by Dennis on Jan 2, 2009 Vehicle: 1998 Chrysler Sebring JX 2dr Convertible
I bought this car in 2000 with 30,000 miles on it. I have only done expected repairs (brakes, tires, battery, timing belt, oil changes) and one unexpected repair (starter motor at 60,000 mi.). I think the Mitsubishi V6 engine has a lot to do with the reliability. I get 24 mpg combined with I think is pretty good for a 10 year old car. This has been a trouble free car. It now has 144,000 mi and the engine makes a little bit of lifter noise. People complain of the squeaks, but I don't think it is any noisier than other convertibles I have owned.
by Robert W. Porter on Nov 7, 2004 Vehicle: 1998 Chrysler Sebring JX 2dr Convertible
After 80000 miles and 7 years later, the body is still in excellent shape and the paint still shines. But the tie-rod ends go bad and then break, yes I said break, so you cannot steer when they break and could cause an accident. So have them replaced as soon as you buy one of these cars, or have the owner do it before you buy. The cross over tube in your cooling system deteriorates and needs to be replaced, kind of pricey. The rear defogger hasn't worked since I bought the car. The tranny is geared high so you don't get the full effect of the 168hp V6. And the computer puts the engine at idle once you hit 105mph. Doesn't go any faster unless you can get the rev limiter shut off.
by nitneelyin on Sep 22, 2004 Vehicle: 1998 Chrysler Sebring JX 2dr Convertible
Car has been a pleasant surprise.
Expected road noise with a convertible
and I got it, but the ride is superb,
even after 134,000 miles. Gas
mileage runs 24-27. The OEM Michelin
tires got 60,000 miles, so did the
second set and I'm on #3. Back seat
is useless for anyone except small
kids. Trunk is okay, but not roomy.
Battery placement (I changed it once)
is horrendous, in the wheelwell on the
front driver side, what an engineering
screw-up. Stereo was clear and loud
even with the top down. Bottom line,
it's been a fun car with the top down
by TX22 on Jul 30, 2004 Vehicle: 1998 Chrysler Sebring JX 2dr Convertible
I liked it right off...nice
car.problems are nile, 99K as of now
and have not had to do one thing except
tires and brakes. Key was weird once,
nothing happened, there is a fuse that
burns out that triggers everyhting. I
would another one for sure
by woodrow ban on Jan 10, 2004 Vehicle: 1998 Chrysler Sebring JX 2dr Convertible
Car underpowered. Needs the v-6.
Milage unimpressive. Cornering
sluggish. Mechanically poor. Head
gasket at ~60,000. After a fight,
Chrysler did do a good-will adjustment.
Outer tie rod ends at 65,000. Way too
soon. No grease fittings on originals
or replacements. Electrical window
switches have required replacement
twice. Internal headlight aimer failed.
Ended up illuminating the telephone
wires. Not repairable, needed a ~$250
headlamp module. Interior panels crack
by L.A. Mark on Jul 30, 2003 Vehicle: 1998 Chrysler Sebring JX 2dr Convertible
Bought the car two years ago with 29K
on it. Have had the car in the shop 6
times in 2 years. Repairs run from
simple electrical to broken suspension
pieces that left me stranded on
vacation. Front left wheel makes a
thunking sound over speed bumps or
rough roads and the dealer says they
hear and feel it but can't find it.
They keep saying its the brakes ( funny
you said the same thing 5,000 miles ago
when YOU replaced them!)
Basically a good looking, comfortable
car, with poor handling and Horrid
build quality. First American made car
I've owned in 15 years and will be the
last one I ever own
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