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2008 Chrysler Sebring Sedan

4dr Sdn Touring FWD

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  • $20,865 original MSRP
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Benefits of Driving a 2008 Chrysler Sebring Sedan

The 2008 Chrysler Sebring sedan combines a low entry price with styling that's somewhat more elegant than most vehicles in its class, along with many features not usually found in its price range. The new Limited AWD model also offers an interesting combination of all-weather capability and sporty handling. As for the convertible, with vinyl, cloth, or retractable hard tops available, it has more top options than any other open-air model. It also has one of the most spacious back seats for legroom, among convertibles, and with its completely redesigned interior it has a more sophisticated look than before.

What's new for 2008?

The Chrysler Sebring convertible returns after a one-year absence. It has been completely redesigned for 2008 with a look that matches that of the sedan, which was redesigned for the 2007 model year.

Model Strengths

  • Affordability
  • standout, elegant styling
  • available interior conveniences
  • new AWD model
  • roomy interior for a convertible.

Model Review

Chrysler's Sebring comes in three different trim levels for 2008, with a different engine offered on each. The base LX convertible and sedan get a 173-horsepower, 2.4L four-cylinder 'World Engine.' Mid-range Touring models step up to a 2.7L V6 that's Flex Fuel capable and makes 186 horsepower and 192 lb-ft of torque. Top-of-the-range Limited models get a 235-horsepower, 3.5L V6 engine. The 2.4L and 2.7L engines are paired with a four-speed automatic transmission while a six-speed automatic comes with the 3.5L and AutoStick manual selection.

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Review: 2008 Chrysler Sebring

Source: MSN Autos

The 2008 Chrysler Sebring convertible did well during a hard workout on mountain roads and freeways near Los Angeles during a media preview, although it did best by far with the available 3.5-liter V6 engine.

The Sebring has been the best-selling convertible in America for 7 of the past 11 years, with approximately 475,000 sold during the last 10 years. The Ford Mustang has provided the stiffest competition.

The midsize Sebring convertible accompanies the slick same-size Sebring sedan, which arrived as a considerably improved 2007 model.

The new Michigan-built Sebring convertible also is greatly improved over its predecessor, partly because it is far more structurally rigid. That translates to better handling, a superior ride and a more solid general feel.

Performance Differences
However, the new convertible is quite heavy, weighing from 3,742 to 3,959 pounds. And that means that the base model's 2.4-liter 173-horsepower engine provides lazy acceleration. The top-line 3.5-liter 235 horsepower V6 provides the best performance, and there's a 2.7-liter 189-horsepower V6 in the middle.

The 4-cylinder and 2.7 V6 work with a responsive 4-speed automatic transmission, but the 3.5 has a more modern, smooth 6-speed automatic with a manual shift feature.

New Economy Figures
The 4-cylinder delivers an estimated 23 mpg in the city and 31 on highways based on 2007 EPA estimated standards, but 20 and 29 with stricter new 2008 EPA standards. Only 87-octane fuel is required.

The 2.7 V6 provides an estimated 20 and 28 based on 2007 EPA estimates and 18 and 26 using 2008 standards. It's a flex-fuel engine that can run on any blend of gasoline and fuel-grade ethanol up to E85.

The 3.5 V6 gets 18 and 28 using 2007 EPA estimates and 16 and 26 with the new standards. While 89-octane gas is preferred, it can run on 87-octane fuel.

Competitive Pricing
Prices are competitive. Chrysler says its new baby is priced at $645 below the comparable outgoing model despite $2,965 worth of additional standard equipment.

The new convertible comes as the base $25,470 4-cylinder model with a vinyl top, but no available retractable top. The midrange $28,070 Touring V6 version-expected to be the most popular-has a vinyl top or optional retractable hardtop.

The top-line, equipment-loaded $31,670 Limited has a more powerful V6 and standard cloth top-or the retracting hardtop. Fully loaded, the Limited tops out at $38,675.

Retractable Top Prices
The retractable top adds $1,995 to the Limited's price. It costs $2,170 for the Touring, but that price falls to $1,995 if a $1,495 Touring Group is ordered. That group has items including a cloth-top and leather-heated seats, rear windscreen that effectively cuts top-down wind buffeting and steering-wheel audio controls.

Standard for all trim levels are air conditioning, cruise control, tilt/telescopic steering wheel, front sliding armrest, AM/FM/CD with DVD/MP3 capability, headlight-off time delay and power windows, trunk release and door locks with remote keyless entry.

Safety Features
Safety items for all trim levels include front-seat side airbags and anti-lock brakes. Stability and traction control systems are optional.

The Sebring convertible has front-wheel drive, which means it lacks the balance of a rear-wheel-drive convertible. But this is a sporty car, not a sports model, and thus is meant for normal cruising, not tackling twisty roads.

Despite that, the new Chrysler did well on L.A. area mountain roads because steering is quick, handling is sure and braking is reasonably strong, with good pedal feel. An all-independent suspension helps roadability and provides a good ride.

Racy Appearance
The Sebring convertible looks racy with either the soft or hardtops raised or lowered, although thick windshield posts hinder visibility when taking turns. Some convertibles look awkward with the top up.

One feature that combines style and functionality is a heavily ribbed (Chrysler says "sculpted") hood that adds to the car's appearance and also stiffens its structure. The hood of the iconic, racer-derived 1950s Mercedes-Benz 300SL sports car also has ribs.

One strong point of the new Sebring convertible is roominess. There's decent space for four 6-footers, which can't be said for many convertibles because they have tight back seats.

A seat belt system that connects belts to the seats makes it easier for passenger to get in and out of the rear seats, although long doors impede front or rear seat entry or exit in tight spots.

Four Golf Bags
Chrysler is especially proud of the fact that the trunk holds four full-size golf bags with the top up and two golf bags when it's lowered.

Why all the room? Well, the new Sebring convertible's wheelbase (distance between axles) is 2.9 inches longer, and it's 3.5 inches taller and more than 2 inches wider than the model it replaces. It's even 3 inches longer than the redesigned 2007 Sebring sedan.

The retractable hardtop operates with great efficiency. And standard for all trim levels is an automatic latching top. Optional for the base model and standard for the other two trim levels is a remote engine start and convertible top operation via a key fob.

The two-tone interior has a modern, upscale look. Most controls are easily reached and operated.

The new Sebring convertible's retractable hardtop makes it a safer, more sensible car. But Chrysler says that true convertible lovers will opt only for a soft-top version.

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Safety Ratings help

What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

Driver Crash Grade

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Rollover Resistance

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Opt
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Opt
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Opt

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Rear Head side Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Daytime Running Lights Opt
Fog Lamps Opt
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Opt
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

Accident Prevention

Handsfree Wireless Opt


Anti-theft System Std
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain Unlimited Years/Unlimited Miles
Corrosion 3 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance 3 Years/36,000 Miles

Chrysler Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

7-Years/100,000-Miles (whichever comes first). Powertrain Limited Warranty runs from the date vehicle was sold as new.

3-Month/3,000-Mile Maximum Care Warranty. Starts on the date of the CPOV sale, or at the expiration of the remaining 3/36 Basic New Vehicle Warranty.

A deductible may apply. See dealer for details or call 1-800-677-5782
Age/Mileage Eligibility Model Years 2010-2016 & Less Than 75,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 125 point
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $100

Learn more about certified pre-owned vehicles

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