• (3.7) 16 reviews
  • MSRP: $988–$6,716
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 24-28
  • Engine: 200-hp, 2.7-liter V-6 (flexible; E85)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 4-speed automatic w/OD
2003 Chrysler Sebring

Our Take on the Latest Model 2003 Chrysler Sebring

2003 Chrysler Sebring Reviews

Posted on 12/9/02
Vehicle Overview
The midsize Sebring sedan and its convertible sibling will get only minor changes for the 2003 model year. Chrysler promises improved occupant protection in the convertible, courtesy of additional front door beams and a modified safety cage.

A GTC convertible joined the Sebring lineup in mid-2002; it is offered along with LX, LXi and Limited editions. The soft-top GTC comes with a sport suspension, a 2.7-liter V-6 engine and either a four-speed automatic or a five-speed-manual transmission.

The Sebring was redesigned for 2001 and comes in three body styles: as a coupe, a sedan and a convertible. The Sebring coupe, which cars.com classifies as a compact car, is actually built by Mitsubishi at a plant in Illinois. Sebring sedans and convertibles share a different design and are produced in Michigan. Dodge offers a similar Stratus coupe and sedan but no convertible. Sebring sedans come in LX and LXi trim levels.

Exterior
Similar styling is evident on all three Sebring body styles; each are led by the same oval eggcrate grille that is used on all Chrysler-brand vehicles. The Sebring convertible and sedan may look the same at a glance, but they actually have different front fascias, taillights and side body panels.

Their dimensions also differ. The convertible rides a 106-inch wheelbase and measures 193.7 inches long overall, while the sedan has a 108-inch wheelbase and is 3 inches shorter from bumper to bumper. The convertible has a standard power top and a glass rear window with an electric defogger.

Interior
Both body styles contain front bucket seats. The sedan has a three-place rear bench, and the convertible contains a two-place rear seat for a four-passenger capacity. The sedan’s 60/40-split rear seatback folds to expand cargo capacity beyond the 16-cubic-foot trunk. The convertible has a fixed rear seatback and only 11.3 cubic feet of trunk space. White-faced gauges and two-tone seats go into the GTC convertible.

Under the Hood
A 150-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is standard in the LX sedan; it teams with a four-speed-automatic transmission. All convertibles and the LXi sedan use a 2.7-liter V-6 that produces 200 hp. The V-6 engine mates with a four-speed-automatic transmission, which can be equipped with an AutoStick feature that permits manually selected gear changes. A five-speed-manual gearbox became available during 2002.

Safety
Front airbags deploy at one of three levels, based on impact and crash severity. Curtain-type airbags are optional on the sedan. All models have antilock brakes.

Driving Impressions
The Sebring convertible is easy to drive and nicely stable on the highway, and it has considerably more legroom in the backseat than most rivals. Strong performance is likely to slow only if the terrain becomes mountainous. Not only is the convertible’s ride nearly glass-smooth, but it also remains commendably civilized even when the road surface turns harsh. It maneuvers with an appealing degree of precision, and the soft-top model responds crisply to driver actions with just a bit of understeer noted at times.

A Sebring sedan with the V-6 engine and automatic transmission also produces a refined experience and an excellent ride. A roomy interior and generous standard-equipment list help make the sedan a worthy, attractively priced alternative to such midsize-class leaders as the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry.

 

Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2003 Buying Guide

Consumer Reviews

3.7

Average based on 16 reviews

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So far the auto is great.

by AaronD from Oxford, Mi on October 2, 2017

It does everything we expect it to do. Has plenty of room for my legs. The trunk holds what I need it to. It gets very good gas mileage.

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Bumper-to-Bumper

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

Powertrain

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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