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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 316 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

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"

2 people out of 4 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."

4 people out of 9 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."

5 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Love it!

By on Tuesday, November 04, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 15,858

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Styling, performance fun to drive"

Cons: "The interior could use more refinement"

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

"Bought brand new, never had an issue, runs solid and strong. Still think the design is unique and a head turner. You see fewer of these cars on the road. It's quick handles well, and a lot of fun to drive, the cat runs beautifully over 100 mph, seems the faster the better."

5 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Love it.

By on Wednesday, October 22, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 83,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"This is my weekend car. As well as a backup to my work car. It has a completely different feel from my workcar which is a prius. But this has the great music system, and the seats hug your body and you barely tap the gas pedal and you are gone in a split second. It has a very powerful engine. Many people have tried to buy it from me, but I am keeping it as a collector car since they quit making them in 2008."

4 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Love my car!

By on Monday, August 25, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 89,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Fun to drive, unique, this car has attitude."

Cons: "Limited trunk space, at times difficult get out of"

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

"I have owned numerous vehicles many have been sports cars. I have loved and enjoyed my Crossfire more than any. "She" is a beautiful vehicle and you will see very few on the road. People constantly inquire who makes the vehicle and state how beautiful the car is. Of course many are interested in performance-speed. I cannot believe how protective I am of my car."

5 people out of 7 found this review helpful

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