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CAR OF THE MONTH February 2008

Romance is in the Air
2008 Chrysler Sebring Limited Convertible

Chrysler Sebring Limited Convertible

In short: A value-oriented midsize convertible.

There is no doubt that convertibles are simply more fun. This market-dominant offering from Chrysler now comes with a hard top—a $1,995 option—giving you a coupe feel while still delivering sunray-catching ability. You can also get the car with a classic soft top. If you like the wind in your hair but your wallet is not totally stuffed, go for this vehicle, which packs a good value; you’ll get more cargo and passenger space than comparable cars in its class.

The interior of the Chrysler Sebring Limited Convertible

We found this edition to be solid, stiff and good all around. The base car comes with an in-line 2.4 liter four-cylinder 173 hp motor; up in the line is the Touring with a 2.7 liter DOHC V6 engine making 190 hp; and finally, our tester had a beefier 235 hp V6 engine. In any case, don’t take it on the track but instead cruise up the Pacific Coast Highway without having to worry about the CHP and enjoy the day. The spacious interior has a luxurious feel. Check out the plastic tortoise shell steering wheel and trim. Step in the Sebring convertible, crank its MP3 capable radio with in-dash six-disc DVD player through the six Boston Acoustics speakers, and catch the romance in the air.

Read a review of the 2005 Chrysler Sebring Limited

Chrysler Sebring Limited Convertible

Warranty/Service: Three-year/36,000-mile new vehicle warranty. Towing assistance during Warranty period.


Base Price: $26,145/ Price as tested: $34,535

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front-engine, 4-passenger, 2-door convertible

3.5L V6

Horsepower: 235 hp @ 6400 rpm
232 ft-lbs @ 4000 rpm
6-speed shiftable automatic transmission

Curb weight:
3,959 lbs
Wheelbase: 108.9 in
193.8/71.5/58.4 in
Turning circle: 36.5 ft

Suspension: 4 -wheel independent suspension

Brakes: 4-wheel ABS, ventilated front disc and solid rear disc brakes

Traction: n/a
Safety: dual front side-mounted airbags, passenger airbag occupant sensing deactivation, tire pressure monitoring

0-60 mph: 9.0 seconds
Top Speed: n/a

EPA City: 16 mpg
EPA Highway: 26 mpg

Smog Index:

Likes: good value; decent style, hard top comfort feel!

Dislikes: heavy trunk making operation difficult

(Updated: 07/07/08 SCV)

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