Best Hard Top Conv. for the money.
By RB on Wednesday, May 22, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,500
overall rating 9 of 10rating details
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"I bought this car for my wife and she loves it. I am a gear head and a mechanical techy, so I did 3 months of research prior to the purchase. I compared other HT Convertibles such as Mercedes, Infinity, Lexus, Volvo, VW. The 200 got my vote for several reasons. The V6 is smooth and powerful. Handling is tight, level and exact. The ride is sporty, firm and solid. Front wheel drive allows for those snowy day driving. Braking provides confidence with little nose dive. The 6 speed auto is fairly smooth and positive. Expect 24mpg highway and 20 mpg city. Pretty good for 283HP and its Regular gasoline. The convertible hard top operates with ease and precision. When the tops up, supreme quietness, when down the standard windscreen not only eliminates air plummeting and noise, but also looks form-fitting good. Interior with all the goodies is very impressive. All gauges and dials are highly visible and easy the control. Even with all the standard with the Package 2, I opted for the Premium Boston Acoustic speaker system, expensive but worth it. I also purchased the Front Grille from Chrysler accessories and installed it myself. Note-It takes 5 hours to install and you better know what you're doing, otherwise pay Chrysler to install for $400. Reliability is my only concern, but I am confident that Chrysler's research, technology and quality has rectified this old vintage problem.
The forgivable shortcomings are the heavy trunk lid, no memory settings for driver 1 or 2, no vanity mirror light, and the battery location makes exchange difficult.
This $36k car with all the attributes and few shortcomings far out weights the comparable $70K Lexus or Infinity and the $110K Benz. It's also a head turner, leaving them saying "What was that?""
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