• Aug 2, 2010
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Chrysler is so confident that you're going to go for the upcoming Sebring and Dodge Avenger that it's reportedly adding 900 workers and another shift to the Sterling Heights where the models are assembled. That's quite a turnaround, seeing how the factory was one of the eight slated for closure during Chrysler's bankruptcy. The updates for both cars include revised suspensions and interiors, with the convertible getting a Pentastar V6 to boot.

According to The Associated Press, the extra manpower will initially come from laid-off workers at Chrysler factories in Detroit, Michigan, Twinsburg, Ohio and Racine, Wisconsin. The 1,270 Sterling Heights workers currently employed at the plant have been living under a cloud of uncertainty regarding the plant's future, but with assembly of themodels secured, morale is on the mend. Perhaps the bigger question is, will the factory build the much-rumored, recently patent-submitted 200C?



[Source: The Associated Press via Google]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Most people complaining about these cars never drove one,or if they did it was a beat up rental...but most look at pictures and read other peoples points of view,as they ride a bike or take a bus...

      These cars are reliable,better thasn my 05 Honda and more reliable than both of my BMW's..I just dont understand where these ignorant people come from ? Your 1990 Civic is not a good car,garbage in todays world,as is a 1998 BMW is junk ! My wifes Avenger does everything better than my old 98 BMW ! Hell,it even drives smoother than my 04 BMW 3 series !!

      Another thing with Chrysler the base model has a mussier ride,the mid levels have a different suspension set up and the top model has another suspension set up,so if you drive a base model you cant compare that and say all models of the car drive/handle the same way !! Though they are set up to be comfortable,smooth drivers..I guess people on here like rough riding cars,eg..my bMW drives like a wagon on the highway and swerves lane to lane in spots if not holding with 2 hands,my wifes Avenger,drive in the same spot with your pinky ,it goes straight and smooth !!
      • 4 Years Ago
      People are still buying this car?
      • 4 Years Ago
      @Dan
      "wasnt underpowerd"

      (I hate the comment system here)
      • 4 Years Ago
      I had never actually driven an Avenger or Sebring until a few weeks ago. Some chick plowed into the back of my Mazda3 and knocked me into the line of traffic ahead of me....so I have a rental for 3-4 weeks while my MZ3 gets pieced back together! fun....

      They gave me a 2010 Dodge Avenger R/T, Inferno Red with Black Leather and barely 2000 miles on the clock. My only other option was a light blue Toyota Yaris 3-door...so the Dodge seemed like the better choice. Immediately, I was put-off by the look and feel of the interior plastics. It's amazing how Mazda or even Ford can make a black interior look classy and/or sporty, but Chrysler can only manage to look 'CHEAP'!

      As I pulled away, I got another nasty surprise- it had the base 2.4L 4-cylinder and 4-speed automatic. What a joke!

      The manager of the rental place was surprised when I returned with it after the first weekend wanting to exchange it....for just about anything else. I've been driving a 2010 Kia Optima ever since with no complaints. It's plain as mud, but has a nice interior, decent ride and a very good 5-speed automatic transmission....and it's not so stupid looking!
        • 4 Years Ago
        The 3.5L V6 was standard in the Avenger R/T only for the 2008 model year. Starting in 2009, the R/T has the 2.4L I-4 standard the same as the lower trim levels. The 3.5L V6 and 6-speed automatic are a $2250 option on the 2010 model.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Last time I checked, the only engine available in the R/T is the 3.5L V6 w/ 235hp.....
      • 4 Years Ago
      At least they got rid of a few of those delicious looking ribs that used to run up the hood.
      And, the interior looks refreshingly simple, unlike some of the cluttered messes on the market. But it's still a dog. After discounts, an inexpensive dog.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What an embarrassing car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "... example of what a domestic brand is capable of making."

        ... example of what a domestic brand controlled and strangled by a foreign automaker who just didn't care is capable of making.

        There, fixed it for ya.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @John H.
        Exactly, it is the perfect rental car: a convertible that's cheap to maintain, insure and replace. It's just fun enough for a family on vacation in Florida, but basic and "boring" (i.e. not considered a teenage boy's wet dream) enough for your grandma. It doesn't cost more than a Camry, but can be rented at a higher premium.

        There's really no other car with these characteristics.

        Of course, it's not a car that anyone should own as a personal car. It's not practical in terms of resale value, which is something rental fleets don't care as much about. Their cars get so much mileage that they're a hard sell. Of course, rental fleets do make some money off of used goods, but it's trivial. It's also not practical for commuting or daily life.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes, embarrassing for the sad saps that buy these, embarrassing for the people who have to rent them, embarrassing for Dodge/Chrysler loyalists who have this eyesore in the line-up of a company they support, embarrassing for Americans who have this car as an example of what a domestic brand is capable of making. Perhaps I'm getting a little too extreme, but this thing was an inferior POS when it came out and despite its crappiness Chrysler chooses to keep it around beyond normal life cycle without improvement to its flaws.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm just sad that I might get another one instead of the new Cruze as my next rental...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Not as embarrassing as the Nissan Micra convertible we have over here in the UK. Look it up :D
        • 4 Years Ago
        Embarrassing for whom? For the many people who have purchased this car, it provides them with all they need and then some.
      • 4 Years Ago
      People still buy these?
      • 4 Years Ago
      The sebring is too small for me to fit comfortably. Im 5'10. Average male height.

      I rarely but ever even see these on a lot for sale brand new. Last one i saw was a fleet deal that went south. Never see them on the road without a comercial plate.

      The beginning of chryslers 3rd bankrupsy.

      "Lets make millions of them and when nobody buys we will sell them for half off, lets give it to the dealership in the rear for ordering these cars and not being able to sell them unless there 2 m/y old"
      • 4 Years Ago
      As a life long Chrysler fan I too was disappointed with the Sebring, but my God, it's not nearly as bad as some have implied or stated. The styling was a poor execution of a show car that was widely praised (I forget what it was called) at the NY Autoshow, but was mangled in the translation to production, thanks to Daimlers' interference.
      I'm not sure if the leaked drawings are the Sebring replacement (a dead ringer for the 200C showcar) or a shortened RWD sedan also rumored for Chrysler.
      I hope Chrysler is right and demand for the mid-size twins picks up considerably and the next generation is given a fair shake by the press and is not hounded for "old time sake."
      I do like the Avenger and some attention to detail could translate into a competative entry. With Pentastar power and the dual clutch transmission along with a totally re tooled suspension, I hope it finds favor with the buying public as well as the press. Chrysler seems to think so.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Oh please, the ergonomics of the Sebring/Avenger are no worse than any other car in it's class. Controls are very easy to reach unless your about 2'11". Interiors aren't great, and chassis could stand more refinement. Money that should have went into these programs instead went into Maybach, Smart and Freightliner.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Dan
        Ive driven the 2.7 v6 sebring and the engine was perfectly adiquite. Sure i wasnt going to win a race with it but it certanly was underpowerd. Maybe i have lower standards then you. I also found it to me fine in the comfort department, maybe thats because the one i drove had leather seats.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Actually it really is that bad. You will find the ride comfort horrid. The interior is quite uncomfortable and not well engineered for convince and the car rolls in turns like no ones business. The Power is non existent for a v6. The one I drove (on a road trip) was quite the uncomfortable plasitc box. Its a friends car and as a matter of fact she has had it in and out for warranty work on three occasions (blown strut, bad plugs from factory, and something wrong with the transmission, which I cant recall specifics) I think the worst part about the car was the steering. I usually enjoy road trips and driving, but on that one I didnt care to drive but instead to sit in the passengers seat on blankets to my tush (no lie).
      • 4 Years Ago
      Are they kidding? Didn't know there was that much fleet business left in these tired old puppies, but I guess there must be. Otherwise why go to the expense?

      If "the new" Chrysler doesn't come up with a replacement to the Sebring with styling equal to, or better than the 200C concept, then the future doesn't look too good for their mid-size offerings.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Throws up please no....
        • 4 Years Ago
        I was going to give you a response, but after looking through your autoblog comment history, I've determined you're mentally disabled, so it would be unfair for me to say much of anything.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "wasnt underpowerd", not "was underpowerd"
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