Curtain-style head protection airbags for outboard passengers and torso-protecting front side-impact airbags are optional. It has a five-speed automatic transmission with Chrysler's AutoStick manual-shift feature. Rear-wheel drive adds to the pleasure and excitement of driving this big sedan, and that's partly why luxury sedans and sports cars continue to use it. I know this problem usually happens on short driving distances but here is that one occurrence where it happened when engine was at full operating temperature. These items are part of the protection group options package, which also adds a cabin air filtering system, run flat tires and additional airbags. But it has also redefined what a Detroit sedan can be, more clearly and thoroughly than any automobile in recent years.
The space comes courtesy of the efficient exterior shape. The interior has a new instrument panel and center console, and the arm rests, center console and door trim benefit from soft-touch surfaces. I would tell anyone who's looking for a car to buy a 300. Well, in the stop-and-go with emphasis on stop driving I do, its around 15 mpg. For 2008, a few upgrades arrive. I saw a 2014 Brand C being shown off at a big box store and looked at the window sticker and saw nothing that's not on my 2008 300c. This blueprint was no doubt a response to the booming popularity of sport-utility vehicles.
The five-speed automatic transmission shifts firmly, without hesitation, to move the Hemi into its power band. Big 17- or 18-inch wheels are standard, but the 300's large wheel wells allow space for aftermarket wheels as large as 22 inches. We prefer the Touring and Limited models, with their more powerful V6 and higher levels of features. At idle, we could feel the pulse of the engine. The recall began for Chrylser on June 8, 2015.
The weight of the car became apparent in transient maneuvers, as it could be felt transitioning from one side to the other. The remote start, normally optional, is actually standard on the 300C; while side airbags, standard on many cars, are optional on the 300C. The srt design with the Hemi 5. It stands out in crowded parking lots or in traffic without the snobbery of some higher-priced European and Asian competitors. The 2008 Chrysler 300 sedan has succeeded where many of its domestic rivals have not. Now you're just being mean.
It is quite possible to confuse the engine and we did get frequent bump-shifts down up to higher gears as we coasted after hard acceleration, but to a degree, that's the price for instant response when we hit the gas. Limited Model: The 2008 Chrysler 300 Limited trim level shares the same engine as the Touring model and adds 18-inch aluminum chrome wheels and a four-wheel independent touring suspension. Outside, the front and rear fascia, grille, decklid, and side moldings are updated. Chrysler has done a fine job of tuning the traction and stability electronics. It was called the C300 and its engine had hemispherical combustion chambers earning the Hemi nickname. In return for that, you get a suspension that can deal with the power of the engine without problem, can take 90 degree turns and switchbacks at surprising speeds, and in short can provide much of the sports-car experience without sacrificing passenger or trunk space. With its size, styling and design features, it retains characteristics that might be described as uniquely American.
Driving a 300C hard over some twisty mountain roads, the big Bosch-built brakes really did the job, inspiring surprising confidence in a car that weighs over 4000 pounds. The 300C tips the scales at just south of 4100 pounds, and you feel its heft shift around when you hustle it into and out of corners. While some find the brakes confident, others note how they are not impressive. I want what's fair and that's to be reimbursed for cost of a new engine. The standard engine on the rear-drive 300 is a 2.
The rear backup alarm was designed without apparent cost-cutting, relying on five sensors built into the rear bumper, and indicating an obstacle with increasingly strident beeps coupled by lights coming on, first in amber and then in red, in an indicator above the rear window which can also be seen in the rear-view mirror. The recall began on March 27, 2017. Our loaded 300C featured power-adjustable pedals, which move back and forth with a button on the dash. I love the navigation and Boston sound. Walkaround The Chrysler 300 has collected a host of design awards around the world, and we'd call them well-earned. The sound system can overcome wind noise with all windows open at 100 mph.
As with many current vehicles, the high trunk may lead to danger for toddlers and other little people in driveways; the optional radar backup alarm, an option we highly recommend, greatly reduces that risk. Great American Package Model: The Great American Package model has the same base features as the base model, but adds anti-lock brakes, brake assist and all-speed traction control. The 300C steering wheel is a nice four-spoke design with tortoise shell wood trim making a gradual arc along the top, like a Mercedes wheel. We think the 300 would respond very well to a set of summer performance tires, with a set of winter tires on a second set of wheels. The 300C comes with the 5.
I love cars and take extremely well care of mine. It does take a while to get used to the narrow greenhouse, but once acclimated, drivers don't mind their view to the outside. Our leather interior was a subtle gray-beige two-tone, and again, Mercedes-like. Its unique features include body-color front and rear bumper inserts, mirrors and door handles. Soft-to-touch surfaces on the arm rests, door panels and dashboard are new this year along with a redesigned instrument panel and centre console. The brand's image as the home of big, powerful V8s can't be helping in a year of soaring gas prices.