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  • smogdungsmogdung Posts: 349
    Wait till they call you deal improved 2-2.5K$ after walking away & not calling them till they left the 3rd message on my answering machine. But don't wait forever.....there's only a thousand or so left supposedly.
  • Thanks for the advice. I will give them some time to stew.
  • some people are getting around 15K off the price at this time.
  • It's a shame too, hell of a nice ride, I wanted one.
  • Hello. I am new to this forum because I am just now starting to consider purchasing a Crossfire. People sure seem to like them. I have four questions I am hoping you can help me with:

    (1) I have seen a few 2006 models advertised, but are these really 2005 models?

    (2)There are many good used 2005 models out there as well as some nicely-discounted 2007 models. What are the differences between the 2005 and 2007?

    (3) Any particular problems to look for when buying used?

    (4) Given that these have a lot of Mercedes parts, are the parts and service expensive?

    Thanks for any insight or advice you can provide. I appreciate it.
  • I am in the Houston area and just now considering the Crossfire. There are plenty of new 2007's being offered with 12k to 13k discounts. These seem to be a better deal than the used ones I have found in my area.

    Biggest issues I have investigated are 1. Expensive tires to replace, 2. Expensive oil changes, 3. Mercedes realibility which some say is good and others say is bad, 4. Expensive to change headlight bulb.

    Good luck.
  • Too answer some of your questions.

    To both 1 and 2 - Just the VIN numbers were changed and I believe some minor MINOR features that are pretty insignificant. No more SRT though.

    To 3 - I bought mine used wiht 19k back in '95. Look for the same as any other car, but go back through the forum as I've seen some refer to the cooling system having issues. I had mine for 2 years problem free. Only got rid of it due to becoming a dad.

    To 4 - Uh YAH!. Oil changes range anywhere from $80-$120. I had the package, so I never paid for mine. But with 70% MB parts, yes, it can get pricey, especially from the dealer.

    I hope this helps somewhat. You will probably get a few more responses due to varying experiences with their vehicles. I wish I could add more, but I had a truly problem free, beautiful ride! :P
  • I changed my headlight bulbs myself in a Wal-Mart parking lot at 1 am and it cost me around $35 for a pair.

    You can get some decent replacement tires at tire rack. OEM will be pricey though.

    Right on the mark with oil changes.
  • Thanks for the quick replies, folks. Very helpful.
  • If you are interested in an SRT-6, they were only made in 2005. As that is the model I have, I am not that familiar with the differences over the years in the base coupe (yes, there are 2006 models). One of the perks about buying an older car is that the taxes and insurance are usually lower. The depreciation is really not a factor in buying a used Crossfire as the dealers are discounting the newer models so heavily.

    The answer to question #4 is - Yes. These are expensive cars and repairs can be expensive. I usually think warranties are rip-offs, but for this vehicle I would highly recommend a Chrysler warranty. They aren't that expensive - you can get a good extended warranty for about $1300. These require synthetic oil changes about every 7000 miles which can run around $100 + (these cars take 8.5 quarts of oil!)depending where you take your car to get serviced. Keep in mind an independent Mercedes shop may be a good place to get this done if your Chrysler dealer is too outrageous and you don't feel confident in your own skills.
  • You make a good point about the independent dealer. I actually found a shop here in Central Florida that only dealt in German vehicle repair. So much cheaper than the dealership.
  • Between 2004 to 2007 Same configuration, no changes at all. Find the best deal for 2005 or 2006. Take it. It is a smooth machine at 140mph. Watch out for your speed. The best and safe way to test your car at this speed is at your local race track.
  • smogdungsmogdung Posts: 349
    There are "some" 2008s.....the last one was produced on 12/17/07 ....the VIN # was something like 8X076047....the 8X means it's a 2008 model. Someone with a VIN of about 74,000 told me his was buildt in July & it was a, I've concluded that there has to be fewer than 2000 08s. Of the 76047 Crossfires ever buildt.....I'm guessing 20-30 tousand of them went to other countries....
  • smogdungsmogdung Posts: 349
    Made the mistake of stopping by the dealership the old lady wants one of her own.... Gold-Red Leather-Automatic-with Navigation.
  • My husband bought me a Crossfire and he's never been so happy...I love my car and he gets the fringe benefits from how great I think he is that he gave me the keys and declared me the official owner of the Crossfire....
  • Anyone have an employee choice burning a hole in their pocket yet for 2007. Going in to lease a Chrysler on Monday and would love to use it!
  • smogdungsmogdung Posts: 349
    She hasn't even driven mine yet (cause it's a stick I guess).....had it since 12/5/07.
  • The only differences are a choice of 2 new colors Oyster and Machine Grey and driver side and passenger side knee air bags. Everything else remains the same as past model years.There are a few 2006, 2007 and only 1300 2008's available and none can be special ordered you would have to take what is on hand. If you want the biggest bang for your buck try to find a well maintained and pampered used SRT6 Crossfire.
  • smogdungsmogdung Posts: 349
    It took great restraint, but, I drove normal for a few days..didn't get on it much...6 speed got 26 mpg....I'm glad that test is over!
  • smogdungsmogdung Posts: 349
    It took great restraint, but, I drove normal for a few days..didn't get on it much...6 speed got 26 mpg....I'm glad that test is over!
  • p100p100 Posts: 1,116
    I am considering buying a 2006 Roadster LTD, 6 speed manual. I am somewhat surprised by the lack of a spare tire in this car, but given the size of the wheels and limited space, I guess that is the price you must pay. What exactly comes in the "tire service kit"? I also noticed that the tires are quite pricey to replace - about $ 1000 a set. The cheapest I found on were Kumhos for about $ 500/set. How long do the original tires last where they are properly inflated and wheel alignment is good?

    Can somebody tell me how noisy is the car with the top up at cruising speed? Is there a lot of buffeting and intrusive wind noise past the windows? I live in Florida and summers are unbearably hot and humid - hardly the best time to ride around with the top down. Also, how effective is the air conditioning? Any issues with the climate control?

    Are there any other issues and problems with these cars that I should be aware of?
    The top mechanism seems quite complicated and I wonder how long will these tops function properly and how expensive they are to fix. Seems there are one too many servo motors working this top. Quite frankly I would prefer a well designed manual top.

    Are aftermarket rollbars or higher arches available for rollover protection? The standard arches behind the seats appear to be too low to do any good in a rollover crash. Is the windshield strong enough to keep from collapsing in such a scenario? How are the frontal impact crash ratings on this vehicle?

    It seems that incentives are the best on new leftover 06 models. Are the incentives the same on the new '07s? The local dealer is discounting their new '07 roadsters only about $ 12k off the sticker. I have seen new '06s discounted more than $ 15k.
  • p100p100 Posts: 1,116
    Anybody? I really need some response ASAP. Thanks.
  • Not to be rude, but it sounds like you should not buy a roadster. If you are that concerned about the windnoise, crash protection, top mechanisms etc then maybe this is not the car for you. Yes, these are intricate vehicles and yes, they are expensive to maintain and repair. The more complicated the technology in the vehicle, the more likely something will go out - that's the way I look at it. Yes, the tires may cost more than the 14" tires on your Toyota, but geeeez - these are 18" and 19 " wheels. If I was that worried about rolling over and crashing in a convertible I would not buy one. But IMHO I would rather take my chances of having a rollover accident in this car than buy a SUV that I KNOW will roll over at the slightest nudge. Test drive the roadster and decide for yourself if it is too noisey. Then weigh all the pros and cons and see if this is the car for you. Good luck in your decision - whatever it may be.
  • I have an '06 roadster. No problems at all. Very quiet for a ragtop...obviously not as quiet as a hardtop roadster would but much better than older ragtops. I've put 8,000 miles on mine. One trip was about 3,000 roundtrip with the top up and I have no complaints. While it's cramped for a long trip, it's worth it for the power.
    I maintain my tires closely since I want to put off that $1,000 to $1,200 as long as possible. I've heard stories of them wearing out in 10,000 but in my opinion, that would be rare. I had an SRT-6 coupe that I spun the rear ties on a lot and the tires were still fine at 20,000. The tires are not uni-directional, so they can be rotated from side-to-side.
    Don't forget this cars linage...90% Mercedes parts and assenbled at the Kharman plant. Quality is first class. The roof will withstand a rollover, but you'd have to screw up really badly to flip this thing.
    I would recommend buying a windscreen (fits between the rollbars and easy to install). Significantly reduces wind noice with the top down. I am in Tennessee and our summers are at least as warm as yours and thge humuduty may be worse. I was surprised how many days I put the top down during the worst of the summer. I used to drive older English roadsters as toys. They were miserable with the top down except on the best of days. This car has a strong ac and heater and I've used it with the top down at 90 degrees, 60 degrees and everywhere in between. Buy while it's there and enjoy. In a few years these cars should be real collector items.

    The '06 models are getting hard to come by at dealers and you should expect $10,000 to $12,000 off sticker.
  • doc36doc36 Posts: 1
    I have an 05 srt roadster. The wind noise has never been a problem and defectors are available for around $ 50 but have never felt the need to buy one. The top is a warranty item but I haven't had any problem with it. If fact I have never had any problems, the only thing I do is normal service work. Tires are somewhat expensive but when you have a car that is capable of over 150 mph you want a good set of rubber under you. My other car is a 96 840ci BMW and if I had to choose then I think the Bemmer would be finding a new home. The car you are looking at is a pleasure to drive and has what I think is proven German (mercedes/benz) engineering. Enjoy and forget about the small stuff. I've lived in Florida and it will be a fun car for there.

  • omarqomarq Posts: 1
    k people just got my 05 home!!!!!! its a really nice car., looking for clubs or people with crossfires to hangout with in the houston area., also what if any problems should i be looking for? :shades:
  • smogdungsmogdung Posts: 349
    Speeding tickets!
  • People who constantly want to gawk at you!
  • hi - just purchased a 2004 this week. there was also a 2005, mint red, std on the lot that could be had for about 15k. this car was a left over, never registered until oct 2006 and traded for an audi t/t in oct 2007 - owned by a woman. show room condition. car is in fall river, mass.
  • . . . fighting the urge to go over 100 mph. I've had my '06 coupe since October and twice on the highway home from work I've hit the century mark. What a smooth powerful ride!!!

    (p.s. - one speeding ticket also, but thank goodness, it was 52 in a 35 zone)
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