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2008 Chrysler 300

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2008 Chrysler 300 Review

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The 2008 Chrysler 300 sedan has succeeded where many of its domestic rivals have not. While it's true that Americans have flocked to the 300 chiefly because of its bold styling, the 300 provides a roomy interior, impressive ride and handling, the availability of the well-known HEMI V8 engine and the option of all-wheel drive. The 300 benefited greatly from the now-defunct merger between Mercedes-Benz and Chrysler by receiving a number of German-engineered components, including its rear suspension and five-speed automatic transmission. One might think with so much premium content added to the mix that the 300's price tag would also surge, but V6 models start around $25,000. Thanks to the 300's popularity among the tuner crowd, there are plenty of aftermarket parts, allowing owners to customize their cars to their hearts' content.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're searching for a family sedan with attitude but need to keep your spending in check, you'll find the 2008 Chrysler 300 hard to ignore.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you're looking for something inconspicuous, say, for a stakeout, the Chrysler 300 might not be your best option. Car enthusiasts will lament the absence of a manual transmission and some may find the interior color choices drab.

What's New for 2008

2008 sees modest but important changes. The cruise control stalk has been relocated to the four o'clock position where it won't be confused with the turn signal, and the dash receives a minor freshening. New options include MyGIG multimedia audio system and remote start

Driving the 300

Driving Impressions We drove the powerful 300C model that Chrysler claims accounts for almost half of all 300 models sold. With its 340-horsepower HEMI V8, the 300C provides an impressive blend of...

power and grace, thanks in part to its sophisticated traction and stability controls. The V8's MDS (Multiple-Displacement System) improves economy by cutting fuel to four of the eight cylinders when their output is not required. The suspension doesn't readily evoke that of a European sport sedan, but tight and true steering keeps you feeling in control of what is admittedly a large vehicle.

HEMI Engine
The available 5.7-liter V8 HEMI with 340 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque delivers terrific straight-line performance.

All-Wheel Drive
An option not available on many sedans in its price range, the 300's all-wheel-drive system promises to provide increased stability and traction in all driving conditions.

2008 Chrysler 300 Details
Interior

The 300's attractive instrument panel and interior design is in line with its high-style exterior, though some of the plastics lack the precise color-matching and touch-friendly feel of some top-notch luxury sedans. Despite the 300's somewhat colorless interior, exquisite touches, such as the faux tortoise shell steering wheel on the 300C, add an air of individuality and elegance. We are also fond of the instrument cluster, which features white-faced gauges with art-deco fonts. The front bucket seats provide excellent lower back and thigh support, and feature adjustable lumbar support for both the driver and passenger. Legroom is abundant throughout, as is headroom both front and rear.

Exterior

Large slab-side panels, a high "belt-line" and narrow side windows give the 300 an appearance reminiscent of a custom chop-top cruiser. Big 17- or 18-inch wheels are standard, but the 300's large wheel wells allow space for aftermarket wheels as large as 22 inches. The gaping grille&#151an exaggerated version of those seen on other Chrysler vehicles&#151is flanked by two hefty headlamps balancing out the aggressive styling of the front end. The rear end, while handsome, is more conservative and the trunk's tall lid makes gauging reverse parking maneuvers a bit of a guessing game.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2008 Chrysler 300 LX features a 2.7-liter V6 engine, four-speed automatic transmission, 17-inch wheels, air conditioning, AM/FM stereo with CD and auxiliary input jack, power locks, power windows, 60/40 split rear seat, driver- and passenger-adjustable lumbar support, power driver's seat, four-wheel disc brakes, remote keyless entry, speed control, rear defrost, dual power mirrors and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel.

Optional Equipment

Features available only on select trim levels or as stand-alone options include all-wheel drive, five-speed AutoStick transmission, leather seating, power sun roof, heated front seats, heated rear seats, Adaptive Speed Control, adaptive headlamps, 18-inch wheels, side-curtain and seat-mounted airbags, rear object detection, power-adjustable pedals, Boston Acoustics eight-speaker sound system, GPS navigation system with integrated six-disc CD/MP3 player, remote start, MyGIG audio and entertainment system, SIRIUS Satellite Radio and xenon headlamps with high-pressure washers. Powerplant options include a 3.5-liter V6 engine and the 5.7-liter HEMI V8, the latter available only in the top-of-the-line 300C.

Under the Hood

The base 2.7-liter engine is advisable only if a low sticker price is your primary motivator. The 3.5-liter V6 is more powerful, but still somewhat unrefined when pressed hard. The HEMI V8 truly brings the 300C to life, transforming it into a world-class performer wrapped in uniquely American sheetmetal.

2.7-liter V6
178 horsepower @ 6400 rpm
190 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/26

3.5-liter V6
250 horsepower @ 6400 rpm
250 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/24 (RWD), 15/22 (AWD)

5.7-liter HEMI V8
340 horsepower @ 5000 rpm
390 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/23 (RWD), 15/22 (AWD)

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2008 Chrysler 300 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.8
Out of 10

Based on 862 Ratings for the 2005 - 2010 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.9/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    9.1/10
    Performance
    9.2/10
  • Comfort
    9.3/10
    Styling
    9.4/10

2nd best car I ever owned

By on Thursday, January 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 130,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Payed $13,000.00 allinclussive 2 years ago..Great"

Cons: "could have a bigger opening from the turnk ."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Fantastic car for comfort, speed,( I added a few Very minor performance parts), great handling and super smooth ride with very good tires.Not so bad at all on gas for such a `living area` car. Engine barely goes over 2,000 rpm`s at 110 kms. Great standard stereo as well."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

BEAUTIFUL ONE OWNER, NON SMOKER, LADY OWNED !

By on Wednesday, January 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 54,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"EXTRA CLEAN, INTERIOR NO RIPS OR DIRTY, LIGHT GREY INSIDE, RED OUTSIDE. BOUGHT NEW OCTOBER 2007, 11 MILES! VERY DEPENDABLE, CARPORT KEPT. ALL SERVICE RECORDS, A REAL BEAUTY !!!"

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Love My Car

By on Monday, January 05, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Beautiful, powerful, comfortable."

Cons: "Small cup holders"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I've owned my 300 for two years and I LOVE it. It is comfortable, has more get-up-and-go than I will ever need and is beautiful. It's Inferno Red and the chrome front grill is reminiscent of a Bentley. The leather seats are comfortable and clean up easily. It has a large trunk and plenty of room inside. Traveling in this car is a pleasure! I love that I could download my own music from a USB. One small complaint I have is there could be a bigger or adjustable cup holder. My bottles of water never seem to fit. My car doesn't have GPS. I think that should have been included in all the 300's. I could buy a chip and have it installed but I think I will trade it in soon. I gave it a 9/10 for value only because I believe all vehicles these days are over-priced. That said, I would definitely recommend this car and my next car will most likely be it's newer, more luxurious equivalent."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Chrysler 2005 Touring Edition original 300 series

By on Saturday, January 03, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 31,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "good gas mileage; fun to drive"

Cons: "long front takes some practice parallel parking"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"This beautiful 4 door sedan Touring Edition 300 series car is silver exterior with light grey leather interior. All original parts. Minor scratches and repairs to exterior consistent with age, so we rate the condition as "very good". Air conditioning, power steering, brakes and windows, with single CD player and AM/FM radio. Cruise control and power adjustable seats. Four-speed automatic transmission as the base, with larger 3.5 liter V-6 added. One owner (transferred from wife to husband only)"

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Good dependable car.

By on Monday, December 22, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 69,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Dependable"

Cons: "Door handles. Could use a littl more power."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Good dependable car. Only thin that went wrong with the car in the 5 years I owned it was that I had to change the battery once after 3 years and the door handles broke. Other than that, the car has worked flawlessly. Engine sill strong and smooth. AC still working."

5 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Best vehicle I have owned.

By on Monday, December 22, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 66,414

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Comfortable, powerful, fun to drive, well laid out"

Cons: "Lifespan issues with some components."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Love the leg room and seat comfort on long trips (also the cruise control). Blue-green instrument lighting is perfect for night driving and mirrors aircraft cockpit lighting. The panel and console are well laid out and convenient to reach and use the controls. The 5.7 hemi engine runs very well, has all the horsepower you could want, and it holds the road well at high speed with the stability systems. The ABS brakes have saved me more than once in high speed traffic. Only drawback I have with it is the lifespans of some components runs out at about the 6-8 year mark (such as the: hood & trunk lid struts; hood/windshield cowl shroud; rack & pinion assembly; headliner (debonding); plastic trim parts color-fading); headlight & fog lamp plastic lenses crazed and dull). I tend to keep cars for 10+ years, so may have found things the average 3-4 year owner would not."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

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