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
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.
Pros: "Price, looks, power top, decent MPG, luggage space"
Cons: "Cup holder is useless, pricy oil changes"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I test-drove (or at least sat inside) the following used convertibles before buying my Crossfire:
C5 Corvette Convertible-Love this car, however my father owns one and it was $5,000 more than the Crossfire
Pontiac Solstice-Top was horrible to open/close and had zero luggage space
Saturn Sky-Better looking than the Solstice, but with the same problems and a higher price
Mazda Miata-Too small, uncomfortable seats
Nissan 350z-Nice interior, but very ugly. Also, every teenager in my area owns one.
Honda S2000-Never drove one, however I didn't like the looks in person
Jaguar XKR-Awesome car, but WAY too fast for me. Only car to ever scare me away.
I love my Crossfire, and have taken it on a three-week 5,800 road-trip with no problems or discomfort. This car has been places most truck/SUV owners wouldn't drive.
It has been a great car, and can handle a ton of luggage. These cars are a bargain, as they have depreciated so much over the years.
The small problems I have had:
-The top did not close properly once, allowing water to enter the cabin in a downpour
-The battery died after sitting for a month (probably the electronics on the dash)
-The fog-light guards inside the front wheel-wells were missing when I bought the car. These look to be easy to lose. The driver and passenger side guards are mirror-images of each-other, however the passenger's costs around $10, while the driver's costs around $40.
-The vent on the dash to the left of the steering wheel will not stay in place, and tends to always point upward.
-Oil changes are pricy, costing around $100
I recommend this car if you are in the market for a sub-$20,000 convertible. Very fun car to drive and compliments everywhere I go (more-so than when driving the Corvette)."
"I have had 3 sports cars. The last was a Corvette 2001 Z06..the little Crossfire is a better road car. Not as much torque but top speed is comp and handling just as responsive.
The only problem I have is with filling the vehicle. Gas continues to bubble up and stop the flow. Other than that...I love it. Had it on two long trips of 500 miles or more and was more than pleased."
"An SRT6 "roadster" for sale is dang near impossible to find. The coupes/hatchbacks you can find all day. All these cars are future collectibles but the roadsters will pull the most money and be collectable first. KBB dealer's values these at about half of what you can pull for one on the open market.People are not selling the roadsters so their data is dated."