Inside, the dash is a mishmash of shapes and textures, with some lines going retro and others trying to carve a modern look. Styling, fit and finish and ride quality make a strong statement about Chrysler's commitment to character and quality. The seats aren't designed for comfort anyway; they maintain the new Chrysler hallmark of being both unsupportive and hard as rocks. The weight of the convertible also drops fuel economy by one or two miles per gallon. While not quite as at home in non-commute environs, the Sebring is not all that flustered by a twisty, two-lane country road. Also, to allow the retracted roof to fit inside the rear quarters, the rearmost edges of the rear pillars must be drawn inward. Less than two hours in the front passenger seat left us painfully craving even the slightest lumbar support.
The 2008 Chrysler Sebring kills in available features. Now, after a brief drive of the all-new 2008 Sebring convertible, which, for better or worse, falls in line with the unattractive redesigned 2007 Chrysler Sebring sedan, we find that in spite of offering more technology, more engine choices, and, for the first time, an optional retractable hardtop, the new Sebring lacks even the sort of charisma that made the first Sebring so popular in the first place. The convertible offers good interior space up front. The strong brakes followed suit with good feel and predictable stops. At highway speeds, that floatiness disappears and the car morphs into a poised cruiser.
We got some rattle and hum from the speakers. It's best to have a co-pilot when installing or removing the contraption; at 50 mph, the cabin turbulence seems to be the same with or without the windscreen in place. Also, to allow the retracted roof to fit inside the rear quarters, the rearmost edges of the C-pillars the part of the roof between the side glass and the rear window must be drawn inward, awkwardly positioning the roof more on top of the rear fenders than smoothly flowing down into the side of the car. Chrysler recommends against using the four-cylinder Chrysler Sebring Convertible for towing; however, both V-6 versions are capable of hauling a payload of up to 1,000 pounds. We had a soft-top version, which used two layers of fabric--headliner and roof--to insulate the cabin from the outside world.
Anti-lock brakes are standard, along with side-curtain air bags and seat-mounted thorax-protecting side air bags on sedans; convertibles get seat-mounted supplemental side bags. That's a lot of weight. Maybe a little busy, or overwrought, just as with the '07 sedan, with the relatively high, angled beltline and deep undercut running across the upper door panel, but still of a piece. Safety and side-impact airbags for the front seats are standard. Pick a Top, Any Top The Sebring convertible is offered in base, Touring and Limited trim levels.
Cons: How would you improve your 2008 Chrysler Sebring? An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year. Faults: Not a thing, other than oil changes, tires and brakes. For a vehicle named for a racetrack, the 2008 Chrysler Sebring is mostly unengaging. As an option, the rearmost of the two can heat to 140-degrees Fahrenheit or cool to 35-degrees Fahrenheit a beverage. The bi-level bin in the front center console provides a power point, supplementing another in a covered compartment forward of the shift gate where the optional ashtray and lighter fit when ordered. The Touring model comes with the 2. Model year 2008 Year of manufacture 2007 First year of ownership 2007 Most recent year of ownership 2009 Engine and transmission 3.
The feel of the car is very solid as attributed to the extra reinforcement for stiffness over rough roads. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. But it's the back half where the proportions come adrift. I love the car, drive it year-round, and it's a pleasure to drive, and a lot of fun in the summer! Climate controls are the new Chrysler corporate knobs with integral pushbuttons, easy to use, nice to feel, and fairly attractive day or night with their bright rings. It also has a shortened coupe-like greenhouse, and is 3.
Change battery - find a car shop. The new V6 also has a new, six-speed automatic transmission, a most-welcome step up from the outdated four-speed automatic that carries over with the other two engines. The extra money includes a key-fob-operated, automatic cloth top; better seat fabrics; and 17-inch aluminum wheels in place of 16s. Our test car used the optional 3. Tested the Sebring, love at first ride. Little wonder this is reputed to be America's best-selling convertible.
The Sebring Convertible is 400 pounds heavier than the four-door Sebring Sedan and this translates into lazier acceleration, whether from a stoplight or when merging or passing on a freeway. If they could only replace those seats, we might say the same about this generation - assuming you want to cruise, and not spin around sharp corners or past gas stations at high speeds. Front-seat headroom with the top up is good, and top-up visibility is adequate. Ride and handling are mediocre, and the sedan feels ungainly at its limits. The alternator went to the shop. Simply put, the wheelbase is too long and there's too much of the hindquarters for a two-door.