah right). My other Sebrings never had this problem. If it starts raining when you were already in the car w/the door closed, no problem. But once you open the door and close it again, or roll down the window - you have a leak. Another annoyance is the rear seat belts flap in the wind - the only way to minimize this is to buckle them. They totally changed the seat belt layout from what the older Sebrings had "just to be different", and they failed in doing so. They KNEW they had a problem because this flaw is even listed in the owner's manual. Probably the biggest problem with this car is depreciation. I bought this car brand-new, and with 1 year it had depreciated to HALF of what I paid. Pretty pathetic, and makes you not want to buy another one. But maybe I was stupid for buying brand-new, next time I will buy used. Mechanically, the car has been very reliable. I have never had ANY problems other than the top getting stuck. I always maintain my own vehicles, changing oil, trans fluid, radiator fluid myself. Overall, I am very happy with this car, and would buy one again.
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