Chrysler Reviews

Chrysler was once one of the big-three carmakers alongside Holden and Ford in the local market with production facilities in South Australia, but it is now an importer selling a small range of models under the Fiat Chrysler Australia banner. The distinctively styled full-sized 300 sedan is available in three V6 versions, the 300 Limited, 300C and 300C Luxury, and the power-packed 300 SRT with its massive Hemi V8 engine.

Now for something completely different; a German Mercedes sportscar with an American body, a low price tag and styling that looks like nothing else on the road. Chrysler Crossfire has a huge radiator grille, strakes on the ultra-long bonnet that look like a carryover from the 1930s, vents on the front guards, a stubby little cabin and a downward-curving rump that has traces of art deco. Perhaps it was simply too different for many people,...Read more
For some reason the guys and gals at Chrysler Australia don’t like their 300C being called the ‘gangster car’. Which we can’t quite understand because it sounds like a great selling point to us. Just look at the love-it-or-hate it shape of the first model and see what you think. For the record, when the 300C was launched in Australia in November 2005 we immediately ticked the ‘love it’ box. Buyers of cars like this...Read more
The new Chrysler 300 SRT8 won’t be winning any beauty awards but that’s not what it’s aiming for – the SRT8 is more interested in showing off what’s hiding beneath the surface. VALUE Here's the choice for around $66 grand in the heavy-hitter sedan department; HSV's 6.2-litre, V8 ClubSport at $66,900, Falcon F6 (blown six banger) at $64,390 or the new 6.4-litre, V8 Chrysler 300 SRT8 at a neat $66,000. TECHNOLOGY The Falcon is a...Read more
While there are fears for the future of the once staples of Aussie motoring, Ford's Falcon and the Holden Commodore, Chrysler proves there is life in the old dog yet. The second generation 300 is here, better than before, still with its Mafia staff car looks. It's big American six, V8 and diesel motoring at its best. The 300C is not a large seller here but sales are on the rise. There are about 70,000...Read more
We turn the spotlight on the car world's newest and brightest stars as we ask the questions to which you want the answers. But there's only one question that really needs answering -- would you buy one? What is it? The diesel version of Chrysler's big in your face sedan, although you wouldn't know it. There is nothing to distinguish the diesel from petrol models which equals no cringe value. How much? At a starting...Read more
Chrysler Crossfire's shape is like nothing else on the market. Just look at that huge grille, the strakes on the long bonnet, the vents on the front guards and the stubby cabin. Then let your eyes run back to the down-curving rear. Simply stunning and real head-turners even years after the Crossfire first hit the road. The Crossfire is very well priced on the used-car market as it didn’t sell all that well when new...Read more
It isn't by any means lean, but it's certainly mean. The SRT8, pinnacle of the Chrysler 300 range, oozes visual menace. Cherry red paint on the test car caught many eyes and so did the darkened grille and wheels. The foreboding first impression is no illusion. Start it and the mumbling rumble may change your mind about the malevolence within. VALUE The aggressive theme continues on the price list. The muscular new 300 halo car...Read more
When it comes to the Chrysler 300, we’ve all heard the put-downs – Yank tank; Mafia staff car and so on. Yet the new model doesn’t deserve any of these jokes. Driving the two larger-than-life vehicles back to back illustrated a breadth of appeal rarely found in a big sedan. VALUE Now owned by Italian automobile giant Fiat, Chrysler is aiming to make a bigger dent downunder than before and the new 300 series large...Read more
This is how to drive around feeling like you're in a rap video clip. The new Chrysler 300 (the C is used on the mid-spec models but is absent from the entry-level car and the SRT8) has taken a big step forward mechanically but retained some of the head-turning gangsta looks that set it apart from the rest of the blancmange large car segment. The big Yank - now with Italian masters - has waded...Read more
The modern car that most closely resembles a classic gangster staff car comes from Chrysler. Its 300C, sold here from 2006, had the face and proportions of a 21st-century Capone-mobile. It offered something different to the Fords and Holdens made here and pinched some of their turf. Back then it was a gnat-bite. Large sedans commanded 140,000 buyers a year in 2006 and the 300C sold a total of 7000 over five years. VALUE Now...Read more
A new home and a new family waiting to move in – that’s what’s on the agenda for the Fiat Chrysler Group in Australia right now with the new, almost-finished HQ at Port Melbourne being the scene recently for the launch of the company’s latest 300 range of large sedans. VALUE Along with the new 300s come the first eight-speed automatic transmission in a large car costing less than $70,000, a choice of V6 petrol...Read more
If you wan't to live out your American V8 muscle car fantasy with a new Chrysler 300 in the garage then it will have to be the top-whack SRT8 model at around $66,000. The previous 5.7 V8 has dissoed making way for a pair of less lively V6s with wheezy voices — the Pentastar 3.6 petrol (port not direct injection) and the (carry-over) VM-Motori 3.0-litre turbo diesel. This is version two of the chunky Chrysler...Read more
The American idol is on the way back, with all the gangsta attitude that made it a hit more than two years ago. The Chrysler 300C SRT8 has had a major makeover that goes right down to the road and all the way up to a thumping new 6.4-litre V8 engine. The number run includes 351 kiloWatts and 637 Newton-metres of torque, as well as a 0-100km/h sprint time in 4.7 seconds. The mean-streets look...Read more
After more than a year on the missing list, the Chrysler 300C is finally back. It arrives by June with more finesse and refinement, an expanded five- car lineup, and a price line starting from around $45,000. The new C-car retains the Detroit gangsta style that make the previous model a surprise hit in Australia, but there are refinements in most areas. It is fitted with the latest 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 engine already seen in...Read more
WHAT IS IT? This is the high performance version of Chrysler's near iconic 300C sedan. It has a larger capacity 6.1-litre petrol V8 engine, huge 20-inch wheels and plenty of goodies inside like leather clad sports seats, a 0-100kmh timer and this time around, a limited slip differential. HOW MUCH? Priced at &74,990, the SRT8 leave little to be desired. Chrysler is pretty well on top of the latest gadgets and luxury developments and it...Read more
It's even better for a family van, since every family is some sort of journey and every family trip becomes a journey. So Chrysler did the name game exactly right with its latest people mover, and there is a lot of other stuff to like about the American seven-seater. For a start, the styling is a cross between an SUV and a people mover, with a chunky nose that is typical of Dodge and a...Read more
Its bold presence and striking looks have given it a real chance in our big car market. Drivetrains and performance The 300C is available as a sedan or wagon – 300C Touring – and comes with a choice of four engines: 3.5 litre V6, 3.0 litre CRD V6, 5.7 litre HEMI V8, and the stonking 6.1 litre HEMI V8 SRT we tested, with its 317kW of power and a chunky 569Nm of torque at our...Read more
The eighth-generation A4 is ready for showroom action among Audi's 30-strong Australian dealer network from early next month. Many in the industry have been asking why it has taken so long for Audi to produce a product that can hold its own with BMW's 3-Series and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. This car is now primed to go the distance but whether it can ultimately score a TKO over the proven stars from Munich and Stuttgart is...Read more
Since the birth of Australia's own car industry post-World War II there has always been an American presence on Australian roads, but until less than five years ago it was one largely dominated by models considered niche or classic. That is about to end. By the end of this year there will be at least 15 models from Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Hummer on sale in Australia, with Cadillac waiting in the wings. “Not since...Read more

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