Chrysler Crossfire Reviews from UK and Ireland

2005 Chrysler Crossfire 3.2 V6 petrol

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 3.2 V6 petrol Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired54000 miles
Most recent distance61600 miles
Previous carPeugeot 307

Summary:

This is a fast and smooth car, with bags of style and exclusivity!

Faults:

Headlight filled with water due to a crack in the rear of the unit.

Alternator bearings went, A/C compressor unit died.

Rear suspension bush needed replacing.

General Comments:

The car drives superbly; a great mix of comfort cruising and real fast performance.

Generally speaking, a very underrated sports car. Available for under 4k now.

I had a few expensive parts that needed updating, but once done, it was perfect.

Beautiful car to own, very happy I purchased it.

One thing to mention is the chassis seemed too rigid to me, and consequently did creak on the odd sharp turn.

Also check out that it's had a major service at 60k, as the car does need this.

Overall, a great way to own a sports car, that's fast, fun and comparatively cheap to purchase.

Only thing I would have changed is to purchase a year warranty from the companies out there.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 25th November, 2012

22nd Mar 2013, 14:59

What sort of major work?

2005 Chrysler Crossfire Coupe 3.2 V6

Year of manufacture2005
Engine and transmission 3.2 V6 Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired3 miles
Most recent distance3900 miles
Previous carMitsubishi FTO

Summary:

Beautiful cruiser that turns heads

Faults:

Nothing.

Dealer gave me a demo car for a half day so that my wife and I could see if we liked it. This is much better than a two minute test drive with a salesman beside you.This definately swung the deal.

After I had bought the car, I caught the seat panel whilst getting in after only 500 miles. I must have had a pen or something in my back pocket. This caused a small tear/scuff of about 2 (50mm) inches long.

Dealer replaced full leather seat for free as they said that the leather on these cars is excellent and should have withstood that kind of abuse! There was no arguments or discussions, they just instantly said they would replace it.

General Comments:

Car gets lots of attention, kids taking photographs with their mobiles etc. My car is metallic silvery blue.

Car is very quiet, but gives a nice sporty sound when driving hard. Grip seems excellent. One review I read said that "there is enough grip to stop the earth turning". The rear tyres 19" x 255s certainly do grip, but may cause a wince or two when they need replacing. I have not driven it with the auto traction control off so I don`t know how wild it would get pulling out at wet junctions etc.

Semi automatic gearbox is very good. Read somewhere that the reviewer said that it seemed not to know which gear it was in when they tested it. I think this is more to do with the ECU learning logic that is built in that learns driving styles. I have found the semi automatic box to be very responsive such as when slowing down at junctions. This can be done just like a manual and very smoothly. Kick down or a flick of the gear knob gives very good acceleration. "Manual" gear changes are strange in that you push left or right rather than back or forward to change gear. I soon got used to it though.

MPG is around 25 which is a mix of urban and motorway. Does not need super unleaded like my Mitsubishi did.

Auotmatic rear spoiler that deploys at 68MPH on mine and drops back down at 40MPH is a real talking point. You can see people pointing as it goes up and down on the motorway. Not sure if it does anything aerodynamically but the car always feels stable on the motorway, although of course, I have only taken it to the legal speed limit of 70MPH.

I can only imagine that above these speeds, it would be very good!

I have heard mixed reviews in the media, but I have only had lots of very good feedback on my car.

Media comments generally seem to be against it, but I have always decided on the car I drive by what I like, not what someone tells me I should like. Maybe I am unique, but if you like the look of a car, test drive it and see if it`s for you. If you don`t like it, don`t buy it. It`s not complicated.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th August, 2005

4th Jan 2007, 10:48

I bought one second hand from down south. And I love it because its got incredible power and looks amazing. If this is what you go for in cars, then this is the car for you. I love this car for it.

The flaws with the car are...

-Crappy plastics on the inside

-Bit of a struggle to get in and out of the car in car parks.

-Rear view window is of little use.

But the main flaw is the dealership, they’re useless. Really friendly, but overpriced and verging on incompetent. Among other screw ups they replaced the wrong tyre on my car (and at £300 a pop, that’s not a mistake I want people to be making). Also, with them being a rare car, most garages won't go near them as they haven't got a clue.

In summary, great car, good fun to drive and an absolute head turner, things do go wrong with towards the 30,000 mile mark, but mainly minor. And the dealership (I use) are hopeless.

Average review marks: 7.4 / 10, based on 2 reviews