• Dec 20, 2007

The Chrysler Crossfire was one of those unfortunate exercises in style-over-substance. What's worse is that its style was somewhat questionable, garnering reactions from "oh, that's interesting" to "make it stop, please make it stop". Well, Chrysler finally listened to the latter, and here at Autoblog we're not exactly weeping over the demise of the coupe and roadster, the last of which rolled off the assembly line in Germany on Tuesday.

During its five-year lifespan, the "all-American" coupe built in Germany sold 80,000 units, but last year US sales accounted for only 8,216. The car was offspring of the now-defunct partnership between Chrysler and Mercedes, and shared its platform with the original SLK roadster after it had been replaced.

The Crossfire is the first of four models that Chrysler is giving the axe under its new ownership, and since production of the car and many of its components are so closely tied to Daimler, it makes sense that it's the first to go. Next to be cut are the Dodge Magnum (unfortunately), Chrysler PT Cruiser Convertible (unfortunately only the convertible) and Chrysler Pacifica (wait, which one was that again?).

[Source: Motor Authority]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      The biggest problem with the Crossfire is that it is nearly impossible to drive if you are over 5'10".

      It is an amazing car though. You can buy a band new one for less than $25k right now which is a fantastic price for what you get.

      The car isn't a Chrysler at all. It is built from a Mercedes by Mercedes and it drives like a Mercedes for the price of a Chrysler.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I've always liked the Crossfire - would own one now if it weren't for the fact that I'm too tall for it - I tried test driving one and couldn't find a position where my knees weren't pressed up against the dash. One of the few problems with being tall is that lots of the fun cars won't fit. Oh well, it's a small (no pun intended) price to pay.

      I though the styling was very good - not as good as the concept that spawned it, but at least they tried something that wasn't already done a million times before. The boat tail and hood strakes worked pretty well, I thought...sort of drawing on the art-deco theme Chrysler was promoting at the time. And using the SLK platform as the basis was a good move - it was a good car for the time, and still drives pretty well by today's standards.

      And as for the PT Cruiser - it may be useful, but that's an ugly car. Offensively so. The convertible was by far the ugliest of the bunch, and I'm not real upset that I'll have fewer of them to look at. I'll miss the Magnum though - I rented one a couple of months ago and had a very positive experience. I'm not crazy about the cheap-azz plastic interior, but it was a comfortable long-trip car that hauls tons of stuff.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I agree about the PT Cruiser, but why isn't anyone mentioning that horrible knockoff that Chevy makes? They're running about half-price now, and still I've only seen ONE on the streets. Looks like a squashed grandpa head with his false teeth out.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Just another case of someone taking a chance on styling and getting kicked in the teeth for it. You can say maybe its not the most beautiful design on the road but at least it doesnt look like the other millions of camry accord altima malibu cookie cutters. Talk about know imagination. The crossfire is just one of those cars thrown to the waste heap for being different. I hope everyone likes being a clone of one another cus basically that is all we are getting these days. For those designers that like to take a chance i say good job for those that copy and like to be just like everyone else i say imagination what a terrible thing to waste
      • 7 Years Ago
      I still cant believe they are killing the Power Wagon (Magnum), to me thats a helluva bad ass car
        • 7 Years Ago
        Right when the Magnum came out, I saw a ton of them. However, a couple years later, I feel like I rarely see them. Maybe they've just blended in though...I'd have to see some sales stats
        • 7 Years Ago
        They really can't cite sales as a reason for dropping the Magnum, considering I see tons more of them on the road than their Charger sedan counterpart. What they should do is offer the refasciaed Chrysler 300 version of the Magnum in the US.. I bet it would sell like crazy then!
        • 7 Years Ago
        Because some nitwit thinks that the Challenger will sell more.

        The Challenger will sell more than the Magnum for two to six months. Then it will sell worse. Much worse.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I haven't quite understood the reasoning behind that one either. The other models they've axed make sense, they should also get rid of the pt cruiser entirely.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Up shot: unsold or used RWD hoonage can be had for cheap!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I have to disagree. I think that the Crossfire was a great looking car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Crossfire was not a bad car.. the styling could have been better, however it needed to be redone for sure as it was old. Did everyone not like the SLK? Small cars like that are kinda nice if you don't need alot of space and can't afford a corvette. If they did a car like this right it could be a real treat to drive
      • 7 Years Ago
      poor poor magnum...
      • 7 Years Ago
      What's with the PT Cruiser hate? It handled well, got adequate power and was extremely versatile. Every other magazine (from Car And Driver to Consumer Reports) liked it and rated it well.

      I swear, it and the Tundra must have run over John Neff's dog.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It is a shame to see the Magnum go, but I cant say that about the Crossfire. If I had to guess they arer axeing the Magnum due to cannibalization from the Charger and for capacity issues for the new Challenger. What they dont understand is the Magnum appeals to a broader audience by offering a muscle appearance, 4 doors, and a wide range of suitable powertrain options. The Challenger is hot but has a very focused audience.
      Freser
      • 7 Years Ago
      I owned a 2004 Crossfire & it was a great car. I had to trade it in for a bigger vehicle due to family reasons. No mechanical problems whatsoever. 85% of it was Mercedes parts. It was priced way better than the Mercedes counterpart.
      • 7 Years Ago
      oddly enough,this was one of the few late model chyrslers i always liked.... and the only one that i ever liked the ribbed hood on.
      always thought this car looked cool.

      (ducking now)
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