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Paid for it twice!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By Richard Shadetree
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2004 Chrysler Sebring LX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 4A)


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200K+ miles in 13 years and it's near ready for the junk yard. Nightmare to work on because the cab-forward design leaves no room for belt, hose, and accessory maintenance. Timing belts are expensive to replace every 100K miles. Cabin doesn't have heat because the coolant pipes rusted, body work is rusting out, under-body rusting out, and engine bay rusting out. I did not know that a plastic coolant outlet housing could rust out, but it did and blew coolant all over the top of the engine. Burns a quart of oil every 1,500 miles. Coolant "magically" disappears overnight without trace or regular interval. Thirsty GREMLINS! Completely replaced the exhaust--headers to tailpipe-- and front suspension-- including CV drive assemblies, control arms, wheels bearings, etc.


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IT'S A TICKING TIME BOMB.... KEEP AWAY FROM IT!!!!
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By Peyton Moyer
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2004 Chrysler Sebring LX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 4A)


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Do not buy this car unless you have a GREAT mechanic or a GREAT extended warranty! Engine and computer has BUGS and started acting crazy at 132,300 miles valves are sticking and idle is rough. Not an easy car to work on, not worth your time to overhaul and replace engine.


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Original owner, and family car with low mileage.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By Michigan Zegota
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2004 Chrysler Sebring Touring Platinum Series 4dr Sedan (2.7L 6cyl 4A)


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Where it was manufactured, and that some parts will require metric tools. This model does hold up well in Northern environments and handle well in snow with appropriate tires, great A/C and heater. Mileage is above average for model and year, does not require no-lead gasoline, or special formula, if driven in Northern environment where salt is used on roads. You should look for signs of rust in rear wheel area, behind fender, undercarriage and frame holds up well, so does the 2.7 engine if properly maintained. Do not listen to complaints on this engine, however make sure you do check for any major repair work, I did have to replace the complete power steering unit, include the front right wheel assembly due to poor manufacturing. It is one of the reasons that I do ask you to check and make sure that the Sebring was made in America, and not Canada because of metric bolts...etc.
I still have this car today after fourteen years, with sixty-seven thousands original miles, just replaced the rear struts last year 2016. Now experiencing the oil indicator warning light on, and staying on after warming up, heating indicator showing ok temperature, no leaks, and oil level is ok. Could be pump, however at this stage and year would not prefer to spend that amount of money for a pump, or repairs, guess will drive until tires fall off.
I would not purchase this car new, is I had a chance, way too many issues from date of purchase, I even tried to pursue the lemon law in Michigan within the first two years. No one would listen...got me a brand new Buick 2014 now.


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Complete Garbage
10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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By Pecos
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2004 Chrysler Sebring 2dr Convertible (2.4L 4cyl 4A)


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I bought a 2004 Sebring with 22k miles on it in 2005. I drive it to work and back and now the car has 100k miles on it. Did the 30/60/90 maintenance, regular coolant flushes, regular oil changes, new battery every 3 years, 3 new sets of tires,and here is what has crapped out over the years: 32k - aluminum oil pan stripped. 40k - brake replacement. 50k - washer hose break. 60k - engine oil seal leak. 70k - heater core leak. 75k - some misc electronic fuel regulator part. 80k - worn shocks and towers. 85k - leAking charcoal canister won't pass emissions, AC leak 90k - 2nd heater core leak, exhaust resonator cracked 95k - Rear power window seized up, Power top hydraulics leak. Water pump failure. Timing belt failure. 100k - thermostat failure, radiator overheating, AC compressor leak, belt tightener failure And now it is the shop again because the AC doesn't work after a new compressor. Also there is a minor oil leak. The 2.4 liter engine will run forever- the transmission seems ok, but this car has been a money pit for as little as I driven it. It's a good looking car, but plagued with the most annoying problems. And I have well sunk enough money into it to pay for the original purchase price well over. But I love the car! Such is the love and hate relationship I have with it.


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oldie but goody
14 of 15 people found this review helpful
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By deville04@msn.com
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2004 Chrysler Sebring Limited 2dr Convertible (2.7L 6cyl 4A)


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bought 2004 in 2016..............good fun car for Florida, parts getting hard to find now, go to independent service over any Chrysler dealer however. v6 are good engines, 4 cyl are verboten! never buy Chrysler 4 cyl in any vehicle.


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