I drove this car as a rental car in the US and was very impressed. Having read a couple of reviews in other magazines, one thing needs to be made clear. This is not a Mercedes or BMW or Audi. It is a Chrysler. To buy the equivilant of the above mentioned would cost almost double. So let's not compare apples to pears.
This car is in a class of its own, other than perhaps the Cadillac CTS/STS that it is now available.
Perhaps some people have issues with the look and feel of cabin plastics, but then again millions of people drive Japanese cars - why? Because they do not fall apart or die on you because of reliability issues. From what I hear in the US (friends own them), the 300C is a great car which is well built and reliable.
Correct me if i'm wrong, but I believe this is the first full Mercedes/Chrysler designed vehicle, using the previous generation E-Class chassis and running gear. It should prove to be good long term.
I have been a Mercedes owner for ten years, then I heard about the Chrysler 300. Its looks grabbed me hook, line and sinker.
I was considering buying a new Mercedes S-Class 320. With the extras I put on my 300 CRD, it came out at about £31,500. Yes the Mercedes has a good build quality, but not as good as it use to be. The 300 is good - yes, there is a bit of plastic in the doors and facia, but I could not find any reason why I should part with an extra £23,500 to buy the Mercedes.
The 300 CRD has a Mercedes engine, gearbox and chassis. The 300 CRD drives really well for a big car, and the engine has good torque and is very smooth. The ride is soft to firm; I think for a big car it handles well, the specification is good, and there is loads of space.
It's one of those cars that make you look again as you walk away from it. It's so different.
I recently bought this vehicle having sold my Mercedes E-Class - what a let-down.
Unfortunately, I never had the opportunity to test-drive the vehicle before I bought it. Having now driven it, I am disappointed with its poor quality, its plasticky trim, and the drive is not insipiring at all. To all BMW and Mercedes drivers - there's no need to worry, it's a long way from the rear-wheel drive fun!
I would definately not encourage anybody to buy this car unless you walk around with slippers and an old man's pipe.
Working for a contract hire company, I can recommend this car to any one who doesn't want to spend the earth on a car that will easily match its rivals for far less money.
The drive is superb, although there is some wind noise at around 70mph but nothing to complain about. The steering and handling is light but solid. It's defiantly a driving car and although powerful enough, it wouldn't win any races on cornering.
The look is unique and very appealing. Every light you stop at, people stare. You feel some celebrity status driving this car due to its massive presence.
The quality of interior isn't as good as its German rivals in its class but is still up there in specification terms.
This car has to be driven to really appreciate. Once you have driven it and looked round it, I'm sure you will be writing your own positive reviews!
On a whole the 300C is a very fresh, welcoming car, although if purchasing, the retained value may put you off after two or three years. However, apart from that, I can’t recommend it highly enough.
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