Will the Chrysler Crossfire Become a Classic?

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Whether a car becomes a classic or not is a difficult thing to predict. Sometimes cars that are initially rejected by enthusiasts end up becoming classics simply because of their rarity and quirky features.

The Chrysler Crossfire is a car that was considered controversial in the car enthusiast community for a variety of reasons, but these days it has a growing fan base.

So will the Chrysler Crossfire become a classic?

It is possible that the Chrysler Crossfire will become a classic thanks to its relative scarcity and unmistakable design. The high performance SRT6 model and the rarer manual models are more likely to become collectible.

So we know that the Crossfire is likely to become a future classic, but what sort of performance does it have, and is it expensive to maintain?

Is a Chrysler Crossfire considered a sports car?

The Chrysler Crossfire can be considered a sports car as it has all the main ingredients; a 2 door coupe design, decent performance, and sporty handling.

Sports cars often become classics, but the term ‘sports car’ can be open to interpretation. Most would agree, however, that the Crossfire is a sports car. Certainly most insurance companies list it as such.

Chrysler Crossfire Roadster
Chrysler Crossfire Roadster

Sports cars are designed with performance characteristics in mind rather than practicality, and the Crossfire certainly wasn’t produced to offer practicality.

Despite some lamenting the lack of power in the basic models, it has 2 doors, 2 seats, the engine up front and rear wheel drive. 

The regular model came with some cool sports car features such as an active rear wing, but the tacky interior and lackluster handling have both been criticized by some.

Is the Crossfire a Mercedes?

The Chrysler Crossfire is a remodeled version of the Mercedes SLK. It shares 80% of its components with the German car, and Chrysler was responsible for the styling.

The Crossfire was produced by DaimlerChrysler (the two companies have since split), and was built by Karmann at their facility in Osnabrück, Germany.

Chrysler Crossfire with Mercedes badge
Some owners like to add extra Mercedes-Benz touches to their Crossfires

The Chrysler Crossfire is equipped with a Mercedes-Benz M112 engine, the same engine that was fitted to the first generation Mercedes SLK (R170).

Chrysler Crossfire performance

How much horsepower does a Chrysler Crossfire have?

The Crossfire’s 3.2l V6 engine produces 215 bhp. The Crossfire SRT6 produces 330 bhp from its supercharged engine.

Chrysler Crossfire 0-60

The Crossfire does 0-60 mph in 6.5 seconds. The Crossfire SRT6 reaches 60 mph in 5.1 seconds.

What is the top speed of a Chrysler Crossfire?

The Crossfire has a top speed electronically limited at 155 mph.

Is the Chrysler Crossfire fast?

Many consider the standard Crossfire to be somewhat lacking in power, but the Crossfire SRT6 is considered a fast car, especially when compared to similar sports cars from the time.

Chrysler Crossfire

Speed is only one factor when determining which cars may become classics, and a sports car doesn’t necessarily need monumental power to become a collectible.

In any case, the 215 bhp from the standard model is more than enough for some.

When it launched, two of the Chrysler’s main competitors were the Nissan 350Z and the Audi TT. The Crossfire’s power was well below the 350Z’s 283bhp, but was very close to the 221 bhp produced by the Audi TT 1.8 Quattro.

Chrysler Crossfire SRT6

The SRT6 is Chrysler’s high performance Crossfire model, producing an additional 115 bhp on the standard model thanks to the supercharger fitted to the engine.

The Crossfire SRT6 was a different car altogether. As well as being nearly 1.5 seconds quicker to 60 mph, there were a number of aesthetic upgrades. These included:

  • Different front grille
  • Stiffer suspension
  • Bigger brakes
  • Different alloy wheels
  • Alcantara seats
  • Larger tires
  • SRT-6 logos
  • Fixed spoiler rather than active
  • Larger exhaust pipes
Chrysler Crossfire SRT-6
Chrysler Crossfire SRT-6

The SRT6 was only fitted with the five-speed automatic gearbox. There was no manual available on this model, unlike the regular car.

Is the Chrysler Crossfire a reliable car?

The Chrysler Crossfire is considered a reliable car, confirmed by many positive owner reviews.

Often sports cars take a lot of care and attention to get them to a point where they’re considered reliable, but the Crossfire seems to be pretty solid if serviced regularly.

Scouring the reviews online show many owners who have had great experiences with the Crossfire over many miles, and the majority of people commend its reliability.

Is the Chrysler Crossfire expensive to maintain?

The Chrysler Crossfire is no more expensive to maintain than any other similar car. Some parts can be hard to source and others can be pricey, but the costs are not excessive.

Chrysler Crossfire Engine
Chrysler Crossfire Engine

Cost of maintenance can be a big factor when deciding whether to buy a potential future classic car. If it’s too expensive to run, it may not be worth buying. Thankfully the Crossfire doesn’t seem to be too bad when it comes to running costs.

Whilst there are a few murmurs of expensive oil changes online, when looked at in more detail the cost of an oil change doesn’t seem to be much more than in any other similar car. Plus, it’s something you can do yourself if you’re worried about the cost.

The Crossfire can be expensive to fix when it goes wrong, but thankfully that doesn’t happen too often if the car has been well looked after throughout its life.

Certain parts can be hard to source these days, but few people complain at the overall cost of maintenance.

It also takes premium fuel, but the standard model gives a decent return of 30 mpg which is great for a car of this caliber with a 3.2l engine.

Chrysler Crossfire problems

As with any car of this age, there are certain things that can go wrong. Some of the Crossfire’s most common problems include:

  • Heated seats stop working
  • Misalignment of rear end and drive shaft causing a whining noise
  • Water pools under the weather strip at the bottom of the door causing rust
  • Headlamp covers fogging up
  • Throttle lag
  • Sentry Key Remote Entry System failure
  • Rear window of the convertible becoming unglued and separating from roof

How many Chrysler Crossfires were made?

76,014 Chrysler Crossfires were made in total. 30,536 of those were convertibles, and 4,071 were the SRT6 model.

The 2004 and 2005 year models are the most common, with sales tapering off from 2006 to 2008. 

2 Chrysler Crossfire roadsters
Chrysler Crossfire roadsters

In fact, over 80% of the cars that were built came in the first two years of production. Just 1,786 new Crossfires were registered in 2008.

The vast majority of these were sold in the USA, but some made their way over to Europe. 

There are now fewer than 2,700 Chrysler Crossfires remaining in the UK, from the 4,454 that were originally sold into the country.

Chrysler stopped making the Crossfire in 2007 as part of their restructuring plans, with the final cars being registered in 2008. This resulted in the car only having a very short production run of 4 years.

Chrysler Crossfire pros and cons


  • Excellent value for money
  • Unique design
  • Good MPG for a 3.2l engine
  • Smooth engine
  • Aging well
  • Comfortable
  • SRT6 has great performance
  • Reliable engine


  • Interior is cheap and tacky
  • Handling is poor
  • Taller people won’t fit
  • Its looks are controversial
  • Some parts are hard to source
  • No manual gearbox in the SRT6
Chrysler Crossfire Interior
Chrysler Crossfire Interior

Is the Chrysler Crossfire a good car?

Despite not being considered a good option when it was new, the Chrysler Crossfire can now be considered good value for a sports car of its caliber.

From new, many would argue that it was beaten hands-down by the likes of the Mazda RX-8, Audi TT, and Nissan 350Z. The Crossfire was reserved for those with a quirky sense of style or a propensity for an American car.

Chrysler Crossfire and Nissan 350Z
Chrysler Crossfire with a Nissan 350Z in the background

But these days the Crossfire is a serious option when placed alongside these Japanese and European competitors.

There are certainly aspects of the car, such as the interior, which could be better, but overall the Crossfire now holds its own against similar sports cars.

What is a Crossfire worth?

You can expect to pay around $5,000 for the cheapest Crossfire, and over $18,000 for an investor-level Crossfire SRT6.

Values can vary dramatically depending on the condition, service history and mileage of the car. 

Some are already seeing the potential for the Crossfire to be a future classic, and there are cars on the market with fewer than 20,000 miles on the clock. These examples are selling for over $25,000.

Prices seem to vary significantly between the US and UK markets. The Crossfire is far more popular in the states than it is in the UK, perhaps understandably given Chrysler’s American heritage.

In the UK prices start at £2,500 for a standard Crossfire, and go up to £9,000 for a low mileage SRT6. There’s a bargain to be had if you’re in the UK!

Will the Crossfire be collectible?

The rarest and most desirable variants of the Chrysler Crossfire are likely to become collectible cars thanks to their distinctive looks, rarity, and decent performance figures.

It’s often the case with cars that are lamented in the early days; their unpopularity means there aren’t many produced, but they end up coming back around and start picking up in value. The Crossfire is no exception.

There has always been an undercurrent of Crossfire lovers, and these days the rarest models are becoming more attractive to collectors.

Manual Chrysler Crossfire
Manual Crossfires will be more desirable to collectors

It may never be the best driver’s car the world has ever seen, but it does have many of the ingredients needed to become a collector’s car. All of this despite the criticism that it’s received over the years.

Some have already cottoned onto its potential, which is demonstrated by the extremely high prices that are already being commanded for the lowest mileage models.

Should I buy a Chrysler Crossfire?

You should buy a Chrysler Crossfire if you’re in the market for a sporty American coupe or roadster with distinctive looks and an enjoyable driving experience.

They have done all the depreciating they’re going to do, so if you’re in the market for a sports car that you can drive, enjoy, and maybe one day see an increase in value, the Crossfire is a good option.

Crossfire fans were in the minority for many years, but you only have to speak to a few owners of these cars to realise what fun can be had, and what a bargain they still are.

Chrysler’s American heritage blended with the build quality of the European engine is an appealing combination for many.

Crossfire badge

It is possible that the Crossfire will become a classic in years to come, especially the rarer models. 

The SRT6 is definitely a good choice if you’re looking to buy one as an investment, but as these were all fitted with an automatic gearbox it’s also worth considering one of the later manual models in standard trim.

It’s always been a ‘love it or hate it’ car, but ultimately you shouldn’t worry about what other people think of the car you drive. If you love it, there’s no reason not to buy one and enjoy it.

15 thoughts on “Will the Chrysler Crossfire Become a Classic?”


    We just purchased a 2006 CrossFire with 41000 miles. It is an SRT6 convertible in good condition. It does not have a fixed wing. Did the cars of that year have fixed wings or is my car not what I think it is?

    1. Does it have stock wheels with 15 spokes, an SRT-6 emblem attached on the right side, rear far lower right just below the lettering of the word Crossfire? I’m thinking that because the 2006 SRT-6 were actually 2005 leftovers that were sold from remaining inventory after they stopped making them if yours doesn’t have the fixed spoiler (what do you have back there, the small pop-up one?), but under the hood, you have a supercharged motor……..under all the searches that I have done, as a 2006 SRT-6 Roadster, it keeps showing a 2005 and straight out 2006 models it keeps showing the common 2006 model and the Limited trim models, no SRT-6

    2. Sorry James, it is not likely a SRT-6, the spoiler is the easiest check, the speedometer should read 200 mph, swayde leather seats, and a different lower section on the front end.

  2. Garry. Phillips

    The chrysler crossfife is a madd car fast and gets angry and handles good i had mine now for tweve months and love it diffdntly a race car and looks great and i get a lot comments about the xar and i never sell it its defently a collectors item

  3. I am 6ft 3 inches and weigh 250 . My wife is in love with a 2008 roadster with a stick shift. Can I fit in the car with top up or down ? I can’t find one close by to sit in. Thanks for your thoughts

    1. I’m 6’6′ with longer legs than torso (36″ inseam) – I can fit in either a manual or automatic convertible roadster with the top up. The trick is to move the steering wheel towards the front of the car, and the seat all the way back and down. The first time I sat in it, the steering wheels was telescoped towards the back and I couldn’t get my legs in. The automatic is a little better since there is no clutch pedal, and I can stretch my left leg out towards the firewall.

  4. I have been considering selling my 2005 Roadster, but I may rethink it for now. Beautiful car and handles great.

  5. Just bought a 2005 SRT convertible with 18000 miles. Car is showroom condition and I love it. This is my second, I had a 2005 coupe convertible for 7 years and loved driving it also

  6. Alexander Dodson

    I have a 2004 less then 40,000 miles on it. Your right the interior needs a little help, engine runs great, car looks good. Store all winter in Barn, trickle charged and covered. I was surprised it was 5 star rated, and a Mercedes engine an drive train.

  7. I love the Chrysler crossfire! I just bought a 2004 with 46,000 miles. It was well taken care of looks and drives like it did when it just came off the lot. The original seller believed it was to become a classic and took excellent care of it. He also paid $36,000 for it new. I would love to garage it and keep it as a classic BUT it’s too much fun to drive and I love the looks it gets.

  8. I have had a few srt6 vehicles. With just a couple bolt on upgrades it’s easy to drop the car over 1.5 seconds in quatermile times. One srt6 I did the eavyrac differential full bolts ons and the forged internal handled a 100.shit if wet nod for years and never had any issues .with that set up I was blowing away vipers, alot if supercars, and today I woukd have been running the same quatermile as a c8 z06 for less than quater of the price(10.5 secondquater mile time). Love these cars and the faces on people when you smoke there 6 figure vehicle. Doesn’t get much better than thay.

  9. The suspension has a recirculating ball for the steering box similar to cars from the muscle car era. I have a 2004 mach1 it has rack and pinion, I don’t feel any difference between the 2 steering. It a fun car ! I like to think its sports car. Nice to not get wrapped up with the muscle car people, always having to have the biggest engine and most power. Nice to just go out and drive!
    Actually as fun the drive as the Mach1, better gas mpg. cheaper gas, I use mid grade. The Mach1 takes premium gas and if you don’t use it, the poor engine pings and rattles under 2000 rpm. The crossfire is quiet as a sewing machine at 10:00 compression.
    This is my 3 xfire. the one before it, had 9000 miles white stick shift, excellent condition but the the clutch pedal hurt my back so I had to go with an automatic 5 speed which is a bullit proof transmission.

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