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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 328 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

Crossfire's should be valued higher

By on Wednesday, December 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 25,000

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: "Fun to drive, good fuel economy for a sports car."

Cons: "Misunderstood by many who haven't driven it."

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

"I bought my 2005 Crossfire Limited Coupe in 2013 with 37000 kms. It is like new. The car is a real head turner and not like the cookie cutter cars one sees these days. The car should be described as a three door as these cars have a convenient hatchback. The car was made in Onasbruck, Germany - not the U.S. as described. The car was a joint venture between Chrysler/Daimler. The engine, transmission, running gear and all components are German/Mercedes. In fact, the interior is taken from the SLK Mercedes as well as the running gear. The only thing U.S. about this car is the Chrysler label on it - but Karmann in Germany (of Karmann Ghia) designed the body. Everything on this car is German, inside and out. If you take it to a Chrysler dealer they cannot work on it. It must be taken to someone who understands vehicles such as Mercedes, BMW, VW. It is a comfortable car and gas mileage is very reasonable. Steering is amazing even at 130 kms. Lap times with this car, which is designed to run on German Autobahns, is very fast with speeds up to 160kms reached with stable steering. The car has two different size tires; 18" on the front and 19" on the rear, which provides excellent traction and speed. This car will not burn rubber but takes off like a shot. Quiet engine and smooth shifting with my automatic tranny makes it a joy to drive. Infinity stereo/CD is excellent. Leather seats have heaters; car is equipped with AC as well which works like a charm. The car is easy to park as it is small. Expect to pay more for any repairs, as it is a Mercedes, not a Chrysler. I have driven many cars in my half century and this is one heck of a car. I would value it way more than what it is valued on Blue Books or Black Books which we have here in Canada. It is a very misunderstood car. Before you judge it, take one for a spin. You'll be hooked! I plan to keep mine forever."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Car is in very good shape low miles for its age.

By on Thursday, December 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 74,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Cool little car for a younger man or woman"

Cons: "No cons I loved it every time I go in it."

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

"I bought the car because I love the look and the way it drove. I had always wanted a sports car. I didn't want to put to many miles on it so it has set more than I drive it on the carport and garage since I have owned it. It's a great little car but I'm getting older now and its hard to get in and out of. Plus being 6'4 I'm a little big for the car. Actually I hate to sell it but It's not doing me any good just setting. I would rather someone have it that would drive it."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

The most exhilarating ride I've ever had!

By on Friday, November 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 78,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Affordable high performance"

Cons: "Disc driven GPS system"

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

"Mercedes engineering, build, and reliability with American body design. Supercharged performance, racing suspension with 52-48 balance and unbelievable exceleration to top gear redline. Extremely affordable...perfect speciality machine to be driven and enjoyed. Those of us who own them are happy there is no high demand for them. Overall, what's not to like!"

7 people out of 7 found this review helpful

IT'S A MERCEDS BENZ

By on Friday, October 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 95,000

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
9/10

Pros: "I'D RATHER DRIVE THIS 2005 CROSSFIRE THAN MY 2015"

Cons: "safety, durability, comfort, it's a mercedes benz"

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

"MERCEDES BENZ PARTS THROUGH OUT ASSEMBLED IN GERMANY WHEN MERCEDES BENZ WERE THE BEST CARS IN THE WORLD NOT ANYMORE."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

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."

8 people out of 8 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,"

10 people out of 12 found this review helpful

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