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Twins: Platform-sharing pleasures

Platform sharing brought the Chrysler Sebring and Dodge Avenger into 2007 and 2008, respectively, on a new platform while offering new styling, engines and features. 

Platform sharing brought the Chrysler Sebring and Dodge Avenger into 2007 and 2008, respectively, on a new platform while offering new styling, engines and features.


These corporate twins from Chrysler were offered in a sedan model, while the Sebring could be had as an affordable convertible.


Power came from a 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine with 172 horsepower, or a 3.5-litre V6 with 235. Look for four or six-speed automatic transmissions.


All models were front-wheel drive, though All Wheel Drive (AWD) could be specified on certain models in certain years.


Look for features like automatic climate control, heated leather seats, a sunroof, premium audio by Boston Acoustics, navigation, Bluetooth and sexy LED interior lighting.


Consider either the Sebring or Avenger as an alternative to models like the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion or Chevrolet Malibu.


Common issues to be aware of


Among the most common problems reported with this generation of Sebring and Avenger were related to electronics. Stalling, sporadic power delivery and even transmission driveability issues could all be electronics related — so be sure to ask the seller if they’ve ever experienced such problems and whether or not they’ve been rectified.


Some owners say the stalling issue is more prevalent in cold or damp weather and at low speeds.

 
 
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