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.
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