WTF Car? Awards: Chrysler Sebring

Posted by The Insider at 11:40 am on Friday January 23, 2009

Winner of the Hire Car Nightmare Award…

So bad, even the man at Hertz will wince apologetically as he hands you the keys. This car has no reason – no right – to exist.

It’s ugly, drives like a boat and feels flimsier than a Poundstretcher bog roll holder. According to the Sebring website, ‘the soft top retracts and folds and the boot opens and closes with nothing more than a finger’s command’.

We can think of a fingered command for it, but it ain’t polite. It’s crass, unrefined and noisy too – a fact not helped by the generally accepted wisdom that Chrysler will be history before the year’s out. At least it’ll take the Sebring down with it.

Agree with this? Wade in below. We’ll add up the total number of comments on each of the WTF Car? Award posts to work out the overall winner, so type carefully.

See the other contenders in our WTF Car? Awards gallery

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  1. stef01 said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 12:20 pm Link to comment Report comment

    and this is exactly the reason why they go down, because they build crappy cars like this one…

  2. Tiff said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 12:23 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Got to be the Sebring- Awful in every way.

  3. Rod said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 12:36 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Just no..no…absolutely no. And they begged the US goverment so they can build more! Someone somewhere should hang their head in shame!

  4. Iain said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 1:36 pm Link to comment Report comment

    This is a useless car…

  5. Dr Car Death said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 2:11 pm Link to comment Report comment

    My ‘WTF Award’ goes to the ‘Fix It Again Tony’ (FIAT) Punto. This car is as useful as a Nissan Micra with flat tyres and we all know how bad that is going to be.

    There are only two uses for a Punto, as an object to crush, ideally with the owner still strapped in, or live fire practice on the tank range, ideally with the owner still strapped in.

    The Punto is an affront to any right minded motorist, designed by computers, built by robots and definitely driven by morons, just like its predecessor, the Uno, which was as bad as the Punto, and when you look at Punto Mk1, the same crap in a slightly updated carton.

    Keep death off the roads, blow up a punto…

  6. Vote said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 2:16 pm Link to comment Report comment

    I’m pretty sure this deserves worst car of the year award. Do comply.

  7. Duyster said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 2:22 pm Link to comment Report comment

    My father used to have one of these, albeit not the convertible and one from the last generation. It really wasn’t a very good car. After he crashed it (hehe) he temporarily drove a Ford Fiesta that had better seats and more useful legroom from the passenger seat. He now drives a Prius…

  8. lowcostlawyer said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 3:05 pm Link to comment Report comment

    I’d rather walk in the mud on poorly made crutches.

  9. The Lovecat said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 3:32 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Its like someone designed it with a crayon, built it out of wax and then left it out in the sun to melt for a while :(

  10. Craigh.. said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 3:53 pm Link to comment Report comment

    I can only think of one car that is uglier than Chrysler Sebring – it`s another Chrysler Sebring.
    I pity the fool who bought one..

  11. autorock said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 4:13 pm Link to comment Report comment

    the only good thing about the hard-top is that it has a roof (to hide behind).
    so whats the point in sticking your head out of a plastic, ugly, american car, for all to see?!

  12. Tom TG said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 4:18 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Looks like alump of American cheese

  13. Ricardo said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 4:53 pm Link to comment Report comment

    I thought I’d never say this, but I would rather have a Megane CC than this piece of one-sided cheeseburger! It’s AWFUL! And just by looking at it you can tell it drives like the early 90’s Hyundais, it’ll be all over the place if you drive it faster than 20mph.

    I believe Chrysler should be better at making bycicles.

  14. Ginge said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 4:56 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Definately gets my vote!

  15. Yankee petrolhead said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 4:58 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Those cars were total crap from the very first edition, which I had the unfortunate experience of having to drive on a motorway. It terrified me so badly I stopped the car after one mile and forced the owner to keep driving. That car was truly unsafe at any speed. Luckily it was crashed soon after

  16. Mikeado said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 5:16 pm Link to comment Report comment

    It just looks like it was made of metal that not even Hot Wheels or Matchbox would go anywhere near! Top that off with a shade of silver that exudes all the uniqueness and imagination as white A4 paper, some tackily chromed wheels, and far too much “Creme” leather – well, I say leather – and you end up withan American shite box.

    At least local rival GM realised they were doing the same and started to fix it with the Insignia…

    Also, I think this is the first blog with no crazy commenters defending it. That surely says a lot.

  17. remy01 said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 5:34 pm Link to comment Report comment

    the car for americans too lazy to afford a good car…honestly, who the hell would be retarded enough to buy this crap…good riddance chrysler…

  18. Iceman FIN said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 5:45 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Aww Chrysler (just give up already)… never liked their cars, have “accidentally” crashed into one that almost broke into pieces, sure as hell gets my vote.

  19. farsight said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 5:50 pm Link to comment Report comment

    at the risk of getting lynched iam not convinced its ugly, not pretty mind u just not ugly, awful in every other respect though

  20. Minacciol.com said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 6:16 pm Link to comment Report comment

    All aboard the failboat on this one.

  21. DELTA 9 FOOLS said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 6:24 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Having had multiple first hand experiences with this vehicle (Being that my own Mother actually owns one of these disgraceful vehicles.) and various run-ins with their often repugnant owners. I can state very plainly that this vehicle is utter rubbish and is amongst other reasons the very reason Chrysler is tumbling. I certainly hope you folks across the pond don’t have to see as many of these as I endure on a daily basis here in the U.S.

  22. santiagofdz said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 7:49 pm Link to comment Report comment

    I’ll go on a limb and agree with farsight, It’s not beautiful, it’s not even nice, but I don’t think it’s ugly.

    That said I once rented a Dodge Avenger (same car, different sheetmetal), and it was terrible, the 10 year old Civic my folks drive has far better plastics even after 10 years of use, and far superior interior design! And that’s not taking into account how the Avenger/Sebring drives, it really was bloody auful; no composure, no grip, no confidence under braking, not one redeeming feature.

    Not surprising that Chrysler is likely going to die, I can’t see FIAT keeping alive too many of those models.

  23. tejas said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 7:50 pm Link to comment Report comment

    ITS MORE LIKE A CART OR SOMETHING EVEN OUR BULLOCK CARTS ARE BETTER.

  24. Painter203 said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 8:41 pm Link to comment Report comment

    I recently had a hardtop model as a rental and it was without a doubt the worst new car I’ve ever driven (was happier with an Aveo).

  25. xblade said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 9:27 pm Link to comment Report comment

    it has to be this one!
    it checks all the boxes:
    1)american
    2)ex-4 door convertible
    3)ugly as hell
    4)made to last 1 year
    5)cheap soft-top non-sportscar WHY?

  26. Miguel said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 10:27 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Even the look of the thing makes me sick. It isn’t even worthy of being called a car because it isn’t just as good as one.

  27. smeege said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 12:25 am Link to comment Report comment

    They’re hard to see in this picture, but the body lines surrounding the fog lights look like a poor attempt at Egyptian sculpture, and have no business on a car. The Sebring should win on those alone. Anyone can build a bad car these days, it takes years of practice to design something that apalling.

  28. Tom said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 12:32 am Link to comment Report comment

    It just looks like to me a korean car and sumone tried to americanise it with that bumper. I am sorry if i want to buy a american car I do not want it to be boring i want it to scream look at me im george bush I will say stupid lines, make an idiot of my country and I will shout proudly that I am american not do not look at me I do not want to be american.

  29. tele said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 2:47 am Link to comment Report comment

    Yeah its ugly, looks cheap and doesn’t feel solid. But I’m going to blame the Germans. Merger of equals my Aunt Fanny. Lutz was smart and moved to GM.
    I’ve been a MOPAR fan since my father’s 1970 Barracuda convertable (which still runs). I’ve always driven MOPAR with good success. But this last time I went with an Accord. The inside didn’t look like it was made by Tupperware. Besides try finding an American car with a V-6, 4 doors and a real manual transmission.

  30. Robert said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 3:26 am Link to comment Report comment

    It is a truly terrible car, but just think… is it really as disappointing as an X6?

  31. szlevi said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 5:33 am Link to comment Report comment

    For whatever reason I LIKE the front of the Sebrings – dunno why but it sure looks better than Chevy or Chrysler (or ugly Land Rover etc) noses.

    Never had one but it is NOT an ugly car, that’s for sure – BMW’s X5 or X6 looks far worse with that primitive Russian-mafia styling…

    …did you see the new MB E-Klasse? DISGUSTING FRONT, absolutely disgusting.

  32. Ben said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 9:35 am Link to comment Report comment

    Drove across nine states in America last year, with the longest journey being Rapid City to Denver (470 miles) in one day.

    It is by far – by FAR – the worst car I have ever driven, or been driven in. It handled like a stoned ox, accelerated like a laden skip and had the build quality of a 70s Doctor Who set.

    Despite it being a huge car, it had so little space inside (particularly with the roof down) that our two suitcases had to be wedged in to the back seat, meaning my heavily pregnant wife was sat with her knees under her chin in the passenger seat. Combine that with woeful interior design and a set of constant bonging noises that would drive a Mormon to drink, and you have a truly excreble car.

  33. bugsy said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 12:48 pm Link to comment Report comment

    this is an awful car

  34. PatBMW said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 5:45 pm Link to comment Report comment

    a rental car thats an embarrasment to america.

  35. RandonCarGuy said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 5:55 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Well, i´m sad to kick an alreaydy-beaten dog but this has got to be it. Altough the viper is crude if decent fun, THIS should be taken back and shot with no further explanations.

    Ugly, messy, cheap. Wrong proportions. What were they thinking? Who was selling them adulterated drugs?

  36. Dale said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 6:06 pm Link to comment Report comment

    I really cant see how Chrysler thought that would appeal to ANYONE in Europe.Does’t appeal to the young,old,posh,cheap or mentally insane.

    If the Sebring alone did’t appeal then do the maths!

  37. Karl Marx said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 6:50 pm Link to comment Report comment

    It’s so wrong it could have been made in mother Russia by russian workers (Who NEVER managed to do something with four wheels properly, as Mr. Clarkson proved recently)

  38. mr. me said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 7:27 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Hate, hate, hate, hate, hate. Double hate. LOATH ENTIRELY. -The grinch

    i completely agree.

  39. lee.g said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 9:35 pm Link to comment Report comment

    my mum and dad had a hard top version of this as a rent car and it was awful because it has a stupid saftey system and the hand break was on the left a bit for fat people all they cared about was thinking about the americans and not us europenes

  40. RWF said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 9:47 pm Link to comment Report comment

    What an ugly moose!

  41. Prince Snob Said said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 10:19 pm Link to comment Report comment

    As we know, every car made in Europe is the best in the world, a car made anywhere else is crap. This we Europeans know, whether we’ve driven it or even seen it personally. Come to think of it, our continent has never built a bad car.

    But by the way, thank you for saving our arse in WWII, putting a man on the moon / rovers on Mars and space technology, computer / internet technology, the iPhone, iPod, your motion picture industry, telly shows, real football, etc, etc….

  42. Boy George said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 10:21 pm Link to comment Report comment

    The designers of the Sebring should be brought to my prison cell and receieve 50 lashes.

  43. Tony Blair said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 10:24 pm Link to comment Report comment

    If Top Gear says so, it must be true. I believe everything I read on the internet.

  44. Osama bin Laden said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 10:33 pm Link to comment Report comment

    The Sebring designers should be put to death. Allah says so, so it must be true.

  45. yikes said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 10:57 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Agreed. Hired the previous version in America and have NEVER seen such a cheap, unpleasant interior in any other car.

  46. szlevi said...
    Sunday January 25, 2009 at 3:24 am Link to comment Report comment

    “(Who NEVER managed to do something with four wheels properly, as Mr. Clarkson proved recently)”

    He didn’t prove sh!t except that he’s soo stupid he still keeps spreading that utter nonsense about Hybrid Prius vs H3 – that alone should tell you everything about Clarkson’s knowledge…

  47. Hamzah said...
    Sunday January 25, 2009 at 3:29 am Link to comment Report comment

    I drive the sedan version of this car. I didn’t buy it, it was given to me. It actually came with a paper bag so you can wear it on your face to avoid public embarrassment.

  48. Screen Name said...
    Sunday January 25, 2009 at 6:35 am Link to comment Report comment

    No, just no.

  49. Vie said...
    Sunday January 25, 2009 at 12:13 pm Link to comment Report comment

    I’m proud to say I’ve never seen any of these revolting and apparently honorificly bad cars, going from the reviews I’ve heard of it, on the road here in the UK.

    Which at least says something good about the car buying public.

  50. jacob said...
    Sunday January 25, 2009 at 12:17 pm Link to comment Report comment

    de punto is a gr8 car, y do u think u see such a damn lot of em. so mr death car, u no nothin , and if u ask de top gear lot, they will say de punto is a good car coz its cheap, and has good equipment and runing costs so shut up coz u no nothin

  51. Alfa Male said...
    Sunday January 25, 2009 at 12:51 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Rented the old model on holiday a few years ago. It was dynamically way off the European benchmark, the interior was made of Tupperware and the roof needed a smidge of manual labour to close, but it looked pretty good, maybe even a bit classy. I’m guessing all the old crap stuff is still there, only this time in an ugly suit. Ribbed bonnets are for 2CVs.

  52. This Car Is said...
    Sunday January 25, 2009 at 2:37 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Hideous

  53. Lloydy said...
    Sunday January 25, 2009 at 7:02 pm Link to comment Report comment

    stupid american tosh. the only good car to come out of america that is 100% american is the ford mustang 1966 because of its looks and engine – and that still needs suspension kits disc conversion and a decent paintjob

  54. Jonny Kilgallon said...
    Sunday January 25, 2009 at 7:35 pm Link to comment Report comment

    I rented one in san fransico and went around the wine country last summer, at 40mph the convertible hood (which was retracted) became very loose and started to flap. Two buttons on the dash didn’t work, one being the volume and the other button was the one which enabled you to change the radio station, which meant i could either listen to hill billie’s on bangos on full volume or the sound of the dash board shaking when i exceeded 30mph.
    The drivers door was wonky as well and didn’t close properly.
    After a day with one i traded it in for a ford mustang, the difference was so vast, and the ford isn’t exactly a well built car either.

  55. gnynick said...
    Sunday January 25, 2009 at 7:37 pm Link to comment Report comment

    this has to be the worse car of the century. When it first came out (saloon version, open top is worse) I almost vomited, it is so ugly I would take an axe to it; and yet, there are quite a few of these things on the road (I live in Canada by the way). Why would they do such thing? I mean the hood looks like one of Gorge Foreman’ grill, maybe Chrysler made it like that on purpose so the Americans can grill a burger while driving.

  56. american idol said...
    Sunday January 25, 2009 at 8:21 pm Link to comment Report comment

    why more wtf than any other cheap ami convertible ?????????????????????????  ???????????????????

  57. Tom Servo said...
    Sunday January 25, 2009 at 10:02 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Here’s a chuckle: In the US, Chrysler was aiming squarely at the Accord-Camry end of the scale when they built the Sebring. They wanted to become a major player in the “mid-level sedan” market.

    Oh, what sweet sweet fail.

  58. Hiro11 said...
    Monday January 26, 2009 at 1:09 am Link to comment Report comment

    I have only one defense to offer for my fellow Americans: keep in mind that no Americans like this car either. As the title of this award indicates, it’s a car that’s sold almost entirely only to rental fleets. The only privately owned ones are sold to 80 year old Florida retirees who want a convertible but live on a fixed income. Please don’t confuse the crap offerings of American car companies with the taste of the American car buyer. I promise, we buy M3s over here too.

  59. Autofiliac said...
    Monday January 26, 2009 at 11:54 am Link to comment Report comment

    Why do u thrash evey U.S car? Not everybody goes to a track-day every sunday.It`s not half bad to look at,and as a cruiser for a reasonable price,im sure it does the job…And when u dont buy the most expensive,u have to compromise.This car is based on the 1st Merc SLK,so it cant be THAT awful to drive?And how often does one drive a car on the absolute edge?O.K,cheap interior,but it`s NOT a premium car!This car shouldn`t be on this list at all.Just take aminute to think how many butt-ugly cars are out there,wich is nowhere to be found on this list:Scion,the brick from toyota,the Prius,the new Impreza etc,etc…

  60. Autofiliac said...
    Monday January 26, 2009 at 11:56 am Link to comment Report comment

    P.S:I`m not american,and i drive a Boxter,and to “why not a 911?”My dad bought it for me.

  61. Vie said...
    Monday January 26, 2009 at 12:32 pm Link to comment Report comment

    The Sebring is in no way built on an SLK platform. For a start the SLK was a small convertible, the Sebring is a large saloon and Convertible based on the Chrysler JS platform (Basically a modified clone of the Mitsubishi GS platform).

    This platform is shared with the following:
    Dodge Caliber
    Jeep Compass
    Jeep Patriot
    Dodge Avenger
    Dodge Journey

    What feature unites all of those cars? Oh yes, there all awful to drive!

    And it can’t be the Platforms fault, since the Mitsubishi GS platform is still used on the Evo X. It must be the modifications Chrysler have made to the platform, and there own incompetence.

  62. american idol said...
    Monday January 26, 2009 at 12:52 pm Link to comment Report comment

    uhum…beacuse it´s cheaper…

  63. portox said...
    Monday January 26, 2009 at 5:26 pm Link to comment Report comment

    no comments .. i though this were the worsts cars in the world .. not the worst boats… ( i think it would do better then jeremys car boat XD )

  64. Duyster said...
    Monday January 26, 2009 at 10:07 pm Link to comment Report comment

    @Autofiliac: Scions aren’t sold in Europe as Scions, so they’re out. A Prius is quite ugly but it serves some sort of purpose as a hybrid. The Impreza apparently isn’t that bad to drive.

    The Chrysler Sebring is ugly, built badly and isn’t nice to drive. It’s also no good as a cheap convertible, because there are several convertibles cheaper than this.

    Oh and you don’t have to drive a car on the edge to notice that the springs are too soft and the steering wheel is too big. Taking a corner at more than 10 miles an hour will tell you that.

  65. 3elements said...
    Monday January 26, 2009 at 11:03 pm Link to comment Report comment

    My mother in law had one of these. The worst-built modern car I’ve ever been in, and a good argument for Chrysler going the way of Edsel and AMC.

  66. Jim Bob said...
    Tuesday January 27, 2009 at 8:27 am Link to comment Report comment

    It could be worse-it could be a Ssangyong Rhodius or a Fiat Multipla!

  67. Autofiliac said...
    Tuesday January 27, 2009 at 10:31 am Link to comment Report comment

    Duyster:Did u see the TG-episode where the Lancer(Evo,mind you) drove rings around the Impreza WRX STI?Litterary! Smashed it in EVERY way!

  68. Puke Watson said...
    Tuesday January 27, 2009 at 10:33 am Link to comment Report comment

    In South Africa, they are more scares that Italian Supercars, and cheap. If you want exclusivity, this is what you are looking for.

    However, included in the price is a free “I am the WTF champion” badge to be worn at all times while driving the car…. because…. WTF WERE YOU THINKING WHEN YOU BOUGHT THIS PIECE OF CRAP!!!!

    I reckon I’d rather be seen an any of the other WTF candidates, that in this. No, I’d rather take South African Public Transport before I am seen in this!

  69. Autofiliac said...
    Tuesday January 27, 2009 at 10:39 am Link to comment Report comment

    Why does dat smiley-face appear when im tryig to make 2 dots on top of each other? Anyways,a car is something YOU should feel good in.YOU!Not everybody outside the car.If my nan,68 yrs old wats one of these,let her if she likes it.She dont know enything about suspension,or handling!You think its ugly,i dont!Would i buy one?NEVER EVER!But some ppl will…

  70. Twinkle said...
    Tuesday January 27, 2009 at 11:46 am Link to comment Report comment

    I feel a porn director with a greasy moustahce and a gang of barely dressed transvestite wenches on the run from the fuzz would be at home in this… tub… of a vehicle…

  71. too much time said...
    Tuesday January 27, 2009 at 12:10 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Walking just got interesting

  72. Mikeado said...
    Tuesday January 27, 2009 at 5:15 pm Link to comment Report comment

    @ No.69, so you’re saying it’s ok to buy one if you know or think nothing of cars?

    I suppose if you’re in America and you just want something with a folding roof that goes and stops – not really bothered with turning – then it’s one option. But standards are higher here, and outside America this doesn’t cut it.

  73. Duyster said...
    Tuesday January 27, 2009 at 6:54 pm Link to comment Report comment

    @67: It is true that in that report Top Gear said the Evo was a better car. It was also a lot more expensive. This can still make the Subaru the best car you can buy for 25k.

    There are cheaper convertibles that are also better and better looking than the Sebring. That certainly makes it a daft decision to buy the Sebring

  74. 1972vw said...
    Tuesday January 27, 2009 at 8:37 pm Link to comment Report comment

    This is a truly appaling car. No wonder American automakers are going down the tubes-they come up with junk like this. Or that revolting Pontiac Aztec…cars like that need to be recalled and crushed. The automakers have done that with their cars before (EV-1) and they could and should do so again. But most Americans just want something that goes, stops, and turns. They don’t care how quickly or how comfortably that it does those things. I am American, and I swear I’m one of the few who actually takes pride in their car anymore.

  75. er'indoors said...
    Tuesday January 27, 2009 at 9:52 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Never have I bben so grateful to give a hire car back. At one point I seriously thought the steering was broken- it is certainly not connected to the wheels via any means that relates movement of the steering wheel to the direction of travel.

    Interior was nice- as long as you are safely parked!

  76. SD said...
    Tuesday January 27, 2009 at 10:27 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Useless car, with awful looks. But interesting, that the new VW Passat CC’s got the same rear end!

  77. manders1301 said...
    Tuesday January 27, 2009 at 11:50 pm Link to comment Report comment

    i actually saw one of these yesterday, couldnt believe my eyes! felt sorry for the poor guy driving it …

  78. Jonny5isalive said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 7:21 am Link to comment Report comment

    One of the most ridiculous body stylings on the hood, what are those?…speed fins that channel air along the rest of the crappy body? The person who designed this car was the brightest kid, in down-syndrome class.

  79. Bullfighter said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 6:21 pm Link to comment Report comment

    This is bad news. We were hoping you Europeans would buy them all. :(

    By way of incentive, you get a free Compass if you buy a Sebring.

  80. California Stig said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 7:09 pm Link to comment Report comment

    This is why when I rent a car, I pay for the next higher class as to avoid being stuck with one of these. When Webster invents a new and more descriptive word for awful, this is the definition.

  81. anniemare said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 7:53 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Sorry Ladies and Gents, after having driven one of these and an Aveo, it is still the Aveo.

    I drove one of these in Atlanta, GA, in the summer. It was the hard top version. I just shake my head. There is but one requirement, one absolute must have for driving in the southern US in the middle of summer:

    AIR CONDITIONING

    The car started every day I had it, so bonus. When I had to get all the way across Atlanta to catch a rescheduled flight in a big damn hurry I was able to weave traffic in it, although the acceleration sucked quite a bit. What I was not able to do was have Air Con when it was brain-melting hot with 85%+ humidity. It kept cutting in and out and in and out. Rental car place said that was a common problem.

    Chrysler can and has built some really good cars. I would like an explanation for this thing. There has GOT to be a reason that this crapfest was EVER let off an assembly line.

  82. California Jeeper said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 8:17 pm Link to comment Report comment

    I used to like Chrysler. My 2001 Sebring Coupe is a pretty nice car, handles well, and the V6 has decent power. Of course, the Coupe back then was a Mitsubishi Eclipse with different sheet metal. I wouldn’t buy any of their cars today, except maybe the Challenger.

  83. dedigger said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 9:16 pm Link to comment Report comment

    my nephew hired one when he came to visit last summer and I have never driven a more unpleasant piece of crap in my life. Handles like a soggy shoebox and the shoebox has nicer interior.

  84. McGowan said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 9:52 pm Link to comment Report comment

    tbh, I’d rather blow-torch my testicles than drive this. buying an american car is bad enough, but a convertable version? you sir should be hanged

  85. Jamiro said...
    Thursday January 29, 2009 at 4:16 am Link to comment Report comment

    Ok, I`m gonna type carefully: CRAAAAAAAAP!!!!

    Thank you, Thank you very much

  86. Kim said...
    Thursday January 29, 2009 at 12:52 pm Link to comment Report comment

    The bonnet of this car has clearly been styled to look like it’s draped in a large scrotum.

  87. Simmsled said...
    Friday January 30, 2009 at 4:34 am Link to comment Report comment

    It is an American rental-fleet car. The structure is akin to Spandex and not nearly as comfortable to be in, the rear combination lamps and the rear applique look like two different people designed them and did not get to talk to each other about where they should meet up. The name forsakes a hallowed motorsports circuit and it’s existence says Chrysler wants to be the official car of “go see grandma in Florida”.

    Junk.

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