Hooniverse Parting Shot: The Chrysler Crossfire – The By-product of a Doomed Marriage

The 2005 Chrysler Crossfire Roadster with a German Beauty at the wheel.

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The most visible stepchild of the failed DaimlerChrysler marriage was the Chrysler Crossfire, a car that matched the styling of a Chrysler concept car with proven Mercedes-Benz mechanicals from its SLK. Thirty years from now, will the Crossfire be like the Plymouth Superbird, unloved in its day, but ultimately a cherished collector car?

The 2001 Crossfire Concept

The early part of the decade was ripe for a new type of enterprise, the newly formed German-American car company that merged the historic brands of Mercedes-Benz and Chrysler. It was the promise of having the best of both worlds, the old-world craftsmanship of Mercedes-Benz combined with the cutting-edge design that was Chrysler’s hallmark. And one of the by-products of this joint venture was the Chrysler Crossfire. It incorporated a Mercedes-Benz SLK platform with the flair of a Chrysler concept car. Unfortunately, by the time the Crossfire reached showrooms in 2003, the technology was almost a decade old and the styling to some was rather ungainly. Was the car doomed to failure?
The Production 2004 Crossfire Coupe

The production Chrysler Crossfire was introduced to the American public in the autumn of 2003 as a slick, two-seat, closed sports car, and the first ever to wear a Chrysler badge. Based on the well-received Chrysler Crossfire concept from 2001, it was built upon the donor platform of the first generation SLK introduced in 1997 which was roughly the same size. Although reworked for this application, the mechanicals were all borrowed. The interior was recycled from the SLK as well, then restyled to provide a unique appearance. With complex stampings and projecyrf production numbers of only 20,000 per year, manufacturing was farmed-out to German Coachbuilder Karmann. If you ever wanted to own a concept car, the production Chrysler Crossfire is probably as close as you’ll ever get.
The Interior, with Mercedes Switchgear bathed in Silver.

The Crossfire’s wheelbase is only 94.5 inches and both the front and rear overhangs are minimal. The small dimensions are apparent inside; this is a true two-seater. A high bulkhead immediately aft of the front seats precludes tossing anything behind them, and there are only 7.6 cubic-feet of cargo space under the rear hatch. The interior’s SLK pieces are obvious, despite the Chrysler designers’ restyling. Still, the Mercedes starting point gives the Crossfire hands down the best-quality interior of any Chrysler during this period. The surfaces are attractive and the silver trim brightens things up compared to the SLK.
Under the Chrysler Badging is a Mercedes 3.2L SOHC V-6!

At the time, the eighteen-valve, 3.2-liter SOHC V-6 was a staple of the Mercedes lineup, and in this application it makes 215 horsepower and 229 pound-feet of torque. There was a choice of two transmissions, the Mercedes Touch Shift five-speed automatic that Chrysler badges with its AutoStick label, and a six-speed manual, whose stubby shift lever promises short, slick shifts, but whose linkage doesn’t really deliver. And the clutch’s long travel makes shifting feel more like work than play. Almost every reviewer took the six-speed manual to task, suggesting, as they did with the SLK, to opt for the automatic.
The 2005 Crossfire Roadster

Chrysler tuned the suspension to be firmer than the SLK and specified larger wheels with lower profile rubber: 225/40ZR-18 up front, 255/35ZR-19 at the rear. The high-performance and available all-season tires were Z-rated. Unfortunately, the Mercedes recirculating-ball steering unit can’t hope to match the feel of the best sports cars like the Porsche Boxster, the BMW Z4, and the Nissan 350Z.
The 2005 Crossfire SRT-6 Coupe

In 2005, Chrysler added a roadster model as well as a powerful new SRT6 model available in both coupe and roadster body styles. The SRT6 features a supercharged version of the V6 rated at 330 horsepower, a huge jump from the standard 215 horsepower engine. (It was a slightly detuned version of the SLK’s AMC motor.) Chrysler claimed the SRT-6 can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 5 seconds with an electronically limited top speed of 155 miles per hour. The suspension and brakes were upgraded. The big rear wing that comes on the SRT6 models detracts from the Crossfire’s styling, though that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
The 2005 Crossfire SRT-6 Roadster

Sales of all Crossfires were lackluster at best, although Chrysler’s marketing people were quick to point out that they exceeded the sales of the Audi TT. There were two very good reasons. First was the fact that the buying public was made aware of the borrowed bits from the first generation SLK. Mercedes was about to introduce the second generation model right about the same time the Crossfire went into production. Second, the price point for the Chrysler Crossfire was very optimistic (starting at $35,000), a price point that the general public could not accept from their local Chrysler retailer. This is exactly what happened to the new Chrysler Pacifica (a new six-crossover carrier that went into production at the same time the Crossfire did).
It only got worse with the introduction of the roadster version (priced at over $40,000), and the SRT6 (starting at $46,000). Sales of the pricey two-seater never reached capacity. In fact, there were no production 2007 models produced, and many 2006 models were sold off at the web retailer overstock.com.
The 2001 Crossfire Concept. Reflecting on things to come I guess.

So was this re-worked Mercedes SLK as bad as its sales numbers suggest? Actually, with the closed coupe style, the Crossfire was more civilized than the hardtop/convertible version of the original SLK, with a very rigid body and better handling thanks to the larger tires combined with the stiffer structure. Of course, the asking prices of these cars took them out of the range of the average Chrysler consumer, and anyone looking for a German performance car would never step into a Chrysler showroom no matter how compelling the value proposition might be. However, used car values for the Crossfires have dropped dramatically, and are quite a bargain, especially compared to their SLK cousins.
If you are looking for a great-looking car with a lot of German engineering and the Chrysler badge on the hood instead of a three-pointed star, this may be the bargain of the decade. With Chryslerre-emerging from bankruptcy, there may never be a better time to put the most visible remnant of the failed DaimlerChrysler marriage in your driveway, and remember this; Chrysler-Plymouth dealers had a hard time moving their remaining Plymouth Superbirds back in 1970, some going so far as to remove the aero package and selling them as plain Jane Road Runners. Will lightning strike twice? I’m not sure, and that’s my parting shot. Read my Retrospective and Recently Deceased articles over at Automotive Traveler.

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44 responses to “Hooniverse Parting Shot: The Chrysler Crossfire – The By-product of a Doomed Marriage”

  1. tiberiuswise Avatar

    With unique styling and low production volume, almost any car has a good shot at being collectable. Acceptable build quality and reasonable, if behind its contemporaries, performance is always a plus. Pick one up now, garage it, drive it every other sunny Sunday for 20 years. You should have no problem selling it to help pay for a retirement, daughter's wedding or well deserved divorce for more than is rational but less than if you put the money in a conservative mutual fund. But what fun would that be.

  2. lilwillie Avatar

    I always like the looks of that car. It doesn't scream "look at me, look at me" and yet you would still double take if you passed one on the road.

  3. acarr260 Avatar

    While they were neat little cars when they were in production, something just seems "off" to me regarding the design. At least the upgraded model had decent performance (I'm looking at you, Mr. Prowler – with your badass looks and not much to back them up with). I doubt that these will be profit-making collectibles, but you never know. I've seen stranger cars go for surprisingly big money in the past ten years.

  4. Kogashiwa Avatar

    Closest I came to one of these was sitting in one in the showroom, but that was quite enough, thanks. Most uncomfortable thing I've ever been in. I had a first gen RX-7 at the time and the Crossfire was a bit bigger on the outside but quite a lot smaller on the inside. Also somehow weighed about a thousand pounds more.
    Then of course there was the Top Gear review, which is worth a look. They absolutely slaughtered it. Must've got about the worst ratings they've ever given anything.
    Of course actually being a good car has seldom played much into collectability value.

  5. RSDeuce Avatar

    There is a guy that autocrosses one of these regularly out here in Virginia. (At least he used to, I haven't seen him in quite awhile.
    I don't know how well he did, but the car looked like it was setup to compete. Only one like it I have seen.
    I can't help but remember Jeremy Clarkson's quote that it looks like a squatting dog from the back, it is true. I have never seen that SRT-6 version though, I like it much better with the wing to break things up a bit.

    1. omg_grip Avatar

      Yes, I have ran with him a few times last year with CDC. I could have sworn it was a souped up SRT6 model though, and runs R compound tires on the stock rims. Or shaved summer tires. Not really sure.
      He is not very quick though, I had no problem trouncing him by seconds with my stock Grand Marquis with 17×8 cobra wheels and cooper zeon street tires.

  6. muthalovin Avatar

    When the SRT6 came out, I desired it. A V6, supercharged coupe with German engineering and American quality. It was all 20 year-old Muthalovin wanted. Until I read reviews. The reviews, matched with price made it a lot less desirable. I still enjoy the looks, but the Crossfire is way, way down on my want list.

  7. engineerd Avatar

    I never hated the Crossfire. In fact, when it was first introduced I quite liked it. The M-B mechanicals with a clearly American exterior was very appealing. Then I saw the price and laughed. Yes, it has M-B mechanicals, but they were 10-year old M-B mechanicals. Plus, it's a Chrysler. Maybe 40 years before they could have charged a premium for the Chrysler name, but not in the 2000s.

  8. dculberson Avatar

    Looked locally and there's a 2004 w/100k plus miles selling for $7500 and a 2006 with 24k miles selling for $12,300. At those prices it might be worth a look!

  9. Goingincirclez Avatar

    Never understood all the hateraide poured on these. Yes, they were a bit overpriced but the same argument can be (and has been) leveled at almost any other car made today, depending on what you're comparing it too. At the end of the day it's still a good-looking 2-seater fastback with decent performance and excellent bones. 10-year-old MB bones were (are) still better than many new ones. And they didn't hurt the 300C.
    I will say that I never realized just how close the production cars were to the concept. Funny thing is I remember disliking the concept's front fascia, but now looking at it again I actually like it better than the production version. The prod version has too much "Sebring" for my taste.
    Interesting parallel to the Superbird. If Crysler indeed goes down and out for the count in a couple years, this could indeed become a desired and historically significant vehicle.

  10. FTGDHoonEdition Avatar

    "(It was a slightly detuned version of the SLK’s AMC motor.) "
    SLK's AMG motor you mean? Although, an AMC motor would be sweet!

    1. UDman Avatar
      UDman

      Yes yes yes, I see I didn't quite proof read the piece before posting…….. At least it's an enjoyable read though, right? Right? Hellooooooooooo……

  11. rocketrodeo Avatar

    The lines of the coupe never appealed to me, but the roadster was quite attractive, I thought. Chrysler was practically giving these away at the end. I suspect that an SRT6 Roadster would prove to be a decent investment over time.

  12. Volvonian Avatar
    Volvonian

    I knew three people who lemon'ed out of these things. They were poorly built with the worst of both Chrysler and MB unreliability.

    1. AF!AC Avatar
      AF!AC

      I have 2 of the srt6 coupe:s one stock and one with speed mods ,have had no problems . Love to drive these and at today prices there are not many, if any cars that can meet the performance and build quality of the srt6 . You would not understand the fun factor unless u drove one .

      1. Doc Holliday Avatar
        Doc Holliday

        you want to know what you all missed….go to http://www.crossfireforum.org and check out what really happened to the XF…

        1. Doc Holliday Avatar
          Doc Holliday

          5 yr old or 10 yr old technology, according to who you believe…my SRT6 will take on any stock production car out there…and remember, it is a 6 cylinder…check us out…you won't believe what Chrysler and Daimler missed out on…if they had truely tried to market them, rather than abandomed them….their loss…our gain…here's another site for you to check out…. http://www.crossfireinternational.com I just bought my second SRT6….

  13. bmorgan Avatar
    bmorgan

    I own an 05 SRT-6 roadster. I run 12.2 in the 1/4 mile at 114 mph. The looks on the faces of the Corvettes, Porches, and 5.0 GT's that I beat are priceless. 😀 These are great cars, and a real bargain at todays prices. BTW… there were only 928 of the SRT-6 roadsters ever produced for the world. They were distributed to Germany, England, Australia, Canada, and the United States, so yes….. I think they are fairly rare. Mine has 22k on the odo and is a weekend driver. If you haven't driven one, you might want to look again.

  14. DaveA Avatar
    DaveA

    I own an SRT6 roadster and a coupe, and like AF!AC says, you need to drive one and watch look on thethe faces of the Mustang/Camaro/350Z etc drivers when they finally catch you ……………………………… :O)

  15. Chris L. Avatar
    Chris L.

    Truly the best bargain of the century….I have an 07 & an 08 both NEW for a total of $40K…zero defects….150 mph 25 mpg… Lifetime powertrain warranty…….solid as rocks!!!!

  16. Deartháir Avatar
    Deartháir

    Glad to see we have a good representation here of owners. Perhaps they'll have a different perspective, although they're certainly going to be biased!
    For myself, I have driven these, in both SRT6 and base form. I've joked a few times that I think 3/4 of the entire production was sold to Calgary, AB, so they're a dime a dozen around here, and easy as hell to get your hands on to drive.
    I'll be honest. They're decent. Now that's a damn sight higher praise than I would level on just about any other Chrysler other than the 300C SRT8 which was an absolute hoot to drive. But is it a viable competitor for any other two-seat roadster or coupé you could get used for roughly the same price? No, sadly it's not.
    That's not to say it's a bad car. It's quite good, and in SRT6 form, performs quite well. And if you're picking one up for $7500, it's a damn good buy. As the owners here have said, it will give many other stock sports cars a run for their money… in a straight line. On corners, it shows where it's weak, just as the SRT8 does. Both cars will handle fairly well, and will do a decent job of gathering up the twisty bits… but they feel completely reluctant to do so. There is absolutely no sense of confidence in these cars when you start trying to push them harder through the corners… particularly when compared to their comparatively-priced-when-new rivals. For the same price, you could have bought a nicely equipped Audi TT or BMW M3; in that sense, this car is no competition at all. You feel a bit scared when a corner's coming up, because it doesn't handle with confidence, but rather with apprehension. The body rolls, the tires get squirrelly and the car seems unable to make up its mind between trailing throttle understeer and corner-exit oversteer.
    These are all things that can be handled and sorted out by an enthusiastic owner; but I'd say, should you have to? Shouldn't Chrysler have done that for you?

  17. Hcarter Avatar

    IMO YOU really have to experence one of these cars to have a valid comment , I also own a SRT6 Roadster and from experence I can tell you the energy and torque that these car produce rival many v8 cars and high end Emports and the barebones quality is second to none. Best bang for the buck on the auto market today.

  18. f rauscher Avatar
    f rauscher

    I find the Crossfire to be one of thebest handling cars I've ever driven. I own both the NA and the SRT versions and find the comments about understeer and nervousness at corners to be humorous, and quite untrue. Compared to the Audi TTor the BMW3 I would have to agree, those cars have an edge. However, they have been in progressive developement for several generations. The Crossie is a first out model, even though based on the SLK which would never compare to the BMW or the Audii. I would humbly suggest that despite this pedigree, the Crossfire holds it's own against these two fine pedigrees and have had the pleasure of snuffing both with my wimpy NA roadster with a stick version in the twisties.
    So yes, with a little work from the owners, the Crossfire can be brought up to better performance but then any serious TT or BMW3 owner has done the same. So let's be honest, what's the beef?
    Sadly this mongrel has had a limited run and a limited following but trust this, the limited following is fierce and loyal. Play with one of these at your peril.

    1. Deartháir Avatar
      Deartháir

      You make an excellent point that I think should be responded to.
      Now, I stand by my assertion that the handling was poor. It is. It may be excellent for a mid-priced domestic, but it's still poor handling. I intensely dislike Subarus, but a $18 – $30k Subaru will run circles around the Crossfire. Sorry, it will. As will a Mitsubishi. As will a GTI. As will… etc. It's not actually BAD handling, it's just nowhere near as good as its competition, and that's the problem with this car. As I said before, as a good driver, I was able to take a '64 Rambler with 35-year-old shocks and outrun a Subaru through twisty roads. That doesn't mean the Rambler has good handling. If the Chrysler were priced about $10k lower, people would be fighting to get their hands on one.
      Let me put it this way. If you compare a Pontiac G8 GT to a mid-range BMW 5-series, the BMW will kick its ass seven ways from Sunday. Until you realize that the Pontiac is barely half the price of the BMW. Suddenly, the Pontiac is a car that's nearly as good, but you can almost buy two of them for the price of a BMW. That's a really good bargain.
      The Crossfire is a car that COULD have been the G8. It should have been, for instance, 80% of a fully-loaded Audi TT for half the price. And it could have been, if it had been done right. But when its price, new, was actually a couple grand MORE than that Audi TT, there's just no justification. If it had been priced in the right range, we would instead be talking about how much more comfortable it is than its competitors, the Pontiac Solstice and Mazda Miata. Instead, it comes up short against the Germans.
      If it had been priced appropriately, this would be a car of absolutely legendary proportions. As it is, it suffers the same fate as my Corrado; it was priced against the wrong competitors, and came up short. It should have been an excellent economy sports car like the Solstice or Miata. Instead, it was priced too high, and ended up as a very poor high-end luxury coupe and convertible.
      Now having said that, now that they're available for so cheap, I whole-heartedly endorse anyone picking one up. As I said, buying an equivalent TT will still cost you $20k, and you can pick up a Crossfire for $10k. That's TEN GRAND you can use to improve its performance, and once that's done, that Crossfire will surely kick the Audi's ass. (Those are Canadian prices, I have no idea what they sell for down south.)

    2. xf redo Avatar
      xf redo

      .92 g's in a 200ft skid pad, better than a corvette of the same yr at .70g's. This little car is almost a 1. g cornering rocket…..STOCK…

      1. tenbeers Avatar

        what year Corvette are we talking about here? the vette has been a 1G machine since the C4.

  19. mgrinshpon Avatar

    In SRT6 form, it's got NO MANUAL TRANSMISSION.
    And that's the day the dream died.

    1. Mdaniels4 Avatar
      Mdaniels4

      I picked up my 2006 Limited coupe in 2008 with 10K on the clock. I have never loved a car before like this one. Handles wonderfully, a great daily driver, the looks I get on the road are phenomenal-hardly noone misses it. There is no one car that's perfect, no matter what the price, but the Cross comes as close to it as I've found. certainly not the quickest, but fast enough. Certainly not the best value at sticker but not that far off either for something different. The issue was Mercedes realizing that the Cross was actually better than their SLK, and how in the world were they going to market a Chrysler over their own. They did what they needed to do and threw it under the bus.
      I disagree about not being able to toss anything into the back because of the aft bulkhead. Do it all the time, and carry two rather large dogs back there when I have to. Retrieving anything from there while in the car is another matter altogether.
      My vote is that this car is one of the most undervalued and unappreciated cars out there for absolutely no real reason at all.

    2. ZAHANMA Avatar
      ZAHANMA

      Have you ever noticed its Mercedes counterparts. AMG only usese automative transmissions, because manual transmissions just can’t handle the hp/tq over an extended period of time. It is the same 5-speed gearbox used in almost every AMG model until 2007 when they created an option for a 7-speed auto trans. Ask any AMG owner and they will tell you the 5-speed is a great transmission in its factory form.
      I own a SRT6 Coupe, and truly believe that it is a car that, until you drive it, one cannot appreciate it. Sure, any true car enthusaist would do simple modifications to their car: BMW M3, Audi TT, etc. However, for the price of the car and the modifications you can’t beat it…and a lot of the times, you can’t beat it period.
      I’ll take my SRT6, drive it everyday, enjoy the hell out of it, and watch the value and appreciation rise as the years pass. See you on the streets.

      1. mgrinshpon Avatar

        And that's just one reason why I don't bother with AMG or BMW coupes either. There are others like 500 dollar computers in each door and ECUs under the front wheel well meaning that when you drive in a large puddle, your car can get totaled, ask me how I know. Why bother with a car purely designed for speed and track prowess if it's no fun? Automatics are a tragedy. Autotragic, if you will. They decry a car of so much potential involvement, so much raw feeling from the directness of mechanical connection between the ass end of a crank to the clutch to the various gears and poles and up through your shift mechanism, the vibrations of the engine pulsing in your right or left hand, depending upon your country. A manual makes a car, and cars can't be made without manuals. It's a symbiotic relationship of fun for all, and it's all for fun.
        Automatics have their place, sure. NYC for example. I'd kill myself if I had a manual and had to commute across Manhattan daily because I couldn't use the excellent mass transit system, for example. Taxi drivers, now there's a good reason to be using an automatic. In a vehicle with sporting pretensions, though? No sir, no way no how. The Crossfire was on my short list of second vehicles to buy but the lack of a manual in the SRT6 guise was a crusher of unimaginable size, swallowing my ambitions like the big, mean junkyard diva swallows Volvos and Civics of yesteryear.

  20. Charles_Barrett Avatar

    A very interesting and enjoyable writeup, UDMan…! I never drove or rode in a Crossfire, but an acquaintance of mine had a first-gen SLK that I could only ride in with my knees folded up to my chin. The seat didn't go back nor recline enough to suit my 6'-5" self.

  21. Jon Fowler Avatar
    Jon Fowler

    i'm a chrysler crossfire owner and i will say that i have driven many high end cars and that i am only 23 and that makes the crossfire the delorean of our era, it is the most underestimated car that was sold in the the first decade of this century, it is based on the pre 2004 platform, what does that tell us? it still has an engine that has won various awards for one of the best engines ever made(v-6 engine of the year for 5 years in a row) and has mercedes engineering which i gurantee will make it more reliable than anything you will buy here in the states, the truth is america wasnt ready for a car with style that they could afford, im american i will be the first to admit that as americans we lack the vision for what things could be instead of what they are, when we learn to engineer cars like the germans maybe just maybe we will truly understand what it takes to manufacture a vehicle that will last and not have to steal technology and reverse engineer it and slap our name on it, i honestly dont care what any auto magazine says about my car, you can have your vettes and your mustangs, truth is mine turns a lot more heads and i have a lot more girls riding with me

  22. THE ONE AND ONLY Avatar

    I OWN A 2007 CROSSFIRE SPECIAL EDITION ROADSTER I MUST AGREE WITH ALL MY FELLOW CROSSFIRE OWNERS.UNTIL YOU OWN ONE OR DRIVEN ONE FOR A WEEK OR SO,YOU TRULY CAN’T UNDERSTAND THE LOVE FOR THIS CAR.WHEN I FIRST SAW THE CONCEPT CAR I LIKED IT AND WHEN IT MADE IT TO PRODUCTION I LIKED IT EVEN MORE.I THOUHGT IT WAS VERY SHARP AND IT HAD A DIFFERENT STYLE TO IT.WHEN IT CAME OUT IN A ROADSTER I FELL IN LOVE WITH IT.WHEN I FINNALY DROVE ONE, MAN ITS JUST “FUN” TO DRIVE.I LOVE DRIVING MY CROSSFIRE AND ALL THE ATTENTION I GET FROM PEOPLE YOUNG AND OLD,MEN AND WOMEN ALL WANTING TO KNOW WHAT KIND OF CAR IS THAT.

    1. franc rauscher Avatar
      franc rauscher

      Just did 900 miles chasing an SRT with my manual roadster from Tyler Texas to St Louis Mo via the Arkasas Boston mountains and the Ozarks. Back road twisties all the way. I wish Jeremy Clarkson were with me at the time. He would have overworked his spincster muscles the whole way and I suggest an apology would have been forthcoming.
      For those who cannot look past the badge, my sympathies for your loss.
      What an amazing ride.

      1. franc rauscher Avatar
        franc rauscher

        By the way, the slalom list is of an '05 LIMITED not an '05 SRT. Wonder why they tested the lower powered NA instead of the SRT?
        Hmmmmh?

        1. XF redo Avatar
          XF redo

          great point on the SRT being tested, I was wondering the same. We own a 2005 limited roadster running PS2's and the grip to the road is best I've ever driven. Very fun, safe, fast car. very well balanced between handling and power, Largest trunk space in it's class, go look at Saturn or Pontiac 2 seat convert I think they give you a bucket and they are manual tops. And they panned the crossfire……And did I mention price. I'll buy another

  23. XF-Roadster Avatar
    XF-Roadster

    All this bad mouthing about a car when most have never gotten past looking at the price tag or the logo. The car was very limited in production and the reason is due to a marriage destined to fail. Sure there are cars out there that can beat the Crossfire, but which model are you going up against? The SRT is the top of the class in speed as far as the Crossfires are concerned and simply because some of you have beat a Crossfire it doesn't mean you are competing against a comparable car. I didn't buy mine just to drive around racing twits who only dream of being the next "White Lightning" or Drift King (Fast and Furious), I bought it to enjoy driving it….I'll let the SRT owners or those with heavily modified engines settle the argument on the track…where it belongs.

  24. lesr Avatar
    lesr

    I too am a Crossfire owner, and the one thing I can say about it is the fact that the smile never comes off my face while I am driving it. All the rest of the technical points of speed etc seem to me to be secondary issues in comparison to how much you enjoy the car.
    As far as some of the comments go about it being a second rate car it would seem that the article in Road & Track would say otherwise.
    http://www.roadandtrack.com/tests/comparison/hot-

  25. Torque Multiplier Avatar

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  27. Thom willi Avatar

    The 2-seater Chrysler Crossfire arrived as a concept car in 2001, and this vehicle was further refined in 2003.

  28. Macman Avatar
    Macman

    I actually own a yellow 2005 Roadster Limited (6 speed). I bought it in 2006 & still love it. I don't understand all of the hate that has been thrown at it by the "professionals" . It is great touring car that turns heads. And fwiw.. I was told that the limited had a top end of around 135mph. That is not true. I know for a fact that mine will go at least 142mph (thats when I lost my nerve (ie; police)).

  29. Iain Tait Avatar
    Iain Tait

    To be honest I have wanted a roadster from the day I first saw one and still have the original promotional cd and brochure. Yes they are not everyone's taste but I think they are amazing and now have a black roadster limited that looks like new and could not be happier. The real test in any car is does it give you a buzz and this one blows me away every time I drive it or even look at it in the garage. To me that means job done regardless of what an arrogant Englishman thinks!

  30. Mick Avatar
    Mick

    To me the reason the Crossfire SRT6 version failed to sell was at least partly due to Mercedes Benz’s ego. When the SRT6 turned out to be a better version of the SLK models and priced $10000 less, that was quite embarrassing to Mercedes, so they made a couple bush league moves – 1) forced Chrysler to list the engine output 20hp lower than the SLK version and 2) paid/influenced many car reviewers to negatively review the SRT6, with the focus of negativity being the styling, because after all it, it was a Mercedes drivetrain. It’s not a coincidence that all the so called “expert” reviewers ripped the SRT6 (mostly for styling), yet consumer reviews (people who owned an SRT6) were overwhelmingly favorable. I own a low mileage museum condition SRT6 and it is a great car. Crazy fast, handles great, quiet riding, top notch build quality. It’s an investment and driven rarely because I do believe that these cars will become more valuable as time goes on.

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