2004 Chrysler Sebring Convertible Touring 2dr Convertible (2.7L 6cyl 4A)
First thing you need to understand is that yes, there has been issues with oil sludge in these engines in the past. However, I very seriously relate this directly to brand/type of oil more than bad design. If it was an engineering error, why then do soooo many of these surpass 200k+ miles.
Have a competent mechanic check the engine before you buy the car. If no sludge, then you are good to go. Just use Shell Rotella 5w30 from that point on and you will not have issues. ( And I do not work for nor "endorse" Rotella, just stating the pure fact) Now, engine aside, the rest of this car is fantastic! Touring model ride is a bit on the stiff side though. (Compared to the base & LX models)
Highway fuel economy. I avg 28 mpg @ 65 mph.
Front seat comfort, for my body, is wonderful. I am 5'11'' at 185 lbs.
Dual heated seats work very very fast and hot!
Air tight and water tight even at 10 years old and 128,7XX miles on odometer.
Tire size is extremely popular and, therefore, some of the cheapest tires to purchase. I installed Nexen N5000 series and love them!
Really way to late to list "improvements" since this is a 2 generation old 10 year old car.
So lets say "What I wished they had done different."
1) Kept the softer LX suspension even in the Touring
model. My biggest gripe with this car is it's very stiff & "jiggly" ride. Make no mistake about it, it definitely lets you "feel the road!"
2) Made the entire engine bay 2" wider so a normal human being can work on the blasted thing themselves!
3) Used the 3.0L V6 from the Mitsubishi Eclipse GT
4) Made power passenger seat standard eq. on Touring model.
2004 Chrysler Sebring Convertible Touring Platinum Series 2dr Convertible (2.7L 6cyl 4A)
I had 5 grand to send on a used car at the age of 18, and went to the dealership and test drove this
Before doing any Vehicle History Reports I bought the car, it was a gut decision. It was a stupid risk to take but I am sure gald I took it.
The car has power, don't let the low displacement number fool you, it can get up and go quickly
The road noise is low with the top up, and the roof never leaks even in the worst rain
Nothing has broken other than the rear ball joints,
only 200 to replace
It's even fun to drive for a mid size car, and comfortable for 4 adults
You'll love cruising around in the summer evenings, and have you seen how good this car looks?? DAMN!
The buttons on the back of the stearing wheel that control the audio are a nice touch.
Also the roof doesn't fold into the trunk!! Meaning that your trunk is larger than what most convertibles offer.
The stereo is loud enough even with the top down and on the highway.
The best thing about this car is the engine, its low displacement makes acceleration great in town, and the car feels sporty on back country roads.
Did I mention decent gas mileage? I get 21mpg in city driving
Over bumps it can be a little harsh. Its not extremely rigid, but that is what you get in any convertible.
Due to the low displacement of the engine (200hp/190 ft-lb) when you're on the highway, passing someone can be a bit of a challenge.
2004 Chrysler Sebring Convertible Limited 2dr Convertible (2.7L 6cyl 4A)
I bought my '04 Sebring convertible limited brand new in August 2003 and it has been a truly fantastic car since.
With just over 108k miles, the only significant repair required was a transmission solenoid pack (or something like that) that started leaking at around 45,000 miles but was covered by the powertrain warranty.
I also replaced the original 2004 stereo so I could have bluetooth and all the modern audio ear candy.
Bottom line, if you maintain this car, it will last you a long time and you will have a blast driving it.
Absolute blast to drive with the top down.
Very reliable and average 25mpg in mixed city/hwy with the 2.7 litre V6.
2004 Chrysler Sebring Convertible GTC 2dr Convertible (2.7L 6cyl 4A)
This was my first car and i bought it two years ago when I was 18. It had two previous users and about 40,000 miles. I wasnt so sure about buying it because I had read so many mixed reviews, but im so glad i did! so far its only had one major problem that needed and needed to be repaired but that was because of my fault and its been great besides that. The gas mileage isnt bad at all, the a.c/heat works so good compared to a lot of other cars and in the summer the convertible is so much fun. I've driven it on plenty of road trips with no problems. The best thing about this car though is the value. I definitely feel like it's a good steal!
Im so short so i wish the seat would go up more hahaha
2004 Chrysler Sebring Convertible LX 2dr Convertible (2.7L 6cyl 4A)
great car but just hit 200,000 miles and have to replace the power steering belt. can't even get near it. oil leaking as well as coolant but neither quickly. no room in engine bay to work and cant drive it onto a ramp because the bumper is so low. i ended up jacking it up and putting the ramp under it but still can't get to the belts.
i wish this American built car wasn't mostly plastic.