2006 Chrysler 300 Touring 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)
I bought this car from a family member, who was the original owner. I'm a weird type of 21 yr old -old school- so I love big, RWD American sedans. The car was only serviced at the Chrysler dealership, which was a nice bonus. It had 78,000 miles on it when I got it, 81,000 today. Here are some thoughts on the car in the four months I've owned it. First of all, the exterior design has aged very nicely and still can't be mistaken for anything but a 300. The lines are nice and muscular, and the front fascia is a classic, in my opinion. Performance-wise, the Touring trim level (as well as the Limited) makes use of the Chrysler 3.5 HO (high-output) V6 engine, which was the middle offering in the lineup - above the 2.7 DOHC V6 and below the 5.7 HEMI V8 and 6.1 HEMI V8. The engine strikes a nice balance between the fuel efficiency of the 2.7 V6 and the power of the 5.7 V8. With 250 h.p., the 3.5 is no slouch, and I find it to have above average acceleration for a car this size. It has the power when you need it, and the acceleration is almost V8-like. To put it simply, it has all the power you need, and some left over for what you want (within the law, of course). In addition, it sounds great as it revs higher! This engine is generally considered to be the most reliable of the offerings on the 2006 300, as the 2.7 is known for various sludging issues and being generally unreliable. Can't say I know too much about the 5.7 HEMI, but I've heard it isn't as good as the 3.5. This is the perfect engine if you want good power, but still decent fuel economy (I get about 24 mpg mostly highway). The transmission is a 4-speed unit, and its merely adequate. I would have much preferred the 5-speed unit from Mercedes (as this car was built on a modified E-Class platform when Daimler, Mercedes' parent company, owned Chrysler), but the 4-speed is fine. It sometimes feels a bit sloppy, and you can't change the gears yourself like you can on the 5-speed. Also, I've heard they aren't of the best quality compared to the 5-speed. Let's hope it lasts a while! And of course, the rear-wheel drive is awesome. This is how all big American sedans used to be set up. With RWD, the drive is so much more fun and engaging then FWD. The V6 has enough power to do some solid burnouts and get the car into a little slide around tight corners. Suspension-wise, the Touring trim is tuned for a more floaty feel, and I love it. It perfectly suits the car as a big, American luxury sedan. Don't get me wrong, this is no Deville, but the ride is nice and comfortable. The 300C and SRT-8 have more taught, sporty suspensions, if you prefer that. As good as the exterior and drivetrain are, the inside is a little lacking. One plus is the room - there is plenty of it! It really is enourmous, with plenty of room for four adults, and five in a pinch. The seats on the Touring are listed as "leather" in the Edmunds specs, but they're actually a vinyl material. It's a nice, cheaper leather substitute, as they're very comfortable, feel very similar to leather, and are easier to clean and maintain. The seats themselves are really comfortable, especially the back ones. The Touring doesn't have heated seats as an option, unfortunately. The instrument cluster is clean and simple. There's a lot of storage space, which is nice, especially in the massive trunk (a 3-body unit, if I've ever seen one). The Touring also comes very well-equipped safety-wise, with anti-lock brakes, emergency stability program and traction control standard. There are a few complaints, however. First, visibility is pretty bad with the thin windows and high beltlines; add in a huge c-pillar, and you've got a one-way ticket to Blindspotville. The small windshield is also kind of annoying, as I am often leaning forward to see stoplights. Second, the interior, minus the seats, doesn't feel very luxurious. There's lots of cheap Dodge Charger black and grey plastics, and the buttons and radio controls are also taken straight from Dodge. Also, some pieces just feel cheap, like the plastic chrome piece that surrounds the shifter (the thing lifts right out). In general, it just feels sterile. I wish the interior was like the exterior, but then again, that's how these things were so affordable. Third, the cruise control system is just plain stupid. It's a weird design that has no indicator light on the instrument panel, so the only way you can tell that the cruise is on is a tiny, faint light on the control stalk, which is conveniently placed right behind the steering wheel. The result? You can't see it! Also, engaging it is not very intuitive. The whole system, which I found is directly sourced from Mercedes, is lacking. In reality, though, if the worst I can say about the car is poor visibility, a basic interior and a dumb cruise system, that's a high compliment overall. I love the car, and would highly recommend it for reliability, drivability and personality!
2006 300 SRT 8 reliable car. Added 22 inch Asanti wheels .The car has been awesome besides regular maintenance only things I have replaced are shocks struts alternator thermostat and radiator. That's all !! Bought it in 2008 with 30k on it and now 160000 looking for another srt 8 to replace it soon
If you are looking for a really bad ass kick in the pants sleeper I'd suggest you get a 300 with at least the 5.7 hemi. Keep in mind that this is a very heavy car at 5300 pounds that will do 0 to 60 in around 6 seconds stock. Mine has 128,000 miles on. It and is still putting 298 hp of the 340 hp to the rear wheels. As for comfort and ride around 75 on the interstate and the 300C is as comfortable as sitting in your favorite recliner. Now I will say this as good as this car is there are a few things that you can be sure to address but it's mainly cosmedic. The exterior door handles are poor design and break easily (not cheap to replace). The PCM that is mounted to the fuse box under the hood gets hot and will go out (fixed by mounting an old computer fan to blow air directly on it). The fact stereo display will go out and is not easily replaced. Google it and check some of the forums and make your own decisions. I truly love my 2006 300C and would highly recommend it to anyone
Sold mine to upgrade to a SUV. LOVED the car, survived three accidents (none my fault, was rear-ended twice by teens texting), bulletproof engine and transmission, great looks, fantastic performance. Wouldn't hesitate for a second to buy another, I had mine for 12 years and 150,000 miles.
Fueling - make sure it accepts fuel without spit back. Acceleration and braking - will put a smile on your face Fuel economy - not so much - not expected from a relatively large V8 in a 4,200 lb car. Good handling