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I currently have a gold 1998 Chrysler Sebring Limited convertible. I want to purchase another used Sebring convertible, but I hear horror stories about the 2.7 L engine in used Chrysler convertibles. The 2005 though has a 7 yr/70,000 mile warranty which I hope will take care of any problems if they occur. What do you think about the engine and about the 2005 in particular?

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Lori Johnson, Owner and Instructor at Ladies Start Your Engines Dear Rebecca, Take a look at this review about the 2005 Sebring and hopefully it will help you make your decision. It's always good to have a warranty that is still valid for a vehicle, but make sure of the coverage and realize that after the time and mileage are up you will be responsible for repairs. www.edmunds.com/chrysler/sebring/review.html While I did find some articles about that particular engine having sludge problems, I didn't see any TSBs (Technical Service bulletins) about this problem. This could mean that it's not really a bad problem, or Chrysler doesn't see it as a problem. Either way, make sure you have a certified technician go over the vehicle before you purchase it. They should be able to tell you if they see signs of sludging in the engine. Also know that if you have this problem you will most likely have to produce receipts for oil changes to prove that they were done. This could be difficult when buying a used vehicle. Good luck. Lori Johnson

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