A used 2005 Chrysler 300 with a V8 engine and low mileage may be a good buy if it is in good condition, according to automobile review website Edmunds.com. However, the V6 Chrysler 300 is considerably less desirable, and many owners have reported reliability issues with this model year.
The Chrysler 300 was considered an excellent car in its market segment when it was first released in 2005, with the V8-powered 300C variant considered the best option due to its improved acceleration over the base trim's sluggish V6 engine. Both models shared similar unique styling cues and technology borrowed from Chrysler's alliance with German luxury automaker Mercedes-Benz, resulting in a very luxurious car relative to its price.
A 2005 Chrysler 300C in good condition may be a good buy, but prospective buyers should beware of potential maintenance issues. The most common problems on V8 models are issues with the engine, as reported by automobile repair statistics website CarComplaints.com. V6-powered models are more likely to have issues with their electrical systems, though engine issues are also common with the V6 variant as well. Both versions of the car have more complaints against them than most subsequent model years of the Chrysler 300, with the notable exception of 2006.