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2008 Chrysler Sebring

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2008 Chrysler Sebring Review

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Making its return after a short hiatus, the 2008 Chrysler Sebring Convertible brings a fresh face to the four-passenger drop-top game. Its rebirth comes with new exterior and interior styling, different engine choices and an available infotainment system. Sporting a standard cloth or vinyl soft top, this new Sebring also offers the option of a hard top, something that competitors the Toyota Solara, Pontiac G6, Volkswagen Eos and Ford Mustang convertible all lack.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're looking for an affordable convertible with the choice of a hard top, the 2008 Chrysler Sebring could be for you. Available audio and entertainment systems make this car even more attractive for those who like to cruise.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The Sebring Convertible's interior isn't as refined or as spacious as the Toyota Solara's, and it is definitely more of a cruiser than a sports car. Those who want more pep in their ride might be interested in the Volkswagen Eos or Pontiac G6.

What's New for 2008

The all-new 2008 Chrysler Sebring convertible is wider, longer, and sleeker than ever, but what really takes the cake is the optional hard top, which can drop at the touch of a button on the key fob. Underneath the Sebring's hood are three expanded engine choices: a fuel-sipping 2.4-liter four-cylinder, a Flex-Fuel 2.7-liter V6 and a 3.5-liter V6.

Driving the Sebring
Driving Impressions

The 2008 Chrysler Sebring Convertible isn't as sporty as the Volkswagen Eos or Pontiac G6 drop-tops, nor does it have the "coolness" of the Ford Mustang Convertible, but it could...

... suit those looking for an open-air around-town cruiser. We found that the Sebring's soft suspension made for a comfortable ride and the 3.5-liter V6 engine, in particular, delivered enough power to pass and climb hills effortlessly. The cloth top made the cabin surprisingly quiet, and even when retracted, wind noise was not a problem, especially with the available windscreen. The leather seats left something to be desired, but, when equipped with options like the MyGIG entertainment and navigation system, along with the heated/cooled cup holders and hard top, this car offers a lot for the money.

MyGIG
This optional hard drive-based system includes navigation with real-time traffic information, MP3/WMA music and JPEG image uploading, a high-speed USB 2.0 port, auxiliary audio input, voice recognition, voice message recording and playback, Bluetooth hands-free cell phone connectivity and more.

Hard Convertible Top
The optional hard top gives the Sebring a sportier, more coupe-like look that cloth and vinyl tops just can't match.

2008 Chrysler Sebring Details
2008 Chrysler Sebring photo Interior

Using the same interior styling cues as the Sebring Sedan, the Convertible has tortoiseshell or brushed aluminum accents throughout the cabin. In back, the rear seats are certainly roomier than those in the Volkswagen Eos and Ford Mustang, and the seat-integrated seat belts in the front seats make it easy for rear seat passengers to get in and out. Cloth seating is standard, and leather and stain-resistant YES Essentials fabric are available based on trim. Up front, an available MyGIG infotainment with navigation system and Bluetooth connectivity, as well as heated/cooled cupholders, round out the cabin's amenities.

Exterior
2008 Chrysler Sebring photo

The 2008 Chrysler Sebring Convertible shares the same front fascia as the Sedan, but with only two doors, the side and rear profiles take on a shape all their own. Further differentiating itself from its Sedan sibling, the drop-top is three inches longer overall, allowing for adequate cargo space in the trunk even when the roof is retracted. Chrysler claims the trunk is still big enough to fit two golf bags when the top is down. When the mood (or sun) strikes, the top can easily be lowered and raised with the push of a button on the key fob.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

A base 2008 Chrysler Sebring Convertible includes a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with a four-speed automatic transmission, side seat-mounted airbags, power windows/locks/mirrors, keyless entry, a six-disc CD player with an auxiliary jack and six speakers, power driver and passenger seats, 16-inch tires with full wheel covers, a hard tonneau cover and an automatic latching vinyl or cloth top.

Optional Equipment

The most note-worthy options for the Sebring Convertible include the retractable hard top and the MyGIG entertainment, navigation and communication system. Also available are heated/cooled cupholders, remote start, heated front seats, heated/cooled cupholders, windscreen, Boston Acoustics speaker system and an Electronic Stability Program (ESP) with traction control.

Under the Hood

The 2008 Chrysler Sebring Convertible offers three engines: a 2.4-liter four-cylinder, a 2.7-liter V6 capable of running on E85, and a hearty 3.5-liter V6. The four-cylinder engine is by far the most fuel-efficient of the three, but it is also the most underwhelming option when it comes to on-road performance. The powerhouse choice is definitely the 235-horsepower 3.5-liter V6, which benefits from a six-speed automatic transmission with Auto Stick manual-shift capability, unlike the other engines that are matched to a traditional four-speed automatic. Unfortunately, the Sebring Convertible does not offer a four-wheel-drive powertrain like the Sedan does.

2.4-liter in-line 4
173 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
166 lb.-feet of torque @ 4400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/29

2.7-liter V6 E85
186 horsepower @ 5500 rpm
192 lb.-ft of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/26 (gas); 13/19 (E85)

3.5-liter V6
235 horsepower @ 6400 rpm
232 lb.-ft of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/26

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2008 Chrysler Sebring Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.7
Out of 10

Based on 311 Ratings for the 2007 - 2010 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.0/10
    Quality
    7.8/10
  • Reliability
    8.2/10
    Performance
    7.8/10
  • Comfort
    8.2/10
    Styling
    8.4/10

Reliable!!

By on Thursday, May 5, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 52,800

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Very reliable vehicle, easy to handle comfortable and good on gas. A little noisy, but will recommend this vehicle."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Beautiful Lemon

By on Thursday, April 7, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 67,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
3/10
Styling
4/10
Comfort
2/10

Pros: "It's a red convertible, what's not to love?"

Cons: "COMPLETELY undependable!!!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"Took a loan out for this vehicle in May of last year (still owe $15,000 for it). I have had NOTHING but trouble with this vehicle!!! What good is a vehicle if it won't start?? Have replaced the battery 4 TIMES in 10 months!! And it's a slowwww painful depletion of the battery, purchased a jumper battery in the event that it won't start (on my way to work, on my way home from work at 3am are my favorite times to turn the ignition and nothing...). Went to trade in the stupid thing and because of the balance I owe on this there's not enough equity in any vehicle to make the trade worthwhile to a bank! So now I have 2 car payments and this one sits... in my garage... busted... I've taken it to several mechanics who can find nothing wrong with it. Google reviews tell me that this is a very common problem with this car. WISH I had done my homework before being swooned by this beauty."

3 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Very nice, reliable vehicle

By on Tuesday, February 16, 2016

I owned and sold this car
Reason: totalled

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Reliable, looks, value"

Cons: "not a lot of bells/whistles compared to todays car"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I had this car for almost 6 years. Very reliable, not a lot of frills but was a very durable car and got decent gas mileage."

8 people out of 17 found this review helpful

Best Car Ever

By on Sunday, August 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 42,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"The Car is great it feels safe, luxury minded and is very reliable. Has been always been to the dealership for all its maintenance I have all the papers in date order. I have to sell it because my husband passed away in Oct/2014 and he owned a Crysler 300C HEMI which I am going to keep."

26 people out of 42 found this review helpful

great convertible for the money.

By on Monday, June 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 85,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "great car, fun to drive in the sun."

Cons: "no steering wheel controls"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought the 4cyl, Chrysler seems to have trouble with their 2.7 6cyl. I have had no problem with the 4 cyl. except of course not quite enough power at take off, other than that, it is a great car. Only other complaint is that there is no steering wheel radio, etc. controls. I wish that I would have bought the hard top convt. instead of the soft top convt."

21 people out of 39 found this review helpful

A little better than decent

By on Wednesday, April 8, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 83,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "great gas mileage, great deal on price"

Cons: "quality, slow "get up""

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"My 2009 Sebring is a car that gets me to and fro. The quality however, is bad. I have nicknamed it "the bailout car" because the model year is when the auto industry here got the govt bailout. The engine light is constantly on (mostly for no reason). I've had to get a few things replaced on it due to parts being bad at manufacturing and no fault of my own. It's a little slow on the ramp up too. It does get great gas mileage and it's never stopped working on me. I just wish under the hood was better."

14 people out of 26 found this review helpful

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