By on September 2, 2009

The Sebring’s hood goes smooth starting with the 2010 model year. Will JC Whitney step into the breach?

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37 Comments on “What’s Wrong With This Picture: Strakes On A Plane Edition...”

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    It looks A LOT like a Mercedes E Class:

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    Nice try, but you can’t polish a turd.

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    There IS some hope in this world!

    I just realized that there’s a ton of money to be made by making lightweight, attractive, SMOOTH Crossfire hoods…

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    John R

    Still doesn’t look any better…well…it looks better than the Honda Crosstour [shivers].

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    Maybe they should offer them both ribbed and unribbed. It’s been done before, just not with cars.

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    Every little bit helps.

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    Kudos for incremental positive refinements of cars for the betterment of mankind. Like when the Aztek went cladding free, this is a welcome step in response to repeated criticism.

    But the similarities to the Aztek declad don’t end there – this is about as incremental as incremental gets, and I hope (but don’t believe) that this is only the first step in some seriously needed rejiggering of what is seemingly commonly acknowledged as America’s Worst Car.

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    These Sebrings are art compared to the horror twins that Honda is bringing out.
    The ZDX is bound to scare (and scar) little children.

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    The Sebring will still be known as the only rental car that has ever mechanically failed during my tenure with it (front brakes). Less than 30k miles even.

    From a stylistic point of view though, it goes from eh to meh.

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    Does it still have an interior by Playskool (TM), though?

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    Like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.

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    I liked the old hood. It was like peacock feathers, except the straked hood proclaimed that the driver was either a) not from around here or b) a poor decision maker.

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    red stick

    Just had one of these as a rental car for a week. The hood was not the problem. When are they going to replace the seats, which are the most uncomfortable I’ve ever encountered, or fix the high-pitched freeway whine, or the touchy power windows?

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    The loss of directional stability at highway speeds will be missed, especially when the suspension parts start to come loose @ 36k (at least on my rental).

    Michael Karesh: You made me spit salad dressing on my keyboard!

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    The JC Whitney reference is apt. In my neck of the woods (Chicago southland), everything from Ford Foci to Escalades are sprouting chrome ventiports of every size and shape imaginable. At least they’re sticking with 3 per side, and a few implimentations even look good (if you can overlook the fact that they’re clearly a cheap add-on). Hood ribs on a Hyundai could be the next big thing.

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    Hooray. I’ve been waiting since July for my fleet-tastic Stratus replacement. At least now when I get the corporate Sebring I won’t have to watch the dirt collect in those hood ribs. Not the kind of vehicle that will see a lot of car washes on my watch, I assure you.

    So glad the bean counters at my employer thought this car was the best solution for it’s employees instead of the Fusion.

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    When the Crossfire came out.. I bought the diecast model.. and throught it would set the market ON FIRE.

    Turns out 5yrs later.. the market just *yawn*.

    The car is a failure, and that concept for a 4dr = Sebring, is a total POS. If not for the strakes, then the lights and body.

    Then ya got the wonderous interior..


    Awful.. just awful.

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    Now there’s the major product change everyone’s been waiting for that’s sure to save the company.

    And title of the article should have been ‘The 2010 Sebring’s Hood Goes Brazillian’…

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    Well at least the hood no longer looks like a side panel from a garden shed. First one I saw of those in real life I laughed out loud. That was the stupidest piece of metal ever to be put on a car.

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    It looks as though it will do it’s part in Chrysler’s history as the 1965 Commander did for Studebaker.

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    What’s Hertz renting these for nowadays?

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    I refuse to pile on Chrysler anymore…it’s like trash talking the kids in the Special Olympics, fer Chrissakes.

    No doubt, they’re going to have a couple of really, really, really bad years with no new product beofre the new stuff hits the showrooms. In the meantime, they need to address the quality issues RIGHT NOW, so that by the time the decent product does come on line, they can hit the ground running.

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    Michael Karesh :
    September 2nd, 2009 at 11:27 am

    Maybe they should offer them both ribbed and unribbed. It’s been done before, just not with cars.

    The ribbed version could be aimed at ladies. Tagline: “ribbed for her pleasure.”

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    Just recently saw the old classic Pulp Fiction once again, and there’s an exchange that somehow springs to my mind:

    “Jules: Mmmm! Goddamn, Jimmie! This is some serious gourmet shit! Usually, me and Vince would be happy with some freeze-dried Taster’s Choice right, but he springs this serious GOURMET shit on us! What flavor is this?

    Jimmie: Knock it off, Julie.

    Jules: [pause] What?

    Jimmie: I don’t need you to tell me how fucking good my coffee is, okay? I’m the one who buys it. I know how good it is. When Bonnie goes shopping she buys SHIT. I buy the gourmet expensive stuff because when I drink it I want to taste it. But you know what’s on my mind right now? It AIN’T the coffee in my kitchen, it’s the dead [individual] in my garage.”

    The problem with the Sebring ain’t the ribbed hood, it’s the whole goddamn car. Trying to fix the problems of the car by making the hood flat is actually an insult to my intelligence.

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    Why would anyone make aftermarket parts for a Sebring? That’s like looking for a plastic knife sharpener, or buying a hutch to store your styrofoam cups.

    ClutchCarGo : That explains it. I mentioned on another thread that I saw a 3rd gen Eclipse with venti-ports on it last week. I wanted to ask the owner when he was going to add the white-wall tyres and the curb finders.

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    Ah, you don’t say you censored the N-word from my quote? That spoils the whole point. You know there are 276 F-words in Pulp Fiction?

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    FreedMike: “The ribbed version could be aimed at ladies. Tagline: “ribbed for her pleasure.””Yes, the Trojan-edition Sebring. Maybe it would finally motivate Mercury to come out with the long-awaited de Sade-edition Grand Marquis…

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    That’s a start. Maybe Ford will get the hint and remove the ribbing from the sides of the Flex.

    Not that I’d buy either vehicle with or without “strakes”, but the Chrysler hoods remind me of the deck of an old wooden boat, and every time I see a Ford Flex I think of vinyl house siding.

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    Bring back the strakes!

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    The strakes served as a warning for me to avert my eyes as a Sebring approached. Now I’ll be caught unawares.

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    Is this taking lipstick off a pig?

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    Kevin Kluttz

    It looks a lot like a Chrysler with bags under its eyes. Actually looks more like that Hyundai, just not as cutting-edge. Not bad, really.

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    “Actually looks more like that Hyundai, just not as cutting-edge. Not bad, really.”

    You know Kevin, I was thinking the exact same thing earlier today except the Hyundai looks like someone with a HUGE a$$ sat on the trunk lid.

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    It now comes with a sticker that says “No corrugated iron hog sheds were harmed during the making of this car.”

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    There are a couple of other changes:

    Sebring quietly refreshed
    September 3rd, 2009
    by DaveAdmin

    “Chrysler Sebring was given a mild refresh with active front-row head restraints and a new instrument cluster with LED backlighting; it also had a hood swap, losing the strakes, and the 17- and 18-inch wheels were replaced.”

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    FreedMike: “The ribbed version could be aimed at ladies. Tagline: “ribbed for her pleasure.””

    The only problem is that the car would have a tendency to want to ram into certain Subaru models.

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    Heathroi: brilliant!

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