Chrysler 300C (2005 – 2010) At A Glance
A lot of drivers bemoan the demise of big rear drive automatics. They're not trying to make the statement that a BMW 5 Series or a Mercedes E-Class says of them. Nor into spending the money that making such statements entails. They simply miss the performance, luxury and ambiance of a big rear-drive car like a Scorpio, an Omega or a Volvo 960.
The Omega is probably the most missed of all. So, quite smartly, GM stepped into its breach and filled it with the right-hand-drive Cadillac CTS, at prices between £25k to £30k. Meanwhile, Daimler Chrysler's other half was looking at the same niche. And, though they were a long time coming, Brits were able to buy the 300C in the UK from October 2005.
To launch it Chrysler sprung two surprises. The first was the option of Mercedes very latest 218bhp 3.0 chain cam V6 diesel engine. The second is the price: just £25,750 on the road.
For that you got a large 5-seater saloon sitting on big 18" wheels with huge, unfashionably high profile but very good looking 225/60 tyres. And film star looks. See: "A History of Violence", and "The Island".
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What's the best big engined car for £3000?
"I have a small budget of about £3000 and I see I can afford old Chrslyer 300C, old Audi A8 or A6, old BMW 7 Series and a big Lexus. I like big engined cars, so which do you think ages better and will possibly cost less in the long run? In summary, best stupid car for £3000."
Honestly? They could all cost a fortune to keep on the road. An old Lexus is probably your best option but even then you'll need deep pockets for maintenance and fuel costs.
Faulty 300C Touring - what should I say to the dealer?
"My son bought a Chrysler 300C Touring five months ago with 30,000 miles on the clock, one owner and full service history. It broke down last weekend with a failed swirl motor and broken turbo pipe and was recovered to the supplying dealer. The repair costs are over £900 (which is apparently reasonable).
All they have offered is a 10 per cent goodwill as the car came with a three month warranty. I've penned the draft mail below for him to send to the sales manager - have I missed anything?
On October 16 2014, I purchased a low mileage one owner Chrysler 300C Touring from you with FSH. On March 16, it broke down in Carlisle and was diagnosed as a failed swirl motor and broken turbo pipe. The following day it was recovered to yourselves on my breakdown insurance. It has only done 3000 miles in my ownership.
Today, you asked me for in excess of £900 for repair (parts and labour). I am not disputing that this is a reasonable sum as I know it is a difficult job with a high labour cost, but I do find your offer of a discount of £100 as goodwill to be insulting.
You appear to being saying that the three month warranty that came with the car removes all liability from yourselves, when in fact you must know under the Sale and Supply of Goods to Consumers Regulations 2002, derived from EU Directive 1999/44/EU which became Clauses 48A to 48F inclusive of the Sale of Goods act in April 2003 that you retain liability for faults that were present at the time of sale for six months. Furthermore, it is the dealer's responsibility to prove that the goods were satisfactory at the time of sale.
In view of the fact that the failed parts are a known problem with this engine and have been subject to a free repair notice from Chrysler in the past, then it's hard to see how you can escape the conclusion that these faults were a problem waiting to happen at the time of sale, and that it is your responsibility to effect the necessary repairs at your own cost. Please be clear, I am not claiming that this should have been replaced before sale - I understand the economics of doing that, but by selling on a car that had been in your care from new, with a known problem that could fail at any time, which you knew had not been replaced, you were taking a calculated risk that it would not fail on my car. Unfortunately, as it's failed within the first six months, it is clearly your responsibility to put me back where I should be.
Good letter. Very strong indeed. I think on the strength of it they will capitulate.
Seller refused to repair faulty car - what can I do?
"I bought a 2005 Chrysler 300C for £7500 in March. A month later the swirl flap motor failed. The car has been at the dealer for a month now. The selling garage refuses to accept responsibility under the sale of goods act. They say the £1000 repair is down to me. What can I do?"
Have the repair carried out, then sue them: http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/faq/running-in-a-petrol-engine/
How should I safely sell my Chrysler 300C in Spain?
"I have a LHD UK-registered 2006 5.7 V8 Chrysler 300C Hemi in Spain with just 1300 miles on it. A LHD specialist has made an offer to buy it and meet me in Spain to conclude the deal. Before I travel out there I need to be as sure as I can be about the reliability and honesty of the company but can't find it listed at Companies House. The car has been parked up in underground car park for three years. The specialist has offered cash or bank transfer, but as the transaction involves me travelling out to Spain to complete, I would feel better if I knew something about them before I made the trip."
That is quite specialised. Though not an SRT-8, in the UK, with 70,000 miles, it theoretically trade books at £4,570, so it's not a throwaway car. But I don't know of any market for it in the UK. So if these guys are prepared to pay cash, in a bank, where you can immediately credit the cash to an account you hold somewhere, then that cash transfer is irrevocable. Bank transfers are revocable and very dangerous in a situation like this.