2005 Chrysler Crossfire Limited 2dr Convertible (3.2L 6cyl 6M)
Basically an affordable variation on the Mercedes SLK.
Fun to drive with top down on a nice summer day.
Six speed manual is smooth, but could be geared a little better for fuel (gear 6 in the manual is actually lower than gear 5 in the auto for some sad reason).
Fuel economy in my experience is 28-34 mpg.
Just beware that most "Chrysler" parts in this vehicle are just Mercedes parts with a Chrysler sticker and a massive markup.
Remember the Crossfire was a lovechild of Daimler/Chrysler and is no longer made.
If you buy one, be sure to join the Crossfire owner club/forum for help since most dealers don't remember what to do for Crossfire service besides take your money.
Every spring when I break out the Crossfire after driving a truck all winter, I feel like I'm sitting on the road - feels fast.
During spring/fall, the heated seats are a nice touch - when they work.
Sounds decent, and has been mechanically very reliable.
I like the fog lights (or deer lights as I call them) because they illuminate the ditches of back roads where deer may be waiting to cross you.
I pull up to events and people think James Bond just arrived.
It has great appeal.
There are a few well-known failure points that the forums are aware of:
Heated seats are bound to fail, and a dealer may charge you $1,000 for a fix that will eventually fail again.
This problem is also widespread in the Mercedes models.
There are aftermarket kits for $100 that work better than MB/Chrysler parts.
Ignitions have a terrible design and will fail eventually leaving you unable to turn your key and start the car.
The problem is mechanical and minor and I suggest anyone who buys a XF immediately apply the permanent fix if it hasn't already been done.
It's free and quick.
Otherwise dealers will charge you $800 for a replacement ignition that will eventually fail again.
2005 Chrysler Crossfire SRT-6 2dr Convertible (3.2L 6cyl S/C 5A)
My husband and I just bought this, our first 'shared' car, on Saturday morning, 9/18/10. He wanted a Crossfire since he moved in with me in - 2005 - the same year as the car. We absolutely LOVE it! We got black with a black roof with the two tone gray leather interior and it is so slick looking. Kids on bikes yell, "NICE CAR!" when we drive by. Old men stare at it when we are at a stop sign. The first thing I noticed when I drove it was how tight the steering was. Then I noticed how the car really clings to the road - it is amazing. I have no complaints although we've only owned it for 3 whole days :-) I feel like a superstar when I'm driving it!
My favorite feature is the look of it. The back end is wide and real low looking - very tough like. Another favorite feature is that wing that pops up! And, of course the convertible roof!
A suggested improvement would be a more substantial cup holder (nervous to put anything in it). Also, some iPhone integration would be nice. And, I feel like there is hardly any room for my purse - just needs a little more space up front. And, I've written off the trunk-maybe fits 1 suitcase?
2005 Chrysler Crossfire SRT-6 2dr Coupe (3.2L 6cyl S/C 5A)
I took my SRT-6 (no modifications) to the track the other night at my nephew's request. He owns a 2009 Mustang Shelby. Pure V8 muscle. Long story short, my quarter mile time was 13.9 at 103 mph. His time was 14.78 @ 94 mph. I also raced a Dodge Challenger SRT-8 and crushed that too. My times were consistent, the SRT-8 ran a 14.6 at 97 mph. There is just pure fun and excitement driving my SRT-6 on or off the track. It looks good, it turns heads. I will admit that I wish there were more interior features like a n MP3 player, but then again it was a 2005 model. I got my SRT-6 for half the price, brand new with only 63 miles. I was in the right place and time and glad I was.
The Looks, Speed and Handling.
For the price, a better stereo system, a far less cumbersome drink holder and more storage space. Better acoustics in the rear to dampen the road noise when it is empty. One last thing, need to work on the rear blind spots, there is little room for error. Recommend back-up sensors.