2006 Chrysler 300C

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Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


Seating capacity

196.8” x 58.9”


Rear-wheel drive



The good:

  • Performance of Hemi V-8
  • RWD handling
  • Automatic-transmission operation
  • Quietness
  • Interior space

The bad:

  • Intrusive (but valuable) ESP
  • No front grab handles
  • Vulnerable grille when parallel parking

2 trims

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Notable features

  • RWD layout
  • Hemi V-8
  • Available AWD
  • Electronic Stability Program

2006 Chrysler 300C review: Our expert's take

By Kristin Varela

There was a big whoop-to-do about the Chrylser 300C when it appeared on the market last year. It was the next big thing; everyone would want one, and after appearances in trendy hip-hop videos, even the likes of Snoop Dogg were trying to get their hands on one. I haven’t heard much about the vehicle since then, although that may be a direct result of my MTV-viewing days being left behind two pregnancies ago. Has the hype died down? Was it just a hot (but short-lived) trend?

Apparently not. Upon arrival of my 2006 300C SRT8 (Street and Racing Technology, V-8) the gawkers flock to me like flies to a strip of sticky tape. They’re unanimously shocked to see the inside of my vehicle loaded to the max with car seats and other kid paraphernalia. I even have one reveler get such a kick out of it, he suggests I take a photo of the front seat of the vehicle, decked out in its hot SRT8 logo and stacked high with beach towels, floaty swimsuits and the menagerie of stuffed animals that absolutely had to accompany us to the pool that day. Lesson learned: Fluffy stuffed ducks are not great swimmers.

Despite the 300C’s target market being driving enthusiasts (or, more precisely, street racers, or “spirited drivers,” as Chrysler calls them), I’m willing to advocate that the vehicle go off the hip-hop tour and move on to the mom’s club circuit. With a backseat wide enough for three sets of Latch connectors (and room to squeeze the accompanying three sets of car seats), this vehicle fills an extremely important, yet all too empty niche: Cars for people who need to transport more than two kids and don’t want to drive an SUV or minivan. Pair this with a fabulous rear seat entertainment system featuring a DVD screen that flips up from the center console, and I actually look forward to the 45-minute drive downtown for a play-date.

Instead of trying to mediate the usual sibling car arguments, I spend my driving time learning how to make blueberry meringue tartlets on the optional Sirius Satellite Radio. I’ll never actually do it, but at least I’m expanding my brain cells. The only noises I hear from the kids are the occasional giggle-bouts and movie lines: “This place is crack-a-lackin!” I agree!

There’s one problem with the Chrysler 300C, although realistically it’s more my problem than the car’s: I feel like a little old granny driving this car, trying to peer up and over the steering wheel. I can’t adjust the seating position high enough to get a great view of the road, and hence feel swallowed up. I’m not sure if I have the stature – or the larger-than-life personality – needed to wear this car with the oomph and gusto it commands.

I can’t get away with reviewing the 2006 Chrysler 300C SRT8 without mentioning the 425-horsepower, 6.1-liter Hemi V-8 engine. I know, I know. I really don’t care about those numbers, either, but I’m sure someone out there does. Essentially, the numbers say this puppy is fast. I literally have a hard time taking off from a red light without squealing the tires. At first it’s unintentional, but then I get a little thrill out of it. By the end of my test drive, my kids are chanting “gun it, gun it, gun it,” and I can’t help but succumb to the pressure. Okay – just for the kids, I’ll burn rubber one last time.

*For more information on the Chrysler 300C SRT 8 and its safety features, visit www.cars.com.


LATCH Connectors: 3

Seating Capacity (includes driver): 5


Storage Compartments (Puny, Fair, Ample, Galore): Ample

Cargo/Trunk Space (Puny, Fair, Ample, Galore): Fair – Ample


Family Friendly (Not Really, Fair, Great, Excellent): Great

Fun-Factor (None, Some, Good Times, Groove-On): Groover-On

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.8
  • Interior 4.5
  • Performance 4.8
  • Value 4.7
  • Exterior 4.8
  • Reliability 4.5

Most recent consumer reviews


2006 300c

I own a 2006 300c 5.7 hemi, I’ve owned this car for about a year last original owner was a 70year old who bought the car brand new off the lot in 2006 with that being said the cars in amazing condition the only complaint I had when buying it was that the navigation stick stopped working and a piece of the chrome was peeling back, everything else was immaculate, as of right now it just clicked over to 120,000 miles, I’ve replaced spark plugs, axle back exhaust cold air intake and a tune, last week the car starting throwing a code for losing communication to ecu pcm and it will need a new computer which I mean isn’t to big of a deal 4-500 dollars, but as of today it started also throwing a code for mds cylinder deactivation circuit stuck open which I’ll have to rip apart the intake manifold to access, all in all if your looking for a nice reliableish v8 luxury car and for the year I’d definitely recommend a 300c weather the 5.7 or the srt8, aslong as you keep up with general maintenance full synthetic oil every 3k miles, flush out your diff and transmission spark plugs and coil packs it will last you 200,000 plus miles.


Chrysler 300C Nightmare on Robert E Lee Blvd

July 2022 Presently I do own this car and it is 15 years old. It has done well for 15 years and 2 months. This past March I was told it needed a PCM but Mopar no longer had the part nor serviced PCMs. I ordered one from the Computer Exchange and had to return for a second one and my car is still not driving right. Like the consumer from Florida said replacing a part with a non mopar part, the car shuts down multiple times at anytime and starts again especially when I put gas in it. It has been a nightmare. I am trying to keep it for awhile and looking for that exceptional someone to repair the car. Both PCMS were put on the diagnostic and they said that they had lost communication with the other parts of the car.


I enjoy driving this car

Has a kill program that's dangerous. Say a non MOPAR part is put in... Car will start to shut down at anytime. It will restart but can happen anytime. Sometimes with no code. I learned on forums where owners talk of it. It's an awesome vehicle but comes with it's headaches you will learn with research. Any 300C forum or even 300C owners facebook page is a great research tool.

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Based on the 2006 Chrysler 300C base trim.
Frontal driver
Frontal passenger
Nhtsa rollover rating
Side driver
Side rear passenger


New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Chrysler
New car program benefits
36 months/36,000 miles
60 months/100,000 miles
36 months/36,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 model years or newer/less than 75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
3 months/3,000 miles
7 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
125-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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