Monday, March 7, 2016

Hergestellt in Deutschland: 2007 Chrysler Crossfire SRT-6

Words and tip by Andy L: What is it about superchargers that is so appealing to some of us?  Perhaps it is the a word containing "super" evokes the idea of something extra that can give the underdog an edge.  After all, super is one of the first superlatives we learn as children and it evokes the idea of mysterious powers.  Is it the menacing appearance of a whirling pulley and ribbed belt on a 5000 horsepower top fuel dragster that hypnotizes us? Maybe it is the distinctive sound they produce, whether roots-type, screw-type, vane-type, g-lader or centrifugal.  Whatever the case, the addition of a blower to any engine means more power, more noise, more speed and more fun.  Find this 2007 Chrysler Crossfire SRT-6 offered for $6,500 in Sioux City, NE via craigslist.



Here is an example of a car made super by the addition of mechanical forced induction.  You either love or hate Crossfire with its Benz breeding and art deco styling.  If you love it, you will likely really love the SRT-6 treatment, which makes it a very respectable performer.  Although suspension tweaks have made the ride quality of the SRT-6 a little on the harsh side, such a small and sporty looking car deserves a run of such enhanced performance examples.

There is something fishy with this advert...the underhood pic shows a different grill and a non SRT engine....I dunno

The featured car looks like it may be a great deal.  Although not extremely rare, a good SRT-6 with low miles is hard to find.  Depending on whom you ask, the Crossfire seems to have dodged many of the quality and fit and finish issues that are associated with period Chryslers.  This one has low miles and wears the gorgeous standard alloys instead of the out-of-place thin finned ones normally found on the SRT.  Hopefully the tacky screen grill treatment can easily be switched out with the original.


For $6500, you can get a fast, low-mileage car that you won't run into at every intersection.  And your own supercharger.


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Another big thanks to Andy L for the tip and words -- DT E-i-C Vince

16 comments:

  1. I am I missing something? It appears to be a manual, which the SRT version was not available with. This looks to be a standard, manual Crossfire. Not bad, but not the S/C SRT (which I also believe had a silver plastic engine cover.

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    1. I believe you are correct. I should have done some technical research on this car. The seller seems to be trying to sell a car he doesn't have. - the author

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  2. These are one of those cars that I didn't care for when new but now get stoked when I see one. They are unusual and have some interesting design features.

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  3. Knowingly misrepresent your car for sale? More like sue city

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  4. As said above, you are a dolt and so is the seller. Not only is this not an SRT6, it's not even a Limited. It's the base model loss leader without leather seats or fog lights. These base models also had a black wind shield frame and engine cover and all were black body color. Limited and SRT models had silver wind shield frames no matter the body paint color.

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    1. I did not realize the SRT6 was not offered with a manual. I made a mistake. Luckily nobody got hurt.

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    2. Hey, there is no need for name calling! Call me the dolt for not catching it when I added the tag on the picture about this advert being fishy, but leave Andy alone.
      -Vince DT E-i-C.

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  5. These were a fail in so many respects...see that lump under the driver-side dash? I'm guessing it failed its NHTSA unbelted-occupant crash test, and they had to stick that thing on there to keep the driver in the seat. Regardless, the end result was that no one over 5-foot-9 fit in these without banging their knees on the dash. Been there, tried that.

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    1. I never understood why they had unbelted occupant crash requirements. If you can't figure out how to wear a seatbelt in the 21st century, why would anybody care about what happens to you in a crash? Frankly, I think it would make more sense to put some spikes where that knee pad is -- maybe then people will think about wearing their belt...but why should I care? A topic for another time, I guess...

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    2. Funny that you mention this. I tried out an SLK a few years back and, at 6'3", I couldn't come anywhere close to fitting in the driver's seat comfortably. I was baffled by how cramped it was. I was going to ask if the Crossfire had the same interior room, but I think that question has been answered. Too bad, but I don't think I'd actually own either version.

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    3. Yeah, the unbelted-occupant thing is beyond stupid, but it's still in the regs.

      To pass it, you have to keep the front-seat occupants upright behind their airbag, and to do that you have to have the lower dash so far down against the shins and knees that in a crash the legs bunch up against the dash. Of course, this also limits the legroom the rest of the time as well, and we'd have probably bought a W210 Merc E-class way-back-when if I'd been able to get comfortable driving it.

      Many US-market cars have different lower dashes than what the rest of the world gets. My M5 has been converted to the Euro lower dash, back when it was economically feasible to do so (it was about $500 in parts.)

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  6. maybe ich bin ein dolt too, but why is the grill in the hood-open shot different than the other views? - is there a 2-layer thing going on, or more seller shenanigans?

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    1. I'm going with seller shenanigans. I think we're looking at photos of 2 different cars. "Darn, I don't have a shot of my engine. Let me just find another car on the web and borrow one."

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  7. I think these were not actually "Hergestellt in Deutschland" as in made in Germany. I believe they were assembled in Belgium on the first gen MB SLK frame and mechanicals. I have seen several of these with weird interior/exterior colours and cheap interiors that don't wear well. This one actually looks OK in the pix. I don't like the 4 cyl even with blower, especially since you need to get them service at MB at MB prices. George in Toronto

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    1. Yeah, NO. Sold by Chrysler and built by Karmann of Germany based on the R170 platform. They never had a 4 cyl with blower, that was SLK only. All had a 3.2 V6, SRT models with blower. This one look like a POS.

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