The three-headed Sebring monster returns for yet another
year of terrorizing competing models. Along with the 2004
Chrysler Sebring Convertible, there is the equally flashy
coupe and the calm sedan. Across the line are spread such
a diversity of models that it is really hard to find another
vehicle of one name that offers so many configurations.
In short, Chrysler aims to hit nearly every car-buying demographic
with the Sebring line-not a bad marketing strategy at all.
If you live in a nice climate, the idea of a convertible-if
you don't already have one-must be pretty tantalizing. But
you don't want just any convertible; you want one that is
made by a manufacturer with proven success in the style.
Well, Chrysler rekindled America's love affair with open
air driving with the 1982 LeBaron ragtop, and now it's doing
the same with the Sebring convertible. They know just what
convertible owners want, and they know how to give it to
The massive model blitz spread over the 2004 Chrysler Sebring
line already been noted, and it's difficult not to return
to it again and again. With the Sebring convertible, there
are four trim levels from which to choose: LX, GTC, LXi
The two-door 2004 Chrylser Sebring convertible has room
for five passengers total, though four is probably more
probable. Inside the 2004 Sebring convertible, it's all
about practicality. The GTC model features a sporty instrument
cluster and a unique patterned instrument panel bezel with
GTC badging. The gauges include speedometer, tachometer,
odometer, trip odometer, fuel level and coolant temperature.
While the entry-level LX model trim has plenty of appointments,
it doesn't reach the level of comfort of uplevel LXi and
Limited models. In these trims you'll find leather upholstery,
a leather-wrapped steering wheel with radio controls, a
6-way power driver seat, a trip computer, a compass and
an outside-temperature indicator. Options available with
the 2004 Sebring convertible include heated front seats
(LXi and Limited) and a Smoker's Package.
The Sebring convertible has a unique body design within
the Sebring family. However, the obvious mark of distinction
is its power convertible top. Double insulated, it has enough
thickness to protect you from the elements and keep you
warm inside if you need it.
There are two engines chosen to represent and power the
2004 Chrysler Sebring line. The first, found in LX models,
is a 2.4-liter, 4-cylinder model with 150 horsepower at
5200 rpm and 167 lb-ft of torque at 4000 rpm. The second,
powering the rest of the line, is a 2.7-liter V6 that will
move you with 200 horsepower at 5800 rpm and 190 lb-ft of
torque at 4850 rpm. Automatic transmission is standard except
for the sporty GTC convertible, which is also available
with manual transmission. In addition, Chrysler's AutoStick
automatic transmission with manual shift gate is available
on the top-line Limited convertible.
The Sebring is a front-wheel drive vehicle. A fully-independent
short/long-arm double wishbone suspension provides a flat
ride. This suspension configuration combines with the Sebring's
stiff structure and refined steering to give drivers a highly
Safety and Security
This body stiffness is also important in withstanding potential
impacts, while the Sebring convertible's handling helps
you avoid any on the road. Next Generation multistage driver
and front passenger airbags inflate with forces appropriate
to the severity of impact.