2006 Chrysler 300 Estate / Station Wagon 3.5 V6 from UK and Ireland

Faults:

Engine running cold in winter - new thermostat.

Climate control doesn't control! Blows too hot, going to try an air con re-gas... been to the dealer and no computer faults.

General Comments:

Worth the wait, as I have loved the 300c since it came out.

With the Bentley grille, it gets more looks than any Merc/BMW that cost five times as much.

Going to bling it up more with tints, polished rims, maybe air intake/exhaust mods...

Best looking estate (wagon) ever made, and great with two little kids and prams etc etc.

I like the 3.5 engine, and it seems better than my old Vision 3.5.

Very rare in England with this engine, as everybody buys the diesel (better MPG, but awful sound!)

Normal Chrysler reliability/quality.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th December, 2012

15th Dec 2012, 10:28

"Normal Chrysler reliability/quality"

So quite poor then?

2006 Chrysler 300 SRT-8 6.1 Hemi from North America

Summary:

This car is untouchable for the price for its looks and performance!

Faults:

The stock Goodyear F-1 Supercar tires required replacement by 20000 miles. The tires performed excellent up to that point, and I've had a difficult time finding replacement tires that grip as well as the F-1's. I consider the tires separate from the car itself.

The first issue with the vehicle was the brake rotors. I never had a problem with them, but Chrysler issued a recall and replaced the original ones with nice slotted rotors for free.

The second problem was the cooling fans. They were quite loud, but functioned fine. Chrysler replaced them for free as well, as part of another recall.

The final issue was with the parking interlock unit. The failure of this device prevents the car from coming out of park. It is a plastic piece and should have been made of metal. Some cars can get this replaced for free via a recall, but some can't; your VIN has to be on their list. If you are not on the list, the part (metal version) can be ordered from other vendors, and there are plenty of videos online instructing the owner how to replace the part.

General Comments:

The car is gorgeous. It handles like a sports car, so don't expect a soft luxury car ride in the SRT-8.

If you are concerned with gas mileage, DON'T BUY THIS CAR! This car is not for those concerned with such things, and if you can't afford it, don't buy it, get an Accord or Camry. That $2000 gas guzzler tax should have been a hint!

It is a great car that no Japanese car can touch in terms of size, the look of class, and performance. German cars can't touch it either for under $50000. I also own a BMW 750LI, and I paid twice as much as for the SRT-8. It is a bigger car than the SRT-8, has a few more creature comforts, but has a weaker engine (400 HP), and I actually get more compliments on the SRT-8, go figure. It definitely was not worth the extra $50000.

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

Review Date: 2nd January, 2012

2006 Chrysler 300 Touring 3.5L from North America

Summary:

Lacking

Faults:

Instrument Cluster:

The instrument cluster bus wire failure caused misfiring (according to dealer). Replacement of instrument cluster costs $650. Also, the instrument cluster gas gauge failed due to the bus wire issue.

Power Steering Rack:

The power steering rack is leaking, and it will cost $119.07 for repair at dealer. Not sure how this was damaged.

A/C Motor:

A/C motor produces grinding/knocking sound when engaged. Appears to be issues with the bearings. This appeared only after a few years of ownership.

General Comments:

I would hesitate to purchase another Chrysler vehicle. If I'm going to spend money on a vehicle, I'd prefer to be driving something I enjoy, not just for convenience, which is what the 300 provided after I was driving my Porsche.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 2nd March, 2011

2nd Mar 2011, 17:27

Drive your Porsche for 145,000 miles and see if your maintenance and repair bill is under $1,000.

2nd Mar 2011, 20:06

Are there any more things that went wrong, because if that's it, that's not bad at all with that kind of mileage.