Test drove it Friday - bought in on Wednesday. It's awesome!
It has plenty of power, superb specification, a great ride and comfort, and what a looker (min is silver with the mesh grill)!
Blow me down, next day the very same car is plastered all over roadside hoardings!
Gizmos - you've got 'em. The driver information and management system is top class. It has mirrors that tilt down when you reverse, programmable seat settings for ease of entry/exit, doors that really 'clunk' when they shut, sunroof and air-con, loads of stuff not mentioned in reviews, or even by the 1-year old salesman at the showroom.
It looks like it may be a bit thirsty, and service intervals of 7500 miles are environmentally not PC, but so be it. This is a car to give you pleasure every time you drive it.
Value for money is excellent compared to other marques, but I suspect that the residual value after five years will be similar to a used condom. What the hell! Sheer indulgence on wheels. Try for yourself, but be prepared to be seduced!
I have just purchased a 2006 300 crd last week, with 7k miles.
In my research I drove a Mercedes S class ( 2006 old model), a couple of Mercedes CLS's ( petrol & diesel), a BMW 530D M sport, and a couple of the 300's (CRD & Hemi 5.7)
Voila! the 300 CRD. expect around €8K depreciation / year and have a great looking, awsome power, state of the art diesel engine/gearbox ( as fitted to the new "S class Merc.) luxury vehicle - with a lot of fun factor thrown in. The 300's much slated ride quality was a concern for me , but having driven the S class on normal irish roads there is not such a discernable difference. ( My Toyota Amazon with air suspension is noticably better - so if you really want the best ride get a jeep!)
The handling of the 300 is fine for me, as with the speed cameras and traffic one rarely gets to exploit the handling of any car these days anyway. Hey! it certainly goes where it's pointed and has loads of hi-tech stuff ( ESP)etc.
The specification is right up there, with a great audio, heated memory seats, xenon lamps ( self levelling!), parktronic, fold down split rear seats, rain sensing wipers, tiptronic gear shift. etc. etc.
To most onlookers, it's better than a Bentley ( I got the grille installed by the dealer)
To conclude - everyone I've met this week has confirmed, this car is the new "Dogs B**locks",
What can I say? I took a 300C diesel out for a test drive today, and have been hugely impressed. Its probably the best car I have ever driven, and despite not really looking to change cars at the moment, this one has really got me thinking.
First of all - driving the car. The ride is extremely comfortable (certainly on the standard alloys fitted to the test car), and seemingly it can handle too - if I decide that I might well buy one I will take it on a longer test drive to find out. The brakes are impressively solid and responsive, and the steering seems very direct.
The engine is really quiet and the power delivery is brilliantly smooth. I'm used to 4 cylinder turbodiesels, and this was a true revelation. I've never driven a Mercedes or a BMW so I can't comment on how the Chrysler compares to them, but I can't see them being worth another ten to fifteen thousand pounds.
Less impressive is the boot space. It's quite roomy but those big wheelarches cut down on usable space a bit too much for my liking. Not enough to put me off though. The standard level of equipment is superb.
I suppose the proof of how much I like this car will be whether or not I choose to buy one. At the moment, I'm not sure, but we shall see. I expected to come away thinking it's ok but nothing special - the reality is very different. I could have been tempted to place a deposit today for March delivery! I will update with a new report if I do buy one!
Well being a 911 driver for just about 10 years I needed a practical car in Dubai. And I found a 1 1/2 year old one with 48.000 kms on the clock for just about £15.000 (no car taxes here..)
Beeing used to German cards this was a big... jump.. but I have not regrettet it. The car is a dream to drive - plenty of power - great noise from the V8 when you push it. And people give the car attention. A 911 in Dubai gets less attention :-) The boot is GIGANTIC even compared to a BMW 750 iL.
To be honest if money was not object i'd proberbly buy a Merc - but NEVER a BMW. They are so expensive to run in my expirence. So I think i'd actually consider even buying it from new if i had not found the 2nd hand model. (New V8 Hemi here costs £23.000)
Petrol is not so expensive here. So running cost - well... not a lot. But i get about 14,3 liters / 100 kms which is very good, since I'm not easy on the pedal.
On the downside - well - a little bit of noise when you drive compared to a Merc or BMW. But not compared to a 911 :-)
And I used to say.. NEVER an american car... since they handled bad, drove like big engine attached to a bathtub filled with water, and design was - well.. hmm not great.
But this car is nice - and i'd buy it again :-)
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