Used 2008 Chrysler 300 Sedan
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2008 Chrysler 300 KBB Expert Review
The 2008 Chrysler 300 sedan has succeeded where many of its domestic rivals have not. While it's true that Americans have flocked to the 300 chiefly because of its bold styling, the 300 provides a roomy interior, impressive ride and handling, the availability of the well-known HEMI V8 engine and the option of all-wheel drive. The 300 benefited greatly from the now-defunct merger between Mercedes-Benz and Chrysler by receiving a number of German-engineered components, including its rear suspension and five-speed automatic transmission. One might think with so much premium content added to the mix that the 300's price tag would also surge, but V6 models start around $25,000. Thanks to the 300's popularity among the tuner crowd, there are plenty of aftermarket parts, allowing owners to customize their cars to their hearts' content.
You'll Like This Car If...
If you're searching for a family sedan with attitude but need to keep your spending in check, you'll find the 2008 Chrysler 300 hard to ignore.
You May Not Like This Car If...
If you're looking for something inconspicuous, say, for a stakeout, the Chrysler 300 might not be your best option. Car enthusiasts will lament the absence of a manual transmission and some may find the interior color choices drab.
What's New for 2008
2008 sees modest but important changes. The cruise control stalk has been relocated to the four o'clock position where it won't be confused with the turn signal, and the dash receives a minor freshening. New options include MyGIG multimedia audio system and remote start
We drove the powerful 300C model that Chrysler claims accounts for almost half of all 300 models sold. With its 340-horsepower HEMI V8, the 300C provides an impressive blend of power and grace, thanks in part to its sophisticated traction and stability controls. The V8's MDS (Multiple-Displacement System) improves economy by cutting fuel to four of the eight cylinders when their output is not required. The suspension doesn't readily evoke that of a European sport sedan, but tight and true steering keeps you feeling in control of what is admittedly a large vehicle.
The available 5.7-liter V8 HEMI with 340 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque delivers terrific straight-line performance.
An option not available on many sedans in its price range, the 300's all-wheel-drive system promises to provide increased stability and traction in all driving conditions.
The 300's attractive instrument panel and interior design is in line with its high-style exterior, though some of the plastics lack the precise color-matching and touch-friendly feel of some top-notch luxury sedans. Despite the 300's somewhat colorless interior, exquisite touches, such as the faux tortoise shell steering wheel on the 300C, add an air of individuality and elegance. We are also fond of the instrument cluster, which features white-faced gauges with art-deco fonts. The front bucket seats provide excellent lower back and thigh support, and feature adjustable lumbar support for both the driver and passenger. Legroom is abundant throughout, as is headroom both front and rear.
Large slab-side panels, a high "belt-line" and narrow side windows give the 300 an appearance reminiscent of a custom chop-top cruiser. Big 17- or 18-inch wheels are standard, but the 300's large wheel wells allow space for aftermarket wheels as large as 22 inches. The gaping grille - an exaggerated version of those seen on other Chrysler vehicles - is flanked by two hefty headlamps balancing out the aggressive styling of the front end. The rear end, while handsome, is more conservative and the trunk's tall lid makes gauging reverse parking maneuvers a bit of a guessing game.
Notable Standard Equipment
The 2008 Chrysler 300 LX features a 2.7-liter V6 engine, four-speed automatic transmission, 17-inch wheels, air conditioning, AM/FM stereo with CD and auxiliary input jack, power locks, power windows, 60/40 split rear seat, driver- and passenger-adjustable lumbar support, power driver's seat, four-wheel disc brakes, remote keyless entry, speed control, rear defrost, dual power mirrors and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel.
Notable Optional Equipment
Features available only on select trim levels or as stand-alone options include all-wheel drive, five-speed AutoStick transmission, leather seating, power sun roof, heated front seats, heated rear seats, Adaptive Speed Control, adaptive headlamps, 18-inch wheels, side-curtain and seat-mounted airbags, rear object detection, power-adjustable pedals, Boston Acoustics eight-speaker sound system, GPS navigation system with integrated six-disc CD/MP3 player, remote start, MyGIG audio and entertainment system, SIRIUS Satellite Radio and xenon headlamps with high-pressure washers. Powerplant options include a 3.5-liter V6 engine and the 5.7-liter HEMI V8, the latter available only in the top-of-the-line 300C.
Under the Hood
The base 2.7-liter engine is advisable only if a low sticker price is your primary motivator. The 3.5-liter V6 is more powerful, but still somewhat unrefined when pressed hard. The HEMI V8 truly brings the 300C to life, transforming it into a world-class performer wrapped in uniquely American sheetmetal.
178 horsepower @ 6400 rpm
190 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/26
250 horsepower @ 6400 rpm
250 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/24 (RWD), 15/22 (AWD)
5.7-liter HEMI V8
340 horsepower @ 5000 rpm
390 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/23 (RWD), 15/22 (AWD)
The 2008 Chrysler 300 LX's Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starts just over $25,000, while the popular Touring and Limited trims cross the $30,000 mark - nicely equipped, of course. The HEMI-powered 300C starts around $36,000 and all-wheel drive adds about $2,000 to the bottom line. 300 sales have cooled off somewhat, making it easier to find a good deal. Before you buy your new 300 be sure to check the Fair Purchase Price, which is adjusted periodically to show what others in your area are paying for their new cars. The 300 is projected to hold a better-than-average residual value, with the Touring and Limited trims actually bettering the V8 300C by a few percentage points over a five-year period.
Chrysler 300 Consumer Reviews
October 15, 2018
I like the style and comfort of the vehicle. It hasn't given me any kind of technical issues yet, even after it's been on at least three...
May 02, 2017
A drivers car, with looks and utility
Believe it. Chrysler can make a reliable car that drives and looks great. Bought this used three years ago, have put 40,000 miles on...
December 01, 2016
Best vehicle I ever owned
This 300 is the most problem free I ever owned. Other than brakes tires and oil changes we have not had a single problem with it in...
November 23, 2016
Best car I have ever owned
This is truly the best car I have ever owned. More reliable than my Cadillac DHS. The Damlier engineering pushed this car to the front...
August 19, 2016
Best car ever!!!
I have had a lot of cars, this is such a great car, I cant complain about one thing.... I do have to sell it only because I'm so little,...
March 05, 2016
What a GREAT car!
I bought this 300 (2.7L Base) certified used from a local dealer with 59,000 miles back in 2010. I have owned it for 6 years. It now has...
August 28, 2015
only trouble has been shifter lockup, trasnmission
Have driven from Key West to Canada , Atlantic to the Pacific Drives just as good at 95 as 5 mph
July 21, 2015
I have a 2005 300 Limited for 10 years, and still rides and handles like new. also good gas milage. No problems in 10 years, just normal...
July 20, 2015
Great car, great performance, good Quality
The 300 SRT 8 has tons of power, great agility, sporty looks with aggressive styling and stance, yet comfortable and roomy. The 20 inch...
June 17, 2015
Love this car
car is comfortble and solid feels safe on long highway trips.and is sexy