Behind the Wheel fan Harry is looking at either a V8 Chrysler or Holden.
Hey Behind the Wheel, I have read reviews of both the Chrysler 300 SRT8 and the Holden Commodore SS on your website. I like the Chrysler styling but I’m worried about reliability and the cost of parts/servicing. Is the Holden the safer option? What do you guys reckon?
Peter Hitchener – The Chrysler is fun and in your face and with prices starting in the mid $50,000 range it’s extremely good value. The Holden also is well-priced and I reckon if it comes down to standard features you might find the SS Commodore just makes a bit more sense. But Harry, neither of these cars is about being sensible, which one do you really love? That’s the one you should buy.
Simon Lai – The Chrysler has that amazing 6.4 litre Hemi engine, case closed!
Chris Miller – Hmm Chrysler 300 SRT8 or Holden SS Commodore? The Commodore handles the corners so much better than the big Chrysler and pulls up better too. The SRT8 is great in a straight line though! I’m with Joel, I’m worried about the amount of recalls we see for the Fiat Chrysler products and this might just tip me towards recommending the Australian-built Holden product.
Joel Helmes – Yep, you have every right to be concerned about the reliability of the Chrysler. Same with the Jeep SUVs, they look great, are fun and quite well-priced, but they have a certain feel in how they are screwed together that doesn’t fill me with a lot of confidence.
In saying that, Fiat Chrysler now have fixed-price servicing and this will give you some extra peace of mind in regards to on-going ownership costs. The Chrysler 300 SRT8 Core is a whole heap of fun; it sounds so much better than the Holden and has a nicer cabin too.
The Holden is a safer option in that there are Holden dealers everywhere and parts are not likely to ever be hard to get or particularly expensive. The Holden is a bit more subtle and conservative and is most likely going to cost less to own and run over time.
How about the Ford Falcon XR8? Not an option?
Which one to buy? Between the Chrysler and the Holden, I reckon the Holden. Make sure you test drive an SS with a manual transmission, that would be my preference (oh and you might want to keep a few dollars to the side to get the SS exhaust tweaked to make it actually sound like a V8!)