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2006 Chrysler Crossfire

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Chrysler Crossfire Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.2 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 6-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 215 hp @ 5700 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 15/23 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2006 Chrysler Crossfire

  • Even though the 2006 Chrysler Crossfire falls short of German sport coupes and roadsters in terms of athleticism and refinement, it nevertheless presents an interesting alternative with its one-of-a-kind style and likable compromise between highway comfort and sporty dynamics. The SRT-6 version ups the performance level considerably, but its harsh ride can be punishing for everyday use.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Sleek and sexy styling, tight handling, strong acceleration in SRT-6 version, comfortable cabin, coupe's quiet ride.

  • Cons

    Needs more low-end torque, imprecise steering, SRT-6's harsh ride, some interior surfaces feel cheap, tiny stereo buttons.

  • What's New for 2006

    A Special Edition package is new this year, and includes exclusive Inferno Red paint and unique exterior styling enhancements.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 15
  • cty
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  • 23
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews


4 of 4 people found this review helpful

She is 100% merc &

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Vehicle: 2006 Chrysler Crossfire Limited 2dr Convertible (3.2L 6cyl 6M)

She & i say She, is a Peregrine Falcon. On the highway, all other cars for her are pigeons, with the exception of a few eagles. She is 100% pure German Mercedes, with with nothing of Chrysler in her, except the name. For those that don't believe, lift her hood & check out the 12 spark plugs on her 6 cylinder engine. And what a fine engine she has! It pulls like a turbine fed small locomotive, just like her 8 cylinder big brothers! Love her!




Great bang for buck

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Vehicle: 2006 Chrysler Crossfire Limited 2dr Convertible (3.2L 6cyl 6M)

This was wife's car became mine. She's gone. Love being in this machine. A real headturner, get's a lot of attention. The cupholder does work once you get used to it. Yes, the Console isn't a high point, yet you can upgrade to almost any material ie wood. Legroom is short and I'm maybe 5'10". Still it's seats are good for a roadster. Put aftermarket Chip in and yes it was quicker but electric fan always stayed on. Took it out. Don't miss the little extra HP. Drove SLK 320 liked Crossfire better cause it looks better yet could not find extra price value with the MB. Ex wants car back. Would like to buy it. NO WAY MAN




Poor service

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Vehicle: 2006 Chrysler Crossfire Limited 2dr Convertible (3.2L 6cyl 6M)

I have had this car for awhile and have no problems till I brought it in for service. Had the oil changed and now I have a leak. Twice in about the leak and they said no leak, till I gave them the paper with oil on it. The car is great, but the service stinks. Don't trust corporate, they will avoid fault. I think I will stay with a Hyundai




What a car!

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Vehicle: 2006 Chrysler Crossfire Limited 2dr Convertible (3.2L 6cyl 6M)

The car is fun to drive. The power for such a sample car is unbelievable. The gas mileage is reasonable and the craftsmanship is outstanding. Some of the problems is that it only has one cup holder in the cabin. Also when getting the oil changed, if you don't do it yourself, be ready for a shock. The filter is $31.00. The engine takes 8.5 quarts of 0 W 40 which is not cheap. So the total cost for a change will run between $110 to $120. But the enjoyment of the car is well worth the price.




Beautiful styling & a great

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Vehicle: 2006 Chrysler Crossfire 2dr Convertible (3.2L 6cyl 6M)

Bought the car last summer on a whim, $14k off the sticker price helps, right? The car is great once you get it out of first gear (they should have combined 1st and 2nd, you have to shift too quickly), has styling that gets a "Nice car!" at least once a day, and has gas mileage that is much better than I was expecting of around 22-24 mpg.




Fun and lux drive

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Vehicle: 2006 Chrysler Crossfire Limited 2dr Convertible (3.2L 6cyl 6M)

Excellent; comfort, fit, finish, and performance. Very cool looking and 21- 25 MPG. Solid car.



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Full 2006 Chrysler Crossfire Review

What's New for 2006

A Special Edition package is new this year, and includes exclusive Inferno Red paint and unique exterior styling enhancements.

Introduction

The promise of DaimlerChrysler has often been one of cars with German engineering and American styling. As a prime example, look no further than the 2006 Chrysler Crossfire. The Crossfire's distinctive exterior styling is a hallmark of Chrysler innovation but underneath is a considerable amount of hardware cribbed from the first-generation Mercedes-Benz SLK roadster.

Even though it's been a few years now since the car's introduction, the Crossfire still looks fresh. Alas, the regular Crossfire's driving dynamics don't quite match what the styling would seem to promise. While it can be fun to drive on a twisty road, the lack of low-end torque and imprecise steering can be letdowns for more demanding drivers. The Crossfire is better at delivering a smooth, quiet highway ride that allows either the coupe or the convertible to be an excellent candidate for an intimate weekend getaway.

If that sounds like a dull way to spend Saturday and Sunday, the 2006 Crossfire SRT-6 should better suit your fast-paced fancy. Based on the AMG version of the old SLK, the SRT-6 coupe and convertible effectively quell any complaints for lack of power. Thanks to its 330-horsepower supercharged V6, this Crossfire can get to 60 mph in about 5 seconds. In addition to its special engine, the Crossfire SRT-6 benefits from 40 percent firmer spring rates and dampers, larger brake rotors and wheels, and a prominent rear spoiler.

For buyers looking for a guilty pleasure that doesn't eat up as much of their retirement savings as European brands, the 2006 Chrysler Crossfire might be worth a look. However, the car's aged underpinnings don't do it any favors, especially in regard to driving dynamics and interior design. Make sure you test-drive competitors like the Chevrolet Corvette and Porsche Cayman before making a decision.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2006 Chrysler Crossfire is available in coupe and convertible body styles, both of which seat two and come in base, Limited and SRT-6 trim. Base models come with such features as dual-zone manual air-conditioning, a four-speaker CD stereo, cloth upholstery, a height-adjustable driver seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel, full power accessories and, on convertibles, a power top with rear glass defroster. Limited models add power-adjustable leather seats with heaters, tire-pressure monitor and an eight-speaker, 240-watt Infinity stereo system. The SRT-6 adds 18-inch wheels up front and 19-inchers in back and Nappa Pearl leather seats with Alcantara suede inserts amongst its many performance upgrades.

Powertrains and Performance

Base Crossfire models are powered by a Mercedes-engineered 3.2-liter V6 that produces 215 hp and 229 pound-feet of torque. Base coupes are available only with a six-speed manual transmission, while other Crossfires can be had with either the manual or a five-speed automatic. SRT-6 performance comes courtesy of a supercharged, 3.2-liter V6 with 330 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. The only transmission choice is a sport-oriented five-speed automatic with manual-shift capability.

Safety

Standard safety equipment on the 2006 Chrysler Crossfire includes four-wheel antilock disc brakes with brake assist, traction and stability control and side airbags that protect passengers' heads and torsos. A tire-pressure monitor is standard on the Limited and SRT-6.

Interior Design and Special Features

Both the coupe and convertible offer comfortable accommodations for two adults. Getting into the coupe is a little tricky because of the low roof that curves down to meet the side windows, but once inside, headroom is plentiful due to the car's domed shape. Unfortunately, rearward visibility is seriously limited.

The handsome two-tone cockpit features basically the same layout as the first-generation SLK. Peer closely at its metallic trim and you'll see that most of it is merely plastic with a silver finish. Moreover, the outdated Mercedes stereo head unit has numerous small, unlabeled buttons that are difficult to use. As in most two-seaters, you shouldn't expect to load more than a couple of duffel bags into either the coupe or convertible. In the SRT-6, a fair amount of tire noise tends to spoil freeway cruising.

Driving Impressions

Although capable of respectable 0-to-60-mph times in the high-6-second range, neither the regular 2006 Chrysler Crossfire coupe nor roadster feels especially fast. Low-end torque is lacking, with most of the usable power available between 3,000 and 5,000 rpm. The V6's power delivery is relatively smooth, but this isn't an engine that begs to be run to redline. The Crossfire's stiff body structure and oversize tires give it crisp handling characteristics when exercised on back roads. The steering is light on feedback and precision compared to cars like the BMW Z4 and Audi TT, but as it is, the Crossfire is fun enough to toss around on a twisty road.

The SRT-6 does manage to bump the thrill meter up several notches, albeit at the cost of ride quality, as the SRT-6 has, without a doubt, one of the stiffest rides we've experienced. Power is plentiful at all speeds, with 90 percent of peak torque available from 2,300 to 6,200 rpm. The engine provides a delightful soundtrack under full throttle, yet will cruise down the highway in relative silence. Skimming off speed is no problem, as larger brakes provide excellent pedal and short stopping distances. The real fun begins when the road turns twisty, as the SRT-6 exhibits a flat attitude through the corners while its massive tires provide immense grip.

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Talk About The 2006 Crossfire

2006 Chrysler Crossfire Discussions See all Started By

joslynch
joslynch
12-25-2006
My 2005 Crossfire was delivered last March 2006. When delivered the East navigation CD was missing. The dealership (Johnson Chrysler, Fort Pierce, FL) delayed on dealing with the problem and was soon ...


xfireroadster
xfireroadster
01-12-2005
The concept car you are talking about ids the Chrysler Fire Power. The car is not to replace the Crossfire, but to fill a space between the Crossfire SRT and the Dodge Viper. Right now the Fire Powe...


1finejeep
1finejeep
02-06-2006
They will be making the Crossfire for 2006. They are not going to make a ton of them due to the amount of 2005 Crossfires that are still left over....



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