2008 Chrysler Sebring Limited Convertible Review – Convertible – CNET Reviews

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The good: The Chrysler Sebring Limited can be optioned with the MyGig system. It also has a UConnect cell phone system

The bad: Handling on the Sebring is soft and wallowing. The interior fit and is sketchy, while the powered top is slow. We got some rattle and hum the speakers.

The transmission whines and for gears.

The bottom line: seems to be a real problem the 2008 Chrysler Sebring Convertible. We didn’t enjoy the experience, but the car does have high-tech cabin options.

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Chrysler Sebring Convertible

When the 2008 Sebring Limited Convertible in the CNET harbor, we were to find that the props mounted on its sides, paddlewheel-style, of under the transom, as with inboard-engined boats. Further, paddlewheels didn’t actually any paddles, but were circled by an rubber casing. Odd.

The Sebring also used a front, rather than the bow we would have expected. It neither seaworthy nor particularly

Everything else looked for a powerboat. The Sebring has strakes on its a light-color interior, and a convertible top can be raised when the weather rough. We took it out for a cruise and it just like a boat

But then one of our more observant members pointed out something the Chrysler Sebring is a car.

As a car, the Sebring looks good, at first glance. As we more time in it, we noticed too cheap material in the cabin and very iffy construction. The car has than adequate power, but its doesn’t make it very The automatic transmission is also

The electronics present a brighter Our test car came with the stereo as the Jeep Unlimited we had in and it can also be optioned up with the navigation/entertainment system.

Test the Convertible cruise

Because our car didn’t have any of the tech available for the Sebring, we had to content with the standard features, as the convertible top. Chrysler off a hard-top convertible version of the at the last round of auto but this version hasn’t yet on Chrysler’s Web site. We had a soft-top which used two layers of and roof–to insulate the cabin the outside world.

The convertible top to take a long time to and lower, however, and we noticed disturbing quality issues. As the lifted to take in the top, it to wag, and the plastic strip along the top frame of the windshield had ends.

Take a tour of San Francisco the cabin of the Sebring Limited

Our car didn’t come with the MyGig navigation and entertainment but we got to check it out at last year’s Los auto show. MyGig, a option, brings in a hard-drive-based system, and dedicates space on hard drive for storing and photos. Our car also didn’t with the UConnect Bluetooth cell phone option, but we got a to test it out last year on a Grand Cherokee.

It’s a basic hands-free system through voice command.

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The system produced good and bass that was strong to feel in the doors. But it didn’t much separation and the mids muffled. Worse, some of our produced rattles and hum from the speakers.

Unfortunately, this audio is as good as it gets in the Sebring, as is no premium upgrade.

You can get around the programming of the automatic by putting it in gear selection mode.

The six-speed automatic mated to the had its own problems. The thing spent a lot of hunting for gears and wasn’t quick on the draw when we power. When we pressed the to climb hills, the transmission found its way to a lower gear, produced a horrible whine, as if we pulling a cat’s tail.

To get the transmission’s poor behavior, you can use its gear selection mode. set up strangely, though–you pull the down below Drive, push it to the right to upshift and to the to downshift.

We’ve alluded to the handling a of times. The Sebring is very sprung, which can be nice driving casually over pavement, but it’s not good cornering. The car wallows in the turns.

Its is powered up so that you get no feedback the road, and it has more-than-predictable understeer.

For gas the EPA rates the Sebring Unlimited at city and 26mpg highway. In our city and freeway driving, we saw an fuel economy of 16.6mpg, on the low of the EPA range. There is also a version of the Sebring, which a 2.7-liter six cylinder and gets in the city and 26mpg on the highway.

The model Sebring, with its four-cylinder engine, gets city and 29mpg highway. information for the Sebring wasn’t at the time of this review.

In sum

Our test car was a base 2008 Sebring Limited Convertible, goes for $32,345. With its destination charge, the total out to $33,020. We can’t say that we impressed by our test car, but the can be improved from a tech with the MyGig system and the Bluetooth hands-free cell integration.

We will give it for those options, but there is no help for the driving experience or the fit and finish.

For less money, you can get a equipped Volkswagen Eos. comes with a retractable top. Other convertible we’ve reviewed, such as the C70 and the BMW 335i Convertible. offer a driving experience, but cost more.

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