Date registered: Aug 2005
Vehicle: '94 E320 Coupe W124 (RIP) - '75 280S W116 - '11 Honda Accord Coupe V6 6-Spd (DD)
Location: Saddle River, Bergen County, New Jersey
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Some have thought that the Mercedes change of focus from their own cars to reviving Chrysler and their change of focus from making exclusive, high end and expensive cars to making mass-marketed cars aimed towards the lower segments of the market is to be te culprit for the reliability and quality issues of Mercedes.
To continue with what Musikman said, I believe the Crossfire shares the chassis from the original SLK, the 300 shares the W210 E-Class chassis and some have deemed it, not a very good start.
I do admit as many others do, that Chrysler wouldn't have lasted without the help of Mercedes. And so far, the cars they are making are alot better than what they used to be...but still, that doesn't say much.
If you sit in the Chryslers, it still gives you the impression of cheap, and that it's still American and it still built with little to no passion. Oh yea, they brought back the hemi, but I read somewhere that it isn't even close to what the original hemi technology featured or was. Not to mention most of their engines aren't very efficient compared to their Japanese or European counterparts.
6 liters and only 425 BHP and 420 lb-ft torque for the Chrysler SRT-8? C'mon, Mercedes' new 6.3 liter V8 can get 512 BHP and 467 lb-ft torque at only an additional 300ccs!! And not to mention I don't even think Chrysler cams the Hemi, since they label the engine OHV (Overhead valve) where as other engines are SOHC (Single Overhead Cam) or DOHC (Dual Overhead Cam). They also haven't tweaked chassis components such as the suspension or chassis modifications to increase the sportiness of the car...so it's basically only good for straightline performance.
There are also things like the steering is too light and wallowy and so are the brakes, the ride's rubbish...Don't get me wrong, for what it is and the size it offers, it isn't a bad car for the price. But there are still competitors on the Japanese and European segment (more particularly on the Japanese segment, since they are known for their amazing bargains, like the Infiniti M45) that cause the Chrysler to still place medium-low, if not last in the segment of midsized luxury sedans.
Those are just my thoughts.