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2008 Chrysler Sebring Convertible

2dr Conv LX FWD

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  • $26,600 original MSRP
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Benefits of Driving a 2008 Chrysler Sebring Convertible

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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2008 Chrysler Sebring Touring Convertible

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DETROIT - During the last decade, Chrysler sold more drop tops than any other manufacturer. So why mess with the Sebring Convertible?

Rather than simply replace it, Chrysler has opted to offer consumers three versions of the drop top. Two are soft tops, vinyl and cloth, while the third is a retractable hard top. Thus, Chrysler will be the only manufacturer that will offer three different convertible tops on the same model.

We were curious as to why Chrysler went through the extra developmental expense of creating three versions of the 2008 Chrysler Sebring Convertible. The answer was, in a phrase, Chrysler wants to expand the market by enticing people into convertibles who might never have considered purchasing a drop top.

It's all in the pricing. The Chrysler Sebring, equipped with a vinyl top, starts at $26,145. That's not bad for a mid- size convertible. What's more, Chrysler said the Sebring costs $645 less than the model it replaces and it has almost $3,000 more content.

A 2008 Chrysler Sebring Touring Convertible starts at $28,745 while the Limited model starts at $32,345. They are equipped with a 173 horsepower four cylinder engine, a 2.7- liter V6 that makes 189 horsepower and a 3.5- liter V6 with 235 horsepower respectively.

The four- cylinder and the smaller V6 have a four speed transmission and the 3.5- liter V6 is mated to a six speed automatic gearbox with manual shift capability. The retractable hardtop is a $1,995 option.

The vinyl- topped entry level Sebring convertible is meant to make open air driving accessible to more people. And the retractable hard top option does the same thing. It takes away security concerns as well as the inclement weather impediment that prevents some consumers from purchasing a convertible for year- round driving.

With its pricing lined up, Chrysler has a surprising target buyer. It's been a while since we've not heard the word young or the phrase active lifestyle when an automaker is describing its target buyer. But neither was at the cutting edge of Chrysler description of who it is targeting with 2008 Chrysler Sebring Convertible. Try Baby Boomers.

That's right, Chrysler is targeting buyers 40 to 60- years- old and a 50- 50 female male split. Sixty percent have college educations and they have a household income of $90,000. That's middleclass not affluent. What's more, that's an awful lot of potential buyers.

What these folks are going to find is a capable convertible for the bucks. We drove a Chrysler Sebring Limited Convertible from here to an estate in Simi Valley. We found that the 235 horsepower V6 had enough oomph to get up and over the hills here. Acceleration was good and the car was pretty comfortable.

In hilly terrain, we recommend the 3.5 liter V6 because we found the 2.7 liter V6 somewhat lacking in terms of power to climb the hills here without working hard. This engine along with the four- cylinder would be fine in the flatlands of the Midwest and Southeast. The other thing we think Chrysler should do is tighten the Sebring's steering. It could have responded better to driver input.

Still, the Sebring was very capable. The suspension provided a smooth ride, cornering was crisp and interior materials were petty nice.

Our test vehicle was chock full of goodies. It had Chrysler's 20 gigabyte hard drive which meant you could load CDs as well as DVDs directly onto the drive. There was satellite radio, Bluetooth that turns compatible cell phones into hands free car phones and of course there was navigation system.

We were also surprised to see on the equipment list that our test vehicle was equipped with an engine block heater.

One of the things that we liked the most about the old Chrysler Sebring Convertible was that it really could hold four adults comfortably. However, we didn't get a chance to check out the back seat of the new model.

Nor, did we get the chance to test the four cylinder engine. But we've got time this summer. Hopefully we can get the Sebring in our world for a week- long test. The Sebring goes on sale this spring and it promises to keep Chrysler ahead of the bunch when it comes to drop tops.

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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.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
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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 5 years / 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

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