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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.
Favorite Features

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 304 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
    9.5/10

IT'S EVERYTHING I WANTED IN A ROADSTER

By on Wednesday, April 09, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 82,566

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Cons: "A BIT OF A HARD RIDE, but nothing annoying."

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

"I'M RETIRED, AND WHILE OTHERS ENJOY MOTORCYCLES AS THEIR TOY, MY "TOY' IS MY ROADSTER. IT EMOTIONALLY TAKES ME WHERE I WANT TO GO. NO MATTER THE WEATHER. IT'S FAST, IT HOLDS THE ROAD, IT'S STILL ONE OF THE MOST STYLISH ROADSTERS ON THE ROAD TODAY. THE HANDLING IS TIGHT.PEOPLE'S HEADS TURN WHEN I DRIVE BY THEM, OR STOPPED AT LIGHT. SO MANY ASK WHERE THEY CAN GET ONE!!! AND THEY ARE IN AWE THAT IT'S A MERCEDES SLK IN A CHRYSLER BODY. WAS GOING TO ENJOY FOR THE SUMMER (2014) THEN SELL, BUT.....................OH NO, THIS TOY IS MY 'BABY"."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

IT'S EVERYTHING I WANTED IN A ROADSTER

By on Wednesday, April 09, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 82,566

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Cons: "A BIT OF A HARD RIDE, but nothing annoying."

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

"I'M RETIRED, AND WHILE OTHERS ENJOY MOTORCYCLES AS THEIR TOY, MY "TOY' IS MY ROADSTER. IT EMOTIONALLY TAKES ME WHERE I WANT TO GO. NO MATTER THE WEATHER. IT'S FAST, IT HOLDS THE ROAD, IT'S STILL ONE OF THE MOST STYLISH ROADSTERS ON THE ROAD TODAY. THE HANDLING IS TIGHT.PEOPLE'S HEADS TURN WHEN I DRIVE BY THEM, OR STOPPED AT LIGHT. SO MANY ASK WHERE THEY CAN GET ONE!!! AND THEY ARE IN AWE THAT IT'S A MERCEDES SLK IN A CHRYSLER BODY. WAS GOING TO ENJOY FOR THE SUMMER (2014) THEN SELL, BUT.....................OH NO, THIS TOY IS MY 'BABY"."

IT'S EVERYTHING I WANTED IN A ROADSTER

By on Wednesday, April 09, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 82,566

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Cons: "A BIT OF A HARD RIDE, but nothing annoying."

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

"I'M RETIRED, AND WHILE OTHERS ENJOY MOTORCYCLES AS THEIR TOY, MY "TOY' IS MY ROADSTER. IT EMOTIONALLY TAKES ME WHERE I WANT TO GO. NO MATTER THE WEATHER. IT'S FAST, IT HOLDS THE ROAD, IT'S STILL ONE OF THE MOST STYLISH ROADSTERS ON THE ROAD TODAY. THE HANDLING IS TIGHT.PEOPLE'S HEADS TURN WHEN I DRIVE BY THEM, OR STOPPED AT LIGHT. SO MANY ASK WHERE THEY CAN GET ONE!!! AND THEY ARE IN AWE THAT IT'S A MERCEDES SLK IN A CHRYSLER BODY. WAS GOING TO ENJOY FOR THE SUMMER (2014) THEN SELL, BUT.....................OH NO, THIS TOY IS MY 'BABY"."

IT'S EVERYTHING I WANTED IN A ROADSTER

By on Wednesday, April 09, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 82,566

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Cons: "A BIT OF A HARD RIDE, but nothing annoying."

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

"I'M RETIRED, AND WHILE OTHERS ENJOY MOTORCYCLES AS THEIR TOY, MY "TOY' IS MY ROADSTER. IT EMOTIONALLY TAKES ME WHERE I WANT TO GO. NO MATTER THE WEATHER. IT'S FAST, IT HOLDS THE ROAD, IT'S STILL ONE OF THE MOST STYLISH ROADSTERS ON THE ROAD TODAY. THE HANDLING IS TIGHT.PEOPLE'S HEADS TURN WHEN I DRIVE BY THEM, OR STOPPED AT LIGHT. SO MANY ASK WHERE THEY CAN GET ONE!!! AND THEY ARE IN AWE THAT IT'S A MERCEDES SLK IN A CHRYSLER BODY. WAS GOING TO ENJOY FOR THE SUMMER (2014) THEN SELL, BUT.....................OH NO, THIS TOY IS MY 'BABY"."

Really great car, but...

By on Tuesday, March 25, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 174,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "fun to drive, superior handling, fuel effiecient"

Cons: "cheap interior, expensive maintenance"

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

"This car is a blast to drive and gets better gas mileage than originally stated. It handles amazingly, is very quiet inside with a nice sounding semi-quiet exhaust note when pushed. I have personally pushed this car very hard through curvy roads and wow, the handling blew me away. It isn't really fast, but defiantly isn't slow either, I would say it has alot of get up and go and traveling up hills at any speed all the way up to about 110mph is not a problem for this light nimble car. BUT, there are some cheap cosmetic materials inside the car. And if anything goes bad as from my experience: the rear wheel bearing, it will cost $700 to fix or a timing belt is around $1300. The maintenance for this vehicle is very expensive. OEM Spark plugs are expensive, oil and filter are expensive, and even the recommended premium fuel is expensive. But if you do not care about all those bad things, then get one of these cars for fun."

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

I love this car and have nothing bad to say about

By on Monday, March 03, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100,000

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
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "fun to drive, smooth, great 6 speed transmission,"

Cons: "Cup holder is pretty useless & thats it"

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

"This is the best car I have ever owned. It has great response, gets about 26 mpg, is a smooth ride, corners like a sports car, has a wonderful engine and the only expense I have had is the rear high performance tires that need to be replaced once a year. This car has been tuned up every 7500 miles and is in perfect driving condition."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

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