2005-2010 Chrysler 300 - Used Car Review

Vanessa: Hi, I’m Vanessa Leigh.

Dan: And I’m Dan Wilson.

Vanessa: You’re watching AutoTrader’s Used Car review of the 2005-to-2010 Chrysler 300.

Dan: When the Chrysler 300 debuted in 2005, the car’s styling, performance and comfort marked a new era at Chrysler. At the time, Chrysler was part of Daimler-Benz, and as a result, many of the 300’s parts are shared with the Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan.

Vanessa: With several engine choices, rear wheel drive, plenty of standard and optional features, and standout styling, the 300 has become a solid player against other mid-size and full-size near-luxury sedans.

Dan: Many shoppers may consider the 300 alongside best sellers like the Honda Accord or Toyota Camry, but the Chrysler 300 feels a little bigger than those cars. If you like the 300’s spacious interior, you’ll also want to check out the Lexus ES, Toyota Avalon or Buick Park Avenue; Big cars with fairly plush interiors.

But, none of these match the Hemi-powered 300c in terms of performance. The real competitors here might be cars like the Audi A6 and BMW 5 Series.

Vanessa: Standout is a good way to describe the styling. The 300 looks like nothing else on the road. That upright grille, and the high belt line give the car a classic yet modern look.

Dan: The Interior is pretty handsome and well laid out, too. The only negatives here are few low quality plastic pieces.

Vanessa: However, The Base 300 LX comes with all the standard power options you would expect. If you find a well cared-for Limited, Touring, or 300C model, you’ll get more luxury options like leather seating, navigation, Boston Acoustic stereo, adaptive cruise control, and heated seats.

Dan: Plus, there are several different engines. The base 2.7-liter V6 in the LX is economical but not very powerful at just 190 horsepower. At 250 horsepower, the 3.5-liter V6 has plenty of juice for passing and gets reasonable fuel economy.

If having a powerful V8 is important to you and you don’t mind spending a bit more at the pump, find a 300c with the 5.7-liter Hemi V8. It makes 340 horsepower on ‘08 and older models. In 2009, horsepower even went up to 360.

Vanessa: It’s always great to have extra power when passing or getting on the highway, but don’t expect the Chrysler 300 to be a fuel sipper.

Dan: According to the EPA, the 2.7 liter V6 gets 18 miles per gallon city, 26 highway. The 3.5-liter V6 has 60 extra horsepower but fuel economy drops by just one mile per gallon at 17 miles per gallon city and 25 highway,

The big Hemi V8 has a multiple displacement system that shuts down 4 of the 8 cylinders to conserve fuel when cruising, resulting in reasonable fuel economy numbers of 15 city and 23 highway.

Vanessa: OK, but used car buyers really care about dependability. The car has to get us to work every day. No excuses. How has the 300 held up over time?

Dan: The 300 is no lemon but, there have been several recalls. The most noteworthy is from 2005. It was recalled for a loose battery cable that could result in a fire. There was another recall in ‘05-06 for a potential transmission problem, and an ‘06 recall for 2.7-liter V6 models that could effect braking. There were a few issues in ‘07 including a transmission software glitch and a defective antilock brake control module.

Also, in 2008, there was a recall for faulty rear axle hub nuts that could loosen, causing power loss and loss of control.

Vanessa: That’s quite the rap sheet.

Dan: A typical Chrylser 300 may have more problems than, say, a Toyota, but recall repairs are ordered by law, even if the vehicle is out of warranty. A Chrysler dealer can check to see if the problem has been repaired. If not, they’ll fix it at no charge.

Vanessa: That’s good news! And so are the safety ratings of the 300. With side impact air bags the 300 earned top honors from the National Highway Transportation Safety Association for front and side impact tests.

Dan: However, when choosing a 300, keep in mind that models without the side impact airbags received a Poor side impact rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Vanessa: Ok so its sounds like those reliability problems are taken care of by Chrysler, and you could always look for a certified pre owned car with a warranty. Still, I’m not sure if the good outweighs the bad, what do you think?

Dan: You have to shop carefully. The performance and styling are great and you do get a lot of luxury features in a full-size sedan. I think that the best bang for the buck is the 2008-to-2010 Limited with the 3.5-liter V6…A good balance of power, fuel economy and high end features.

Vanessa: In the end, if you don’t need the V8 and are willing to do your homework, then the 300 can be a good buy - it’s a lot of car for a reasonable price.

For Autotrader, I’m Vanessa Leigh.

Dan: And I’m Dan Wilson. Thanks for watching this used car review of the 2005 to 2010 Chrysler 300, right here on AutoTrader, the Ultimate Automotive Marketplace.


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