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Chrysler Sebring, Convertible, Sedan
#363 of 721 Re: Rear window defroster [sunandwaves]
Oct 03, 2005 (9:29 am)
Sebring convertibles are notorious for this problem. The wiring lead to the rear window heating element is strung as tight as a banjo string. Chrysler must have saved about a hundredth of a cent in wire costs. After a while, the metal tab that is glued to the window pops off. Check and see if it is dangling around behind the head liner.
There are aftermarket conductive adhesives that will work for a while but eventually will fail again. I spliced in about 3 inches of wire to the harness and reglued the tab on. Permatex makes a one-shot kit available in auto parts stores (~$11). Frost Fighter markets a multi-use 2 part silver adhesive kit (available on-line www.frostfighter.com/ff_pdt_2000.htm) for about $25. Seems to be working well now. This is a tight spot to work in and there is little room for error. If you're not comfortable with automotive wiring, don't do it yourself. I know I don't need to say this but I'll say it anyway. DO NOT try Superglue or anything of the sort. The adhesive MUST be electrically conductive to work.
I believe the factory fix is to replace that part of the harness with a longer version and reattach the tab.
#365 of 721 Re: 2001 Chrysler Sebring A/C Problem [kybondgirl]
Oct 03, 2005 (6:55 pm)
Occasionally, I have the same problem with my 2001 Sebring. Ever since I got the car in 2001, I would have minor glitches with the A/C from time to time. Sometimes the fan would come on, but I wouldn't get any air (it would be blowing in 'heat' mode or 'defrost' mode) or I would get hot air instead of cool air. Turning the A/C on and off several times seemed to do the trick. There never seemed to be any rhyme or reason to it. I took it in under warranty and they couldn't duplicate the problem -- they told me that I didn't have my A/C set properly! Now, at 60,000 miles, it will occasionally not come on at all (not even the fan). I just turn it up to "4" and get on the highway and then it comes on after a short delay. I'm not sure what to think, but it doesn't inspire much confidence. Will the A/C eventually just quit working? I shudder to think how expensive that repair bill will be. It's a shame, really, because aside from this, it's been a pretty good car.
#367 of 721 2004 Sebring Ltd. Good Buy?
Oct 07, 2005 (5:52 am)
I have read a lot of messages on here abnout the older Sebrings causing a lot of headaches, but came across a deal the other day, and am wondering if the car may be worth getting...
The car is a "used" 2004 Limited Convertable. Really though, the car is still new. It was bought at the end of the '04 model year and parked. Today the car has about 1500 km on it. It is being sold for $25,000 CDN.
From what I understand the newer Sebrings are more reliable than the old ones. This car is nice to drive and handles well, and the price is right (Regular retail is close to $40,000). I just want to be sure that 5 years from now I'm not regretting having bought the car.
Anyone with an '04 that has any comments?
#368 of 721 common problems on sebring convertibles
Oct 08, 2005 (8:15 pm)
I wonder why Chrysler doesn't address these three common problems on Sebring convertibles:
(1) Tachometer/Odometer not working properly.
(2) standing water on the floorboards after rain/or wash-down.
(3) intermittent Starter failure and blown 20 amp Starter fuse, under the hood.
By the way does anyone have a solution to item #3. I've had (3) starters installed in the last 4 years, and when the problem (no ignition, and blown/blowing 20 amp starter fuse)occurred last week the dealer finally removed the starter and had it tested. Lo and Behold it was a GOOD starter, and when it was re installed everything worked OK. Now I cross my fingers every time I start the car.
Does anyone know why this 20 amp starter fuse blows, and the starter fails every so often????