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Pros: The feeling that you're sitting in your living room on the coach while going down the highway at 80 mph
Cons: The agonizing feeling each time I see a rock kicked up from the car in front of me!
Advice: Get ready to repeatedly answer the questionI was finally at point in life were I could buy a car that suited me not my kids. I did some research on the web and narrowed the choices down to the Audi, Cadi CTS and the 300C Hemi. The research showed that the 300C Hemi was the best value for the money with out sacrificing performance or luxury. I decided to test drive it first. I was hooked and tried to keep my excitement from the dealer. I brought it that day no need to test drive the others. This car is magnificent! In 25 years of marriage and a number of new cars this car is the only one that I've actually made room in the garage for! And believe me that says a lot!
Pros: Body Style
Cons: Cup Holder
Advice: Test Drive. Make sure your not too tall.I just picked up my 2005 Crossfire Limited and I'm in love. I only have a 2 mile commute to my office (which might take 5 minutes to drive). I end up taking as many back roads as possible to stretch out the driving experience. If you're tall, don't buy/lease this car. I'm 5'10'' and it's the perfect size for me. A buddy of mine is 6'1'' and his head hit the roof every time we hit a bump in the road. The car turns heads wherever you go. With the newly redesigned Benz SLK in showrooms, sales of the Crossfire have slowed. Dealers are willing to negotiate terms.
Pros: Performance & ride.
Cons: Absurdly small ashtray.
Advice: If you need a big car with a big engine ... the 300C is for you.I have a 2003 STS & wanted something a little bigger. The STS is a dream car, but a bit confining on a long trip if you're a big guy. As soon as you get into the 300C you can tell it's plenty big, and, plenty powerful. The power output from the Hemi makes you think you're driving in a video game ... it's quiet, smooth & effortless. The gearing is so tall that at 80 mph the engine is only turning at a mere 2350 rpm's. There's no noise, no vibration & very little sense that you're really moving unless you look at the speedometer. This is not a car for those who do not have plenty of self control, and a good radar detector. My only complaint so far is that the ashtray is only big enough to hold one large marshmellow.
Pros: Appearance and Engine
Cons: Passenger Dashboard and Winter driving (2wd)
Advice: Don't buy itI've owned my 300C for 3 months. I've got a little over 6200 miles on the engine. I decided at about 1500 miles I would take it on a 4000 mile tour of SW US. It was an excellent experience. Car handled extremely well through the mountain passes. No slow down's required. On the open roads, it was quiet, smooth and when the occassional person wouldn't move over to the right, it was no problem accelerating pass them. It's not a car I would suggest to get if you have a lot of winter driving. I would recommend the AWD if you live near snow.
Pros: The appearance
Cons: visibility / blind spots
Advice: If you want a sports car, consider the Crossfire!The minute I drove it...I knew it would be mine. This car is awesome. I love attention and boy, do I ever get it with this baby! If you don't own a sports car, it takes a bit of getting used to. I already had a small car, so the size wasn't really a problem for me. But, if you are going from a mid-size or full-size, it could be disturbing. There is more storage in this one than my compact. I love the classy look and feel of this vehicle. While it is the sexiest vehicle out there, it still has a nostalgic charm to it. The drive is tight and the handling is superb. By all means, go drive one...you will know what I mean!
Pros: That 30's Gangster Styling with a Futuristic Twist
Cons: Getting out of it to sleep!!
Advice: Be Warned - If You Test Drive One, You'll Find a Way to Buy ItThis car is the perfect combination of luxury,handling,and style. The ride is cushy but firm - on corners it remains quite flat with no roll;hugs the road like a big sports car.It's extremely quiet when cruising and roomy like the cars of the 50's! Styling is very cool and you feel conspicuous driving it! We got the base 300 with the 2.7L V6 and yes, a 3.5L would be nice (the Hemi price was prohibitive), but with 2 kids in college we were absolutely thrilled to afford such an incredible car.It's nice to be so excited about our new car!!!
Pros: Tight Cornering
Cons: Cup Holder
Advice: Make sure you are comfortable in the car before buying.My first day in this car I drove 1000 miles from Boise ID, to Santa Fe, NM. After 16 hours of freeway, backroads, and some snow I fell in love with it, yet couldn't wait to get out. The car corners and brakes beautifully. The 215 HP engine was almost fast enough. Having never owned a true sports car before, I found the ride somewhat rough, especially over uneven pavement. The seat while supportive, was very firm. It could really use lumbar support. I discovered that if you use all three mirrors and don't try to look over your shoulder the blind spot goes away. All in all, I love driving this car to work everyday.