2006 Chrysler 300 Limited 3.5 V6 from Australia and New Zealand

Summary:

Fantastic vehicle

Faults:

Nothing at all, no problems whatsoever.

General Comments:

This car is a fantastic used buy. Everyone believes it to be brand new, and it still looks it after 3 years on the road.

The 3.5 V6 is strong, reliable and emits a nice growl when floored. It's no racer, and that's because it's not meant to be. It's a 2 tonne plus cruiser, and it does it extremely well.

You can feel the Benz within the car. It sits on an old E Class platform, and has Mercedes gearbox from the Daimler Chrysler partnership.

It feels so solid on the road, has too many features to list, and has good gas mileage. Living in Australia, mine has come from the Chrysler factory in Austria, which has further helped build quality.

I have had this car on the highway, and it floats along effortlessly. Would recommend to anyone. Thumbs up.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th September, 2010

2006 Chrysler 300 Touring 3.5 from North America

Summary:

Heavy duty

Faults:

Headlights flickering, just a headlight switch, 40 dollars I think.

Tie rod ends at 100,000 miles.

The car has been great; don't listen to anyone complaining about this car, it's very reliable, it's a Benz in Chrysler clothing. It will last forever.. my friend has 300,000 miles on his.

General Comments:

Heavy duty car; comparing it to a Lexus is like Snap-on tools compared to cheap copies tools. It's Benz in Chrysler clothing, bulletproof. Lasts forever. Very solid, very reliable and very powerful.

I've had many cars, this car is a German car put together in America. If Chrysler could have built this car, they would have built it before Daimler bought them, but they couldn't.

Everything in the car is great. It doesn't have the Japanese trinkets and useless buttons to keep you busy, it's just a heavy duty, tightly built, solid piece of equipment.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd September, 2010

23rd Dec 2010, 01:25

I have the exact same car, and have had the exact same problems.

13th Mar 2011, 20:59

Yeah. Love my car to death, but I have the headlight flicker as well. What is the actual problem so I can explain to my dealer?

Otherwise my car is great. It's done 100,000 miles and not one problem save the aforementioned one.

2006 Chrysler 300 Touring 3.5 V6 from North America

Summary:

A good value buy

Faults:

Not a thing. One fuse was missing when bought, but replaced, surprisingly under warranty. No problems according to the service records.

Driver's seat is starting to tear. Doesn't hold up too well in the El Paso sun. Not really the car's fault, but the army doesn't supply garages for single soldiers. Tint on the front windows, but stupid tint laws prevent a deeper tint like the back seat, which is perfect and stays cool. I can't ding the car for that fault.

Past Chrysler products have been a piece of crap after a few years, but I think they hit a winner with this one.

General Comments:

I didn't enter a rating for dealer, because quite frankly, the dealer doesn't make the car, so just because of good or horrible service, doesn't make a car bad, and in this topic of a car posting, it's irrelevant.

One thing that might remotely bug me about this car, as far as running costs, is the insurance is bit high. Twice as high as my 420SEL and BMW 733i combined. No biggy.

The ride is nice almost like a W210 MBZ (one of the main reasons I bought the car). The front suspension is based off the W220, but more simple though (the W220 still has the superior ride, but is nil just about in El Paso, outside shady dealers that rather hide problems and rip you off. (wish they didn't make it so obvious as if they deal with total idiots every day) ).

The interior is OK. The dash seems more plastic. Too many plastic bits for my taste, but better done than most other makes with that much plastic.

The carbon fiber print like center console is not to my taste, but I will change it.

The V-6 engine is a bit tepid, but not underpowered. It's no speed demon, but gets the job done OK. For the gas mileage you get, it's a nice balance overall between performance and economy.

It's pretty quiet; the engine noise comes alive at full throttle, but it still decently refined compared to other American/entry-mid Japanese V-6s out there, that sound like they are going to kick the bucket at any moment.

The styling is nice, and don't see it going out of style anytime soon. It's not gaudy, or looks like it was designed to last 2 years and then be outdated. It has nice classic classy look that is very very very hard to find in cars of this price bracket.

Now I bought this car because it was closest to the type of car I wanted in the hell hole of car selection called El Paso and the surrounding areas. It was nice sized, comfortable ride, comfortable seats, not cheap looking, and good price. Now that I can get around, I'm not sure if I want to sell it for the Jag, another BMW or another MBZ that I want that fit my need for ride comfort even better. This car has done nothing wrong yet.

Would I recommend this car for someone else? Sure.

It can make a good beginner car. They don't go for much, less than a new junk off the assembly line Focus, and it does everything everything ten times better. They can be easily customized or they look just as good stock. If you are a speed demon get the Hemi. SRT is good for speed if you can live with the stiff ride (I cannot. It makes my back ache, and I wouldn't survive in it in the yearly 21 hour or so trip I make once a year. That's the reason comfort is one top priority.)

Running costs besides insurance have been nil. I do not include regular maintenance stuff because between the various cars (not exotics) that came through my fingers, the maintenance has not been much different for routine maintenance stuff. Oil change in the W126, E23, Caddy Fleetwood etc has been about the same price. The variable is the type of oil. Tires, about the same. Hoses, and stuff seems about the same and so on. Of course it don't require the valve adjustment as often as the E23, but the adjustment is so simple on the E23 that I can do it myself, and it not expensive to get some one else to do it. The book does not make any mention of valve adjustment like it does in E23. The MBZ book doesn't mention it either, but general knowledge of MBZ is eye it around 100k-150k (about the same time you check the timing).

Will this car last as long as my W126? I don't expect it to, or any car after 1995 to. And I won't hold it against it if the car doesn't see 150,000 or 20 years.

They don't make cars like that anymore.

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

Review Date: 7th July, 2010

19th Jul 2010, 15:55

On the rating scheme I think I got it mixed up. I thought lower was cheaper, so in actuality I was aiming for something of a 7-8.

And maybe why it got the so-so face, because overall I'm happy with the car.