2005 Chrysler 300 Hemi C 5.7L Hemi V8 from North America
Fantastic car, cheap American quality..
Power windows intermittently work after 2 years of owning the car.
Torque converter blew a year ago at 67k miles, and blew a few days ago at 94k miles.
Transmission leaks fluid constantly. Cannot top off because it's sealed.
Visor clips break every 6 months.
Engine thermostat gauge went out at 76k miles.
Bought this car brand new when it came out. I absolutely love it! It has tons of power and still turns heads when I drive around with it.
Yet, this car has disappointed me.
The shoddy American build quality is obvious throughout the entire car. After the first year I had it, the paint started to come off the climate control buttons. Also the visor clips are a joke. They break every few months.
The transmission is a joke. If you don't inspect it every 3k miles, it starts to leak onto the pan, and next thing you know it starts to slip.
Also, the engine temperature gauge broke this last summer. Costs $800 to fix because the entire dash has to be replaced!!
Also the power windows intermittently work. Some days they go down, some days they don't. Some days with the front automatic windows, they go up halfway and go back down.
Took it to the dealer for the first 50k miles. never again. They put the wrong brake pads on once and the entire brake system has never been the same. Now I take it to a private mechanic.
So-so mileage. I average 18 with half freeway, half city driving.
Despite all its problems, I still love this car! It's very quick and extremely fun to drive. Doesn't handle as good as my Volvo, but it's still my favorite.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 14th April, 2009
In Australia I've seen a few of these being used as higher class taxi's, including the diesel powered versions. It'll be interesting to see how long they last being driven in that sort of environment. Even our state premier now drives (or is driven in) a CRD 300C instead of a locally built V8.