2008 Chrysler 300C

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2008 Chrysler 300C

Key specs

Base trim shown


The good:

  • Performance
  • RWD handling
  • Automatic-transmission operation
  • Quietness
  • Interior space

The bad:

  • Intrusive (but valuable) electronic stability system
  • No front grab handles
  • Vulnerable grille when parallel parking

3 trims

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Notable features

  • Minor interior and exterior changes
  • RWD layout
  • Hemi V-8
  • Available AWD
  • Electronic Stability Program

2008 Chrysler 300C review: Our expert's take



Why yes, I am. Thanks for noticing.

It wasn’t hard. Normally you are such a bubbly, positive people person.

Now you’re just being mean.

Sorry. So what’s wrong? They forget to stock the candy machine at the newspaper with enough Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups again?

Actually, yes, but that isn’t it. It’s this car, this 2008 Chrysler 300C SRT8.

But you love that car. Big 6.1-liter, 425-horsepower Hemi V-8 engine, solid German five-speed automatic transmission, excellent handling, quiet ride, comfy on the highway, understated, kind of elegant. That car is YOU. Or at least Ryan Seacrest. What’s not to like?

Well, just one thing: The mileage stinks. It’s EPA-rated at 13 miles per gallon city, 18 mpg highway, and I couldn’t even match that. And it likes premium gas. It has a 19-gallon fuel tank, but it almost seemed like you could actually see the gas gauge go down. I mean, I know this is a big, 4,160-pound sedan, with a roomy back seat and a large trunk and a stately nose that does not exactly slice through the wind. And I know the federal government socks buyers with a $2,100 “gas guzzler” tax. And even that doesn’t bother me so much.

Why should it? You don’t have to pay that tax.

I know, but even if I bought a 300C SRT8, I’d figure the guzzler tax, and the 11 miles per gallon I averaged, were just the cost of doing business. But premium gas, at my station, is $3.41 a gallon. And I’m driving along, trying to enjoy the great burble from the exhaust, and the leather upholstery, and the Sirius satellite radio, and there’s this computer readout that shows all kinds of performance statistics, such as recording your 0 to 60 mph time, and I want to feel like Tony Soprano, but I’m feeling more like Big Pussy. I don’t mean dead like Big Pussy, but just kind of — you know, tread upon.


Because every 11 miles, I’m thinking, “That just cost $3.41. Did I have $3.41 worth of fun that last 11 miles?” I drove to work and back yesterday; it was pretty close to an 88-mile round trip. Which would take eight gallons of premium. Which would cost $27.28. At what point does driving a fast, powerful car seem no longer that much fun? I’d suggest it would be right about — now.

Again, may I point out: You don’t have to pay for that gas.

Actually, I did. My newspaper gasoline credit card expired.


Ouch, yes. Ouch.

So, Mrs. Lincoln . . .

Yes, I did enjoy the show. Even at $48,995, this is one of my favorite cars. Pretty much Chevrolet Corvette performance with a rear seat and a trunk and enough soundproofing to cruise the New Jersey Turnpike in solitude. I love these big American V-8 engines (even if this one’s built in Mexico), grew up with them, their sound is a lullaby. But man, $27.28 a day, that would be $136.40 a week, and that’s to go to work!

Bada bing, old chap.

Meaning, what?

Big Pussy would understand.

Sentinel Automotive Editor Steven Cole Smithcan be reached at scsmith@orlandosentinel.com.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.6
  • Interior design 4.4
  • Performance 4.6
  • Value for the money 4.0
  • Exterior styling 4.7
  • Reliability 4.3

Most recent consumer reviews


Would love to owe another

Has way more going on then most cars of that time. Fast looks good and always a dream to drive from a hard day at work


Smooth riding, comfortable car that is just Bad@$$

Hard to beat the room, power and style of the first gen 300C’s. I have owned a couple of them now, and will probably always have one.


Most unreliable car.

I've spend an average of 4000$ a year on technical issues alone, without maintenance. Though I hesitated due to the unreliable reputation of Chrysler, I eventually bought him as I was told the engine in the 300C was German-made (Mercedes). But I underestimated the huge possible list of flaws in terms of electric component issues. Love the timeless design, comfort & performance, but... the constant technical issues were unbelievable. Honestly, every time I turned the ignition I hoped the car would actually start. Often it didn't even start due to a technical issue, which various Chrysler garages spend hours on trying to fix. It cost thousands of $$$$$ without ever being solved. Chrysler's helpdesk, though friendly, is a disaster in terms of taking responsibility of known official flaws. They always deflected the issues trying to shift the blame to another unrecognized issue so they wouldn't have to pay the costs themselves. Never ever will I touch a Chrysler again. It's a shame, because the exterior/interior design is really great. So, please, please be warned: Don't make the same mistake I did, spare yourself the costs of driving an extremely unreliable car. They'll suck your wallet dry.

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Chrysler
New car program benefits
36 months/36,000 miles
36 months/unlimited distance
36 months/36,000 miles
Roadside assistance
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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