I recently part-exchanged my A4 Cabriolet 2.4 Sport for a 300C 3.0 V6 CRD. I wasn't sure whether this would be the right move, but now I just adore the car to bits.
It resembles something out of a gangster movie, especially in the black pearl metallic colour I bought. Coupled with the huge 18-inch wheels that sit deep in the front and rear, and the lashes of chrome around the sills, bumpers and mirrors, you can't stop getting that look from passers-by. Mobile phone cameras are out within a flash. If you can handle all that attention you will not be disappointed.
The engine is just sublime, with endless amounts of torque. I have disappointed a few Audis and BMWs from the traffic lights. The fit and finish of the interior is good, if not excellent, in my view.
The seats are comfortable and driving position is good if not excellent. The optional six-disc CD and satellite-navigation system are superb, and the upgraded Boston Acoustics system can tear a hole in you if you're not careful with the volume control. Don't throw it around like a sports saloon - drive it like an S-Class Mercedes, and you'll get the same feeling back.
There is nothing quite like it on the road and the fixed quota for the year means that they are relatively few and far between. I had to pull a few strings and managed to get hold of one that was destined for a footie player's garage.
I have just bought a V6 diesel 300C to replace my 2001 Mercedes 320CDI with the same drivetrain.
The V8 is fun, but the V6 petrol has bad fuel economy. For the same low price you can have Mercedes-derived latest diesel V6. The press damn it with faint praise, suggesting strange 'equivalents' such as the Volvo S80 and Peugeout 607. Sorry, no contest. They try not to upset the big three. The £32,000 V8 has the most press, but spend another £5000 for the equivalent Mercedes or BMW.
The real killer is the V6 diesel at £25,750. The stereo is 300 Watts and makes your brain bleed. Panel fit is actually reasonably good. The European 300Cs are built in Graz, Austria not in the US. The engine is quieter and smoother than straight-six Mercedes. There is no tyre or road noise but some wind noise. Engine noise is minimal. Overall, it's a much quieter car.
Appearance: crowds form, and truanting children dribble. Mercedes E-Class have no presence at all, being super-inoffensive. Journalists keep telling us the BMW 5 Series is wonderful, with its controversial styling, but to me it is hideous.
Parking sensors are essential. Side mirrors dip when reversing, and seats and side mirrors have memory settings. As one reviewer said, 'it is not as good as a Bentley, but no way is it £150,000 worse'. For Mercedes C-class, Jaguar S-type, or BMW 325 money, you get a huge car that gives a big smile every time. Yes, it may depreciate, but then you haven't spent £60,000.
I am currently renting one of these in the US, and I think that it looks interesting, but I have been very disappointed with ride and the noise.
It seems to really whine at about 60mph on the freeway, the steering wheel is huge, more like a bus, the cornering is poor (not such a problem in the US), and the cabin is cheap and plasticky. Rear visibility is dreadful.
On the plus side, it is comfortable and roomy, with plenty of power.
I would rather spend my own money on something else.
I have had this chrysler for a few months now.
I brought it with the startech bodykit in silver with the honeycomb bentley grill and it looks so brilliant.
I reasontly took it to birmingham and i parked up at a KFC and went in side got my meal and on my way out the car was swamped by people looking in side and out and they were asking "what is it" and they all thought that it was a bentley.
The only critism i have about this car is the lack of power. The car has a 250bhp engine and only...only does 0-60 in 9.2 secs and only 136mph FROM A V6 so its not on the powerful side.
It does sound magnificent when you put your foot down the engine howls but doesn't go anywhere. But it does weigh over 2.1 tonnes.
I brought the car for £38,000 from a friend at a dealer and the car is good but I would probably have either the 6.1 or the 3.0 diesel because the diesel has a lot of torque and there for a lot of take off when applying the GAS.
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