2008 Chrysler 300 - Understated Luxury (Extensive Test) (2023)

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When it comes to luxury, some people want the glitz and pomp and circumstance that comes with a high-end price tag. But there are others who prefer understated luxury, a car like the 2008 Chrysler 300. Sure, it might not have all the bells and whistles of a Rolls-Royce or a Bentley, but it doesn't need it. The 2008 Chrysler 300 is perfect for those who want to drive in comfort and style without drawing attention to themselves.

The 2008 Chrysler 300 set the standard as a reliable, fuel-efficient and luxurious vehicle with power and performance that surpassed its peers. Various models were produced, including the Chrysler 300 STR8 and Chrysler 300 Touring, offering different features tailored to different preferences.

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If you're curious to know more about the 2008 Chrysler 300, the different models it was released as, and if it might be the car you're looking for, we've got all the details!

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  • 1 2008 Chrysler 300 Rückblick
  • 2 2008 Chrysler 300 specifications
  • 3 2008 Chrysler 300 Interior
  • 4 My thoughts on the 2008 Chrysler 300
  • 5 Where to buy a Chrysler 300

2008 Chrysler 300 Rückblick

The Chrysler 300 initially set the standard for rear-wheel-drive sedans with great, luxurious styling and ample interior space. Its powerful V8 engine also gave it the ability to outperform most other sedans, putting it in the same class as an Audi A6 or BMW 5 Series.

The 2008 Chrysler 300 was a particularly popular iteration of the vehicle, selling 120,000 lucky buyers in 2007 alone. Because of this, it is available to anyone looking for a cheap used car.

It was also split into four different models. Here's a look at some of the 2008 Chrysler 300 specs that differentiate them:

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Chrysler 300LXChrysler 300 TouringChrysler 300 CChrysler 300C STR8
drive typerear wheel driveRear or all-wheel driveall wheel driverear wheel drive
Motor2.7-Liter-V6-Motor3.5-Liter-V6-Motor5,7-Liter-Hemi-V86,1 Liter V8
PS178 PS250PS340PS425PS
PreisPrice (New): $25,270Price (New): $29,265 to $32,120Price (New): $36,070-$38,170Price (New): $44,423
MPG (city/highway)18/26 MPG17/24 MPG15/22 MPG13/18 MPG

Chrysler also offered the Walter P. Chrysler Executive Series with Touring and 300C models that increased the wheelbase by six inches, adding $11,685 to the price of the Touring and $11,205 to the price of the 300C.

In addition, Chrysler 300 Limited models added heated and electrically operated front seats, as well as dual-zone climate control, electrically adjustable pedals and superior suspension normally reserved for sports cars. The rear-wheel drive version was initially priced at $32,295 and the all-wheel drive model was $34,490.

2008 Chrysler 300 specifications

The specifications of this Chrysler are very impressive for a car of its age and price range. It's by no means an economical car, but if you go easy on its incredible engine it won't break the bank. It's a large, safe vehicle that makes for a very comfortable ride, with stunning interiors and plenty of space for passengers.

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Although you can choose how economical you want to be with a range of engine options that vary in mpg. Obviously the 2008 Chrysler 300C SRT8 will burn the most gas, but it'll also give you the most smiles per mile, if that's what you're looking for, it's a fine balancing act.

2008 Chrysler 300 interior

At a glance, the interior is fantastic, accommodating 5 adult passengers in comfort and style. They did a stand-up job in designing the interior of this car to match the exterior aesthetic. I'll go into more detail on the interior of the 2008 Chrysler 300 in the next section, but to get an idea of ​​just how spacious the car is, check out the interior dimensions below:

Anterior hip space (in)55.9
Front legroom (in)41.8
Second shoulder room (in)57.7
Passagiervolumen (ft³)106.6
Second Headspace (in)38.0
Front shoulder room (in)59.4
Second hip room (in)55.9
Front headroom (in)38.7
Space for second leg (in)40.2

My thoughts on the 2008 Chrysler 300

So first, let's recall that the 2008 Chrysler 300 is now aAltes Autobut at least it's not as old as that2005 model yearwhich we previously reviewed. But the good news is that it's aged really well. Stylistically, I still love the retro statement the iconic grill makes, and the interior finishes are absolutely immaculate. It's a nice car to drive.

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It's smooth and slow, but with the V8 engine it still has that extra bit of power when you need it. At 18mpg in the city and 26mpg on the highway, it's also a fairly economical car considering its powerful engine and heavy frame.

Some drivers have had bad experiences with breakdowns but overall it's really impressive as a performance car, especially the STR8 model which could easily rival any sports car.

Then you get the interior...there's no way to beat how beautiful this car is on the inside. The leather seats (with heating), the highly efficient climate control that keeps your car at the perfect temperature.

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There's no doubting the Chrysler 300's comfort and quality, with tons of headroom and legroom. It looks classy inside and would also be a hit as a family car.

The standard center console has USB ports for iPods, as well as a DVD player, so it's dated, but you can upgrade it yourself if you really care, and it looks just as good as any brand new car. And then there's the space. You'll never really appreciate how huge this car is until you're inside.

You could comfortably put a family in this car and go on a long trip and the best part is that by the end of the trip you would be feeling comfortable and fresh instead of being tired and cramped like we're used to with other sedans .

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In terms of safety, the crash test results are good, but the standard anti-lock braking system is not included in the basic versions of the car. There are also some incredible exotic features like the satellite TV which was way ahead of its time and would still suit your driving needs today.

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I'm primarily concerned with the price. The sad part of the Chrysler aging so well is that it retains quite a bit of its value, and even a used car that's over a decade old will set you back a pretty substantial amount of money. I also found the steering difficult and brutal, but it wasn't a persistent problem.

The design has aged well, particularly in relation to the iconic grille, the interior is wonderful, the V8 engine has plenty of power and emits a distinct rumble, and there are many options for this beautiful vehicle, including a host of amazing safety features such as Driver and front passenger airbags, emergency release of the trunk lid and a tire pressure monitor.

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However, when you use the engine's full potential, the HEMI is incredibly thirsty and the ride is stiff.

Overall I think the 2008 Chrysler 300 is a great car that will definitely still look and feel good on the road. It's an understated luxury car with all the right features that has stood the test of time.

Where to buy a Chrysler 300

Now that you know everything about the Chrysler 300, where can you buy one?

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A good place to start would be that CarMax has a great used vehicle catalogue. TueCar also sells fairly recent models of the Chrysler 300 at great prices.

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Alternatively, you can use classifieds sites likeCraigslisteto connect with individual owners looking to sell their used vehicles. And if that doesn't work, head to your local used car dealership when you might find a diamond in the rough.

But like I said, the 2008 Chrysler 300 was an incredibly popular car, and there are still a lot of them cruising the streets to this day. So it is unlikely that you will search too long before finding a car that is perfect for you.


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