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Chrysler Sebring, Convertible
#270 of 473 Re: Thinking About a Sebring Convertible [dispencer1]
Apr 24, 2006 (7:44 pm)
I have a 2005 Sebring Touring convertible with V6-2.7L motor with 28800 miles and has leather/suede seats,great cd/stereo. The vert works great and what a chick magnet!Oh the ride is nice allright.The cowling or dash unit shake due to nonrigidness of convertible when running over potholes, bumps.Where as the sedan has all that metal to brace everything better.The car runs smooth but with all the hoopla of "oil sludge damage" leading to catastrophic motor failure has got me so stressed out I don't know what to do.I'm changing oil every 3000 miles with synthetic and with K&N oil filter, but i get a bad feeling it may be a lost cause.There have been "numerous" cases of the so called "oil sludge motor failures" and Chrysler is not backing up the warranty even tho customers are "religiously" changing oil per service manual.I've added my name to the 3 class action lawsuits now pending in court against Chrysler.To read about all of the people all over the USA, and how their Sebrings would just quit on the road while running 50-60mph and find out the motor siezed due to "poor customer maintenance".I don't know dude, but i'd "seriously" be "not thinking of getting a Chrysler Sebring".All of a sudden that "Mustang plastics" is a minor blemish compared with the Sebring. Don't take my word for it, google the sebring, read "all" the news here and on several other forums.You "will" be surprised.I hope i answered your question.People will say "all cars" have problems and i will agree with them.I have had several cars in my 50 years of life and have done my share of work on them.But they haven't read all there is that has been happening to these Chrysler cars.It seems it could be the Quality Control of the motors as they are being made, in that the aluminum chafe, or flakes are not purged from the motor as it goes down the assemby line, so when as a finished product you put oil in, the aluminum flakes get washed into the oil, then transferred thru out the motor bearings, etc. causing the seizure.But for Chrysler not to back their products is outright criminal fraud.Good luck to us Chrysler Sebring owners!!!
#272 of 473 Re: Thinking About a Sebring Convertible [neonitis]
Apr 25, 2006 (5:09 am)
Thanks a lot for the info. I've read over the forums on the Sebring and you are right. The reliability record is still pretty bad. Chrysler is famous (like Toyota) for blaming the customer for what was a manufacturing defect. Either that or they come back with the "can't find problem" or "that's normal". I think frankly I'll keep what I have until I can afford one of the 2005/6 Mustang models in a few years which are totally different than mine. I'll cool it for awhile. Thanks again and good kuck. Make sure you change oil at a Chrysler dealership so they have a computer record of the oil changes. This is the only way people get new engines at Toyota I understand.
#273 of 473 Re: Thinking About a Sebring Convertible [dispencer1]
Apr 25, 2006 (11:31 pm)
You're welcome sir.It is pathetic how Chrysler shysters have devastated so many innocent lives.
Actually Toyota wants "proof of oil changes" to qualify for motor replacement reimbursement in this excerpt:Toyota's new policy is a dramatic change from a so-called Special Policy Adjustment begun in February. Amid increasing criticism for refusing to deal with the problem, Toyota notified 3.3 million owners of the affected engines that sludge-related repairs would be covered for one year, as long as they proved the oil had been changed at least once in the previous year.
i got from:http://www.autosafety.org/article.php?scid=150&did=1090
Apr 26, 2006 (5:56 pm)
I purchased my car new and have had several small and mid sized problems with it. It has 38,000 miles on it. I love the look and ride. The transmission shifts pretty bad though, lots of klunks. Other problems:
Engine light turned out to be a problem with the seat belt (warranty on two occassions)
Engine light turned out to be a problem with the gas tank vacuum line (warranty)
Rear window defogger does not work. When you put the top down, the wire breaks. Mechanic says it is a poor design, when they fix it it breaks. I gave up.
Electric windows make screeching sound.
Door hinges klunk badly.
Speakers died early and had to be replaced.
Snaps that hold the back of the top down are coming out of their holders.
It leaks oil from around the oil pan gasket. It looks like Chrysler uses a liquid gasket compound rather than a real gasket. It doesn't appear as though it was applied correctly.
The unlock button popped out of the key remote.
The airbag light comes on intermittently.
The front brake rotors are warped (I have not used the brakes in a manner that would have caused this).
I am surprised as my other car is a 98 Grand Caravan with 184,000 miles and I have had very few problems with it. Overall, I still like driving the Sebring but feel Chrysler quality is just not there anymore though the styling is great. In the future I will likely try a Toyota. What has happened to Chrysler???
#275 of 473 Re: 98 sebring convertible seat belt lock up [clyle]
Apr 27, 2006 (12:52 pm)
I don't know if this will help you but..My JXI ragtop flooded last year when I first bought it. I had to clean the drains under the rocker panels. the car was still soaked and the amp for the sound sys was in a puddle under the passenger seat so I took out the seat. When the car was dry (much later) I replaced the seat. I typically drive alone to work so I didn't notice until several months later that the seat belt was locked. After trying everything except logic I looked under the seat and saw a plug hanging down from the seat. Further probing revealed a plug nest to the amplifier. Throwing caution to the winds I attached the plugs and immediately the problem was solved. After much cogitation I think (guess) that if the seat were somehow to come free from the car in a catastrophic accident you would remain strapped into the seat. I suppose this would make corpse recovery simpler for the highway patrol.
#278 of 473 Popping noise in the front end
May 08, 2006 (9:24 am)
We've had a popping noise in the front end of our 2001 LXi for several months. The dealer replaced the left strut once - but that didn't solve the problem. The car must be 'warmed up' for us to hear it, maybe after 5 miles or so. Then, at almost any speed, it just keeps on popping - kind of like the popping you'd hear from a microwave popcorn bag - toward the end of the cooking time. It's not at the same time interval - such as every five seconds, or at the rotation of an engine or suspension part. Like I said, reminds us of the non-regular popping sound you'd hear at the end of the popcorn cooking time - but the last kernel never pops. It just keeps on going - like the Ever Ready Bunny.
Surely, we're not the only Sebring owner to ever have this happen. The dealer says he has had other Sebrings do this, but replacing the strut fixed the problem.