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You are in the Chrysler Crossfire
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Chrysler Crossfire, Chrysler Crossfire SRT-6, Coupe, Convertible
Mar 16, 2004 (4:22 am)
While Vettes hold their value reasonably well (but not as well as a benz or M3 BMW), I'm pretty sure their values don't appreciate, and are prone to depreciation of value like any other car. There are too many of them, and they all look alike. A great performance car, but certainly not a collectible.
Re the Crossfire pricing. I agree, way too high, Chrysler STILL doesn't get it. Heck, for $40K the Lotus Elise can be had, which frankly is a superior sports car to the Vette or Porsche Boxster.
As a current Xfire owner, my bigger concern is the lower priced Xfire. Doesn't make any difference that the heated seats and a few other gadgets will be gone, visually they will be identical to the current car, and performance wise the same.
Current owners took a bullet for Chrysler.
I've got a deposit on an Elise, should be here in December/early 2005. Can't wait. Was going to keep the Xfire until then, but I think I'm going to try to unload it now, take my losses, before the watered down one comes out and drives my residual down even further.
Mar 16, 2004 (6:09 am)
Kerbeck is the #1 Vette dealer in the US according to letters from GM that are shown on their web site. I don't know anything about them other than they are always the first ad in the section of Autoweek dealing with cars for sale, their pitch ladies look really foxy, and their advertised prices are lower than anything else I have seen, and they are only a short one-way flight away from where I live. Course I would use their ads to see what my local guy could do first on a deal, since all the servicing would be done locally. I would like to see the gussied up Crossfire SRT-6 though before jumping.
#452 of 1538 Whitefire are you out there
Mar 18, 2004 (6:37 am)
Tom-- You've had your white Xfire for about a year now, how about a synopsis of your year with the car? Are you out there? Are you going to the Cruise again this year?
#453 of 1538 5* Service on my Crossfire...
Mar 23, 2004 (7:20 pm)
I took my Crossfire in to the 5* dealer last Thursday for some items that needed attention. I got some all too familiar Chrysler 5* dealer service. The car was brought in at noon and promised for 5 P.M. on Friday. There were 8 items to address as follows:
1. Compound or glue stain on crossbar behind the seats.
2. Water-stained headliner.
3. Telescoping steering wheel does not lock solidly in place.
4. No licence plate holder or holes on front of vehicle (manditory in California).
5. Hesitation on accelerator (compared to my 300M).
6. Passenger door does not close properly -- sometimes the window gets caught on the rubber seal (sometimes the door even closes with a gap --the window being outside the rubber seal).
7. The radio display can't be read in the daytime.
8. The exterior decorative vent on the driver's side has partially come loose from vehicle.
I got the free rental car from Thrifty (on the premises). It was a Neon. On the way home, I noticed the gas guage read just under half-full. I called Thrifty when I got home and they said not to worry about it -- just bring it back as is.
When I went back to get the Crossfire on Friday evening, I returned the rental. They checked it out and then advised me that I hadn't filled it up. I explained what I was told and they said that they needed to put some gas in the car and charge me $3/gallon. I advised them I would do it, and since I had driven less than 40 miles in total, I put only $3 of gas in it, which brought it up close to where I remember the gauge was when I got the car. Sheesh!
I picked up the car and found the results of the service were (in same order as above):
1. Stain removed.
2. Stain not removed.
3. Part on order.
4. On order.
5. Got the dreaded "could not duplicate concern". Sound familiar, fastdriver?
6. Door is aligned properly -- could be cabin pressure causing problem. (LOL)
7. New radio on order.
8. New vent on order.
Bottom line -- 1 1/2 working days -- 1 stain removed. But as usual, they were very cordial (I think this constitutes about 99% of the 5* training).
I'm just glad I didn't have a drifting/pulling problem with the steering, because after the Thrifty experience and the lack of anything done on the car, I simply could not have tolerated another "could not duplicate problem -- could be due to the crown in the road..."
Mar 24, 2004 (4:13 am)
"5. Got the dreaded "could not duplicate concern". Sound familiar, fastdriver?"
I'm telling you- they MUST learn that at Chrysler "training" school!!! Doesn't seem to matter if it's "5-STAR" or not! )
At least you were treated well. That has to count for something. What, I don't know. You have to look on the bright side.
How did you get a water stained headliner?
Mar 24, 2004 (9:51 am)
"Got the dreaded "could not duplicate concern". Sound familiar, fastdriver?"
I thought that might bring back fond memories of your service experiences...LOL!
The headliner stain is behind the driver's seat. actually there are several 3 to 4 inch by 1/4 inch stains. This appears to be close enough to the top of the hatch opening to have come from a leak there. I got a service record on the car (it was a demo) and it included a seal/stripping replacement, but it didn't say where. It may have been replaced because of water leaks.
Then again it could have been the passenger door seal/stripping replacement since the door window catches on the stripping, preventing the door from closing properly. Oh, but I forgot, the closing problem was due to cabin pressure...
Mar 24, 2004 (12:58 pm)
Intrepidspirit-Don't discount the possibility of the mechanic wearing a grungy oil or grease covered hat, and having it rub on the headliner while working on the car or sitting in the seat. I've seen that happen, but at least they usually have an industrial strength de-greaser that gets it out.
Mar 24, 2004 (6:31 pm)
No, these stains aren't grease smudges. You can tell by their appearance that they are from a thin liquid (I hope it's water!). And they seems very light, like they are showing through from the other side of the headliner...