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In the next month or so i will be buying a 300c for sure, just still trying to figure out either the 300c or the SRT, basically it comes down to fuel consumption, i drive mostly in the city (lets say around 90%) with freaking stops at almost every block, i know they are rated at 17MPG and 14MPG respectivly but realistically what do people get...in real life is the difference only 3 miles per gallon...and how do you fell in the that whole multi displacement engine works or doesnt...all help would be appreciated...
 

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I also do a lot of stop-and-go driving in my 300 SRT8.
My mileage is usually a little over 15.
But...
I love to make the beast roar quite often.
Mileage would be better *if* I could keep my foot out of it.

-Nevermore
 

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If you rarely use the diplacement on demand (or whatever their tagline is for it) it should be minimal. On highway/longer trips it would be somewhat significant. All this assumes you can manage to not light either vehicle up (which is harder for some of us than others!) :)
 

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To be honest if fuel economy and lack of ability to drive fast are your concerns, don't buy an SRT-8....Just stick with the C.
 

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No kidding...I mean even buying a C would not be a good decision if mileage is that much an issue. Come on, I will never understand someone dropping $35k-$45k (and up) on a car and the complaining about a couple bucks for gas.
 

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No kidding...I mean even buying a C would not be a good decision if mileage is that much an issue. Come on, I will never understand someone dropping $35k-$45k (and up) on a car and the complaining about a couple bucks for gas.

I couldn't agree more.
 

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The way I see it, if I mash on the little fun pedal and get up where I wanna go faster, that's more time for me to coast and use the DOD function of my C! :)
 

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The only difference would come from the SRT-8 requires Premium and the C does not. With the C rated at 17 city and 25 highway vs the SRT 8 at 14 city 20 highway. A fill up would cost you in the Pacific Northwest for example premium at $3.10 Premium with the 19 gallon in the SRT-8 $ 58.90 with the C it would cost 56.24 at 2.96 gallon. So basically you would be saving $2.65 a fill up with the ability to drive 57 more city miles 114 more highway miles in the 300 C on a full tank. The difference if filling up once a week would be around $148 + a year, depending on driving style and the 300 C having slightly better gas mileage would limit the amount of trips to the gas station. So basically the difference is the equivelent of 3 or more so fill -ups a year in the SRT-8 not that big
 

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i've been getting about 16.5 city in my "C" and on a recent 473 mile road trip on mountain twisty roads, city, construction, etc. but no interstate cruising I got 22.4 - about 2200 miles on the car total.

My Dad took his SRT8 on a 600 mile road trip, mostly interstate, and averaged about 19. He hasn't checked it in the city because frankly, he doesn't care what the mileage is! Unfortunately I don't have that luxury!
 

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Don't worry about the mileage, ALL cars (except pure electric) get ZERO miles per gallon at a red light or stop sign.

CR reported last month true real world city driving for several cars:
Honda Odyssey 12, Jeep Liberty Diesel 11, Chrysler 300C 10, Olds Alero 13, Honda Civic HYBRID 26, rated at 48 city btw!

People averaging 15 or so like me in the C have a mix of highway (or few stops). Get the SRT8, I don't see much difference in mpg with the type of driving you will do. Pure freeway, the C will do an honest 27mpg if you granny it at about 70 with the cruise on. I suspect the SRT will do 23-24 under the same circumstances.
 

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CR drivers must have a huge lead foot. When I was home I wanted to see what kind of mileage the car got. Before even being broken in (engine's get better mpg when they get some miles on them) I got 14.7 in the city over 100 miles of driving.
 

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CR drivers must have a huge lead foot. When I was home I wanted to see what kind of mileage the car got. Before even being broken in (engine's get better mpg when they get some miles on them) I got 14.7 in the city over 100 miles of driving.
Most of the joy of owning these cars is the fun from having a lead foot...mileage be damned!!
 

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If mileage is a huge consideration go for one of these:



(Sorry guys, closest I could get to a Pink Prius). Otherwise, spend the extra bucks on the SRT-8 and enjoy life. As everyone who has bought an SRT-8 has said, you won't regret it. I haven't seen one post where anyone with an 8 has said, "Jeez, I wish I never bought this car cause the gas mileage isn't so fantastic!"

Rick
 

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HealeyRick said:
If mileage is a huge consideration go for one of these:



spend the extra bucks on the SRT-8 and enjoy life. As everyone who has bought an SRT-8 has said, you won't regret it. I haven't seen one post where anyone with an 8 has said, "Jeez, I wish I never bought this car cause the gas mileage isn't so fantastic!"

Rick
AMEN!!!......dude it seems the subject comes up every few months or so :banghead:
 

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I get better mileage with my 300C than I do with my '04 Pacifica - and the ninety extra horses bring a lot of smiles!

I've never driven an SRT-8, since for the kind of driving I do the C is already insanely fast. Around here it's about a dime extra for premium, and my driving is weighted toward highways where the DOD does some good, so I've not regreted not "super-sizing" my already wonderful ride.
 

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HealeyRick said:


(Sorry guys, closest I could get to a Pink Prius).



HAHA.....Though it's close in proportion, that mini S will eat most cars' lunch. My g/f has a mini and it's damn quick.
 

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iromani said:
In the next month or so i will be buying a 300c for sure, just still trying to figure out either the 300c or the SRT, basically it comes down to fuel consumption, i drive mostly in the city (lets say around 90%) with freaking stops at almost every block, i know they are rated at 17MPG and 14MPG respectivly but realistically what do people get...in real life is the difference only 3 miles per gallon...and how do you fell in the that whole multi displacement engine works or doesnt...all help would be appreciated...
This thread needs to be moved to the "rediculous" section.
Someone is actually admitting that their decison of buying the C or SRT8 comes down to fuel economy. YIKES
 

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This thread needs to be moved to the "rediculous" section.
Someone is actually admitting that their decison of buying the C or SRT8 comes down to fuel economy. YIKES
I agree....Get ekool on board with the special forum, I can think of a bunch of threads to move there.
 

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either way, you win

Hey Ironmani, either way you win. Both of these cars will make you feel great. The 300C was going to be my car (after great test drive) till I heard there would be a SRT8, so I waited and got the brute because I want all the muscle and luxury. But if you are economy minded go with the 300 C. That is a heck of a performance vehicle and you can be proud of the gas milage you get. I like Kobe8 evaluation of yearly cost overage, $148 per year, but I think it is probably closer to $300 a year in additional cost for gas. I LOVE my SRT8, and hope you are as happy with what ever decision you make as I am with mine.

Good luck.
 
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