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The Chrysler 300C Hemi Car - Not a Ferrari!

Updated on August 13, 2016
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Lela earned a B.A. degree in Journalism from Sam Houston University in Huntsville, TX. She has been writing for the online world for years.

The Chrysler 300C Hemi

My Chrysler 300C Hemi car!
My Chrysler 300C Hemi car! | Source

One Sweet Ride!

In 2008, my old baby Chrysler PT Cruiser decided to have serious front end problems. I loved my PT Cruiser, but it was time to find a new, adult grown up car that I could drive and enjoy for the next 10 years.

I had special ordered the PT Cruiser. It was 6 months of waiting as I custom ordered everything. The Cruiser was Inferno Red and I got it on Valentine's Day for my 10th anniversary. It really was a special little car, very fun to drive.

Eight years later I traded it in for the big luxury car, the Chrysler 300C with the Hemi in Cool Vanilla. I didn't have to wait. I didn't special order the car. It was a previous panic year for gas guzzling cars and they were practically giving the big Chryslers away! I drove to the lot, picked it out and drove home that night getting a swell deal on this beautiful car.

Zero to Sixty in about 6 seconds!

That's what Bob says my car will do. It's got some sort of manly engine in it. A 5.7 liter V8 with a Hemi. The Hemi is important because it makes the car go faster. I have occasionally had to use my car's powers to enter a freeway or pull out in traffic.

The engine has some sort of displacement mode or "gas saving" mode where it runs on 6 cylinders instead of all eight cylinders. This makes my gas mileage vary between 17.9 mpg and 22.5 mpg. The gas saving feature is most apparent at highway cruising speeds.

All I know is that at current rates (April, 2011) it takes about $50 to $55 bucks to fill the tank! I only have to fill it up every week and a half to two weeks though, so it's not as bad as the normal pick up truck that most Texans drive. The PT Cruiser only took about $18 in gas in 2008. It would probably take about $30 or so in today's economy.

Luxury Features

My big beauty comes with several luxury features. I have power everything, seats, mirrors, dual control climate settings, etc. I have a Boston CD player and stereo. It came with a year of satellite radio which I did not like as every time I went under a freeway overpass, the satellite radio blanks out and I would miss the punch line of whatever comedian I was listening to.

In the winter, I can warm up my megabutt with the electric heated seats. This is one feature I never thought I would need in Texas, but we have had some pretty cold winters lately. Once we even got down to 8 degrees with a wind chill factor of Zero! I flicked the switch and in no time, I had warm buns.

The seats are leather and black which is a terrible color for Texas. In the summer, when the wind chill factor isn't a factor, these seats can heat up to 100 degrees plus! Do not wear shorts in a car with black seats unless you want burnt thighs.

The trunk space is phenomenal! I can fit two whole bodies in there, more if they were chopped up in little pieces. Conan was doing a contest for blowing up a car and I considered having some fake bodies put in there as the reason I needed to have the car blown to smithereens. Just kidding, y'all.

The outside of my car is Cool Vanilla! I love this color. I almost went with the Inferno Red which was the same color as my PT Cruiser, but decided against it. It's a decision I haven't regreted.

Excellent review of the Chrysler 300C Hemi 2008 model

My other car is a Ferrari...

I love Ferraris. I'm lying. I do not have one. But if I did have a second car, it would be a Ferrari for sure.

I once parked next to a Ferrari at Logan's Diner and had Bob snap a photo so I could at least imagine I owned a Ferrari.

My Chrysler 300C car is not a Ferrari and never will be, but it is the most comfortable, powerful, luxury car I have ever owned and it will be mine for quite a while! Watch the video and you will see how much like a sports car the 300C can be!

Ferraris have glass over the engine! Weird.

The Ferrari of my dreams. I'm not sure I would even fit in there!
The Ferrari of my dreams. I'm not sure I would even fit in there! | Source

© 2011 Lela

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  • The Reminder profile image

    The Reminder 

    7 years ago from Canada

    Sweet ride. I often see 300's drive around and they all look really classy with a set of nice wheels.

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    Jane Bovary 

    7 years ago from The Fatal Shore

    You bet your *rse I'm entering! Thanks for the commiserations - the engine is hard to work on, it's so cramped..my mechanic tells me it's easier just to take the whole thing out! Nice look, compromised design, yeah.

    My neighbour has Chrysler 300c, it really does look spiff but I couldn't handle the fuel costs.

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    Lela 

    7 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

    Oh, Jane, sorry to hear about your PT Cruiser. I totally adored mine and it was heart breaking to trade it in, but the motor mounts were wearing out faster than I could replace them. That front wheel drive is just too heavy for such a small car.

    The Chrysler 300c does look like a gangster car, doesn't it?

    I wish hub pages would just send you a big check! Are you entering the April contest?

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    Jane Bovary 

    7 years ago from The Fatal Shore

    Did you mention PT cruisers! Well...[start rant/ I loved the design, and bought an old one(2001) a couple of years ago (was still expensive). It was in taupe frost metallic with s/roof and looked like a 940's militry staff car.

    I adored it, even though it wasn't very good on fuel,was condsidered daggy by every male friend, had poor visibility, bad turning circle...ugh. I didn't care, it was an emotional purchase, not a practical one and in that sense I got my money's worth.

    But, alas, since Xmas I've had nothing but trouble - radiator went, folled by the water pump and ok I could deal with that...it wasn't a new car,after all. But then, one week after I'd just paid a fortune to change the pump and do the timing belt, the head gasket goes and I have to be towed back the mechanic! The whole thing is now going to cost half of what the car is worth. Oh lordy. It's now sitting at the mechanics before I don't have the money to pay for the repairs yet, meanwhile I'm driving around in a borrowed bomb that could explode at any moment..lol.

    They're kind of rarish over here..it was hard to even find a mechanic who'd work on it. Anyway, y'know I still love the PT, in spite of it all. Anyway, your car looks great...very Sopranos'.

  • Austinstar profile imageAUTHOR

    Lela 

    7 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

    Audrey, ou could easily fit the 3 mals in the trunk and put the back seat down. That would be quite the comfort ride for them!

    TS Sally - No, my car doesn't talk :-( I do have blue tooth, but never use it. What kind of car do you have?

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    Audrey Kirchner 

    7 years ago from Washington

    Love it - these days though I'm into practicality and driving around 3 dogs that could be horses....so gotta go with the Ford Expedition we have although I wish NOW it could be an Excursion but who could afford the gas??? Do you think I could fit 3 mals in the 300 Hemi Car though? I'd be the dang talk of the town!

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    Truckstop Sally 

    7 years ago

    Beautiful car! Does it talk to you too? My son is hoping to "inherit" my car on his 16th birthday -- so he changed the male voice to a female voice.

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    Kelly Umphenour 

    7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    That's funny Austinstar - my best friend had a pinto - wagon:) her first car - I had a VW bug that I bought for $300.00! It was a blast!

    We used to always say - it gets us where we need to go:)!

    Hey the dogs barked twice today! My picture is GORGEOUS!

  • Austinstar profile imageAUTHOR

    Lela 

    7 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

    Hi Sharyn, gosh I can totally sympathize with having to drive your ugly van. I once had a Ford Pinto! Yuck! Although it was easy to park. And the cops didn't think I was a serial killer cruising for young college chicks.

    Drive on!

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    Sharon Smith 

    7 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

    What a fun read. The darn economy caused my last vehicle to be repo'ed. Well kinda, I had to give it back after loosing a great job a few years ago. I miss my purrty Honda Pilot. Now I drive a HUGE white van that belongs to the elderly man that I take care of every day. Using the van is part of my "payment" for being his caregiver. There is nothing fun about this huge white van. It's ugly, it's a gas hog and really hard to park in a regular size parking space. I swear cops follow me thinking "this van is up to no good." But I am grateful to have use of it. When I finally make enough $ here on HP, I'll get a new vehicle to call my own. I like to dream :)

  • Austinstar profile imageAUTHOR

    Lela 

    7 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

    If I tried that button in the summer, I sure would burn my butt! But it felt great during our "winter". It's already summer in April. We did NOT get a Spring and I am bummed.

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    Christopher Antony Meade 

    7 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

    I hope you get many years of happiness out of it, and dont burn your "butt" on the seats.

  • Austinstar profile imageAUTHOR

    Lela 

    7 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

    I know!

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    drbj and sherry 

    7 years ago from south Florida

    Ah, Lela, you look so comfortable and at home with the blue Ferrari in that photo. You and that car are made for each other. Swear.

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    Kelly Umphenour 

    7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    I don't think there is much you can't do if you put your mind to it Austinstar!

  • Austinstar profile imageAUTHOR

    Lela 

    7 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

    I have many dreams

    Most have come true

    Yes, there are some things

    that I cannot do

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    Kelly Umphenour 

    7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    I loved the video and had to give this one up and awesome because I know I can fit a body in the trunk if necessary.

    I love your car! Both of them......... oh yeah well a girls gotta have a dream:)

  • Austinstar profile imageAUTHOR

    Lela 

    7 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

    Holy Moly! I'd have to have a motorcycle. Harley Davidson perhaps?

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    diogenes 

    7 years ago from UK and Mexico

    Good on yer! Nice ride. You wouldn't want it here, would cost $150 at least to fill. Cry for us!

    Bob

  • Austinstar profile imageAUTHOR

    Lela 

    7 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

    Hit the reload button when photos don't show up! That's what I do.

    I agree that Jeep makes some really great machines! If I were younger, I'd buy one.

    Thanks for the 52 words. All of them were nice too. :-)

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    WillStarr 

    7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

    Ah!

    Now I see it! Beautiful car.

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    WillStarr 

    7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

    Last year, we bought a 4-door, Jeep Wrangler unlimited, in the Rubicon, the ultimate in 4-wheel drive. We love it. It will go virtually anywhere, and when we install our winch, it will go even further.

    For some reason, the pic of your Chrysler is just one of those dreaded red X's!

    However, the pic of you and your Ferrari is spectacular!

    (BTW, that was 52 words!) :-)

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