5 reasons to love and hate Volga Siber
GAZ’s engineering project for turning Chrysler into the Volga can be called one of the most controversial in the history of the domestic auto industry. Some call Siber the best car ever to leave the assembly line of a Russian car factory, others consider the entire project an “epic feil” and a scam by GAZ top management for laundering state money. The more interesting to see what the real owners of this car write on the Internet …
We have already talked about the history of the birth and death of the project Volga Siber, so it makes no sense to repeat. Those who are too lazy to read the material on the link, we recall that the Volga Siber is a slightly modified first-generation Chrysler Sebring (platform JR41), the production license of which was purchased along with the assembly lines.
It was assumed that the car will be equipped with three engine options: four-cylinder ECC and EDZ (of 2.0 and 2.4 liters and 141 and 143 hp respectively) and 2.7-liter V6 with 203 hp, however in reality, only the 2.4-liter version went into production. Together with him worked either a 5-step mechanic, or a 4-speed automatic F4A42, developed in the late 90s together with the concern Mitsubishi – on the automatic transmission and the overwhelming bulk of sales fell. Suspension – independent: front – spring, on dual A-shaped levers, rear – spring multi-link, with stabilizer.
Prices and configuration
Initially, the car was sold at a price of 496,000 rubles (for basic equipment) to 640,000 rubles (for top-level equipment for Lux), but participation in the recycling program made the car somewhat more accessible. It is believed that the low level of sales (about 2,000 units were produced and sold in two years with initial plans for producing up to 65,000 cars per year) was due to the fact that in a crisis, the model turned out to be too expensive for a private buyer (though it cost at least 100,000 rubles cheaper than its closest competitor, Hyundai Sonata).
CAR, AT LEAST, AREA (FOR MACHINES IN TOP COMPLETE SET AND RUNNING LESS THAN 100 000 KM).
One would expect owners to be as inconsistent as the project itself. However, oddly enough, in their responses, they still praise their cars more than they scold (although a certain amount of criticism is still present). Let’s see what exactly they like, and what causes rejection.
Complaints about the weak light of American cars have long become commonplace, and the standards across the ocean are different (for example, the turn signals are combined with parking lights), so that in the course of turning the Chrysler Sebring into Volga Siber, engineers had to attend to replacing all the lighting . But, as the authors of the reviews write, in vain they did not take the headlights and lanterns from the European version of Sebring, but invented their own.
The main beam turned out to be generally normal, but with the others it was not so successful. First, the beam of dipped-beam headlights turned out to be very short, with a pronounced border even in the highest position of the corrector. Secondly, the lenses and elements of the internal structure vibrate and shake in the headlights.
Maybe it was because of this, and perhaps for some other reason, the low-beam headlights burn out with a depressing frequency. According to the testimony of the owners, they have to be replaced once every 2-3 months, and be sure to carry spare ones with them. But redundantly often burn out not only the passing beam lamps – the company they are dimensions and brake lights.
The forums offer different solutions to this problem: from installing standard lighting from the European Sebring (all electrical connectors are suitable, but you will have to change the bumper) to installing non-standard xenon sources.
Fog lights deserve a separate conversation: when turned on for too long, they overheat, and as the temperature rises, not only does the headlight glass burn out and the glass becomes opaque, but the bumper can melt! Complaints about burnable PTF are found, if not in every first, then certainly in every second review. No wonder that many owners have chosen to solve this problem radically, by installing an LED module.
However, problems with light tend to occur not only outside, but inside the car. In a number of reviews, there are complaints about a blown module for igniting the fluorescent lighting of the instrument panel. Such a unit costs about 2,500 rubles, but the Chinese equivalent can be found for ten times less.