2008 Chrysler 300 C SRT8 6.1 from North America
A solid rocket with a big Hemi masked as a businessman's sedan
This is my second 300C, and both have had some minor issues with tie-rod ends and sway bar bushings needing to be replaced at 45,000. No other mechanical problems have been experienced with 50,000+ miles now on the car. Keeping up on maintenance is a must.
The front fascia hangs a little low, so you have to watch pulling up to curbs and such. Mine shows some scrape marks underneath. The original Goodyear RSA Eagle tires tires wore quickly, with replacement a must at about 20,000 miles.
Oil recommended is Mobil 1 synthetic, so be prepared to pay more for your oil changes. One related note is that I recommend an oil catch-can. The vacuum line returning from the intake manifold delivers a lot of oil back into the intake. A catch-can eliminates most of that. I get about 6oz. of oil in the catch-can at every oil change that must be discarded.
The 300C SRT8 appealed to me particularly because you just don't see that many of them. There are plenty of Chargers and Challengers out there sporting the SRT8 badge. I consider it a bit more refined in appearance and ride than the others, suitable as a business sedan, but with the ponies that will surprise you as well as anyone riding along. The seats are bolstered nicely for spirited driving, but comfortable enough long drives. The suspension is stiffer than the standard 300C, providing pretty good feedback from the road (sometimes more than you might care for - I wish it had adjustable suspension for sport or luxury ride). The big Brembo brakes are awesome, and make you feel a lot better about driving enthusiastically.
There are a lot of aftermarket products for the SRT8s that are worth considering to bolt-on more power. A must is a good cold-air intake combined with a Diablo Predator handheld tuner. The canned tunes available with it totally change the acceleration and shifting characteristics. I am sure it added some power too. She will bark the tires into 3rd on a good day. Quarter mile times are high 12s to low 13s, and 0-60 is in the 4.5-5 second mark if you can get it to hook up when you hammer it!
Overall, this is a great car and excellent value for the performance minded. Used it's cheap, and then it comes without the gas guzzler tax and depreciation you get on a new one. It's a real sleeper considering its size and the general perception of the Chrysler 300.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 29th December, 2014