The Crossfire was created during the now-terminated merger between German giant Daimler AG and the Chrysler Corporation. The car's stunning exterior quickly went from paper to concept to production vehicle, where it is currently available as both a coupe and convertible. Using the previous-generation Mercedes-Benz SLK's underpinnings, the Crossfire inherited much of that car's admirable performance and handling, but it also inherited such shortcomings as a cramped cockpit and lofty price tag. Now in its last year of production the Crossfire still stands out in crowd, and it can still turn heads -- as well as accelerate from zero to 60 mph in less than seven seconds.
By Sarah on Friday, March 30, 2012
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 111,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "The best used sports car drive for price!"
Cons: "cup holder, rattle, front defrost and glare"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I loved this car. It was such a pleasure to drive if you are interested in high performance cars and I like the suspension on the car to be tight. It took turns like a car with racing suspension. I am always interested in getting the most car for my dollar and purchased used it was great. I do not know why the resale value isn't higher. It's got the Mercedes engineering in it which you can feel and a unique and classy body. It made you silly happy when you got on a curvy road and could really accelerate into the curves. Even with all the hard driving I did with a hellish commute on bad roads, I didn't have to get the car fixed but very rarely. Staying out of the mechanics was a wonderful bonus The cons were few. This is not a car for the snow in any way shape or form. If the roads aren't plowed and there's a few inches on the ground, you're not going anywhere. Not with low profile tires on your car. The car is hard on passengers as it rides more like a race car and this isn't all that comfortable in cities with bad roads. On smooth roads it's a dream and fine, but I have never lived anywhere where the roads were good. The seats are not designed for big butts. They are designed for a narrower and relatively longer legged frame. It's not for those of us who have a lot of weight to lose. Some desired features that were missing are: setting for just air on legs, better defrost for the front window, a better cup holder -it was woefully inadequate, popped up all the time and didn't hold drinks well-- and the car had a rattle in the back hatch that could be annoying. I put in an after market radio and that was a big help to at least drown out the rattle. One thing about this car is it has a very quiet engine. If you've got a manual transmission and the radio too loud you cannot hear or feel when to shift. I owned a '79 supped up, Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce and you always knew when to shift by feel. It's something to be aware of for those of you who don't glance down at the tach too often. On the whole, I'd buy another one. Sure it's small inside and like being in a cockpit instead of a car, but it was the best driving experience in a car I've ever had. Loved, loved, loved this car!"
16 people out of 16 found this review helpful
By Commuter on Tuesday, October 09, 2007
overall rating 10 of 10rating details
"This car is wonderful! I am a highway commuter everyday, and I love driving this car! The only complaints style wise are that the car needs another cup holder and 12v outlet for eletronic things. Otherwise, my daily trips are made in comfort, so much room for a 2-seater and the trunk can hold many things! Tires and maintanenece are a bit pricey but to have performance tires last 45,000 miles is worth the money! And everyone speak for themselves, my Chrysler did wonderful on the snow last year with it's all-weather Continental tires, you just have to know how to drive a rear-wheel drive in the snow. Put some weight in the trunk, use the traction control and the only place I ever had a problem was in 6 inches of snow getting up the incline of my driveway - salt solved that problem!"
14 people out of 14 found this review helpful
By Dakman on Friday, July 27, 2007
overall rating 10 of 10rating details
"I've owned the 2006 Chrysler Crossfire coupe for a couple of months now. I bought it because my dealer is a friend and he gave me a great deal. But, the car has outperformed every expectation. The Crossfire's "love it or hate it looks" are a love it look for me. It's just so much better looking than the prior generation bland, Mercedes SLK that provides the underpinnings. Then, Chrsyler gave it an incredible Kharmann body, retuned the suspension for better handling and provided a "sports car" that rides on rails with a turning radius that can't be beat. This car is well worth the price at its $30,000 sticker; after all, you're getting a Mercedes with Mercedes build quality at a Chrysler price even at full sticker price. But, throw in Chrysler's current discount and the convenience of Chrysler service facilities and what's not to like about an incredible sports car, priced lower than the Pontiac, Mazda, Saturn, Audi, BMW and other offerings in the small, sports car field. My neighbor drives a used Z4 and she about died when I told her what I paid for my new 2006 Crossfire and explained that with the savings, I'd buy gas for free for most of the life of the car, have lower insurance premiums and drive circles around her "premium sports car." So, I'm enjoying the car and laughing all the way to the bank. Thanks Chrysler for a great product at a great price."
11 people out of 11 found this review helpful