You have to drive this car! Beautiful car...great price!
written on 03-04-2011
This is an amazing car! It's beautiful both inside and out and is a real head turner! I've only had mine a week, but took it in to have SkyLink installed & several service guys gathered around it and got in to sit in it. I came out of the office and one of them asked me, "Have you seen our new 200?". I said, "that's mine".:-) The interior on the 200 Limited is very classy! You've got fingertip controls on the steering wheel and Chrysler did a great job with the symmetrical design of the dash and instrument panel. No dull square stuff. Very nice interior lighting. You've got the Chrysler signature quartz clock in the middle of the dash. Both the interior and exterior are exquisite.
I have owned my 200 for 4 years and LOVE LOVE LOVE her. Recently I was involved in a 3 car accident where an aggressive driver hit another vehicle head on and spun. His vehicle spun right into the front driver side of my baby. She stopped him dead in his tracks and threw out a pillow for my upper body to rest into. When all is said and done, my baby will be totaled but when I see the pictures of what she took at 60 miles per hour on a surface street I am amazed I walked away with just minor bruising. Chrysler made a vehicle that not only is sophisticated looking, fun to drive, but can save your life. They have built a very sturdy reliable vehicle. I would buy one for my mom, my child and myself any day of the week. I AM IMPRESSED!!!!
Purchased it with only 2800 miles on it and it was three years old. I average about six hundred miles a week and the mileage averages 26 to 27, city and highway. 29.9 highway only. Brakes have squeaked in reverse since I've owned it. Torque steer is really bad, you kick it you had better have a grip on the steering wheel. I've only had one warranty issue, the paint on the aluminum hood is bubbling. Dealer was great Chrysler is going to replace and paint a new hood for it. It's a blast to drive and is way more comfortable than the new ones, I've rented a couple of them for work and have issue getting in and out of them without bumping my head. The biggest thing to get used to is the visibility from it being a rag top. The windshield sits a bit too low. But so far I'm happy with it. So now with 79,000 miles on it I'm still quite pleased.
I never thought in a million years that I would buy a Chrysler product. I drove my 2006 Supercharged Mustang to the dealership before they opened on a Sunday morning to look at a used Saleen Mustang. As I got to the dealership I saw a Bright white Chrysler 200 Convertible on the Showroom patio, and surprise surprise it was left unlocked. I got in it and was absolutely floored on how nice it was. I looked at the car for so long that the Sales team arrived as I was looking at the car. I went on a test drive and the rest is history. So why all the bad "Expert Reviews?'' the car is no BMW, but look at the reviews from the people whom actually own one! Good-bye Ford, I will never look back!
Just bought a 200 Limited after having a Sebring Limited for 5 years and this is a much nicer car. All the plastic interior is gone or at least covered in what seems like real padded leather. The interior is BEAUTIFUL! The Pentastar V-6 is great, lots of power on the freeway, better then my son's 2010 Challenger. There are what seems like a zillion controls inside between the steering wheel and dash but it's well thought out and fairly intuitive. That said, I have yet to remote start the car and not have the alarm go off when I open the door.
Bright Silver Metallic Clearcoat (no charge); Quick Order Package 27V ($1,795 --includes standard equipment, 3.6-liter V6 flexible-fuel engine, 160-amp alternator; dual bright exhaust tips, engine oil cooler); Power Express Open/Close Sunroof ($845); Standard Media Center 430N With Navigation Added ($395 -- includes Garmin touchscreen navigation).
Naturally aspirated port-injected V6, flex-fuel
DOHC, four valves per cylinder, variable intake + exhaust-valve timing
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
283 @ 6,400
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
260 @ 4,400
Six-speed automatic with console shifter
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
The 200 likes a fair amount of wheelspin on launch. Upshifts all occurred at indicated redline and were smooth but not particularly fast. Fourth gear ratio dropped engine out of power band. Gobs of torque-induced nibble/wiggle coming through the steering wheel, but not "torque steer." I'm at a loss to explain the plummeting trap speed from 92.5 mph to 88.9 by fourth quarter-mile pass. Heat soak in a naturally aspirated engine?
Medium-soft pedal, moderate dive, some ABS pulse and buzz. Consistent stopping distances showed little fade, but from the experience of the 200 Convertible test a week ago (scored rotors), I chose not to attempt more than four stops. These rotors survived the braking test and only faded slightly after four quarter-mile runs.
Skid pad: With ESC off, good balance with minimal understeer. Some info coming through the steering wheel (nice wheel by the way) with medium weight and reasonable precision. With ESC on, there were slight corrections from brake application that kept the rear more planted and throttle closure kept the front tires from howling. Slalom: With ESC off, the turn-in is not particularly quick, but the grip is trustworthy and quite high. Quite a bit of lean, but again, plenty of grip. Eventually, it's the time in transition that becomes the limit, not understeer. With ESC on, slight dabs of brake just as the car grew loose and interesting. I also noticed it took the throttle away at the exit. Overall, lots of grip and remarkable poise.