Chrysler Crossfire Coupe 2003-2008

Chrysler Crossfire Coupe 2003-2008

Review by it
Monday, May 16, 2016

Pros:

  • Great looks
  • Infinite grip
  • Good engines

Cons:

  • It is expensive to run
  • Rear visibility is poor
  • Dull steering
  • Lack of interior space

Overview

The design of the Crossfire Coupe & Roadster is based on the old Mercedes SLK. It has an attractive design that will surely catch your attention. It comes with a choice of two engines with both giving excellent performances and a lovely grumble when they get into the higher revs.

Exterior and Interior

The Crossfire is a stunning looking vehicle with a back end that resembles the old 1965 AMC Marlin and a front end that reminds the observer that this car was conceived when Chrysler was owned by Daimler-Benz. The front seats are wide providing the driver and passenger with complete comfort and a huge amount of legroom space. The boot is ample for the coupe model but is smaller on the roadster with even less room being available when the roof is down. Both the Coupe and Roadster come with the same trim levels but come with high levels of optional equipment, however the quality lets them down with the interior looking cheap and of poor quality.

Performance and Economy

Both of the 3.6-litre V6 engines will hit your wallet hard with the standard 3.2-litre managing 25.2mpg whereas the supercharged SRT6 only returns 22.7mpg. If you looking at going for an automatic transmission it is worth bearing in mind that the fuel economy drops by about another 5mpg compared to a manual gearbox. Insurance wise they both fall into high insurance groups with the 3.2-litre falling into group 15 and the SRT6 in group 19.

Like to Drive

Both the Coupe and Roadster versions of the crossfire are enormously enjoyable to drive with there being endless amounts of grip on the straights and the corners as well as perfect body control on most surfaces. The ride is uncomfortable on rough roads with even the smallest of bumps being transferred through to the cabin. Both of the V6 engines are smooth and accelerate extremely quickly but the gearboxes let them down with both the manual and automatic being nothing special. The Crossfire is extremely comfortable with ample legroom for both the driver and passenger and electric seat adjusters to set it up exactly to your needs. The visibility is restricted though due to the seats being low down and high window sills which can make parking tricky especially when trying to reverse. Very little road noise gets carried through to the cabin with even the roadster managing to keep the majority of wind and road noise to a minimum when the roof is up.

Faults and Repairs

The Crossfire engines are tough and are unlikely to give you many problems. The same can not be said for the interiors though as the cheap looking gadgets don't look as though they will last any more than 5 years. The hood on the Roadster is built to last as long as the car, but if it does get damaged be prepared to fork out thousands of pounds to have it replaced.