I recently bought a 2002 onyx green/sandalwood LX 2.7L in April of this year. For $22,499 (after Chrysler's rebate), the car has the larger 2.7L engine, 6 way power driver's seat, cassette cd combo option, cruise control, and 16" aluminum wheels instead of the standard chrome wheel covers. It's a beauty and I love it!!!
I just bought a brand new 2002 Sebring LXi Coupe that was loaded! The 0% financing allowed me to afford this beauty, and the 7yr/70,000 mile powertrain warranty along with the standard 3/30K bumper-to-bumper warranty is the icing on the cake.
Even though I only have been driving it for a day (it has 14 miles on it right now) I wanted to describe my initial impressions.
The exterior looks fantastic! The instant I saw this car, I was very impressed with its looks. I am not a car enthusiast, and not knowing any better, this car would strike me as very luxurious, yet sporty.
The few criticisms I have heard about this car deal with the cheap construction of the interior. I do not agree at all. While some functions, such as the radio, are not located on the steering wheel like some cars offer today, I am very happy with how the interior looks. Taking into account the price of the car, I was very satisfied with the interior.
I love the autostick! Not knowing how to drive a stick shift, the autostick provides a great way to manually shift gears. While I wasn't initially going to get this feature, the car I bought had it and I didn't pay too much more for it. If you are looking to get maximum performance from this car, especially from a stop, the definitely get the autostick.
The only slight criticism I can find (so far) is with the driver's seat. I am a taller driver at about 6"1' and I wish the power seats would go a little more back. Still, the way it is now is not bad.
Those are my initial comments. Anybody else think similarly/differently?
I can't speak for the coupe, but on my '01 convertible - shut the lights before ignition off and lights will turn off immediately; turn off the ignition before turning off lights and lights will stay on for about 90 seconds. If you leave them on I don't think they will shut off, but the chime should sound as a reminder if you open the car door with the lights on.
I think you are right. I was used to not having to worry about whether the lights were on or off, but I guess I know have to be more aware about it. Too bad, I hope I don't forget one time and drain the battery. Oh well, everything else about the Sebring coupe is great!
Just bought my first car this past weekend, and after much research, found one in the Dallas area. 98 JXi, 79k miles, Gold, $8,500. The car seems to be in great shape and I just pray I put my money into a winner, since I will be paying on it for a while to come. Although, I did see a few problems with it, such as the "Service Engine Soon" light came on right after I left the dealer's lot and gassed up...the dealership is saying it should be fine and that it might be from the gas cap, but I am still taking it in for warranty. Also, I can't seem to turn the fog lights on...dunno if they are out or if I'm just a little slow at car switches and buttons. Also, I have noticed a little hop in changing of gears from 1st to 2nd, but I guess, from what I've read, that's normal. So, for now, I'm happy driving it around here in Austin with the top down, especially in this hot weather. Anything I should know? Everything welcome...
I paid off and still have my 1998 Jeep Cherokee Classic with only 36k miles, but I really wanted a Sebring convertible. So I shopped around for three months and found this car at a dealer near my house. We dickered around for a week, I am not going to buy a car when I have a perfectly good one unless you give me a killer deal, etc. It was off lease, with only 29k miles and every option except autostick and the CD changer. The traction control is pretty nice, as well as the 6 speaker sound system. The color is black, with charcoal grey interior and a black top. Didn't want a triple black at first, but it sure does look sharp.
Whoever had the car took really super car of it, no scratches, no rock chips on the hood/nose, seats look brand new, etc. Everyone that I know thinks it's a brand new car. There is a guy at my office with a 2002 Limited Convert, and he always gets mad when people around the job say my body style is better. I have to agree, when they changed it in 2001, it looks more like a sports car than a luxury car. I paid 15,508 out the door, so I believe I got a smokin deal.
Anyone buying the new 03 limiteds? What kind of pricing are you getting? I am looking into them. I hear they have 1500 rebate right now. If I get them to sell it to me at invoice, can I get the 1500 and use it towards my down payment?
They also had one 02 new on the lot and he was willing to sell it to me for $100 over invoice, this was without even dickering or dealing at all, like his first offer!
Well, I went back to the dealership and test drove the 2003 and the 2002. I guess they are exactly the same car. The 2003 has the dark blue exterior and a 6 disc changer, full size spare/wheel, and the convenience package. The 2002 is Lt Almond with a 4 disc changer, full size spare/wheel and convenience package. He states they are exactly the same. The 2003 now has 20 miles on it (had 10 at the start of my test drive) and the 2002 now has almost 100. He says they are doing some great deals on the 2002 to get rid of them, and will be about $3,000 cheaper than the 2003 (He verbally said about 24 or 25,000).
WHAT SHOULD I DO?! They both come with 3/36 full warranty and a 7/70 powertrain. Either color is fine for me. It just boils down to why a 2003 is $3,000 more? Is there a reason for me to get the 2003?