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2008 Chrysler Crossfire

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2008 Chrysler Crossfire Review

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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.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you are a sucker for great styling and like to own what will no doubt be a future collectible, check out the Crossfire. This is a true driver's car, with terrific performance, a great interior and a very comfortable ride.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you are over six feet, you may find the interior is a bit too cramped; a rear bulkhead prevents the seats from reclining when they are fully retracted. You also should be prepared for the replacement costs associated with the 18- and 19-inch tires: They won't be cheap.

What's Significant About This Car?

Model choices are reduced to a single trim: Limited.

Driving the Crossfire

Driving Impressions The Crossfire comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission that feels solid as a rock. Going down the road and around corners, you can feel the big wheels and tires...

doing their best to keep the car planted firmly to the pavement; the Crossfire's tires were specially designed for the car and are available in two types: Summer or all-season. As long as the road stays fairly dry, you will find the Crossfire to be a driver's dream car. It goes into and through corners with snappy response, sure precision and very little lean. Though its handling prowess easily rivals all but a very few of the finest sports cars, the Crossfire does not punish its occupants with a harsh ride, returning instead a surprisingly smooth one that gets harsh only on truly uncivilized roads.

Side Air Intakes
Functional side air intakes are a nice touch.

Retractable Rear Wing
Retractable rear wing automatically extends at speeds above 60 mph.

2008 Chrysler Crossfire Details
Interior

Inside the Crossfire is where the Mercedes' influence can best be seen. The dash is a mixture of Chrysler colors and gauge fonts with Mercedes mechanicals (the radio and cruise-control stalk being the two most obvious.) It's a tight fit for tall adults, and there is not much room in the rear hatch for much more than a few pieces of soft luggage. The Roadster gets a small trunk in place of the hatchback's cargo hold.

Exterior

Conceived by a visionary young Chrysler designer on a piece of scrap paper, the Crossfire has remained fairly true to his first few drawings. From its elegantly sculpted hood to the spine running down the back of the car to the side air vents, everything about the 2008 Chrysler Crossfire says classic. Big 18- and 19-inch wheels truly bring the design to life, and in roadster form the stunning design becomes even more beautiful.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The Crossfire comes loaded with dual-zone air conditioning, leather seats, power windows, power locks, remote keyless entry, AM/FM stereo with CD and six Infinity speakers, four-wheel ABS disc brakes, traction control, six-speed manual transmission, electronic stability control, leather-wrapped telescoping wheel, cruise control, heated power seats (eight-way for the driver, four-way for the passenger), side-impact airbags and a retractable rear wing. The Roadster adds a power cloth top and glass rear window.

Optional Equipment

A five-speed automatic transmission, two-tone leather seating and onboard navigation are the only options.

Under the Hood

To be sure, no one would accuse the Crossfire of being all show and no go. Chrysler has adapted the Mercedes 3.2-liter V6 for duty in this stylish coupe. Rated at 215 horsepower and 229 lb-ft. of torque, this smooth-running engine develops great power and produces an equally impressive exhaust note.

3.2-liter V6
215 horsepower @ 5700 rpm
229 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy:15/23 (manual), 19/25 (automatic)

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2008 Chrysler Crossfire Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.1
Out of 10

Based on 319 Ratings for the 2004 - 2008 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.2/10
    Quality
    9.3/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    9.3/10
  • Comfort
    8.7/10
    Styling
    9.4/10

Love the look, feel and drive of this car.

By on Thursday, February 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great look, Rides nice, Very strong M-112 engine,"

Cons: "Cant think of anything."

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

"I own a Bright Silver 2007 roadster LTD model. Love the color. You can really see and feel how solid this car is built. I am 6'2 and fit very comfortably in the drivers seat. Parts can be obtained through Chrysler or Mercedes with no problem. I have seen where the car has sometimes been criticized for not have a "stiffer" more European sports car feel in the suspension and steering, however I love the smoother, more comfortable ride of the car. Fun good weather weekend driver."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Terrific car. Car has been babied

By on Wednesday, February 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 15,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"Car well maintained and driven. Owner's knees are old and having more trouble getting in and out (double knee replacement). Wonderful car. My baby"

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

No better car to give you an inexpensive thrill

By on Tuesday, February 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 92,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Price, performance, exhaust, styling, exclusivity"

Cons: "cheap interior, $repair/maintenance, numb steering"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I had always been intrigued by the unique styling of the exterior. You don't see many on the road which made me even more curious to find out what these were all about. I drove two hours to go check one out at a small dealership with the hopes of buying it as long as I could justify it. I drove the 6 speed manual and I have to say the first time I really put my foot down I was in love. The torque is awesome for a 3.2 liter V-6 210hp motor which doesn't really let go even as you get higher in speed. The exhaust noise is such an aggressive sound that it would make anybody grin ear to ear going through a tunnel. Interior is a bit lackluster with a feel of cheapness throughout but, the driving experience is so much fun your not paying enough attention to let it ruin anything. Overall its hard to be picky with so much bang for buck that you just shouldn't be."

Art Deco Rocket Ship SRT6

By on Friday, December 05, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 56,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "LOOKS ,FAST"

Cons: "EXPENSIVE UPKEEP"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"SRT6 can be had relatively cheap, Upkeep and Maintenance can be expensive @ alot of Mercedes parts , only had car a few months , and I love it , Even though there are alot of Blind spots , forces to to drive almost too cautious ,Yeah right , ,put the AutoStick in Sport Mode , Hit the gas pedal and enjoy, you propelled car lengths ahead of most traffic , very strong acceleration ,Be careful & stay safe as this car is Fast"

4 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Lots of fun

By on Saturday, November 08, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 9,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great handling , lots of power, a real looker"

Cons: "Has lost a lot of value..flimsy cup holder"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I've had this car for almost 10 years and it is so much fun to drive. It handles really well, and accelerates quickly. The yellow color I have, is stunning. I get compliments everywhere I go with this car."

7 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Outstanding vehicle although it should be.

By on Thursday, November 06, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 70,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Can't say enough - outstanding vehicle"

Cons: "Cost of replacement key"

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

"Mercedes-Benz Built in Germany at the Karma Assembly plant using 90%? Mercedes parts. Chrysler out did Mercedes with the body design."

8 people out of 15 found this review helpful

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