Other bad things
Engine compartment so crowded I can't see the belts or the battery. I
hope I never have to fix anything.
A quart low on oil even though it had an oil change recently. The
sticker says I need another one in 2100 miles, so when would the
previous one have been, 3000 miles ago?? But only 77,000 miles so
maybe he just forgot to put in the last quart?
One rear seatbelt hidden behind seat, two of the other three twisted,
including the rear seat which I can't figure out how to make right, and
the driver's, which requires removing the seat molding to untwist even
though so far I can't figure out how the molding is attached.
The horn button is in a small area and hard to press, and the ad says
there is only one horn. Does that mean the other is broken, or did
they make cars with only one horn? I very rarely blow the horn but
when I do I'll like the button to be better.
Almost forgot this; Windshield washer bottle leaking and empty. It's
going to be a bear to remove it -- I'll practice at a junk yard -- but
at least it's the edge of the engine compartment. (Online instructions
include "Partially remove bumper fascia" Wow. Also maybe the wheel and
the fender liner!!! It might be easier to put a aqueeze bottle in the
glove compartment, like I did with starting ether one cold winter.
Compass works much of the time, but is off quite often, once sayin E for
a few seconds when I was going W! I might be able to recalibrate it,
when I get the owners manual, but if not, I have in the Toyota a
replacement rearview mirror with a good compass. (But good that the car
has a trip computer already. I won't have to hunt in junkyards.)
Black fabric covering sunvisors slightly tattered, but maybe can be
repaired noicely, or just removed. Black vinyl underneath.
Elastic holding top liner edges up, but eaay to replace. '88 Lebaron
used velcro to do this. I had to drill out the rivets holding separate
pieces of velcro, and I couldn't find replacments so I just used
stick-on, which worked amazingly well. But the long elastic bands are
a better design and will be easier to replace, at a fabric store.
Nothing in the rear-view mirror works, but maybe a fuse.
Other good things:
Pins and pin-receivers to guide the door into place when closing it, if
it ever sags, maybe because of Chrysler Lebaron's history of sagging
doors. Also good, these doors are bolted on, not welded, so if they
sag it will be for a different reason. The previous Lebaron a mechanic
welded the sagging door back to where it didn't sag anymore as long as I
had the car; took 35 minutes, charged me one hour's laber, which was
I was afraid because the dual overhaad cam chain is so long it would be
loud, especially compared to a belt like I've had before, and the Toyota
which is very quiet, but the Sebring seems quiet too, so far.
Electric trunk. After they stopped making American convertibles after
1976, when they resumed, they had forgotten a lot, and they would
stupidly put a mechanical remote trunk release in them. That meant if
you parked with the top down, someone could just climb over the door or
over the trunk, and get to the latch and open the trunk. I think I
converted one car, but the Toyota had no room for a direct cable,
solenoid to latch, so I had to bend the cable 90^ and then the solenoid
wasn't strong enough, and I didn't want a bigger solenoid. So finally
I have a factory electric release with remote.
(another mistake they made after 1983 was putting in prismatic
day/night mirrors in convertibles, instead of tinted rear-view mirrors.
With prismatic, when it's on Night and the top is down, every street
light etc. etc. appears in the mirror, moving as you drive down the
street. Now mirross on many cars dim electronically so that doesn't
happen anymore. .)
New fobs are only $11 and key blanks are only $8. They used to cost a
fortune; what happened?
Interior like new, except a tiny bit of seat stitching missing. .
In the cigarette port in the console, I put my finger in and it didn't
feel right. Eventually I found a penny in it, and eventually 7 pennies!
But now it works and it works when the car is not running, which I
There are a lot more Sebrings in junkyards than there were Toyota
Solaras (never found one), so certain parts will, if I ever need any, be
easier to find and much cheeper. I had lots of complaints about the
And finally, a great looking car, gold with a black top, when nothing
they've sold in the last 10 years looks as good to me. And only $2850.
(Plus 60 to get to Philly, 22 for owners manual) I'm happy with it,
and even if it turns out to be a financial mistake, I will still on
average have done very well on used cars, so them's the breaks.
BTW, as to the radio, it wasn't listed in the ad, nor was the CD
changer, and he told me that EBay changed its software after 10 good
years, and now sometimes they don't list everything he sends in. But
get this, he said sometimes they list things he didn't say.