I previously owned Acuras for over 20 years, and their quality was top notch. I never had them back in the shop except for routine maintenance. However, they were no longer fun. I grew tired of Honda's design esthetic, and I never really liked their interiors, so this time around I was going for something cooler. I'm over 60, so I was also insisting on all the latest technology I could afford. I looked at the Cadillac CTS, but its interior was cheap looking and cramped. I also looked at the Buick LaCrosse, but it too was a bit too much my Dad's generation's car, and I'm not ready for that yet. I have some friends who purchased a new BMW 535i about that time, and it was priced well out of my budget. I never seriously considered a Mercedes, since in addition to being expensive, has a reputation for poor quality control. Then, we stopped and looked at the new 300s.
I was immediately taken with its upscale design and beautiful interior, and was completely flabbergasted with its enormous list of features. All for a price I could afford, and $20k less than a similarly equipped BMW. The only downside was Chrysler's long held poor quality control reputation. Being a technophile, I decided to give Chrysler a shot, and rationalized that buying American again was also a good thing.
I've had the car into the shop perhaps half a dozen times since I purchased it last summer, all for quality control cosmetic stuff. That's been aggravating. This is no Acura. But, the local dealer has been great and addressed all my issues with no complaints. You can read my thread in this forum ( First Impressions New 300 Limited
) to follow all my travails. So, there's definitely been a trade off.
Overall, though, I have to say I love my new 300 Limited. It's a blast to drive, it's a beautiful car, inside and out, the state of the art technology all works, I can afford it, and with the extended lifetime warranty I don't expect to have to face any break the pocketbook moments over the next decade as I drive the car. It's all about choices, and I'm hopeful the Fiat/Chrysler near death experience will have given the company the shock it needs to become serious about the user experience.
We'll see. If not, I switch companies again next time. For now, I'm anxious, but cautiously hopeful that I'll enjoy this car next year as much as I do now.