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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 324 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

It's a Mercedes

By on Wednesday, July 08, 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
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
6/10

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

"built on the same assembly line as the SLK cars in Europe, it shares lots of parts with its Mercedes counterpart, including the sweet 3.2 L mercedes engine."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Flawless Red Convertible new top/Tonneau Cover

By on Tuesday, June 02, 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
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Excellent fun Car-Immaculate-Fantastic running"

Cons: "None"

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

"31,000 miles Excellent condition, 19" custom Mags all around with new Yokohama tires, Alpine stereo system, XM, Phone Integrated,"

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

i love this car..........

By on Saturday, May 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 104,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"I own a 2004 crossfire and it is the best car i have ever owned. I'm not to happy with the interior. You would think they would have used less plastic in it, but i digress. I love the drive of it and the way it rides. I have owned a z3 and this is by far better. Like any car it has had its problems, but not to the point to get rid of it. Pe poo ple are always commenting me about it and i can't tell you how many cars have pulled next to me on the freeway wanting to race. Awsome car"

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Never got so much attention driving any other car!

By on Monday, May 04, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 65,000

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

Pros: "Stylish, easy to handle, good gas mileage"

Cons: "No back seat"

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

"Easy handling, great cornering, smooth ride. You can feel the quality as you close the door or hatchback: solid. The Crossfire has become a collector's car, being produced for only five years. Very stylish. Compliments daily!"

5 people out of 6 found this review helpful

I own two 2005 Crossfires so I really like them.

By on Saturday, May 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 22,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Best value roadster of any that I have purchased"

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

"Compared to past owned sport type cars. I rate better than 1975 Alfa Romeo Spyder and 2001 Z3 BMW roadster. I have also owned several BMW's Several Ford Mustangs since 1966. Way more fun than Ford Taurus Yamaha powered Taurus.Past autos include 1967 Old's 442 convertible. Of the many fun vehicles that we have owned these autos built in Germany by Mersedez. These are the best performers of a large group. The only downside is the complicated electronic control system. I will sell neither for $10,000."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

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."

5 people out of 7 found this review helpful

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